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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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My Brain

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I recently volunteered to be part of a control group in an experiment. It involved giving spinal fluid samples and having an MRI brain scan. This is the result of that scan. This is my brain. This is me.

Every memory, every thought, everything I've ever done or said is because of this lump of mostly fat. This brain has a PhD. It will also forget your name approximately three seconds after meeting you, and has to sing the alphabet song to itself, beginning to end, when trying to sort things into alphabetical order.

Somewhere in that mass of axons there is the dimmest fragment of a memory of being buried up to the waist in sand on a beach by my father when I was about 18 months old.

There is now a growing cluster of cells in there somewhere that are dedicated to learning Swedish nursery rhymes for Freyja.

Eventually it will succumb to old age, disease or injury. Everything that makes me me will fade. It will be as if none of it ever happened.
28th May 2013, 21:00   | tags:

Jane Doe says:

Fascinating!

Thank you for being a guinea pig: my dad had to have a brain scan last week to investigate a mini stroke. Not sure if he had the presence of mind to ask for a copy : )

29th May 2013, 07:55

Wendle says:

It will also forget your name approximately three seconds after meeting you, and has to sing the alphabet song to itself, beginning to end, when trying to sort things into alphabetical order.

Well, our brains have that in common.

29th May 2013, 20:02

Factotum says:

Nice and symmetrical as it should be!

31st May 2013, 02:35

crickson says:

@Factotum Ha! Yes, it's been passed as 'normal'. I'm demanding a second opinion.

31st May 2013, 15:00

I have one of these too............... A photo purportedly to be my brain !!!!!!!!!!

1st Jun 2013, 17:59