Robert Brown's testimony 1835

Robert Brown and Brownian Motion, the sillier side

This evening I was doing real research, seriously. Well, not that seriously. I wanted to know about the staff accommodations they used to have at the British Museum. This led me back to 1835 when a committee examined in great detail, everything the Museum had done since 1821. Some of the staff had apartments, others Continue reading


My favourite things in the British Museum

The British Museum is so full of amazing things, how can anyone truly pick a favourite? And yet … we all do. Mine haven’t changed much; nothing’s been dropped since 1991, but I added the last favourite in 2012. Room 17, Temple of the Nereids, or the Nereid Monument. I don’t want to spoil the Continue reading


Young Admiral Nelson, Horatio Nelson as a young man, before he became one of Britain's greatest heroes. Courtesy Visit Greenwich, CC Att Generic 2.0 License.

How scary it is to write about Admiral Nelson

Writing anything about one of Britain’s greatest all-time heroes, Admiral Nelson, is more than a bit daunting. I’m not an expert about Admiral Nelson I will never be an expert on Admiral Nelson, not even close. In reading various things by and about him, I keep seeing opportunities for errors disagreements violent disagreements. The Battle of Continue reading