It was four hours of needles, but what really hurt was holding my arm above my head while lying on my side for that long. Still, no pain, no gain… as my high school sports teacher once said, never imagining the circumstances under which I’d eventually embrace it.

Sean is a PhD student researching geophysical fluid dynamics at UCL. He studies coastal outflows, but so far has been unable to persuade the department to send him on a research trip to the beach.

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