Bellingham Court

Bellingham Court – new residential block at the University of Hertfordshire

How would you react if someone asked if they could name a building after you?  My response to the University of Hertfordshire was ‘Ooh!  I’d be delighted.  Thank you.’  This week it has finally dawned on me what that means.  I was at a University dinner with Professor Quintin McKellar, the Vice Chancellor, on Friday, and he suddenly said ‘Oh,…

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Finding something you weren’t looking for

If someone calls you a Geek, how do you feel?  How about if they call you a nerd?  Well this Venn diagram really made me smile.  I picked it up on twitter from @athenedonald who had been sent it by @jimalkhalili. So perhaps that explains it – social ineptitude is hardly a compliment, whereas intelligence probably is, and obsession ……

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Big Bang Fair 2011

Kate at The Big Bang Fair

pop-up book

Five Books for Christmas and Beyond

1) Last week, I was at the Royal Society Young People’s Book Awards.  The short list of six was by a ‘grown up’ panel, but the final winner was chosen by target age readers.  According to their video reports, they loved the ‘pop ups’ in the winning book ‘How the World Works’.  So do I! But I also love the…

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Creative Collisions or Cultural Clash?

A few weeks ago, I was at the opening of the Bristol and Bath Science Park.  The Chief Exec, Bonnie Dean, was using the term ‘Creative Collisions’ as part of her vision of bringing together people with scientific and commercial expertise, and those with backgrounds in design and ‘creative arts’.  (I’m using the ‘’ so you realise I’m not suggesting…

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