About me

I’m female, 35, and married to a Alex, who is a Maths teacher. We have two small boys, who’ve both started primary school, and live in a semi-detached house in central Stockport (UK) with a big garden for them to run about in. So far, so normal.

I also work as a Medical Physicist 4 days a week, looking after Nuclear Medicine imaging systems at a large hospital in central Manchester. I have a BSc in Physics with Medical Physics, an MSc in Medical Physics and a PhD in Positron Emission Tomography. I arrive late and leave early on Thursday and Friday so I can be present at the school gates. Around this, I volunteer as a STEM ambassador, direct a wonderful network of (predominantly) female scientists called ScienceGrrl, run, hang out with my friends, eat out, watch a bit of TV and a few movies, do Pilates and weights, play cello, read the occasional book and get out to see the occasional play or concert, star-gaze through my telescope, play and teach piano, stomp about in the countryside with my family, preach and help with the children’s clubs at church… and am just learning how to keep bees. I’m also a regular on facebook, I can be found on Twitter as @alrightPET – and now I blog, too.

Whilst I do physics for a living I would never define myself as a physicist. Our world is too wide and wonderful a thing to only be interested in a small sector of it, and my interests stretch across the entire natural world to space beyond, and dip into most areas of human endeavour (except, possibly, football).

Under-pinning all this is my Christian faith. I was born and raised in a devout Christian family but decided to follow Jesus myself at the age of 13. Over 20 years later, I cannot get away from the sense that there is ‘something more’ to life, and still believe that that ‘something more’ is embodied in Jesus Christ. He remains the centre of my life. However, I often struggle with some of the ethics, structures, and dogma that have become associated with Him, so much so that my faith is now more about bringing my questions to God than knowing the answers.

About this blog

In April 2012 I switched to facebook’s Timeline format, and realised mine looked a right mess. I had been using facebook as a mini-blog, and the Timeline format revealed the mishmash of personal updates and chat, along with comment on issues of the day and links angling for debate… it looked like the web equivalent of that cupboard under the stairs everything gets chucked into. We had one of those at my parents’ old house; we used to call it the “killer cupboard” because whenever you opened the door something would fall out and assault you. A degree of bravery was needed if you wanted something from the back, and had to crawl in.

I decided it was time to leave facebook to what it is best for (sharing photos and personal news with your nearest and dearest) and create a new home for the links and comments on things that were already in the public domain. So, interwebweaver was born.

One of the main reasons I have resisted blogging for so long is that it works ‘best’ if it is focussed on a particular topic, so that people who are interested in that topic will find and follow you. But this is a personal blog, and my personal interests are really too broad to focus down on one topic – as reflected in the categories I have chosen for my posts. Interwebweaver draws on interesting stuff I have found down the back of the internet, that I either share straight out (short posts) or give a little more thought (longer posts). Hopefully they will draw out the discussion and debate I was angling for on facebook but rarely got… we shall see.

I have no expectations of vast readership or cult blogger status, but if you’re one of the few who have found this and you have something to say about what I write, please join in.

POSTSCRIPT: Since starting this blog, I’ve also joined Twitter as @alrightPET. To be honest, that’s where most of the short and pithy posts go now. The longer – and more personal – ponderings still end up here, albeit less frequently.