What’s your plan?

I’m one of life’s planners, the kind that make lists for everything. I’ve even been known to create a spreadsheet for my shopping lists. Why do I this? Mainly because I’m impatient, I hate to waste time and like to … Read More »

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Boogie-Woogie Feng Shui

Last night I had a meeting which I’ve been waiting for for some time: and it turned out to be a great experience for all the participants, I think. Lots of connections were made, and potential connections for other students … Read More »

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Voices of Authority

I’ve often figured that, given my education, I should be able to sort things out on my own. That I should know – just, instinctively, know – how to do funding applications and CVs, and all the other things one … Read More »

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Spider in the Web

How does one do this, this work, research, write, lark? It is hard: and I am aware that I say this from a distinct position of privilege. I’ve just, very late in the day, submitted a presentation for a symposium. … Read More »

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Movements of Fire and Shadow

It’s surreal, and disconcerting, to experience a familiar event from a different perspective. When I’ve attended conferences, even if I’ve been helping out administratively, I’ve always been involved – always gone to the presentations, always been able to attend receptions, … Read More »

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Plato’s Stepchildren

Sometimes, you need a good old-fashioned kick up the backside. I’ve been rather down again about my work situation recently – hello, sense of failure, I’ve missed you these past few months. But this time, instead of wallowing in a … Read More »

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The Menagerie, Part II

The last few weeks have been hectic, and last Friday turned into three days in one. After going for a run – another pleasure of being here is the closeness of meadows, and the ability to get home and shower … Read More »

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