Archive for September, 2011

M15 Globular cluster

I am pleased to report that, weather having been utterly s**t for stargazing for days, I got a whole ten minutes of clear dark sky on Sunday.

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Tate Modern

On my visit to Tate Modern, I didn’t know quite what to expect. I basically just wandered quite rapidly from room to room, jaw dropping open with astonishment at regular intervals. Read more…

March for a Secular Europe

Never before having felt much political motivation in my life, it seems a bit odd that at the age of 40 I should embark on my first ever protest march. But that’s what happened yesterday when I made a day trip to London to join the March for a Secular Europe, and then visit Tate Modern.    Read more…

Is the diversification of life slowing down?

Well, had another paper published today thanks to some diligent students, so thought I’d write a bit about it. This work addresses the question of whether life’s propensity to diversify is slowing down. Read more…

Is the Church of England deliberately misleading parents about how they educate children?

My kids go to a C of E school. I also consider that there is no credible evidence for the church’s particular claims about the universe. So I hope that the CofE isn’t trying to push its dogma on my kids: I don’t think that people with responsibility over my kids’ education should be misleading them, either about what to think or how to think. Read more…

Reflections on Autumn

Weather and mood: autumn’s here. Here are a couple of my favourite musings on the topic. Read more…

Book review: Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells by Alfred Wainwright

Last month I finished reading the last of Wainwright’s “Pictorial Guides”; the end of an Odyssey only slightly shorter than the Odyssey of actually writing them in the first place. Read more…