Children, science and climate change

Clearing out earlier this year, I came across my daughter’s old revision guide-books. These were produced by a company called CGP to condense the basic biology, chemistry and physics needed for her to pass Key Stage Three, and subsequently Core, Higher and Advanced science GCSE. Unlike...


Praying for COP 26

We all know, we’ve known for months, that something called COP26 is happening in November in Glasgow. (The Pre-COP conference is happening NOW in Milan.) How much more do we know? Until writing this post I didn’t even know what COP stands for ("Conference of the...


Early, apologetic and brief

Hello all. Thank you to those who liked and commented on "The Naming of City." Your comments were extremely characteristic! The book is not nearly finished, Clint. Progress is fairly steady but slow. The current title under consideration is "Naming People and Places." What do you think? In...


Over- and under-rated

Each week the Guardian Review asks an author a similar set of questions, collectively called “The Books That Made Me.” Some of the authors I’ve even heard of. Two of the categories are: The book I think is most overrated, and The book I think is...


Rather miscellaneous

So - I was planning to give you a lengthy rant in the form of an anecdote. Yesterday was the Day. The day when some person or algorithm decided it was my turn to be told that my National Insurance number was about to be frozen...