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About velociraptor256

Hi, my name's Richard. I created this blog to talk about my interests - and I have quite a few of those. I love zoology in general, herpetology in particular (especially snakes!), writing (have won National Novel Writing Month nine times so far), reading, astronomy, palaeontology, and travel. Thank you for coming to my blog, and I hope you find something that interests you here!

2018 World Cup: It’s Coming Home (But Only Metaphorically)

The 2018 World Cup in Russia has just ended with France deservedly taking home the trophy, twenty years after they won it for the first time. Like much of the tournament, the final match between France and Croatia was a … Continue reading

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Film review: Incredibles 2

The Incredibles is both one of my favourite Pixar films and one of my favourite superhero films, and you’d think that coming up with a sequel wouldn’t be that hard, especially considering the number of other sequels that Pixar has … Continue reading

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Prehistoric Profiles: Stegosaurus

Pictured: Sophie the Stegosaurus, at the Natural History Museum in London. Found in Wyoming, she is the most complete Stegosaurus skeleton known to date. Photo taken by myself in February 2018. Before I saw Jurassic Park, and Velociraptor captured my … Continue reading

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2018 World Cup: How’s It Going So Far?

For nearly three weeks now, much of my free time has revolved around watching – or at least keeping an eye on – the World Cup. While commitments have kept me from watching as much football as I’d like, I’ve … Continue reading

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Nature Profiles: The Common Cuckoo

Most people are familiar with how the common cuckoo’s (Cuculus canorus) life cycle works, and as a result, it is widely regarded as one of the villains of the animal kingdom. This bird is an obligate brood parasite, which reproduces … Continue reading

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Adding to my adder count

This morning, I drove up to South Cumbria again to go for a walk around Roudsea Wood & Mosses NNR. It was a hazy morning, quite cool at first in the woodland, but it had certainly warmed up by the … Continue reading

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Space Shambles at the Royal Albert Hall

On Friday, my dad and I went down to London together to see the show Space Shambles at the Royal Albert Hall. It was a one-night-only event, and had been presented as a blend of “science, music, comedy and wonder” … Continue reading

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My first badgers!

I had an exciting time yesterday evening, when I was able to go out to a hide to watch for badgers – which would be the first time I had seen a badger that wasn’t roadkill. We started watching at … Continue reading

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2018 World Cup predictions

It’s funny to think that at the time of the last World Cup, this blog was just six months old. I can’t believe so much time has passed. But here we are again! I’m looking forward to some great football … Continue reading

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First Man: Trailer Review

This weekend, the trailer for First Man was released. Not to be confused with Early Man, the Aardman animated film about cavemen that was released earlier this year, this particular film is a biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong, based on … Continue reading

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