Photo of a buggy with a shopping caddy attached to the back carring two large bags of washing

A systems engineering approach to parenting

In 2012, as I was preparing to begin my parental leave, one of my colleagues told me about an engineer he knew in New Zealand who quit their job in…

Setting my landfill targets for the year ahead

My New Year’s resolution for 2015 is to reduce my waste to landfill. I realised as soon as I came up with this resolution that I didn’t really know what…

Greenwich Peninsula

I snapped these wandering along Greenwich Peninsula last Saturday.      

8-count basic lindy hop lesson

Tuesday nights are when the Mudflappers teach our weekly beginners’ swing dancing class before the London Dance Orchestra takes to the stage at Swing at the Scolt Head. Since I…

The view from More London

It’s a curious place, More London.    

2015 New Year’s Resolution – Zero waste, or as close to

My New Year’s resolution for 2015 is it to try and send as little waste to landfill as possible. (Read my end of January update). The idea popped into my…

St Paul's in the distance viewed via the long axis of the Millennium Bridge

Stressed by stressed ribbons – teaching notes from Southampton

One of the groups of students that Ben Godber and I teach at the University of Southampton is designing a stressed ribbon footbridge as their entry for a design competition…

Sepia image showing the streets around the Rond Point de L'Alma flooded.

Qui l’eût cru – when Paris flooded in 1910

Seven years ago I was rummaging in the loft of my great grandfather’s old house in the south of France when I discovered a box of postcards, ninety of them…

Experiments in content flipping

  This year I have been experimenting with content flipping in my teaching. The idea of content flipping is that students first encounter the course material in their own time,…

Où est la salle de danse? – Why learning to lindy hop is like learning a language

It’s not long until fellow Mudflapper Jenny Millman and I begin teaching our six-week course ‘Learn to Lindy Hop’ at the Idler Academy. Being a lindy hopper and being an…