A silver lining to Coronavirus? 23 March 20
Amid the justified gloom and worry about coronavirus, there are signs that there might be a silver lining.
Thanksgiving 2 December 19
Expressing gratitude makes you feel happier.
Errata and proof-reading 22 September 19
How does a blatant typo make it through at least five proof-readers?
A Lucky Egg-scape* 14 February 19
A cautionary tale involving a caramel egg and my trouser pocket.
The Magazine Keys of Ypres 11 November 18
Unlocking the mystery of some WW1 family memorabilia
Arguing About Climate Change 4 August 18
When there are arguments about global warming and climate change, there is often a frustrating vagueness about which part of it is being disputed
Predicted Grades 3 January 18
How a history teacher may have messed up a promising maths student's future
A bit of magic in Chester 9 November 17
This week I experienced a delightful act of generosity from a stranger.
Need some good consultants? Call in the Children 27 March 17
In a world infested with jargon and corporate-speak, children are the best remedy.
Venus is brilliant 23 January 17
Until this month I knew almost nothing about our closest planet.
Argon but not forgotten 12 January 17
...my chemistry O Level is coming back to me.
A Curious Coincidence 24 November 16
Tomorrow I'll be performing on the set of an award-winning West End play. How did that happen?
Wurzels 20 July 16
If a version of a folk song becomes too famous, it kills off the variety that is part of folk's charm
Can I have a volunteer? 3 May 16
The perils of getting helpers on stage.
When did Pupils become Students? 6 February 16
A generation ago, anyone who attended school was called a pupil. Now even children at primary school are called students. Why the change?
How do YOU remember your PIN ? 6 November 15
You aren't supposed to write your PIN down, so how do you remember it? Here's the method I use.
Making things Complicated: Jardin's Principle 2 October 14
A universal syndrome that is often observed but doesn't have a name. Well it does - but hardly anyone knows it.
It's all the fault of my Inner Chimp 22 August 14
How motivational speakers make use of pseudo-neuroscience
This morning I discovered some new jargon. And I'm annoyed.
Forgotten nursery rhyme 24 August 13
If something isn't on Google, does it mean it has disappeared from public consciousness?