Naked Minotaur, ancient and modern science, and a MOOC - and no REF in sight!
It's an odd process, this retiring business. Last week, I filled in the form stating how I want the percentage allocation of the lump sum and the pension to be managed, and posted it: that felt like a very serious step. But there are all sorts of other, tiny, steps happening and it seemed like… Continue reading Stages of withdrawal
Today I acted as a PhD external examiner for the final time. If you've read discussions of what the responsibilities of a retired academic should be, you'll maybe have seen 'examining PhDs' in there, as part of our supposed duty to the next generation of scholarship. However, having examined more PhDs in the last three… Continue reading PhDs: what are we doing?
So what are my 'plans for retirement'? At this stage, apparently I'm supposed to have some. I ran into a cousin at a family funeral last week and he assumed my plan would be 'to travel'. That's largely because this is what he has been doing, very intensively, since he retired several years ago. But… Continue reading The cunning plan
I first went to Rome in my teens, and that wasn't deliberate: it was one of the venues visited when I won three weeks in mainland Europe as part of a competition run by Barclays Bank. But I didn't go to Athens until my forties. It wasn't fifth-century Athens, so why would I want to… Continue reading My favourite classical place