Monthly Archives: September 2017

A Sister of Mercy’s Gift

Head down. Don’t make eye contact. Derek’s left arm jostled someone as he shuffled on to the train. He flinched from the contact. “Sorry. I’m so sorry.” He didn’t look up as he said it, in case the person he’d

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Non-fiction Review: Chasing the Devil by Tim Butcher

If it wasn’t the least promising expedition into uncharted territory ever attempted, it must have been close. In 1934, a sickly-looking Englishman light-heartedly asked his socialite cousin to join him on an expedition to Liberia, which was one of the

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Your Voltaire from your Trollope

What do you think you are doing in my library? I see you skulking around as if you think you’re Hercule Poirot looking for clues to a murder which, I assure you, has not happened. I run a respectable household.

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A New Leaf for Autumn

Celia knew it was going to be a bad day when she heard the rustling emanating from the living room. She diverted to the kitchen and downed her first cup of coffee before she felt ready to face it. Francis

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Self Esteem for the Yes Man

You look like a man who needs to talk to someone, so why don’t you get it off your chest? Tell me what’s on your mind. No, let me guess. The look on your face tells me a thing or

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Inspirations: Terraforming Earth with Iron

Iron sulphide could encourage marine algal growth. Small-scale experiments have shown it moving carbon from the atmosphere to the deep ocean. It could offset global warming, but the large-scale effects are unpredictable. In 2012, Russ George provoked controversy by boosting

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A Picnic Without Honey

“I blame the weather,” said Frank. “You would,” said Daisy. “You work for Bayer.” “Guys, we’re supposed to be taking a break,” said Samatha. “The idea of having this picnic is to get to know each other in a non-confrontational

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