Nerdy Bits

In which I try to enlarge my brain

HOW THE WORLD BEGAN

A few weeks ago, on a long car trip home, I broke the backseat about-to-fight tension by asking my children how the world was made. Might as well throw them a biggie. “There was a big blow up”, said one, “An explosion. And everything broke up and a bit of it made a ball and that’s Earth, and then the trees and stuff fell down on the Earth too, and […]

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And now for the good news…

Maybe the world mightn’t look so great sometimes; but you just have to look harder. There is always good news. Here’s some you might already know but which is such good news it’s worth mentioning again: 1) Someone has invented undies that filter fart smells. I know, this is the best news ever. My entire family need a pair each for car trips (except for me, my delicate bottom-wafts smell […]

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Catch Up On: WORLD NEWS – Part 4: War in Gaza

And for my final installment (because this is all the bad news I can take for one week)… GAZA GOES BIRKO How did it all start? Well the simmering Israel/Palestine conflict over Gaza has been on the boil for an incredibly long time and has its roots in ancient history (get your full background here). This deeply entrenched animosity is partly why a solution is so very hard to find. Very basically: […]

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Catch Up On: WORLD NEWS, Part 3: EBOLA VIRUS

From Jihad terror to a deadly virus. Of course, no bad news week can be without one… EBOLA STRIKES…  This is war of another kind – against a virus, which is extra scary because while we think it’s impossible to rationalise with a Jihadist, try convincing an almost invisible molecule not to kill and maim people. What is a virus?  A virus is “an ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates only within the cells of […]

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Catch Up On: WORLD NEWS – Part 2: The Islamic State

Here’s me with day 2 of Head out of Sand. I’m very tempted to pop it back in with this lot I tell you… THE ISLAMIC STATE GETS HIGH, MIGHTY AND VERY BLOODY SCARY This is the stuff of my nightmares – religion of the the extreme and brain washy kind leading people to think atrocities are warranted and that it’s them against the world. I don’t understand religion. I respect the beliefs […]

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Catch Up On: THE WORLD NEWS – Part 1: Ukraine

In the last few months the news has got so nasty and my sensitivities so raw that just a glance at the news headlines made my eyes smart. I’ve had to switch to waterproof mascara and in lieu of the foetal position take time out in book shops, which sends me briefly to other nicer worlds. I bought two really good escapy books* and read them instead of the newspapers. Newspapers just had […]

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And Here It All Began

Something has been kind of trembling within my thoughts for a few weeks now, ever since a dinner party conversation afforded me some amazing news. I’ve been so astonished I haven’t quite known what to do with it. Just speaking in these grandiose tones is probably building it up way too much for everyone, but for me it is kind of huge. To explain why it’s so amazing to me, I have to give […]

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A FEW THINGS THAT AMAZE ME

Sometimes I hear or see little snippets of things that are really amazing and I think I want to follow that up and find out more but I just get busy and forget again and another amazing fact has disappeared, possibly forever. So lately I’ve been noting down keywords to remind myself of what I can go back an investigate. Today I have managed to sit down and inflate a […]

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Catch Up On: NIGERIAN ABDUCTIONS

“BY ALLAH, I WILL SELL THEM IN THE MARKET”, says Abubakar Shekau (leader of Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram) of hundreds of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls. “Allah has instructed me to sell them. They are his property and I will follow his instructions.” What the bejesus is going awry with Nigeria that leads to this kind of despicable, fuckwit behaviour? A bit about Nigeria Here is it – in West Africa. With around 174 […]

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Look Back On: THE SIEGE OF TOBRUK

Recently my Mum gave me a box containing my grandfathers memories to wander through. I’ve been thinking about him on and off ever since. This morning the children and I have had another look through his things. I showed them the leather wallet he took to war in 1940 when he was 25. Inside it is the delicate silk map of the Middle East where he was posted and some […]

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