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December 16, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — ros @ 8:02 pm

I’m back, finally. For the next two and a half weeks I’ll be free of teaching, marking and pastoral duties, which means I can cook properly again. Hooray!

The last five weeks have been unbelievably busy. I think I’ve averaged around 4 hour sleep per night for the last fortnight. On top of the job, I have been preparing for my PhD viva, which came and went succesfully on Wednesday. Now I can officially call myself Dr Nanayakkara*. This has already had good and bad repercussions  at school. One of my year 9s has chosen to address me as ‘Doctor’ which is totally unneccessary but makes me feel very smug. However, one of my year 12s thinks it’s amusing to call me ‘Doc’. How rude - and after I’d brought them cake for their last lesson too**!

Immediately after the viva, I was plunged into the whirlwind of the last few days of term along with the inevitability of hyperactive students and evening drinks parties while already very, very hung-over indeed. When that was over, I slept for 36 hours almost consecutively.

Now I’m free and I’m contemplating what I’ll be doing with that enormous ox-tongue sitting in the fridge. Yes, a whole ox-tongue. Well, you didn’t expect me to come back from my extended blogging break with something boring, did you? ;)

I’ll keep you posted on what happens to it….




*and, more importantly, make other people do the same.

** This might be what sixth form detentions were made for.


  1. WELL DONE … the PhD, the getting through a whole term, the putting 6th formers into detention, AND the ox tongue … hard to know which is the most momentous achievement ;)

    Happy holidays

    Comment by Joanna — December 16, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

  2. Well Done!

    The post-viva drinking was impressive and well deserved.

    Comment by Andy Millar — December 16, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

  3. Hey - what’s up Doc? I promise not to say a word about your tongue.

    Comment by Trig — December 16, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

  4. Congratulations Dr Nanayakkara :)

    Comment by the_angry_angel — December 17, 2007 @ 12:58 am

  5. Congratulations, that’s great news. Can’t wait to see what you do with the tongue.


    Comment by Ginger — December 17, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

  6. Congratulations and well done, Dr. Nanayakkara!

    (yes, I had to copy and paste that :

    Comment by webvictim — December 18, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

  7. With a surname such as yours, and if you was older…..I would just call you Nana! Congratulations!!
    Happy Christmas and New Year. Mx

    Comment by Margaret — December 18, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

  8. Congrats Dr.Ros… :)

    Comment by Sig — December 20, 2007 @ 8:18 am

  9. Woo hoo!! Well done you! What a wonderful way to round off the year, Doctor :)

    Comment by Jeanne — December 20, 2007 @ 1:20 pm

  10. Congratz on getting through the term!
    Your year 9 class sound like a hoot

    Once again well done DR!

    Comment by Mike Rogan — December 22, 2007 @ 1:32 am

  11. Well done, what a huge achievement! That’s a very cool surname too!

    Hope you’ve enjoyed the ox tongue… whatever you did with it.

    Comment by Amanda — December 26, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

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