Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
November 2009
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Hallelujah, Amen

Sunday 29 Nov

“Sing Messiah in Oxford” has now been crossed off the “To Do” list. And it was excellent fun (and exhausting, as well).

There were 45 or so in the choir, with half of them having only attended this weekend’s two compulsory rehearsals (I did one extra on Thursday). The conductor had organised a dozen or […]

Wet meadow

Saturday 28 Nov

I knew today was going to be an odds-and-endsy day, but I wanted to get out and see how wet things have been getting on Port Meadow, plus there was a cache in that general direction that I have been wanting to find for a while (a big country-side cache, as opposed to a […]

Odds and ends 3

Thursday 26 Nov

The joy of specs: Your eyeballs don’t freeze while cycling to work when it’s 5°C.

No specs please, we’re British: On the other hand, if it’s raining—as it often does—then windscreen wipers would be a useful accessory.

Gone … for now: Very late (well, early Friday morning) I finally submitted one of the papers that I […]

Mid-week musings

After a very mild fortnight, where the daily maximum has been around 13°C, the weather has started to cool down and deliver the wintry chill that I was expecting. I think there might be a frost tonight, and I have been rugged up in scarf, beanie, gloves, and windproof coat for the cycle trips to and […]

A touristy afternoon in London

Saturday 21 Nov (part 2)

Having “done” Greenwich (including a “bacon butty” for lunch), I then headed down to the river and caught a ferry back up the Thames towards Waterloo. We passed such landmarks as Tower Bridge and the Tower of London with the Gherkin behind it (the Gherkin is a rather distinctive office tower you […]

Where east meets west

Saturday 21 Nov (part 1)

Since one of the main distractions in my life involves electronic navigation and degrees of latitude and longitude (oh, and plastic boxes, but they’re just to provide additional motivation) it was only natural to make a pilgrimage to Greenwich.

Imagine my surprise, therefore, to discover, that I hit the magical E 000° 00.000 […]

Being ecumenical

Tuesday 17 – Thursday 19 Nov

Tuesday morning dawned gloriously, so I took advantage of the good weather to go for a walk in Christ Church Meadow, which runs south of Merton College and Christ Church (cathedral and college). It has been a very mild autumn so far, with an atypical absence of fogs and frosts (the […]

Bad pun 1

Pruning saw.

That’s a […]

The 100th post

Saturday 14 Nov

Yep, this is the 100th post, apparently. So, what to do to celebrate?

Sleep in. No.
Go to a day conference of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics in Loughborough (about 1.5 hours north) and give a talk, attend sessions, and catch up with some people I’ve met at other conferences. Yes.
Find a cache […]

More culture (is a hurdy-gurdy “culture”?)

Friday 13 Nov

This evening was a bit of a treat, as I attended a concert at the Sheldonian Theatre (pictured at right in daylight). For your architectural edification, the Sheldonian was designed by Christopher Wren and is used for university graduations. One half is semicircular and the other is a rectangle, and it has a painted […]