For me the silly season has just come to an end. The last few weeks have been filled with revision, exam tips and, latterly, a lot of calming down frayed nerves and answering those panic emails. I prepared for my final college class of the year with past papers and revision tips on the one hand and chocolate cake on the other (I rather suspect the chocolate cake was more helpful…). Now it’s all over. Unlike last year, I don’t have a huge marking burden, so it’s pretty much unalloyed joy for me from here on…or is it?
There’s next year to consider…. Somewhere, way back at the start of 2011, someone asked me about Public law (aka Con/Ad). ‘Not one of my subjects’ I said. ‘I don’t teach this one’. Never have. I hated it as a student…in fact I was so shocked when I passed with a decent mark that I was convinced it must be an administrative error. They told me it wasn’t but, frankly, I’ve always wondered.
However, they do say that distance lends enchantment and, when asked about the subject by one of my current students I started to remember the fun bits. I didn’t mind judicial review, I quite enjoyed PACE. It wasn’t that bad, was it? Somehow (and, looking back, I’m not quite sure how…) this led to my blithely volunteering it as a possible subject for next year. So there it is, on the advertising materials. Too late to back out now!
I fear my holiday reading is going to be a little different from usual this year……