Miranda’s big day is coming up

25 04 2018

Miranda’s thesis, not yet bedecked with the traditional gazillion post-its, but all ready for her defence on Friday!


My favourite typo

25 04 2018

This lovely typo crops up regularly.

Or perhaps they really do mean “involving very bad curtains”?


UBC visit

23 04 2018

UBC welfare conf signI had a great trip to Vancouver (and Vancouver Island) last month. I’d been invited to speak at UBC’s Pre-veterinary and Animal Welfare Club, who were organising a symposium on lab animal welfare.

First, there was a good day with Dan, Nina and the welfare group, including a journal club on a paper I’d long meant to read (“Horses can learn to use symbols to communicate their preferences”: not convinced this is true communication, but still impressive how fast the horses learned the task). Next, the conference itself, which was was excellent. The other speakers were Joanna Makowska, Cathy Shuppli and Elisabeth Ormandy and the tiny bit of pre-planning we did made our talks fit together (almost disproportionately) perfectly.   Below, me looking vaguely Joan of Arc-like, and chatting with step-son Griffin who’d come over from his new home in Sooke.


(And I then had a two day “essence of BC” holiday next, seeing seals, bald eagles and an addict shooting up in a doorway, along with getting to fly in a seaplane). 






Bizarre error-message of the month

18 04 2018

Slide1— when I tried to create a ‘group’ for emailing everyone in the lab.  Who is managing my email ?! I thought it was me!

Lab disaster

4 04 2018

Taking home and washing smelly peed-on mouse sock hammocks has become a lab tradition, but today Emma reports a disaster!  What philistine would throw these out?!?!

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And email of the week

13 03 2018

From Emma, who was looking for pictures of birds from the swift and marten family:

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Quote of the week

13 03 2018

Lovely find from Hanno from this paper:

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