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5:45pm on Tuesday, 12th December, 2017:



The latest issue of the Essex University alumnus magazine, Essex Effect, is now out. I don't normally mention it, because it's only of interest to people who graduated from Essex University (who will receive it no matter how hard they try not to), but this time it has an interesting article in it.
OK, so the interesting article is an interview with Yanis Varoufakis, but that's not why I'm mentioning it. I'm mentioning it because there's another interview on the page after, featuring me and one of my former students, Cristiana, who has just started a PhD as part of the IGGI programme (she's now at Queen Mary University, because her supervisor moved there) (well he does live only 12 minutes away so I can't really blame him).

In the interview, I come across as incoherent, self-contradictory and bonkers; Cristiana comes across as measured and sane. In the photo, I get progressively scruffier from my neck to my knees; Cristiana looks smart all the way. Also, I'm sure that when I mentioned the name of any computer game, such as MUD, I said it using italics; the microphone must not have picked that up.

The interview was part of a series that the university does in its magazine, all between former and current students in the same department. I think it's a good idea, which is why I agreed to take part. I don't know why Cristiana agreed, but I did need someone to shower praise upon so she was the obvious choice.

Hmm, that opening quote sounds a lot more arrogant in print than it does when I say it aloud. Oh well! It's not as if 50,000 copies of this were printed or anything.

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