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Duke Humphrey's Library

Today was a hectic, but purely academic, Oxford day. It’s funny what kinds of things you start to miss about a place, after you have been gone for a long time. Now that Oxford is frequently dappled with rain, I find myself missing the network of buses, skytrains, and seabuses that were my best means of getting around Vancouver. Riding a 4 or 10 bus up Broadway to UBC in the afternoon, while rain makes the pavement and buildings all around look far more real than they manage in the sunshine, creates a of trance of patient familiarity. There is a comforting regularity to choosing to take the 246 from Lonsdale Quay, even though it takes 15 minutes longer than the 236, just because you don’t know what time the other bus will come and you prefer to wait while moving.

My fifth issue of The Economist in Oxford just received its last check mark. (I check off articles when I finish them, marking them according to how interesting they were, whether I might be able to write a printable response, and according to how relevant to ongoing projects.) I’ve also finished Pratchett’s Witches Abroad, though only one of the two essays which I was meant to dispatch today. I will finish the other tonight and early tomorrow, then hand deliver it to Nuffield. I hope I see Margaret again soon.

I was called upon to present in seminar today; of course, it would happen in the week when I was least prepared. That said, the essay I submitted to Dr. Wright and Fawcett is a perfectly acceptable one. That is less true of the paper for Dr. Hurrell that I am trying to finish now. It just sort of thrashes away, trying to make points but never quite managing to do so as cogently or systematically as one would want. The prospect of being back, yet again, in the Social Sciences Library at 9:00am tomorrow in order to do our second statistics assignment really doesn’t help matters.

  • Tomorrow night, John Ralston Saul will be speaking in New College, at 5:00pm.
  • Also at 5:00pm, inside Rhodes House, there will be a Rhodes Debate on reparations (not the Versailles kind).

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous November 2, 2005 at 1:24 am

Somehow, for you, Oxford just doesn’t seem to be living up to its party school reputation…

Anonymous November 2, 2005 at 9:28 pm

Pratchett’s ‘Witches Abroad’ counts as purely academic now? Maybe for you fancy Oxford dons.

Milan October 7, 2006 at 1:31 am

The image in this post was hotlinked (see the discussion here), so I replaced the original file with something a bit different and linked an unmodified copy here with a new name.

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