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Pond life

There’s a giant tadpole in our pond, the amphibian Jaws of suburban Sussex. I started wondering if it had just had a head start out the frogspawn, and so did some research. In a way, it probably has had a leap ahead, but from last year, not this. It turns out that if the conditions…

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Home Cured Bacon

No, not the usual kind of Smithery post… but these are strange times, no? Helen and the kids bought me a bacon curing course for my birthday a few years back, and since then I have regularly made some bacon we’re feeding lots of people (Christmas, half-terms, camping trips, etc). I offered to share the…

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28 Days Later

It’s hard to know whether London is quieter this weekend, or just feels quieter. A new chapter for “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” no doubt. Interesting to note how quickly a poster information campaign can be everywhere though. The last mass media format. via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/2iBJqqb

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