I'm placed next to Brain Cox and something inside me wilts because I know I am sitting next to a superior being and he will soon find out I'm a two-celled worm... This is my trigger, if I'm near someone that smart, I tailspin into the interior pre-recorded CD made in childhood that goes something like this, "You're a total idiot and people will find out that you're an idiot."
By setting yourself goals in life you learn an incredible amount and you get a sense of fulfilment and pride. Even the journey getting there, the ups and the downs makes you feeling motivated and positive. There is a constant feeling of reward. Knowing you have believed in yourself enough to set yourself goals requires self-worth and along the way you gain many attributes including resilience, communication and team building qualities - life skills that are so important and the foundation to becoming a healthy, happy and productive individual.
The Yes campaign has recognised, in that great tradition of enlightened Scottish thought, that you can't view political decisions in isolation of broader societal and cultural trends. Beyond the cold and narrow business of balancing budgets and ballot boxes lies a modern republic of letters: of Buzzfeed, Youtube clips and memes.
There was an article on an Australian website recently on "mild paedophilia" mainly about Richard Dawkins' justification for a bit of sexual groping not having a lasting impact on someone. Most comments under the article disagree with such an irresponsible statement, yet there are those who feel he "has a point".
I will never attend another event at Manchester, and have asked them to remove my name from anything which promotes the University. I would advise anyone considering studying at Manchester to consider how it treats its former students. If this is how it treats us - how will it treat you? As people to be cherished - or potential cash cows to be milked?
Yesterday was, for many physicists (and physics students), as a friend put it, "a bit like Christmas", and I think it is safe to bet that quite a few at CERN woke up today with a very Christmassy hangover. But, now that the party is over, a question arises (as often on the morning after): what exactly did happen yesterday?
Professor Brian Cox said that whenever he saw the prime minister he would ask: "how can we ensure that Britain is the best place to do science?" It's a pertinent question, and one that mirrors the question I'm continually asking government ministers: "how can we ensure Britain is the best place to do the arts?"