Needles and Pins

I can't recall whether it was on University Challenge or some less august programme, but I recently heard the following question asked: Where in the world will you find the most Egyptian obelisks outside of Egypt? The answer came to me immediately (and not entirely because I've been playing Assassin's Creed Origins of late), but because I've … Continue reading Needles and Pins

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Putting Down New Roots

Thank Marco Polo for bringing noodles back from China and inspiring all those wonderful pasta variations. Or maybe not. In a recent programme for the BBC, ancient historian Michael Scott suggested that Arabs brought strips of semolina similar to tagliatelle to Sicily a century earlier. With only a 100 miles or so of the Mediterranean … Continue reading Putting Down New Roots