Science Fun at New Scientist Live


In stellar company: Al Worden, Helen Sharman and Tim Peake (from left to right) talk space travel.

Thousands of science enthusiasts head to New Scientist Live this week-end

By Mélissa M Azombo

Science Convention New Scientist Live is back this weekend at ExCeL London with talks, workshops, Q&As and fun for all the family!

New Scientist Live returns this year from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October 2017 from 10h00. The event, aimed at all enthusiasts, from school age to professionals kick-started its science-filled week-end spectacularly with talks from astronauts Tim Peake, Al Worden and Helen Sharman.

The three covered a few topics and answered some audience questions.

“The feeling of weightlessness,” answered astronaut Helen Sharman to what she would look forward to the most, who also said she’d been asked before if she would go into space without having to collect any scientific data. “In a heartbeat I said no. I’d rather not go at all.” The experience is clearly more about just going into space for her.

Along the same lines, Al Worden spoke of the future of space flight saying, “You’ve got to stay in space for at least eight days, to make it worthwile,” explaining there would be no point in being in space for a short amount of time, then coming back down. Eitherway, all three remained adamant that humans shall make it to Mars one day.

Likewise, Libby Jackson of the UK Space Agency remained clear on the future of human spaceflight. She told Time Made Of Strawberries “Beyond the science and the technology and the economic reasons, you see it when you talk to people: The fact that there’s a human there doing it is what makes it fascinating, so I think humans will always find another role for other humans [in space].”

The event also featured talks on climate change, alcohol awareness and gravitational waves. There was a naked mole rat exhibit on display, as well as VR experiences and of course, lots of stalls from Warwick University to the European Space Agency to visit.

The rest of the stellar week-end promises a live link to the ISS, as well as a ram-packed finale day. It will feature the results of the Cassini spacecraft, which ended its mission in style only two weeks ago, by being plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere on the Cosmos Stage. The same stage will feature an intriguing talk from Dr Lewis Dartnell about what the search for alien life tells us about ourselves.

Venture into the world of consciousness on the Main stage, discover how insects inspire robotics on the Technology stage and learn about the immune-to-Cancer naked mole rat on the Earth stage. After a wander around the stalls, perhaps make your way to the Engineering stage to ponder about Synthetic Biology and head to the Humans Stage to understand more about the growing antibiotic resistance problem.

With another opportunity to be part of a conversation with Al Worden, as well as a chance to hear writer and daughter of scientist Professor Stephen Hawking, Lucy Hawking’s storytime, New Scientist Live is an event you don’t want to miss!

A Glamitz Christmas – AD


Cosy up with a luciously scented organic lip balm this Autumn

By Mélissa M Azombo

Relatively new organic bath and beauty products brand Glamitz has beauty products you will fall in love with, this autumn. What’s more – they only use natural ingredients and are all handmade!

Glamitz specialises in scented lip balms, progressively expanding into bath bombs, body scrub (sugar and epsom salts) and bath milk, which can be made to order as Christmas approaches. The Glamitz Original range features Glamitz Chocolat, Glamitz Miel and Glamitz Orange. The chocolate, honey and orange scents are perfect for the autumn season. However, you can also get your hands on the brand new Glamitz Noël Christmas range soon. This will feature peppermint, cinamon, lemon and the popular chocolate and orange combination. The products range from £3.50 to £5.50 in price from 10 millilitres to 35 millilitres.

It is important that these products are organic due to the amount of other products we tend to find harsh chemicals in. Glamitz products are all organic, with natural ingredients you can therefore feel comfortable putting on your skin.

I learnt how to make organic bath and beauty products in 2009 and since then have tried to sell my products on different occasions at various markets and online. This year, I am hoping to relaunch the site in November and hope everyone will enjoy using the products as much as I do.

You can purchase the Noël and Original Glamitz ranges online, on the soon to be relaunched site by using the contact form to make your order.

Catch Time Made Of Strawberries On SM


This is just a quick post to remind you to keep up with Time Made Of Strawberries on social media. On Twitter, it is @GoldenWho. There, you can find not only updates to do with the site but also what is going in in the Whoniverse, Universe and events and more. If you have Instagram, you can keep up with the site on there. You can follow the timemadeofstrawberries Insta Story during events to keep up with what I’m up to and what amazing content is coming your way.

More articles and posts coming soon. In the meantime, see you on Twitter and Instagram!

Last Chance To Fly TARDIS


The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay

Why you should get your own Doctor Who Experience before it closes next week

By Mélissa M Azombo

As The Doctor Who Experience shuts its doors next Saturday, Time Made Of Strawberries tells you why you should go while you still have the chance.

It has been no secret since last year, that the Doctor Who Experience planned to shut its doors this summer. Next week, on Saturday 9th September at 17:00, it will shut its doors one final time.

So, make your way there for an interactive experience, where you can fly the TARDIS and help The Doctor save the Universe, in your very own real life Doctor Who adventure. After the walkthrough section, revel in the history of the show, with props, sets, costumes. Don’t blink at creatures from the show, including some of The Doctor’s greatest foes, such as the Daleks, all on display. If yu’re not too afraid, pause at past scenes from the show, displayed on screens for your viewing pleasure. From 1963 – present, it is all there for you to view and pose with.

Why not be like a Cyberman and upgrade your experience, by taking some really cool photos in front of the green screen? You could be a Time Lord on Gallifrey or a companion lost in the vortex. The Experience also have some props on standby, so you can wear a fez like The 11th Doctor or pose with your sonic at the TARDIS doors.

Once you have finished looking at that exhibition, you can take a look at a Target Exhibition, which includes past Doctor Who Magazine covers and artwork, located next to the shop.

Although the Merchandise packages are now completely sold out, there is still plenty of Doctor Who merchandise available for you to take home from the little shop. From Doctor Who badges to posters, T-shirts to DVDs and even an official companion certificate or TARDIS ear-rings, you could take a bit of the show home with you.

Upon exit, while sobbing that you don’t want to go, don’t forget to pick up your very own Doctor Who Experience Souvenir coin. You’ll need £1.01. If you have a bit more time, make sure you look at everything else that’s on display at the entrance, including handprints from people key to the show, including actors Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, the late Sir John Hurt and showrunner Steven Moffat. If all of that excitement has made you hungry, you can always check out the Doctor Who Experience café, perhaps just after having played a few games of Doctor Who pinball (£1 for 3 games).

While all admission tickets for Sunday 3rd September and the final day Saturday 9th September 2017 have now sold out, there is still plenty of oppotunity to attend from Monday 4th September – Friday 8th September. First admission is 10:00 and last admission 15:30 every day, with the Experience closing at 17:00.

You can book a ticket on the door, though advance purchase is currently advised to avoid disappointment. You can book via the Doctor Who Experience website or See Tickets.

After your visit, you can take the Cardiff tour bus or visit Cardiff Castle with 10% off with your Doctor Who Experience ticket.

However, if you still can not get a ticket, you can always visit the Doctor Who Experience Café, entrance, shop and Target exhibition, before it dematerialises.