Life etc.

The NZ 'Inferior' campaign

355. That’s how many state secondary schools are in NZ. I know this because, over the course of far-too-many months, I led the campaign to get one copy of a specific book into every single one of those 355 schools. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll already know all about this, and you’ll know that in February 2020, we achieved our target...


2019: How was it for you?

If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll know that each December, I put together a ‘review’ blog post of the previous 12 months. These posts act as a kind of personal highlights (and lowlights) reel. As such, they tend to be pretty self-indulgent, so please don’t read this year’s one if that sort of thing annoys you (it’d probably annoy me too, to be...


#NerdWedding: The Readings

Back in December, in the midst of my end-of-year review blog post, I promised to share details of the readings we had at our wedding. I’ve had a few messages and Twitter DMs since, asking me to get on with it, so here you are. More details of the wedding are available in the post linked above: 1. Excerpt from ‘The Amber Spyglass’ by Philip Pullman Very...


2018: The year that was!

As regular readers know, I don’t like making New Year’s resolutions because I think they just set people up to fail, and put a crazy amount of pressure on January. I am, however, a big fan of end-of-year reviews, where I take stock of what’s happened in the previous 12 months. Usually, my reviews are very career-heavy – unsurprising, given how crap I am...


Ultimate carrot cake recipe

Five years after sharing my first cake recipe on here, I thought it was time to share another! I hope you enjoy it. I love a good carrot cake, but I’ve always struggled to find the perfect recipe. But just a few weeks ago, I think I finally cracked it, so I thought I’d share it with you lovely people. The cake recipe is based on this one, but...


Forbes..... the long-overdue update

Hi peeps, Hope you’re all well? It’s been AGES since I did a proper update here on the blog. Myself and RJ are just about to head Europe-ward (for a very exciting reason), so I’m hoping to make time to do that on one on the many long-haul flight we’ll be taking! With only a few days until we fly, my life is a mess of packing &...


75 Twitter women in STEM you should be following

Thursday 8th March was International Women’s Day 2018, #iwd2018. As has now become tradition, I gave up a day’s pay to tweet about awesome women, but this year, I put a bit of a twist on it. For a start, I actually did some preparation, so that I could pace out the day, and schedule in breaks. Secondly, I realised that I follow A LOT of incredible...


2017: My first year down under (Part 2)

Ok, I’m back. Have you caffeinated up? There are six more months of life/work in NZ to cover… I’m fully aware that this is now becoming more of a journaling exercise than an attempt to write something that one of my followers might be itching to read. Forgive me! JULY July was a very chilled out month. I’d finished my Sustainable Seas project at the end...


2017: My first year down under (Part 1)

Happy New Year to you, my lovely friends! As an official representative of the future (at the time of writing, NZ is 13 hours ahead of UK/Ireland), all I can say, so far, so good… assuming you ignore the state of world politics, OBVS. Anyway, let’s detour around that particular rabbit hole just for a moment. In case you haven’t already guessed it, this is...


Science-y Christmas Gift Guide

Ho-ho-ho, Merry Chri… Ok, I have to be honest, it’s summer in the Southern Hemisphere, which means I’m not feeling particularly festive. This will be my second NZ Christmas, and I’ve had an excellent first year of living here, but I’m still struggling to get my head around the warm, BBQ-filled, antipodean version of the festive season. So, to help me...