In the final episode of Brian Cox’s homage to heroes of British science, he answers an important question faced by scientists around the world face. Scientific research costs billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money, so if there isn’t an immediate goal that’ll benefit society and generate profits, is it worth doing?
Cox argues why both applied and ‘blue sky’ science (research for curiosity’s sake) are important and, just in case you don’t believe him, has some intriguing examples of vital discoveries in history. The accidental find of the colour mauve, for instance, or John Tyndall’s revelation that disease and decay can be transported through air. Cox also talks to industry experts and performs some experiments himself.
Plus, his delivery is so charming that, by the end of the hour, you’ll be hard pressed to dispute that scientists should be funded to experiment freely, because, as Cox enthuses, ‘the acquisition of knowledge is priceless’.
Holborn Dining Room
Located on High Holborn, linked to the Rosewood Hotel, The Holborn Dining Room might lead you to believe you’d stepped into an exclusive gentlemen’s club. With plush red leather banquettes nestled in a retro style dining room, you can’t mistake the air of opulence about this venue. It’s not all about the good looking interior design though, there’s an extensive brasserie style menu, offering up breakfast, lunch and dinner. The wide-ranging breakfast menu delivers up eggs in a manner of ways, spelt pancakes and pastries and later in the day diners can choose from English classics such as Suffolk pork belly or pick something lighter from the seafood counter. There’s also an outdoor terrace for a more al-fresco experience and a deli on site if you’re after something on the go. Although the food may not be particularly exotic, there’s a further element that makes this place stand out from the crowd… it’s gin bar. Boasting a choice of over 400 gins and 30 tonics gin-lovers can experience 14,000 possible G&T combinations, probably not in one sitting…
Venue says: “The Pie Room is now open for takeaway. Enjoy homemade hot and cold pies, scotch eggs and sausage rolls, Monday to Friday, 11am-4pm.”