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25th-Oct-2005 12:35 pm
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Fencing went well last night - Hell, I even beat Rob for the first time in God only knows how long and this is with my arm still a tad twingey. Suspect the having to fence differently hypothesis may be correct after all. Just got to try to work out and remember what it is I'm doing right now!

There was also a new arrival, Sarah, last night who may be a sabreur (got talking because she overheard Kate and I uncharacteristically setting aside our foil/epée rivalries by slagging off sabre instead...) but has, for possibly the first time in my life, made me wonder if I chose the right degree - She's doing war studies at King's College, London. Bloody Hell. So, much geeking out at the pub as most of us were role-players, wargamers and/or re-enactors, plus one other who's an ex-Territorial! Discussion was mostly on US post-WWII involvements - Vietnam, Somalia, Panama, etc Iraq - and drivers of US military doctrine although Kate did mutter something about things being much simpler for her preferred period ("Pike block goes here, pike block goes there."). Pretty scary bunch, for a bunch of fencers...

Think I asked the geekiest question by asking about reading lists - was it all modern or did it include the likes of Sun Tzu, Von Clausewitz et al. Kate pointed out "Take a look at the expression on her face - there's your answer!". Ah well, looks like the best translation of Von Clausewitz from a military perspective is apparently one of the least readable as it was done by someone with a poor command of German! Heh. Even seems like I may have some stuff in my Vietnam book collection which she hadn't come across but which might be handy for an upcoming essay. How's that for geeky?

Gah. I know I made the right choice degree-wise but, bloody Hell, this course did sound like fun... At least I have a new answer to that perennial "What would you do if you won the lottery?" question - it'll make a change from "I don't play - I did too much stats at school and unversity!" :-)

On another note, I'm starting to wonder about a certain Big 4 firm. Had a voicemail yesterday and a call today. This will make the third position at this firm I've had an approach about. Looks like they've got big expansion plans. This latest one is kind of weird, a little different from my usual area of interest - working with their tax people to identify projects elegible for R&D tax credits in the technology sector. As I said, it's a tad outside my usual area of operations but, apparently the director in charge was keen to get me in so I figure I'll go see them, assuming the job description doesn't throw up any horrors...
25th-Oct-2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
I know I made the right choice degree-wise but, bloody Hell, this course did sound like fun...

I knew a lad when I was at UCL who was doing war studies at Kings, and it certainly seemed pretty interesting then.

One thing you may want to take a peep at is KCL's part-time online "War in the Modern World" MA http://www.kcl.ac.uk/wimw/

I've eyed up their MA in Intelligence & International Security before, and they've just launched an MA in Science & Security which is also tempting. If only I wasn't broke & hadn't just already had a year off to go to uni!

Unfortunately, war is an expensive hobby and at present needs to take a back seat to business!
25th-Oct-2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
By 'eck that does look nice, as do several of their other courses. Sigh. Heh. And to think I once swore I'd never even think about going back into education!
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25th-Oct-2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
Alas, am off to a re-enactors trade fair in Warwickshire this weekend. "No Bishops! No Popery!" and all that...
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25th-Oct-2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
Ah, well, I'm sure something can be arranged but can't you download them via Bittorent or similar?
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25th-Oct-2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, I can see why that might be a problem...

Anyway, I can do you BSG eps but SG-1 would be a problem. It sucked so badly I deleted them after I saw them and the only reason I still have the Atlantis ones is someone else flagged she'd like a set before I got round to nuking them!
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26th-Oct-2005 02:06 am (UTC)
I've said it before but it still holds true. Watching Atlantis is like watching paint dry. Watching SG-1 is like watching dry paint. Not even Claudia Black was sufficient to rescue SG-1 from the depths to which it has sunk!
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27th-Oct-2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
That a subtle hint? ;-)
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