Blink and you’ll miss it

Haven’t posted for a while due to essay deadlines, exams and just generally being busy… Blink This week’s Doctor Who was a bit weird, not to mention depressing. The Weeping Angels were extremely creepy, perhaps one of the most frightening (in terms of both visuals and what they do) Who monsters yet. The story itself […]

Powering up

Last weekend I spent more time in Birmingham (which is still as horrible as I remember it) for Power Up 2007, run by Friends of the Earth. It was a good, albeit short, time away from Manchester—the workshops were informative, the food was great (as is always the case at FoE events—why can’t classics conferences […]

Essays finished

After slogging away pretty much constantly for the past week, I’ve finally finished the two essays which together form a third of the mark for my MA. I’m fairly happy with both of them, more so with the Demes and Democracy one as I’ve had more time to research that area but the Later Roman […]

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I’ve just sent in an abstract for the Annual Postgraduate Conference in History and Classics. The conference is supposed to be a place where MA and first year PhD students can present their research in a friendly environment, so it will hopefully give me a chance to present a paper for the first time. I’m […]

Course fun

Just a quick update to say that I’ve got through the first week of my MA and I’m having a great time studying Classics and Ancient History. For the first time in years I’m actually wanting to do background reading and work, whereas in Computer Science it was always a case of “I want to […]

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Struggling with Greek

I’m really struggling with learning Ancient Greek at the moment, partially because everything is pronounced and spelt using a completely different alphabet. I don’t really like the tutorial group sizes as I think they’re a bit too big and if you pause for even a few seconds it feels like everyone is looking at you—plus […]

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Course musings

I’m starting to get a bit nervous about the course, wondering whether I’ve taken the right decision in applying for it. I think it’s partly because I’ll be going in at the bottom of the class and I’ll probably be really far behind everyone else to start with. I’m worried about whether I’ll be able […]

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Off to be an arts student

I’ve kept relatively quiet about this for the past few months because I didn’t know what was going to happen about it, but this Thursday I got a letter from the University of Manchester making me an unconditional offer to do an MA in Ancient World Studies, starting this September. No, I haven’t gone completely […]

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