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Tjapukai: An Australian Aboriginal Adventure

Tjapukai: An Australian Aboriginal Adventure

As I stood in the large welcome hall of the Tjapukai aboriginal cultural centre, I noticed a wall of photos. Upon closer inspection, it became clear that this was not just a wall of photos of the aboriginal people that work here like I had first thought.

Australia Working Holiday Visa: 6 Things I’ve Learnt in 6 Months

Australia Working Holiday Visa: 6 Things I’ve Learnt in 6 Months

When you first sign up for the Australia working holiday visa 12 months seems like such a long time. Well, I’ve just hit the 6-month mark and oh my god has it flown by.

Manchester: This is The Place

Manchester: This is The Place

Earlier this year some guy (because he doesn’t deserve to be known as anything else) blew himself up outside the Manchester arena and unfortunately killed 22 and seriously injured several others including children. The youngest of those killed was just 8 years old. What happened next seemed to shock the world.

Job Hunting: Sometimes it’s Who not What You Know

Job Hunting: Sometimes it’s Who not What You Know

If you have been following my adventures for the last few months you will probably be aware that I’ve been in a bit of a transition period of late. Going from my PhD studies to finding a job. A journey that I thought I would document for your amusement, enjoyment possible inspiration and general enlightenment into the world of the job seeker.

Fighting the Job Search Blues

Fighting the Job Search Blues

My eyes creep open to the single streak of sunlight cutting through the room announcing the day has already begun. Clearly I didn’t shut the curtains properly last night. There is a calm about the house. It has settled itself after the firstlight frenzy that is the rush to work. Still snuggled within my bedsheets I toy with postponing the day further still. Afterall, I do not need to be anywhere today just like yesterday and the day before. Yet…

7 Reasons why Dumbledore’s wisdom crosses the wizard-muggle divide

7 Reasons why Dumbledore’s wisdom crosses the wizard-muggle divide

Yes it’s true Fantastic Beasts has re-awoken the Potterhead in me and it’s exciting to have theories about what is going to happen and how this film connects to everything that we learnt in the original series. However, I will keep these to myself for now because, you know, spoilers and everything. Instead I thought I’d write about the greatest wizard of all time.

Making the Games

Making the Games

Earlier this summer the world’s sporting elite fought it out in Rio at the Olympic Games. Now, while it was super exciting and I happened to be in a decent time zone for the 2nd half (I was in Cuba) which meant I could watch it live at a reasonable time of day, I have been looking forward to the return of the Paralympics so much more!

The End of the Nottingham Chapter

The End of the Nottingham Chapter

So I’ve been pretty quiet for a few weeks and there has been good reason for it. I have been super busy trying to make sure I had all my lab work tied up before I finished up and moved back home to Manchester. Somehow I just about managed it. While there was always going to be experiments that would be nice to have but didn’t quite have the time to do, all the ones that I needed to create…

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The Somme: 100 years on Manchester Remembers

The Somme: 100 years on Manchester Remembers

Friday, July 1st 2016 marked 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme. One of the bloodiest battles in history, 19,240 men died on that first day alone and more than 1 million were killed or wounded throughout the 4 month offensive. Of those sent ‘over the top’ on that first day were the civilian soldiers belonging to Lord Kitchner’s army and in particular the Salford and manchester pals of the Lancashire Fusiliers were some of the…

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