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9:45am on Monday, 27th June, 2016:



I'm writing this while waiting in Paddington station for the 10:06 train that will take me to Cornwall so I can attend the Computer Games examination boards at Falmouth University in my capacity of external examiner. As I'm fond of pointing out, Falmouth is further from Colchester than Paris is, so it's a bit of a journey. According to the noticeboard, cycle reservations are compulsory on this train, but I'm hoping I can get away with not having one as I don't have a cycle with me.

This is the second year in a row for which the Falmouth examination board has coincided with our Departmental Away Day (where "away" tends to mean "in the Psychology Department building 10 metres away". This alone makes the travel to Falmouth worthwhile.

I'll be going out for dinner tonight, so will miss both the England versus Iceland match and the Game of Thrones season finale. Ordinarily, I'd be irked by this, but I can watch the highlights (assuming there are any) of the football and my wife has already recorded GoT from the 2am showing. What I can't do any way other than live is to have long and involved conversations about games and game design with people who know their stuff — which is why, as usual when I go to Falmouth, I'm looking forward to this evening.

Hmm, it looks as if my laptop is none the worse for wear after slipping from my bag and falling 4 feet directly onto an uncarpeted concrete floor on Friday. That's also good news.

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