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Learning Dutch: finding the right course

One of the first questions people ask me when I speak a little Dutch is, "what lessons are you having?" There's an expectation that to learn it, you need to…

Flaming June

I've decided that June is The Month of Getting My Life Up and Running. For short, I call it Flaming June. The first months

Learning Dutch – getting started

New country, new language. Here we go... Starting off My starting position is English, plus 3 years of German, 7 years of French, and 4 years of Latin at school, with…

Models of reality

Most science is underpinned by a model (or several) of reality. Physical models - Newtonian mechanics, electro-magnetism, general and special relativity, quantum, cosmology, and others. Biological models. Medical models. Chemical…

Air travel anxiety

I don't have a fear of flying. I'll happily decide to fly, book a flight, and get on it. What I don't like is the fear when things get bumpy.…

Waking up early

You know those nights when you wake up and it's still dark? The nights when you think, "oh crap, it's 3 hours until my alarm goes off"? For some of…