Cycling · Music

Week 99: BBC Proms Weekend 5 (Part 2) and Wimpole Hall

Monday started the week with Jacqueline and I both still in London. We decided to stay down in London until Wednesday. The sole reason for this was due to the ticket arrangements for the Last Night of the Proms, to be held in early September. To get our promming tickets for classical music’s largest annual… Continue reading Week 99: BBC Proms Weekend 5 (Part 2) and Wimpole Hall

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Cycling · France · Travel

Roubaix Trip – Day 3-4: Watching Paris-Roubaix Live

The previous day, I had ridden over the 29 cobblestone roads of Paris-Roubaix in northern France. Today, it was the turn of the professionals. The plan was to go and watch the cyclists on the Carrefour de l’Abre, the fourth section of cobblestone roads from the finish line in Roubaix. But first, Jacqueline and I… Continue reading Roubaix Trip – Day 3-4: Watching Paris-Roubaix Live

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Cycling · France · Travel

Roubaix Trip – Day 1: Scramble to Roubaix

It was time for yet another trip. Jacqueline and I were headed to northern France for the weekend, for the Paris-Roubaix bike race. On Saturday, I would be riding the final two-thirds of the course, with the professionals racing through on Sunday. But first, we had to get there, from Cambridge. In the morning, I… Continue reading Roubaix Trip – Day 1: Scramble to Roubaix

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Cycling · Travel

Week 76: Cycling Time Trials, Penny-Farthings in London and Indoor Sky Diving

I spent Monday at home, servicing my bike. About a week ago, my freehub, the component in my bike that allows the back wheel to both pedal and freewheel, had broken and the bike was free-wheeling in both directions. I had also ordered a replacement drivetrain, so had to replace several different parts. I had… Continue reading Week 76: Cycling Time Trials, Penny-Farthings in London and Indoor Sky Diving

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Australia · Cycling

Week 68: Watching the Women’s Tour Down Under

On Monday morning in Adelaide, I had to take mum’s car in to the shop to be fixed. I would later go and pick it up on Wednesday, but I took the opportunity to head into the city to head to uni to catch up with old friends once more. It was a rather relaxed… Continue reading Week 68: Watching the Women’s Tour Down Under

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Arrival · Christmas · Conferences · Cycling · Denmark · France · Mallorca · Music · Orientation · Parent's Visit · Politics · Reflections · Research · Scotland · Socialising · Sport · Teaching · Travel · Weekends

2016-17: Year in Review

The conclusion of the Orientation trip to the Lake District brings with it a moment for reflection and contemplation. For one, it is the culmination of months of work on a massive project which now leaves space to focus on new tasks. For another, it marks twelve months since I moved to Cambridge from Australia,… Continue reading 2016-17: Year in Review

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Cycling · France · Travel

Tour de France Trip: Day 6 – Marseille Time Trial

It was the penultimate day of the Tour de France, the time trial in Marseille. I awoke early and wandered down to the marina near the centre of town. At the waterside, they already had barriers set up along the course. There were people already milling about, so I wandered along the route searching for… Continue reading Tour de France Trip: Day 6 – Marseille Time Trial

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Cycling · France · Travel

Tour de France Trip: Day 4 – Col d’Izoard

I woke up in the morning earlier than before, with a bit of pain still in my legs, but I forced myself to get up and out of bed as quickly as possible. Today, the plan was to climb the Col d’Izoard, which would be the final mountain pass of this year’s Tour de France.… Continue reading Tour de France Trip: Day 4 – Col d’Izoard

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Cycling · France · Travel

Tour de France Trip: Day 3 – Col du Galibier

It was the second riding day of my Tour de France trip, and the first day that I would see the Tour en route. The race started in La Mure, and took in the Col de la Criox de Fer, Col du Telegraph and Col du Galibier before finishing on the descent into Serre Chevalier,… Continue reading Tour de France Trip: Day 3 – Col du Galibier

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Cycling · France · Travel

Tour de France Trip: Day 2 – Risoul

I woke in the couchette of my sleeper train, to find that it was already daylight, and we were rolling up a valley, with gorgeous and steep mountains on either side. The train puttered along slowly; the line was winding and steep, and rose through several tunnels. I spent the morning glued to the window… Continue reading Tour de France Trip: Day 2 – Risoul

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Cycling · Research · Socialising

Week 41: First Year Report

The entire week was set with a single goal: complete my first year report. Every PhD student in the University has to complete some form of formal assessment at the end of their first year, usually in the submission of some report or review of progress. The report is usually written with some broad comments… Continue reading Week 41: First Year Report

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Cycling · Politics · Sport

Week 36: UK General Election Debate in Cambridge

On morning of bank holiday Monday, I played a Real Tennis friendly against a guy named Paul, who told me that he was trying to convert from his squash skill to tennis. I played off a slightly lower handicap that I ought to have, and so lost 1-6, 2-6, 3-6. The following days were spent… Continue reading Week 36: UK General Election Debate in Cambridge

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Cycling · Research · Sport

Week 33: Day of Research and Cycling to Ely

I received an invitation from Matt Lemming to his house for a dinner party with several other Gates Scholars on Wednesday afternoon. Given time after work, I rode down to his house on the other side of town, where he had prepared a wholesome meal of curry. We sat around and discussed many a topic; at… Continue reading Week 33: Day of Research and Cycling to Ely

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Cycling · Orientation · Sport

Week 30: Real Tennis

Aside from Easter Monday, this was a pretty ordinary and uneventful week. Each day would involve riding into the department, working, having lunch, working some more, going home for dinner and relaxing through the evening. That isn’t to say nothing interesting happened. On Tuesday, I went with Jacqueline to see another potential house for next… Continue reading Week 30: Real Tennis

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Cycling · Performing Arts · Travel

Week 29: East End Musicals and Medieval Jousting

The week began with what is now a familiar practice; riding my bikes to the mechanic to have a broken spoke replaced. This was one I had predicted; for various reasons I had locked by bike with a D-lock placing some strain on one of the spokes, and when I was approaching London the previous… Continue reading Week 29: East End Musicals and Medieval Jousting

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Cycling · Performing Arts · Sport

Week 28: Riding to London and an American in Paris

The week started again as usual, heading into the department, coming home again and so on. I thought it was going to be a rather inconsequential and uneventful week. As it turns out, on Tuesday afternoon, I ate a seemingly inconspicuous lamb and mushroom pie for lunch, but afterwards I started to feel unwell. At… Continue reading Week 28: Riding to London and an American in Paris

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Cycling · Orientation · Weekends

Week 27: Traditional Birthday Punting

We had arrived back in Cambridge from Bulgaria very late, one of the last trains out from Stansted Airport. After a whirlwind adventure through Bulgaria, it was time to get things back on track and to some relative sense of normalcy. On the first day back, being a Wednesday, work resumed with the regular weekly… Continue reading Week 27: Traditional Birthday Punting

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