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New project: Full Swede Ahead!

New project: Full Swede Ahead! It’s a collection of essays by a British family in Stockholm, as we record and reflect on our experiences of living in Sweden with our daughter two daughters. Why? When we moved here in August 2015 we were inspired by the BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent to chronicle our experiences for the benefit of others. …

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Living Abroad II: The Nordic Saga

10 years ago this week I moved to Germany. After six fantastic months in Köln, I was blessed with a humbling send-off from the friends I had made – singing a traditional Kölsch farewell song to boot. That experience was a formative, transformative one for me. And now I’m living abroad again – this time in Stockholm. …

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How One Tiny Text Tweak Helped Me Meet My Wife

After dating random friends of friends for a year, I decided to get serious. How can I increase the chances of finding someone I really like? Time to try internet dating. Guardian Soulmates. Spent a couple of hours looking all sorts of profiles (girls and boys) to see how people used the site, and what …

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A Year In Design

I’m no designer, and I felt that I didn’t have a strong sense of what kind of thing appealed to me. So I spent a year aim collecting examples of designs I liked, then teased out the threads that connected the ones I liked most. Below is the final post of the project. It summarises what I found and what I …

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The Strange Case of Newbury and Maidenhead

Newbury and Maidenhead nestle quietly west of London. Neither has a professional football team, neither is a hotbed of cutting-edge consumer tech, and neither has >100,000 inhabitants. So when my team launched a Facebook football game, we were shocked to see Newbury and Maidenhead in the list of top 10 places where our players lived. This …

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Two Rivers

One swift river rattled along as if on rails, smooth-sliding sails pushed gamely forward on towards the lonely vale.  Another river, flitter-shiver, flip-flapped and slip-slapped ‘gainst solid rocks that blocked its path, twisting backwards down around its corridors of shale. At the end of the vale, beyond the shale, they met. At first they ran parallel – the …

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What I learnt from tracking my body fat % every day for 6 months

That’s not me, that’s 50 Cent. 50 Cent likes Vitamin Water. He invested in the company early on and regularly advertises its products. 50 Cent is in good shape, so Vitamin Water must be good for you. But then… Vitamin Water also contains a remarkable amount of sugar: almost 4 teaspoons per bottle. So is it healthy …

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Three Years of Running Data: 1,153km with Nike+ and Mind

In 2014 I did 56 runs, averaged 1:00 hours per run, and covered nearly 400 miles – enough to get me from central London to Aberdeen, Galway, Limouges, Frankfurt, Bremen, or deep deep deep under the North Sea. I’ve been digging into the data – first for 2014, then all the way back to April 2012 when …

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What is B? What The Data Can Never Tell You: Games and The Flash Crash

The 2010 Flash Crash was a United States stock market crash on Thursday May 6, 2010 in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged about 1000 points (about 9%) only to recover those losses within minutes. It was the second largest point swing, 1,010.14 points, and the biggest one-day point decline, 998.5 points, on an intraday basis in Dow Jones Industrial Average history. …

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My German TV debut (3.1m YouTube views and counting)

I was on German TV in a police comedy sketch show, and the clip now has over 3 million views on YouTube! The show was called Alles In Ordnung? (Is Everything In Order?), and it ran on ProSieben from 2005-06. It was pretty cool, a very dry comedy in which useless police officers would bumble through serious and not so serious …

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What’s it like to study at Oxford?

From a friend: At school people would beat me at pool, but at least I was smarter than them. Here, people still beat me at pool, but now they’re smarter than me too. That’s what it’s like for most people at Oxford. You used to be one of the best — now you feel extremely average. That …

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Critics

Imagine having your work crushed by Wolfgang Pauli (Nobel Prize-winning physicist): [That’s] so bad, it’s not even wrong Thankfully I don’t know many Nobel Prize-winning physicists. Tough crowd. There are plenty of other critics around – people who think my ideas are silly, or that my projects are dumb, or that my blog posts are …

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So I applied to be an astronaut

My life’s ambition is to go into space, so a few years ago I applied to be an astronaut. At the time anyone could apply to ESA (the European Space Agency), so I went to the doc and to the hospital, had a bunch of tests done, filled out the application form and sent it …

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One year on – 10 things I learnt from Me In TV

One year ago today, I was extremely bloody nervous. It was day 1 of a project called Me In TV. Here’s a short video about the project: The aim was to give young people from tough backgrounds access to the TV industry. Over five days the participants created a TV show idea, filmed and edited a …

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I quit 200 hours too late

One day I woke up and realised I had wasted 200 hours of my life. 200 hours! I’d spent two years trying to brighten up nearby high streets by getting local artists to redecorate the shutters of closed shops. Total number of shutters decorated: 0. I thought I’d lined everything up: the local council, the …

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How I lost £1,500 when I was 23

I lost £1,500 when I was 23. I spent it on a website called whatsitliketo.com – a Wikipedia for experiences. I did everything: I made a limited company (I started putting ‘Todd Green, Director’ at the bottom of my emails, that felt good), got a registered address, set up a business bank account, got an …

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