New Generation Thinker stuff


This is typical: my time as an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker has expired and I forgot to post any of my illustrious exploits on my own darned website.  Doh.  Well, here are a few things anyway.  Better late than never.

Peanut allergy talk (video)

Food allergy talk from Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead (audio)

Dennis the Menace and the history of hyperactivity (you have to get through a lot of Matthew Sweet before you get to me)

Good luck to the 2013 NGTs!




I have a few excuses for not posting any updates in ten weeks, but probably the best one is that I was Shanghaied.  Literally.  For the last two weeks of June.  It was quite the experience, let me tell ya.

Well, I wasn’t exactly Shanghaied in the traditional sense – no drugs were employed (apart from strong liquor) and I wasn’t forced onto any boats – though I did get on one voluntarily.   What did happen is that I was asked to go to Shanghai for a couple weeks to teach in a summer school there.  It was quite the experience and, once I get my butt in gear, I will be sharing my adventures in true LEJoG de Matt style (which means plenty of long, rambling sentences filled with things that tickle me and probably confuse others – hey ho).  I did think of calling it LEJoG to Shanghai, but I think Shanghaied is probably better and a good deal more self-explanatory.

My primary impulse in writing everything down is partly down to self-indulgence – je me t’amuse – but also to record some thoughts about China, its past, present and future.  I am no expert, that’s for damned sure, but perhaps the musings of a jetlagged, overheated, illiterate layman can shed a wee bit of light on a country that will play a big role in all of our futures.  The first post should be up fairly soon and I hope you like it.