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Lapis lazuli

Royal blue? Continue reading

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Grockling

Too good a word to be left as a noun. Continue reading

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Subordinate clauses

A grandchild’s new weapon. Continue reading

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In my youth

I am, and I can prove it! Continue reading

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Child power

As parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles well know, most children come with more energy than their bodies can hold. Here’s a possible solution: Whoever invented children (not yet identified) Made their bodies far too small for the energy inside. The … Continue reading

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Dear Father Christmas . . .

Isn’t it time to move on? Continue reading

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Part of Planet Six

A heroic self-sacrifice in 2017. Continue reading

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No fly-tipping

A public service thwarted by bureaucracy? Continue reading

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Motor ways

Something isn’t right . . . Continue reading

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Trevor

What a yawn! Continue reading

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Courgearrow

Overlooked and overgrown . . . Continue reading

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Edie Acaran

Your view of things depends on where you’re looking from. Continue reading

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Agates are like people

It’s what’s inside that counts . . . Continue reading

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Life according to Marks

An email from Marks & Spencer on 4 May 2017 said: “Life’s short. Let’s spend it well. Life’s too short for hesitations.” I wanted to argue; but they were right on one point . . . If life is so … Continue reading

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Hic, hic . . .

A cure? It was for me. Continue reading

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Give it time

It’s what life needs. Continue reading

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Mistletoe

What to do about it, or with it. Continue reading

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Percy Verance

He’s the chap to call on when things don’t go right first time. Continue reading

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Travelling light

How far to a star? Continue reading

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Probing Popo

In this case, the answer is not 42 but 46 . . . Continue reading

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Intelligent design?

Not in this case, anyway. Continue reading

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Sophie’s weigh

Dem bones, dem bones can tell you things, is there are enough of them! Continue reading

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Mending things

It’s tricky, these days! Continue reading

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I wouldn’t say no . . .

Some unexpected hazards of imprecise language! Continue reading

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Unwanted gifts?

At Christmas, things seem to pile up . . . Continue reading

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Addressing a problem

Sometimes, the old ways are best! Continue reading

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Self-basting

It’s easy, really, but comes at a price. Continue reading

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When QUANTUM comes to call

Tell it to go away! Continue reading

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In the brickpits of Sussex and Surrey

Saved from the fiery furnace! Continue reading

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Gone missing

Just one of life’s many unsolved mysteries Continue reading

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Look up!

. . . and look out! Continue reading

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Assertions

There’s one that’s true. Continue reading

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On Swanage Pier

A leisurely place demands a leisurely pace. Continue reading

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Muddled millipede

Not as simple as left, right, left, right . . . Continue reading

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Silicates rule, OK?

It’s all in the mix . . . Continue reading

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June drop

Moral: never carry more than you can hold. Continue reading

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Dino dusters

A researcher at the Natural History Museum insisted that folk like him were not ‘just dinosaur dusters’. But dinosaurs do have to be dusted, and as I pondered over who did such important work, this possible answer wafted through the … Continue reading

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Granddad freezing

Don’t try this at home (or, if you do, please do it outside . . .) Continue reading

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Origins

Does a butterfly wonder where it came from? Continue reading

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The Mekon rides again!

Where’s Dan Dare when you need him? Continue reading

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Gone!

Whodunit? Obvious, isn’t it? Continue reading

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Harmony

Is that because nothing really changed? Continue reading

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There’s something wrong with my calendar

And I think I know who’s done it . . . Continue reading

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Gravity waves

I might have been famous . . . Continue reading

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Leap year

It’s something we’ve learned to live with. Continue reading

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Mary’s mistake

Oops! Continue reading

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I’m history, probably

But how can I know? Continue reading

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The snowman’s hat

There it was, gone! Continue reading

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HS2 – the groundwork

To get a safe, acceptable high-speed railway, you have to do a lot of preparation. Continue reading

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Tim’s tam-tam

Showing a feeling for the music . . . Continue reading

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Skye news

Paddling in the Middle Jurassic Continue reading

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Green Park

Helpful advice for One Continue reading

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Testing . . .

So far, so . . .er, what’s the word . . . oh yes, good Continue reading

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SMILE!

How Surrey might keep an eye on things – from space Continue reading

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Gastronomic destruction

Some works of art are intended for demolition! Continue reading

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Horshamosaurus

How would you like it if your name got changed every few years? Continue reading

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Earworms

They worm their way in, but how can you get them out? Continue reading

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The dam that Jack built

You can’t outwit geology . . . Continue reading

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Wot, no cuckoo?

Should I feel glad or sad? Continue reading

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Helpful Helena

Behind every great man is an empty quill . . . Continue reading

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Dear M&S

So I told ’em. . . . Continue reading

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The nocturnal fox

We know when he’s been . . . Continue reading

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Underactive

Must work harder . . . Continue reading

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Musing

She’ll come back. Won’t she? Continue reading

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Tragedies of Aberfan

The tip slide was one; the failure to heed the knowledge of the past sufficiently was another. Continue reading

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Plumber’s mait

Sticky stuff for when you’re stuck. Continue reading

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Dippy

Displaced and disgruntled . . . Continue reading

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Opening the envelope

For 800,000 years, the Earth has kept variations in its atmosphere in an ‘envelope’ – until fairly recently . . . Continue reading

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On being a circle

Perfectly boring! Continue reading

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Forgetting

A cure, but do it immediately . . . Continue reading

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Time marches on

Happy 2015! Continue reading

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Sprat’s eyes

What visual systems have in common with Mr & Mrs Sprat Continue reading

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Disappearing

. . . from cars and humans Continue reading

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Granddads are always right

Ouch! Continue reading

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Universal expansion

It affects more than galaxies . . . Continue reading

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’Cos it is!

A useful tip for grandparents. Continue reading

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Serial sectioning

Fabulous technique; just one tiny drawback . . . Continue reading

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Walk this way

But where to? Continue reading

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Just so

It’s the new Well . . . Continue reading

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Hinton-in-the-Hedges

English place names can be very informative Continue reading

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Mr Allen’s key

Just a bent, hexagonal-section bar, but training in its use can’t start too early Continue reading

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A riddle

That’s just what this thing is . . . Continue reading

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Rosetta

A long way to go to see an icy lump Continue reading

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A chicken’s dream

Can its dream come true? Continue reading

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Summer pudding

A seasonal offer Continue reading

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Witch way

Well, this will be my story when my case comes up in court . . . There is a road in Somerset Of which you should beware. It’s like a wicked witch, who lures Car drivers to her lair. It … Continue reading

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A principal principle

AAH is a local independent monthly free magazine. It is produced by a two-man editorial-photographic team to a seriously high standard. Lapses are very rare, but this one caught my eye and wouldn’t let it go until I’d written to … Continue reading

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Animals Please Close The Gate

That’s what a sign said, on a gate in Wyle, Somerset. It was clearly intended for the local livestock, who presumably are able to read English. A nearby Animal explained its subversive subtext: “Animals please close the gate – Quickly, … Continue reading

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Aubergenius

The beautiful basis of moussaka and ratatouille. Continue reading

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Babysitterage

A challenge to the English language Continue reading

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Eggspropriated

The case of the vanishing egg Continue reading

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The mathematicians’ friend

It all works out ok at the end. Usually . . . Continue reading

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Ragabo Man

The “raaaaaaaaag-abo” call of the rag-and-bone man still echoes round the remoter cells of my brain. I hardly ever saw him, because people in our road liked to keep their ragabos safely indoors. Ragabo Man has gone extinct, He’s vanished … Continue reading

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Going to the Moon

Well, you can dream . . . Continue reading

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Insects, anyone?

Maybe not just yet . . . Continue reading

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Old Spiky

A fragmentary Sussex dinosaur Continue reading

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Space racer

How fast are you moving? Continue reading

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Living in the past

Reality, filtered . . . Continue reading

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Nothing

There’s much ado about it . . . Continue reading

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Lancing Clump

On the skyline of my youth Continue reading

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