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A walk in Summer

A few days ago I posted a set of photos entitled A Frosty Morning. This set date from several years ago, and were taken in the height of summer. Some of them show the same views as the Frosty Morning shots – but  looking very different! Log in or Register to save this content for […] More

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Causes of Cancer – Yes or No?

There is a great deal of misunderstanding about what behaviours and substances are likely causes of cancer, in one of its many manifestations. This quiz lists a number of possible causes – all of them have been put forward as such at one time or another. Experts in the field have views as to whether […] More

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A walk on a frosty morning

When there is a hard frost the pavements are too slippery to risk when taking the dog for her early morning walk. However, the fields next to our village are no problem, with the frozen grass crunching underfoot. On this occasion I took the camera as well as the dog! Log in or Register to […] More

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Improve Your Vocabulary: Letter A

The English language is full of weird and wonderful words that you may never have come across before – and quite likely never will again! Here is a quiz to test your knowledge of obscure English words, or maybe it’s just a case of hazarding a guess at what they could possibly mean. All these […] More

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What Astronomers Do

There is a popular misconception that professional astronomers spend all their time squinting through powerful telescopes in the middle of the night and going ‘Wow’ at frequent intervals as new discoveries are made. However, that impression is some distance from the truth. For one thing, astronomers have home lives to lead and quite like being […] More

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Family Links

All the questions in this quiz relate to people with strong family connections, in a variety of settings including history,  literature, show business, sport and more. Just for fun, can you spot who belongs with whom? Log in or Register to save this content for later. More

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Nautilus

The nautilus (Nautilus pompilius) is a remarkable creature that is regarded as a “living fossil” because it closely resembles animals that lived in the oceans between 400 and 65 million years ago. Six species of nautilus have survived to the present day, with that in the photo living in the western Pacific Ocean and in […] More

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Box jellyfish

You would not want to get too close to a box jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri). It is thought to be one of the most venomous creatures to exist in the oceans and it can kill a person in only a few minutes. Fortunately for most of us, it is mainly confined to waters to the north […] More

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Wild liquorice

Wild liquorice (Astragalus glycyphyllos )has the alternative name of milk-vetch, from the former commonly held belief that goats that ate the plant would yield more milk. It grows in scattered location in Great Britain, in rough grassy places on chalk and limestone, but is absent from Ireland. It is a temperate plant that is also […] More

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Alfred Stevens – a largely forgotten Victorian artist

Alfred George Stevens, Victorian painter and sculptor, might have been far better known if he had managed to be more skillful as a businessman. He must go down as a failed genius because of his inability to finish much of his work, this being due largely to the exacting standards that he set for himself.  […] More

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