To summarise work-wise, I was always on the lookout for something new:
On being made redundant in 2007, after 28 years at the University of
Nottingham, I decided to go it alone, with a mixture of consultancy, private
science tutition and, in the absence of anything else, lorry driving.
driving may seem a bit strange compared with the rest of my (largely office or
academic) working life, but I
had briefly been an agency van driver in the 1970s - so it seemed a logical
'fall back' step at which I could always earn a few bob! Accordingly I have
'Dr Pig's Trucking Blog'
and also started a new 'road issues' reporting site at
but, following retirement, this latter is not being regularly updated.
Social networking seems to be
these days for job-seekers, and for a while I was registered on a variety of
jobs sites, but I am now closing down mypublic profiles on these.
Additionally, back in 2003 I founded the
Waterways Science Group
to tie in my long-standing interest in navigable waterways with some new
research work and some consultancy. This didn't taken off as I had hoped but I
am gradually expanding the website nevertheless.
I have also tried to make some use of my barely touched teaching
certificate by doing some private tutoring. To say that Physics (and science
generally) is a subject in demand, there wasn't much call for it
However, in my private life, I seem to be quite successful in teaching ritual
dance! This included a 'film/tv' opportunity to demonstrate/act
a part as an 'extra' with a high profile American actress in the Sky Atlantic
'Hit & Miss'