And here we are at the end of another #AtoZchallenge. This is my second, and it has been a bit of a slog, but as someone pointed I have no one but myself to blame for choosing a theme that needed some thought and research. I’ve also gone a bit over the suggested 300 words/per … Continue reading Z – Zhaligheer: the Shining One
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but black is white and white is black. If you haven’t heard that one before then I thoroughly recommend that you get hold of a copy of the Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth, worth every penny in my opinion, and it will give you the full break down … Continue reading Y – Yew
X marks the spot. Rearrange for X. X, the unknown factor. X, the hidden mastermind behind the fiendish plot… X is one of the lesser used letters of the alphabet* and can be hard for AtoZ’ers, perhaps one of the ones that is most prone to tenuous connections. This year I actually knew very early … Continue reading X – X
Wait…what? Werewolves aren’t a material! Well, they’re made of stuff, but no, that’s not where I’m going with this. You could probably run a whole AtoZ on the history of werewolves and werewolf lore – and if anyone wants to run with that next year, please do, with my blessing. The term lycanthropy, as might … Continue reading W – Werewolves
Back in the halcyon days (grass, greener etc.) days of the 1950s, Ealing Studios produced a series of comedies that most people today would look at you blankly if you mentioned their names. In their own way, each of these films is a little gem, and in the same way that ‘comedy’ doesn’t really do … Continue reading V – Viscose Rayon – to the max!
Twenty letters down, six to go, and it occurs to me that I haven’t really spent that much time talking about my core business – mechanical properties of materials. I included a good description of the key properties a couple of days ago and I’ve alluded to them here and there. And at this late … Continue reading U – Unobtainium
“A magic sword is important,' said Magrat. 'You've got to have one. We could make him one,' she added wistfully. 'Out of thunderbolt iron. I've got a spell for that. You take some thunderbolt iron,' she said uncertainly, 'and then you make a sword out of it.” - Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters It may … Continue reading T- Thunderbolt Iron