Futurist Manifesto 14

Futurist Manifesto
The Futurist Manifesto, written in Milan by the poet Filippo Marinetti in 1909, vehemently rejected the past in favour of humanity’s technical triumph over nature. It celebrated industrialisation, machinery and speed, especially motor cars and aeroplanes. Some of the declarations in the Manifesto make for strange reading – promoting aggression and violent change, and worshipping ...

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas 20

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas
  What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason. How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel. In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. And yet, to me, man delights me not. No, ...

Eggs at Twelve 6

Eggs at Twelve
  On the face of it men and women couldn’t be more different. I’m not talking about ‘Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus’. I mean just look at us, from body shapes to dangly bits – we are opposites. However did you know the natural human form is female? Centuries of eunuchs ...

Mary the Jew 23

Mary the Jew
Cooks know a Bain-Marie is a ‘double boiler’, a water-bath used for delicate cooking such as making custard. The ingredients are placed in a bowl and gently heated over a pan of boiling water, or individual dishes are stood in a tray of water that is put in the oven. Bain Marie is French for ...

The Antikythera Computer 12

The Antikythera Computer
  In 1900, off the coast of the Greek Isle of Antikythera, fishermen discovered a sunken wreck from Roman times lying 150 feet underwater. The recovery operation was ground breaking given the deep-sea diving equipment of the time. A modern underwater archaeologist described it as being like ‘drunks with coal scuttles on their heads, working ...
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