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September 29, 2006

Not an effective Friday

Well today was meant to be spent working on the DIVERSE 2006 conference proceedings and planning my PhD. Instead I slept in to 10:30, spent the morning on ebay and shopping, and the afternoon reading and sleeping. I finally got down to it at 5:00 and am just taking a break now at errm 5:40. I did test out the videoconferencing set-up in theatre studies via Skype in between naps, though.

The DIVERSE 06 proceedings are the first set we’ve put together. We’ve had problems getting previous ones published, then decided to gather the papers from 01 to 04 together thematically as a series of books. I’ve edited the first of these books together, hopefully that will be out soon. The thematic thing actually worked so well the plan was then to collect papers from later conferences, to form follow-up books. The idea was that publications based around a theme, rather than linked only by being at the same conference, would have a longer shelf-life and a broader appeal. The reality, of course, is that contributors want their stuff out straight away, rather than wait until enough papers are collected together on a common theme to form a book. So, OK, not one of my best ideas.

What I’m doing therefore is carrying on with getting the three books collecting papers from 01 to 04, and now editing together the proceedings for 06, which is also picking up papers from 05 where people want them published. 07 proceedings can then be all the 07 papers plus whoever missed the deadline for this year, then 08 can be for the 08 papers. And then we’re on track. I might still give contributors an extra year to submit, though.

Reasons not to shop at Morrison’s
1) The sausage rolls – full of gristle
2) Ade2 – on the face of it a drink that also contains vitamins is a good idea, but mixing together pineapple, passionfruit and soya Why??
3) DVDs – note to any retailer selling DVDs – don’t store the boxes in one place and the DVDs somewhere else – any customer not aware of that ends up going home with just the box. Plus who wants a DVD that’s been knocking around outside of its box. Just leave them in the box and tag it like everyone else does.

And I did a bit more family history research. I found my great-great-great-grandmother Eleanor Nelson in the 1851 census. Living in the same place as in the 1861 census – but with her name mis-spelt, which is why I hadn’t come across the entry before. She was a nurse in West Norfolk and Lynn hospital. I think one day I’ll have to go over there and take a look at what the place is like.


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