Supernova: the stuff of star-stuff

We start this in a perverse sort of way considering we are dealing with a supernova. We drop straight into the world of fiction, with an excerpt from ‘Wessex Tales’ ~ ‘Musing on Damory Oak’: ‘In the thirteenth year of King Canute (1029), the year in which the acorn thrust its root down in moist earth to discover life and home… Read More

Kandinsky on the Spiritual Element in Art

Maria Popova Maria writes and generates a philosophical blog. ‘Brain Pickings – An inventory of the meaningful life’, is quite wonderful. Among a host of other things, Maria’s blog describes Kandinsky’s book on the Spiritual Element in Art. The artist also held strong views on the responsibilities of the artistic community. The Amazon Kindle Store offers an e-edition, free of charge… Read More

Designer Carl Strüwe Peered Into Microscopes

  Another page in this URL describes the work of German-American designer, Will Burtin. Burtin fled nazi Germany with his Jewish wife, Hilde Munk, in July 1938. Burtin shares with designer Carl Strüwe—also German—the characteristic of representing science visually.  Carl Strüwe was a designer who “pointed a camera at a microscope lens in 1926.  Wired.com describes a beautiful blend of science… Read More

TPP ‘worst trade deal ever’: Stiglitz

CBC News: Mar 31, 2016 8:45 PM ET, Last Updated: Apr 01 (Stiglitz on TPP) TPP ‘worst trade deal ever,’ says Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. The Trans-Pacific Partnership should be revised to advance interests of citizens, not corporations, he says. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says the Trans-Pacific Partnership may well be the worst trade agreement… [Read more]

The Guardian discovers Canada. High time!

A vision of what a progressive Britain could be. It’s called Canada By Gaby Hinsliff ‘While the US boasts of offering its citizens life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it’s Canada that actually delivers on all three.’ [To put it another way, as the current Scientific American does, ‘Ironically, the American dream is more of… […]

Norse settlement in Newfoundland

By Ralph Blumenthal, The New York Times | April 1, 2016 On a remote point in Newfoundland, satellite technology detects evidence of a second Norse settlement in the Americas. A thousand years after the Vikings braved the icy seas from Greenland to the New World in search of timber and plunder, satellite technology has found intriguing evidence… [continues]

Climate change solutions: towards ‘Emily’

In November the world held a conference in Paris hoping to dress the global, seemingly chronic, wound of  climate change. Perhaps our post-industrial society will slowly point itself in the right direction. So far it has done so shame-facedly, with grovelling apology to the purely human artifice of demand and supply economics. Thus, forests are said to be worth… Read More

Truth or Rumour or Truth, or Both

In DARK SOVEREIGN, the character, Truth, introduces herself to her audience. She encounters difficulty because the audience has met Truth’s identical twin, Rumour, and cannot tell the women apart. So, Truth or Rumour? The audience must decide. When that is settled, Truth explains how the queen, Elizabeth Woodville, has caused many of the domestic troubles during the twenty years… Read More

The Red Shoes

It’s the summer of 1949. I’m approaching my sixth birthday. Mother and I are watching The Red Shoes in the cinema on the Cunard liner, RMS Queen Elizabeth. This is my second trip to my stepmother’s family in New York. The Red Shoes flashes up in my memory from time to time. Almost like a bad… Read More

Dark Sovereign: Calming a mob

Drawn from ‘Dark Sovereign’, ACT 3, SCENE 7  When news spread that the dukes, Richard Gloucester and Harry Buckingham, had seized young Prince Richard, the heir to the throne, Londoners began to choose sides and take up arms. Mobs formed, weapons came out and men drank heavily to build up their courage. Confronting one such mob on… Read More