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  • How do you do?
    I'm Jamie; an incurably-curious, hopelessly-idealistic, vegetarian, polyglot-ish plant scientist at Cambridge. I spend too much time listening to music, wandering around the countryside, and eating apples.


    penchants: forest walks, benjamin britten, mediaeval history & literature, eastern philosophy, obscure tea blends, copperplate, twilight by the sea, quantum mechanics, thunderstorms, fruit trees, early music, dragonflies, postcards, underground railways, gardening, vapour trails, tiny art galleries, volcanic islands, moths, Virginia Woolf, gin cocktails, travel journals, mountain air, handwriting, continental cinema, bow ties, Lebanese food, historical linguistics, archery, all things Icelandic, & bitter-sweet lemonade.
    Thank you for stopping by; do say hello.

    Just calculated that I am still approximately £1,300 out of pocket thanks to various expenditures associated with the debacle in California plus movements around Portugal. Sigh.

    Oh, how I love butterworts.

    Oh, how I love butterworts.

    Anonymous said: Independent Scotland: yes or no? What is your opinion?

    The outcome will affect me in many ways, of course, but “Should Scotland be an independent country?” is not a question I can answer. I have opinions and hopes, but I’m not Scottish. It’s not my country and it’s not my referendum. I’m not going into it in any more detail than that, unless anyone would like to discuss it privately.
    Whichever way it goes, the next couple of days are going to be tremendously exciting.

    Anonymous said: Do you have any experiencewith Mesipilus germanica (medlar)? Thanks

    A little. How can I help?

    Anonymous said: Are you in some kind of relationship or single? 😍

    I’m in a relationship.

    I’ve been asked to supervise a second-year undergraduate for a term-long project… Eek.

    From time to time I indulge in daydreaming about my Lederhosen-wearing Alpine ancestors. This evening I went so far as to watch a bit of the 1983 television series Waldheimat, which is based on the world of the great Styrian poet, Peter Rosegger.

    From time to time I indulge in daydreaming about my Lederhosen-wearing Alpine ancestors. This evening I went so far as to watch a bit of the 1983 television series Waldheimat, which is based on the world of the great Styrian poet, Peter Rosegger.

    I’ve been reading a lot about tissue-level optics lately. The sporangiophores of this fungus, Phycomyces blakesleeanus, are a classical study system for biological lens effects.
Photo: Luis Corrochano.

    I’ve been reading a lot about tissue-level optics lately. The sporangiophores of this fungus, Phycomyces blakesleeanus, are a classical study system for biological lens effects.

    Photo: Luis Corrochano.

    I wish I had a spare £100 to go to Scotland on Thursday/Friday.

    Anonymous said: What is your favourite place on earth?

    Somewhere around here.