What Am I? The Random Summer One

Below I’ve listed the key chemicals or elements found in a commonly available  product, which may (or may not) be slightly UK-centric.  All chemicals drawn below are part of the same product.  I’ve drawn the chemical structures of principal components where simple and appropriate; given the E number or CAS number (however tempting Sigma-Aldrich catalogue numbers would be) if no simple Continue reading


What Am I? Season 2 Episode 5

Below I’ve listed the key chemicals or elements found in a commonly available  product, which may (or may not) be slightly UK-centric.  All chemicals drawn below are part of the same product.  I’ve drawn the chemical structures of principal components where simple and appropriate; given the E number or CAS number (however tempting Sigma-Aldrich catalogue numbers would be) if no simple Continue reading


What Am I? Season 2 Episode 4

Below I’ve listed the key chemicals or elements found in a commonly available  product, which may (or may not) be slightly UK-centric.  All chemicals drawn below are part of the same product.  I’ve drawn the chemical structures of principal components where simple and appropriate; given the E number or CAS number (however tempting Sigma-Aldrich catalogue numbers would be) if no simple Continue reading


What Was I?

                      Remember these? Or if you’re unfamiliar with the ‘flying saucers’ (hence a clue on Twitter: Fox Mulder’s favourite sweeties), they are essentially sherbet wrapped up in coloured rice paper (starch really). Sweeties is really a misnomer – in many cases the joy of sweets Continue reading


What Am I? Season 2 Episode 3

Below I’ve listed the key chemicals or elements found in a commonly available  product, which may (or may not) be slightly UK-centric.  All chemicals drawn below are part of the same product.  I’ve drawn the chemical structures of principal components where simple and appropriate; given the E number or CAS number (however tempting Sigma-Aldrich catalogue numbers would be) if no simple Continue reading


What Am I? Season 2 Episode 2

Below I’ve listed the key chemicals or elements found in a commonly available  product, which may (or may not) be slightly UK-centric.  All chemicals drawn below are part of the same product.  I’ve drawn the chemical structures of principal components where simple and appropriate; given the E number or CAS number (however tempting Sigma-Aldrich catalogue numbers would be) if no simple Continue reading


Mmmm Spicy!

A few years ago while living in Vancouver we returned to our basement apartment from a day’s shopping.  After about 5 minutes we felt our throats were very scratchy and our eyes were burning and we couldn’t really work out why.  There was no obvious odour in the apartment although it was perhaps colder than usual.  We Continue reading