Category Archives: Science and Technology

More Lovely and More Temperate

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate

temperate house
Temperate House

Kew Gardens is one of my favourite places. Let’s celebrate the re-opening, after five years’ refurbishment, of the glory that is the Temperate House. I can’t wait to see it! Surely this is something we in Britain call all agree about.

We’re Divided

Sorry, but I didn’t start it…

Theresa May
Hostile environment

Rough minds do shake the snarling moods of May
And common sense hath all too short a date



Stephen Hawking

The death of Stephen Hawking at the age of 76 demands some commemoration.

Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking 1942-2018

Up there with the all-time greats of science in history: to name a random selection:

Archimedes, al-Khwarizmi, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Fermat, Boyle, Newton, Watt, Lavoisier, Davy, Darwin, Planck, Curie, Rutherford, Einstein, Fleming, Schroedinger, Pauli, Dirac, Crick and Watson.

I salute your life, your work and your ability to inspire others. Stephen Hawking, 1942-2018. Mortal, after all…