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Clouds, Storms & Music Event at City University

5th Jun 2015

Clouds, Storms & Music Event at City University

In the performance space at City University I'm really excited about this event that's happening at City University in conjunction with WAM. WAM (Weather Art and Music) was set up in 2012, as a special interest group of the Royal Meteorological Society. Their aim was to "bring meteorology and climate science to a wider public" through...

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The Weather Experiment on BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

16th May 2015

The Weather Experiment on BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

Last week The Weather Experiment was BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week. It was superbly done - Tim McMullan makes a very fine, poised FitzRoy - and for the next few weeks the broadcasts will be available on iPlayer. Here's a list with links to the five episodes: Stormy Weather The Weather Report Shipwreck and Storm Warnings A...

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Historical Miscellany #37 – To a Drop of Dew [1833]

7th May 2015

Historical Miscellany #37 - To a Drop of Dew [1833]

(Image credit: noahbulgaria) In 18/19th century Britain a love of nature was considered a healthy expression of Christian piety. The famous Georgian love of nature - symbolised by figures like Gilbert White and John Constable - always had this religious edge. After the Bible Nature was treated like God's second book. Watching,...

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On Robert FitzRoy and misremembering history

5th May 2015

On Robert FitzRoy and misremembering history

(Cloudscape over the Thames, 04-05-15) I’ve been listening to George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier on my daily walks recently. Something that he wrote reminded me of the tendency of big events to overshadow everyday history. He was, he pointed out, visiting Yorkshire in 1936 when Adolf Hitler ordered his troops into the...

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The Woman in White – #1 of my #tbr20

17th Apr 2015

The Woman in White - #1 of my #tbr20

This post is part of this reading project. (Plot spoilers ahoy) At last I’m writing up the first book in this project. At 700 pages long Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White is the kind of sprawling Victorian novel that I rarely get around to. But it was on the reading list of an evening course I recently did at the Bishopsgate...

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