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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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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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Be A Good Star Citizen – Buy A Starship And A Space Pet

Dec 06, 14 Be A Good Star Citizen – Buy A Starship And A Space Pet

Posted by in An English Angle, Gaming

The online PC game Star Citizen, designed by developer Chris Roberts, has blown away all previous crowdfunding successes by raising more than $65 million from 700,000 backers – that’s more than three times the previous record. It’s not too late to get in on the Star Citizen action – you can still grab your own ship, “Digital Electro Skin Hull Enhancement,” or, coolest of all, your own space pet.

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The Smart Ring That Lets You Know You Are Wanted

Dec 05, 14 The Smart Ring That Lets You Know You Are Wanted

Posted by in An English Angle, Technology

Old Gollum was so obsessed with his “precious” ring, he was prepared to follow Frodo through the endless dangers of Middle Earth to get it back. In the end, it cost him his life when he fell into the Cracks of Doom. Now that’s commitment. But if Gollum had been a tech-head, what lengths would he have gone to to get his hands on a Ringly?

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Will Stephen Hawking Be The Next Bond Villain?

Professor Stephen Hawking is a man of infinite variety – one of the greatest scientists and thinkers of modern times. He is even rumored to be planning an appearance in the latest Monty Python reunion series. But Stephen Hawking as a Bond villain? Now that’s something that boggles the mind, but Hawking seems to have set his prodigious mind on it.

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Turn Air Into Water As You Pedal Your Bike

Nov 26, 14 Turn Air Into Water As You Pedal Your Bike

Posted by in An English Angle, Technology

“Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink” – so goes the famous line by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Well, not any more, Sam. Austrian photographer Kristóf Retezár has invented the Fontus, a self-filling water bottle for your bicycle. As if by magic, the device extracts water from the air as you cycle.

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Top 5 Enterprise Technology Trends For 2015

Nov 24, 14 Top 5 Enterprise Technology Trends For 2015

Posted by in An English Angle, Technology

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has published a list of what they believe will be the key “Enterprise-Technology Trends” for 2015. The US carrier says that big business will need to get to grips on the growth of big data, increase reliance on the cloud, and make greater financial capital from the Internet of Things.

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