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  1. Thanks! There's some odd stuff in the full HEFCE report. For example, graduates in London, the North East, the Midlands, and the South-East are reported on average as being more anxious than non-graduates. But if you come from somewhere else - you're reported as being less anxious. Pretty much swinging in a hammock with a Netflix show and a piña colada, if you're from Northern Ireland. (Because Northern Irish people don't feel right describing themselves as anxious if no one's in the area with bombs and guns?) Page 17 has a graph with wellbeing divided by subject studied at undergraduate level. The former Education students appear very happy. Either they all have a vocation to teach, or their students put them in contact with the best dealers. Page 19 breaks the results down by age. Not surprised that graduate wellbeing is felt less by more recent graduates. In 1994, there were 271 000 HE acceptances given to UK students. In 2012, there were 465 000. (562 000 in 2021). It doesn't seem to look at things from a social class perspective unless I'm overlooking that section — I tend to think that, if degree inflation hadn't led to degrees being needed for access to non-graduate jobs, the people reporting themselves happy in the survey would still be reporting themselves at about the same level.
  2. Have thought for some time that one of the big problems with the UK education system is its lack of integration with RL jobs. Not in the sense that kids should be brainwashed with the latest management buzzwords or taught that the only relevant way to calculate value in the world is by placing a pound sterling sign in front of everything, but because it's pretty much impossible to decide if you want a job if you've never done it or anything like it before. When I was at school, you were supposed to do a one/two week stint of work experience. I didn't even do mine because I was too full of self-loathing at the time to imagine anyone would want me in their work environment spoiling things, and no one ever followed up on it. As far as I know, the system is still pretty much the same. It was through doing different jobs in my twenties that I found out about myself, and what I could and couldn't do, but that took up a big chunk of my life and was deeply inefficient. If teenagers had more of a chance to experience different workplaces, and also were given a decent grounding in the economics of careers (supply + demand; where to find reliable information about where there are gluts/shortfalls in trained workers), it might be so much easier for them to make choices that work for them. (Eta: Apparently something like this is in place at least as regards advice. I imagine it probably gets squeezed into one lesson when the kids are too young for it though.) But I doubt there's a perfect way to do it - one that ends with people in jobs they're suited to and that pay enough to have some sort of life outside work. I can't say completely that my humanities degree was a waste of time and money because I was studying a subject that I loved. At the same time, if I had access to a time machine, I'd tell my younger self to do something different, and I'd give the same advice to any child of mine unless they had a really determined/outgoing personality.
  3. Could maybe start brainwashing him in preparation for future compulsory Studio Ghibli immersion by dressing up as Totoro. So much better than Santa, while also being 3D.
  4. Regeneration by Barker was one of my A-level set texts. Many years on and I still haven't read the rest of the trilogy; not because the first book wasn't good, but because it was perhaps too good at depicting its subject unflinchingly. A great deal of research must have gone into the writing, but it was worn lightly. I have never read Mary Renault. However, fans and even the uninitiated like me might enjoy Daniel Mendelsohn's essay in the New Yorker The American Boy about growing up reading and corresponding with Renault.
  5. Was going to ask what the first-best Latin-American-inspired 3D animated movies is in that case. But then I remembered Coco. I liked but did not love Encanto. Thought it could have done with more sense of hazard/peril.
  6. Duolingo might be helpful for Ukrainian? I don't use it myself, but quite a few of the Welsh learners I know seem to. I was looking up the rates of inflation by European country (the UK somewhere in the middle, though higher than Germany and France, its closest analogues) and saw that Turkey's inflation rate is at a 79.6%. Apparently, Erdogan has been doing the opposite of most countries and slashing interest rates. Will be interesting to see what happens there over the next couple of years.
  7. By the name of [fantasy god moniker of choice], how does he do it? Is he really identical triplets? Also, is my local library service going to buy it?
  8. Ashamed I was glad when he won the leadership contest — I thought with his background as a QC, and being a white middle-aged male in a suit, he might be able to get the Tory-leaning English electorate to vote in a progressive party. It's not even that he has the principles of a jellyfish; he's a politician, I've learned to expect that. It's that he's really bad at having no principles. He doesn't signal ruthlessness and pragmatism by it; he just looks inept and cowardly.
  9. [Snip] just lost a fight against my elderly phone. Quoted/replied when I meant to edit.
  10. Didn't mention it in my initial post since I'm pretty sure the man himself wouldn't have wanted it brought up, but a lot of the denizens of the video games thread will of course remember Warner as the voice of Jon Irenicus in Baldur's Gate 2. Another villain, but such a good one. Michael Billington's recollections of him on stage @TheLastWolf I hope your cricketer is as good as my actor.
  11. Glad it's not just me experiencing memory white-out. I went back to read an old reaction post (ETA - one by @Annara Snow) that mentioned all the characters, and it was a fight to remember who most of them were. Pretty sure I enjoyed S3, though I probably came to it with lower expectations than a lot of you. It was a stylish, atmospheric show, though not one I feel tempted to rewatch. Like a lot of thriller/mystery-type stories, once the cat is out of the bag I don't much care to revisit the lead-up.
  12. David Warner's died. I loved his voice. Was lucky enough to see him act live on stage a couple of times around fifteen years ago after he began his live theatre comeback. Guardian obit. Never met him, but was always left with a positive impression from what I heard. He joined the protests against the Iraq War.
  13. I'll finish listening to it then go check out the evisceration.
  14. Have heard very good things about the latter. I went for The Dawn of Everything after seeing an intriguing review of it on dreamwidth a few months ago, which now, irritatingly, I can't find.
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