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The Lost Astronomer

If you’re a woman going through IVF, there’s tons of info. But if you’re a bloke? Not so much. Compared to IVF, the mysteries of the Universe can appear quite straightforward… Updates every Monday(ish)

Feeling in the dark

If you’re a woman going through IVF, there’s tons of info. But if you’re a bloke? Not so much.

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The Most Important Thing You Will Ever Learn

Nobody ever expects a crisis. Last Friday we were walking to the local Sainsburys when we saw the tell - tale gaggle of gawping onlookers and people crouching around something on the floor, with others taking photos on their phones... Continue Reading →

Two Steps Forwards, Three Steps Back

Things never do go exactly to plan, do they? We were supposed to be completing on the house about a month ago. We've been saying "We'll be moving in in about a fortnight" for about two months now. And now...... Continue Reading →

Books I’ve Read: “Endurance – The Greatest Adventure Story Ever Told”

For once, the book's blurb doesn't lie. This genuinely is one of the greatest stories ever told. With that said, I can safely end this rev- What's that? You've never heard of the Endurance? Or the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition? What... Continue Reading →

IVF: “We’ve had to cancel your appointment because…”

It’s been a tough week. Thursday saw our IVF consultancy in Oxford cancelled less than a week before it was supposed to happen. We’ve not exactly been looking forwards to it, per se –  going to hospital to find out... Continue Reading →

Skywatch: Sept 17

Nights are starting to draw in again, so soon it'll be stargazing season! September is when everything starts to become far more fun from an astronomy perspective. The short nights of July and August that required you to stay up... Continue Reading →

Theophilus, Cyrillus & Catharina

There's a skill in taking photos of space. A lot of this skill comes from preparation, a lot in knowledge, even more in the equipment and a great deal of it is in luck. I don't have any of that.... Continue Reading →

“…But we’ve only just got here!” – On socially anxious spouses

This Saturday, we went to visit an old Air Force buddy of mine, Squadron Leader Muddles, who is deploying shortly for an overseas tour. It was the last chance to catch up for a few drinks before he disappeared to... Continue Reading →

Charting my wife’s emotions (for science)

Mrs Astronomer has quit her job. I was expecting it for some time, as she's just been getting more and more wound up about it. She's fed up of librarianship, and the stress has been really getting to her. It's... Continue Reading →

Congratulations, now I’ll just clear up this mess

It had to happen at some point; a friend from university has finally given birth to her firstborn. We've both known this girl for over ten years: we studied history modules together at university, and she trained as a librarian with... Continue Reading →

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