A lecturer is a sound scholar, who is chosen to teach on the ground that he was once able to learn.

F. M. Cornford, Microcosmographia Academica, V, 1908.

I’m a maths lecturer in a tertiary education institution in the West of Scotland. If you’re particularly interested it shouldn’t be too hard to identify which institution, but I prefer to give them the protection of anonymity. My personal obsessions, mild and otherwise, include modern Scottish poetry, the earth sciences, jazz and related music, and the hope that this wonderful, mucked-up little country of Scotland could become a place I’d be less embarrassed to love.

I’ve started blogging now (July 2011) because all the cool kids seem to have buggered off to Facebook and Google+ and places like that, which with any luck means I can lurk here without too much attention being paid. Which is the way I like it.

The current background soundtrack, as of November 2015, is Ibrahim Maalouf’s Beirut, from his album Diagnostic. Nous sommes unis.


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