A Degree of Excellence


As another activity on Saturday gluing us in front of screens there was the matter of elder granddaughter Imogen graduating with a Masters Degree (P.S. she read Master of Studies) from Somerville College, Oxford University. We had planned to be there, but my health and that of our pockets counted it out. Fortunately, there was a live stream podcast, which was the next best thing.

What a wonderful ceremony, steeped in tradition. We were bursting with pride throughout.

Then, when I was champing at the bit to put the news out to the world, my computer decided to get a mind of its own. It insists, whatever internet advice I follow, on sticking to the new Block Editor. The minute I depart from that I get chaos.

I give up, and will have to start playing with blocks for the present.

© November 2019 Colonialist

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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37 Responses to A Degree of Excellence

  1. gipsika says:

    She is absolutely beautiful! I can see the inspiration for “Immy”.

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  2. Wonderful achievement! Well done to Immy. 👏🏻 Now I’m wondering whether there will be a live podcast from Manchester uni when our granddaughter receives her Master of Forensic Psychology next year. 😃

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  3. Tokeloshe. says:

    Congratulations, she looks lovely. ♥

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  4. Debra says:

    Congratulations to the happy graduate, and family! Isn’t it a marvel that you could attend via a livestream. Wonderful occasion!

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  5. Calmgrove says:

    Congratulations to the new Master and to proud ancestors for being instrumental in her career.

    Block editor? I think I’ve managed to avoid all that by always going via WordPress admin—works for me both on my laptop and Android smartphone, but then I’ve never opted to try the block editor in the first place.

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  6. perdebytjie says:

    Baie geluk! Sy is pragtig!

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  7. Ian Hutson says:

    Most excellent indeed! 🙂

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  8. SueW says:

    How wonderful! I would be bursting with pride too. Very many Congratulations!
    So sorry about your Internet problems. Did the getting the Block editor deleting instructions I sent not work?

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  9. nicolaavery says:

    Congratulations and good luck to her

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  10. Congratulations all around. Your pictures are wonderful.

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  11. susanben says:

    Congrats!

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  12. de Wets Wild says:

    Hearty congratulations!

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  13. ‘n Wonderlike prestasie – veels geluk!

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  14. Lizzie Ross says:

    Such a wonderful milestone for you and your family. Congratulations to all, and hearty best wishes to the new grad!

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  15. equinoxio21 says:

    Mt heartfelt compliments to the new graduate and her family. Does “Immy” realize that women were not allowed in Oxford until the 20’s? Annie Rogers was the first to matriculate and graduate in 1920. So much has changed in a century, hasn’t it? What did she “read” at Oxford? (I’ve always found it so funny that the English don’t study, they just… read”. Is her mother another daugther of yours?
    Again my compliments to all. 🙂

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    • colonialist says:

      Things have certainly changed for the better in this instance!
      How silly to leave out the subject! It was Master of Studies. I still have to learn what that entails! Her mother is elder daughter Kerryn.
      Heartfelt thanks!

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      • equinoxio21 says:

        My pleasure my friend. Yes, do let us know what Master of studies entails…

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        • colonialist says:

          Here is the works:
          Imogen read for an MSt (a Master of Studies) in English Literature. She’s a ‘modernist’, specialising in early 20th-century prose and poetry. She was at Somerville college, which funded some of her research trips to London and Cheshire. She was invited to present her research at two academic conferences, and it was well-received.
          She did modules on prison memoir, high modernism and children’s literature (lead by Diane Purkiss), book history and textual criticism, amongst others. She presented on Ulysses to a renowned Ulysses specialist (Jeri Johnson) and worked with the manuscripts of Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, Alan Bennett and others in the Bodleian Special Collections library, the Weston, where she will shortly be taking up a position having graduated.

          A little bit wiser, but not much!

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          • equinoxio21 says:

            English Lit is a fab subject to “read”. Of course being early 20th I don’t recognize most of the names you mention. I have stayed away from Joyce as much as I can. Though I like Maugham a lot and the Americans, Hemingway, Steinbeck, to name a few. (But then I’m a Frog. I have some excuse…) 😉
            Very glad that she has found a job at the Bodleian. Not easy for kids these days. And imagine working there! All the magic of books in one venerable place.
            Thanks for the update Col. Have a great week-end.

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  16. elspethc says:

    Wonderful achievement and photos – there is nothing like seeing the grandchildren thrive, your pride is jumping out of the computer, so glad it got you online again, and you could share. And – I agree about the Block Editor, treats us like nitwits and makes us less able rather than more, I found something in the “help” to disable it but can’t now remember where it was.

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