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Douglas Grant Pearce

Jul 10, 2013 | In The Hills | Blogs

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Prizes, propaganda and pollination

Nov 17, 2012 | Douglas G. Pearce | Back Issues

“Macdonald spoke on April 27, 1885. He noted that the definition of ‘persons’ should be broadened to include women, this being a half century before the deed would finally be done by the famous Person’s case of 1929.

Whales, wheat and Wonderland

Sep 13, 2012 | Douglas G. Pearce | Autumn 2012

Alice’s True Adventure “There was never a March Hare, a Cheshire Cat, or a hookah-smoking caterpillar. The mushroom upon which the caterpillar sat, however, is real. The iconic Amanita muscaria, with its red cap and festive white polka dots, contains hallucinogens that cause the size of objects to appear distorted. Lewis Carroll was not unfamiliar…

Battles, balloons, vitamin B and Pierre Berton

Jun 17, 2012 | Douglas G. Pearce | Back Issues

Nearly 60 per cent of Americans 18 to 24 live with their parents – a higher proportion of adult children are living with their parents now than at any time since the 1930s.

Countryside Digest

Libertarians, populists and procrastinators

Mar 22, 2012 | Douglas G. Pearce | Back Issues

Hot rocks, put it off, a passing thought, war flags and Holy typo! Miscellany from Douglas G. Pearce’s Countryside Digest.

English setter

Motor cars, canines and capitalism

Nov 21, 2011 | Douglas G. Pearce | Back Issues

In a move reminiscent of the infamous family-planning measures introduced in 1976, residents of Shanghai are only allowed one dog per household.

Peacocks, oysters and rubber ducks

Sep 9, 2011 | Douglas G. Pearce | Autumn 2011

History traditionally has ranked alchemists with counterfeit artists, huckster quacks, snake oil salesmen, and witches. Miscellany from Douglas G. Pearce’s Countryside Digest.

Snakes in the Grass

Washing, wages, wax and worms

Jun 16, 2011 | Douglas G. Pearce | Back Issues

A review of recent studies suggests many amoebae have sex! Miscellany from Douglas G. Pearce’s Countryside Digest.

Cats, cannabis, kilts and kori bustards

Mar 24, 2011 | Douglas G. Pearce | Back Issues

Highland Security The fashion of wearing nothing beneath a kilt has been condemned by the Scottish Tartans Authority, which has called the practice “childish and unhygienic,” The Times of London reports. Brian Wilton, the director, said: “The idea that you are not a real Scot unless you are bare under your kilt should be thrown…

Snowflakes, sap and socialist plots

Nov 20, 2010 | Douglas G. Pearce | Back Issues

Unfortunately, Bentley’s love of snow was not reciprocated: He died of pneumonia in 1931 after walking home in a blizzard.

Apple

Spotty apples, sleepy bees and mad economists

Sep 13, 2010 | Douglas G. Pearce | Autumn 2010

Spotty Apples, Sleepy Bees and Mad Economists. Miscellany from Douglas G. Pearce’s Countryside Digest.

Fordlandia, Flying Machines and Formulas for Success

Jun 15, 2010 | Douglas G. Pearce | Back Issues

An American town in the Brazilian jungle, J. Paul Getty and Mark Twain. Miscellany from Douglas G. Pearce’s Countryside Digest.

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