Ten Years and a Day…

An event that changed the world and so many peoples lives :/

In the Dark

Today is the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 58 people in London on 7th July 2005. Can that really have been ten years ago?

It seems apt to post this recollection again.

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One summer morning in 2005 I rose early and left my house – I was living in Nottingham then – and took a train to London. I was quite excited. I was going to be interviewed later that day for a programme in the BBC TV series Horizon called The Hawking Paradox. The filming was to take place inside the Café de Paris near Piccadilly Circus, for the simple reason that it wasn’t used during the daytime, and would therefore be both quiet and cheap to hire. I was keen not to be late so I got a train that was due to arrive at St Pancras Station in London at about 9.30am.

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Bad Statistics, Bad Science

Wise words 🙂

In the Dark

I saw an interesting article in Nature the opening paragraph of which reads:

The past few years have seen a slew of announcements of major discoveries in particle astrophysics and cosmology. The list includes faster-than-light neutrinos; dark-matter particles producing γ-rays; X-rays scattering off nuclei underground; and even evidence in the cosmic microwave background for gravitational waves caused by the rapid inflation of the early Universe. Most of these turned out to be false alarms; and in my view, that is the probable fate of the rest.

The piece goes on to berate physicists for being too trigger-happy in claiming discoveries, the BICEP2 fiasco being a prime example. I agree that this is a problem, but it goes fare beyond physics. In fact its endemic throughout science. A major cause of it is abuse of statistical reasoning.

Anyway, I thought I’d take the opportunity to re-iterate why I statistics and statistical…

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Science Speed Dating

So this week I went Science Speed Dating, the idea wasn’t to find someone who shares my passion for Python and Pussy cats but to inspire young local students about science and in my case astronomy careers.

I gave the students a short talk about what I do for a job, where I have been and whats its like to be in astronomy and allow them to ask questions. I got to discuss in detail with a student who is keen to study physics further and it was exciting to share some of my research with a young physicist.

The last photo we tool of Meg

Meg, a much loved pussy cat!

Its been a whole week since I last saw my darling black cat Meg. I was getting ready to head out to work and the last thing I said is “Do you want to join in the car?” she bounded down the pavement as she always did, because she didn’t like the car, and I’m starting to accept that I will never see this ball of fluffy joy ever again!

Network Launch

Ohhh we should have had one at LJMU

In the Dark

As promised, last night saw the launch of the new Sussex University staff LGBT network. I was quite nervous ahead of the event, unsure of how it would go.

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In the end most of the people who said they would come did so,  25 people or thereabouts. The mailing list is over 50, but this is a busy time of year so there were quite a few who couldn’t come last night. In fact if there had been many more people it might have made it more difficult for people to have their opinions heard.

At least most of the food and drink was consumed…

nibbles

Anyway, we had a nice discussion of the things we might do and a few people stepped up to volunteer their time to help organize various events. Now for some serious work over the summer to get things really moving and plan a programme…

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Missing Meg

Our lovely little Black Cat Meg
Our lovely little Black Cat Meg

So I said goodbye to Meg, as I always do when I head out to work, knowing it would be a fair few hours before I saw her again. However I returned home on Saturday night from an afternoon and evening of work to only find 2 of my 3 cats at home. It was one of those evenings when I really just wanted to sit with my cats on the sofa, however Meg, who loves sits on the sofa, wasn’t in her usual spot on the kitchen table. I called her name and waited but she never came in, however I thought she might just be enjoying an evening out in the gardens.

Sunday came and I had to rush back to work, and there was still no sign of her. When I eventually returned home from work at 7pm on Sunday evening and I still couldn’t find her, I started to get very concerned
Description: Meg, a little jet black cat that is timid but loves attention. She’s not doesn’t always like other cats. She was last seen wearing a blue collar, with name tag, on Hampden Road in Higher Tranmere.

Lost Your Pet?

If you have lost your loved pet here’s my advice:

  • Firstly: Think clearly, where and when did you last see your pet
  • Secondly: Check your home, they may well have found somewhere within your home
  • Thirdly: Call your pets name and try and encourage them with treat
  • Check any favourite hiding holes
  • Speak to your neighbours, take a photo and ask if they’ve seen them, you may want to leave you details with them
  • Register them on the Animal Search Website
  • Pop a poster in your local shops
  • Put some posters around the area including a colour photo and contact details
  • Facebook: Find lost pets groups and pages in your area and share a post to them, and get your friends to share the post to there friends
  • For the Wirral: RSPCA Wirral and Wirral Animals lost and found
  • You may also want to try a Facebook, I did this, you can specify tiny budgets, i choose to try £3 and this has already reached 100 people in my town, although not my immediate area


If you reading this because your pet is lost, you have my sympathy.
I hope you find your loved pet really soon and unharmed
I’m very close to Meg and all I’ve thought about since I couldn’t find her is that I may never see her again. She used to run down the road to see me in the evening, and would always come and join me for TV, that’s the kind of pet she is.