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What I've been up to

    Oh dear! It seems to be five years since I last blogged. Forgive me, reader.  I think I got too busy with my job. Lecturing isn't what it used to be in terms of thinking and writing time. Where I was, there was a heavy emphasis on teaching and admin. This emphasis got heavier and heavier until I started to suffocate. So about a year ago I left. I miss colleagues and students, but not the overall set-up. However, leaving a permanent job is not the most practical approach to living. I know that. 'How brave,' said someone I was chatting to at the end of a book launch (not mine) last year. But it wasn't particularly brave. I hope it wasn't foolhardy either of course. After nearly ten years lecturing at that particular institution I felt strongly that it was time to move on. So I took a sort of leap. But also, I didn't really think I had much choice in the matter. I wasn't happy and the position - well, let's just say it was far fro

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