Monday, 26 February 2007


The Croke Park showdown is now over and the result is a kick in the teeth for Johnny English in Dublin. Some birthday present.

Still my colleagues have been surprisingly civil about it – Rab the rugby nut hasn't even mentioned it and TD settled for a brief outburst of patriotic chants.

Frankly, I'm suspicious.

Wednesday, 21 February 2007


Being practically perfect in every way means I have a hard time thinking of something to give up for Lent. Normally I turn to a dictionary and pick a random word, however this year I don't have one to hand so I used the Random Word Generator.

For 40 days and 40 nights I am going to give up 'advice'.

This wouldn't be so much of a problem if I were a professor but as a starting postgrad it is going to be tricky. I tried again and got 'sabotage'. This is much more feasible.

Tuesday, 20 February 2007

The Survivors

I feel good to be a scientist because when the second coming arrives, I will survive. Perhaps more obvious with the Bristol physics department - which looks like it was built for invasion - but also evident in the SNIAM building at Trinity, is that us science bods were meant to live to reforge the new age.

Trinity College is surrounded on all four sides by a huge protective wall with the SNIAM sat far from the Main Entrance. I used to think that the Arts Block was the place to fare the coming nuclear winter until I realised that this was the front line protection. The arts students are probably right now unwittingly receiving training as effective cannon fodder.

Just like I'm receiving training on how to use class 4 lasers and radio frequency plasma 'guns' - the invading forces will stand little chance on the killing fields between us and the Arts block. And from here in the postgraduate office on the top floor of the SNIAM the carnage below could be watched with cold, calculating eyes.

I N T R O D U C T I O N - O K ?

God I miss Bristol

I was an undergraduate at Bristol University where I did a Bachelors in Physics with a year abroad.

This is going to be my blog about doing a PhD in science at Trinity. I had such a great time in university but much of the details are lost to me - not because I did loads of drugs or anything, I just can't remember it all. Write it down a voice told me and who can argue with the voices?