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Mar. 13th, 2008 | 01:58 pm

this morning I went from saying...." I'm doing a PhD" to being able to say "I have a PhD"


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catching up

Mar. 11th, 2008 | 11:46 am

Another signing show, another sore throat and a day of work recovering...:-(

Things are doing well though, I had a good relatively relaxed weekend working in Manchester running the talks for the show. Even if the tattoo show next door had there music so loud it drowned out Tony Head's Q&A session :-(

came back on Sunday night in an attempt to miss the bad weather on the bike, to have one of the nicest days for a while in York weather wise!

Violin lessons are doing relatively well, even though being away cuts into my practice time. I'm starting to vaguely remember some of the music notation I learnt years ago, although the fingering keeps catching me out since a violin neck is much smaller than the neck of abass guitar!

Moira has decided she wants a baby brother! Kat and I have always said we would consider aother child when Kat graduates. Moira has decided since Kat graduates in a couple of months then mummy and daddy should start doing the "special cuddle" that makes us "fit together in the right way" to make babies. (personally I think we need to practice a bit more but....) After all as Moira pointed out some mummies and daddies do it more than once!

Still a Schroedinger's doctor, waiting for the letter from York University. I do wish that when they are sending me other mail they wouldn't use the title. Every time I see the logo and Dr Rennie in the address.....

Also still waiting for the checks to be done for the new job. Bsically at the moment I'm spending more time watching for the postman than anything else :-(

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Work and conferences

Mar. 6th, 2008 | 05:24 pm

Well back at work here in Leeds after a weekend away at Coventry working at a Signing show
Loads of work but fun running the tech at the talks. ended up doing the intorductions as well, which meant I got to meet everybody :-) got another one this weekend in Manchester then a week of before Orbital

The trip own and back was "exciting" due to the high winds but the bike did well despite discovering I'd a bust rear light on arriving at the Hotel! his was despite checking before setting of.

Got back to work On Tuesday still still and tired to find that I have had my abstract accepted for the STAR conference in July. Chuffed but a little nervous considering some of the people attending! Now I have to write the bloody thing!

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marching further south

Feb. 6th, 2008 | 07:20 pm
mood: ecstaticecstatic

Got back from the Job interview quiet late yesterday evening. It went well and this morning the phoned me to "unofficially" offer me the job. Apparently I was the outstanding candidate, in fact i was told that I was highly in the running by the chief interviewer as he escorted me from the interview.

I'll be a Senior Lecturer although my salary hasn't been agreed yet I was told that I would definitely be somewhere up the spinal points for that grade :-)

We'll need to negotiate my notice with Trinity and obviously it will be awkward until Kat graduates. I'll need to look for somewhere to stay until we sort out a house and sell the one in York; so long commutes at the weekend for a few months. Looks like I'll be starting after Easter.

Now all I need to get used to is Sergeant Majors calling ME Sir! (It was really disconcerting)

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Jan. 31st, 2008 | 11:20 am

Starting to get really nervous about the job interview next week. decided to do some preperatory reading in stress management and group process loss in the military setting.

In amongst this I've been writing a new short series of lectures on personailty theory.this week. I start at hippocrates and the 4 humours and end up discussing the psycho-analytical approach (yes I know Frued and Jung, but in my defense we also look at Adler!, the Behaviourist Approach and the Humanistic approach to personality. this leads next week to discussing the difference Trait Theories. Part of the fun of this weeks lecture is that I get to introduce one of my heros to the students Sir Francis Galton (Ok if we can ignore the eugenics....although it is a logical next step considering the work he was doing with animal breeding)

So after the lecture tomorrow it's straight on the bike and down to Oxford. The weather looks a bit grim but it is going to be very awkward and expensive to change the travel arrangements now. I've checked my suit fits selected my tie (not my regimental tie I thought that would be over the top a bit, although I will e wearing the rather nice and discrete veteran's lapel badge I've got to double check my paperwork and think of a couple of intelligent questions to ask at the end of the interview.

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Job interview

Jan. 28th, 2008 | 10:48 am

not really mentioned this to many people, but just before Christmas I applied for a Job at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. They want a lecturer to teach officer cadets such diverse and interesting topics as; group dynamics, leadership, stress managment, communication skills and so forth. Many of these things being currently included in my course on social psychology. The job although still being academic and allowing room for reserach interests is more applied that most academic jobs. As you might imagine the ost seems to attract some interesting consultancies. Anyway, I hadn't heard anything from them and had given up hope until late last week when a letter arrived inviting me for an interview. I'll be in Oxford this weekend then staying in Sandhurst on Monday and Tuesday. So if anybody is in the rough area (I'll be taking the bike) and wants to meet up then let me know and we can arrange.

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what's in a name

Jan. 27th, 2008 | 06:04 pm


What Sparks Means

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You are influential and persuasive. You tend to have a lot of power over people.
Generally, you use your powers for good. You excel at solving other people's problems.
Occasionally, you do get a little selfish and persuade people to do things that are only in your interest.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are a seeker of knowledge, and you have learned many things in your life.
You are also a keeper of knowledge - meaning you don't spill secrets or spread gossip.
People sometimes think you're snobby or aloof, but you're just too deep in thought to pay attention to them.

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strange weekend

Jan. 21st, 2008 | 11:52 am

Finally got the cheque through from the insurance company almost 2 years after the bike accident. put it in the bank and it cleared the next day. Recently my credit card company have been hassling me I fairly much maxed the card after the accident replacing stuff and due to a screw up with the bank got a bit behind on the repayments. Unfortunately this meant that we had constant phone calls from the hassling us for money (we always payed them but it was a bit of a pain) this weekend when they called it was great I payed off half the balance in one swoop. I'll probably pay more in a week or so but there are some things that need to be bought first. The bike is off to get a service and new brakes on the front. I'm after a new helmet. After that we need to replace the gas fire (which we don't use and is disconnected due to it being so old) which will be more efficient and cheaper than the electric heater we use at the moment. There is also some bits and bobs that we needed dealt with around the house. A while ago we had a couple of phones that you could wander around with...wireless things. Unfortunately the keypads wore out. I had one in my study and there was one in the kitchen with the base unit; the phone in the bedroom is a normal wired one. I'd been going loopy not being able to wander around with the phone and more importantly not having a phone in the study. So we got some new ones. mind you they are a bit techno flash with answering machine and intercom and address book etc etc ect. while we were at it we also replaced the horrible light fitting in our living room. When we first moved into the house we said we would change it. it was a big horrible hanging thing that if you were slightly taller than me would end up hitting you everytime you walked underneath it. Lack of spare cash, time and any idea from Kat about what she wanted to replace it with meant that we never got round to doing it. So yesterday I finally changed it to one of those spot light jobbies. The living room looks bigger now the monstrosity has gone. The most fun thing though was that we bought some blackboard (chalkboard) paint and I painted the kitchen back door with it. Partly so Kat and I can leave messages for each other and partly so Moira had somewhere to draw. we haven't written any messages yet but we've had a lot of fun drawing!

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One for the Brits

Jan. 18th, 2008 | 10:06 am

it's a start....

new holiday

mind you I'd prefer if they hadn't broken the covenant.....

Honour the covenant

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music night

Jan. 17th, 2008 | 09:23 pm

Sitting watching "Flame" on BBC 4. Earlier watched the first disc of the "Old Grey Whistle Test" 30 year celebratory DVD box set! One song in particular seemed rather relevant with Bush secondus traveling on a diplomatic mission.

Decided it was time that I learnt music properly. To this end I've decided to back to violin. I started learning violin in primary school and haven't picked one up from then. Hopefully it won't be too painful...

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