Just today I did this survey: Can you spot the real smiles from the fake? http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/smiles/ Real smiles and fake smiles come from different triggers in the brain. A real smile is unconscious. That’s why different muscles – especially around the eyes – move during real smiles, but often not with a fake smile. Which […]Read more "Beth can’t smile for photos"
I guess it’s probably an odd skill for a layman like myself to be able to simply glance at the cross section of a head of a twenty-four week old foetus and tell if the ventricles are normal sized or large, but I can. It’s a skill I’d prefer to be ignorant of, the same […]Read more "Odd skills and forest days"
My parents were the classic seventies and eighties dinner party hosts. The good dining plates were all brown. As was the cookware. After dinner mints were essential. I spent many a Friday night banned from one end of the house and often spent Saturday eating delicious leftovers. I used to joke that the reason I […]Read more "Cooking with too much seventies"
I love cooking. Not so much the enormously complicated seven course dinner party where the boss is coming over type stuff, but mundane, day-to-day cooking. The mindless, routine, not-particularly creative spag bol type stuff. And chopping. I love chopping onions. Every time I cut an onion I try to see if I can cut it […]Read more "Cooking"
In the so-so Clive Barker novel Imajica the character John Furie Zacharias, also known as Gentle, has been alive for over 200 years but without realising it, as his memories fade after ten years. On discovering this fact and asked why he never realised his memory was incomplete he responds along the lines that firstly, […]Read more "Ten years ago…"