Sunderbans, West Bengal, India

Published on November 30, 2010

I’d never heard of the Sunderbans, Bengali for “beautiful jungle” and yet that’s exactly where I found myself in the exalted presence of two professors, a senior human geographer and a PhD student from Queens University Belfast (http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/gap/). That I got there at all is a small miracle as our driver was possessed by thatread the rest…

The Baja Haha

Published on November 9, 2010

Sitting in the Air New Zealand lounge at LA airport and sipping a glass of Kiwi Cabernet Sauvignon it is time to collect my thoughts and make sense of the whirlwind last two weeks.  It all started with a phone call from Don and Kathi inviting me to sail on their wooden 35 ft sailingread the rest…

Where does the time go to …?

Published on November 2, 2010

November is the new December? November and we are already in the run up to Christmas: TV ads; seasonal savings and short, dark, dank days. Before we know it the December holiday shutdown will be here and another year will have flown by. But what about the 30 days of November? Those in the know;read the rest…

Erg Chebbi, South Eastern Morocco

Published on October 10, 2010

I had more possessions in my suitcase than the Berber family of ten I was staying with had in their entire home. Nonetheless, the children were well fed and their laughter indicating contentment. For the older members of the family however there is an attraction for city life and a pull to visit other countriesread the rest…

Should you be off work if you have a cold?

Published on October 8, 2010

Google this question and, no surprises, you get a whole heap of conflicting responses and not one definitive answer! Yet, as I write this blog – from home – I can’t help feel its best I’m here rather than spreading my germs to my colleagues. The personal benefits are: no make-up, no heels, no oneread the rest…

Crying over spilt oil

Published on September 21, 2010

With BP still in the news over the Gulf of Mexico, it comes as no surprise to be reminded of an earlier oil spill disaster – the Torrey Canyon. On Saturday 18 March 1967, this supertanker ran aground on Pollard’s Rock between Land’s End and the Isles of Scilly and almost 120,000 tonnes of cruderead the rest…

Relaxing with friends

Published on September 18, 2010

This week has not been my favourite. Enough said. I’d looked forward to a Friday night in front of the TV with a bottle of wine but was reminded as I walked through the door that we had a dinner engagement. Amanda and Graham are the most generous of hosts and champagne and good foodread the rest…

Loncor, Yindi, Congo

Published on August 19, 2010

The lanky Aussie pilot stepped out of the tiny helicopter, cursorily introduced himself as Bronte then disappeared on the back of a motorbike to find fuel. Meanwhile I was stood on the airfield apron at Kisangani airport where one was allowed to smoke, use a mobile phone but not photograph, which was a pity becauseread the rest…

Soil Solution Sampling and Water Sampling Filtration

Published on July 19, 2010

There is a requirement to filter samples on site for all metals analysis. This is done with a .45 micron filter. The filtration is a requirement for METALS only and other analyses must be made WITHOUT filtration as some compounds may form colloids which are too large to pass through this pore size. A furtherread the rest…

Addicted to Technology

Published on July 15, 2010

Last night I slept at an hotel on the Welsh border. The place looked nice enough although rather deserted. I settled down in my room to watch  TV but was greeted by a message “No Signal”. I switched on my laptop to catch up on my emails but the machine told me there was no internet accessread the rest…

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