It has been a long time since I last posted on this Blog: too long. Fortunately, however, this has not been due to ill-health or loss of interest or complete retirement. 2015 and 2016 have been momentous years in UK and global politics and I have been hugely distracted by events. I have spent time writing a different blog in defence of a more collaborative, tolerant and just societal future. Probably this endeavour has proved more cathartic than influential but there it is. I do not apologise for this but it is time to refocus at least part of my energies.
Much has happened around me in our scientific and professional endeavours and I will soon start to describe the sometimes bumpy road that has been progress. Suffice to say here that I am still ‘alive and kicking’ and so is the Centre for Sustainable Working Life at Birkbeck and its ESRC Seminar Series on Cancer & Employment. The METIS Collaboration also continues and equally successfully. Collectively, we can boast new funding. People have joined us, some have moved and some have left us. There has been a plethora of new papers, chapters and reports, seminars and conference papers that, together, serve to prove my assertion that I am, we are, still ‘alive and kicking’.
Thank you to those who have periodically looked at what has been a never changing Blog in our ever changing world. The Blog crept over 20,000 hits while I have been mentally engaged elsewhere.