Sea Monks vs Sea Monkeys 2

Sea Monks vs Sea Monkeys
As a youngster I was desperate for sea monkeys. These cute pets were advertised in American superhero comics for a dollar. Yes, just one dollar. If I had had any idea how to get my hands on a dollar bill and mail it overseas, I could have been the proud owner of… Oh, hang on, ...

Halcyon Days 2

Halcyon Days
  It’s the winter solstice. The shortest day of the year. The word is old French meaning the point at which the sun stands still. For the sun no longer seems move along the horizon, but rises and sets in the same spot for a few days before beginning its long journey through the half ...

The Golem 1

The Golem
  The silent German film ‘The Golem: How he came into the World’ (1920) was the last of a trilogy. In ‘The Golem’ (1915) the medieval creature commits a series of murders after being brought to life in contemporary Germany. The next ‘The Golem and the Dancing Girl’ (1917 – now lost) was a fantasy comedy/ ...

Meet the in-laws 1

Meet the in-laws
    Not only is the human genome project completed – the mapping of all 24,000 human genes, but scientists have also completely mapped the Neanderthal Genome; from DNA recovered from bones dating back some 38,000 years. The results were surprising and have caused a total re-assessment of one of our closest cousins. Like the ...

Utterly Waxless 2

Utterly Waxless
  The phrase ‘Yours Sincerely’ comes from the Latin ‘Sincerus’ meaning pure or sound. Many moons ago, my English teacher told me how it came about. He was an elderly Irish gentleman; an old fashioned bachelor who lodged in a boarding house and wore a don’s gown dusty with chalk. Mr Concannon deserved a medal ...
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