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I am married to Spiderbaby and live in Banbury, Oxfordshire after eight years living in the USA and Sweden. I am working and training as a clinical scientist for the NHS in Oxford.


There are now over ten years of photographs on my blog! It all started with a photograph I took on the 1st of May 2004... It's been a wonderful journey, thank you all who have shared it with me, and made this blogging community one I keep coming back to!

Interesting things I read recently:

"Only one in five people born [in the UK] since 1975 believes in God".
Source: Prof David Voas, University of Essex

"For every dollar invested in the Human Genome project, $141 was returned to the US economy". Francis Collins, NIH
Source: New Scientist 27 July 2013.

I am Pavlovs_dog on PSN and would be happy to link up with Playstation-owning mobloggers : )

Too Much Information: The first album I ever bought was the Fraggle Rock soundtrack. Pretty cool, eh? I was only 16 : )





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Rocks & Fossils

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Some fascinating rocks and fossils on display in a... er seldom-used basement corridor. I always try to go through here on my way to the stores and stop for a couple of minutes to look at the rocks and crystals. I always spot something new and interesting!
21st Aug 2011, 14:49   | tags:,,,

Dania says:

Fascinating stuff. The first picture makes me wish I could zoom in on it at will to see every single rock and fossil there in detail!

21st Aug 2011, 18:48

crickson says:

Taniwha> Yes, it almost makes up for the chronically bad management, low wages, zero job security and no pension or benefits.

I think I'll go look at the pretty rocks again.

22nd Aug 2011, 09:03

crickson says:

Trouble is everything is 5 times more expensive. I'm paid slightly more than I was in the UK - but unlike the UK I receive no pension or benefits beyond access to Swedish state healthcare. I don't even get subsidised rates at the university gym but have to join as a member of the public (~£60pcm). My 'total reward' is a lot lower. I've said it before, but I think I really mean it this time: I'm done. Done with universities and done with science.

23rd Aug 2011, 08:07

crickson says:

Actually, not even a contract. As far as I can tell there is no formal link between me and the university, and I am frequently reminded by administrators that I don't officially work there.

23rd Aug 2011, 11:51