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, and a blog focussed on nature at

The Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you very much to Petrel41 from Dear Kitty. Some Blog for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award! This award originates from Okoto Enigma, but unfortunately their blog no longer seems to be working. The rules of the Mystery … Continue reading

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What is it like to have Asperger Syndrome? (My 500th Post)

This is the 500th post I’ve made on this blog; thank you very much to everyone who’s been reading over the past five years! This feels like a good time to start talking properly about my experiences with having Asperger … Continue reading

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The Kegworth Air Disaster

This week has marked the thirtieth anniversary of the Kegworth air disaster, a plane crash on British soil caused by a long chain of mistakes. At 7:52pm on Sunday 8th January 1989, British Midland Flight 092 – a new Boeing … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 11: Final Thoughts

In July 2017, it was announced that Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor would be regenerating into a woman, played by Jodie Whittaker. At the time, I wrote a blog post expressing my concerns about changing the gender of a character who … Continue reading

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Where No Space Probe Has Gone Before

This week has been a pretty significant one in the history of space exploration, as no less than three different space probes achieved important milestones in their missions. At 5:33am GMT on 1st January, the New Horizons probe passed within … Continue reading

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Film reviews: Mary Poppins Returns and The Favourite

Over the Christmas break, I saw two films at the cinema – and they were two very different films, except that they both had female leads, and the performances of those leads were a highlight of both productions. Mary Poppins … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – New Year’s Day Special 2019: “Resolution”

Following our expository introduction, we open in the middle of a ‘romantic comedy’ moment between Lin and Mitch, which makes it pretty obvious that something bad’s about to happen to one or both of them. At least they’re both still … Continue reading

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Happy New Year – 2019!

Happy New Year to everybody! So, have you been working on those resolutions? Some of my own resolutions simply focus on maintaining my best habits from 2018 – for example: I’ve set this year’s reading challenge at 50 books, which I … Continue reading

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My Favourite Things in 2018

In the News The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19th May was, if anything, even more of a pleasure to watch than that of William and Kate in 2011. With such features as a very eloquent … Continue reading

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Looking Back on 2018

We are now approaching the end of 2018 – and I’ve personally found it to be a stimulating year where I was able to do all sorts of interesting things. I went to India for the first time. I completed … Continue reading

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