I want to spend some time talking about one particular thing that makes me happy so the diary entries for this week will be briefer than usual.
When I started off writing this I was inspired by the small gifts my friend Angie (@angieokchan) often presents me with. As a graphic designer, Angie always finds a novel way to package anything from a homegrown chilli to some ticket money.
I first met Angie through my involvement with Manchester Girl Geeks – a group of volunteers that puts on and supports events that provide a friendly place for women and girls to find out more about science and technology.
Angie designs a lot of the Manchester Girl Geeks (MGG) branding and publicity materials and also came up with a fantastic illustrated instruction sheet for our soft electronics workshop.
Manchester Girl Geeks
As I looked back over my entries on the MGG blog and the numerous photographs that I’ve taken at our events it made me realise that I was not only grateful for Angie for her generosity but Manchester Girl Geeks in general.
We are all volunteers but put our heart and soul into creating an supporting events that will reach more and more women and girls.
This degree of dedication was demonstrated recently when our chair Katie (@stecks) hosted a Sunday afternoon ‘Show & Tell’ event minus the use of her vocal chords (due to a cold), even giving her own talk on binary nail varnish!
So I would like to celebrate the commitment and hard work of the wonderful women I’ve met through Manchester Girl Geeks:
- Angie Chan (@angieokchan)
- Katie Steckles (@stecks)
- Karen Pudner (@kpudner)
- Linda Macauley (@lindamac27)
- Gem Hill (@Gem_Hill)
- Sam Headleand (@samheadleand)
- Liz Hardwick (@Tech_Geek_Girl)
- Lisa Mather (@elsie_m_)
Other stuff that happened this week
Thursday night saw the launch of Manchester Science Festival at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) where former Happy Mondays’ dancer Bez made a surprise appearance and I got to pick the brain of a (very charming) academic involved in an upcoming sexology project.
On Saturday I celebrated my birthday early at a new club night ‘NQ Working Men’s Club’ held at Night & Day Cafe in Manchester’s fashionable Northern Quarter.
Top Northern Soul Dance School teacher Tobin Lochrie (@TobinLochrie) made it a super night out with dance classes, a raffle and 80s musical bingo. He even got the crowd singing happy birthday to me and gave me the honour of drawing the winning raffles tickets (I’ve never seen a woman move so fast to collect her prize of diet Spam!).
- Kate Russell (BBC Click presenter, on crowdfunding)
- Jack Andraka (inventor of early detection kit for pancreatic cancer)
- Jack Sim (founder of the World Toilet Organization)
- Lucy Hawking (writes stories for children about astrophysics and astronomy) and
- Professor Bruce Hood (cognitive scientist and father of the killer cardigan stunt)