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Knock Three Times on the Ceiling if You Want Me

Knock Three Times on the Ceiling if You Want Me

Ah the golden days of Tony Orlando and Debbie Gibson: Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me. Pull in the string with the note attached to my heart. Click to watch the video. Life was simpler, and then along came Amazon UK to make it easier.

Italy, Earthquakes, Past and Present

Italy, Earthquakes, Past and Present

The earthquake that devastated the Italian towns of Accumoli and Amatrice was unfortunately not an exception on the central spine of Italy. After a litany of plagues, war, landslides, and floods the residents of Craco packed up and left after the 1980 6.9 magnitude Irpinia Quake.

Would Queen Vic Have Been Unamused?

Would Queen Vic Have Been Unamused?

Our erstwhile beloved monarch did not believe in mincing words. Familiar quotes that spring to mind include ‘I would venture to warn against too great intimacy with artists as it is very seductive and a little dangerous’, and ‘We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist’.

The ‘Forbidden Fruit’ of Technology

The ‘Forbidden Fruit’ of Technology

Alarm bells have rung again in the Apple orchard, as news leaks out the iPhone is not as hack proof as it seems (although the recent problems are fixed). The FBI hacked in previously after the phone company refused to budge. Now, researchers have reported discovering three flaws within the code.

Guerrilla Warfare in the Renewable Energy Industry

Guerrilla Warfare in the Renewable Energy Industry

There has not been much to write about Tyalagum in Australia recently. Its five-hundred-odd residents (hyphens matter) think their pioneering village set against the dramatic towering western wall of the Mount Warning Caldera in Queensland rain forest oozes charm

Water Voles Find New Waterholes

Water Voles Find New Waterholes

Who of us who read Wind in the Willows can forget the delightful rat and mole, the obnoxious toad, and the host of other characters? The former will have been getting ratty about the disappearance of his family of water voles all over England.

Cardington and the Other Airships

Cardington and the Other Airships

Auger is pleased the Airlander 10 flew the Cardington nest, and floated in the air majestically like a dream. The men who built the sheds in 1915 will be sleeping easier too, now their engineering masterpiece is no longer mouldering in a field.

Are Researchers at University College London Cribbing

Are Researchers at University College London Cribbing

While not behaving like a bunch of errant schoolkids copying, the researchers have reached as far as creating an algorithm that replicates a person’s handwriting. They are hoping this will help stroke victims write handwritten notes to accompany gifts of flowers, and be done with undecipherable screed forever.

Time to Get to Know Pluto Better

Time to Get to Know Pluto Better

With the NASA space probe starting to deliver results, it is time to get to know the ‘dog star’ better. A certain space engineer may be regretting saying, ‘… by the time NASA’s space probe hits Pluto, you’ll be booking a spaceflight with a privately run suborbital airline …’ but that’s showbiz as they say.

Guadix Last Refuge of the Trogloditas

Guadix Last Refuge of the Trogloditas

At first sight, Guadix is just another ancient Grenada town. The historian Ptolemy knew about it at the beginning of the current era, and in 711 the Moors established a fortress there. Its current claim to fame is the quality of its strawberries, however there is a secret you may not know.

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