Tuesday, April 15, 2014

And it's essay time!

After a very successful trip to London, it's game time for essay writing. 

But it was quite a delightful interval. I got to:
-Have a fabulous steak dinner with Garrett Sunday evening, followed by gelato (tiramisu gelato may be one of the best things ever invented);
-Catch the last of the London Marathon celebrations, though I didn't make it in time to see the running;
-Meet with the Marshall Commissioners to discuss scholarship administration and Scholars' experiences;
-Have Thai lunch with Michael and Basia at what I consider to be the best Thai in Britain;
-See an amazing choral and orchestral concert with Alex's playing the violin;
-Eat Chipotle (which doesn't really exist in the UK outside of London) with Kerry while catching up on a favourite television show;
-Enjoy a day of relaxed productivity (or lack thereof) with Kerry and Zach around London cafés. 

And now, it's to King's Cross I go for the last train back to Edinburgh. Real life enters the scene yet again. 

Let's write about the legality of whaling!! And human rights generations. And climate change human rights. (Seriously, people. Get excited. They're pretty fun topics, actually, especially since I got the insider look at the Whaling Case. I'm actually quite excited to write them. It's just a matter of starting. lol.)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

To London we go!

I'm prancing about with palm branches at church this morning, and then sprinting for the rail station and a train to London. 
Tomorrow is the annual Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission's meeting at which they invite the Class Secretaries for an hour or two to discuss any issues for current Scholars. 
This is my first visit to London post-deciding on PhD for next year...the first time I'll be there knowing it's becoming my home in five months!! We'll see if that changes the tone of the city for me. ;)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ceilidh Time!!!!

The Marshall trip to Scotland was a grand time. I have four folks staying in my flat tonight and one staying over to Friday.
We visited government ministers, the Commonwealth Game crew, independence campaigners, and several museums. By far the most picturesque moment of the crew, though, was our céilidh. A céilidh is a Gaelic social gathering, generally focused on music and dancing. It's the Scottish version of square dancing, one might say - lots of group dances, local bands with folk instruments, and partner changes.
We had quite the rollicking time!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Karaoke, here we come!

The trains transporting loads of Marshalls pull into Waverly Station at 3:19 and 3:58. And so it begins. 
After a glorious communion service finishing with a grandiose Wesley hymn (always the best way to finish a service, except for "The 
Hallelujah Chorus"), I am spending this afternoon baking cookies. Gluten free banana bread already awaits our three celiacs. 
And tonight, dinner at The Elephant House followed by an evening of American crooning at Frankenstein's Pub. 
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Here there be monsters. (Do I have enough mixed references now?)

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Americans are Coming!!

Each year, the Marshall Commission takes the Marshall Scholars to visit one of the 3 UK devolved governments (Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland). This year, it's Scotland's turn...which means that all of the Scholars are, for once, coming to my turf instead of my going to London!!
Edinburgh and Glasgow are going to be invaded by 50+ American postgraduate students. May heaven have mercy on the Royal Mile. ;)
In all reality, though, I'm very excited to show off my digs to the other Marshalls. During official activities, we have a hotel, but several of them will be staying before and after the formal trip and crashing at Rebecca's Rooms of Requirement. I'll also have a few Scholars who have recently completed their tenure and are thus not current Scholars hosted in the hotels, but are joining us for activities.
Sunday night, I've booked groups at my favourite restaurants and then we are all going to Frankenstein's for karaoke, joined by all my European LLM mates in order to break up the "MURICA" feel of the evening. Monday night we have a tour of the Holyrood Palace but are then free, so I'll take them up Arthur's Seat depending on the weather and then everyone will come to my flat to hang out.
This could get interesting, folks. More America than I've seen in quite a long time. ;)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The International Court of Justice

So...today was a cool day.

The Judgment on the Case wasn't quite what I was expecting, but one that is quite fun to write my essay around! JARPA II has been ordered shut down by the Court if Japan is to comply with obligations under the International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling. Essentially, their scientific methodologies aren't transparent and statistically sound enough to justify the whales they are killing. If they had a better sync between scientific write-up and policy decisions, they'd basically be golden by my understanding.

A few initial, rambling thoughts via "Ramblings with Rebecca": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCZKsv3IEGw&list=PLSFK9Eic29gp-4dn9CihKPp0WRpAT-LxQ&index=129.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Whaling: in Video Form

Essentially the last blog post, but via a "Ramblings" episode:

I take off tomorrow immediately after church - I'll keep you updated on what the ICJ says!