Friday 30 August 2013

The painful progress of fusion

I recently undertook my decennial scan of our latest efforts to extract useful amounts of energy from controlled nuclear fusion. It’s one of those subjects I feel a need to check up on every decade or so in case I miss an interesting new development.

Continued at Broad Oak Magazine

Tuesday 27 August 2013

Northwest Passage debacle?

A number of people around the internet have been following the Mainstream Last First Expedition where four chaps have decided to row through the Northwest Passage.


Monday 26 August 2013

Walking with a sat nav

Traditional walkers who favour big leather boots and hairy socks still seem to look down on satellite navigation for walkers. Yet bit by bit the practical value of these remarkable products of the electronic age are creeping up on us.

So I recently bought one.

continued at Broad Oak Magazine

Friday 16 August 2013

New short story

I've posted a new short story on my Haart Writes blog called Roast Watch. As usual, it can be accessed through the Short Stories tab on this blog.

Thursday 15 August 2013

Polluting the climate

There are a number of more or less feasible ways in which humans may influence climate, both locally and globally... full post at Broad Oak Magazine.

Tuesday 6 August 2013


We’d stopped at the Driftwood Cafe in Blue Anchor for a bite to eat while out walking. It was sunny so we chose an outdoor table. At the next table were Grandma and Granddaughter waiting for Mum and Dad.

“This lipstick is finished,” said Grandma, holding up the defunct lipstick after a rummage in her bag.

“You can use mine,” said Granddaughter, whipping out her lipstick from her bag. She appeared to be about eight years old. My wife says Granddaughter had an adult’s pot of lipstick with brush and mirror.

“Well mine is finished so I will borrow yours if I may,” Grandma replied.

No bucket and spade on the nearby beach for that young lass.

Thursday 1 August 2013

Paintball at Kegworth

According to Tripadvisor, the top Derbyshire attraction is paintball at Kegworth. 

Says it all really.