I moved house just recently. It’s a lovely location with views over hills and moors. More specifically, in the distance, we have a panorama that is largely Dartmoor. Geologically, as you are most likely aware, we are talking a solid granite base, which occasionally erupts into the rugged and beautiful raised tors. So, somewhere under […]
As we get older, one aspect of the festive season becomes increasingly evident, an issue that younger readers may not have considered. It concerns the Christmas cards that do not arrive. Or, alternatively, they do arrive, but with a short note sadly informing us of the demise of a loved one. This year we had […]
Despite a science that suggests the design, manufacture, testing and modelling of soccer balls is a fairly precise activity, when it comes to kicking the thing around a pitch it may as well behave like a rapidly deflating balloon.
In about a month’s time, 32 teams of players from around the world will converge in Brazil for the biggest event (at least in terms of viewership) in the history of sport. Two groups of eleven players will assemble in various combinations, creating 64 separate matches. The final match may draw a worldwide viewership of […]
When I inherited a module from a colleague, I also inherited its title. And it was its title, I believe, that led to complaints and objections, rather than the actual content.
I didn’t have a lot of time between my Second Year Electromag II lecture and the Antennas lecture to my MSc group, but the determined lecturer can do a lot with one hour. So, not waiting to see if any of my second year students wanted a post-lecture discourse with me, I dashed out of […]
Somerset County Cricket Club bar and a key player sits next to me and orders a pint. We strike up a conversation. I am flattered that he remembers that we’ve met once before, even more so when he says: “Course, you’re the guy who wrote that book about cricket balls, aren’t you?”
Christmas, 1965, and an 11-year-old boy eagerly rips open the paper from a large parcel he’d been eying under the tree for what seemed like most of the Advent period. Too small to be a Scalextric, too big to be a Hornby Dublo Intercity engine. Once the box was exposed, it must have taken a […]