Something seen for the first time – tap hand dryer

I saw these at the London Eye. Made by Dyson, they both wash and dry your hands (although not at the same time obviously). They are an interesting idea, with the main selling point being that they stop people wandering around the toilet dripping water from their hands. At over £1,000 a pop, they don’t come cheap however.


Something seen for the first time – drinking coconut

I came across something new today in the shop where I work… a drinking coconut. It even came with a ring pull attached to expose a hole through the shell into which a straw could be placed. There was a surprisingly large amount of coconut water inside. It took me while to finish

Drinking coconut

Drinking coconut

It’s been awhile

It’s been nearly two years since I last posted on this blog. Since then a lot has happened. I’m not going to go into all of that now however. Today I just wanted to say I’m back.

Thanks to all those that have read this blog and left comments during that time. I do check my blog stats every now and then and I do see every comment I get.

So hello again to everyone that is reading this. Stay tuned for some further updates soon!

New summer job

Today was the third day of my new summer job. I just wanted to take this post to talk a bit about what I will be doing over the next few months.

From this week until mid September, I will be working in the accommodation office at my university. I have to admit that there hasn’t been a lot of time between finishing writing my PhD thesis and starting this job. I had originally envisaged myself having a nice relaxing break between the two. In reality, it was just a day or so.

My main role with the job will be to deal with first year students applying for university accommodation. This includes dealing with telephone and e-mail queries, working out who is eligible to stay in accommodation and assigning rooms to students. So far it has all been good. Whilst quite quiet at the moment, the pace is sure to pick up in a month or so when exam results are released.

For me, the most challenging thing about the job is the 9am start. I know this is not considered early by ‘normal’ people, but remember, I have spent the last four years going to bed and getting up when I like. I am getting better at the whole sleeping at normal hours thing though, last night I even managed to be in bed by 1am. Tonight I’m aiming for 12.30am! Wish me good luck…