General Interest

Arguing Climate Change 4 August 18

When there are arguments about global warming and climate change, there is often a frustrating vagueness about which part of it is being disputed

Tony Greig and Edvard Grieg

Tony Greig and Edvard Grieg 21 May 18

What's the connection between the former cricketer Tony Greig and the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg?

How To Lie With Statistics 22 January 18

Edexcel recently boasted 99.2% accuracy in their exam grading. Sounds impressive. But it isn't.

Alastair Cook and The Freaky Coincidence 7 September 18

As Alastair Cook retires from international cricket, here's a story of a freaky coincidence involving him, my sister and Radio 4's More or Less

Predicted Grades 3 January 18

How a history teacher may have messed up a promising maths student's future

A bit of magic in Chester 9 November 17

This week I experienced a delightful act of generosity from a stranger.

Need some good consultants? Call in the Children 27 March 17

In a world infested with jargon and corporate-speak, children are the best remedy.

Venus is brilliant 23 January 17

Until this month I knew almost nothing about our closest planet.

Argon but not forgotten 12 January 17 chemistry O Level is coming back to me.

A Curious Coincidence 24 November 16

Tomorrow I'll be performing on the set of an award-winning West End play. How did that happen?

Wurzels 20 July 16

If a version of a folk song becomes too famous, it kills off the variety that is part of folk's charm

Can I have a volunteer? 3 May 16

The perils of getting helpers on stage.

When did Pupils become Students? 6 February 16

A generation ago, anyone who attended school was called a pupil. Now even children at primary school are called students. Why the change?

How do YOU remember your PIN ? 6 November 15

You aren't supposed to write your PIN down, so how do you remember it? Here's the method I use.

Making things Complicated: Jardin's Principle 2 October 14

A universal syndrome that is often observed but doesn't have a name. Well it does - but hardly anyone knows it.

It's all the fault of my Inner Chimp 22 August 14

How motivational speakers make use of pseudo-neuroscience

Fronted Adverbials and other Pointless Jargon 10 May 14

This morning I discovered some new jargon. And I'm annoyed.

Forgotten nursery rhyme 24 August 13

If something isn't on Google, does it mean it has disappeared from public consciousness?