June 2007

If you are in Oxford and you are interested in some cheap (possibly free) office and kitchen supplies, consider dropping by 2 Church Walk at some point today or tomorrow. I have a three hole punch, large clear plastic box for hanging files, binders, a stapler, frying pans, an electric kettle, a clock radio, and […]

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Exodus

2007-06-30

in Daily updates, Oxford

Our evacuation from this flat is beginning to feel like a desperate retreat: unplanned, sudden, and highly wasteful. It feels as though many of the physical products of the last two years are being burned away or abandoned. Of course, things tend to unwind to a state of maximum disorder, then begin to progress towards […]

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This afternoon, after my final meeting with Dr. Hurrell, I got back one copy of my thesis and my grades for the M.Phil: Thesis: 63 Developing world: 68 International relations theory: 68 History: 75 (Distinction) International law: 77 (Distinction) To put those in perspective, have a look at the scale of marks. The thesis grade […]

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The Koutoubia mosque is the largest in Marrakesh, standing out prominently near one corner of the Djemma El Fna. From the terrace of my first hotel, you could get a glimpse of the old city from above. This is a courtyard inside the Marrakesh museum, which I found by accident while I was completely lost […]

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I am still working on processing my photos – alongside packing and saying goodbye to friends. That said, I did shoot some short and extremely amateur videos in Morocco. Much as I appreciate the power of photographs to overcome entropy, there are certainly some visual spectacles best served by video. The resolution here is low, […]

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Since I have not been summoned for a viva exam, it is safe to conclude that I passed all four of my final exams, as well as the thesis. While I won’t know how well I did for some time, I do know that I have finished the M.Phil in due time.

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The problem with my bike is worse than my original diagnosis. The cause of the hole in the tube is a patch where the actual outer rubber portion of the tire has been worn through. As such, when you try to pump up a new tube inside, it bulges out of the hole. Clearly, the […]

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The Cascades d’Ouzoud were certainly a memorable end to the trip. In addition to the falls themselves, there was a good collection of wildlife at hand. There were your standard donkeys and goats, as well as hummingbirds and monkeys. The specifics of my return journey are best not discussed. It was a trying experience, at […]

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Atlasward

2007-06-25

in Daily updates, Travel

Rather than spend tomorrow wandering aimlessly in Marrakesh, I am going to try to get to the Cascades d’Ouzoud. That means finding a bus to Azilal and then sharing a taxi. The Lonely Planet guide only says that there are two buses from Marrakesh per day, giving no times. The bus company website does not […]

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Gueliz

2007-06-25

in Daily updates, Travel

Having upgraded from SPF 15 sunscreen to SPF 50, I feel like I am handling Marrakesh well. Today, I went exploring in Gueliz: the more modern part of the city west of the Djemma El Fna. The contrast between the two is considerable, in terms of architecture and layout. The identical sorts of vehicles moving […]

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