I’ve been thinking about it and now seems like a good time to take a bit of a break from this blog. For how long I’m not sure, but that’s usually the way with these things isn’t it?
But before I go I want to point out this piece from the Times Higher about the lack of links between accedemia and politics which I thought was an interesting read. Philip Cowley, who knows a thing or two argues:
“The rational decision for young academics is not to engage with government. Nothing in the system rewards it. There is no incentive to present research in a way (that is) relevant to policymakers – indeed, some academics are specifically told not to do ‘policy-relevant research’ because it is less likely to appear in the elite journals. The research assessment exercise (RAE) is a large contributing factor.”
I’d also like to urge you to visit the site of Bodies of Water, a band that those of you who like Their Hearts Were Full of Spring may also like. They’ve been good enough to let you download a number of their songs and I particularly like I Guess I’ll Forget the Sound, I Guess, I Guess.
And finally, those of you interested in hyperlocal blogging should take a look at EveryBlock which looks like a fantastic way that some American bloggers with a local theme can be found. I’m guessing that Richard Pope’s Streetwire will try to do something similar here and if you blog about local things then you should join up.