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What do you do?

Life — May 2010

One of the questions I get asked by people I meet is, of course, "what do you do?". more

Stuff from Australia

Life — March 2010

Our thirty seven boxes from Australia were delivered on Wednesday, having taken about nine weeks door-to-door. Here's a photo of them sitting in our living room. more

Catherine St

Life, Oxford — March 2010

Yesterday C and I moved into a house on Catherine St, just around the corner from my sister. more

Arrival in Oxford

Life, Oxford — February 2010

I had an uneventful flight - the best kind - got through border control and customs at Heathrow, carted my baggage to the bus station, rang C, and had time for coffee and a croissant before getting the bus to Oxford. more

Got my visa!

Life — February 2010

After a drive down to Canberra and back with my father and step-mother, I finally have my visa! A big thank you to the visa unit staff who took pity on me and put my visa into my passport on the same day - Australia Post probably wouldn't have been fast enough for me to make my (already delayed once) flight. more

In Limbo

Life — January 2010

I was supposed to fly to the UK on January 25th, with C, but with no news about my visa application since December 17th that didn't happen. more


Life — January 2010

This was my first experience of international relocation.  This is like moving house locally, but with a whole pile of added complications. more

Leaving my job

Life — January 2010

Today was my last day at work. I've been working at the University of Sydney, first for Anatomy and then for Medical Sciences, for sixteen years, so it's a pretty big change for me - I don't think I've lived in a house as long as I've worked in the Anderson Stuart building. more

Where in Oxford to Live?

Life, Oxford — January 2010

Oxford is not a big city, which restricts our options. (We thought about renting a cottage in a village outside Oxford, but infrequent bus services and the lack of parking in the Uni make that seem impractical.) more

Strange Books

Books + Ideas, Life — December 2009

Books I have read are unthreatening, placing no pressure on me and offering the comfort of a familiar experience. In contrast, unread books are not so relaxing - some bring back memories of unwise purchases or over-eager review copy requests, some have remained unread because they seem difficult or daunting, and even the most docile of them whisper an insistent "read me! read ME!". more

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