Nucleargardeners - August 17, 2012

When hunting for footprints work to do in Derby I came across The Conservation Volunteers and decided that the opportunity for some manual labour while leaving some ‘physical footprints’ was too good to miss. Diain and I rocked up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to the pre-arranged meeting point, tumbled into the minibus and were whisked away [...]

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Memories of Canada. Part 3 – manly things - August 13, 2012

Barbecue – Barbecuing is not something to be taken lightly. In Canada, as in the rest of North America, people take their barbecues seriously. There is no such thing as a disposable barbecue in Canada. Purists (and there’s plenty of them around) will tell you that charcoal is the only way to grill, but you [...]

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Memories of Canada. Part 2 – people and places - August 10, 2012

Part 2… People – everyone is friendly in Canada, OK maybe slightly less so in Quebec, but there’s only so much love between the Brits and French and, unlike in America, you really do get the impression that people mean it when they wish you a nice day. This could well be an illusion and [...]

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Memories of Canada. Part 1 – weather and weekends - August 9, 2012

After some reflection, I can safely say Canada is a great place to live

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Conflict resolution? Just pretend they’re children. - January 11, 2012

Not just your average day in the office

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Adventures in Site Licensing - December 12, 2011

Nuclear material can be hazardous, but then so can eating oysters…

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and they say jet engines work hard… - September 20, 2011

I see your turbofan and raise you a gas-centrifuge.

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Pay attention. I shall say this only once - May 25, 2011

I heard a sound-bite today and it sums up this placement rather well: “All the inadequacies of an organisation manifest themselves in manufacturing” Something else I heard that doesn’t really mean much, but is entertaining nonetheless: “Somedays you’re the statue and others you’re the pigeon.” Go figure

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“Murray I need some help…” - January 17, 2011

“Murray I need some help…” 2pm on a Friday afternoon, I’m just finishing off for the week (the joy of flexi-time) a few weeks into my secondment in the Manufacturing Engineering team within Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear and the boss walks over. “Murray I need some help, we’ve got a meeting with a potential customer (needless [...]

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