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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

Soccer Fans Are Funding the North Korean Nuclear Programme

Qatar is building a series of amazing venues for both the 2022 Soccer World Cup and their country in general (i.e. not specifically for the World Cup). As hosts of the cup they naturally want their country to look its best when it’s on display to the world. And on the surface, everything is beautiful. Dig a little deeper though, and there’s a lot of ugliness. People are suffering and dying... read more

Recipe: Bacon and Egg Pie

See my last post for the reason for this digression from politics, history, current events etc into recipes. However, though it’s only been a few minutes since my first recipe post, it appears to be very popular. I may have to do more of them! In New Zealand, meat pies are a perennial favourite, usually mince and cheese or steak and kidney. When I was a kid I didn’t take to meat pies.... read more

“A New Era of Observational Astronomy”

Those of you who are on Facebook and ‘Like’ the Heather’s Homilies Facebook page will know I post the regular updates or ESO Casts from  the European Southern Observatory (ESO) there, usually after Amy Carparelli has reminded me they’re available by posting them on Twitter. Their latest episode is about a new reflecting telescope they’ve just contracted to be built near the... read more

Tau Kē Tēnei Wiki: A New Refugee Centre for New Zealand

As a New Zealander, I’m proud to say that my country is not only improving the facilities for new refugees coming here, but increasing our capacity so we can take even more than we do currently. Pride wouldn’t normally be my response in this matter. As one of the wealthier countries in the world I consider the resettlement of refugees, paid for by the taxpayer, no more than our duty. However,... read more

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