Troll Below?


I have noticed several bridges here in Dublin have the phrase ‘Troll Below?’ sprayed on them through a stencil about A4 size. I have seen this on a few bridges and google gives me no answers (except a photo I have borrowed).

I note this out of curiosity but also out of loyalty to all graffiti adorned landmarks, wherever you are!

I even noticed one on Ha’penny Bridge!

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It’s the economy stupid


Why is the post not like it used to be?

Looking back over the years always brings amusement and we always think our own perspective to be unique. In the UK it is easy to gripe about how the Royal Mail isn’t as good as it used to be; in the 70s we had two posts per day (and second class generally meant second post), cancellation of the Sunday delivery was a huge event and it was common to get the post delivered before leaving for school, allowing for birthday cards to be opened. Nowadays we get a delivery most days (though it seems not every day), first class might arrive the next day and prices of stamps seem exorbitant.

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The Joy of Thermodynamics


Science can be fun – really!

Why write this piece?

Early January 2011 the BBC science show Horizon presented a show led by the comedian Ben Miller who also it transpires studied for a PhD in Physics in Cambridge at the Cavendish! As he was so kind as to spend several minutes talking in front of yours truly (and zooming into my livery i.e. the phrase Reality Checkpoint carved into my paint) I was inspired to add my minor reflections on thermodynamics to his thoughts.

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Does the M25 actually exist?


Is London’s Orbtial motorway real?

Consider – London is surrounded by a complete, circular motorway called the M25. In central London are several major railway termini (I am sure old Latinate plurals aren’t used any more, I just can’t bring myself to type terminuses [except there of course]) including Victoria, Euston, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street and Paddington. I have commuted by train into London many 100s of times (probably on for 2,000 sadly) in the last 12 years yet I have never seen the M25 from the train. Where is it?

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