Archive for the ‘London’ Category


Science poems on London’s Underground

17 February 2010

London’s Poems on the Underground has had poems sitting alongside ads on the Tube for many years. I always enjoyed reading one of these little verses, a bright spot in an often crowded box of sullen human cargo.

Now, in recognition of the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary, they’ve has selected six poems offering reflections on the subject of science. Read about it, and read the poems, on the Royal Society page here or Transport for London here.

Thanks to the Aussie for the tip.


Billy Gibbons talks about the Tube Snake Boogie in London

4 November 2009

It seems Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top’s guitarist, likes being a tourist, and took the tube to Wembley before the band’s big gig last week [BBC story]. In true London fashion, the line he wanted to take was down, and he had to detour. He still beat his bandmates to the stadium.

Thanks to the Aussie for the story tip.



Live music I’ve seen in London

6 October 2009

One of the exciting things about London when I moved here was the chance to see bands play live: awesome bands, and lots of ’em. Everyone plays London. Now that I’m leaving in a few weeks I’m reflecting back on who I’ve seen.

I have not wasted my gig-going opportunity. The list of bands I’ve seen live here (and by that I mean “from here”; a couple have been elsewhere in the UK, or in Paris) since February 2001 is below. That’s 242 band-performances in 104 months, or about 2.3 band-performances per month (not bands per month since I’ve seen some multiple times, nor gigs per month since some were at festivals). It is a list I’m pretty pleased with.

A Silver Mt. Zion
…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Arcade Fire
Asobi Seksu
Baez, Joan
Be Good Tanyas, The
Beastie Boys, The (x2)
Beck, Jeff
Biffy Clyro
Black Angels, The
Black Keys, The
Black Mountain
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (x4)
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
Blind Boys of Alabama, The
Bloc Party
Blue Rodeo (x3)
Broken Social Scene
Buck 65
Case, Neko
Cave, Nick & the Bad Seeds
Chemical Brothers, The
Clapton, Eric (x2)
Cohen, Leonard
Collins, Judy
Cooper Temple Clause, The (x2)
Coral, The
Cowboy Junkies
Cray, Robert
Darkness, The
Datsuns, The
Dead 60s, The
Dead Weather, The
Dolby, Thomas
Doucet, Luke
Duke Spirit, The (x6)
Duran Duran (x2)
Dylan, Bob (x5)
Earle, Steve
Einstürzende Neubauten
Elbow (x2)
Electric Eel Shock
Electric Soft Parade, The
Electric Wizard
Explosions in the Sky
Fiery Furnaces
Flaming Lips, The (x2)
Foo Fighters
Franz Ferdinand (x2)
Gary Numan
Gideon, Joe & the Shark
Gilmour, David
Go! Team, The
Go-Betweens, The
Gogol Bordello
Great Big Sea
Guns ‘n’ Roses
Guy, Buddy
Harcourt, Ed
Harmer, Sarah
Harper, Roy
Harvey, PJ
Hester, Carolyn
Hilmarsson, Hilmar Örn
Hitchcock, Robyn
Hives, The
Hot Chip
Hot Snakes
Iron Maiden
Jane’s Addiction (x2)
Jayhawks, The
Jones, Danko
Jones, Howard
Johnston, Daniel
Kasabian (x2)
Killers, The
Knopfler, Mark
Kula Shaker
Lady Sovereign
Leo and the Pharmacists, Ted
Lez Zeppelin
Lightspeed Champion
Little Lost David (x2)
Lowe, Nick
Machine Head
MacLachlan, Sarah
Massive Attack
Maxïmo Park
McGuinn, Roger
Metallica (x2)
Ministry (x2)
Mogwai (x2)
Monster Magnet (x2)
Mooney Suzuki, The
Morrison, Van
Nashville Pussy (x2)
New Order
Nickelback (I’m sorry, I was forced to go)
Nine Inch Nails (x8)
No Doubt
North Mississippi Allstars, The
Osborne, Joan
Our Lady Peace
Pet Shop Boys
Plant, Robert
Police, The
Primal Scream
Queens of the Stone Age
R.E.M. (x2)
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Riders on the Storm (ex-Doors)
Rolling Stones, The
Sahara Hotnights
Seasick Steve (x2)
Sigur Rós (x3)
Silversun Pickups
Skinny Puppy
Smith, Alice (x2)
Snow Patrol
Sons and Daughters (x2)
Soundtrack of our Lives, The (x2)
Soweto Gospel Choir
Spencer Blues Explosion, The Jon
Spiritualized (x3)
Springsteen, Bruce & The E Street Band
Streets, The
Teenage Fanclub
Touré, Vieux Farka
Tragically Hip, The (x2)
U2 (x2)
Vaughan, Jimmie
Violent Femmes
Waits, Tom
Waters, Roger
Welch, Gillian
White Stripes, The (x2)
Willard Grant Conspiracy, The
Williams, Lucinda
Williams, Saul (x2)
Winehouse, Amy
Winter, Johnny
Wood, Ronnie
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Zutons (x2)


Science Online London 2009: the sessions

24 August 2009

I attended Science Online London 2009 on Saturday.

As I mentioned before, I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to make the social events before or after. Because I don’t actually work in science it’s not so important for me to network, but it is fun.

The sessions I did attend were interesting, though. Highlights for me:

  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Science Blogging. I’d heard a lot of this before at a London Bloggers Meetup last year, but it’s always good to hear real-life case examples.
  • Online communication of science by institutions and organizations. I liked hearing what the Nobel org, Cancer Research UK, and Ask a Biologist do to overcome organisational inertia and measure what success is for each of their online ventures.
  • Citizen science – How the web enables anyone to be a scientist. Good talks from people from Wikipedia and GalaxyZoo on how most contributors are amateurs who like being part of something original.
  • Some participants attended via Second Life, and this worked better than I thought it might.

You can get some other views on the conference from Nature Network or from checking out Twitter.



12 July 2009

I’m very close to liking Invasion, the hot new metal band from London. They’re cheesy and fast and psychedelic.

I really, really wish they had a bass player, though.

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Science Online London 2009

5 July 2009

Remember Science Blogging London I attended last year? Remember that I enjoyed it?

It’s back, this year as Science Online London 2009. Not just for bloggers anymore! From the conference’s website:

The name of the event was changed to reflect the variety of science-related activities happening online today. Topics include blogging and microblogging, online communities, open access and open data, new teaching and research tools, author identifiers and measuring the impact of research.

It is, once again, on a Saturday in late August at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Although topics are still being defined I’m sure it’ll be an interesting day, and so I have registered.

I believe there’s still a few spots left if you’re willing to part with a tenner (there are sandwiches!). Or you can read the blog, or follow the conference twitter or search for their hashtag.


The Royal Society’s 2009 Summer Science Exhibition

30 June 2009
Penrose tiling: how nature and art fill spaces

Penrose tiling: how nature and art fill spaces

If you’re in central London tonight, or during the day this week, you should find a few moments to stop by The Royal Society. The national academy of science of the UK and the Commonwealth is staging their Summer Science Exhibition. Not only are they putting on a week of exhibits from the cutting edge of science but also featuring involved scientists themselves for you to ask questions of.

What a cool opportunity. This is a direct public-engagement event. You can look at items and exhibits and models lots of places, but how often do you get a chance to ask questions of a real, live scientist? There’s a list of exhibits here, along with writeups that indicate which ones might be good for kids.

From their site:

We’ve got over 20 fascinating, diverse and interactive exhibits. Fields of study range from how fluorescent fish could provide better understanding of human diseases, to a chewing robot that can help us develop dental technology, to how new space missions could help to unlock the history of the universe.

There’s also a good writeup at Nature Network’s London blog about the exhibition.

You can find info on how to get there and what their hours are here.