What comes after acknowledging the presence of something in your life that was previously a taboo conversation topic? Am I sick? Will other people think/assume that I’m sick? Will other people think that I’m making a big deal out of nothing? Will other people think that I’ve been hiding all these years and that I’m … More A Few Thoughts on Acknowledging Mental Health Issues
How are you all so young?! I wish you the best in those years bridging youth and adulthood. “Work hard, play hard” is, in short, the way to go. Although don’t forget to have nights in to watch films or afternoons to read [fiction, luxurious fiction]. Please learn traffic etiquette. Not from the drunk man … More Freshers Week as a Final-Year, Academented PhD
The latter: People who smoke at bus shelters while waiting for the bus in windy weather. People who put out their cigarette just before stepping on the bus. Sexists. Especially on buses. Racists. Especially on buses. People who don’t know how to share the pavement with fellow pedestrians. The former: People who motivate me to … More People I Like and People I Like a Lot Less
Avoid academentia Work “Work” WORK! Vurk Not really work Read – fiction Read – “faction” Binge read Watch television Actually spend time in the outside world that isn’t part of your commute to-and-from the office Exercise Change your mani/pedi/facial horticulture/visual aspect every day Sleep “Sleep” Blog?
Between all the opinion pieces written about the referendum result – for the UK to leave the EU, for those who avoid politics altogether (or have been living under a rock) – this short video from the BBC about conflicts within a family who have voted differently strikes a chord. The children of the family … More The Referendum, one week on
Observations on a university campus when temperatures rise to hover around 20 degrees (Celsius) at the end of May: Joggers. Joggers wearing tank tops and shorts. Joggers wearing leggings and wind-breakers. “Joggers” eating ice cream. Students studying on the lawn. Students “studying” on the lawn. Students studying on the “lawn”. People wearing t-shirts, shorts, and … More 20 C
If you have an alarm in your house, turn it on and learn how to operate it, no matter how complicated it is. Police in the North East of England will use “me” as a possessive pronoun. Go with the flow and enjoy the northern charm. There is nothing charming about having to clean up … More Things Learned in April