The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
So today I have achieved the days of my years; I hope that I will have strength enough to prolong them a bit, since I am enjoying myself at the moment, and don’t want to fly away just yet.
In the past year, I have put eleven papers (including one update) on the arXiv, involving 26 coauthors and totalling 292 pages. Quite a good record, I think, and one that should keep the REF accountants off my back for a while.
On my birthday, I lectured at 12 and saw a project student at 3. So I’m spending quite a bit of time on teaching as well.
And, even better: Jason Semeraro and I have nearly finished writing a paper, which I hope to write about here shortly; and on Saturday, Nicolas Thiéry and Justine Falque came to St Andrews to talk about oligomorphic permutation groups (one of my favourite topics, which is overdue a mention here) and to walk on West Sands.