Monthly Archives: June 2012

If English Composers Played Soccer…

My recent clerihew about Joseph Paxton and the Crystal Palace reminded me of a clerihew I wrote a while ago about the composer Thomas Tallis (1505 -1585), musing on the possibility of him taking up the round-ball sport. Alas, a … Continue reading

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The Turing Text

Alan Turing turns 100 on 23 June 2012. To mark the event, the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee is coordinating the Alan Turing Year, a programme of events around the world honouring Turing’s life and achievements. Alan Mathison Turing (23 June 1912 … Continue reading

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People in Glass Houses … (Joseph Paxton)

Recently I read Bill Bryson’s book At Home: A Short History of Private Life, which starts with an anecdote that is not about private life at all. The anecdote concerns the design and construction of the Crystal Palace, which was … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury

According to Wikipedia, Ray Bradbury (1920 – 2012), who died during the transit of Venus on June 5 2012, “was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers of speculative fiction”. Wikipedia goes on to describe Bradbury as a “Midwest … Continue reading

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