The reason this space has been a little dead recently is not a whole lot has occurred that's worth talking about. But considering most blogs are just individuals listing off a number of banalities, irrespective of their audiences wishes, I should get into the habit of doing the same. I have now doubled the content on my considerations page. This new one deals with a topic outside my expertise, which made it very engaging to research, albeit more time consuming. So to ensure content stays fresh I'll be keeping an open mind about what to write next. Also, if anybody is deliberating over a career change, dog-researcher (don’t know the technical position title) is well worth considering. It sounds like a pretty cute work. Despite the intellectual, scientific and pragmatic language necessary for a peer-reviewed publication, many of the journal articles read during my research left me smiling, as my mind illustrated the adorable behaviour described before me. Here's one example..
...a study by Miklosi, Polgardi, Topal, and Csanyi (2000) found that dogs that had seen a food item or a toy hidden in a specific bowl placed out of their reach while their owner was out of the room, were able to communicate to their owner the location of the hidden target item when he or she returned. These dogs showed a significant increase in mouth licking, vocalization, sniffing, looking at the owner, and looking at the location of the hidden object after the toy had been hidden and the owner returned. Vocalizations and gaze directed at the location of the hidden object were also higher when the owner was present than when the dog was left alone after hiding...
Outside of the work I do outside of my PhD, I’ve now settled into a routine, freeing up my weekends. I've been frequenting the local markets recently, with Brick Lane offering up the goods. There's everything from classic vinyls, fresh produce and incredible independently produced clothing and prints. Then there's the food stalls. We've got your standard cuisines of the world, all of which smell and look fantastic. However, the treasure lays a bit further from the beaten track. The decadent duck-confit burger is a prime example of the quirky deliciousness to be found.
If you feel like eating food outside of Sunday, then there are a whole host of top-notch, yet cheap (by London standards), restaurants. At this stage the top pick would likely be going to Tayyabs. Not only impressing itself as an East London establishment over the past 40 years, with insane crowds and strong reviews, it is literally a 160m walk from my flat. And on one more foody related note, I've discovered where to get good coffee. All is well.