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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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Left to right: RareAquaticBadger (Mark), Ann, Tina, Suran.

Thanks for coming guys, it was great to see you! Will be back in London soon, and will hopefully get out to Canada as soon as I can afford it!

iamnotatallsure says:

Ah ha.

20th Jul 2005, 11:52

Andy says:

And then there's me... somewhere between Sheffield and a pint of beer at the table!!

Thanks for the weekend, had a really good time. I also had the politest row with someone in a club I've ever had. Which amused me.

Interview yesterday was ok and I'll hear this week apparently. Also saw some other nice houses yesterday but we are planning to go with the flat I saw on Saturday. Not the horrible one!!!

20th Jul 2005, 12:05

crickson says:

Thank you for coming, it was great to see you - shame Kate couldn't make it.

Good luck with the job - who were you rowing with? Was it in Mojo's?

20th Jul 2005, 12:13

Helen says:

It was rather amusing.

20th Jul 2005, 12:18

seaneeboy says:

Blimey, I totally forgot about that - Andy looked like he was actually going to pull by stepping on someone's toes - a radical approach if ever there was...

20th Jul 2005, 12:31

DeanoBlogo says:

Cheers for dropping by my blog site ref Dangermouse ep I have not heard this but will keep my eyes and ears open for it will check itunes.

20th Jul 2005, 13:02

Andy says:

There's probably many worse ways of getting someones attention in a club. Dancing like the bloke off gay exchange for example (now if only I could actually play that video clip on this computer).

20th Jul 2005, 13:30

crickson says:

Wha? *confused now...*

Was it a man or woman that you stepped on?

20th Jul 2005, 14:21

Helen says:

A blonde.

20th Jul 2005, 14:25

crickson says:

I'd like to say AGAIN that I was NOT dancing like the guy off the gay exchange advert. He has much more of a swinging arm action going on.

20th Jul 2005, 14:29

Andy says:

Just pointing out that dancing like the fella off the gay exchange advert would get you noticed, but not necessarily in a good way!

(and wishing I could play seaneeboy's video clip)

The person in question was a woman but I'll have to bow to other people's knowledge as to things like the colour of her hair.

Also, while I'm here. The proper cricket starts tomorrow. Expect me celebrating or crying throughout the day!!

20th Jul 2005, 14:30

crickson says:

Or you could just not care like me.

20th Jul 2005, 14:33

Helen says:

She wasn't bad looking.

20th Jul 2005, 14:34

Andy says:

Is that not caring about the cricket? Sacrilege!!! Well, whether you care or not I'll keep you up to date via your blog. So, sorry for that.

20th Jul 2005, 14:37

crickson says:

Well, Andy always did pretty well with the ladies. I'll never forget the free-drink Sarah delivered to him in France....

20th Jul 2005, 14:45

Helen says:

Sounds ominous.

20th Jul 2005, 14:47

Andy says:

Crickson was as much on the receiving end of that blinding drink as I was.

Oh, and when I say blinding I don't mean permenantly.

20th Jul 2005, 14:58

crickson says:

The mace-like sting of the vodka was quite bracing : )

20th Jul 2005, 15:00

Andy says:

Morning all... here's my cricket update number 1. We are up and running, the Australians won the toss (no surprise there) and have chosen to bat (even less surprise there).

After 4 overs Australia are 18-0. An ok start for them but Hoggard is getting a little swing and Harmison seems to be bowling well.

Saw the first 2 balls by sneaking out of the office but am now relying on the ball by ball updates we can all get at

get excited!!!

21st Jul 2005, 10:46

crickson says:

*Sound of the wind, tumbleweed - you get the idea*

21st Jul 2005, 10:52

Andy says:

Get the idea? I just don't take a hint!!

England have struck in many ways. We've got haydem out (thanks to Hoggard) and harmison his hit Langer (elbow), Hayden (head) and Ponting (face) with short aggressive bowling. Ponting has I think had to have stitches.

Bad news though is that a chance to catch ponting was dropped.

21st Jul 2005, 11:27

Andy says:

I know no one cares but my god, Australia are 66-3. Only in my dreams was it going like this!!!

21st Jul 2005, 11:46

Helen says:

Where are they playing?

21st Jul 2005, 11:47

Andy says:

Tell a lie...66-4

21st Jul 2005, 11:47

Helen says:


21st Jul 2005, 11:47

seaneeboy says:

I never quite got the hang of understanding cricket. but from my very faint knowledge I get the impression that the ozzies beinf on 66-4 is a good thing? well, for england anyway...

Do scotland have a cricet team?

21st Jul 2005, 11:51

Andy says:

Scotland have a team that plays in the county leagues. So you get Yorkshire playing Scotland etc.

Scotland also have an International team that plays the one days games.

They don't have Test status though so can't play the 5 day stuff (like what is going on today).

But the England cricket team is a misleading name as it is really England and Wales. Also, I think Scottish players can play for England too but I'm not too sure. Now that Scotland have an International 1 day team it becomes a problem if a player plays cricket for England, loses his place in the team and then wants to go back to playing for Scotland.

I think a Scottish player can play for England but if they do they have to wait 3 years before they can play for Scotland. But that might all be wrong.

Oh, 97-5 at lunch. Very very good news for England!!

21st Jul 2005, 13:05

seaneeboy says:

Interesting, ta!

21st Jul 2005, 13:16

Andy says:

When it comes to cricket I have no shame. I'll leave you alone for a while though. Just wanted to say that Australia were all out for 190 and currently England (& co) are 10 without loss.

Catch you later, Andy!

21st Jul 2005, 15:13

Andy says:

England are 21-5, I'll not lie to you..... this isn''t good.

21st Jul 2005, 16:20

seaneeboy says:

Not good? That's atrocious!

21st Jul 2005, 16:21

Helen says:

[Shakes head.]

Truly pathetic.

21st Jul 2005, 16:23

Y'know, I don't remember any of the Andy fight incident...

Then again, I only remembered I was scoffing a burger in the cab on the way home when Andy told me on the trip back to Cambridge. The wrongness of drinking from 2pm....

23rd Jul 2005, 00:25

Helen says:

I think you were getting beer.

23rd Jul 2005, 00:53

crickson says:

I think I convinced the cab driver it was my aftershave he could smell...

23rd Jul 2005, 09:44

iamnotatallsure says:

Well Crickson dear boy, i for one am in favour of in depth sporting analysis on your blog, even though i have to say cricket is not my thing. now football or crown green bowling, that is a different matter!

25th Jul 2005, 12:22

Andy says:

Crown Green Bowling... now that's a sport we can surely beat the Aussies at!!!

25th Jul 2005, 16:28

crickson says:

I think we should be able to nominate a new olympic sport for 2012. I vote for cheese-rolling.

25th Jul 2005, 18:25

iamnotatallsure says:

How about extreme ironing? I believe it was invented in my home town, so i may even have a natural ability for it.

26th Jul 2005, 09:09

crickson says:

...Or bog-snorkeling? We should get writing to the olympic organisers in London!

26th Jul 2005, 09:31

iamnotatallsure says:

can we check on the definiton of bog here. i am assuming you mean a peaty natural wet muddy place? the idea of snorkling in a lav has no appeal for me at all.
does that mean we get to wear wet suits? Nice!

26th Jul 2005, 14:39

crickson says:

All natural peaty bogs. Very hard to swim throu!

27th Jul 2005, 09:24

iamnotatallsure says:

But if we use flippers it might be easier. I think your friend RareAquaticBadge might have an advantage over the rest of us. good luck to him say I.

27th Jul 2005, 14:15