Long Live the Weeds!

Long Live the Weeds! What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet; Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet. (Gerard Manley Hopkins, from “Inversnaid”.) I first really discovered the joy of weeding when I went to Sweden as … More Long Live the Weeds!

Curved Curiosities

I came across the Oakes Twins through working at the Science Gallery in Dublin. They’re going to be exhibiting there very soon – and, as it is my job to talk to people about the various exhibits in the gallery, I did some research… and became completely absorbed and sidetracked by the mathematical background to … More Curved Curiosities

A Poem in a Bowl

  I give out to myself for listening too much to the radio, but occasionally it does help me discover things that I would never find in any other way. I hear poets interviewed sometimes and mostly they do nothing to change my mind with its view that modern poetry by people under the age … More A Poem in a Bowl