2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. It is pretty exciting! Please don’t feel you have to read it, but I think it’s interesting! See you next year!!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Hope for the Trypanophobics

The lifelong pain of being a premature baby article

Article from The Times, c. May 2010

Over 4 years ago now I posted this article on Facebook from The Times, captioned ‘THE REASON FOR MY NEEDLE PHOBIA’. It definitely helped me rationalise my fear of needles and gives me an excuse to scream and shout when anyone comes near me with one! I guess it shouldn’t, and I really should stop doing that, but anyway.

Today I came across some hope for us trypanophobics! You can read the whole story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30309216 but the essence is that they have created an alternative to the hypodermic needle which is a soft microneedle pad that theoretically causes no pain or scarring. It also could revolutionise the way vaccines are administered in the developing world and prevent needle related injuries that contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS. I can only hope that they develop this concept further so that babies don’t end up like me and I can stop fearing blood tests and vaccinations!


Blogging for Holloway

Ok, so I’m sure there are many things that I could be blogging about right now, such as my impending essay deadline, my awful cough or how strange it is that I’m going home in a week! But I’m not enamoured with boundless time so I will keep this short and just talk about a little blog post, written by me, and published on the Royal Holloway website!!

Yes, so I have entered the Royal Holloway Student Blog Post competition and my post, entitled ‘Living in halls and random university ramblings’, is up on the website here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studentlife/studentblogs/blogs/livinginhallsandrandomuniversityramblings.aspx

You can read all the other posts (and then still vote for mine!) here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studentlife/studentblogs/home.aspx

And you can vote here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/ecampus/campuslife/voteforyourfavouritestudentblogpost.aspx (I don’t know if you can vote if you’re not a student but you could try!!)

The post will be up on the website for a while but voting closes on Monday 8th December, so get in quick! Thank you!