A thousand thanks to Helen (brushstrokesandshutterclicks) for delivering the lovely pendant- a perfect little present for someone. :) Everyone should take a look at the other beautiful things that Helen makes.
I'm Jamie; an incurably-curious, hopelessly-idealistic, vegetarian, polyglot-ish plant scientist who has just made the move from undergraduate study at Oxford to postgraduate research 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, & my lovely boyfriend.
Thank you for stopping by; do say hello.
Just stumbled across this rather arresting picture of Diana while reading about the history of Braemar.
Keep seeing this picture of Clare all over Tumblr. One of my favourite trees in Cambridge- but sadly it’s not actually red.
divertaway asked: Do you have any tattoos? If yes, pics? If no, would you get one?
Nope, and no! I’m not a fan of tattoos. At all.
Having a very Victorian night.
Great Asby Scar, Cumbria.
One of Britain’s best examples of limestone-pavement, this National Nature Reserve is home to several interesting plant species, including the Dark-red Helleborine, Angular Solomon’s-seal, Bloody Crane’s-bill, and Limestone Oak-fern.
Anonymous asked: in which college are you? :)
Planning ahead: Can’t wait to visit the Bradfield Woods in Suffolk in spring.
Anonymous asked: can I ask, why would science disappoint? is magic more powerful? I have plenty of that. also... what do you think about what's going around in the news lately, that the universe is a hologram. AND do you value meditation as practice for it's supposed capacities to re-program our brain functioning. I kind of wish I had the access to research beyond the news. I have access to most journals via uni, is this a valuable place to find reading material or is the good stuff between conversations? ♥
Umm… I don’t believe in magic.
The hypothesis that the universe as we see it may be a ‘hologram’ (i.e. the Holographic Principle) certainly has its proponents and scientific merit, and the idea has been around for a while. My father is a physicist by training and by heart, and we used to have discussions about these sorts of ideas even when I was little. The Holographic Principe basically seeks to explain the famous black hole information paradox within the context of string theory, with implications for our understanding of the cosmological horizon. If you really want me to go through it all then I can try.
I’ve never felt the need to ‘re-programme my brain’. My version of meditation is sitting down with a cup of good tea and a book of poetry.
As for finding interesting reading- it very much depends on what sort of topics you would like to read about, and in what level of detail. For example, if, say, you were interested in learning more about astrophysics but don’t have a strong background in physics, then I’d certainly recommend either looking at popular science texts/magazines or talking to a house-trained physicist (they can be found) rather than trying to delve into the technical literature.
Anonymous asked: when I went to oxford this spring I got told my a senior lecturer that I would not be considered when applying for biochemistry because I didn't go to a private school/college...did you realise that things like that still happen at Oxford?
He/she really said that?! Wow… I can assure you that that’s completely and utterly untrue. I know plenty of biochemists at Oxford who attended state schools. Apply to Magdalen! Almost all of my friends there who studied biochem had been to state schools, and the biochem tutors are great! (And it’s the best college, of course.)