I am a researcher in bionanotechnology currently living and working in Tokyo. I moved out here four and a half years ago, against my better judgement but in search of adventure. It has certainly been an adventure and not one I would have missed for the world, but now I am preparing to head back to the UK where I will be retraining as a designer.
This blog used to just be for opinionated rambling. Now it is for updates as I pay forward people's support for my attempts to retrain with random acts of kindness... and indulge in opinionated rambling.
All the artwork by Nell on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
Monthly Archives: October 2009
A lovely video of Starlings flocking on Otmoor in Oxford. That’s better isn’t it?
I have watched with interest the controversy over the global warming chapter in Superfreakonomics, the much awaited sequel to Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. At first, I believed the hype and I was very discouraged, I love Freakonomics … Continue reading
The BBC most definitely did the right thing and N(D)ick Griffin was shown to be a slimy and manipulative scum bag. Unfortunately, Jack Straw also wriggled and prevaricated, Baroness Warsi was accused of significant homophobia and didn’t fully deny it … Continue reading
Their opinions and actions are vile and I don’t want to see them given any more of a voice than they have already. On the other hand, by denying them their right to free speech (and their right to fair … Continue reading
Quite a lot of the first few activities have been based on finding small areas of larger photos and drawing small sketches of them, I’m not uploading them all because most of them are rubbish, here are a couple though: … Continue reading
Apparently this year has been a bumper year for huge spiders in the UK – I certainly saw my fair share whilst at home last month. Nothing I saw over those three weeks compared to this beauty though, spotted whilst … Continue reading
For various reasons, I’d got behind on the course before I’d really got going, so I’m having a catchup weekend. Here’s today’s first effort: It’s a conte crayon “tonal” drawing, as compared to last night’s line one.
I said I’d post the various bits and bobs I did for the art course up here. This isn’t my first drawing, but it’s the first that was big enough to be worth posting, the others have all been warm … Continue reading
As promised, my thoughts on personal branding 2.0: Personal branding has been around for a decade now. Briefly, it is the idea that you are your own brand and, if you pay attention to the impression you are giving at … Continue reading