About the blog’s author

I’m never quite sure what you might want to know about me. If there is anything, please feel free to drop me a line, whether by asking a question or hurling abuse.

By day, I work in the finance division of a large company in central London. At either end of the day, I’m a commuter to and from work. During this time, I’m an avid reader which is why there are so many book reviews on this site. My educational background is science. At sixth form college, I studied maths, physics, chemistry and economics. I carried on with maths at university, but I focused mainly on geometry and mathematical physics, particularly where to two overlap.

Subsequent to university, I found myself working in finance which is what I have done whenever I have been employed. My digital presence mainly consists of my musings on theology, science, history, politics, commuting and the little things in life that make me think and which make me smile.

If you wish to know more about me, the reasoning behind the title of the blog or the symbolism of the mouse, please see here.

If you’re interested in my socio-political views, my political compass comes out like this:

Political stance

8 responses to “About the blog’s author

  1. I very much enjoyed you review of Hardy’s “In Pursuit of the Dearly Beloved.”
    I’ve read almost all of Hardy’s novels and found this one to be the least enjoyable. I couldn’t relate to Jocelyn at all and, by age 60, I found him to be totally unlikable.
    I wasn’t aware that this was Hardy’s last novel and I agree that this would not be a good introduction to his wonderful novels.

  2. Rodolfo Sobarzo

    Hi. Im Rodolfo, from Chile. Im 30 yo, anesthesiology last year resident. Im a christian and very dissapointed of the economic and political tendencies of my country and our politics. Theres a main tendency here of big companies growing up in wealth, you see more and more expensive cars in town, but poor people are getting poorer everyday. The wealthy here control the media and they make people think everything is ok, and that we are a big economic country in south america. Ive felt for some time now as a christian if theres anything else to do for those in need in my country and in the world about our economical laws, and about how to even the balance a little bit. Searching google for more info about christianity and anti-corporatism and such (there wasnt much to be honest, it seems that most of what is written about is from atheists) i found your blog, and really liked your entry of 2011 about the bonuses. If you have more sources of the christian view of economical inequality of our world (beyond the typical charities which are pretty much useless) it will be very much appreciated if you tell me about them. God bless! Rodolfo

  3. Hi – it’s @raquelita_e from Twitter.
    I’m just wondering why you seem to have blocked me on there. If there’s something I’ve done that’s offended me, please let me know!

      • Oh that conversation!
        That was because you had told me I didn’t know something (what weed smelt like), which I did and had clearly just said I did. I found that patronising and rude and I was a bit upset by that. I am upset now, too, that you didn’t just unfollow me but you blocked me, and didn’t tell me. I found out because I went to look at your timeline because I thought it had been a while since I’d heard from you and I wondered how you were. I thought I might have accidentally unfollowed you with my big thumbs on my phone, which has happened before. Genuinely.

        Look, you have every right to block people, of course, but if you thought it was out of order for me to say the things above, why didn’t you tell me? I told you how I felt about what you said, in the interests of being open and continuing our relationship (such as it is – I don’t know how you feel about it but I value my Twitter circle of friends, if I may be so bold to call you and others that, with whom I have chatted for years now). I am sorry I was so sharp in my response to you that time, but I was trying to engage and communicate. I hope you’ll reconsider blocking me and we can get on again.

        • I made an obviously ironic remark (who has either been to university or lived in south London and not come across the whiff?) that was misunderstood and used as the basis for an unwarranted insult. If you knew me at all, you could not have seriously entertained the thought that I was being patronising.

          Not being keen on confrontation, I did unfollow you. Yet you seemed not to have noticed as you kept sending me messages every other day or so. So I then ‘blocked-and-unblocked’ you, so I wouldn’t appear on your timeline any more. This I did twice but even then you simply re-followed and resumed replying to me, oblivious to your earlier insult.

          Is blocking then so unreasonable an action? I don’t make a habit of telling people why they’re blocked (the usual reasons being that they are an ex I’ve no desire to speak to, they have verbally abused/threatened my friends or they are a Nietzche quote spam account). It is only because you have been persistent and asked that I’ve explained.

          • OK. I understand now. Thank you for explaining more. It looks like we both just misunderstood each other in this situation.

            So to me it wasn’t obvious that you were being ironic – I took it at face value. Sometimes people have said things like that to me (and to other young women) in an unironic way (“Oh, I can’t believe you’ve ever experienced this… “) and it’s unpleasant to hear that because it amounts to being dismissed and not treated with respect, obviously. (I’m not saying I thought it likely that you’d do that, and my impression of interacting with you has been to the contrary, but nevertheless it did, in text, read that way, and that upset me.)

            I understand your disliking confrontation – to some extent I am the same. I just feel that addressing a disagreement or issue can solve problems, and so in the interests of clear communication, I told you that I felt patronised. It wasn’t meant as an insult, just as a notice that that is how I felt. Maybe I am naive but I really do say what I mean and try to be sincere – I really can be that straightforward!

            To be honest, I refollowed you because I thought I had accidentally unfollowed you! (Like I say, I’m getting used to my phone…) I promise you, I really was oblivious to you feeling insulted – maybe I don’t get every social clue. If you don’t want to follow me or talk to me, of course you have every right. I just wanted to try and make things right if they needed to be made right, and to say that it made me sad to discover you had blocked me.

  4. I’ve never met you, but apparently – based on your post regarding misanthropic Christianity – I am you. To the letter. Every paragraph read as though you were taking dictation for me. I loathe people, and I feel for so many of them at the same time. I love hard, so when someone disappoints me (and I mean either substantially or lightly-but-consistently, it almost feels like abuse. I’m appalled by what people do to the people they care about, let alone to perfect strangers. I’m appalled by what I do to people I care about. I never go out anymore (and there was a time when I was rather popular); I’m in a small town, and, like you, once I’ve gleaned a sense of the psychic limitations of a person or the strength of their character, my attitude toward them changes accordingly. I can hide it, and I can be very charming, and I too occasionally fear that maybe I’m the pathological one because I’m aware of these things, because I can anticipate people’s actions (of course, there is the matter of self-fulfilling prophecy). And I look to the sky, and I ask “How can you expect us to love each other when we’re all such irredeemably foul creatures?” My cynicism has become such that, when I witness someone doing something that appears to be genuinely selfless, I start looking for the motive or the outside influence. It often seems to me that the only people who are really in touch with their own humanity are some of the more monstrous ones, because at least the sociopaths are capable of unflinching honesty (to say nothing of the modus operandi from one sociopath to the next). It’s become deeply troubling and it’s really starting to short my convictions about the Christian take on metaphysical things.

    Sorry for the rant. I’m not even sure of the purpose, other than maybe a need to validate both myself and you. Thank you for your bravery in posting what you do.

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