I had a slow start with my data set today. I am very rusty and always find stats intimidating, so slow and steady I think.
Chapter 5 is done. Well.. the first draft for my supervisor. I also did a new project plan and GANTT chart and I am on course for a first full draft by end May, for both my supervisors to read over the summer. I feel a Viva in October is viable if what I have drafted passes muster. Tomorrow I shall skip back to Chapter 4 and the related dataset, that needs revisiting. I have a meeting with a stats colleague on the 7th that will help review that.
I worked today on chapter 5 which revealed a degree of complexity in the design and monitoring framework that I had not previously appreciated. In short I’ve had to think a lot more today and it’s been slower going although I have produced plenty of very useful output.
In other news this has been the truly gorgeous day with lots of sunshine most of which I’ve had to ignore.
The day of chapter 5 is done. Sadly Chapter 5 is not, which makes tomorrow “Son of the Day of Chapter 5”, but that’s ok, it’s a very important chapter and deserving of lots of attention and work.
Ann poorly Monday. Not much achieved. I had terrible back, neck and head pains.
Tuesday I had a CILT Railfreight Forum workshop which we hosted at the University. Very pleased with it, and great to see the group meeting outside of London. Scotland next, I believe! Enjoyable group, old friends and new faces. Head and neck pains very bad, resorted to codeine.
Wednesday, started to get back into groove but needed to pop to hospital, and then had Hedley’s round to look at guttering to consider replacing it all. Had a good chat with Bruce C re urban logistics.
Not much progress made.
Thursday, Northampton, Janet, sleep.
Friday, drove to Auntie Doreen’s interment in Chelmsford, Ann said some lovely words. The tablet was very tasteful and it’s very nice that Den and Doreen’s ashes are side by side in the ground together.
Then some final house clearance at Bramwoods and we got some quotes for the furniture removal. Then back to Northampton.
Saturday, I went to Hemel Hempstead to Nathan Baron’s 40th. Fun, Dr.Who themed, nice people who I had good chats with about Mythos, ICT, tattoos, and roleplaying. I met Nathan’s Mum and all in all it was a very pleasant do. I stayed in Hemel, listened to the new Radio 4 adaptation of War of the Worlds, very good.
Sunday, drove back to Northampton, picked up Ann, drove to North Hykeham in Lincolnshire to see Mike and Amy. Drove home.
Have a lot of ideas re the thesis buzzing round my head but also quite a lot of other work stuff I need to do this week.
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Had a short meeting with Mark, he’s happy that I have a good set of methods and techniques in place but that I need to reduce the volume of words in Chapter 3 that lead up to it. I was meant to be working on the railfreight case studies paper for ETRR, but I really can’t cope with the fasting and deep thinking so I abandoned it and went home via Clas Ohlson and CEX! Man from Baliol/Bailey estate agents to value the house.
Up and at em, full engaged in finalising my rewrite of the SPECTRUM case study paper for ETRR. Did a very big rewrite, and quietly happy with it. Then went through Mark’s edits on Chapter 3, and passed it to Ann for a proof read and sub edit.
Had a bean burger for lunch, and a nice mushroom-cauliflower-potato soup for tea. Revised and updated my CV and then watched an episode of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man on Sky, followed by the new season of Top Gear with Matt Le Blanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid. I enjoyed both, which is interesting since I never liked Clarkson and maybe he tainted the old TG for me. They went to Baikonur in Kazakhstan, the driving bit was fun, but I also have a romantic idea of the Cosmodrome, after all that’s where Yuri Gagarin blasted off into space.
Today I am working on reviewing and finalising Chapter 3. A quick run thru sub-edit and then I need to gird my loins and encapsulate and summarise this monster of a chapter. Once done I can let it go for proof reading and comments from my supervisor. Must say I am very grateful for the support from Ann and Mark, having good people critiquing and checking the grammar is such a useful and supportive process.
I think keeping a daily journal of this process on this blog has value for me, and I shall keep doing so, private or not, since the value is to me in this task. Having said that, messages of support and comments are very welcome, I just may not reply anytime soon. I have disconnected from social media since it seemed to confuse some people.
Then, focus on finishing off the railfreight paper, hand it back to Dewan who has been a great co-author in converting the SPECTRUM deliverables into journal appropriate and ready stuff.
Looking forward to corned beef hash for tea tonight, another reason to be thankful to Ann…