I am back from Delhi now. Following my last post we had two more days of talks, and one more part of the "cultural programme" (though of course science research is a cultural activity). This was a musical recital by sitar player Pandit Prateek Chaudhuri. I enjoyed this very much. He gave a kind of lesson about the rules and styles in Indian classical music and gave many examples, but did plenty of uninterrupted playing as wells as talking. A YouTube clip of an earlier performance can't really do justice to a live performance, but I've included one above, and it gives you an idea.
The last couple of days of talks featured a range of theoretical and experimental work on fusion, and I came away from the whole thing with a resewed sense of some of the interesting questions. My background does not really feature much work in fusion, but enough to justify coming. I learned a lot from a community for whom it is their main thing and am going to enjoy making some calculations in the upcoming months.
Now, as I write, I am sitting on a train to Reading, where I will pick up a train to Swindon. It's day one of the Nuclear Physics Grant Panel meeting. I'm not really looking forward to the job. I think it's clear from the proposals that there is no "dead wood" in the already well-pruned nuclear physics community, and to have the job of distributing a very limited pot of money won't be a fun one.