Tulip (and bluebell) update!
Mostly to cheer people up; I’m looking a you, dapperandspiffing, amongst others, but also to celebrate how many tulips became (pink) genetic mutations. K Starnes, you’re looking at your inheritance when we leave. 
The bluebells should be in full bloom soon, and you better believe when you step out into my back garden it’s like getting slapped in the face by floral awesomeness. 
Sweet baby unicorns, it smells amazing out there. My neighbours are loving me!

Tulip (and bluebell) update!
Mostly to cheer people up; I’m looking a you, dapperandspiffing, amongst others, but also to celebrate how many tulips became (pink) genetic mutations. K Starnes, you’re looking at your inheritance when we leave.
The bluebells should be in full bloom soon, and you better believe when you step out into my back garden it’s like getting slapped in the face by floral awesomeness.
Sweet baby unicorns, it smells amazing out there. My neighbours are loving me!

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Tomorrow I am starting a ‘Complete beginners’ ballet class with my deskmate. Most of our colleagues think we’ve lost the plot and have regressed into little girls due to stress from our PhD theses.

Haters gonna hate.

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breakingnews:

Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind unpublished manuscript
Associated Press: Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind an unpublished manuscript that he chose not to print while he was alive, an editor told The Associated Press on Tuesday as the writer’s compatriots held a musical tribute to him in his native Colombia.
The manuscript has a working title of “We’ll See Each Other in August,” (“En Agosto Nos Vemos”).
Photo: Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos, left, and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, stand next to the urn containing the ashes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez during the authors homage in Mexico City on April 21,

breakingnews:

Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind unpublished manuscript

Associated Press: Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind an unpublished manuscript that he chose not to print while he was alive, an editor told The Associated Press on Tuesday as the writer’s compatriots held a musical tribute to him in his native Colombia.

The manuscript has a working title of “We’ll See Each Other in August,” (“En Agosto Nos Vemos”).

Photo: Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos, left, and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, stand next to the urn containing the ashes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez during the authors homage in Mexico City on April 21,

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latimes:

Since 2004, the amount of money owed by U.S. college graduates entering the workforce has more than tripled. 
Graphic: Doug Stevens / Los Angeles Times

latimes:

Since 2004, the amount of money owed by U.S. college graduates entering the workforce has more than tripled

Graphic: Doug Stevens / Los Angeles Times

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SWEET BABY UNICORNS, people!
Look at that. 
That’s me. I think I’m 16. This was the year I was, objectively, the best pitcher in the county. Yep. The county. ‘Cause All Stars. 
I’m having a strange day off…

SWEET BABY UNICORNS, people!
Look at that.
That’s me. I think I’m 16. This was the year I was, objectively, the best pitcher in the county. Yep. The county. ‘Cause All Stars.
I’m having a strange day off…

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wondering if the amount of inspirational stuff recently is related to marking?
the PhD, fitness, or just life?

wondering if the amount of inspirational stuff recently is related to marking?

the PhD, fitness, or just life?

(Source: teaaddictedgeek)

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good:

"If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good." - Dr. Seuss

good:

"If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good." - Dr. Seuss

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nprmusic:

Rodrigo y Gabriella offer a new album that’s stripped-down but no less thrilling.
Stream 9 Dead Alive from NPR Music’s First Listen. 

Stop what you are doing and stream this.

nprmusic:

Rodrigo y Gabriella offer a new album that’s stripped-down but no less thrilling.

Stream 9 Dead Alive from NPR Music’s First Listen

Stop what you are doing and stream this.

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I realise the United Kingdom historically has one of the highest population densities in the entire world, but if this generation doesn’t start lowering its standards and shacking up at some point before ultimate perfection has been reached, our birth rate is going to make pandas look like slags.

Sweet baby unicorns, there is some excellent stuff on the Guardian today…

Sophie Heawood: ‘You have just 12 minutes to save the future of love’

My partner made buttermilk fried chicken, double cornbread, and coleslaw, and we ate it all with our homegrown pickled beets and cottage cheese.
This is living!

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I, personally, enjoyed reading your essay; thank you for your effort. You are an exceptional student, and I encourage you to continue to strive for greatness :-).

This isn’t the sort of marker I am, but, mates, I just read the UNICORN of first-year politics essays. Never would I put a smiley on something I marked. How unprofessional!

But, this essay was MA quality, and I ran the ‘originality report’; it’s for realsies …

*mind blown*

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Have you watched this 20-minute interview of Paul Krugman on Bill Moyers yet? It’s about Thomas Piketty’s - of the Paris School of Economics - thesis on inequality, particularly in American and French contexts. Piketty’s hypothesis is that we are drifting back to oligarchy that was so hard fought against (democratisation).

What I felt Krugman neglected to focus on was the global context, which Moyers picked up a little on in his ‘final thought’ through an American-lens, of course, is the issue of tax havens. For American scholars the comparison is so convenient, to idealise the ‘European tradition’ of taxing the wealthy. However, what they neglect is exactly Piketty’s point: the wealthy are so wealthy, we don’t even realise the extent of their wealth; they are invisible. Yes, footballers in the UK have up to 40% of their earnings taxed, but footballers aren’t the 1%. The 1%, the inherited capital that Piketty is talking about, are more clever, and this is what makes inherited wealth and oligarchy so dangerous.

Not only are the 1%, as individuals, almost invisible to ‘normal people’ because of the scope of their wealth, but their wealth, ever extensive in its reach, is hidden from authorities that, even if willing to tax them at a rate of 40%, would not be able to identify the true scale of their wealth. Such that, the world’s 1%, using their unlimited resources, are invisible as both entities of power but also as taxable capital.