I will love you through long summers full of home

August 24, 2007 at 9:14 pm (Christian, People, Physics, Real Politik, The cardboard Apollo 6 has given the all clear, The views expressed here are my own)

Don’t worry I’m not in teen angst.

This summer I have seen miracles – seen arms that couldn’t move, move. Seen deaf ears healed. Seen my heart opened to a wider, bigger, closer, more beautiful version of justice and social action. Seen and forgotten and remembered powerful experiences of God, being unashamedly real.

This Summer, also, I’ve fallen off the political breakfast table and would have probably left the labour party if I knew how. Basically I want for a world where human life tramples gold, and if you imagine a reality of just that one sentence in practice it quite literally turns everything I believed in, regards politics, totally on its head. Bits of me extreme left, bits of me extreme right, but the vast majority, nowhere on earth. And I want to see more of this.

This Summer the big saga, pickle and drama has been the flat situation. It is now resolved. The truth is now that although I’m definitely positive about the PhD, I am still oh so chaotically nervous and stressed about next year for lots of reasons (I feel like a first year might feel moving into halls). But if Summer says anything, it says to trust, and if Christian says anything it should be ‘Yes Lord’.


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Cancer – Heavy Ion Therapy petition for the UK

March 13, 2007 at 9:15 pm (Medicine, Physics)

Please sign my petition.

Heavy ion therapy can be used to treat a variety of cancers with more success than traditional methods. For example, with certain liver tumour treatments the five year survival rate is improved from 23% to 100%. Such instruments are expensive, but given that they are currently being applied to conditions such as prostate cancer which is thought to affect 50% of males, the investment is surely of great importance.

I’m no expert; we’ve just been doing a medical imaging lecture and half the time they mention something its followed with ‘and we dont have one in the UK’. Studying physics it seems to me that we should shift our efforts from particle physics experiments to applying the same technologies to medical physics. I’ve not even digested the module yet but it seems important like. I asked my lecturer who also has a qualification in medicine ‘couldnt this technology save a lot of lives? Why don’t we have even one?’ and he cited lack of money and lack of political will.

It’d be tens of millions for this kind of technology but investment could bring the cost down (applications of experiments like EMMA could be used here as far as I understand it). Its just so accurate and great for hitting cancers.

So please sign my petition, and hopefully when I catch up to that bit in studying the module I can fill you in with more details ;p


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