Picture this…

It’s just a spark,But it’s enough to keep me going…– Paramore, Last Hope The heat in the conference room was becoming oppressive. Flora sat at the table, desperately fighting to maintain her focus while the quiet hum of the projector combined with the sticky heat to make her eyelids heavy with sleep. A disagreement between […]

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Secret identity…

“We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. Sane or insane. Saints or sex addicts. Heroes or victims. Letting history tell us how good or bad we are. Letting our past decide our future. Or we can decide for ourselves. And maybe it’s our job to invent something better.” – […]

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Smart women finish last…

“There seemed little doubt that the man felt some kind of jealousy. How dare she, he seemed to be saying with each rip of a page, how dare she enjoy reading books when he couldn’t? How dare she?” –┬áRoald Dahl, Matilda ‘When I saw your CV, I knew I couldn’t date you.’ *Takes a breath […]

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Myopia…

When @JadeAWaters tweeted her list of words that she loved a few weeks ago, I was surprised to see how many of them were medical or scientific words – amoeba, pancreas, prophylactic, parasite, collagenous. It reminded me how words can have different resonances depending on their context. I am a scientist of sorts so I […]

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Sinful Sunday: Taste…

‘Hunger of the body is altogether different from the shallow, daily hunger of the belly.’ – Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible When I was on holiday last week, I went wine tasting in Sonoma, near the Napa Valley. Our guide was teaching us about taste and how, since taste and aroma are so complex, describing […]

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