The revelation a while back that Winston Churchill had written a paper on aliens isn’t too surprising. The great statesman was literate, erudite, deeply interested in history and the sciences, and knew many of the key figures in the British scientific community. What he had to say was very much in line with the thinking … More Are we so arrogant to suppose aliens will be like us?
Something slightly scary occurred to me the other day. Analysis of the Mw 7.8 quake that ripped through central New Zealand last November suggests it was awesomely complex. We usually imagine quakes being caused when one fault line moves. Or maybe two or three faults, because faults tend to exist in connected systems. And often, … More The earthquake apocalypse – it’s coming. Probably.
This week’s really obscure English word is functor. It means somebody who performs functions: an operator. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2017
One of the coolest things about history, for me, is the way the shapes and patterns of the past emerge full-blown before you, if you know where to look. Take clothes. What people wore tells us an awful lot about the society of the time. Take stockings, which were the height of gentlemen’s attire right … More Henry VIII and his calf-muscle bulging contests
A few weeks back I was interviewed by Scaffolding Magazine, a new arts and culture magazine – and here’s Part 1. The vision Scaffolding‘s creators have for the magazine is really excellent: it’s a way of bringing together writers, artists and readers and exploring the arts – worldwide. The first issue, with my article on … More My interview with Scaffolding Magazine
It appears there’s a new effort to find the mysterious monster that, allegedly, lives in Loch Ness. Water taken from the loch will be DNA-analysed for its biodiversity. If there are any odd genes in it, they’ll show up. Apparently. Personally I’m sceptical. The problem with the Loch Ness Monster is that for such a … More Why Yetis, Abominable Snowmen and Nessie probably don’t exist
This week’s really obscure English word is nainsook. It is an eighteenth century word referring to soft cotton fabric, originally from India. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2017