Bristol and Back

I almost did the unthinkable today by not posting anything on my blog. It’s been such a busy day that I wasn’t able to post at lunchtime, chiefly because I didn’t have a lunch break.  I don’t want to let the side down, so I decided to put something up, but the following “quick” post will have to do for today.

After an interminable meeting (zzzz...) of the Board of Studies this morning in the School of Physics & Astronomy at Cardiff, where I work, I had to rush back to the office, grab my things and dash off to the station to catch a train to the fine city of Bristol, where I was giving a colloquium in the School of Physics at the University of Bristol. I got there just in time for a quick slurp of tea before heading off to do my bit. I hope the talk was OK, but that’s not really for me to judge.

After the colloquium I got the chance to relax over a pint of beer, chat to staff and students and was then whisked off for a splendid curry. One of the folks that looked after me was Professor Mark Birkinshaw, who taught a course I took when I was an undergraduate at Cambridge; he seemed quite chuffed when I told him I still had the notes! And if Anton is reading this, he asked me to pass on his good wishes to you too! Thence it was back by train in the rain to Cardiff.

I think that’s all I have the energy to write. In fact, this is the first time ever I’ve used the “Quick Post” feature on WordPress, a streamlined interface limited to shorter items without graphics and other complicated extras which I don’t usually use because my typical posts don’t count as “quick” on account of the fact that I usually keep on writing long after I’ve made the points I was going to make and have run out of useful things to say, the excessive verbosity of the resulting articles giving me a bad name in the blogosphere, which, notwithstanding its more problematic aspects, does seem to me at least to have the virtue of encouraging a more concise form of communication than is to be found in other contexts while at the same time … [continued, page 94]


5 Responses to “Bristol and Back”

  1. Bryn Jones Says:

    Ah, yes, the trip from Cardiff to Bristol. I used to take that commute every day many years ago. The trains used to take 47 minutes from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads stations in those days.

    The walk from Temple Meads station to the castle on the hill is good exercise.

  2. telescoper Says:

    The building is a rather fine piece of Victorian Gothic, as you might imagine Count Dracula’s Blood Bank.

  3. Anton Garrett Says:

    Mark and I (and Steve Gull) were of the same cricket team as sell as same physics group. Do you know if he still plays?

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