I know nothing about football, I mean really, not even background knowledge. I grew up in a motor racing household, … More
What happened when we all moved in together?
In 10,000BCE there were 4 million people in the world. The WORLD. You can do your own modern comparison, according … More
Medieval freedom of information
“Freedom of information” and “open data” as concepts of governance have modern associations, partly because a steady progress is widely presumed from “closed” … More
Voter ID – a list, with snarky commentary
I didn’t know, until I had the misfortune to be watching BBC Parliament today (I hate how that happens) that … More
A History of the World in Admin
(Mortimer, A. E., Press tbc, forthcoming). It is pretty clear that one of the biggest divisions in the Brexit debate … More
Wine-dark sea and violet sheep: what difference could climate make to colour perception?
It seemed the Greeks lived in murky and muddy world, devoid of colour, mostly black and white and metallic, with … More
The secret is that there is no secret: Farage, Trump, Assange, Putin and the fabric of reality
There’s a great moment in Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum when the protagonist’s girlfriend, following on chapters and chapters of the … More
The Second Referendum, or, Obliquity
The following has occurred: The election result has opened up a window of opportunity for rethinking Brexit. Certainly that’s what … More
A walk through Montpelier, Bristol
Above, Lower Cheltenham Place, Montpelier, Bristol, with those flat-fronted houses that could be any age from 1810s to 1850s. … More
Who dug the New Cut?
This is a story about oral history and how oral history can conflict with official history. It is not yet, unfortunately, … More