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  • Southbound

    On my way here.  Ten hours on the train means time to write an essay on pastoral mentoring and hopefully to do some reading on literary theory.  Posting it might make it happen!  Looking forward to catching up with loads of folk from all over the place; looking forward to hearing some good speakers on intersting topics; looking forward to bringing back some new ideas and impetus for life 'up north.'  I may even bring back a stick of rock, you never know (... thinks, oh no, does that open another confectionery-related 'can of worms'... Edinburgh rock vs seaside rock... these really are not even vaguely similar!).

  • Nothing New Under the Sun

    Being good and doing some online searching for my mentoring essay (meant to have 10 books and 3 journal articles to appease UWS and not allowed the kind of bibliography I'm used to where you don't have to cite everything you list). University of Manchester e-resources include Eighteeth Century documents that have been scanned.  Among them was this:

    The Female Mentor, or Selected Conversations

    Pseudonymous authorship 'Honoraria' London 1793

    Not quite what I'm after but does connect up the two avenues of study I'm ostensibly involved with.

    Just trying to see how I can justify citing it in my mentoring essay!!

  • Too Much Tabloid Journalism

    This week seems to have seen news media at its least responsible.  A leaked memo cited ad nauseam to ensure maximum offence could be caused and the tireless reporting of a gaff by the PM heard only because someone failed to switch off a microphone.  Don't really see either as news myself, but tyg.  Anyway this from Kester (HT Maggi Dawn) lends a bit of perspective and humour to the situation.