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Universities/colleges

The most recent plans at my UK uni are that large lectures will be online-only (typically things like first year survey courses). Seminar groups will hopefully proceed in-person (I'm in the humanities). Certain cohorts are being prioritised for in-person teaching: first years, third-year modules tha

1 week in Coronavirus (COVID-19) by gutenberg 106 Replies 4,888 Views

Universities/colleges

I'll be curious to see what happens in Ireland. I'm a lecturer at a big UK university and our current planning is for a mixture of online and in-person teaching in the autumn. Some year groups will be prioritised in who gets in-person teaching. It's going to be an unholy mess

2 weeks, 4 days in Coronavirus (COVID-19) by gutenberg 106 Replies 7,834 Views 4 Thanks

What book are you reading atm?? CHAPTER TWO

I finished it last week. I also don't think it is as accomplished as either Wolf Hall or Bring Up the Bodies: the middle sections rather dragged, while I wanted the end parts to be much longer, unfolding the plots and the ultimate denouement. Having said that, I still think it's one of the best book

3 weeks, 2 days in After Hours by gutenberg 146 Replies 4,058 Views

What book are you reading atm?? CHAPTER TWO

Getting through Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel in anticipation of the new one. Read Wolf Hall last week. I'd forgotten how good they are, and I recall liking Bring Up the Bodies even more than Wolf Hall when I read it first, so let's see if it stands up to that

2 months, 1 week in After Hours by gutenberg 146 Replies 1,003 Views 2 Thanks

What book are you reading atm??

I also got this at the weekend! And I'm also planning to re-read both Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies :D

2 months, 3 weeks in After Hours by gutenberg 9,463 Replies 649,936 Views 5 Thanks

What book are you reading atm??

Looking forward to Hilary Mantel's new one, The Mirror and the Light, the final book in her Cromwell trilogy. Out in a few days :) In the meantime, flitting between Bill Bryson's Notes From a Big Country and Ida Milne's Stacking the Coffins, about the Spanish flu of 1918-19 - certainly relevant th

3 months in After Hours by gutenberg 9,463 Replies 648,653 Views 1 Thank

What book are you reading atm??

Reading Joel Harrington's The Faithful Executioner - partly for work, partly out of interest. It follows the life of a 16th-century professional executioner in Nuremberg, based on the journal he kept of his life and work. It's utterly grim in places, but has fascinating insights into life and societ

3 months, 2 weeks in After Hours by gutenberg 9,463 Replies 644,766 Views

What book are you reading atm??

I love Jill Lepore's books on American history. I read her The Story of America earlier this year and loved it. It's not a straight-up history book, so it won't give you a narrative of various events. Rather, it's a series of essays, little vignettes into various moments of American history - it wou

5 months, 3 weeks in After Hours by gutenberg 9,463 Replies 622,594 Views 1 Thank

What book are you reading atm??

I read that earlier this year. Amazing book, if harrowing

5 months, 3 weeks in After Hours by gutenberg 9,463 Replies 622,245 Views

What book are you reading atm??

Finished this. It was good in places, but the writing style really grated after a while. I don't really understand the hype around the book to be honest. A poster earlier in this thread mentioned that they had read a number of other Holocaust books, so this one perhaps didn't resonate as much. I'd d

5 months, 3 weeks in After Hours by gutenberg 9,463 Replies 621,720 Views 5 Thanks

What book are you reading atm??

Have started The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Will post back in due course!

5 months, 4 weeks in After Hours by gutenberg 9,463 Replies 621,331 Views 1 Thank

Christmas Eve Traditions :-)

Will be a new experience for me as I'll be spending Christmas with the in-laws in Italy this year. It feels strange knowing I won't be at my parents' house with all the hustle & bustle, but I'll be making sure we have something nice planned! Will still try to bring bits from home, such as listening

7 months, 1 week in Christmas by gutenberg 491 Replies 84,993 Views 9 Thanks

Anyone get rid rid of all their social media?

Cannot recommend this book enough. I read it recently and it has made me more thoughtful about how I use my devices and social media. I deleted the Facebook and Twitter apps off my phone, to help with the mindless scrolling (I've never used Instagram, Snapchat etc.). I also installed a programme cal

7 months, 2 weeks in After Hours by gutenberg 133 Replies 1,024 Views 1 Thank

Violent Protests In Hong Kong.

The NY Times has a great podcast series, 'The Daily', and a recent episode was about China, the NBA and Hong Kong. Absolutely fascinating & worth a listen, especially in light of the posts above about protesters at NBA games

7 months, 2 weeks in Current Affairs/IMHO by gutenberg 708 Replies 17,466 Views

What book are you reading atm??

Reading The Common Freedom of the People, a biography of the 17th-century figure John Lilburne, probably best known as one of the leaders of the 'Leveller' movement during the British Civil Wars. He was constantly getting into trouble, but many of his positions, including the idea of the right to re

7 months, 2 weeks in After Hours by gutenberg 9,463 Replies 606,892 Views 3 Thanks