Monthly Archives: January 2015

Destiny’s Child

As you all know, I have handed in my notice in Vietnam and I am leaving for a new contract in Turkey in April. Because I adore Istanbul and also because I know that Vietnam, although amazing, isn’t for me … Continue reading

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Three years in Hall

[This post took me a long time to write. Five months. But it’s Project Connor, not Project Everyone Else, so I don’t care.] I started my PhD without any scholarship or funding of any sort. I was working practically full-time … Continue reading

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Sharknado

I spent much of this weekend reading a biography of Thomas Hardy, one of my favourite writers. I surprised myself by crying when he died in the last chapter. I don’t know what else I could have been expecting to … Continue reading

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Ten facts about Connor’s Vietnamese flat

1. The internet isn’t working. This is apparently because a “cable under the sea is broken”. It will be fixed again in TWO MONTHS. I am still expected to pay bills during this period. For internet in my flat, I am once … Continue reading

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DUB-CDG-SGN

Three weeks is the longest Christmas holiday I’ve ever had, and by Saturday, I was more than ready for whatever was next. I was going to say that I was more than ready for reality, but Vietnam still doesn’t quite … Continue reading

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The Viva

In the week before my viva, I had convinced myself that it wasn’t going to go well. I was sure what I had written was awful. I was positive I would be asked to do major corrections. This would have … Continue reading

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If tomorrow is judgement day

Tomorrow morning at eleven o’clock, I have my viva. A viva is an oral exam at the end of your PhD. I have two examiners, one from Trinity and one from the University of East London. They will both have … Continue reading

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