Way back at the beginning of 2016 I wrote two pieces called Paraben free and Sulphate free. I always meant to write this third piece, Phthalate free but somehow got distracted and it’s only recently occurred to me that I never got around to it. So, here we go. Phthalate free is a label that… Continue reading Pthalate free?
Last week, after work, I found myself wandering down to the English Speaking Union, of all places. A strange enough venue (and Google Maps told me that the Edinburgh Toastmasters meet there, though how it knows that I can’t guess). I was there to see a lecture by Dame Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell. I am… Continue reading Jocelyn Bell Burnell: Careering Through Astronomy
Last week I attended Venturefest Scotland in Glasgow at the Science Centre. As a recently ex-academic, it’s a bit strange to me to attend a conference with such a different angle to the ones I’m used to. Venturefest is a business and innovation conference (I think they call it a summit) that has a real… Continue reading Venturefest Scotland
Why do they happen? Perhaps you know exactly what I’m talking about, but perhaps not. Sometimes I’ll paint my nails, a miracle will occur and I’ll not smudge a single one of them. I’ll feel very smug about my perfect manicure and then, when I wake up the next morning, bubbles will have formed in… Continue reading Bubbles in nail varnish
I’ve been finding these short to-read lists helpful. My to-read list had become unmanageable, with over 100 books sitting ignored on my shelf I was developing a habit of constantly acquiring new books and never getting around to the books I already owned. Then, when the time came to choose something new to read, it… Continue reading The next short to-read list
Until last weekend the only Pride event I’d ever attended was in Seoul in 2015. I stumbled across it completely by accident and had a lot of fun drinking a rainbow slushy and listening to a K-Pop band. I’ve meant to go to the events in Edinburgh and Glasgow many times but somehow have never… Continue reading Glasgow Pride
My five weeks between finishing work as a postdoctoral researcher and starting work as a trainee patent attorney is almost up! Let me tell you that the time flew by and, no, I am not totally bored and climbing up the walls. Five weeks is not enough time for me to get bored in, I’m… Continue reading Getting ready for my first day at work