Monday, 19 November 2012


Sometimes I wish that we, as a country (and by that I mean the UK), and as a world, could just get on.

And by that I mean, personally as well as professionally.

So often you come across strong statements made by individuals against other individuals that are fighting the same battle. The. Same. Battle. Are we not collectively stronger than one strong opinion? If we all spent the same amount of energy working towards our common goal rather than wasting that same energy slagging other working groups off, how much more would be done?

The planet is heading into chaos, surely the best thing for us to do is to work as a team to try to change our fortunes. One man alone cannot make one difference, but one man plus all the others that would like to make a difference but do not know how to, can change the world.

But how many things have been changed by putting down other groups' efforts?
How can you change people's opinions by being bitter?
Do you not just come across as small minded and jealous?

The way to bring inspiration to people is to live with inspiration.

Instead of saying "XYZ is so rubbish..." why not say "Together, we're working to make a difference." "Between us we'll get there."

Creating bad feeling on groups such as Facebook and Twitter just turns possible interested parties off. Lead by example. Don't tar others with your misery brush.

We cannot change the world by sharing misery, doubt and fear.
The only way this battle can be one is by sharing INSPIRATION, HOPE, and ENCOURAGEMENT.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The Past Month

Cannot believe that I haven't been on here since the tenth of October!! And so much has happened, though saying that maybe it's because so much has happened....

My project is still coming along nicely, the last sampling session was my best yet with 78 spraint collected, and with the analysis of bones in the lab started I'm actually getting a grasp on how long this is going to take me to do.

The lab work is brilliant fun, it involves dissolving the gelatinous part of the spraint away in washing powder (highly technical), sieving the results, letting them dry, and then checking species through a microscope. The vertebrae are the most common bones to use to distinguish between fish species, and I'm getting very good at checking out the eels and stickleback especially - at the moment these are definitely the most common finds. Mammal, bird and amphibian bones are easy to tell apart, and as I'm not taking them to species they're relatively simple.

Cool finds so far:

A whole foot belonging to some sort of small mammal
A bird beak (absolutely tiny - looks like a nestling lost it's life to an otter)
Fish eyes (which are pretty freaky!)
Jaws - eel jaws look pretty primitive, with peg like teeth, but salmonid jaws look vicious!! It's like Jaws the film in miniature, and even a trout's tongue has evil looking spines on it.

I've not managed to get many photos as the microscope doesn't have a camera attached, but I am seriously enjoying this work. Big thanks to Dr Carss and CEH for all their help with this.