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Sunday, October 21st, 2012
12:39 pm
Yesterday saw me heading to Islington to one of my favourite bars (so pretentious it doesn't have a name!) in the middle of the afternoon. I had an excuse though. SCIENCE!

It was a workshop on how our senses are interlinked. They started by playing us different drinks being poured and asking us to work out whether they were hot or cold (turns out most people can). Following on from this we had to say whether a sound was sweet, salty, bitter or sour. Again, most people actually could (the sweet and bitter were obvious, but salty and sour were slightly more difficult). After this, of course, the drinks came out. They were playing with these ideas to effect flavour profiles and how long a drink stays sweet depending on what sounds are being played and whether knowing what's in a drink effects how you taste it. They did all sorts of things with changing which flavours you notice depending on what sounds are playing (again, turns out the same drink can change what it tastes like, or at least which notes you notice depending on the sounds you're hearing). The ended by just playing around with evocative sounds to enhance the drinks. This ended with me being slightly freaked out by drinking a "Barbers Shop Fizz" while listening to a 3D recording of a haircut. I've not had my haircut since 1995...

Yay for afternoon drinking!

(I also think I got offered a job at radio 3).

(1 hug ~ Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
10:41 am
Top of the pops
Yesterday the new QS World Rankings for universities came out. UCL, my current institution came out 4th in the world (again), whilst Surrey where I did my degree came a respectable but not really world beating 259th (interestingly in the Guardian UK rankings a few weeks ago it came 12th, above quite a lot of universities it's a long way below in these world ranking, which says a lot about the subjectivity of these tables!). I posted about this on Facebook yesterday* and it turned in to an interesting thread of comments, mostly by my old pals in Surrey being surprised that we'd all ended up in much higher up the rankings places and being rather negative about our abilities.

Given that we all hold our own in these 'world leading' universities (the conversation was mostly between myself and two guys at Imperial, ranked 6th in the world), I come to wonder why we're all so self deprecating about our degrees (other than that I'm self deprecating about pretty much everything I do!) when we actually got a generally fantastic quality of teaching, and, from my experience of marking them, harder exams than the undergrads get here at UCL. With the exception of Cambridge, where things are genuinely harder, it all actually just boils down to attitude.

Rather than making jokes about the admissions people having made mistakes and being puzzled that we've not been kicked out yet and actually accept that we're actually good enough to be (t)here, we'd do better ourselves.

Here's to confidence!

*my exact words were "A university that let me in is 4th best in the world? I doubt it somehow!", which sums stuff up quite well really.

(Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Saturday, August 25th, 2012
12:37 pm
Peering over the parapet!
Right, I've remembered that I actually quite like Livejournal, and should probably start writing in it again.

Unfortunately life is rather hectic, the PhD life style both works for me, and really doesn't. Especially when combined with trying to do ALL OF THE THINGS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD whilst doing one.

I am still in love with London, it has the afore mentioned all of the things for me to do, I'm going to loads of theatre and music and dance and art things. I've taken up swing dancing and cocktail making (and am going to reattempt to take up the saxophone, although I've also been asked to play in a brass band, so I shall see). I'm also toying with the idea of trying stand up comedy and becoming a writer(ha!).

The other thing getting in the way of LJing is that I'm keeping a more subject specific blog about my attempts to get fit vs my ill health, which take up most of the tiny amount of time I find for social writing.

Either way, I shall try to actually LJ!

(7 hugs ~ Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
11:12 pm
In which I discover I'm human...
I have a limit it would seem. I'm not talking about health this time which in a way is a nice change, but still not an entirely positive thing.

The story goes like this. On my way in to work yesterday there was a crane being set up in the quad. By Lunchtime people were throwing themselves off this attached to an elastic band and of course being me, I signed up for a go. All was fine, I was at the top ready to go looking out over a phenomenal view of London when the supervisor put his hand on my shoulder. I have never been so terrified of anything in my entire life. I became unable to breathe and move. Fear.

I ended up having to go down on the crane (which given that I had a big pile of colleagues/friends watching was a difficult thing to do in itself) and didn't stop shaking (despite being treated for shock) for over an hour afterwards. Turns out I have a reasonably healthy fear of stepping in to voids. I've never been great with heights and I'm petrified of flying so this isn't the biggest surprise in the world.

I'm now left with the dilemma of whether or not to somehow better mentally prepare myself and have another go (preferably back in the UCL quad, next year) or if I write it off as a bad idea.

(Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
11:03 am
Existential Issues.
Facebook is telling my I don't exist. Given how far reaching and all powerful it is, I have a horrible feeling I may just have to accept this fact.

Also, given that it's been over a month since I did my last day. The next day on the 30 day music challenge is a song that I can dance to... I can't dance at all, limbs go everywhere, it's a disaster! However, I've recently been going to Swing Dance classes, which I'm managing to do a lot better than just being left on a dancefloor with music I like, so I shall give you this... rock step kick step kick step rock step kick step kick step....

It's also awesome!

(1 hug ~ Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
8:08 pm
A small update...
Now I've sobered up a bit!

So, I now have some letters after my name. Not that anyone other than me doubted for a second that I would. I didn't actually do very well in the last lot of exams due to having burned out, but that didn't matter too much over all as I still managed a first due to dissertation and previous results.

Thank you everyone who supported me through it. PhD starts in september!

(6 hugs ~ Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
1:01 am
In which I become a schoolgirl

I appear to have become a squeeing fan boy. A few months ago a friend(well, actually lecturer) of mine introduced me to a country singer called Caitlin Rose. This evening I went to see her play live. I have possibly become a swoony teenager. Wibble.

That's not happened for quite some time!

(Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
8:44 am
I tend to prefer it when exams examine the course we've actually been taught... SIlly of me, I know... but it is nice.

I spent far too much time trying to figure out how all the questions related to the stuff we'd been taught. Ah well, it's only worth 70% of one module so not too much over all.

To overcome rage, I went and walked around the bits of North Downs just outside Guildford, which are alarmingly pretty and have some fantastic views (those of you ever in the area, I really recommend!). Left me pondering walking the whole of the North Downs way over the summer.

One down, four to go so I'd best get back to the books!

(although before I do, the next day in my 30 day music challenge (what?!) is a song I know all the words to.

During exam times I tend to get fixated on a few songs. This time round it has been this, which I now know all the words to, although it does occasionally get replaced with the equations of hydrostatic support in a star.

(1 hug ~ Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Sunday, May 1st, 2011
1:14 pm
Day 7
A song that reminds you of a certain event

Not long after I'd gotten my car and was still getting used to it, around the time this Zombie Girl EP came out, my friend Jess and I went for a drive in the sun and got completely lost. This is what was playing as we drove round the wilds of Snowdonia hoping for a road sign!

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(Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Friday, April 29th, 2011
11:13 am
day 6 brings me to 'a song that reminds you of somewhere'

Another one I'm not going to post. When I was 12, we went on a family holiday to Austria, and the bar in the hotel played 'Everything I do, I do it for you', Other than this is it was a good holiday, but I hate that song, but it is one of the few songs that reminds me of a specific place.

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(Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Thursday, April 28th, 2011
9:44 am
Day 5 - a song that reminds you of someone. Tough call as lots of songs remind me of lots of people and lots of people have lots of songs I associate with them.

(Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
12:45 pm
Day 4
Day 4 - a song that makes you sad.

I'm not entirely sure sad is the right word, possibly wistful, rather than sad.

Slightly related note. They're headlining Bestival. I am tempted (tis the weekend after Infest, I'm also tempted by Beautiful Days the weekend before... can probably manage 2 out of 3 and Infest already has stuffs booked, argh! decisions!).
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(2 hugs ~ Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Monday, April 25th, 2011
8:30 pm
A slightly belated day 3!
day 03 - a song that makes you happy

This song just makes me happy. It's not a happy song. It just makes me happy. It's brilliant.

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(1 hug ~ Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Friday, April 15th, 2011
6:45 pm
Day 2
This is the second day of the music meme.

I am not going to post a video for this one as it's 'your least favourite song'.

It's Babylon by David Gray. Least favourite doesn't come close to describe a song I hate even more than 'You're Beautiful' by thingy face.

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(3 hugs ~ Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Thursday, April 14th, 2011
12:21 pm
Given that everyone else's 30 day song things are coming to an end (and I'm in revision mode so need occasional procrastination things to stop be doing major procrastination, I've decided to start.

Anyway, although not my favourite song of all time as that's far to hard. This is my favourite song of the moment.

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(Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Sunday, February 13th, 2011
1:04 pm
On readjustment (and some bits of fun stuff too!).
I've moved back to Guildford in what appears to have been an entirely half arsed way. I've been here a fortnight now and I've not actually unpacked yet. I really loved my flat in Hampton Hill and the general life style I had really, and going back to sharing a flat and having lectures again is really not something I'm enjoying. The stuff I'm learning lectures wise has been great and I'm enjoying learning, but I enjoy research more. Tis only for six months and then hopefully one of the plethora of PhD's I've applied for will start (although I'm also still considering going back to work at NPL).

I have a horrible feeling my PhD based attempts may backfire somewhat with my only applying for university's in the top 20 in the world for what I want to do, due to issues I had in first year with getting back in to education and overcoming exam fear my results were a little erratic which although not an issue for my degree classification does matter more when you're applying against the best of the best.

In entirely unrelated news. I went to see Frankenstein in the National Theatre on Friday (many thanks to Anna for being in a queue at 9am to get us the tickets!) which was rather awesome to say the least. Jonny Lee Millar and Benedict Cumberbatch were the two leads and they were both fab (annoyingly I want to see it again as apparently they swap who's the creature and who's Frankenstein between the two of them). This was followed by italian food and dessert wine with biscotti to dip in it and the sudden realisation that I now live in Guildford and have to make the last train...

(5 hugs ~ Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
11:45 am
Parkinson. Or Something along those lines anyway.
Questions from ladybirdintheuk.

1 - Where would you most like to move to, assuming the right course/job was in that location you were going to?

This is a very difficult question. If I knew the answer to that it'd make my life significantly easier. I have a feeling the answer is not Oxford, which is tricky as it'll be difficult to say no if they offer me a PhD, particularly after all the hoop jumping I've had to do to apply. I like culture of all kinds, so somewhere with lots of galleries and concerts and gigs and stuff going on. Also somewhere that has access to very good coffee. Living wise, I'm actually the happiest I've been for a lot of time where I am now. Shame I'm moving in a week and a bit!

2 - What would be in your perfect sandwich?

Cheese, Pickle and salad on walnut bread. Simple but effective.

3 - Which river would you like to row on? Whyso?

Right now, any! I've not been rowing since October and I'm getting massive withdrawal symptoms! I've been in touch with the Surrey uni rowing club but they're terribly precious about it and alarmingly competitive which doesn't suit me and the Guildford rowing club costs a fortune to join, so I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to go again :-(

4 - If you could go on holiday anywhere, where would it be?

I'd either like to eat my way round northern Spain/Basque country (particularly San Sebastian) or go to (rather predictably, still!) Japan. Right now I could really do with a relaxing on a beach somewhere warm holiday, I've not actually stopped for any length of time and been on holiday in over four years now. Last years holiday money ended up being spent on excessively over the top meals out to michelin starred restaurants.

5 - You are going to be famous for inventing something - what are you going to invent?

I'd rather do Scientific discovery than invention of something as invention implies I might be useful in some way! I've no idea. Possibly something gravity related or maybe something about how biology works on a physics level. We shall have to wait and see!

Also (this is not one of your interview questions!) - when are you heading over later?

I've just put a load of washing on, so once that's finish I shall hang it out and stuff and then head down.

Current Mood: awake

(5 hugs ~ Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
3:48 pm
I've done a bad bad thing. I've done something disrespectful to something nearly all of you hold very dear.

I am now the proud owner of a Kindle. It's great. It's not like reading off a screen at all. It's even more portable than a book (it fits in my coat pocket) and gives me page after blemish free pages of words to read. As soon as I've finished one book, I can get a new one straight away without the need for a library or bookshop or to wait for delivery (over 3G, free in over 200 countries no less!).

It's so good it makes me sad. As much as I love books, I'm pretty sure that this is how it's going to be.

Current Mood: guilty

(5 hugs ~ Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Friday, December 24th, 2010
2:52 pm
Made it to Wales in one piece, despite the best efforts of my car, which despite being only a few years old decided to go pop on the M6 (Thankfully the toll bit so I was able to be gotten to easily and rescued and stuff!). Four hours sat in a pub starring longingly at a fine selection of ales (and three real ciders including a one brewed in the pub) waiting for said popped car to be fixed.

Anyway. In the immortal words of someone or other. Drink! Feck! Arse!

(3 hugs ~ Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

Saturday, December 18th, 2010
10:09 pm
Instead of the usual I'm still alive post (which is about due, incidentally, I am actually still alive, still with PhD based angsts). Instead.


I've just seen the new Tron film on IMAX. It was awesome!

Well, that's a lie, it's terrible, but it's ~supposed~ to be terrible.

It looks fantastic has an awesome score and very little plot. I loved it.

(Sometimes I just need you to hold me)

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