A shortened blog-post this week I’m afraid as I’ve been working almost full-time to organise the Students’ Union elections. (No, not ‘organise’ in that sense.) If you’re a Sussex student you have until 5pm tomorrow to vote! Your email address is stowed in the box to the right.
In the University’s guidance to staff, it is noted that:
This particular explicit link between the NSS, league tables and the perceived value of students’ degrees is proudly displayed, in writing, for all to see, on the National Student Survey section of the University website. Thank goodness there’s no inappropriate influence going on!
It’s curtains time
I don’t know why it took me several months of living here to notice this, but the other day I suddenly realised that my Brighton bedroom curtains are covered in writing in some strange language that I didn’t recognise.
I Googled some of the words. And found… a bunch of people asking, “I found this writing on my curtains, what language is this?”
Glad to have got that sorted out.
In 2006, Chuck Hagel spoke of an “intimidating Jewish lobby” that is relentlessly focussed on promoting Israel’s interests.
Now Hagel will be regretting having spread this pernicious, untrue conspiracy theory. Because now he’s being blocked from becoming US Defence Secretary by, erm, a cartel of pro-Israel senators.
Sounds like a pernicious, untrue conspiracy theory to me.
And now a bumper edition of:
“My presentation partner hasn’t prepared anything because he was at a demonstration all weekend… It’s not his fault!”
“When White wrote this, she… White is a female, isn’t she?” / Tutor: “Yes: Barbara.” / “Exactly.”
“The members of the European Commission don’t come from Mars. Obviously.”
“What are the main tennants of intergovernmentalism?”
“From a Marxist perspective, which is where I’m coming from…” [Big surprise.]
“I saw this really nice car with my son, and I said, ‘That probably belongs to some trader.’ And now whenever anyone asks him what he wants to be when he grows up, he says, ‘A trader.’ And I don’t know what that means.”
“JFK was very laid-back.” [Erm…]
“In the House of Representatives you only have a two-year term so you’re constantly preparing for election. Senators have six-year terms so they can… chill a bit.”