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  • G-Man
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    I misread Simon Blackburn as Tony Blackburn. I don't think 'm PhD material..

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    oh that reminds me, my friend said I could pass on her email address, will do so.

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  • Brandenburger Toro
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    Oolon - no, I've no work lined up.

    IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE I MIGHT LIVE OR WORK IN LONDON FOR THE NEXTH SIX MONTHS, PLEASE DO LET ME KNOW!

    Basically, I've six months before academic jobs start, and after three and a half years in Leeds, most of my friends seem to be in London or Dublin - I can move back to Dublin any time in my life, so...

    lyra - I've just finished an all-too-brief nap. Now I'm going to go drinking.

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  • Ginger Yellow
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    "Well, I have little doubt that the absence of sausage-related conjecture will be noted in the viva, and that I'll have to add it in as a correction. "

    Aha! Proof that academia is a sausage fest!

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  • Disco Child Ballads
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    Well done toro.

    BTW are you moving down to London because you've got work down here?

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  • caja-dglh
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    No one too amused at Toro writing a thesis on fact?!

    Congrats, Toro.

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    So what sort of celebratory fun have you got planned? Are you going to do the 'sober get some much needed sleep' thing or the 'fuck me! I can get trollied and stay out all night now' thing?

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  • Wyatt Earp
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    Nice one!

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  • Mark Felt
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    Wow congrats T4 (heh); glad to hear the external issue got sorted so well. Good luck now.

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  • The Awesome Berbaslug!!!
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    Well done little toro. Don't go too mad.

    Now hopefully your mood will improve you cranky little sod.

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  • Reed John
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    I imagine that finishing a PhD thesis, or any thesis, is like completing a 400 lb shit.

    Congratulations.

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    Well done - it's a great accomplishment to finish something that significant.
    Congratulations.

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  • Felicity, I guess so
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    Just adding my congrats.

    I was in such a daze, brought on by panic, sleeplessness etc when I finished mine, it was lucky I didn't walk in front of a bus.

    You seem remarkably able to hold it (and regular appearances on this boaRD) together, so I've no doubt the viva will go well.

    I well remember the enormous relief handing the copies across the counter to the admin bloke, and then running to the nearest bar (an Italian restaurant, as it happens - this was pre-all day licencing) where the owner could tell i was extremely happy, and crowned it by giving me his Zola-era Napoli poster.

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  • Brandenburger Toro
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    boris - a "viva voce" is an oral exam - you have an internal and an external examiner (i.e., someone from your university, and someone from somewhere else) who quiz you in detail on the thesis, and you have to defend it. They can pass it, or have you do more work on it, or fail it, on the basis of that oral defence.

    E10 - he comes up twice. Firstly, I say that just because facts and values always come packaged together, they don't turn into one another, and contrast it with O'Brien's thing about policemen and their bicycles becoming more like each other through the exchange of atoms in The Third Policeman.

    Then, discussing Alasdair MacIntyre's idea that the proper ends of a life are given by the narrative of that life, I point out that free choice of ends puts any putative "narrator" in the situation of the writer in At Swim-Two-Birds, whose characters do pretty much what they like, regardless of what he thinks about it.

    Chubby - yeah, probably

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  • thom
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    Simon Blackburn eh? Big name indeed, as he's probably the only person in your field that I've heard of. I do hear the logic behind getting someone like that as a referee though - I'm currently in discussion with my supervisor about my external, and that sort of thing is a consideration.

    Good luck.

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  • E10 Rifle
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    What are you saying about Flann O'Brien? (I'm not saying that in a pejorative "what you sayin' about him ya cunt?" way - just interested, being a bit of a fan). He'd have appreciated a random diversion about sausages too. Still, can't have everything.

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  • boris
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    Congrats, Toro4. For us mere mortals please could you explain what a viva is (and how does it differ from, say, an Astra or a Corsair)?

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  • San Bernardhinault
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    Congratulations, I suppose. Does this mean you'll have to get a proper job?

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  • Brandenburger Toro
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    Well, I have little doubt that the absence of sausage-related conjecture will be noted in the viva, and that I'll have to add it in as a correction. So fret not.

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  • EIM
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    There's nothing about sausages, I'm afraid,
    I see. And it's too late to add anything, you say?

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  • Brandenburger Toro
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    So, just got it back from the binders and handed up.

    Wow.

    Thank you all.

    Er, it's about "The Role of the Fact/Value Distinction in Modern Moral Life". What values are, and how we should talk about them.

    There's nothing about sausages, I'm afraid, but plenty on dolphin gang-rape, the collected works of Flann O'Brien, Peter Sellars doing spoken-word beatles covers, the correct name of Derry, child abuse, why I never (yet) played for Liverpool, and learning to change gears when driving.

    thom - my viva is on May 5th, which causes some difficulty as it's a bank holiday and the university will be shut. I had a fair bit of say on the external, yeah, but not everyone does. It's going to be Simon Blackburn - nerve-wracking, since he's a bit of a superstar and has very high standards, but good since he'll broadly agree (I *think*) with most of what I have to say, and will be a superb referee to have if I get passed.

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    Congratulations, that's fabulous. And best of luck with the viva, too.

    I wish I was you.

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  • Hofzinser
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    Yep, congratulations, toro. (And if you've any sense you won't read this for a few days at which point you'll be suffering from a very bad hangover.)

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  • Ball Comrade
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    Nice one toro. I hope you don't experience what I'm getting now, which is a massive rush of things that fucking should be in my MA plan (to be presented tomorrow) but I've somehow missed out. It's a really fucking bad week to be talking about a paper on NATO written 3 weeks ago.

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  • EIM
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    Tell me more about this sausage.

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