Alex Wyndham Baker

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Itinerant word whisperer, published author, and TBOE regular. After 25 years on the road, Alex currently lives off-grid in a horsebox up an Andalusian mountain.

Double Trouble: The Science of Twins

If it’s your birthday, perhaps you’re sharing it with a sibling. Twins: beloved by film-makers to add a hint of weird, and similarly intriguing to just about everybody else. Turns out, twins are a smidge more common than I thought before researching this article. The incidence of twins is around…

Who likes birthdays, anyway?

I don’t want to go too Grinch on you, but I have a confession. I don’t like birthdays. I’ve never had a birthday party – at least, as far as I remember. I couldn’t tell you what I did for the last ten birthdays. I don’t make the date public…

Astrological Signs of Life

The first time the mystifying, possibly mystical, effects of astrology impacted my life was at a music festival about two decades ago; “So, what sign are you?” she asked, lighting incense with the butt of her joint. “Er, Libra,” I said, unbuttoning my shirt, “I think.” That was a joke…

Earning adulthood: Coming of age around the world

Happy Birthday. What have you got planned? Quiet evening down the pub with mates? Clubbing? Festival? Dinner party? There are 1.8 billion young people currently approaching adulthood – that’s a quarter of the human population. The all-important transition is celebrated by markedly different rites around the world. Americans have their “Sweet 16” parties,…

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