Here begins the one thousand, two hundred and sixty-second post:
I have been really busy for the last few weeks. The little research project in South Rhovannian is finished and the fee safely tucked away in my bank account. Things are a little more quiet in the parish now we are back up to full staffing and I have shifted gear into spending more time at the university.
My main research project is going well but has been neglected, I need to get my writing speed up again. I have about 30,000 words of fairly good quality and have to argue the thesis within 100,000. I really need to be up to about 50,000 by the end of this calendar year. The normal time frame for part-time doctoral research is five years but I have an ambition to get there in four, saving â‚¬3000 in fees. That means I have to get the rest of the work done within 24 months so that I can give notice of intention to submit before November 2014. Once the notice has been given in the clock stops on fee payments - in effect it is a six month free extension to cover submission, examination and corrections (if any).
We shall see. Maybe I should get on with writing that instead of writing here ... though that would be a shame really!
Retired priest in the Diocese of Baradurbury, Anglican Church of Mordor.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
"I think the most interesting observation was made to me by a senior politician, who said, 'Fine, John, we accept your science, but we have to offer farmers a carrot. And the only carrot we can possibly give them is culling badgers" .
Professor John Bourne (Chair of the Independent Scientific Group (ISG) on bovine TB)
I think we should count down from a myriad because there were a myriad of angels when Jesus was born and because the Catholic Church has created a myriad of saints (myriad (gr.) = ten thousand). OK, I might have lost some non-theists along the way.