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7:37pm on Tuesday, 23rd February, 2010:

That was Fun


I'm back now from the viva voce I was in Middlesbrough, and have to say I enjoyed it.

I didn't enjoy the drive there and back (546 miles in total, 4 hours 50 minutes each way), although it wasn't as bad as it could have been.

I didn't enjoy the hotel room, because despite being upgraded to an executive suite there was a dehumidifier in it so powerful that I woke up in the middle of the night with a mouth dry enough that my tongue was stuck to its roof.

Ididn't enjoy interrogating the candidate for 2 and a half hours, either, as I (being external examiner) was Bad Cop (the internal examiner got to be Good Cop).

No, what I enjoyed was the 30 seconds of being able to tell the candidate that she had passed with only very minor revisions required, and, subject to the rubber-stamp of the university's relevant committee, she would shortly be entitled to use the title Dr. She put up a strong defence, and it was thoroughly, thoroughly deserved.

Ah, I love it when I can do that!

PS: No, this doesn't mean you should get me to be your external in the hope I'll pass you just so I have the pleasure of telling you you've passed. If you don't deserve to pass, I'm sure I'd find great pleasure in telling you that, instead...

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