Walking with wildflowers

Half-term holidays with walks and wildflowers.

Wildflowers and communication

The centre picture brings 3 questions to mind 😊💭😉

Do you like butter?

What time is it?

They love me; they love me not?

Buttercups, dandelions, and daisies don’t have the true answers – but folklore and fun are fine in the context of activities for children and grown-ups alike.

The answers are not evidence-based of course, and thankfully no-one is presuming that they are true.

Communications that are creative but not misleading, which indicate whether a communication is evidence-based or not, are preferable. On a serious note, evidence-based serious science reporting is essential and important, especially for decision making.

Enjoy the rest of the half-term holiday. Here’s to the wildflowers and free-spirited individuals.
Take care. Have fun.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 2/6/21

[Photos: I took them this week on a walk close to home up North in England. What can you see? Buttercups, Daisies, Dandelions, Poppies, Nettles, Columbines, and Forget-me-nots]

Vaccination Dose 2

Yesterday. All’s well. Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Proud of everybody’s achievements in making this happen. To all involved – thank you!

Vaccination dose 2I’ve definitely been here before and here I am again back for more.

See also previous post on Dose 1 experience and more information: Covid-19 Vaccination: a personal perspective.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth  6/5/21


Proceeding with caution

Spring 2021

As parts of the UK are opening up, let’s also continue to enjoy interests and pleasures we discovered in more restricted times.
I am busy of late doing my bit for serious science and with expert reviews. Nevertheless, I’m taking time out as well.

I took these photos on April 12th the first day of easing of restrictions.

Just because we can doesn’t mean we have to do everything at once. Having said that – I have booked a haircut!

Proceed with caution. Here’s to enjoying better times.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 25/4/21

AMR ‘a silent pandemic’: What can we learn so far from the covid pandemic?

The covid-19 pandemic should be awakening us to valuable learning to be gained in many different areas and in particular for the issues and challenges of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

We have seen the value of early research and scientific understanding. We have seen how, when necessary, regulatory processes can be speeded up (whilst not compromising on safety and quality).

There is so much to learn from different science and health aspects
(and also the economic impacts and politics, of course).

We need to be alert and prepared for the future as best we can.
Let’s make the most of what we have learnt!

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 29/3/21

This is a subject I have posted on several times before

Expert Peer Review

It doesn’t take much to say thank you and it can make all the difference. The message below perked me up in a tough week. It concerns unpaid work that can be time-consuming, but it is important because ‘Peer review is a critical component of the research process. Peer reviewers dedicate their time and knowledge to help validate the work of other researchers.’
Message I received from SPRINGER NATURE:
‘ Thank you for serving as a peer reviewer
Your contributions are important and do not go unnoticed.
Thank you for helping us publish important research during an unprecedented year by reviewing papers for Springer Nature journals. The past year presented unique challenges that have heightened the importance of publishing sound, expertly reviewed research. We appreciate the time you took away from your personal life and research to accept and submit reviews.’
It was a privilege to be invited to be an expert peer reviewer in the first place. To hear that the work I have been doing is valuable and appreciated meant a lot to me.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 16/3/21

A moment for reflection.

For International Women’s Day (Monday, 8th of March, 2021)

There were no obvious early signs that the girl would become a scientist.


Home haircuts were the norm in those days, so plaits were a good option. On reflection and on other photos there are a few short wonky fringes 😂. A bit like some Lockdown looks today 😉.


For Mothers Day (Sunday, 14th of March, 2021 in the UK):

‘A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go.’


by Dr Julie Charlesworth 8/3/21

Green shoots: literally and metaphorically.

Here are a few photos I have taken today showing the early signs of Spring. Metaphorically, the roll-out of vaccines brings hope and hopefully green shoots of recovery for global health and well-being.

Spring Shoots 2021

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 3/3/21

Covid-19 Vaccination: a personal perspective.

My key message is that this is A Super-Efficient Experience!

On receipt of my invitation from the NHS I logged on to the appointment link provided. Of the nearby options offered my choice had to be Alderley Park, of course. (Having previously worked for AZ for 20+ years on this site it seemed fitting.)

Vaccination at Alderley Park

The vaccination process was efficient, professional and friendly.

A high five to NHS staff, volunteers and everyone involved.


Please allow me a short digression here for a touch of nostalgia and more about Alderley Park.

Notably, the history includes involvement and important contributions to international research as the location ‘for ICI and latterly for AstraZeneca (after ICI Pharmaceuticals became Zeneca Pharmaceuticals in 1993)’
In 2013, ‘AstraZeneca announced plans to cease R&D work at Alderley Park.’ Although relocated over subsequent years some AZ non-R&D work continued here.
In 2014, ‘Alderley Park was purchased by Manchester Science Parks’ leading to subsequent redevelopment.

For some interesting history of Alderley Park and also for more about Alderley Park today you can find further information in links below.

Recent covid-related news:

In 2020, Alderley Park was in the news for its role as a Lighthouse Lab with an ability to accurately process thousands of Covid tests a day.

February 17th, 2021 was a key date in the commencement of NHS covid-19 vaccination at Alderley Park, now also an NHS Covid-19 vaccination centre!

In conclusion, today, I have a feeling of gratitude and also a touch of nostalgia*.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 17/2/21

[*nostalgia ain’t what it used to be 😉 – sorry I couldn’t resist that joke]

Links for further information:

For some interesting history of Alderley Park here:

And, you can find more about Alderley Park today, here:

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