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September

I already posted part of this picture, a signpost on the edge of the Olympic Park back in 2011. I tagged it with the last phrase of the second verse of Procol Harum’s apocalyptic song Homburg: “The signposts cease to … Continue reading

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Silly season gleanings

EPSRC have finally made it into Private Eye, into Pseuds Corner to be precise; the current edition quotes part of their definition of a sandpit. (The entire definition is several pages long. Thus, sample activities for the first stage, called … Continue reading

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Perseids

Last night, we walked out of our front door; five minutes up the path to Pipeland Hill brought us to a dark spot above the city lights. I lay down in the field and looked at the stars appearing as … Continue reading

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Ernie Shult

Ernie Shult died last month. I just heard the news, from Corneliu Hoffman’s mailing list. I first met Ernie at a “microconference” on permutation groups organised in Oxford by Peter Neumann in the early 1970s when I was just starting … Continue reading

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August

This picture came about quite by chance. I had taken the picture from Hungerford Bridge on a misty morning, and the whole scene was in pale shades of gray. I decided to increase the contrast just a little; but, as … Continue reading

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Permutation groups and transformation semigroups

When I first decided to apply to the LMS to run a Durham symposium on Permutation Groups and Transformation Semigroups, I had a fairly clear idea of what I wanted: topics (both finite and infinite) where the techniques and results … Continue reading

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Computer down again

Ubuntu has let me down again, for the second time in two months. The menu bar and launch panel have disappeared. By some ingenuity I managed to get a web browser launched, and searched for a solution to this problem. … Continue reading

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