Norfolk is a long way away from anywhere, and if I were you, I shouldn't start from here. By the time you get to the outskirts of Cromer, any distinctions between science, beachcombing, social commentary, writing and animal husbandry have started to blur. When the process is complete, you know you've arrived at the End Of The Pier Show. So, welcome. Find somewhere to park your unicycle. Pull up a girrafe chair. Make yourself comfortable.
Friday, September 17, 2010
I have borrowed this picture, taken by Dr. E. A. of Cambridge, as it encapsulates a universal truth, and wins another OOFTUG for Alejandro.
By night, the writing never stops. As well as being a featured columnist for BBC Focus magazine, he is working on several book projects. These include a popular-science book about human evolution (this week's working title - The Myth Of Progression: On The Tangled Bank of Darwin's Imagination); a projected new edition of his 1996 graduate-level text Before The Backbone; a palaeo book for kids and maybe a graphic novel (both with Luis V. Rey); a massive SF bonkbuster; and a kids' book calledDefiant The Guinea-Pig: Firefighter! (with his younger daughter, Crox Minima). An active Tolkienist, he is the Editor of Mallorn, the Journal of the Tolkien Society.
Herewith is the Roll of Honour in which Participants in this Blog are Judged to have made a Contribution that Transcends the Mere Ordinariness of the Merely Ordinary, and, Stepping Forward, receive the Order of the Unicycling Girrafe, and, this having been attained, shall join, in Perpetuity, Eternally and Forever, Whichever Lasts Longest, the Grand Order of the Unicycling Girrafe, and Shall Henceforth be Entitled to Style Themselves as GOOFTUG, Notwithstanding Inasmuch as Which, Ahem, Clears Throat:
Ms C. T. of South Wales, and Dr M. C. of Kingston upon Thames.