Thursday, 31 July 2008

Off for rain

Off for rain. Tresco has 53 and Somerset are 106 for 1 chasing 419. Pint and a burger for lunch.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Sunday, 27 July 2008


Originally uploaded by nogbad the bad
So now the dust has settled and I'm starting to wake up after two weeks of late nights and early mornings I can stand back from what I've learnt about geology.

These magnificent chalk cliffs were built by badgers some bazillion years ago. Why they created these cliffs is unknown but it's probably related to the need to keep the sea out and may have been motivated by the need to give bluebirds somewhere to fly (cf Dame Vera Lynn). Badgers are not thought to have been responsible for later work at Stonehenge.

It is no coincidence that they used chalk as the building material - this was before education so chalk wasn't being used in large amounts by schools, there was lots of it lying around with no real purpose.

Support for the badger theory is also offered by the way in which they inlaid bands of flint, these layers give a distinctive black and white pattern which is also synonymous with these nocturnal mammals.

I hope my writing this doesn't spoil SXR103 for any students yet to attend the residential school at the Uni of Sussex.


Originally uploaded by nogbad the bad
"Tulane and Johnny opened a novelty shop
Back under the counter, was the cream of the crop"
Chuck Berry wrote it and 30 years ago I'd tramp around the north west of England to watch this guy play and sing it. The Steve Gibbons Band were a part of my formative years so I was amazed to see that he's playing Brighton! Not so surprised to see that he's sold out though. If you like rock and roll played properly and with clever lyrics check out this guy's music.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

ELT2 Revisited



Originally uploaded by nogbad the bad
These guys are using a quadrat in a measured area to randomly sample for six specific species of plant. Lots of crawling around and a general scrum in the background. Who knew that ecology could be so much fun?

Birling Gap

Originally uploaded by nogbad the bad
A group walk along the beach below Birling Gap with The Seven Sisters in the background. Note that everyone is wearing a hard hat - while we were down there we didn't linger under the cliffs - but as we left a couple were undressing for some nude sunbathing against the chalk face. At the front are the leaders wearing yellow hats.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Flower question

Originally uploaded by nogbad the bad
Can anyone identify this plant? Go to my Flickr stream to see more photos of it and let me know if it's familiar

Tuesday, 22 July 2008


Lovely evening - sitting outside the coffee shop enjoying the sunset

Monday, 21 July 2008

Friday, 18 July 2008

Uni of Sussex

Originally uploaded by nogbad the bad
View from the library steps. The circular building is the Meeting Room.

Thursday, 17 July 2008



First last night

Live jazz and light rain on the East Slope on the last night of the first week of resi school at Sussex. Everyone buzzing like a fridge. Lots of smiling, succesful, tired people

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Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Resi school

I did this outside and couldn't see the screen which is why I'm squinting at it - I promise I don't look that rough in real life

Sunday, 13 July 2008

All change

One week on from the schorchio of Kuwait I'm at the Uni of Sussex in Brighton. Nowhere near as warm :-(

Saturday, 12 July 2008


I'm dropping this here so that I can find it again and write some more. While I'm thinking about that check out the contents of that link:

Sunday, 6 July 2008


There ya go! Done some work today

Saturday, 5 July 2008


Originally uploaded by nogbad the bad
Beautiful minaret amongst the tower blocks


Originally uploaded by nogbad the bad
I think that "warm and sunny" sums up the weather here

The lobby

Originally uploaded by nogbad the bad
Eight floors down from the balcony in my room

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

The Quad - LSE

The Quad
Originally uploaded by nogbad the bad
Having visited Manchester it's hard to think of a bigger contrast. Manchester takes on nearly twice as many undergraduates each year than the LSE has across all UG courses at the moment - they've got around 4,000 with a further 5,000 graduate students.

For those who don't know where it is the LSE is in Holborn, Central London. It rubs shoulders with the Royal Courts of Justice and the BBC and is a stone's throw from Theatreland - one of the halls of residence is on the corner of Drury Lane and High Holborn. The photo shows "The Quad" which is an indoor area used as a concert venue and nightclub but I've stayed in larger bedrooms - that really sums up the LSE (phsyically) in that it's tiny. But it certainly punches well above its weight when it comes to reputation and it was claimed that the average starting salary for an LSE graduate is £26k - I don't suppose they are all working in McDonalds!.

I guess.................

I guess we're not at the LSE anymore Toto!


Live blogging from the LSE

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Queue to register

Queue to register - literally round the block