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A Hedgehog Named Heather!

I’ve got a hedgehog named after me! This is one of the coolest things ever to happen to me in my life, and a great honour! The hedgehog is a rescue one at the SWCC Hedgehog Hospital in Hertfordshire, England. I suspect intervention by science communicator Amy Carparelli. A £25 donation allows you to sponsor a hedgehog that the hospital is caring for. (Update 19 July: It turns out that my re-tweets... read more

Bulford Kiwi Given Protection Status

If you’re a New Zealander, or someone who knows about kiwi, you’re probably wondering what a “Bulford Kiwi” is. Well, it’s not a new species of kiwi. In fact, it’s not even in New Zealand. The Bulford Kiwi is a giant carving in the chalk hills of southern England, near Stonehenge. Think of the famous White Horse at Uffington, except it’s not prehistoric, and... read more

Europe Benefits from the Trump Administration

Yes, you read that correctly: I’m saying something good is coming from the Trump presidency. Before you start questioning my sanity though, read a bit further. For some time Europe has seen a rise in ultra-right-wing nationalist political parties. Now this is Europe so while they often have religious links, they’re largely secular. Therefore, I’m not talking about groups like Family... read more

Our Planet: Norway

I regularly post the time lapse films by Martin Heck of TimeStorm films, but somehow I missed this one. He released it back it December 2015 after a trip to Norway, and, as always it’s stunning. Heck describes the filming thus: Norway 8K shows the wild landscapes of Norway in ultra high resolution. From the coastal peaks of the Lofoten and Senja Islands to the fjords and highlands of southern Norway... read more

Brexit Happened, But What Happens Next?

I thought the eminently sensible British would vote Bremain but I got it wrong. It’s a perennial problem with referenda – people vote on emotions, half of those voting are of less than average intelligence, and a majority aren’t fully informed on the issue. In my opinion, that is what has happened here. While there were people on the Brexit side who analysed the situation and genuinely... read more

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