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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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Rocks & Fossils

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Some fascinating rocks and fossils on display in a... er seldom-used basement corridor. I always try to go through here on my way to the stores and stop for a couple of minutes to look at the rocks and crystals. I always spot something new and interesting!
21st Aug 2011, 14:49   | tags:,,,

taniwha says:

That's one of the things I love about working in a university.

21st Aug 2011, 16:25

Dania says:

Fascinating stuff. The first picture makes me wish I could zoom in on it at will to see every single rock and fossil there in detail!

21st Aug 2011, 18:48

crickson says:

Taniwha> Yes, it almost makes up for the chronically bad management, low wages, zero job security and no pension or benefits.

I think I'll go look at the pretty rocks again.

22nd Aug 2011, 09:03

taniwha says:

I would have imagined that wages were quite good compared with UK universities. Someone once told me that the Swedish minimum wage is three times higher than the UK one.

23rd Aug 2011, 07:30

crickson says:

Trouble is everything is 5 times more expensive. I'm paid slightly more than I was in the UK - but unlike the UK I receive no pension or benefits beyond access to Swedish state healthcare. I don't even get subsidised rates at the university gym but have to join as a member of the public (~£60pcm). My 'total reward' is a lot lower. I've said it before, but I think I really mean it this time: I'm done. Done with universities and done with science.

23rd Aug 2011, 08:07

taniwha says:

You're exactly right abut the cost of things. I thought that Sweden was very expensive. You're on a research contract, right? That's not an easy position to be in. I did that for a while and had years and years of insecurity.

23rd Aug 2011, 08:43

crickson says:

Actually, not even a contract. As far as I can tell there is no formal link between me and the university, and I am frequently reminded by administrators that I don't officially work there.

23rd Aug 2011, 11:51