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Monthly Archive for February, 2005

This looks complicated, but its not – its just long-winded to explain. For this trick you need a man’s handkerchief or a square cloth of a similar size. Smooth it out flat (on a table) as in the diagram below, and then fold it upwards diagonally in half. Fold the corners in from each side […]

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In Arthur Ransome‘s delightful series of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ children’s books from the 1930′s, the kids use owl calls to signal to each other at various points in their adventures. “There was a noise in the wood below them, a noise something like an owl and something like a cuckoo, ending in a gurgle of […]

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Nasturtiums

Nasturtium leaves are very cool to mess around with. Pick a large nasturtium leaf, and try to catch some water in it. Something about the surface of the leaf resists the liquid completely, so that the water forms into beautiful round silvery drops that race around and off the leaf before you know it. They […]

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