The Colour Orange

If I ask you what’s your favourite colour, it is very unlikely that your answer will be orange. In the UK and USA, only 3% of people choose orange. In other countries it’s about 6%, but orange invariably comes in way behind the world’s favourite colours of blue, red, green and, yes, purple[1]. If you … More The Colour Orange

Testing Toast Water

In my last blog piece about my Toast Water Jug, I quoted Mrs Beeton’s 1869 recipe for Toast-and-Water. Many readers responded: “so have you tried it?”.  To be honest, I hadn’t. But I have tried it now. I decided to test it out. Under laboratory conditions, of course. This piece is my Toast Water Test … More Testing Toast Water

Toast Water

Here’s a picture of a shelf in my house. Take a close look. Does anything look strange? Does anything look anomalous? Here’s another picture of another shelf. See what I mean? Yes, there’s an odd pot out. I have many more shelves like these. Some in the house, several in the shed, and I’m not … More Toast Water

Alas! Poor Puggy!

This blog piece features the death of a beloved pet dog. My last blog piece featured the death of a beloved pet cat.  I hope readers will believe me when I say that this is entirely coincidental. On reflection, I suppose it’s quite possible that a blog themed around the demise of domestic animals might … More Alas! Poor Puggy!

Cat Murder Mystery

In this piece I’m setting out to prove that the 1747 death by drowning of Horace Walpole’s cat Selima was not an accident. No, it was murder. I had some trouble choosing a title. Since this blog follows on from three previous postings featuring the Lounge Lizard Captain Jefferson Davis Cohn, I might have chosen … More Cat Murder Mystery