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About Eric Hopton

Eric Hopton is a writer, musician, artist, and photographer. He has a degree in Social Anthropology and has always been passionate about travel, having so far visited 73 countries. His music and sound work has been used in many projects around the world and can be heard on Bandcamp and Freesound, where he has contributed over 1,300 sounds under his sonic alter ego, ERH.

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I’m hooked on music for science

Jan 22, 15 I’m hooked on music for science

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

If you are getting hassled for playing computer games, here’s a good one to fend off your tormentors and critics. Just tell them you are advancing the cause of science - The Science of Songs. So you get to have a bit of fun and support a worthy cause at the same time. What could be better?

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Will Black Beauty raise a million?

Jan 11, 15 Will Black Beauty raise a million?

Posted by in An English Angle, Lifestyle

When guitar maker Gibson began to sell the first “Les Paul” solid-bodied models in1952, they opened up a musical divide that still exists today. Gibson’s big rival, Fender, had their own groundbreaking guitar – the Stratocaster, which started to ship in big numbers in 1954. The totally different sounds, image and feel of the two guitars attracted die-hard devotees who went down two separate roads and they took the music with them.

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Mad Nazi cows come to a sticky end

Jan 07, 15 Mad Nazi cows come to a sticky end

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

It looked like bad news from the start, but there's no stopping some people when they get a bovine in their bonnet. Once Devon, UK, farmer Derek Gow decided to import a bunch of “Heck” cattle from Belgium back in 2009, he was set on a course with no potential for a happy ending. These beasts are not to be messed with and have been described as “Mad Nazi Cows.”

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A brick-sized cellphone to turn you into a fairy

Jan 03, 15 A brick-sized cellphone to turn you into a fairy

Posted by in An English Angle, Technology

What was the world like before mobile phones? According to some cute British kids of the smartphone generation who were shown one of the very first cellphones, that world was black and white and there were no cameras and no television. One girl was so mesmerized by the clunky box she hoped it would turn her into a fairy.

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I need to get smarter – I need more beer

Dec 26, 14 I need to get smarter – I need more beer

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

It's uncanny isn't it? When we drink, we think we have all the answers in the world. We think we are super smart. But a sober man watching someone getting steadily drunk sees the exact opposite - a slow descent into dumb stupidity. Believe me, I know. I spent a little too long working the beer pumps in a wild Aussie drinking den to ever think beer can make men brighter. Until now, that is.

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Weirdo Christmas Customs To Avoid

Dec 16, 14 Weirdo Christmas Customs To Avoid

Posted by in An English Angle, Lifestyle, Seasonal

There’s something about Christmas that makes people skip a groove or two. Normally staid and calm individuals seem to lose it and do weird and not so wonderful things. With the news from the Associated Press that a brewery in western New York has built its very own Christmas tree using hundreds of beer kegs, we thought redOrbit should bring you a couple of the world’s wackiest Christmas aberrations.

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Shrooming In The Palace Gardens

Dec 15, 14 Shrooming In The Palace Gardens

Posted by in An English Angle, Lifestyle

Maybe, just maybe, the Queen has been “shrooming” on the quiet. Or maybe it’s the Royal Kitchen staff having a bit of a laugh and spiking her cranberry sauce with psilocybin just to get even for all that ordering about. Apparently, it wouldn’t be too hard to source the ingredients. It seems as though the grounds of Buckingham Palace are home to the “magic mushroom” beloved of many a drug user.

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Junk Food Jungle On The Streets Of New York

Dec 13, 14 Junk Food Jungle On The Streets Of New York

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

It’s a jungle out there. When you get down and dirty on the streets of a modern city, there’s a life and death struggle going on beneath your feet. You may not see it as you mooch around, but there is an intricate “food web” down on the ground – a complex biodiverse system of animals fighting for survival. Bugs. Millions of them, fighting over the scraps of human food litter.

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Mistletoe – Christmas Kiss Catalyst And Potential Cancer Cure

Dec 10, 14 Mistletoe – Christmas Kiss Catalyst And Potential Cancer Cure

Posted by in An English Angle, Science, Seasonal

For a parasitic plant, mistletoe really gets a lot of attention. This is especially so at Christmas time when it becomes the parasite of choice for those looking to grab a quick snog under a scrawny few twigs with off-white berries. These mistletoe pests will no doubt quote ancient tradition as their excuse for predatory lip lust. But how many people know where this strange custom came from?

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Frankincense Found In Ancient Roman Remains

Dec 08, 14 Frankincense Found In Ancient Roman Remains

Posted by in An English Angle, Science, Seasonal

Maybe I was just a sensitive kid but, every Christmas, when I used to have to sing We Three Kings as a cute little choirboy in my very fetching “cassock and surplice,” and I would chill when I heard some of the words of the well-known carol. I was fascinated by the story and the romance of the Three Gifts carried by the Magi. But myrrh? What was that? Frankincense was a different matter, though.

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