Whatever your feelings about the British monarchy, love it, hate it, indifference, it has been sticking to an out-dated patriarchy where the male of the line is the heir, rather than the eldest child. This has now been overturned with approval from the parts of the commonwealth that have the Queen as their head of state. This means William’s and Kate’s first born child will be heir to the throne, regardless of gender.
A good thing on the whole and I am sure it will highlight equality issues in some places. But it has rather taken it's time, hasn't it, and it is also not retrospective, only applying to the next generation.
It has been far too long since I last posted. Had to reach a point where I felt more settled and managed to get internet access etc (incidently, it is ridiculous how long it takes to reconnect a phone land-line in the UK!).
I have been in my new job for a few weeks now, and begining to settle down. It is very interesting and i have been tinkering with a lot of equipment and procedures in the lab, so I am happy in work. Of course, whenever you move to another country by yourself it always takes a while to re-establish your social life. I miss my US friends very badly at present, but am still keeping in touch when I can and will no doubt see them in the future.
So, I aim to be up and blogging again soon. In the meantime, here are some cool pictures taken with a scanning electron microscope the other day.
No, these are not sea urchins, although they do bear more than a passing resemblence to them. These are actually Trichodina, a type of fish parasite. Usually they would be a lot more rounded. The problem is the fish I was imaging had only been put in alcohol to preserve it, which causes shrinkage and dehydration artefacts, hence the urchin-like appearence. Definately a candidate for a "what is this" competition for visitors, I think.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!