Books I definitely did not buy today

Down to Withington to get anti-worming stuff from the vet for the stripey monster (and tell captive audience a terrible joke) get someone to succeed in shutting my "talking shoe" up buy new (second-hand) jeans. As Mr. Loaf sings, two outa three ain't bad.  And I absotively posilutely did not buy four books for the... Continue Reading →

Boxer’s disease

"Boxer could not get beyond the letter D. He would trace out A, B, C, D in the dust with his great hoof, and then would stand staring at the letters with his ears back, sometimes shaking his forelock, trying with all his might to remember what came next and never succeeding. On several occasions,... Continue Reading →

Blog- Thurs 6 to Sun 9 July

Thursday 6 Around the park  five times Two hours at microfiche tracking down crucial newspaper articles for the carbon tax 1994/1995 story. Dead useful, developed a couple of new tricks of how to get the info v. quickly Good meeting with a research librarian, who was super helpful, and put me onto an academic I... Continue Reading →

Blog Days 4 and 5

So, Monday night I got the parentals, both former hacks, to proof read an article about the interesting comments of a renewables engineer. They did this with aplomb, and I sent the thing off. Tuesday 4th Walked around the park again (5 laps, this time with three logs in the backpack) and then got on... Continue Reading →

Manchester and the ‘what to do’ question…

Manchester is famous the world over for its football, its music and now, sadly, for being the latest in an ever-lengthening list of European cities that have suffered terrrorist atrocities- Madrid, London, Oslo, Brussels, Berlin, Nice, Paris – in recent years. (And globally the list takes in Oklahoma City, Boston, Mumbai, Baghdad and so very many... Continue Reading →

When you think climate change, think “dam”…. #3MT

Here's me giving my spiel in the "Three Minute Thesis" heat at University of Manchester Here's the slide I used.   And... I'm through to the Three Minute Thesis Final to be held on Wednesday June 7, between 2pm and 3:30pm in University Place Lecture Theatre A. You can register for a (free!) ticket  ... Continue Reading →

Learning by doing – it’s the only way…

Case. Study. Bloody. Research.  Still, it meant I read Stake, R. 1995. The Art of Case Study Research. London: Sage, And on page 35-6 there is this gem- One century ago, philosopher Wilhelm Dilthey argued that science was not moving in the direction not helping humans understand themselves: Only from his actions, his fixed utterances, his... Continue Reading →

Social skill (which I clearly lack!)

Social skill is defined as “the capacity for inter-subjective thought and action that shapes the provision of meaning, interests and identity in the service of collective ends” [Fligstein & McAdam, 2012 p.4] Fligstein, N. & McAdam, D. 2012, A Theory of Fields, Oxford University Press, New York, New York. Hat-tip to Stephen McGrail  

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