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Who dropped the ball?

17 August 2016 by

We often speak of books, movies or their successful authors making a bit of a splash. Although you may not…


Opening envelopes

22 April 2016 by

High over a tranquil English landscape, a life-or-death struggle is taking place. A balloon is locked into a stratospheric rise,…

Lissajous curves created by a harmonograph

Swinging art

9 July 2015 by

You probably won’t be surprised to read that among my vices is a serious second-hand bookshop habit; another is a…

'Electric star on dancer', from J T Niblett's 'Portative electricity', 1893

Chimes at midnight

22 December 2014 by

Christmas, and what could be better at this time of year than tales of light and darkness? If you’ve decorated…