Sunday, December 09, 2007

Congratulations to Sian

I think of her as a Montgomeryshire girl, even though I believe she was from Maesteg. And I like to see Montgomeryshire people be happy and fulfilled. So I was pleased to read that Sian Lloyd, ITV's weathergirl is engaged to be married, and very much in love by the sounds of things. These are her quotes from today's Mail on Sunday.

"I feel like the luckiest person alive. We were in Kenya, in the Amboseli National Park, and we went for a drive to see Mt. Kilimanjaro. We went for a walk up the hill, and Jonathon just held me very tightly and said "will you marry me". As he said it, the cloud lifted from Mount Kilimanjaro. It was beautiful. I just burst into tears. It was so moving. I just couldn't help it"

I can't remember what Mrs D and I said to each other, but I don't think it was anything like as romantic as that. However, its a pity that Jonathon Ashman didn't make his proposal in Wales. The weather's been a pig over the last few days that I could have done with the clouds lifting over Montgomeryshire. This blog wishes Sian and Jonathon many decades of wedded bliss. There have been rumours that they are thinking of settling down in Montgomeryshire. Everything should be OK this time, because Sian also told the MoS that she had learned loads from a previous relationship - mainly that she would never make that sort of mistake again. She added for good measure that she had experienced 'a lucky escape' when this previous relationship broke up - and that things would be better this time because 'Jonathon is an adult!' Wow. She's not a Montgomeryshire girl to be crossed.


Dr. Christopher Wood said...

Sorry again, a break between writing sci/eng patent apps - you're hitting me up again Glen - four generations of Welsh, now Sian Lloyd – as Caerphilly born Tommy Cooper might exclaim “As it happens …” I met Sian Lloyd at Cardiff University, we lived in the same University digs - Llys Tal-y-Bont, and we were in the same year at UCC (University College Cardiff). Sian is a great lady; I have very fond memories of Sian; I was very struck by her open personality, warmness and kindness to others, also, she was (and still is) very pretty. I specifically met Sian through Mark Cavendish, Sian's boyfriend at Cardiff University. To spare everyone, I’ve chopped the other page and a half describing the fond memories I have of Mark and Sian; but Mark, if you happen to read this then get in touch mate, there’s an email box you can double-click that’s on my blogspot diary. I have some great ideas about real estate around Washington DC and one of my good pals is a RE expert on Fairfax/Arlington area – perhaps you want ‘in’. PS Sian said she was from Maesteg and if memory serves (but a long time ago now, so my memory might not be accurate) said she was doing Celtic Studies or Celtic History or something like that, I remember she had a wonderfully fresh Welsh accent – she loved to play LPs and debate any subject under the moon or sun.

Glyn Davies said...

christopher - sounds as if you are still besotted!

Dr. Christopher Wood said...

Actually, there was another girl in her flat - she was a bit besotted for me - but it was not a friendship thing, I was besotted, but for a girl in the all-girls flat about my flat at Llys Tal-y-Bont, she liked me, but liked the Greek mechanical engineer student in my flat better - George. So I didn't get any oats, and it was a bit much for me, I got into University Hall up in Cyn Coed for the final term, I did not see much of Sian, the other girl in her flat (she had a mini-car) or the "girl upstairs" much after that, I saw Mark most days though, he was in the same Microbiology, Biochemistry and Chemistry classes (like I said, he drove a minivan and had huge stereo speakers). Yes, I liked Sian, but she was Mark's girlfriend and that was that for me, also, while she was nice to me, I am pretty sure she was fully into Mark.

They made a great couple, I thought they were made for each other and I was happy for Mark. Just a pity he didn't make it into the second year, he was going to do microbiology with me and Clive (a big lad from "up north" who didn't tolerate bad manners or people who he thought were stupid or otherwise annoying; luckily I managed to keep under Clive's wing but not squashed by Clive's wing). He knew Sian too, he told me he saw Sian (or maybe Mark or maybe Mark and Sian) coming out of a house on Column Road (near the Park Place part of Cardiff University). So I/we figured they were still together even after Mark left Cardiff University. It is to my great shame that I did not seek out Mark and tell him he was still very welcome to be part of our crew/posse - I felt bad for Mark, it must have been awful not making it to the second year, but as life has turned out, I started to think that those who got out of science early were better off than smucks who stayed in it longer.

Frankly, doing science as a job in Wales/UK is akin to walking bare foot on thumb tacks (you are either mad and/or a sucker for punishment), while it is hard for male scientists it is even harder for female scientists who get married - if they take time out to have a baby - it can be very hard on them getting back into research. What with all the outsourcing going on today, even highly PhD trained scientists are finding it hard to get decent paid work - much of it is heading for India and China. Better off working for the local authority in accountancy or something similar. But 'you do' travel a lot if you stay in science (not that one got a lot of moving expenses), one year contract there, post-doc here etc.

It can be very tough on relationships - for my part, I was doing a post-doc at a university in England and married an American who got homesick for Northern Illinois (Chicago to you). So I gave up my science research career and moved to Chicago - I have loads of stories, some funny, some pretty grim about living/working in high-life "city of shoulders", "working city", Chicago town. Let me know if you want me to write them in your blog - they will be pages and pages long - I really should write a book, but I'm busy working on making it to three hundred or so patents - I am over 200 patents now (drafted over 200 filed patents), most of them are not in my name because I was working for Chicago law firms (and then a DC area law firm), it took me about six or seven years to get my own law practice off the ground - we how have over 100 clients.

Most of my law school friends work for Chicago law firms or the City of Chicago (or the State of Illinois) as City or State attorneys sending people to jail (after a fair trial - just ask Peter, I mean Conrad Black - he just got 6.5 years for his funny business in Chicago ripping off shareholders of Hollinger International. Like I said, I have pages of stuff (in my wee head) on Chicago - just waiting for a TV/film producer or director to ask me for it!

Glyn Davies said...

christopher - and the first Rotary meeting was in Chicago.

Dr. Christopher Wood said...

Glyn: so it was the Rotary that started the Chicago Fire ... and not Mrs. O'Leary's mishandling a lamp while milking a cow! Much of Chicago's business district got burnt to the ground so it kind of figures! Out of that fire was born the world's first skyscraper.