Berlin Calling

After having lived more than half my life in Scotland, it is time to pack our bags and move on. In the summer we are going to relocate to Berlin where I will take on a new position at the Charité hospital. Unsurprisingly, this is a very difficult decision with …

The Deliberate Consumer

In the small town where I grew up there were essentially two places where you could buy records and CDs. They also sold personal stereos, TVs and washing machines. They had a pretty good selection but nothing unusual. I had to go to the city for a specialist record shop …

2021 - An Uneventful Year

Another year in the grip of the pandemic has passed. In many ways it was a very uneventful year filled with work and local walks. We seem to be getting the hang of the pandemic and ended up with 3 1-day self-isolation periods while we waited for our test results …

On Schools and being a Parent during the Pandemic

We are now well over a year into the Covid19 pandemic. So far we, personally, have escaped relatively unscathed: We have our jobs, an income and a large enough flat so that all four of us have their own space. We have technology to access the internet and each of …

Naturalised

Today I have reached another milestone of dealing with Brexit: I have completed the naturalisation process and become a British citizen. For me, the process was as straight forward as it gets: pass the Life in the UK test, fill in some forms, hand over some money, show some documents …

2020 - The Year of the Pandemic and Brexit

It is the end of the year and I am looking through my photos on flickr to select my photo of the year. It is a good time to reflect and the photos remind me of all the things that happened this year. This is obviously the year of the …

Small Edinburgh - Part 2

After I published my last post on how our world has become smaller during the Covid-19 crisis I was asked about how this compares to previous years. Well, I have all the data and with some python scripts this question can be answered. The histogram shows the percentage of blips …

Small Edinburgh

We don't own a car. So during the Covid-19 crisis our world was reduced to places we can walk or cycle to. Given that I geotag most of my blip journal entries and I tend to collect GPX tracks for my photo walks it seems quite a natural idea to …

Pandemic Edinburgh

We are now more than a quarter of a year into the Covid-19 pandemic and the first wave of the outbreak has subsided. Time to reflect about the state we are in. News of a new viral disease came at the end of 2019. It quickly became clear that the …

Life in 2017

Life in 2017 is pretty shit. It's not that I can complain about anything in particular, it's more a general feeling of utter crapness on all sorts of levels - some expected, others totally unnecessary. Level I: Family life is busy and the boys keep us well occupied with their various …