Victorian Street Food

Victorian Street Food

Victorian Street Food Imagine walking through your local fair or market. The smells from all the food stalls are making you hungry. What would you choose? Pancakes with chocolate spread; fluffy, sugary donuts; or something salty and savoury like burgers or hotdogs? Perhaps a tray of hot chilli, or aromatic curry and rice? For many […]

Food Politics

History of the politics of food

Food Politics Food has enormous power. The divide between those who have an abundance of things to eat and those who are desperately hungry has caused oppression, strikes and even revolution.  Bread and circuses  In ancient Rome, the phrase panem et circenses (bread and circuses) referred to the provision of free food and entertainment to […]

Life and Times of Alan Turing

The life and works of Alan Turing While other mathematicians and scientists like Blaise Pascal, Gottfried Liebniz, Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace may have experimented with simple computing machines, it is Alan Turing who is generally regarded as the father of modern computing. Alan Turing’s work on the nature of thought and the potential for […]

Very Big Numbers

Very Big Numbers In a word A billion is certainly a large number but it used to be even bigger. In Britain, until the 1970s, a billion was considered to be a million million, that is one and twelve zeros (1 000 000 000 000). Since then, however, the American version of a billion has […]

Graffiti in the age of the gladiators

Graffiti in the age of gladiators In Pompeii, in the first century CE, graffiti was everywhere. Over 11,000 examples have been found scrawled on the walls of houses and public buildings, and that’s just the stuff that survived! Yep, if you wanted to know something in downtown Pompeii, you didn’t look to Twitter, Instagram, TikTok […]

Ancient Roman Feast

Roman Feasts When you sit at the table to eat a meal, are you expected to sit up properly, stop playing with your food and use a knife and fork? Do you occasionally get told off for eating with your fingers, or even burping out loud? Then you might like to know that the Roman […]

Computer Chess – Man versus Machine

Man vs Machine – Computer Chess Computers are very clever machines. They follow sets of coded instructions called ‘programs’ to carry out lots of different tasks. They control traffic lights, read the barcodes on your shopping and even send emails around the world. New programs are making them even more intelligent, but can a computer […]

Do Animals Make Us Happy?

Do Animals Make Us Happy? If you’ve ever had a pet or struck up a friendship with someone else’s, you’ll probably already know the following fact: animals make us happy. Friendly animals, that is. Some people believe that humans have developed a deep bond with other animals over many generations, and that this inbuilt understanding […]

Shark Quiz

Shark quiz trivia questions and answers

Shark Quiz – Test your knowledge Sharks get such a bad rap. Films often depict them as dangerous predators ready to pounce as soon as we dip our toes in the sea. The truth is though, they’ve been around for A Very Long Time and the vast majority live quiet lives, minding their business and […]

Zebra Sharks Baby Sharks

zebra sharks baby

BABY SHARKS (do doo do do da doo) Have you seen one of these before? It’s a zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum). Actually I THINK you’ll find zebras and sharks are two very different animals, ed Very funny. In fact, this creature is only called a zebra shark because the pups are born with black and […]