I have been coming to Paris pretty regularly over the last 30 years and I am always struck by the unique smell of the Metro.

Arrived in Paris for The Universe as a Quantum Lab with less than a couple of hours to go before my talk on a subject I don’t know much about.

We were listening to Bowie’s “Scary Monsters” with our three-year old and her first question on looking at the cover art was “Is that a boy or a girl?”, which I hope was an encouraging sign of her notions of gender fluidity (and then we played The Replacement’s “Androgynous”).

Thanks to Aretha for many things over the years, but perhaps especially for the dance parties she has inspired us to have with our one- and three-year old daughters over the last few days.

I am now so old that I have lost track, and am both embarrassed and happy to have discovered that this birthday is actually one less than I’ve been saying for the last few weeks.

The Planck 2018 results papers are available! (Direct from ESA today and on the arXiv tomorrow.)