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An apology…

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A view across a snow covered glacier to alpine peaks behind

Aah mountains. Look at the lovely mountains. Let them caress your eyeballs with their snowy glory.

I quickly brush the dust off Extra mural to say the following:

Any of you out there who actually read this thing, valuable as the product of a toddler beating a typewriter with wooden duck as it is, I am sorry for the complete absence of any postage of late.

I hope you will tollerate this when I tell you I have been quite busy. I have been scribbling furiously for Elements, the pre-eminent science-based website in the entire of the World Wide Web.

In fact Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of aforementioned Web, said he finally feels someone has put his creation to its proper use. When pressed he said he was talking about Elements. This is now believed to have been a bid for some intellectual credibility on his part. Having spoken to individuals intimate with the situation I can report he actually was referring to Lolcats. Read the rest of this entry »


A spot of self aggrandising and a few hundred words for your pleasure

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So I’ve been quite quiet of late. Extra mural has gathered dust and pretty much gone into a hibernating state. Well, I have been busy you see.

Medical Media Watch has taken shape, Elements is still growing stronger every day, and the good people of the Financial Times took a holiday from reason and decided I was worthy of being printed.

We await the ABC figures to see how much of a hit the FT took. I’m thinking they’ll drop a few thousand copies in New York for sure.

But here is some writings for you to enjoy, or at least read. Genuine, Extra mural penned, fodder for your brain spaces.


A tap with clear, clean water pouring from it

Potable water is essential for health and prosperity. Dirty water carries disease and poverty. Easy to understand yet the benefit is not appreciated by millions

We live in a time of unparalleled technological advance. Our knowledge of the Universe is immense, growing greater each day.

On a whim we can connect with minds from across the planet. In smallpox we have bested a killer more blood-soaked than any artifice of man. In one giant leap we broke the surly bonds of Earth, reaching out to touch the face of God.

We wallow in our own majesty.

It is too easy to forget the challenges we overcame to sit pretty in this developed world. The aching poverty and suffering of the industrial revolution that brought such desperate hardship. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Tootling on a trumpet known to me…

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…But not in the biblical sense.

No, this is just a spot of shameless self-publicising, show-boating if you will, for I am an author of a blog post on the august,informative and entertaining BBC Focus magazine website!

Get your fix of further Extra mural right along through here.

There; tootling has abated, we’ll be back to the regular service of (almost) science (nearly) journalism toot sweet.


Written by nascenthack

January 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm