Category Archives: the pleasures of technology

New traditional English Maytime

At last it has stopped raining. The woods of England are filled with bluebells – like walking through a hazy fog of ultraviolet blue among the green of wild garlic. And non-traditional Morris teams have been dancing in suffrage colours … Continue reading

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Of Books and Libraries

I went to the official re-opening of the Women’s Library in the London School of Economics this week. At the end of October in 2012 I blogged here about the closure of the library in the Old Wash House in … Continue reading

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Ice Age Women

Over the weekend I visited the Ice Age Art exhibition at the British Museum. This small but wonderful exhibition has as its theme the argument that our Ice Age ancestors 40,000 years ago were intellectually modern human beings whose aesthetic … Continue reading

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Last Exhibition at the Old Wash House

I am at the moment very ‘exercised’ about archives. I work in an institution that does not believe that academics – or anyone else for that matter- needs space for the physical storage of such things as print books and … Continue reading

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Its a girl thing- but is it a science thing?

I have been suprised at the almost universal condemnation of the short video produced by the European Commission as part of a campaign to attract more young women to ‘do science’. You can see it on YouTube if you missed … Continue reading

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Women deal better with being lost in Space

I was a science fiction reading young teenager in a small northern British town when the first Space programmes were launched. I remember pictures of a debonair Yuri Gagarin and a serious Valentina Tereshkova looking like innocent twins in their … Continue reading

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Don’t dig there, dig it elsewhere – preferably outside my house

 My neighbours are quiet guys, they work from offices at home. For years they have been complaining that their internet broadband access is not good enough for what they need to do, and that  letters and phone calls to the … Continue reading

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Why Read?

I was listening to someone on the radio talking about why she read little when she was a child. Because, she explained, she was a black working class West Indian child and when she was young books for children contained … Continue reading

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Lowbrow and Nobrow: new images on my eyelids

On Saturday, I wandered into the Haywood Gallery – and inside the gallery into a ‘pop-up shop’ run by Nobrow – publishers of ‘graphic novels’.  And there I was also introduced to Lowbrow art. The images and books in this tiny … Continue reading

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Viral shopping

I have been in bed for the last two days with some kind of bronchitis; feeling alternately exhausted and self-pitying during coughing  periods and bored and uncomfortable the rest of the time. My muscles ached so holding a Kindle was … Continue reading

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