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"Language is a virus from outer space."

William S Burroughs

So where does a journalist-turned-author go to sound off? Well, here's a pretty good start. This is where I hurl my missives out into the polluted meme-pool of human existence, hopefully to make a few ripples, if not an outright splash...

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Blog: The Last Post

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 2, 2018 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Calling time


THIS is the end. I'm going now. Goodbye. Well, not quite.


Actually rumours of my departure are somewhat exaggerated; I'm just nipping down the road, as it were. So this is the last item I'll be posting here. But if you’ve enjoyed my writings, then I hope you’ll check out my new site.


After six years, it’s time to move on to a fresh platform. ...

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Comment: Forest Plan Offers Ready Made Symbol For North-South Divide

Posted by Mark Cantrell on January 27, 2018 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Can't see the North for the trees...


Forests are great – especially ones that are allowed to grow naturally with all the wild wonder and chaos that entails – but is the forestation of a huge swathe of no...

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Books: Young Authors Give Fairy Tales A Techno Makeover

Posted by Mark Cantrell on January 19, 2018 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Does the White Rabbit dream of fitbits?


Young authors taking part in a writing competition for charity have given traditional fairy stories a techno makeover for the 21st Century


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News: Mexican Quarry Manager Saves Ancient British Oak

Posted by Mark Cantrell on January 10, 2018 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Old oak is saved from a power trim


Wickwar oak tree is over 800 years old, but faced the ‘chop’ to clear some space for overhead power lines, writes Mark Cantrell

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Blog: Like A UB40 With Added Attitude

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 30, 2017 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The times, they are a’changing


Despite its frightening contemporary resonance, back when Citizen Zero was born there was barely even an Internet, let alone smartphones or social media, writes

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News: Sky At Night Presenter Honoured For Services To Science

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 23, 2017 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Honorary doctorate for ‘space tour guide’


A renowned space scientist and television presenter has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Loughborough University in recognition of her contributions to science, wr...

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Space: NASA AI Finds Eighth Planet Lurking In Kepler System

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 15, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Machines find worlds in star data


Artificial intelligence looks set to play an important role in the discovery of planets beyond our solar system, writes Mark Cantrell, after NASA scientists used machine learning techniques to discover a previously overlooked world orbiting the Kepler-90 star


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History: Making Music Like An Ancient Egyptian

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 8, 2017 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Tuning-in to ancient artefacts


Archaeologists and historians are hoping to gain a fresh insight into ancient Roman and Egyptian societies, writes Mark Cantrell

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Culture: Manchester Becomes A Lit City

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 28, 2017 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

There's a million stories out there in the lit city


MANCHESTER joined a global club of book-loving cities this month when it was announced it has become a UNESCO City of Literature, writes Mark Cantrell.

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News: Big Issue Founder Applauds Money House Expansion

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 17, 2017 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Teaching fledgling tenants to manage their nest egg


Big Issue founder John Bird has backed a scheme to help tackle homelessness by teaching vulnerable young Londoners to better manage their money

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News: In Revelation Space Nobody Can Hear You Dream

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 8, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Science fiction authors take literary festival to Mars and beyond


Best-selling authors Philip Reeve and Alastair Reynolds are headline guests at the Literary Leicester festival later this month, writes

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Technology: Do Not Let The Web Bugs Bite

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 31, 2017 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Cyber crooks know where you live…


The Internet of Things is bringing the digital revolution home thanks to an array of ‘smart’ creature comforts that are changing the way we live, bu...

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