Hi All My name is Neil. Long ago in the late 1980's I graduated with a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Manchester, UK. Didn't work hard enough in those days as I was young and easily distracted. Physics never truly left me though, and through reading layperson's books such as those by John Gribben and more recently by to Lee Smolin's that interest is still there. I found this forum while trying to wrap my head around shape dynamics and loop quantum gravity. So I'm looking forward to exploring this forum.