One day in south-west London I found myself, in broad daylight, with a wild-eyed Kurd holding a cut-throat razor to my jugular. I sat very, very still recognising that this was potentially a very dangerous situation. Then, for a modest fee, he skillfully removed two week’s stubble from my neck and trimmed the remaining beard […]
Mary Queen Of Scots
Doomsday (2008) Mankind has an expiration date It’s not especially difficult to spot the influences on Neil Marshall’s 2008 post-apocalyptic action extravaganza, Doomsday, but that’s kind of the point. Marshall’s girl-on-a-mission B-movie blow out is an exercise in deliberate pastiche, blending elements of Escape From New York (1981), The Warriors (1979), Dawn of the Dead […]
The King James Version of the Bible is also called the Authorized Version, because the translation was authorized by King James I of England. The preface of the KJV dedicates the work “To the most High and Mighty Prince James, by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the […]
St Ursmar, bishop and abbot, 713. St Leo IX., Pope, 1054. Died. – King Robert II. of Scotland, 1390, Dundonald Castle, Ayrshire; Philip Melanchthon, German Protestant scholar, 1560, Wittenberg; Queen Christina, of Sweden, 1689, Rome; Jean Gallois, French scholar and critic, 1707; Professor Robert Jameson, naturalist, 1854, Edinburgh. On this Day in Other […]
This was to be another long day on the Union Canal. I left Uphall at 7.45 as I had around 5k to walk before meeting up with Rachel at 9.00 at Winchburgh. Fortuitously we arrived within minutes of each other. The only memorable parts to this section were the huge slag heaps and the Peel […]
Professor Richard Buggs came from Queen Mary University of London to talk about his research regarding the phylogenomics of the ash tree genus Fraxinus. Why Genomics on Broadleaf Trees? Broadleaf trees are facing increasing numbers of threats including; Climate Change Parasites Logging Experimentally broadleaf trees are difficult to deal with, however, on a genomic level they can be […]
I’ll be leading poetry walks as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe again this year. Edina Europa looks at the Scottish capital’s links with Europe over the centuries. I’m still compiling poems and working out the itinerary, but the walks will start and end at the Scottish Poetry Library, just off the Canongate near the […]
The Queen wore spring-like Easter yellow for the annual Maundy Thursday at St. George's Chapel in what is now Windsor Castle. Her Majesty, 92, was accompanied by her granddaughter Princess Eugenie for the annual service that visits her To offer commemorative coins for older citizens. The recipients are pensioners, pensioners, who are recommended by ministers […]
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose the elegant Heckfield Place in Hampshire for a very luxurious babymoon.
62. The number of films I saw in theaters last year for me was the lowest number I have seen since I started really keeping track back in 2015, when I saw 117 films in theaters that year. Seeing as I am not a professional film critic so I don’t go see films Monday through […]
In the past I have used Hot Seating in a variety of ways. Primarily I have used it when exploring the creation of newspaper reports as this Drama Convention enables us to gather a witness statement. This device is also useful when you are creating a character summary or description and I often use it as a […]
As a primary teacher I spent a lot of time exploring the personality, motives and attitudes of characters through the use of Dramatic conventions, including hot-seating and the thought tunnel device. This approach, which is also known as conscience alley, supports young people to extend their vocabulary as they come up with adjectives to describe the character’s feelings at […]
Here I have written up a review of a few books I read in 2018. I believe each of these would be enjoyable and valuable to any reader, regardless of mathematical background. In high school I would struggle to find mathematical books which were neither textbooks nor historical recounts. However in more recent times publishers […]
Written by Barney Buckley Email Address – email@example.com What are Bats Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera (/kaɪˈrɒptərə/; from the Greek χείρ – cheir, “hand” and πτερόν – pteron, “wing”) whose forelimbs form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. By contrast, other mammals said to fly, […]
During my university years, I met a girl who claimed she had discovered the key to peaceful share house living – get yourself a nemesis.