So, this is it, the final day of my 2nd year at the University of Sheffield. Today, at 1.30pm I shall take my last exam – Contemporary Japanese Society – held in the very same exam hall that my War and Peace exam was held in, in January. Back then, I wrote

the exam was held in a tin shack built in the 8th century BC, which remained as cold as it had been in the ice age.

The heating system was broken. It was only at 11.30am, that is, with just thirty minutes of the three-hour exam left to go, that the invigilator apologised to us for the lack of heating and said it had just been fixed, and the place should start to warm up soon.

In front of him, the 150 statues frozen in the pose of students hunched over examination tables didn’t react. Oh, except for one, whose nose fell to the ground and shattered into a thousand shards of ice.

Thankfully it’s sort of summer now so we shouldn’t have that problem. This time, the lack of air conditioning and a couple of hundred stressed out students will probably result in us being roasted alive, hurrah!

I’m not overly confident about it. Just looking forward to it being done with, then we have the big end-of-year Japan Society BBQ, where the remaining budget is blown on giving everyone a bloomin good time. After that, it’s back here, and pack for tomorrow’s trip to Bristol for Jojo’s birthday party, then back here Sunday (via Hereford to get the car), and then back down to Hereford on Monday with all my stuff. Busy Busy Busy.

Anyway, must get on with reading through my notes.


p.s. recommended website-type-thing of the day is a collection of photos by a Scottish Mumbler who, in Flickr circles, goes by the name of AnotherView. He really has got some wonderful images in his collection from around the world, and I thoroughly recommend you go take a peek.

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  1. I’d just like to add that after having to set exams and all in my current job, I’m just so glad I no longer need to TAKE exams!

    And just so you know, it’s not exactly easy to set exams. I’ve gotta make sure the paper is not too difficult so that students don’t hand in an empty paper yet at the same time, it cannot be too easy in case everyone passes and the Board thinks that I’m a brilliant teacher. Not.


    Right – back to setting the exam paper.