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Disruption during a PhD

Woman typing on laptop

I am very lucky to have such supportive supervisors but also to have such encouraging peers amongst my cohort.

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Food during lockdown

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Food during the pandemic has been a topic of much conversation.

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Combating uncertainty about the future

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Goodbye to the family home

My parents have had their home (the house I spent the bulk of my childhood in in Loxton) on the market for almost two years, but it came as an almost complete surprise to get a message from Mum this week informing my and my brother that they had finally sold!

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Ph.D. students: they call us dreamers, but we’re the ones who don’t sleep

Trouble sleeping? Maybe we’ve procrastinated for too long and it’s catching up with us and so we have to burn the midnight oil and make a sprint of our writing. Maybe we’ve been going through some emotional hurdles during lockdown and have been finding it difficult to sleep. Maybe you’ve taken some time out of your usual writing schedule to help a friend out. Maybe the imposter syndrome has gotten a strong grip on us and we’re feeling stuck with our writing.

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Review: LegoMasters

So this is very far from an insightful commentary on an obscure piece of cultured television, but it does go well with my last review of competitive reality TV.

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British Film Festival review: The Nest

​​​​​Part of this year's British Film Festival, Sean Durkin’s The Nest chronicles the unraveling of a wealthy family in mid-1980s England.

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Dalgona-esque oatmeal breakky

Read on for an oatmeal recipe that tastes like a whipped coffee crossed with a Reese’s peanut butter cup.

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Every now and then, things feel really bad. In general it goes something like this. There’s something I’ve put a lot into. A person, an activity, a job, an investment, it could be anything. Whatever it is, I’ve put a lot of time, emotion or energy into it. I have this idea of how things are going to go. Except that’s not how things go at all.

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Review: Longshot

Directed by Jonathon Levine and staring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogan, the 2019 romantic-comedy Longshot about a Secretary of State falling in love with a slouchy speechwriter, somewhat disappeared from the cultural radar not long after its release. This is a shame.

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