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Scientific experiment: How hot is our fire?

Robin and I have been wondering whether Gandalf was correct in saying that not even ordinary gold would melt in a domestic fire. The melting point of gold is 1064ºC, but we couldn’t find any temperature values for a coal house fire on a quick search, so we’ve been experimenting …

I sent this email to Gordon Brown this morning, though it’s probably already too late: Dear Mr Brown I write to you as a representative of the ordinary voting public, to urge you not to call an election this November. I believe that such an election would be unnecessary, disruptive, …

Deathly Hallows

No spoilers, but Book VII is brilliant! Much the best book of the series – well, I suppose this was the one she was aiming for all along and she’s had longer to plan it than with any of the others. It’s very well put together, very clever, and it …

For the Love of God

This disturbs me profoundly. Not the artwork itself – I actually think a diamond-encrusted skull looks rather cool, if not particularly pretty – I don’t think I’d allow it house space (the insurance would be a killer, for one thing). What disturbs me is that Hirst says in this video …

Merry Christmas!

Christmas presents for everybody being late and having eaten into much of the time for preparing for Christmas in other ways, I finally finished decorating the house this morning (Christmas Day itself). We have only five strings of tinsel, a relic from living in a smaller house, and two of …

Happy Hogswatch!

The criticisms of Hogfather listed below in no way detract from the fact that I thought that the film was, on the whole, fantastic and brilliant. It suffered a little from lack of budget. I’d always imagined the Tooth Fairy as a sort of cross between Andy Serkis’ Gollum and …