Welcome to Umeå, Sweden

Reflections in a very still Ume River.
Reflections in a very still Ume River.

So, I’ve been lucky enough to have been invited to undertake some kick-ass soil research at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå, Sweden. After one month (two months to go), my wife and I have seen the weather change from a frosty snow wonderland into something quite pleasant, warm and sunny.

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So I’ve taken up photography…

Seagull No. 2

Point and click, right? Recently I bought a 2nd-hand entry-level Canon DSLR off a friend, and have been attempting to learn how to use it. I got a chance to hang out at Cleveland Point one afternoon, and I had a bit of a practice with this thing called a ‘telephoto lens’.

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‘Twinsen of Twinsun’ – Little Big Adventure Remix

Little Big Adventure (also known as Relentless) is one of my all-time favourite games. It was perhaps the first game I completed fully as a kid – something I was immensely proud of. The music by Phillippe Vachey is pretty timeless, and I don’t know if I’ve done his theme justice here – but I hope I’ve given this gaming...

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The road to PhD confirmation

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It’s official – I’m now a fully-fledged PhD candidate. My project has been judged, and deemed worthy. Now, I have two more years (maybe 2.5, if I’m lucky) to pull off a cohesive research project, publish my findings, and – if I play my cards right – level up, and earn the right to put Dr. in front my name.

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