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Last minute dot com

So, I have 3 sleeps left in Glasgow before heading down south and on to my PhD fieldwork adventure. That’s not many.

The last couple of days I’ve been down south at a student-led workshop (I was part of the organising committee) about Doing A PhD, and it was rather good. Usually at these things there’s at least one dud session where you can go to sleep, but all of them were really excellent (though I say so myself) and very stimulating – I’m currently enthusiastic about PhDs and being a researcher, although I’m sure the waxing and waning of that particular state of mind isn’t over yet and there’ll be some more waning in the pipeline before very long.

After sessions, people would quite often make a beeline for the speakers and engage them in conversation about things they’d said that had stimulated thought or whatever. After I’d spoken, someone came up to me and I thought “oh no, I hope she doesn’t ask me something complicated I can’t answer”. Fortunately, what she said was
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……… “I really like your top”. Clearly academic prowess is coursing through my veins.

And now I’m back. I have a work-in-progress seminar on Monday (my last day here) to do, it seemed like a really good idea when I volunteered to do it, but now I could do without it if I’m honest. But I’ve come into work (on Saturday, readers!) and have spent an hour surfing the interweb and not doing any work, so why should I let scary deadlines and country-leaving change the habit of a lifetime? I’ve also brought all of my library books back, so will have a marathon photocopying session at some point today as well, which will give me quite the sense of achievement (even though I won’t read any of it for months, probably). I need to do a few practical bits and bobs, like buying a decent electrical adaptor, and another memory stick, but all I want to do really is sleep. Ain’t gonna happen.

I did have a haircut this morning though. At last, I feel like I’ve found someone who I trust with scissors that close to my mop, and (for today at least) I feel quite glam. I’ll look like the mad professor once I’ve slept on it tonight, so I guess I’d better make the most of it.

By the way, possibly the most useful discovery at the workshop this week – procrastination tool extraordinaire PhD Comics. Marvelous.

Only 21 more to go …..

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Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

Sigh.

I have had a legitimate excuse to procrastinate today, as the gas man has just come round to see about servicing my boiler. Except that he told me what I already know, which is that it’s crap and ancient and knackered and the radiators are full of sludge and it will cost lots of money to fix and as I intend to replace it in a year’s time when I have got some money from a maturing policy thingy and it’s more or less working now then it’s not worth doing anything with it. Oh well. At least I wasted a bit of time.

Funny, scary …

This would be funny if it wasn’t so scarily accurate. Sigh.

cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.com

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

I’m going to be wearing an alb for the first time ever in a couple of weeks, as I’ve now joined the rota of servers at church. Am really rather nervous about that. Talk about leaving my comfort zone – I love seeing everyone else being really serious and brilliantly choreographed, and I love the visual and sensual aspects of Anglo-Catholic worship, but when it’s me involved I’m just scared I’ll get the giggles or drop my candle or go the wrong way and bump into someone. However, at least I know I won’t trip up on my alb, as all the ones in the vestry appear to be several inches too short for me.

Guess where I’ve been this evening?

cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.com

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

Nothing earth-shattering, but I enjoyed myself (in a “mindless, leave-your-brain-at-the-door” rather than a “highbrow intellectual” kind of a way). I’ve not read the book, but guessed most of the plotlines pretty early on, and to be honest I really can’t understand why anyone would take it seriously. A couple of bits made me jump (but then I’m a wuss), and that’s it really. I don’t think it would have lost anything much from being seen on DVD though – it’s not one of those films with such amazing cinematography it absolutely has to be seen on the big screen.

I did have to smile though when they leave Westminster Abbey realising they have to go to Rosslyn Chapel, and then appear in the same clothes like they’d just had a 10 minute hop down the road. Rosslyn Chapel’s near Edinburgh! It reminded me of that bit in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” where Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman come ashore at the White Cliffs of Dover, and Kevin Costner says “We’ll be in Nottingham by nightfall”, despite it being the Middle Ages and them only having horses.

So there we are – a couple of hours of silliness, I won’t bother to see it again or read the book, but it was fun in a look-at-the-wooden-actors sort of a way, overall I’m glad I saw it but I’ll need to find another film if I want my life changing.

SPCK

save the SPCK

Save the SPCK!

Although I can’t say I’m the world’s most regular frequenter of Christian bookshops, I’ve always appreciated the less-evangelical emphasis of SPCK as opposed to some other bookshops. Not that I have a problem with evangelical bookshops per se, I just sometimes find them a bit scary, and in fact I got a bit wigged out in one last year, at my church’s parish weekend away.

So far here the only Christian bookshop I’m aware of is the one attached to scary hat church. So unsurprisingly I haven’t bought any Christian books for a while. When I was in London I liked the shop in Southwark Cathedral, and I know Durham Cathedral has a good bookshop also. Otherwise though, I think I may just have to rely on my annual Greenbelt visits to stock up on less scary books.