iCowboy
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Aug 20
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The huge necropolis at Saqqara contains a number of tombs filled with literally hundreds of thousands of mummified animals including ibises and baboons. What’s interesting is that the tombs are *much* older than the mummies; so the theory is that monuments from the 3rd Dynasty were repurposed much later in Egyptian Read more

Aug 20
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Actually she came across as really sweet when I chatted with her during a long delay at Keflavík. 

Aug 20
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You sometimes see it being used in Iceland where she is known for lots of things outside of entertainment, especially environmental matters; simply because the name ‘Bjork’ (meaning ‘birch’) is quite common. Read more

Aug 4
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The Energia rocket was going to be partially reusable. The four boosters were intended to parachute back to Earth but this was never tested. A second design using pop out wings that would let them glide back to a runway was also proposed, but never implemented. Read more

Aug 4
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Here is your original Space Shuttle and its giant booster in all of its late 1960s glory. 2000 tonnes, 102m tall, 11 rocket engines and four engines on the booster.

Aug 3
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A gift shop that wasn’t there when they went back [cue spooky music and faint sinister laughter]

Jul 29
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It’s a name given to type of extremely hard sandstone found across Southern England roughly dated to 55 million years ago and was formed by weathering of sand during a period of intense humid heat which caused silica to fuse around grains to produce an immensely tough rock.

Jul 26
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I wonder if they’ll try to make it interesting this time? S1 was SO dull. I’m afraid I find Joel Kinnaman one of the least expressive actors outside of ‘Joe 90'; but he wasn’t helped by episodes that would have been enlivened by scenes of paint drying.

Jul 24
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There was a mortifying documentary a couple of years back on the UK’s Channel 4 about the workings of the US embassy here in London as Johnson came in. Read more

Jul 23
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A real shame that ExoMars is not going to join in the fun this time round - but good luck to everyone who is on their way to Mars.

Jul 23
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That German TV makers are going to discuss biohacking and tinkering with humanity at all makes this programme potentially fascinating. The horrifying medical experiments of the 1940s still cast a long shadow in Germany; so I hope they are brave enough to ask serious questions about this technology and the ethical Read more

Jul 20
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With Tenet they should be really clever and release it last year...

Jul 16
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Warhorses like the Destrier from the Middle Ages are also something of a mystery.

Jul 16
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I find it hard to believe an electric fence would stop a Cornishman from getting to his pint. Landmines might be necessary. Read more

Jul 7
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It’s British and purple so it is either blackcurrant flavour or tastes like Vimto. Read more

Jul 6
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‘13 Minutes to the Moon’ by the BBC World Service about Apollo 13 has been utterly gripping featuring expert commentary, interviews with crew members and people at Mission Control and a score by Hans Zimmer: Read more

Jun 29
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I always find it sobering to buy travel insurance to visit the US and find a typical figure covered is $20 million. I’ve never had to worry much about health costs here in the UK beyond dental and optical charges and paying a fixed fee of about £10 for a prescription item.

Jun 17
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Isn’t Finland the part of Russia where they rake the forests?

Jun 4
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Same here - AMC is the Cineworld brand here in the UK. A combination of sky-high prices; lack of choice despite seemingly dozens of screens; the relentless half hour of adverts; and the lack of interest from the staff in things like keeping it clean, evicting noisy patrons or even focusing the screens - has pretty Read more