Author Archives: Richard Southworth

About Richard Southworth

Hi, my name's Richard. I've been blogging since January 2014, and I like to talk about all sorts of things: book reviews, film reviews, writing, science, history, or sometimes just sharing miscellaneous thoughts. Thanks for visiting my blog, and I hope you find something that interests you! I have a main blog at https://velociraptor256.wordpress.com, and a blog focussed on nature at http://richardsnatureblog.wordpress.com.

The Bloody Jack Adventures: Books 1 to 5

It’s not often you find a book series that you fall so in love with, you just can’t stop reading and you jump straight from one instalment to the next. But that’s how I’m feeling right now. The book series … Continue reading

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Jack Lousma, Skylab Astronaut

This Saturday, my granddad and I attended a talk by former U.S. astronaut Colonel Jack Lousma, organised by Space Lectures in Pontefract – they were also the organisers for previous talks I’ve attended by Ken Mattingly and Jim Lovell. Originally … Continue reading

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Film review: Ad Astra

There’s no question that flying in space has the potential to be scary. It involves heading into an incredibly hostile environment, cocooned in technology, a long way from any sort of practial help; and both real-life disasters and works of … Continue reading

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Film review: Downton Abbey

In 2015, after six seasons and a few Christmas specials, Downton Abbey came to an end, with Victoria subsequently replacing it as ITV’s big period drama. But of course, we have a real difficulty letting things go in this day … Continue reading

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An Evening with Alice Roberts

On Friday evening, I went down to Sale in Greater Manchester for another lecture – this one by the fascinating Professor Alice Roberts. Professor Roberts’s career has branched in many different directions, and she began her lecture by talking about … Continue reading

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In Edinburgh: Snakes in the City and Harry Potter

My mum and I are both fans of the Nat Geo Wild series Snakes In The City, which follows snake-catchers Simon Keys and Siouxsie Gillett as they carry out their work in Durban, South Africa. Their job is to catch … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Era (1974-1981)

In 1974, 40-year-old Tom Baker was between acting jobs and working as a bricklayer, when he landed the role of a lifetime: succeeding Jon Pertwee in Doctor Who. He would stay in the role for seven seasons, longer than any … Continue reading

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Book review: 50 Dinosaur Tales

Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I Know Dino is a weekly podcast – hosted by Garret Kruger and Sabrina Ricci – which features dinosaur-related news items, interviews, and facts on the … Continue reading

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Apollo 11: 50 Years On

On 16th July 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin blasted off in a Saturn V rocket from Cape Kennedy in Florida, headed for the Moon. Four days later, Armstrong and Aldrin – in their lunar … Continue reading

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My Third 10K – With Ice Cream Bonus!

Today, I took on my third official 10K event: the Garstang Ice Cream 10K, recommended by a friend at work, and being held in support of the Garstang Ice Cream Festival next weekend. Having run 10K in two of the … Continue reading

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