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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Yearly Archives: 2011
So let me see if I have this straight… American banks invented really dodgy credit products, which they sold to people they knew couldn’t afford to pay them back, and then sold the liability on to other banks, many of … Continue reading
What an eventful 2 weeks. While I was off shovelling mud one of my friends (and occasional blog tech support) got engaged (congratulations Charlotte and Dave!) and another had a baby (congratulations the Bromleys!), marvelous Sorry the moblogging stopped abruptly … Continue reading
There is a constant stream of short-stay volunteers coming and going. Their buses leave very early in the morning and they generally start packing up around 5.15. We don’t need to get up until 7 but because they are awake … Continue reading
The noise of 100 exhausted people sleeping on a factory floor is strangely similar to a jungle at night. I am incapable of holding on to more than one ear plug for an entire night. Yesterday, after an overnight bus … Continue reading
I have just finished packing for my trip on Friday. I got everything in my bag, sort of. Close enough that I can manage it all anyway. Out of interest, I weighed the bags: they total 23 kg (51 lbs), … Continue reading
Yesterday I attended the orientation session for my trip with Peaceboat to Ishinomaki. In the run up to the series of bank holidays that occurs at the start of May called Golden Week, Peaceboat were overrun with volunteers and were … Continue reading
Here’s an account of the death of Big Rinty by his friend Erwin James: http://www.erwinjames.co.uk/blog/2011/05/14/ministry-of-silly-words/ And Prisoner Ben’s take: http://prisonerben.blogspot.com/2011/05/big-rinty-is-free.html? Denying compassionate release twice in the last 6 weeks of a man’s life, and then finally granting it the day … Continue reading
People suck. Right now, 6 men are sitting inside a tiny capsule inside an institute in Moscow pretending they are on a mission to Mars. They have been inside their tiny little capsule almost exactly a year and they are … Continue reading
The band Orbital took their name from the newly built M25 that enabled party goers to easily get to impromptu raves around the home counties in the early to mid ’80s.