Last night’s late night laundry-doing brought me into the first substantial contact this year with members of both my program and St. Antony’s College. Having carefully set aside my laundry card and other ‘Oxford only’ cards before leaving for Canada, I have now torn my room apart several times in search of them. When yesterday’s searching proved as hopeless as previous attempts, I managed to trade cash for the use of someone’s card, at a St. Antony’s social event. Having succeeded in activating the machine, it seemed natural to wait out its cycles in the company available.
There, I was lucky enough to see Roham and Iason, Diarmuid – who I showed around Oxford sometime shortly after May Day – and Jessica Ashooh – who is joining the M.Phil this year. The new M.Phils are off being oriented today, as well as learning which supervisors will guide them through this whole complex process. I look forward to meeting them all.
Another upshot of the party was learning about some of the many Antonians who will also be living on Church Walk and adjoining streets during the coming year. Good news on that front arrived yesterday, as well. It now seems likely that I will be able to remain in present lodgings for the duration of the M.Phil program. The prospect of moving during Easter Vacation (when I am hoping to hitchhike to Morocco and at the end of which my thesis is due) was not at all an appealing one.
PS. Mica has a new video online. It is an experimental combination of high action and a stationary camera. Rumour has it that his Arctic Monkeys video has been accepted for the next Google Idol competition. His Hives video won a previous round.