Shattered worlds

5 January 2011 by

I was lucky enough to see two volcanoes last summer: Etna, as I passed through Sicily, and Stromboli by night…

Total Recall

20 December 2010 by

Picture a group of scientists at dinner in the new age of Queen Victoria, just crowned at Westminster Abbey in…

Passionate friends

30 November 2010 by

I’ve just finished reading Michael Sherborne’s excellent new biography H.G.Wells: another kind of life. In my teens you could still…

Musical musings

9 November 2010 by

On Monday 1st November I had the fantastic experience of singing in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal…