The Last of the Star Whales

Marcel Griaule was a French anthropologist born at the end of the Nineteenth century. Beginning in 1931, he spent several years in the Mopti region of Mali in West Africa, studying the indigenous Dogon people. The Dogon are renowned for their adherence to their old ways, ways that have been surprisingly resistant to change over […]

Pennies (and Other Objects) From Heaven

Throughout history there have been cases of strange things raining from the sky, as if some unseen celestial prankster is making merry at our expense. In Gorsky, Russia, 1940, thousands of silver coins tumbled to the earth, much to the delight of the local peasants. In Kendarington, England, 1989, a couple in a churchyard witnessed […]

The Man Who Fell Through Time

Born in Wigan in 1946, Gareth Roberts was the youngest of five sons. He grew up in an impoverished household in post-war England, and having to wear the hand-me-down clothes that dressed his four brothers before him instilled in the young boy a resolve to succeed that his siblings lacked. This resolve pulled him through […]