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Happy Bank Holiday!

What’s that? A long weekend, you say? Excellent. At the end of a busy summer, there’s only one way enjoy a Bank Holiday Monday . . . Still not clear?  OK, then, to hell with […]

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On This Day: Cyrano De Bergerac

On this day in 1655, French soldier and writer, Cyrano de Bergerac, died in Sannois, near Paris. Although arguably best-known (if he is known at all) as ‘that swordsman with the big nose’ – and, […]

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On This Day: the Loch Ness Monster

On this day in 2003, the BBC reported (presumably with a straight face) that, despite cneturies of sightings, there was no monster in Loch Ness. This followed an investigation utilising 600 separate sonar beams and […]

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On This Day: James Doohan Died

Much has been written about the trinity at the centre of Star Trek –  Kirk, Spock and McCoy – but for some of us, the heart of the show (and certainly of the USS Enterprise) […]

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Bloom County Returns!

As has been noted across the interwebs, the great Bloom County is returning! Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Berkely Breathed called time on his brilliant satirical cartoon a quarter of a century ago, in 1989; he moved […]

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Madness or Genius?

In this fast-moving, modern world we inhabit, there is an ever-increasing amount of information to sort through and process. Broadcast media, newspapers, magazines, social media, online news, mobile devices – all bombarding us with information […]

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New Book of the Week: Zero Minus X

It has been claimed that between the years of 1958 and 1964, Lionel Fanthorpe was the most prolific genre author alive, writing under a bewildering array of pseudonyms and house names, and producing a book […]

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The Best T-Shirt at Worldcon?

As is ever the case at SF conventions, the quality of T-shirts on sale was high at last weekend’s London Worldcon – I came away with the excellent ‘SCIENCE: I’m one accident away from being […]

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Spam of the Week

In common with all websites where comments are enabled, we get our fair share of spam. For the most part, we delete this with contemptuous slap of the keyboard, but occassionally, we get one that […]

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Huh?

Whut?  A bank holiday, you say?  Huh. OK, some quality reading time, at last! Enjoy!

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New Book of the Week: Unseen University Challenge

‘Right, your starter for ten, no conferring: Which beginners’ course at Unseen University was taught by Jeophal the Spry?’ Bzzzzzzz ‘Quirm College for Young Ladies, Sto Helit.’ ‘Algebra?’ ‘No, I’m afraid it’s Beginners’ Dematerialisation. Which […]

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On This Day: M C Escher

It was on this day in 1972 that the extraordinary Dutch artist M. C. Escher died. ‘Who?’ You might be saying (although we really hope you’re not!). Well, him: The guy that did this: And […]

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