Category Archives: Life

The Genesis of PhaseFour

It was in 2005, as I opted to take my leave of the corporate world and set up my own consultancy business in Laboratory Informatics, I was faced with a problem familiar to anyone opting to start a business: what will my company name be?  Hours, days, weeks went past, desperate for ideas to produce the… Read More »

Shall I, Shan’t I, and the Evolution of Pha5e!

Indecision! Having spent about 6 or 7 years undertaking the occasional photography project for a number of different charities and non-profits on a voluntary basis, it crossed my mind several times whether I should ‘brand’ myself. One thing that definitely is not on the agenda is to turn professional! There’s something about doing things voluntarily,… Read More »

Let’s talk about coffee

A short while ago I made a comment on a website devoted mainly to Scotch Whisky, about some similarities in the process of producing certain drinks, i.e. sourcing of raw materials, the equipment involved, and the production process. I also referred to the subtleties of flavour and taste, that generate interest and debate. And of… Read More »

Garden Birdlife in the Pandemic

There aren’t many positives to come out of the Coronavirus pandemic, and I have no data to back this up, but with less people out and about messing up and polluting the environment, it would make sense that Mother Nature has been able to take advantage. A simple way of observing whether there’s any truth… Read More »

Off to Hell in a Handcart

A week or so ago, a friend asked me whether this was the end of the world?  Seemed to be a quite amusing question at the time, but in retrospect, it did make me think.  But no, I don’t think 2020 is the end of the world; we haven’t reached the ‘off to hell in a handcart’… Read More »

In Days Gone By

Somewhere in the bowels of this website, there’s a post entitled ‘About music’ which I wrote over 10 years ago.  It served as an explanation, reason or excuse for my indulgence in playing the guitar, a journey hampered by limited talent and no knowledge of music theory but fuelled by wishful thinking.  The post provided an account… Read More »

Boris’ Adventures in Wonderland

Boris’ Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Boris in Wonderland) is a modern tale that tells of an idle, flippant and complacent being who fell through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world populated by peculiar, populist and nonsensical creatures. Synopsis Chapter One – Down the Rabbit Hole: Boris, a dishevelled layabout in an ill-fitting Oxfam… Read More »

Owning Scotland

What a great way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day by becoming a Scottish Landowner. Yes indeed! Having taken advantage of a Black Friday deal on a couple of bottles of Single Malt, I suddenly find myself the Laird and lifetime leaseholder of one square foot of Islay, tucked up close to the Laphroaig Distillery. If… Read More »

You can call me Al

In the day, the discovery of ‘new’ music was down to tuning into radio stations, maybe watching a TV programme, or very simply heading for your local record store and browsing through the trays.  Nowadays, it’s all down to algorithms.  Listen to something online, and before you know it ‘we have recommendations for you’; because you listened… Read More »

Schrödinger’s Mouse

Its Thursday 9th July – I’m hosting another lockdown Zoom call for about 20 people at 5:30pm.  At 5:25pm, I bring up the Zoom App on my iMac with a couple of mouse clicks.  The call is set up on the Zoom schedule, so all that is needed now is to click the start button, but there’s still… Read More »