Author: James Higham

The boy who asked why

Ikebana – the art of floral arrangement

Ikenobo Moribana [freer] arrangement People have long appreciated beautiful flowers and arranged them in vases. However, in Japan, the way of arranging flowers and plants has been carefully systematised and this is called ‘Kado’. In the Kamakura period (1192-1333), the…

Space quiz – try these five

1. On January 31, 1958, Satellite 1958 Alpha was launched. What was it more commonly known as? Hint: E….. 2. To be fair, the Soviets had been first with the First intercontinental ballistic missile in 1957. What was it called?…

Are you cussin’ me, man?

The issue of race is consuming the U.S., if the media’s to be believed, which I don’t. It seems to me that Washington Rebel, through Irish Cicero, at Theo Spark’s [sounds like a racehorse pedigree], has it right when he…

School children forced into sex

This post was first run at the old Nourishing Obscurity and had many comments which have not been brought over here. It starts off all right: In their most impressionable adolescent years, a third of high school students say they…