Chillies; just how hot is hot?

Chillies; just how hot is hot?

The Scoville Scale is named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville. In 1912 he devised a method of measuring how hot chillies are and his test is officially known as the Scoville Organoleptic Test. This test measures the concentration of the chemical...
I think I keep forgetting but I can’t remember

I think I keep forgetting but I can’t remember

Have you ever wondered why it sometimes seems so bloody hard to remember things, especially the things you really need to remember? It can be so frustrating when you’re trying to learn a new skill or remember a presentation or a pitch and, if you’re anything like, me,...
Knowing your you’re from your your

Knowing your you’re from your your

Knowing which is the correct spelling of a word is hugely complicated by words which sound the same. When we say your and you’re or there, their and they’re they sound exactly the same and, of course, we learn to speak way before we learn to write so the...
The classic Margarita. Joy in a glass.

The classic Margarita. Joy in a glass.

The origin of the Margarita is not 100% clear and stories of who created the first, where it was created and how it got its name are shrouded in anecdotal urban legend. Be that as it may, the Margarita appears to have been concocted in Mexico around the late...
English language – the joy of words

English language – the joy of words

The English language is difficult enough yet, when spoken, we intuitively distinguish the difference between their, there and they’re or full, fool and fall without flinching, even though they sound very similar. However, it’s only when having to write...
So just why is it still called a Mobile Phone?

So just why is it still called a Mobile Phone?

Way back when the humble mobile phone began offering more than just a way of talking to someone, it was a real novelty to be able to connect to the information superhighway and use email. Of course, back then we didn’t even have WiFi so your internet connection...