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something has to give

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I am in the later stages of preparing my PhD thesis for submission and am under quite a lot of pressure so something has to give. I am having a little sabbatical from my re:jesus blogging and unfortunately dear reader I also feel that I need to take a little break here too. I am still twittering and using facebook – there are links to those updates on here. I hope to be back blogging by the middle of October (after submission). In the meantime I would appreciate your prayers, positive vibes, cake and love. The final push in on…


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September 3, 2009 at 8:57 am

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draft thesis to the proof reader

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I have deposited a copy of the latest draft of my thesis with the proof reader today…and feel quite pleased with myself. I celebrated with a little visit to Waitrose and the hardware store in Formby and am considering a drink of nice white wine. But, just so you can enjoy the music hall moment with me I will post (again) this little film of Gus Elen singing ‘It’s a Great Big Shame’…enjoy (and don’t forget to join in the chorus).

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August 21, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Posted in music hall, PhD

a week

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It has been a whole week since I last blogged and so much has happened…I can’t even begin to start on the mad business of the week, the juggling I have done is week is exemplary and the mere fact that I have managed to get through without decking someone should been seen as a feat in itself.

Probably the main reason I have survived is that Becky has been here looking after Eva and keeping an eye on me – PhD fever has been quite bad and having someone to remind me that I am fine has been very useful. Also, Becky being about has helped me to keep up my parish commitments…of which there have been a few this week.

Anyway, I wish I could write more but I really must get on with preparing my latest thesis draft which is going to my favourite proof reader tomorrow…

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August 20, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Posted in family, friends, PhD, stuff

stress and stuff

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The stress of producing drafts of chapters and updating stuff is getting to me. I have taken to cake and other stress relievers. This week has been a mad time as it seems just as I get into writing I have another project on the go as well. Poor old Eva has had to go to our trusty childminders Heather and Eric for this week and next as both Mark and I are working. She is loving it though…it’s just the having to get up for me to get her to south Liverpool by 9am that is hard (on both of us).

Monday was a PhD day that started wit an Every Child Matters group meeting to plan the playday event (which took place on Wednesday). So after and hour of sorting that out I came back to my office to crack on. I achieved quite a lot I think. Though I did have to do quite a lot of Greenbelt planning and got distracted by a few parish duties.

Tuesday was the day I shall refer to as Burger Day! I spent the morning with Henry and Mark (the reader at St Peter’s church) planning the sermons and services for St Peters for Autumn and Winter. It was a great morning of sharing and panning. I had to then fix a puncture (we keep getting nails in the passenger tyre – not by accident I am afraid). Thankfully it just needed patching up and only cost £6 but I think I may have to deal with ‘those that nail’ because it is on its last patch. I then popped in to see the youth club and discovered that the BBQ for the playday hadn’t been sorted so had to go to ASDA to get 200 burgers and then cook them. It took me 6 hours to pre-cook the burgers. The house stank of burgers, I stank of burgers and Joe managed to block the drain with the burger fat…so I had to get a plunger and industrial unblocker to free the yack. But it was all soothed by the lovely 3 course dinner Eva and Joe cooked Mark and I (and 2 guests). A lovely lovely treat.

Wednesday was the playday…we were opening a new playspace that has been created on derelict land near us. It is a nature play garden and has the potential to be fantastic. It all came together in the end – someone else took over the BBQ which meant I didn’t have to stick of burger grease for 2 day running. The fire- engine turned up, the community police officers were positive, the housing associations were supporting and turned up with freebies and balloons, the street-dance group were great and the games (skipping workshop, drumming workshops, facepainting, flower arranging) that were organised for the kids went down well. The weather was great as well. I was very impressed by the whole event. But, I was cream crackered…and it was another day of low achievement on the PhD front.

Thursday I cleaned the church – the theatre company have vacated and it needed a good clean. Then cracked on with some work in the afternoon. Mainly prep for the 2 services I am leading and preaching for on Sunday.

Today is my day off… Eva has a friend over, I have just been to the shops and dropped off my sewing machine at the menders…now I am going to eat cake and read a book…Mark is off to set up the show for tonight at the old police station on Lark Lane. Joe is off out into town later and the girls are on a sleep over so it won’t be a quiet night for me. Hey ho.

Just had a bit of time to look over my supervisors corrections of my latest chapter…it wasn’t ALL bad. But there is a long way to go. Hey ho.

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August 7, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Posted in life as a curate, PhD, stuff

PhD – update

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I am now on the home stretch…well, almost. I have to submit on the 6th October so, having completed a second draft and had it commented on by both internal examiners, I am now working on the final draft with my supervisor – chapter by chapter. We are having weekly meetings and I am workign to quite strict deadlines. It seems my content is ‘very well researched’ and I don’t need to add anything to my argument. The outstanding issues are structural. Also, it seems I need to ‘be a bit more boring’! So, I am working on that…stating arguments, flagging up methodologies, being more obvious about my questions and using some less racey terminology.

The current title is:
Performing The Popular: The Context, Composition and Creation of Liverpool Music Hall.

So, that’s the update. I am struggling to keep my dyslexic symptoms under control (my brain is under strict instructions to ‘just keep going for 2 more months). But, this is of particular concern so please do continue to pray, send chocolate, pass on special good writing vibes, etc.

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August 1, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Posted in Liverpool, music hall, PhD

Britains got talent

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This was my favourite act from this year – they didn’t win but they were fab

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May 31, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Posted in fun, PhD

Luis Hardt

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A while ago I mentioned a woman called Ann who got in touch with me about Luis Hardt (one of the acts I am researching as part of my PhD) and she sent me a fantastic picture of him sitting ponderously on a chair. I have had another picture (this one) sent to me by a man called Ed. I missed out on bidding for the picture on ebay (which is a shame) but it is nice to have got this copy of him in a romantic mythical stance. Thanks Ed.

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May 28, 2008 at 10:43 pm

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