May, 2012

Organising Tours - May 24, 2012

As I was working so close, I couldn’t leave the area without seeing inside Dounreay. What’s the best way to do this? Organise a tour for me and my fellow nucleargraduates. It also gave me the opportunity to show off the fantastic Vuclan site and the surrounding county (Caithness). The initial organisation was fairly tough; [...]

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Insights from A Cog - May 21, 2012

Have you ever seen a government policy document? Gosh, lucky you. Looked terribly official, didn’t it? Impersonal. Weighty. This, you probably thought, is a document with Authority. Well let me draw back the wizard’s curtain for a moment and reveal why that is: formatting. That’s what it boils down to. A government gets its type [...]

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The Letter of Last Resort - May 19, 2012

At a conference discussing projects on nuclear issues (PONI), recently held on HMS President, the audience were treated to a theatrical display not usually seen at these sorts of meetings. It was a theatre production dedicated to presenting issues that surround the UK’s nuclear deterrent, through the process of drafting a letter of last resort. [...]

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Back up plans - May 18, 2012

So through my first secondment I’ve often been confident with plans and had the assumption that things don’t go very wrong. When things are going well, it’s often hard to think of what you will do if things go bad and unfortunately this is the situation that I am now in. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have [...]

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Secondment 1 summary…..aaaannnnnddddd……..GO!!! - May 17, 2012

So, it’s pretty much the end of secondment rush for secondment 1. It’s all a bit manic finishing projects, looking at training zone 2, looking ahead to the work load coming up, and finding somewhere to live for secondment 2. But hey, I remember being in this position 8 months ago, and that time has [...]

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Patrick Evans Foundation - May 13, 2012

About 3 years ago my life changed dramatically. I was a normal student, enjoying life and had the best group of friends. I just got on with things and didn’t really have a care in the world… Then one weekend, in February 2009, I got a phone call saying that one of my best friends [...]

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I’m in AWE….of this place! -

I have now been in my third secondment for almost 4 months and it has absolutely flown by! I could tell you where I am….but I would have to kill you! Saying that, I have been working on arranging this secondment for about another 8 months trying to get the next level of security clearance! [...]

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Get on your bike! - May 1, 2012

Calling all cyclists. Do you want to take part in one of the most scenic bike rides in the UK while raising money for charity?

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