Guess what: we are on strike. Again. This time, our employers have at last decided to negotiate, and there are rumours emerging of actual progress in those negotiations. While on strike I have done a long series of overdue domestic tasks, the last of which was admitting the man from EDF to replace our traditionalContinue reading Data: it is everywhere. Part 4: utilities time series.
We have had another round of strike days over the last few weeks. The dispute between university staff across the UK and their employers rumbles on, in a period of high inflation. I therefore felt that it was time to update the plots in my previous blog posts regarding how much we are paid. First,Continue reading Data: it is every where (Part 3(c): the #ucuRISING inflation update)
After two weeks back at work, we are back on strike for a week, as university staff get angrier and angrier, and senior management retire into their bunkers and pretend to each other that the problem will go away. So, I have time to revisit my previous post on how our pay has changed overContinue reading Data: it is every where (Part 3(b): the #UCUStrike bonus extra)
Well, we are on strike again (see previous posts passim ad nauseam: here, here, and here, among others). The current wave of strikes are in two parts: the ongoing dispute over our pension scheme (affecting the pre-1992 universities) and a dispute over pay and working conditions (affecting all UK universities). The pensions dispute is extremelyContinue reading Data: it is everywhere (Part 3: the #UCUStrike edition)
A few months ago a family heirloom was passed on to me to take care of: a mercury barometer. , originally the property of my great grandfather, Dr William Hobson Mills of Jesus College, Cambridge. Getting it home was a bit of a nail-biting experience. You can not lie the things horizontally or the mercuryContinue reading Data: it is everywhere (part 2)
As a scientist, I can’t resist the itch to collect data (see e.g. this previous post). During the pandemic, my mid-life-crisis sports car reached the point where my garage told me that they could get it through the MOT, but they didn’t really advise it. So I had to go car shopping. Mrs. P wasContinue reading Data: it is everywhere
I have been conscious for a long time that, on a clear day, the view from Dunbar includes mountains that are a long way to the north. But I never knew which mountains they were, exactly. It was clear a day or two ago, so, while out on my permitted exercise, I set my cameraContinue reading What is in the distant view?