February Highlights


What I have been reading…

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Captivating account of identity struggle. Relatable (to some extent!) with beautfiul descriptions and imagery.

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1by Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
Continues the investigative life of VM, complements the TV show – I could visualise every scene, looks between characters and the tone in their voices. Can’t wait to read the 2nd one! 

The Alchemist bPaulo Coelho
Takes you on a journey, one which I could experience again and again and always see something different.

Currently reading: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

What I have been watching…

Gilmore Girls, Gilmore Girls: A year in the life
I wanted to rewatch the initial series before the follow up. I’ve been watching for a few months now and have just finished! I love all the characters so much that I couldn’t resist diving straight into A year in the life which replicates the feel of the original so well. Gilmore Girls is so uplifting and I hope for a second series!

Hidden Figures
A must-see! Devastating but inspirational! Very emotional story, bring tissues!

The OA
Got around to watching the second half of the series, not really knowing whether it was my cup of tea. I was intrigued by the story but am still unsure if I enjoyed it, or if it really went anywhere….

What I have been listening to…

Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride
Every track is memorable, as with the first album I can’t stop listening!
If you like… their first album, you will LOVE the second!
Best track: Red

Kaleo – A/B [recommended by Dan]
Bluesy rock upbeat tunes, easy to listen (and dance!) to!
If you like… Bon Iver, Black Keys
Best track: All The Pretty Girls

Royal Tusk -Dealbreaker
Variety of rocking riffs with a summer vibe (especially Cold on Me),  catchy choruses and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll.
If you like… a musical journey through an album
Best track: Soon

Spotify Relax and Unwind Playlist
I discovered this playlist a year or so ago and would listen often, especially during a long bath or after a long, tiring day. I rediscovered it this month and it is the perfect remedy for a stressful day.


Brighter days
Feb. I have got back into running and managed to start taking it outside now it is brighter and warmer. Spring is almost here!

Got started using this productivity tool last week and I absolutely love it so far. It is very customisable and easy to use. I highly recommend checking it out!


Things to do in Sheffield

With less than one month left before leaving my home of almost 8 years, Dan and I have compiled a list of things to do and places to visit in Sheffield before we go. Some of the places it would be good to visit one final time, others we have been meaning to visit for a while!

As an undergraduate in Sheffield, I mostly visited local pubs/bars, clubs, parks and coffee shops, with the occasional museum trip when family or friends came to stay. Since training for the Sheffield half-marathon in 2013 and recently getting a car, I have seen lots more of the city and the peak district and have come to appreciate Sheffield even more.

Sheffield Bucket List:

1. Tramlines ✓
I’ve been to tramlines festival for the past 5 years as it has got bigger each year! A range of events and music brings Sheffield to life, with plenty to do whether you have a ticket or not!
Tramlines Highlights
Alt-J in The Bowery in 2012, after queuing for hours!
FINALLY getting to see Catfish and the Bottlemen this year on the main stage!

2. Peddler Market
Plenty of street food, music and beer, now on the first weekend of each month !

3. Showroom and Curzon cinemas
Sheffield has some great independent cinemas which also host events, with good food at Showroom and a rooftop bar at Curzon!

4. Herd of Sheffield
Catch all the 58 elephants scattered around Sheffield! Almost half way there!

5. Mayfield Alpaca Farm ✓
On the outskirts of Sheffield you can visit and feed the alpacas, reindeer, horses, shetland ponies and other animals living on the farm!

6. Hidden Gem Cafe ✓
Near Mayfield Alpaca Farm, hidden away on a side street is one of Sheffield most delicious secrets. Top food, top service, with peaceful surroundings – not to be missed!!

7. Sheffield Cats Shelter
How I have lived in Sheffield for so long and not visited, I will never know!!

8. Chatsworth House
About 40 mins away is this stately home and gardens, with lots of events over the summer and at Christmas.

9. Queens Head Pub
Ye oldest domestic building in Sheffield, supposedly haunted! With good food and drink!

10. Food on London Road
Many many good restaurants, really need to visit!

11. Forge Bakehouse
Small bakery on Abbeydale road with a cafe serving delicious breakfast and lunch!

12. Rivelin Valley
First went for a wander during a long run, worth visiting for a lovely walk.

13. Antiques Quarter
With independent shops, cafes and tearooms south of the city and pop up vintage markets starting in September.

14. Our Cow Molly Farm
Dairy farm where Our Cow Molly ice cream is made! We visited during the Open Farm Sunday earlier in the year and got to look around the milking parlour and see how the ice cream is made! Also good news that Coops around Sheffield are now starting to stock Our Cow Molly milk!

15. Sheffield Theatres
The largest theatre complex outside of London with the Crucible, Lyceum and Crucible studio! I’ve been a regular panto goer for the past 8 years and have seen a range of other plays and performances, there’s something for everyone!

These are only a small selection of the wonderful things to do in and around Sheffield!

Hello World

Hello and welcome to my blog!

My name is Kerry and I am a particle physicist! I am a PhD student working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN and have recently submitted my thesis!

Whilst ‘writing up’ my postgraduate research and writing CVs and application forms, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on my experience as a PhD student; skills I have developed, what I have achieved and how I can improve as a research scientist. I have set up this blog to document some of the notable ideas and resources I have found, both as a reference for myself and also in the hope that others may find it useful too, particularly when writing academic papers or theses.

There are an overwhelming number of resources and tools which can be used as a postgraduate researcher (and beyond), some of which I have only become aware of recently and am interested to learn more. There are also many particle physics specific tools and software which I aim to list and summarise!

This is the current plan for my blog but some of my interests may find their own posts, as well as my research, travel and outreach events I attend – which I will tag and categorise.

This blog is very new and I am new to blogging so, please bear with me as I find my feet, and please do say hi!