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Historical Miscellany #38 – An Essay on Blockheads [1802]

12th Aug 2015

Historical Miscellany #38 - An Essay on Blockheads [1802]

(Image: "Punch Cures the Gout" by James Gillray) (The following essay we copy with much approbation from the New York Evening Post) A blockhead is neither an ideot, nor madman. He is one who goes on through the broad road of life with the rest of mankind carrying a load of follies at his back, which he knows not how to get rid...

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Podcasts: The Weather Experiment

24th Jul 2015

Podcasts: The Weather Experiment

Clouds over Filey Bay -June 2015 It's been a busy/brilliant summer so far with trips to literary festivals at Hay on Wye, Greenwich, York, Harrogate and Buxton. Thank you to anyone who has ventured out to listen to me talking about Robert FitzRoy, clouds and meteorology. There's a few more things coming up before I retreat to work on...

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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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