CCTV in abattoirs: problem solved?

As a small part of my role as a research technician, I make weekly visits to an abattoir to collect blood for my biting fly colony. It's a University abattoir, so follows strict welfare guidelines, but it still isn't exactly a nice place to visit. I've becoming increasingly concerned when considering what abattoirs with low... Continue Reading →

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Pets: welfare, health, and the environment

I completely understand why people have pets. I adore my cat, so I'm not in any way trying to dissuade readers from having pets. However, I have written this post to raise awareness of some of the issues surrounding our furry pals, particularly those seen in pedigrees. When I refer to pets in this post, I... Continue Reading →

Favourite things: July 2017

Each month I'm going to write a post about some (mostly science related) things I've enjoyed. Firstly, I'm loving this blog! Her posts have given me inspiration for when I begin my PhD in October. I like this blog too, in particular her post about bats and why we should learn to live alongside them (I'm a major... Continue Reading →

Why I didn’t like ‘What the Health’

I watched 'What the Health' on Netflix recently. As someone who is meat-free (I do still eat some fish...) and mostly eats plant-based foods, I was intrigued and excited to watch this documentary. I'd hoped it would be a well-rounded, evidence based argument on why reducing meat/dairy intake may be beneficial to health. However, aside... Continue Reading →

Okja: a review

I'm not usually into films. I'm much more likely to read, because films rarely keep me engaged throughout, and I can dip in and out of books. I've also found that most films have become a bit 'samey', with a lacking storyline and overuse of special effects. But Okja? Oh my! This was such a... Continue Reading →

#SkipBenefitNotClass

I was really frustrated yesterday when I saw Benefit's campaign trending on Twitter with the slogan 'Skip class not concealer'. WHAT?! It's 2017, how on earth do these ridiculous ideas come to fruition? As a woman working in science, I couldn't help but join in on the resulting Twitter protest. A few brands (such as... Continue Reading →

Well hello there, PhD!

I've been a useless and not posted for ages, and actually, I have a good excuse. Firstly, I was whisked away to Paris by my amazing partner, and secondly, I decided to take a punt and apply for a PhD on water pollution at the University of Exeter.

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