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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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RHKCPs

The Natural History Museum’s greatest treasures? Continue reading

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Begin at the beginning . . .

Royal advice Continue reading

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The Society of Radiator Geeks

A guide showing us round a museum remarked that an earlier visitor had become excited over one of the building’s radiators – apparently, it was a rare example of its type. He’d told the guide he was a member of … Continue reading

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Something in the air

. . . but it’s invisible! Continue reading

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London underground

A geologist’s picnic Continue reading

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Life is like a ladder

The rungs seem to get closer together . . . Continue reading

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Of course, I never do it

Roads in Britain have a speed limit of 70 miles per hour, though you’d never think it applied on motorways. I’m cruising down the motorway, at spot-on seventy, So why is all the other traffic overtaking me? Where are the … Continue reading

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Unnecessary ologies

In a book* about research in teaching there’s a sentence which made the eyes of a certain teacher glaze over: “Ontological assumptions will give rise to epistemological assumptions, which have methodological implications for the choice of particular data-collection techniques”. We … Continue reading

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Ageless

Why didn’t I think of it before? Continue reading

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Oh! Mister Porter

A dastardly deed at Crewe . . . Continue reading

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Noddle models

Brains evolved (and survived) by making mental models, not by understanding reality – whatever that is. Continue reading

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I will change it

Stuck with two? Here’s what to do . . . Continue reading

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Santa-tracking

They seek him here, they seek him there . . . Continue reading

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Jon Richfield

Clever chap, apparently . . . Continue reading

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Santa’s proof

What, no ID? Continue reading

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Piles

A 240-million-year-old message . . . Continue reading

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Misty

How much would you pay for a set of 150-million-year-old bones? Continue reading

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Double-bass gymnastics

Did Beethoven have a score to settle with double-bass players? Continue reading

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Barite

A filthy job, but something’s got to do it . . . Continue reading

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Jimmy Smuggles

An inventive Sussex treacle miner Continue reading

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D’Arcy’s secret

Special evolution? Continue reading

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René’s fly

It gave him a buzz . . . Continue reading

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Harald Sverdrup and the MOC

A global warning Continue reading

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A dog’s tale

Tables turned! Continue reading

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Coming apart

The world is, if you believe the old sayings . . . Continue reading

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Joseph

A name from the 18th century branches of the family tree. He’s here! He’s arrived! A brother for Jess, A grandson for Gordon and Mo. His name’s really Joseph, But it won’t be too long Before we’ll be calling him … Continue reading

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When continents collide

At the Open University, Dr. Clare Warren researches what happens to rocks when continents collide. Keep a lookout for Clare, Dice with her if you dare! Continental collision’s her scene: What is burial’s relation To rude exhumation? (Of rocks metamorphic, … Continue reading

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An orbital track

Brighter than a comet, faster than a star . . . Continue reading

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Cats eyes removed

Cats of Dorset, beware! Continue reading

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Existentially baffled

Unwittingly served up by a waitress Continue reading

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Clerk of the Weather

Must be getting on a bit now – is he losing his touch? Continue reading

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Mineral donors

Sparkling generosity! Continue reading

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A Round Tuit

It’s all I need – or is it? Continue reading

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Triasacarus fedelei

An amber-preserved oldie Continue reading

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Here

A special place Continue reading

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Font

Where you can’t see the wood for the boulders. Continue reading

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Funny

Three ways of being “funny” . . . Continue reading

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Persistence of identity

Thanks, evolution! Continue reading

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A Central Igneous Complex

You don’t have to be perfect to be interesting! Continue reading

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Science

Is that what’s in the Science Museum? Continue reading

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Roger de Boxgrove

A Middle Paleolithic view of Sussex life Continue reading

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Geoarchaeology

The benefits of combining ’ologies. Continue reading

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Twittering

Tweets and Twits . . . Continue reading

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Ache’s and pain’s?

Yes, from this advert! Continue reading

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Let cuttlefishes be!

Not a lot of people know this . . . Continue reading

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Please do not bend

So I didn’t… Continue reading

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Possessives

It’s not always quite as straightforward as adding an apostrophe–s, as I found when I consulted the Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors and Hart’s Rules. The possessive of words, I confess Is often a cause of great stress. The … Continue reading

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Fallen headlines

There’s a Society for them . . . Continue reading

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A Government warning

Take this one with a pinch of rock salt Continue reading

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Asteroid 21012 DA14

Fingers crossed . . . Continue reading

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Fingers crossed

Brrrrr! Continue reading

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Function denial 2

A barrier with attitude? Continue reading

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The poinsettias’ plight

Pity the poor poinsettias Continue reading

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Some like it hot

Rimicaris hybisae – an impressive name for an intriguing shrimp! Continue reading

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The Hoff crab

A hairy nickname Continue reading

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Jack

Oops! Continue reading

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Advertising works!

Didn’t sell much, though… Continue reading

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Keep calm and carry on

Don’t panic! Continue reading

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Daisy Bell

Wasted wooing? Continue reading

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Gordon’s garden – the latest

I like to keep it guessing… Continue reading

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A Jurassic Coastal Lady

Mary Anning, recognised Continue reading

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Calendar days

An unavoidable cycle Continue reading

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MSW and the Bluebell Railway

More than leaves on the line . . . Continue reading

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Silenced!

I hope what I lost will turn up soon… Continue reading

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Special skills

Could come in handy in the future . . . Continue reading

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Civil War

Divine ambivalence? Continue reading

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Jet Stream

The overlying cause of the underlying weather? Continue reading

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Fishing nets and Cornish pasties

A pair of wacky analogies Continue reading

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Keep taking the tablets

Now, what was the last thing the doctor said? Continue reading

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Money spider

More research needed? Continue reading

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Waste paper

Never mind how long a piece of string is, how long does a till receipt have to be? Continue reading

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On the naming of dung-stones

The geologist, mineralogist, and determinedly eccentric Reverend Willam Buckland (1784–1856) was the first to give a name to a type of fossil about which his colleague, Dr. William Wollaston, believed Georgian England would probably have preferred not to talk. You’ll … Continue reading

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Sunshine

Good to see it again! Continue reading

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Run, rabbit!

Still good advice! Continue reading

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Al Fresco is innocent!

What are the neighbours up to? Continue reading

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Willie the worm

A sartorial lesson. Young Willie the worm Liked to wriggle and squirm As he burrowed his way through the dirt. But he wondered one day, In a worm sort of way, What life would be like in a shirt. “A … Continue reading

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Slow Joe

Be careful what you wish for! Continue reading

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Scratching the surface

The Earth is not impressed . . . Continue reading

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Boring Chalk

For a tunneller, certain Chalk strata have undesirable characteristics, such as the presence of hard flints or sand-like phosphatic chalk. Tunnelling is expensive, but so are delays and damage to tunnel boring machines which hit unexpected geology. So engineers planning … Continue reading

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Here in Horsham

It’s the place to be! Continue reading

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A short Planck

If there’s anything shorter, we wouldn’t be able to measure it. Continue reading

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It’s a granular world

But it might help explain a real-life problem . . . Continue reading

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Free-range chipolatas

Really? Continue reading

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Directions

Don’t ask me for them Continue reading

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Apostrophe aid

A flower in the wrong place? Continue reading

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Lifesavers

A life-saving decision? Continue reading

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Bakin’ eggs

These are eggs with a purpose . . . Continue reading

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The mind of a sat-nav

Useful, but unfathomable Continue reading

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Theory and practice

An urban myth exploded Continue reading

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Undescribed

But a vital part of the squid anatomy Continue reading

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Quack knack

Well, that’s what it seems like . . . Continue reading

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History lessons

What I learned wasn’t all history . . . Continue reading

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Durham Cathedral

What would Cuthbert think? Continue reading

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A feminine fan

But this one won’t get you all a-flutter . . . Continue reading

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Getting stuck in

Ouch! Continue reading

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Gibbs Dentifrice

Gone, but not forgotten Continue reading

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It’s Christmas in Horsham

But not very Christmassy for some Continue reading

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