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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Category Archives: General Meanderings
I’m sorry, the headline is a lie. Really what I have learned today is how to write a good title that draws people in and gets them to read your post (thanks Copyblogger). Which begs a question: how disingenuous is … Continue reading
I just watched this TED talk (at the bottom) and was almost moved to tears. If I had been in the audience, I too would have been on my feet at the end. My bearhunt is moving on. The bit … Continue reading
I am learning Spanish, which requires me to practice trilling (rolling my Rs). I started learning French when I was very young and, while I never progressed to any sort of useful level, it did teach me the French trill, … Continue reading
A few weeks ago I quit my job: I woke up one morning and realised I didn’t need it and it wasn’t making me happy. It was a bit more complicated than that; I’ve got a place on my dream … Continue reading
It smells like petrol and regret and made me pull this face:
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.
Wherever I have travelled and however many people I meet, the ones that really make my heart sing are the ones who are kind. There is something about kind people that makes them happier and that, in turn, makes the people … Continue reading
I have just bought a new phone handset. It has a funky new text input system called Swype that lets you input words by drawing a path over the keyboard. It is clever and fast and I like it a … Continue reading
Those of you that were here last year may remember Winterval Wonderful. Well, it worked so well that I’ve decided to do it again this year. If you have been paying attention, you may have noticed the new page that … Continue reading
Every so often I have a quick Tim Minchin catch up and he never disappoints.