Chris Ogden is senior lecturer and associate professor in Asian security at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.
"I clean my desk every day. I'm a little bit OCD."
Never having been noted for his devotion to political correctness, it’s interesting to hear University Challenge quiz master and erstwhile political hatchet man Jeremy Paxman reckons the lack of women in the latter stage of his intellectually rigorous show is down to the fact men simply like quizzes more.
Being from the west coast originally, elements of old-time slang (“ma bit” – my place of residence; “ginger” – any form of soft drink containing manufactured bubbles, see also “Vimto”; “wally close” – a superior tiled entrance to a vertical stack of bijoux apartments or “single ends”) still hang about when I’m speaking to people.
In my hot youth, when I was at school studying history, there used to be a lot of store set on the significance of what were considered the great days of British worldwide supremacy.
Last Monday was World Happiness Day. Sadly, I missed it.
Dr Tim Wilson, is the Director of The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, at the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews.
I don’t normally watch a lot of telly, apart from James Martin and NCIS (ALL the repeats with Ziva and Tony in them) but I have found myself fairly glued to the old gogglebox over the past few weeks.
Last week I threw my ancient and increasingly considerable weight behind our beleaguered young people.
We live in a world that is changing fast, where technological advances occur with increasing rapidity, and where standing still is tantamount to moving backwards.