The arrival of OSIRIS-Rex around asteroid Bennu at the end of 2018 is all sorts of exciting. Well, apart from the rather lame acronym the probe’s been saddled with. But other than that, it’s got plenty of promise. Bennu was discovered in 1999 and isn’t very large – just 300 metres across. Its interest comes … More All sorts of exciting with OSIRIS-Rex
This week’s obscure English word is judgement. Or judgment. It’s not obscure of itself, of course, but what’s interesting – and somewhat obscure – about it is the spelling. Usually we’d associate differences of this kind with United States or British English. But this time that’s not entirely true. ‘Judgment’ is usually standard US spelling, … More The obscure word of the week is judgement
I took the plunge a couple of weeks back and dived in to the new WordPress block-editor, which they’ve called Gutenberg, after Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (1400 – 1468) who invented the printing press for the west. This post is written using the new system. I didn’t do this lightly. My main irritation … More Blocking out the WordPress future… and it’s Gutenberg
I was brought up in a house full of books and thought I’d share my list of the top six I was brought up with. Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? 1. J. R. R. Tolkien – The Lord Of The Rings (1950s). Hobbit and his batman carry magic … More My top six classic British novels
The first obscure English word for 2019 is ebracteate. It’s a botanical term referring to a plant that has no bracts. Of course you’ll want to know what ‘bracts’ means now, I can see that coming. Well, maybe another time… Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments using this word. Copyright © … More The obscure word of the week is ebracteate
Hey folks, I’ve been back to cooking again, and I’ve got a couple of rice recipes which I can’t choose between. Which of these sounds better? Boiled rice glop served in a revolting steaming splatter on a plate Ingredients ½ cup rice 1 cup frozen carrots and peas ½ cup grated cheese Tomato sauce 1 … More Which recipe would you eat?
It seems incredible that we’re already nearly a week into 2019 already. Just 20 years ago I was trying to get over the fact that I had been partying like it was 1999. Where have the years between gone? Here’s that crossroads again. What have you got lined up for 2019? Any resolutions for the … More A few New Year anti-resolutions