Wednesday, 22 November 2006

Lairs at LTU

My plan of posting about good bits of the LTU campus has flagged a bit, mainly because I keep forgetting to take my camera when I leave my room to go somewhere & do something.

Today I didn't really leave my room much anyway. So today's picture is a photograph of my desk.

When I looked at this photo I realised that it probably isn't going to make Today Tonight eager to interview me (even though Naomi Robson is an alumnus of LTU - someone's educational ideals came to grief there) because they really only favour experts with inhumanly neat and tidy bookshelves.

From about this time of the year right up until late February it's not uncommon to go several days without really talking to another person as the place gets fairly deserted - people go on leave or off to do their research in exotic locales and some of the shop places close altogether. And those people who are around are usually concealed deep within their office lairs - airy and clean brick rooms with solid walls and doors and excellent soundproofing.


elaine said...

I used to LOVE campus at this time of queues to buy coffee or lunch (I was never very good at bringing it as I detest soggy sandwiches) and a bit of space between teaching to get my own research done.

Where the rest of the world goes a bit mad in December, uni was the opposite.

Ben.H said...

*Sigh* I thought you were a real, honest-to-god academic. Has no-one told you? Never film the interview in your own office!

Always use the room of someone who's off campus, has enough space for the crew, and has an impressive bookshelf. Everyone does it. They do at Melbourne Uni, anyway.

Make sure they get that shot of you going up to the shelf, pulling out a hardback at random, then opening and pretending to read it.

elsewhere said...

I think it's very noble of you to want to show LTU in such a favourable light.

My office has a sink (which smells of methane, like anything with old piping in Alice), a reading lamp, a towel rack and a walk-in-wardrobe because it used to be a motel-donga.

Mikhela said...

There's an Australian website somewhere, where you list yourself as an expert. Then when there's a scandal involving Jane Austen novels and the newshounds only have 45 minutes to get something in before it goes to print/air, journalists look up the website and type in Jane Austen and voila! your name pops up and you get interviewed.
Can't remember what it's called but.