What sort of rock is the wall behind me made of? (clue: I am in Aberdeen)
Bouncing Bertie Boffin here (you may called me B-cubed).
The next topic we will tackle in my lecture series for budding canine scientists will be geology.
Now the study of rocks is best conducted outdoors. OK, I know what you're thinking, after last week, it's clear that any class involving dogs is best conducted outdoors....
It just so happens that the North of Scotland, my home patch, is widely known as a Mecca for geologists. So in two weeks time I shall be leading a field trip and we shall visit some famous localities in the stunning landscapes of the Highlands and Islands.
I would love to say that all my friends are welcome, but I am a little concerned that this class (and Stella there is no need to write 'class' in inverted commas, it sends out entirely the wrong message...) will be oversubscribed. We can only take a small minibus down the narrow and twisty Highland roads. So before accepting your registrations I am going to ask you to complete a little task.
I want you to provide some evidence - we scientists like evidence - that you are well prepared for field work in Scotland.
Please feel free to use your imaginations here. All the best science students have a strong creative streak. There is no single right way to complete this exercise. But here are just a few suggestions to get you started:
Perhaps you can demonstrate a prior interest in the practical aspects of Earth Science.
Perhaps you could show me that you will be able to withstand our inclement climate / possess the appropriate weatherproof clothing. (A hint to my more fashion forward friends: what works on Seventh Avenue is not necessarily suitable for a Scottish bog).
Maybe you have some photos illustrating that boulders, cliffs, mountains and midges are totally your thing.
A familiarity with the customs and traditions of the Scottish Highlands would be a distinct advantage.
You can submit your applications for the field trip by adding a comment on this post, or better yet by posting something appropriate on your own blog (but please let me know in the comment box if you do the latter so I can make sure I link to it). Deadline for submissions is Friday 8th October. The field trip will take place on Monday 11th October.
I look forward to hearing from the students who attended last Monday's class, and perhaps some new ones. And yes Stella, please do encourage Ludo to apply. I know his Mum is very busy at the moment but I think this subject will suit him down to the ground.
Finally, feedback from the Thermodynamics lecture has indicated a rather regrettable obsession with the availability of 'foodables'. Please remember that these classes are about expanding one's mind not one's girth.....