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I have seen a video of my nephew sneezing! It is the best sneeze ever, and my life is pretty much complete.

I watched Pan Am last night, and was entirely unimpressed until SPOILER. ) I rather enjoyed Whitney, Two Broke Girls and Up All Night. New Girl was nearly as terrible as Romany said it would be. Nothing is amazing though. The thing that made me laugh most all week was Hamish and Andy falling over on the subway.
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I am finding it difficult to write because my DAD is playing his music too loud.

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Sep. 18th, 2007 04:34 pm
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[Poll #1057240]

Also, scatalogical questions. )

Today I bought lots of brightly coloured biros and gel pens from Sainsburys. Frustratingly, the lids do not fit on the base of the biros. This is annoying, but the perky pink ink assuages my anger.

My mum is awake again after her operation and seems to be doing okay. I am a bad daughter as I forgot it was today until my dad texted.

I want to go home, but I can't until I have finished copying the notes for Undoing Gender and written 200 words of my own. I may miss Gladiators at this rate.
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While tidying my room (I really did!) I found something my grandfather gave me ages ago. It's a typescript of a letter my great-grandmother (I think that's the right generation) sent to a cousin of hers when she was studying at Reading University in 1910. I like the letter for a number of reasons - firstly, despite being a time when women's participation in higher education was the exception and not the norm, her description of her actions at university are very modern; writing letters in lectures, ridiculing her lecturers and far more interested in the social life. It also has a short description of a Suffragette meeting she attended, which again she doesn't take too seriously, though she agrees with the Cause. The letter also contains some abysmal poems.

Long letter )


Both sides of my family like to tell me stories about our female ancestors - it's part of their support of my women's studies interest. My grandma told me about her mother (I think) who, in the 1920s, refused to give up her teaching job once she married, and cycled to work every day through a crowd of protestors outside her front gate. In the 1930s, my grandfather won a scholarship to a good boarding school. Although my great-aunt was not as academically minded, her mother insisted that "what you do for the boy in the family, you do for the girl", and so she was sent to a boarding school as well, at greater cost than the boy's education. It must have been quite a sacrifice actually, for they weren't well off. (Well, probably substantially wealthier than the majority of people, but very far from rich.)

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