Sunday, August 26, 2007

Dusts off hands...

Alexander McCall Smith writes in 'Love Over Scotland' that producing a PhD is 'like having a baby that one promptly gives away' which made me chuckle. If this is the case then producing an MA is approximately the same, but the pregnancy is of a shorter duration! Having collated all the various sections and printed them off, I was rather disappointed to find out that the postage to the prof. (first- class) was a mere £1.42. Not that my baby was underweight: Oh no! It eventually totalled approximately 38,000 words - almost a third longer than it should have been. Hence the relegation of a portion of the text to complementary appendices. Fingers crossed it will draw admiring coos from Those Who Matter.

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