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15 March 2008 @ 11:56 pm
10 March 2008 @ 11:46 pm
Waves at Trearddur Bay in north Wales

Yikes this is quite close to my house...

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12 February 2008 @ 04:30 pm
This is utterly selfish as I'd like to join the website asmallworld.net to ease my transition into Miami life next week, but it's bloomin exclusive and by invitation only. If anyone who reads this on a Friends page doesn't feel affronted by such a blatant cadge and would be able to join me up then, I thank you!


29 August 2007 @ 11:56 pm

08 December 2006 @ 12:43 pm
I am a Doctor!

I had my viva yesterday, and instead of the harsh cross-examination I was expecting, it was an almost pleasurable experience. Even better, I only have about an hour's work to do correcting typos and the bibliography, and it's done forever!

Then, quite unrelated to the finishing of the PhD, I got an email 3 hours later offering me a lecturing job at Sussex for the next 5 months. 2 Early Christmas presents!
12 October 2006 @ 10:22 am
I have handed in my PhD thesis! Did it on Tuesday but everything's been a bit hectic. 274 pages which I wish I never had to read again but I suppose I will have to before the oral exam.
25 July 2006 @ 07:07 pm
I'm still here. I've made a few comments on katell_keineg in the last week but I'm not that good at updating here. I'm working hard on my PhD thesis and hoping to have it ready in 5 weeks. Make that "I'm going to have it ready in 5 weeks". Then I'll be free!
12 January 2006 @ 04:57 pm
I just found out that a mate (my bessie mate) reads this occasionally as we live far apart and don't see each other like we used to, or like we should do. And I haven't bally updated it since the 3 or 4 childlike-excited "I'm Inter-railing!" posts in November.

I'm still feeling the positive effects of that glorious trip, but it also feels like a lifetime ago. This is the first week of 'normal' term for me in my new job, and today I taught my first class.

I haven't written about it on here before but I LOVE teaching. I also am growing to love research as well, as I am in such a great team at the new place and it is, tautology ahoy, the team work that makes or breaks the project.

What with a daily appointment with Pete Burns, courtesy of Big Brother, our trip to see the first Scritti Politti gig in 26 years last Saturday, and N's essay completion imminent, things are looking up.
23 November 2005 @ 04:52 pm
I spent most of the morning skirting this vast lake. None of the pics I have found on line really do it any justice but this one is pretty nice:

23 November 2005 @ 04:45 pm
It's my Mum's birthday today, Happy Birthday Mummy!

Not very interesting side points:

1) this is a Croatian keyboard and the z and the y are swapped around. Also, č is where ' would be and there are extra č ć ž š đ as well all over the shop! Wicked.

2) The Croatian for Croatia is Hrvatska. Where's that at? I mean, (one) I would have thought I should have known that, but it is another of the mysteries that this trip is teaching me: I know very little and it's good to remember the fact. (two) Doesn't it need a few more vowels? Now I'm just being silly, the 'r' is quite pronouncable in that position if you trill it enough.

3) Does anyone ever say Croat anymore or is it a hangover from Tito-imposed Serbo-Croat unity?

EDIT: I'm so der. Croatia is a country. Croats live there. They speak Croatian (and I wish I did too, it's a wicked language).

Extra note: can you tell I have spent an average of about 40-50 hours per week on long train journeys this last month - and can you also tell that I never get bored as these are the sort of musings I seem to thrive on?