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Newsletter crossword 3

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Nature Crossword – Araucarian Word Ladder

Long time since I posted a crossword here! So, this isn’t just any old crossword. This is based on a format originally invented by Araucaria* which I absolutely love: the word ladder crossword. Rules are fairly simple: Each answer is … Continue reading

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Recipe: Spooky Halloween eyeball tarts

A really easy Halloween recipe for delicious (and actually rather healthy) fruit tarts with a spooky twist. Ingredients (makes 12): 250g jarred balled pears or lychees 1 tube of Smarties or similar colourful chocolate circles 1 food-safe black cake decorating … Continue reading

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Recipe: Beef tea OR chunky beef soup

Unfortunately Dove has been down with a cold this week. To ease her suffering, I cooked her this soup. You can stop halfway through to produce a delicious warming beef tea, or do both halves to produce a chunky stew-like … Continue reading

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Recipe: Broccoli and Stilton Soup

It’s been a while since we put a recipe up, but I managed to bring back a block of stilton cheese to Germany and this soup turned out too good not to share. Ingredients 1 large head or 2 medium … Continue reading

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How one cancelled train can ruin the whole system

After my blog post about how maths means trains seem more frequent than they are, here’s another even more irritating rail-based maths problem. From Germany, I’ve been feeling quietly smug watching the chaos on the UK Northern and Thameslink lines … Continue reading

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Recipe: Korean-style bitter orange and lime tea

No photos for this recipe, because I couldn’t find a way to make boiled citrus fruits photogenics. This is based on the Korean yuja-cha (also known by its Japanese name yuzucha), and it’s effectively a marmalade you put in a … Continue reading

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Sparrow Songs: Metal that’s not about death

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts! So, one image that people have of metal music is “Oh, it’s all screaming about death and Satan and so on”. But this is not true! So, in this … Continue reading

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