Wednesday, 16th October, 2013

Orbis Poetry Journal Issue 164 is out

Orbis Literary Journal

The Summer issue of Orbis, edited by the indefatigable Carole Baldock, is out.

Why not buy a copy, sit down and treat yourself to a good read? It’s an interesting publication for those who like to see a wide range of poetry.



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Thursday, 1st August, 2013

Will Ye No Come Back Again?

Bonnie Prince Charlie, or Charles Edward Stuart, has been a focus for much sentiment over the years, especially North of the Border, where some regard him as the man who should have been the King, but whose grandfather, James II, was displaced in 1688 by his daughter, Mary II, and her husband William.

Charlie’s subsequent rebellion in 1745 didn’t quite make it, and he remained in exile overseas for the rest of his life, toasted by his supporters in the UK as the King Over the Water.


Some die-hard supporters, or Jacobites (named after James II), continued hoping that one day a descendant of Charlie would take back the throne, and at Traquair House, in the Tweed Valley, in Scotland, the Bear Gates (see opposite) have never been openedĀ  since a visit by Charles Edward, and will never be opened again, it is said, until a Stuart once again sits on the throne.the bear gates at traquair house

The Bear Gates

So far, there is no sign of this happening, partly because a long time has passed, and perhaps because, had there been a movement to restore the Stuart dynasty during World War II, it would have resulted in the King being Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria, which could have been a less than popular move at the time.



The potential King Rupprecht

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Friday, 26th July, 2013

Orbis Poetry Magazine Issue 163 is out


The Spring issue of Orbis poetry magazine is out now. The Summer issue follows in August.

Find out moreĀ  here.

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Thursday, 6th December, 2012

Richard Wiseman’s Incredible Vanishing Banana Illusion

This is quite astonishing. Without any CGI, or cutting/editing the video, Wiseman makes a banana apparently vanish, while its reflection in a mirror stays visible.the vanishing banana illusion

You can view this illusion at New Scientist’s site, and find out more about Richard Wiseman, and his site, here.

Do you have any suspicions as to how the trick is done?

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