A penultimate post for 2011

I started this blog at the beginning of 2010, and at the beginning of 2011 I decided to attempt to post weekly throughout the year. I think I’ve been successful in this, although it may depend on how the statistics are calculated! I’ll find out next week. But over the year I have posted on a wide range of topics, from politics, through science communication and teaching to conferences. It’s been fun, but some of the posts might not have happened if I hadn’t made this commitment!

I’m looking forward to Christmas; I still enjoy it, although obviously in a different way from when I was a child. The things I don’t like are the crowds in the shops immediately beforehand, and the virtual shut down of most public transport on the 25th and 26th December. On the first point, I have no problem with commercialisation, but there’s no need for people to leave everything to the last minute! On the second point, having no public transport for two whole days is completely ridiculous. I once arrived in New York on Christmas Day afternoon, and of course, everything was running, and the shops were open. One effect of the shutdown is that when things start up again on the 27th December there are inevitably problems as a result, I experienced this last year, trying to take a train from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester, a journey that normally takes about 40 minutes but which took nearly 2 hours!

Anyway, I’ll be posting my review of 2011 next week. In the meantime, I wish anyone reading this a happy and stress-free Christmas.


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