Monthly Archives: October 2013

Why London Is Still the Cultural Centre of My World

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I had a wonderful ten days in the States, where I split my time between New York, Martha’s Vineyard and Boston, the three focal points of my American life. I do appreciate each of those places for different reasons and …

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The World Series Experience, Fenway Style

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James Taylor singsThe National Anthem The Sox take the field The planets were well aligned. We were due to be in Boston this week anyway, but then the Red Sox won their place in the 2013 World Series and we were …

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In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights

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Now here is something I am very happy to boast about. Last night, at an event at the Bloomsbury Festival in London, a new and very unique publication was launched. In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights is an ambitious new publication, …

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Artists, Scientists and Stretching Things

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It seems to be festival season around here. Bankside, London, is in the midst of the Merge Festival, which is the local immersive arts festival. Its aim is to provide a series of events which showcase and draw on the …

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Alice Munro’s Win is a Win for the Short Story

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I’m thrilled to hear that Alice Munro has received the Nobel Prize for Literature. I’m even more thrilled to see that most of the rest of the world is just as thrilled as I am. So much has been said …

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What a Wonderful World: One Man’s Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff, by Marcus Chown

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I love Marcus Chown’s books. They are perfect for science geeks who don’t want to admit they’re geeks, i.e. people like me who love reading about the stuff even though they don’t necessarily  understand it. Chown has a real talent …

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Addiction Beaten

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Many of you have probably heard this news already, but just in case…. after many years, I have now given up this: for this….. Thanks to trait-tech.com Ahhh….that’s better……and just in time for a short weekend trip to Sofia, Bulgaria …

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A Month of Blogs

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I have quite a lineup of blogs set for this month. Besides those musing about whatever happens to be in my head at the time, there will be a return to my Great Conversations with the science writer, Marcus Chown, …

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