ESR 2007 conference

We played host to the Royal Society of Chemistry’s ESR group annual conference (“ESR 2007”) here in Oxford this week. I was delighted to be able to talk about my research, and it was great to meet many eminent scientists working on ESR…


Isle of Man

This weekend I went to visit an old friend who now works on the Isle of Man. It’s an amazing place and I really enjoyed the chance to escape the DPhil writing up and go and walk up various “bumps”! This is the…


Split a PDF into separate files containing colour and B&W pages

The pdfcolour utility allows one to split a PDF file apart to give two separate PDFs, one containing the colour pages and the other containing the B&W pages. That way, one can easily print the B&W pages on a faster, cheaper printer and…


Find and replace in multiple files using emacs

I found a useful article that explains how one can use emacs to find/replace in several files at once:


Oxford in the snow

We woke up to a beautiful scene this morning: at our house there was 8cm of snow. Everything was white! Cycling in to town was something of an adventure. I saw this snowman in Hertford College.


Banana, date & walnut cake

I made this cake (inspired by an internet recipe) this evening. It tastes delicious and is nice and moist inside so I thought I would share the recipe. Banana, date & walnut cake (Chris’ variation) Equipment bowls, scales, electric mixer, microwave, oven, loaf…


Backup software

I use a piece of software called Bacula to make backups of the data on our home PC’s and on various websites. Version 2.0 of Bacula has just been released! I have built a set of RPMs for fedora core 4. They were…


Reset a forgotten admin password

A family member recently asked me how they could get access to an old PC running Windows XP Pro, whose administrator password they no longer knew. I found this tool invaluable. It reset the password in a matter of minutes and with no…


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I am enjoying a relaxing time with my family over Christmas. I wish you too a merry Christmas and a happy new year.



I am a physical chemist working at the Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research and Merton College at the University of Oxford. Please follow one of the links above to find out more about me. The bar on the right of this page…