(And actually, when I think about it, I did French by correspondence myself way back in the 80s while attending my local school, because I was the only student taking it past 5th form. I quite literally sat 6th form certificate French exams in a cupboard.)
Me too! Although I made the mistake of taking the grammatical option rather than the conversational option, which meant that although I had a working knowledge of the subjunctive I was pretty rubbish at communicating with people.
I then went on to do 6th form Music by correspondence, for the same reason (the decile 1 school didn't have the resources to offer it to me). And it was excellent.
Many Universities have a hurdle that the students have to clear at the end of their first year of PhD studies which helps as long as those involved involved make sure that the hurdle is of sufficient height.
PhD confirmation event. Hugely valuable.
The whole thought of Obama’s presidency coming to an end is filling me with that emotion that David Haywood described so beautifully – høstens vemod.
Tautoko, Ben, well said.
Apparently it has: What was Australia's role in the Iraq war and should we have had an enquiry?
Maybe it’s because we expected better of Blair.
It'll be interesting to see whether the Chilcot report stirs up any soul searching in Australia. Neither the Howard government nor Kevin Rudd emerge from the quagmire with much credit.
Fiona Farrell managed to get that one right just on a year ago, when the place had yet to open.
Wasn’t that a stunning book??
I was lucky enough to attend a fantastic conference People in Disasters back in February, and Fiona Farrell did a poetry reading during the closing ceremony. Poets at a scientific/medical conference, oh yeah.
Giving to the Sallies again and watching a Springbok rugby game. Defining cultural moments for some NZers after years, even decades, of refusal.
And buying Chilean wine. I remember my parents going through a phase in the 70s of boycotting Chilean wine in response to the coup d'etat in 1973. Given how my dad loved his Concha y Toro, it was quite a sacrifice.
Fran Wilde can be enduringly proud of the way she handled the situation.
I was talking about this with my hairdresser yesterday. He remembers Fran Wilde coming into the Dorian Club in July 1986 and telling them that her Bill had passed into law. It must've been amazing.
In related information, one of my friends did a couple of midwinter months at a Norwegian university above the arctic circle.
If you ever find yourself in Fairbanks, Alaska, be sure to visit the wondrous Museum of the North. They have lots of interesting stuff about wintering over near the Arctic circle. It hadn't quite dawned on me - so to speak - that while the sun does disappear for several months, it mostly isn't completely dark - there are these very, very long twilights in which you can do quite a lot outdoors such as cross country skiing. Under the northern lights (the physics of which are also brilliantly explained at the museum).
Conversely, I've only visited Norway in midsummer. You can sit outside and read at 11:30 pm.