Living La Viva Loca

So our viva times went up this afternoon, which is good, as at least I know when I’ve got mine (3pm 10th June), but it also means exam season lasts an extra four days!  So that’s four more days of revision, just for the Lower Dalradian…. (although after the last written paper on the morning of the 6th, most of this “revision” I strongly suspect will be done in the pub)!

Anyway, moving on (away from the geological theme, which seems to be spreading like some caffeine-injected fungus on steroids, and the terrible Ricky Martin related puns) to more exciting things.  This afternoon I headed over to Peterhouse, to meet up with AM, and PC, for brunch (in their wonderful 13th century hall – pictures attached) to begin planning for an upcoming potential road trip to Dorset post May Week.  Current vague itinerary is to head off from Cambridge on the 22nd, drive via Stonehenge (although I’m still unconvinced that the £8 billion entry fee per person charged by English Heritage is worth it to see a bunch of stones), to Lyme Regis, to do some casual palæontology/fossil hunting/etc. the vicinity of which we aim to stay in for a few days.  From there, we’re off to Poole (via Corfe and Swanage) to see my relatives who live down there, which will be great fun.

I must admit, it’s very strange for me to see many of my good friends graduating this year (both at Cambridge, and at other universities across the UK), as it means that they’ll be migrating to the real world (and for those non-Britons, they’ll for the most part be returning home, which is rather sad – although it does give me a great excuse to go on holiday abroad).  I am of course excited for the lot of them, but Part III will be strange, given the absence of so many friends with whom I have shared (at the very least) three wonderful years.

Anyway, all that aside, it’s the Eurovision Song Contest tonight (and the final episode in the series of Doctor Who – not to be missed). We’ll obviously do extraordinarily badly, but it’ll be interesting to see whether Europe on the whole likes us more or less than last year.  Put your predictions in the comments below!

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The William Smith Map of 1815

So today, we got an email from the Department saying that (one of their) copies of the William Smith map (touted as the first ever geological map in the world) would be on display, so I gave LB a ring (as a IA she didn’t get the email sadly), and we went to have a look at it.  My mapping supervisor (sarcastically of course) said he’d give it a 2.ii if he was marking it, partly due to an issue with the Variscan unconformity.  Anyway, needless to say it was very awesome (although as I’m obsessed with both maps and geology, that’s hardly a surprise), and a couple of pictures are attached for your perusal. Enjoy!

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