President of the Society for Popular Astronomy Prof. Ian Robson describes his lifetime as a professional astronomer, with many anecdotes and amusing incidents from his work observing at sub-millimetre wavelengths. What happens when you are transporting hydrogen and a passer-by smokes a cigarette? Or you are carrying liquid helium in a cable car and it stops in mid travel because the wind is too high? And what's it like to look at M82 through an eyepiece on an 88-inch telescope? Find out in this fascinating talk, given at an SPA meeting in London on 26 July 2014.