Category Archives: Learning

High and…Mighty?

  The trouble in taking the high moral ground, in being the bigger person, is quite frankly, that it sucks. The platitudes we preach to our children, that it’s important to turn the other cheek and walk away from potential … Continue reading

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To set a benchmark

Here was a prime example of the mark left on the civic and social landscape by our shared military history, and it was literally lying around at the foot of the British military presence in Ireland and now lies almost totally ignored by passers-by. Continue reading

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On Corrections

I am convinced that noone actually likes to correct their work. In over a decade working in the field of historical research, I have yet to encounter any scholar who revels in the idea, who insists on going home early … Continue reading

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Is Twitter killing my Blog?

Writer’s Block is a real illness. It is! That feeling when you want to punch a wall and hopefully the words will flow, with the blood and plaster flakes and swearing! But it doesn’t really work that way…poor knuckles could … Continue reading

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‘The Write Stuff’

The difficult part of blogging is not in the writing. Believe it or not having something to say has never been a hard thing for me to do! Rather it is to find (a) the time and (b) the right thing to … Continue reading

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That’s a wrap!

I cannot tell you of the sheer unbridled joy (and yawns) that flow from a Call for Papers ending friends! You should never, ever offer to.run a conference! To that end, normal (ish) service will resume here in.about a month, … Continue reading

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The hardest part

What you don’t realise is that waiting is the hardest part. I don’t sleep anymore. Not really. I wait. Granted its in a bed and at night. It’s dark and quiet. The world has slipped to slumber. But it eludes … Continue reading

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Size matters….

  Apparently its not the size of the ship; its the motion of the ocean!   Or so goes the old adage from snickering childlike men who should know better. But when it comes to academic writing, how big is … Continue reading

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What’s the Point of a Professor?

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/opinion/sunday/whats-the-point-of-a-professor.html?referrer= As a Postgraduate student (PhD in UNI Galway, Ireland), I spend a lot of time travelling. Most of it I spend at as I jokingly refer to, my mobile office! My laptop, a book and my smartphone! 3G really … Continue reading

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