The Ploughman's Lunch

Postcards from a PhD

Etc. #1

Snowball sampling is something I have vague memories of from studying A-level sociology.  It’s basically a technique of recruiting participants for a study via the existing participants, each new person … Continue reading

January 27, 2016

Yearning For Yesterday

Nostalgia, so the saying goes, ain’t what it used to be.  Cute line, I thought, I’ll use that to start my blog-post on Yearning for Yesterday, Fred Davis’ 1979 book … Continue reading

January 24, 2016

The Ministry of Nostalgia

I read today, with some disbelief, that the ‘Oxford Dictionaries’ website’s Word of the Year 2015 is an emoji.  Not the word ’emoji’ but an actual pictograph, officially known as … Continue reading

January 9, 2016

In Search of Lost Time

Over a week into my Christmas break and I only seem to have managed to lightly dent my ‘to read pile’ (pictured). I blame Lacan. No, I really do. If … Continue reading

December 30, 2015


A few years ago circumstance found me in charge of a coach load of international students bound for Stratford-upon-Avon. After a couple of hours on the M1 we pulled into … Continue reading

December 22, 2015

Live Coding Performance

While being in a position where I get to spend a lot of time reading and writing about music is nothing but a joy, it is a rather solitary -and … Continue reading

December 6, 2015

Englishness (Part 1)

Feeling under the weather and living in a house which currently has no water or heating had a knock-on effect on study day last week and sitting in a chilly … Continue reading

December 6, 2015

(R)Eject the Tape

On Sunday evening I went to the cinema to see the film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s play The Lady in the Van. Afterwards, discussing the authenticity of the late 70s/early … Continue reading

November 25, 2015


It was only recently that I realised that the term ‘afrofuturism’ only came into use in 1994, coined by Mark Dery in his essay ‘Black to the Future’. In a … Continue reading

November 11, 2015

Better than the Original

I don’t seem to get out much these days, so weekend evenings for the last couple of months have mainly been filled with takeaways and BBC 4 autumn schedule music … Continue reading

November 8, 2015