This morning – Brexit morning – I was cycling to work when a squirrel crossed my path, carrying another squirrel in its mouth. I assumed it was some sort of omen, something about Britain cannibali ..
Over the land freckled with snow half-thawed
The speculating rooks at their nests cawed
And saw from elm-tops, delicate as flower of grass,
What we below could not see, Winter pass.
Many visitors to the city are astonished that the London Underground is actually more than 150 years old, and that during its early existence it functioned by running steam trains in tunnels under ..
Last week I taught my students everything they need to know about phrasal verbs. Here is the gist of it:
…a small subset of 20 lexical verbs combines with eight adverbial particles (160 ..
We can communicate with anybody, anywhere and extract absolutely any information in the world from them, well, except for the following night's lottery numbers. Any form of entertainment except fo ..
Soothsayer: Beware the Ides of March
Caesar: He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.
Today is the Ides of March, by reputation a fateful day.
While I am not particuoarly conce ..
Yesterday, for one very good reason or another, my mid-morning student and I found occasion to pop over to the Fitzwilliam Museum for a spot of intensive culture, with a focus on the somewhat nich ..
Well, certainly the cost of computers and smartphones adds up, not to mention endless peripherals and what you have to pay to your internet provider on a regular basis. In truth, we scarcely notic ..
If a crowd is heading one way down a street, what percentage of it needs to change direction before the whole crowd changes direction?
The answer is surprisingly precise: 6%. If 6% of people ..
Later this month a plethora of writers, authors and thinkers will once again be flocking to the city to speak at the event, which is sponsored by the Financial Times Weekend. Between 25th ..
“Before there were presentations, there were conversations, which were a little like presentations but used fewer bullet points, and no one had to dim the lights.”
Ian Parker writing in The New York ..
Fast forward a couple of decades however, and the prospect of the UK splitting in two, is increasingly viewed as a distinct possibility.
Not that a change to the status quo is inevitable. After ..