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3rd May 2024

Neanderthal and a modern human

Filed under: Diary,Family,Not extinct — John Allen @ 11:27 am

A recent item on BBC News is headed Face of 75,000-year-old Neanderthal woman revealed

“Revealed” seems to imply “for the first time”.

Not so. There is a superb Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, Germany.

A photo from our visit on 15 October 2023.

21st April 2024

Sarah and Edward at the Zürich marathon

Filed under: Diary,Family,Not extinct — John Allen @ 10:42 am

Impressed?

I know I am. “Impressed” doesn’t cover it. “In awe” would be better.

What fine humans.

19th April 2024

Apologies for absence

Filed under: Not extinct — John Allen @ 11:10 am

It’s been nearly a year since the most recent post here.

This blog is now functional again. More soon.

5th August 2020

Our return to Bern

Filed under: Diary,Family,Not extinct — John Allen @ 10:15 am

This time with Aaron’s aunt Sophie, uncle Edward, and cousin Olivia.

Stopover in Troyes

An excursion to Estavayer-le-Lac. The resort is on the shore of Lake Neuchatel, and just outside the striking mediaeval castle wall.

Sarah, Aaron and Carol. Teamwork in the application of sunscreen.

30th July 2020

Two minutes on the Boring Billion

Filed under: About science,Diary,Not extinct — John Allen @ 8:53 pm

Poster presentation for Microbiology@UCL,28th July.

28th February 2020

Enroute to Bern

Filed under: Diary,Not extinct — John Allen @ 6:07 pm

River Oise near Danizy in Picardy.

Halenbrücke on the Aare.

25th March 2019

Put it to the People

Filed under: Diary,Not extinct — John Allen @ 4:41 am

23 March. At a rough guess, about twice the number of people who were at the March for a People’s Vote.

A long wait at the advertised starting point in Park Lane. A bottleneck into Piccadilly. We eventually turned into Green Park, eventually to meet our daughter, Sophie. Lunch in St. James’s Park and then to Parliament Square, still crowded long after the speeches has finished. In addition to the route of the march itself, many roads in the West End had been closed, apparently in response to unexpectedly large crowds.

31st December 2018

Eleanor leaves for Bristol University

Filed under: Diary,Not extinct — John Allen @ 6:03 pm

Among a large class of 2018, on September 22nd Bristol University received our youngest daughter, Eleanor, to read Zoology. We wish her well. It’s a great place, and she is a multi-talented young lady.

12th August 2018

16th International Symposium on Phototrophic Prokaryotes

Filed under: About science,Not extinct — John Allen @ 9:49 am

16th International Symposium on Phototrophic Prokaryotes

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 5 – 9 August 2018

This was a fine meeting with many reports of first-rate new research. My own contribution was entitled Two-component redox regulatory control in the origins of oxygen evolution, cyanobacteria, and chloroplasts. Some photos… The first is a remarkable UBC memorial. The last is the location of the banquet, in the Museum of Anthropology.

15th July 2018

Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) 2018 Yokohama

Filed under: About science,Diary,Not extinct — John Allen @ 7:34 pm

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