1. It’s not normally that I go into uni and work on a Saturday – but today I did. On my way in, I thought I would get a
coffee from somewhere different. I went to Laynes Espresso and had probably the best coffee I have ever tasted. Honestly, it was fantastic! Seriously. It was awesome. An added bonus was the cup was completely compostable (caffeine and saving the world)!

2. It would appear the problem I was working on yesterday with my silly
residuals appears to be ok! Promising!

3. On the train back to Selby it was full of the “Saturday crowd” (I.e. mainly kids who play crap music). Anyways, despite playing a bit of crap – some of
the music was quite decent and actually quite nice to listen to. Even their attempt at the Harlem Shake was quite funny.

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1. Hopefully have solved a big problem (FLUENT residuals)
which I was working on all this week

2. Found out I will earn some
extra money demonstrating next week

3. Had an awesome chat, coffee
and delicious tea with Sam and Janos

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Three good things

I know I haven’t posted on here for a while, but blogging
about our preparation for our 100km walk in June – I have an urge.

So, why have I titled this “three good things”? Well, everyday I go
back and forth on the train and most of that time I am mulling over
a problem, trying to finish a presentation, attempting to read an
academic paper and understand it all – yet I spend very little time
thinking of the good things that happen each day. I look back on my
day and think ‘what have I achieved?’ and usually that comes with a
sigh, a grunt or underwhelming sense of achievement and I am always
left dissatisfied. “I could have done more”, “I could have been
more productive” etc… are thoughts I have at the end of everyday.
So, I wanted to change that way of thinking. For example a few days
ago I got free sandwiches, made time to tidy my desk and solved a
little problem I was working on. That equated to about 1 hour of my
day in total – but thinking about that put my in a much better

So there you go. Title explained.

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Trail trekker

It would appear that myself and a few other fellow PhD
students have entered ourselves into Trailtrekker 2013. Walking
100km in a time limit of 30 hours around the Yorkshire Dales. At
first, I thought this would be a doddle. It’s only walking. I walk
everyday. However, on Sunday we embarked in a 50km walk from Leeds
to Barnsley along a relatively flat canal path. I developed two
blisters within the first hour, which was a little uncomfortable
but something I could live with for a day. Four hours in, it was
quite comfortable and I was thinking this would not be too
challenging. I was, however, mistaken. After 40km, it was getting a
bit difficult to walk without looking like an empire penguin. Legs
were in a state of almost permanent cramp and I kept on stealing
food from the others to keep me going. Anyways, we made it and had
a rather unpleasant run to the train back to Leeds. This is going
to be a bit tougher than I thought. On the bright side, we raised
our first £10! Only £1390 to go! Until next time…

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Veganism – Day 4

Train strike today which means my last train home is 6pm. That’s a pretty good excuse to go home… and cook? Perhaps not.

I hate Wednesdays. I always have a supervisor meeting on the Thursday morning and he always wants a presentation of what I have spent the last week doing. Now, this would be actually quite easy and wouldn’t take the whole day to do IF I had actually done something. But a week is never normally long enough for me to get something groundbreaking, novel and new.

Anyways, for conjuring up something out of nothing, a man requires food. Food for thought… Perhaps even vegan food for thought?

Today’s menu:

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Banana – if you’ve read my other posts, you will come to realise that breakfasts are not the most exciting meal of my day.


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Honestly, a banana is not nearly enough. Lunch was about 12pm today, I just couldn’t go on. Plus, I had soup from last night to eat (my mother would be so proud at how resourceful I was being). Top that all off with half a bag of bread (drowned in soup of course – I couldn’t find a clean spoon)  and an apple and a bag of raisins, I was full to the brim.

I really do love raisins. Actually, the 150g bag equated to 5 of my 5 a day. So that would be 7 out of 5 so far and I always thought 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.


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Now, I understand that this vegan challenging is sounding very healthy. A little too healthy. But what I am finding out, is that it doesn’t have to be like that. I mean, why would you just eat healthy food all the time? We all know unhealthy food is much tastier than healthy food. Plus in my opinion, eating healthily is not the main reason people choose to be vegan.

Therefore,  a massive handful of oven chips, battered onion rings and a meat-free breaded burger was shoved in the oven. Delicious! Especially the meat free breaded burgers (from Tesco – in the meat free section). They are stuffed with vegetables, but they are good. I ate it far too quickly to tell you what exactly was inside, but they were good. Honestly. Actually, really good. Have I said that enough?

However, I had to settle for McCains oven chips, my second favourite oven chips in the world. First place has to be Auntie Bessie. She has magic fingers. But, unfortunately those magic fingers are covered in milk.

That was filling, but I still hadn’t finished my presentation. I needed desert. But the artic roll in the freezer is dairy. What is a man to do?

Make cookies!

But manly cookies.

The recipe I followed was completely vegan and titled “Chocolate Chip Cookies: Makes 3 Dozen Cookies”. However, I only got about a dozen out of the recipe because I love BIG cookies. In a past life, I think I was the cookie monster. I used to eat a whole pack of Maryland cookies for lunch when I was at school. Except at Christmas, when Mince Pies were on offer in Tesco at 2 for £2. What is a boy to do when he gets £2 for his lunch money? Eat 12 mince pies for his lunch every day? I’ll let you guess the answer to that one.

Now, this actually reminded me. I found out that Mr Kipling’s Apple and Raspberry Pies are vegan too! So I had one while the cookies cooled down. Then 5 cookies. Then another pie.

Thanks, Mr Kipling!



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