The Veronica 1

The Veronica
  I was brought up Catholic and as a tiny tot was schooled by nuns at the Ursuline Convent. They were a pretty nice bunch of women; although Sister St Jude had a reputation for being a bit of a cow. Truth be told, if I was condemned to spend 5 days-a-week in front of ...

The Lai of the Starved Fool

The Lai of the Starved Fool
When I was a kid I got a book of mysteries; you know like the Mary Celeste, the Bermuda Triangle and the enigma of Kasper Hauser. Much like this blog, come to think of it….. Oh damn! And here’s me thinking I was a true original! I was enthralled. It became my favourite book at ...

Sea Sick Mary

Sea Sick Mary
There are some weird theories about the word ‘marmalade’. Personally I was never got beyond what made marmalade different from jam. Jam, jelly and marmalade are all made from fruit and sugar, set by naturally occurring pectin. Jam uses the whole fruit; cherries, berries and apricots. Marmalade uses only the juice of citrus fruit with ...

The Weight of the Human Soul

The Weight of the Human Soul
  Whether religious or not, most people believe we have some sort of spirit or soul that survives death. (It’s just everything else we argue about). It’s pretty much a given that we have to take the soul’s existence on faith alone. But do we need to? In 1901, an American doctor, Duncan MacDougall, working ...

Deus ex Machina

Deus ex Machina
  Another for the pub quiz… The saying ‘Deus ex Machina’ is used when an unexpected turn of events saves a hopeless situation, e.g: your house is being repossessed when a letter arrives announcing a huge inheritance. Deus ex machina literally means ‘god from the crane’. Mechane, the word that gives us machine, was Latin ...
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