Once the coring material starts coming in, we will be working flat out for 12 hours every day
When you finish work, if you do a 12 hour shift you've not much time left to do anything else. You have a couple more hours before you go to bed. You'll go to the gym for a bit to try to stay fit. You get some food, update the blogs, do some emails, communicate with family and people back home – and that's it. To bed for however many hours, then back up again.
There will be some socialising. I'll be doing a few things to try to stay sane – to distract me from just work everyday. I'll be taking my acoustic guitar and I'll be trying to keep up half an hour's practice every, if I can find a quiet corner of the ship. Apart from that and trying to do a little running in the gym there won't be much else
I play Indie-rock, country rock, quite old-fashioned stuff like Neil Young. I'll be taking the acoustic with me, but I play electric as well. I play in a band with one of the other lecturers and some other people at the University. We're called the Screaming Forams
The birth of a band name is always murky. Forams is the nickname for Foraminifera, which is the fossils we study.
They're pretty quiet though, aren't they?
Yeah, they're dead mostly.