The Quebec Grail

It always cracks me up when the Catalan and Scottish nationalists send info-hungry delegations to Quebec. After a defeat in 1980 and a close shave in 1995, currently only about a third of voters support independence, and Bloomberg’s account of the latest, discreet Scottish mission to Quebec summarises the economic damage which has paralleled the…

A snail-fuelled footwear cooling and lubrication system

The other day, with in temperatures in the mid-30s, some folks dragged me out of retirement to go walking on a bunch of limestone. I was in sandals, but my feet were still pretty warm, and the fine dust gradually started creating fissures in my naturally dry skin. But then, eureka. Snails like limestone, whether…