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Season of mellow fruitfulness – and lots of cobwebs

It’s that ‘in-between’ time of year at the moment. It’s 17ºC in the afternoon sun, I’ve just picked two dozen raspberries, the gazania are only just (finally!) coming into flower, and most trees are still green. But, there’s a nip in the air when the sun goes down, the days feel so much shorter, and … Continue reading Season of mellow fruitfulness – and lots of cobwebs

Robots may be great at chess, but they really suck at poetry

What distinguishes us from computer intelligence? Feeling and beauty. As proved by poetry. And as proved by hearing a machine ‘read’ a poem. A computer reading out words with no no tone, no inflection, no feeling, may as well be reading out a shopping list. That would still sound odd to our ears, because even … Continue reading Robots may be great at chess, but they really suck at poetry

The garden is bright, the garden is orange – and pollinators love it

Orange isn't a colour I've ever chosen for a garden before, being more into blues and pinks. But I'm coming round it it. Summer returned in time for the bank (public) holiday weekend. And the brightest flowers in my garden at the moment are ones that cost me nothing. The cosmos tango were free with … Continue reading The garden is bright, the garden is orange – and pollinators love it