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The vocational vocative

The ever-eloquent Plashing Vole has some interesting meditations on forms of address in academia. This is an awkward one for me, though perhaps for different reasons from Dr Vole’s. (I find that my courteous pen can’t bring itself to refer … Continue reading

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On having “no experience of the real world”

I know one shouldn’t feed the trolls, and that it’s bad manners to shout about the difficulty of one’s middle-class job in this seriously screwed-up world, but the latest sneer from the Stupidist movement hasĀ  caught me on a sore … Continue reading

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The loss of Ian Bell

I’d not usually try to write a tribute to somebody I’ve never met, but Ian Bell is a special case. Knowing that I’ll never again open the paper at his column to find some abuse of truth and language being … Continue reading

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Refining and eliminating: Norman MacCaig as his own editor

Over the last few weeks I’ve been revisiting Norman MacCaig’s poetry, with an eye to picking out a couple of correspondences I thought I’d noticed between poems. Those correspondences, if they survive inspection, will be a matter for another post. … Continue reading

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Happy campus

A friend at Strathclyde calls my attention to the current state of their James Weir Building, which has been redded up in advance of an open day:

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A geotourist at the Rock and Spindle

Back in May I was up in St Andrews for a meeting, and as the weather looked promising I took my camera and an early train and set off to spend a couple of hours touristing beforehand. My destination was … Continue reading

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The loss of the “Vivid”

Monday 8 July will mark the centenary of one of the odder incidents in the history of the Royal Technical College: the sinking of the College’s training ship Vivid off the coast of Oronsay, less than a day into her … Continue reading

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