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Born in 1951 in New Zealand, now living in Sydney Australia, doing a PhD on the process of doing a PhD.
Recent Activity make an announcement: 4 August will be my last day at work as a manager in the DVC(E) portfolio at Sydney University. Sandra West and I have a Big Trip planned until early October, then I will be a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Witty knitter
Here I am. Still working at the University of Sydney in the same position - but the position has changed. How has it changed, you ask? I laugh hollowly. Who would know? We are in the middle of a restructure,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at Witty knitter
I graduated on Friday 8 November. And of course there is knitting. I made a pair of socks for my supervisor, and heres a picture of them. A group of ten of us (including Sally) spent the afternoon at High... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Witty knitter
I guess I must be going to blog regularly again - I had an urge to tidy up and modernise my template a bit. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at Witty knitter
I've done my emendations, my thesis is presently at the printers, and I will be graduating on 8 November. In the meantime, you can dowload my thesis "Living in Liminal Space: The PhD as accidental pedagogy" from the University website... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Living in Liminal Space
I've done my emendations, my thesis is presently at the printers, and I will be graduating on 8 November. In the meantime, you can dowload my thesis "Living in Liminal Space: The PhD as accidental pedagogy" here if you'd like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Witty knitter
I've just heard this news. I have to do some more work on my thesis but I don't yet know exactly what that will be. But, I passed. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at Witty knitter
Last week I was in NZ, visiting family and attending the HERDSA conference. I arrived back on Thursday night, the soonest I could get back, by which time Sandra was in hospital waiting for a knee relacement on Friday morning.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2013 at Witty knitter
Still no news on my thesis I am finally feeling better, as of two weeks ago when i was given a different antibiotic. Memo to self: don't see registrars at the GP practice. They are kind and well-meaning, but they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at Witty knitter
I submitted my thesis for examination on 17 April. Now I just have to wait for the examienrs' reports to come in. I hope it doesn't take not too long... and, of course, I hope they don't think I need... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at Living in Liminal Space
I have submitted my PhD. This momentous event occured on 17 April. As I walked back across campus, I felt tired unto death. I was having trouble putting one foot in front of the other. Yes, I was getting sick.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at Witty knitter
3.5 hours! I would have gone insane. Good for you, surviving and conquering.
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2013 on Lemon + Water + Sugar at Feral Knitter
Tell me, why Helsinki? Having just been there, I'm curious. And congrats on your new digs. Confessing to a bit of envy here... :)
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2012 on Interweave Knitting Lab at Feral Knitter
Many cities we are visiting on this trip are water cities. Of course, Hong Kong is one of these: its harbour has determined much of its history and its shape. We were lucky to have two trips on the harbour... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at Witty knitter
We'd visited Hong Kong briefly before, but this was our first chance to spend a few days looking around. We stayed at a new hotel Sandra found on Trip Advisor: Hotel Icon in Kowloon. It's only been open a year... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2012 at Witty knitter
After months of plotting and not a little planning, we left Sydney on Saturday 22 September for a marathon overseas trip to Northen Europe. There are many special things about this trip, not the least of which is we have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2012 at Witty knitter
When I enrolled in this long slog of a PhD, in 2005, I had both a supervisor and an assistant supervisor. The supervisor was inspirational but rather distant, and the assistant supervisor (not my choice but appointed by the institution)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at Living in Liminal Space
Yesterday ASIC moved to clarify the rules about comercial ventures that are crowdsourced. It makes interesting reading, and I think is quite clear that certain types of crowdsourcing can be considered a 'pre-purchase arrangement', and can thus be covered by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2012 at Witty knitter
Last weekend we went to Ikea and bought kits for four dining chairs. We did intend to assemble them right away, honest. But somehow, we were too tired... But on Friday evening we made two and yesterday we made the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2012 at Witty knitter
The internet is a strange place. Intelligent, aware people like me quite easily approve extraction of money from their bank accounts by invisible means, and its almost simultaneous crediting to other people's bank accounts. And then, after a time of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2012 at Witty knitter
Updating: we sold the house that used to be Sandra's three days after the failed auction, and we got a very good price for it. This has made quite a difference to our finances, including allowing us to book a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at Witty knitter
It looks like a lovely neat job. We all need a Kenny - ours was called Angelo. Careful meticulous tradesman who look on problems as puzzles to be solved, not as dramaz or things to be avoided. I think that getting all the old renos sorted out and cleaned up as the job progressed was one of the best things about getting our kitchen done. It all just feels so much more cosy and homely and, well, integrated, somehow.
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How wonderful! Bet you didn't think anyone would see this. :)
Thanks for this information. If you scroll down on the page you've linked to for the Research Education Report you'll find another: the Full Cost of Research Training Report. There you'll find the reason that Unis don't provide these resources that the CAPA report says that students want/need: they aren't funded enough. The Full Cost report has been out for nearly 12 months and no action has been taken on it. We live in hope...