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The Book of Na'Lon

or rather, Inane Ramblings of an Expatriot

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Once more onto the...
... marking, my friends. I so don't like this part of my job. It is depressing. Especially the bit where I marked a paper yesterday that appears to be plagiarised well and truly. I have ordered the book I think the stuff comes from from the library in Lancaster. Hopefully I'll receive it by Thursday for the unhappy task of trying to identify each instance of plagiarism. This is so sad.

Apart from that, my neck is very sore -- I think I have an irritated possible even inflamed nerve. Don't know what to do about it. Tried ice-pack and ibuprofen gel yesterday, but may need to try and make an appointment with the doctor. Painful neck and marking do not go well together...

But not all is glum. I went to the library today with an armful of books I'd cunningly forgotten to renew last Friday and they didn't charge me for the fine! Yay!

I finally let the Marquis read some of my creative writing scribblings of the last couple of weeks, while I emithered the next installment for Eudesia ('The Private Room').

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I read an article on the BBC website yesterday which argued that people shouldn't be too penalized for a certain amount of plagiarism because it shows they are learning about the subject, even if they don't acknowledge their source. Boggle. I think it just meant school students, but still...

I had a student once (many years ago) who copied an entire chunk of an essay from an encyclopaedia, in longhand. How could I tell? He had left in the cross-references!

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