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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.

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a_d_medievalist
Jun. 13th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
Welcome home and something interesting ...
I hope you don't mind, but someone I know is looking for an underemployed PhD in your field (although I'm not certain on the time-frame) for a distance course, I think. I suggested she get in touch with you. Hope that's OK.
owlfish
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Welcome home and something interesting ...
Thank you for thinking of me. I am interested, although I have no strong sense of the daily feel of distance teaching, having never been involved with it before, either as teacher or student. There was a distance teaching class I was already considering applying for, however, so clearly I should ask around about this before I go much further!
a_d_medievalist
Jun. 13th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
D'oh! And welcome home!
owlfish
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
juniperus
Jun. 13th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
An aside: forwarded you email re: next year's session. Did you get it?
owlfish
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Yes! Will reply.
lady_octavia
Jun. 13th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
...what exactly does a PhD license one to do?
juniperus
Jun. 13th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
007
to kill!
a_d_medievalist
Jun. 13th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
To snark with authority
owlfish
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Practice philosophy. Which is odd, because I've never studied philosophy. You'd think after all this work, they might give me a license to, oh, practice history instead.
wakarusa
Jun. 13th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
did I ever remember to congratulate you??? :) yay shana!!
owlfish
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
doctorvirago
Jun. 13th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Belated congratulations, Shana!
owlfish
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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