Tuesday, 25 August 2009
McDawg had three scheduled meetings yesterday whilst still in London after attending Science Online London 2009.For my final meeting, as planned, I took the express train from King’s Cross Station to Cambridge and then took a cab to the offices of the Public Library of Science (PLOS).
I was rather perplexed however at what I saw:-
In the centre of the above street view photo, you will see two blue doors. The one on the left is number 7. PLOS are based at number 7 Portugal Place. According to the Google map of that area that I printed off a week ago, I was indeed standing in Portugal Place:-
So, I was left thinking that PLOS HQ (UK) is not an office, but instead, a small terraced residential house ???? Confused? I sure as hell was. For a nano-second, I was tempted to ring the bell of number 7 but my brain told me, “there’s something not right here”.
Placed a short call to PLOS. Essentially, I was extremely close to where I was meant to be, “stay where you are and I’ll come out and get you”. “I’m wearing a PLOS ONE t-shirt”, I said. The above map is slightly misleading in that I was standing in Portugal STREET not Portugal Place.
Whilst sitting in a meeting room (within PLOS), I couldn’t help but notice a stack of colourful, in-print copies of PLOS Journals. I had no idea that PLOS used to publish in paper format several years ago. Interesting.
Very much enjoyed the discussions I had with Ginny Barbour and Theo Bloom. Thank you both kindly for taking the time out to speak with The International Man Of Mystery and Patient Advocate
Before I left, I asked if it would be OK to take a couple of photos inside PLOS HQ (UK). Since there were no objections from PLOS staff……