Category: art

In praise of cruder cameras 0

In praise of cruder cameras

Lately, I have found myself in a few situations where all I have on me is my Blackberry or a cheap pocket camera – most recently a shockproof Panasonic Lumix. With basic features and a small sensor, I am...

Kipling and character 0

Kipling and character

As I was washing the dishes this evening I found myself reflecting on character. Never mind how I got there, it was a mental journey from recent time spent with old friends to friends...

Glossopteris, Gondwanaland, Scott and Stopes

Glossopteris, Gondwanaland, Scott and Stopes

When I first started out as a graduate, I remember being introduced to a certain managing director who was notoriously forgetful. He covered for this by attempting to remember just one thing about everybody...

Tools for the modern ghost-hunter 0

Tools for the modern ghost-hunter

Ghost hunting has a long and honourable history dating back to ancient times. One finds, for example,  at least one talkative ghost in the tales of Ancient Egypt. And ghosts were common in Roman...

urban predators 3

urban predators

One brown falcon flies each day through the cliffs of the Terrace. Today there were three. Damn haikus. Too few syllables to say what you want without resorting to strikethrough.

A circular history of a singular egg: an Easter tale 3

A circular history of a singular egg: an Easter tale

“Having decided to write on Easter, I took out a volume of _The Encyclopædia Britannica_ in order to make up the subject of eggs, and the first entry under “Egg” that met my eye was: “EGG, AUGUSTUS LEOPOLD (1816-1863), English...

Our family friend, Alfred Russel Wallace 0

Our family friend, Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 – 1913), a self-educated man, was a remarkable Victorian intellectual. Not only did he co-share credit with Charles Darwin for discovering the process of natural selection; he also made  many other significant contributions...

I want to believe: Piltdown Man and the truly British hominid 0

I want to believe: Piltdown Man and the truly British hominid

“In Piltdown Common, Sussex, England, an English paleontologist, Mr. Dawson, discovered, about a year ago, a fairly complete human skull representing the most ancient relic of the human race in the British Isles, and...