June 12th, 2006

Fishy Circumstances

Voyage/Words of Graduation

View of the southeastern tip of Ireland View of the southeastern tip of Ireland
Through the clouds, the edge of Ireland was visible this morning down below, the Celtic Sea beyond.

The flight was fairly quick, although the air was never quite still. The Pink Panther and Imagine Me and You were just right as airplane movies. For most of the night, a full or nearly full moon shone through the deep dark of airbourne night.

The slowest part of the trip was after landing. A signal failure at Acton Town left a whole crowded train's worth of baggage and passengers stranded at Northfields, not the most useful of stations under the circumstances. We were proactive and caught the bus to Ealing Broadway at the stop before the stop by the station, thus ensuring our place on it.

I'm back in London now.

Thank you to all of you for your good wishes. I appreciate them!

The "for the benefit of Canada and all its allies" bit of graduation was because of this, the words with which we were graduated:
Ad profectum huius provinciae et populi Canadensis cum sociis omnibus ego auctoritate mea et totius Universitatis admitto vos ad gradus varios, licentiamque vobis do omnia ea faciendi quae ad illos gradus pertinent.
Or, as per the official translation,
To the benefit of this province and of the Canadian people with all their allies, I, by my authority and that of the whole University, admit you to the various degrees, and I grant you the license of doing all those things which pertain to those degrees.