July 08, 2005

End of First week

Its Friday afternoon, and I'm surrounded by boxes full of archival material waiting to be looked at. I probably should blog more than once a week from now on, but this time I'll just offer up a brief diary of my week.

After my first day at the library on Friday I relised that my knowledge was poor to say the least. So i decided to spend the first 3 days of this week reading through "Second City Politics", in order to give me more of a feel for what I should and could be doing.

Like yesterday spent most of it in the library (at warwick reading) actually got loads done, probably the most work I've ever done in 1 day at the library.

Finished off the book with notes, book was excellent really made things clear(er). Also had lots of admin to do today etc. Handde in my bank detail and project plan to CAP. Had a meeting re another project that I'm currently running, which is exciting too. And my best personal news of the day was that its looking good for me to swap to straight sociology instead of polsoc. For 'academic' reasons. Yay.

Had forgotten, once again how hard it is to be in town by 9. It was so hard I was in town by 10. Have to say we were all a little distracted from work by London etc. Another one of those moments where in years to come I'll be able to tell you exactly where I was when I first heard the news.

On a project note I formulated a plan more fully and feel like I know what I'm working towards, at least for now anyway!

Started inputting material into the database that I created yeaterday and this morning. This is what its all about! Everyone here is extremely friendly, apart from the design of the library; toilet breaks turn into expeditions!

Well that's about all. I'll probably be back at Warwick for a few days next week to read more theory and make more notes, then the archive stuff will make more sense. Theory and research are definately not two distinct areas.

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