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.
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Monthly Archives: January 2010
Wouldn’t it be nice if what was right and wrong was obvious and unchanging? Then we could have one set of rules for all time and be certain than anyone who breaks them deserves to be punished. Society is in … Continue reading
This is the first in a two parter. Wouldn’t want to bore you Recently it has come to my attention that I have a bit of a reputation as a rule breaker. I confess that, as a (generally) law abiding … Continue reading
Apple have lifted the restriction on VoIP (voice over internet protocols) in apps from the app store*. Technical jargon blah blah obscure computing term blah blah wireless blah blah leaving the path clear for developers blah. Bottom line is that … Continue reading
I think you’ll be getting it on E4 shortly, but Glee is coming to Japan next week and is being heavily trailed. The adverts for it star Akebono, a very famous retired sumo wrestler. I think this may tell you … Continue reading
Japan can be a topsy turvy place. This morning for breakfast I had scotch pancakes, the packet said they were maple and margarine flavour and, sure enough, they were sandwiching a dollop of marg and some syrup. I’ve never thought … Continue reading
I have just read this article from the Daily Fail. As always, the article disgusted me and the comments at the bottom made me feel physically sick – 286 brave souls agree with Dave from Leicester who would happily sentence … Continue reading
I wouldn’t say I’m a natural snowboarder* but I did begin to get it and I think it is something I could do well enough to make a holiday out of with some perseverance. No photos I’m afraid; I spent … Continue reading
I‘m going snowboarding for the first time in my life tomorrow. In case I don’t come back, here are some snow related photos for posterity: I went shopping for snowboarding gear on Sunday. The area of Tokyo where all the … Continue reading
**UPDATE: Ben has now been released from prison and, as it had served its purpose, the Facebook campaign page was deleted.** At the age of 14 Ben Gunn killed his friend after an argument. Both boys came from troubled backgrounds … Continue reading