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Job done!

Right. That’s it. 60,000 words later, the dissertation is complete. I may go mad if I have to proof-read it again, but thankfully I’ve had help in that department. Lots of typos and minor errors caught. All formatting sorted and various appendices organised. It’s time to get it printed so I can offload it at ...

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Nearly there

I now have a firm deadline for submitting my dissertation. It’s Tuesday. Next Tuesday. Written feedback from my supervisor on Thursday highlighted a handful of edits I need to make. I also need to change some formatting bits and pieces. Time-consuming, fiddly but nothing I can’t handle. I’m almost there. Predictably, arcane University rules have ...

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Food for thought: Secularism 2011

I almost didn’t go to the National Secular Society‘s 2011 Conference on Secularism. But I am so glad I did. A nasty bout of insomnia meant I wasn’t at my best first thing yesterday morning. I had to peel myself out of a comfortable bed to race over to Holborn in record time. Amazingly, I was only ...

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Landmarks

Another landmark on my route to completing my doctorate: I submitted a completed draft of my dissertation for review. This is draft three, so why is it a landmark? Hopefully, it’s the last one before formal submission next month. I’ve just spent the last four days editing and re-writing much of my dissertation, based on ...

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50 days to go

Just 50 days to go until my first half-marathon (The Royal Parks Half). This morning, I ran my longest training run and covered 20km of London’s finest streets. I woke up feeling quite rough, actually – due to disturbed sleep. So I only intended a quick 5k to blow off the cobwebs. But while I ...

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Holiday reading

I made sure I packed my Kindle 3 when I went to Canada last month. I had two long transatlantic flights and lots of planned down-time in parks and beaches for reading. So what follows is a brief review of what I managed to get through (which is not at all as much as I’d ...

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Where’s Chevy Chase?

The plan for this morning was simple. Some time in the gym on the treadmill (half-marathon training doesn’t stop just cos I’m on my holidays – you have sponsored me, haven’t you?) followed by a few hours by the pool, enjoying the sunshine. I had my kindle to read and a ton of geeky podcasts ...

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In which I reflect on spa etiquette

I’m in Canada at the moment, having just left Montreal for Quebec City. Our hotel in Montreal really was wonderful – the fact that we had three different hotel rooms and needed to move room once at 10pm notwithstanding, the stay was relaxing and fun. The hotel had its own spa, consisting of a nice ...

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When in Rome

Dear horde of Italian students in the Apple Store on Regent Street this afternoon… This is a shop. Not a web cafe. And even if it were a web cafe, I’m not sure it’s acceptable to be looking at photos of topless actresses on the 27″ iMacs. And even if it were acceptable, you still ...

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