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Call the Midwife! But, like, be really nice to them because it’s a really hard job…

This post contains discussion of the challenges in midwifery and childbirth If you’ve been watching/reading/listening/imbibing the news over the past few years, you will have heard repeated claims of the crisis in midwifery. Not in terms of student recruitment (which remains strong), but in terms of clinical care. There have been a series of high-profile …

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The Menu is a delicious feast for forensic anthropologists

This post contains many significant spoilers for the film The Menu currently streaming on Disney+. When I was an undergrad student I used to co-host a weekly movie review show on the university radio station. Demonstrating that I was as cool back then as I am now (this is clearly not one of the spoilers …

Yet another discussion on forensic science education…

Wow – I am poor at keeping these posts updated. I can only assume that you are all hitting the refresh button every week only to be crushingly disappointed that nothing new appears. I can only apologise and point to how very busy I am. Case in point, this weekend I was both appointed as …

Biocultural Taphonomies: Teasing apart taphonomic filters in bioarchaeology

I never learn. Which is ironic considering the sector I work in. Whenever I get asked if I’d give a paper at a conference, I always think “Oh, that’s ages away, literally months away, I’m busy now but it’ll be fine by then…”. But it never is. Such was the case when I was asked …

Tim Thompson’s ‘Sid Meier’s Memoir!’ Memoir!

I like to play video games to relax. I always have, ever since I had a Spectrum 48k. I tend to go through phases of what I like to play though. At the moment, it’s third person action-adventures, but often it’s something more strategy-based. One time last year, my wife asked me what I was …

President Elect of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Back in the day when I was a fresh-faced PhD student at Sheffield, I had written a paper on research ethics in forensic anthropology. It was an off-shoot of my PhD work, and I felt it was an important piece to write. It was my first paper. I nervously submitted it to Medicine, Science and …