Oxbridge entrance – a modest proposal

There has been some talk recently about apparent bias in the way Oxford and Cambridge universities select undergraduate students, disproportionately favouring (white) students from fee-paying schools. The universities respond, with some justification, that they accept anyone who gets top grades at A level and performs well at interview, and it’s not their fault if state … Read more

Samyang 500mm ƒ/6.3 DX mirror lens

Long focal length lenses for SLR cameras are mostly one of two types – refractors (true lenses) or “mirror” lenses (actually Cassegrain telescopes). Large aperture long lenses are big, heavy, and expensive, but they can perform really well. Mirror lenses are much smaller, lighter, and usually a lot cheaper. However they are fixed aperture, usually … Read more

Sussex pond pudding

Last weekend I made a Sussex pond pudding and, as I occasionally do, I posted a picture of it on Facebook. The ensuing discussion included both a request for my recipe and a link to a recent Guardian article “the perfect… Sussex pond pudding”. Here’s my recipe, fleshed out with a few pictures. I’ve taken … Read more