Tag Archives: Doctor Who

The First Police Boxes

Snippets 182.  Most people nowadays would associate a police telephone box with Doctor Who and little else, but they were once a common feature of British streets.  They were not actually a British invention though.  The first one in the world … Continue reading

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Never Cruel or Cowardly (Seneca 3)

For the last couple of weeks we have been looking at one of the most fascinating books ever written in Latin: De Vita Beata, by Seneca the Younger (c. 4BC – 65AD): About a Happy Life.  The following is my … Continue reading

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The 18th Century Robot

Snippets 64.  Hungarian inventor Wolfgang von Kempelen exhibited something quite astonished for the first time in 1770: a robotic chess player. “The Turk” was a life-size human head and torso, which sat behind a cabinet to play chess against its … Continue reading

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