Monthly Archives: August 2013

The History Girls 2: The Next Generation Strikes Back

[See previous in series.] The next in our procession of History Girls (this is no. 6, and still counting!) is Bettany Hughes, who, like Helen Castor, presents great programmes all the better for being an expert herself. You can tell … Continue reading

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The History Girls 1: The Romans and The Roses

What a lot of these we’ve got now! Is it a coincidence that the one I consider closest to my style, and with whom I most identify, is the most celebrated Professor Mary Beard? Do others feel the same? She … Continue reading

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The ecological vicars strike again! Springer vs O’Leary in the mammal tree wars

Just a quick snapshot of this crucial issue in palaeontology, whose protagonists on both sides are, unusually, both favourites of mine. It’s about whether the mammals just scraped through the K-T boundary, or not. It’s about whether the big third … Continue reading

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“A bacteria”?! Oh dear – Quentin Cooper wouldn’t have said that! :-(

I’d actually been enjoying the programme that replaced Material World, but last week we had a justification of the host, no less, saying last week “a bacteria” (the singular is actually bacteriUM). The usual excuse for such language errors is … Continue reading

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