"If you trust in yourself…and believe in your dreams…and follow your star… you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy."

From 'The Wee Free Men' Discworld by Terry Pratchett

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Tickets bought to see Dylan Moran in Leeds next year.

Yuss.

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Turns out that the caffeine content of the coffees at the coffee shop by Oxford Road station is far more than I am equipped to deal with.

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Finally played Surgeon Simulator at the party.
Where we put a patient out of his misery with a drill when we realised we could do no more for him.
'We' (we were splitting the controls) being myself (who trains med students in medical ethics) and Robyn (a newly-qualified nurse at a major Yorkshire hospital).
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Finally played Surgeon Simulator at the party.

Where we put a patient out of his misery with a drill when we realised we could do no more for him.

'We' (we were splitting the controls) being myself (who trains med students in medical ethics) and Robyn (a newly-qualified nurse at a major Yorkshire hospital).

:3

"I’m not Scottish, and I’m therefore powerless to intervene, although I would personally prefer Scotland to stay – but only for entirely selfish and superficial reasons. Reason one: I’d rather not be lumbered with a Tory government from now until the day the moon crashes into the Thames."

Charlie Brooker articulates my biggest fear about the Scottish Referendum.

(Read the whole article, btw. It’s ace).

Drinking Coffee while wearing glittery green cat ears.

Adulthood has not installed properly.

Obsessed with the new lip stuff (tempted to buy another five in the same colour while it’s still on offer).
Otherwise, clearly gone for the business formal look for today’s party.

Obsessed with the new lip stuff (tempted to buy another five in the same colour while it’s still on offer).

Otherwise, clearly gone for the business formal look for today’s party.

It’s been way too long since I’ve seen my amazing Yorkshire friends (though I did see Dave and Laura on Wednesday, which was lovely).

Tomorrow’s all-dayer of booze, food, bad films, daft video games*, and - above all - brilliant company, is going to be ace.

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Eddie Izzard - shopping at Mac store in Soho
New York City - May 14, 2014

When I was a kid I saw his HBO special. I watched it so many times I still know most of the words.  It was the first time I saw a man dressed feminine, be funny, and not have women as a punch line. He didn’t slump out in front of the stage embarrassed by his clothing, he came out perfectly happy, hoping around, and didn’t do some silly feminine voice for laughs, he just used his voice, he wore his clothes, spoke about social injustice, and he was fucking funny. It was nice to watch a comedian and not be the fucking punch line or a flattened stereotype for laughs. 

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Eddie Izzard - shopping at Mac store in Soho

New York City - May 14, 2014

When I was a kid I saw his HBO special. I watched it so many times I still know most of the words.  It was the first time I saw a man dressed feminine, be funny, and not have women as a punch line. He didn’t slump out in front of the stage embarrassed by his clothing, he came out perfectly happy, hoping around, and didn’t do some silly feminine voice for laughs, he just used his voice, he wore his clothes, spoke about social injustice, and he was fucking funny. It was nice to watch a comedian and not be the fucking punch line or a flattened stereotype for laughs. 

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Today I had a meeting with my supervisors about my First Year Report and a bit about the Annual Review…

  • Apparently I have written a “strong” First Year Report
  • Not much needs to be done before it’s ready to go
  • My ethics advisor said my philosophy section has come along really well and she really liked my section on Philippa Foot
  • She also apparently enjoyed reading the whole thing, said it “reads very well and is coherent and well thought through” and she can see how it “all comes together”.
  • The legal section is 99% sewn up; just needs a footnote or two.
  • My literature review (despite needing a slight rewrite on one page due to stylistic issues) is “very impressive”
  • As is my writing style,apparently (wahey)
  • My legal advisor (who’s taking over the programme in January) said the Annual Review is only a real obstacle if supervisors submit concerns to the reviewers before the panel interview - but apparently both advisors are happy with my progress and my Report so it shouldn’t be too awful.

Less than 2 weeks ago I was convinced I was going to fail; I spent the best part of a day crying hysterically and talking about quitting my PhD because I wasn’t good enough (top boyfriend marks to Sam for getting me to calm down before I did anything daft).

And today I get comments like these.

In addition to joy and sheer relief (and, tbh, the sniffles), there’s a sense of a renewed faith in myself.

If I can stop with the haphazard work schedules (i.e. the way I’ve worked for the last 6 years) and keep my calm, I might just crack the publications year.

If nothing else, at least I feel a bit better about surviving next month’s review!

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