Explaining Astrophysics to this year’s Transvulcania Winner.

May 9, 2015

One of the fun things about Thursday’s job was meeting Luis Alberto Hernando. Not only was he the favourite to win this year (which he did in an amazing 6:52:39), but he’s also my kind of bonkers.   (For those of you who don’t know Spanish, I’m translating myself into Spanish, and then he’s saying the same thing without the Mad Scientist accent. Very seriously.)


Word Crimes

 There’s lots I love about this video. But. Look, I get irritated by careless writing and wilful ignorance. Most writers do. Readers aren’t telepathic. If you want to communicate, don’t expect your readers to puzzle their way around your bad English; make the effort to write clearly. Especially if you expect lots of readers. Which is more reasonable: one writer making an effort, or 200 readers? Still and all, I…

July 25, 2014

“The Spontaneous Guide” UPDATED

July 21, 2014

One thing I never mentioned about visiting the hot spring: there were three Brits there who don’t speak much Spanish. So I wound up translating for them. It was only afterwards that I found that one of them, Steve Simpson, was an artist invited by the Tourist Board to visit and illustrate La Palma as part of #onthedraw. Even then, I wasn’t expecting to see myself on Facebook. I love…


Gay shoes

A Russian orthodox priest, Alexander Shumsky, says that the World Cup is a “homosexual abomination” because the players wear gay shoes. He said: “Wearing pink or blue shoes, [the players] might as well wear women’s panties or a bra.“The liberal ideology of globalism clearly wants to oppose Christianity with football. I’m sure of it.“Therefore I am glad that the Russian players have failed and, by the grace of God, no…

July 8, 2014

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2013

A very Merry Christmas to both my readers A very Merry Christmas to you all. (The William Herschel Telescope has a laser to measure atmospheric turbulence, in order to correct for it. But really, it’s very low powered and no danger to flying reindeer. Santa is quite safe.)