Flame on Water Feature

A Water Flame – How does it work?

The problem with being a scientist is that very little is taken on face value. We went on a family holiday to Norfolk this year and visited the lovely Houghton Hall. The Hall is home to a large collection of outdoor modern sculptures, the most famous of the artists being Henry Moore.

My personal favourite was a rather unusual piece of artwork by a Danish artist, Jeppe Hein. In the garden, there appears to be a shallow pool of water surrounded by grass. Suddenly a flame ignites in the centre of the pool. Continue reading A Water Flame – How does it work?

Science tutoring session

Results Day – It’s always good to have a Plan B

For A Level students, there is only one more milestone between school and university – and that is results day. A Level results are released on the third Thursday in August, and GCSE results released the following week. The third Thursday in August is also the day that university places are confirmed, and any unfilled university places offered up in a process called ‘Clearing’. Continue reading Results Day – It’s always good to have a Plan B

DNA Model

Anastasia, The Romanovs and DNA Profiling

The afternoon began with a trip to the theatre and ended in an internet search for the DNA profiling of Tsar Nicholas and his family.

The Theatre Royal Windsor showed a straight play this afternoon called The Anastasia File. Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas and his wife Alexandra, has been portrayed on stage and screen and has the highest profile of the five children. Continue reading Anastasia, The Romanovs and DNA Profiling

Private Tutor

Private Tutors – Professional Educators or a Means to Earn Pin Money?

I’ve been a private tutor for twelve years. I’ve had dealings in a professional capacity with a variety of tutors, from on-line forums to professional recommendations, from offering advice to tutors starting out to frantically seeking tutors for my own children in emergency situations! We’re a very mixed bunch. Continue reading Private Tutors – Professional Educators or a Means to Earn Pin Money?