Friday, 22 November 2013

Immune response


My presentation from this week’s launch of the ILC-UK report on adult immunisation is now on slideshare.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

SAATI launch


I’ve been in Brussels for the day. For the launch of the SAATI report.


It was a good event. Having been involved for almost three years it was great to see the report come to fruition.

Outside the European Parliament, the homeless of Brussels use the Berlin Wall to store their blankets.


It was 20 degrees. In November. In Brussels.


Advice in an ageing society


I spoke at a conference in Leeds for Money Marketing last Thursday. The event was held at the Village Hotel South which is officially bloody miles from Leeds.

And the Leeds taxi drivers do enjoy very hot temperatures in their cabs.

I got an upgrade on the room so had Starbucks coffee and Sky Movies. Which was nice.

I’ve spoken at the hotel before – on the memorable speaking tour for a hearing aid company in 2011.

It was a nice excuse to get to see Mr Hopkins and family who live in Leeds.

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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Fireworks at BRTFC


We popped to the fireworks at Bognor Regis FC. It was fun.

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Car boot sales


I cycled to the car boot sale at Fontwell only to discover it wasnt on. Then went on to Ford where I met up with Michelle and George.

Friday, 8 November 2013

ten minutes


Not a bad place to sit and watch for 10 minutes when early for a meeting.



Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Bristol in a day


Another early flight. This time Edinburgh to Bristol, for the third of our face to face meetings with PFRC at Bristol University. ILC-UK are working with PFRC on an ESRC funded project on financial wellbeing in later life.

The project has been going really well (if i say so myself). We’ve already published work on mortgage debt and understanding the oldest old. We’ve got more work coming up on segmenting the older consumer, debt and financial satisfaction across the world. Bristol are doing most of the research and we are doing the dissemination and policy analysis.

We’ve had lots of press coverage for the project so far. And I recorded a podcast for ESRC/Understanding Society. Which you can find here.

There is lots of information about the project on the PRFC and ILC-UK website.

We discussed plans for the final launch events as well as academic dissemination. And Bristol took us out for a really nice lunch. Fennel and blue cheese tarte tatin to start and Quinoir and pumpkin for main.

When I got home I popped for a little  jog. Very pleased to do it as I really didn’t want to go out. The divergence on my circuit below due to me forgetting to pick up milk on the way home.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

A day in Edinburgh


Six reasons I like visiting Edinburgh

  • The early flight from Gatwick does inevitably mean waking up at a silly hour and not sleeping properly the night before. But the first BA flight still has a hot breakfast. One of the only domestic flights with a hot meal.
  • There is something something special about Edinburgh. I don’t know what. Just something. (That said, its also a bit dull and the weather can be terrible)
  • You can walk places. Last night I walked to Cath O’Shea’s house and met her 8 month old baby, Ellie.
  • People are very friendly
  • There is no sense of irony about pointing me towards Greggs for lunch after me presenting about healthy ageing.
  • Look at the sort of venues I get to speak in. Brilliant buildings.


Monday, 4 November 2013

ESRC Festival of Science


Today I am in Edinburgh speaking at the ESRC Festival of Science event organised by Edinburgh University at the Dome.

I’ve done far too many slides so will rush over most of them.

This is (sort of) what I plan to say

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Bognor to Littlehampton


Today I cycled with Bognor and Chichester CTC to Littlehampton. I left early so I could get a coffee from Caffe Nero in Chichester before the ride started. There were lots of people riding today. Stopped near the windmill in Barnham for 11s. And had some Spiced Pumpkin and Apple soup in Littlehampton. Managed over 50km and avoided rain for most of the ride.

When I got back home I went to the Picturedrome with George to watch Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2.