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PMKeeling

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🗳️ Elections stuff @DemocracyClub.
📚 Occasional historian.
📍 Bath, UK.

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JubalBarca , to Medievodons group
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OK, awkward open discussion time. Post-doc people in academia, how much do people tend to publish per year? I'm in a sort of post-PhD floating state at the moment, working half-time mostly on tech stuff for other people's projects that doesn't lead to papers, and I just don't feel I have good guide-rails for how much to pack in and poke myself to try and get written over the coming months.

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PMKeeling ,
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@JubalBarca @histodons @medievodons

Have you considered writing for money instead?

History magazines and the like do pay, and usually ask for only a couple of thousand words per article, which is more manageable to do alongside a job. Doesn't look bad on your CV, either.

PMKeeling , to histodons group
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Before 1918, general elections in the UK were spread over multiple weeks, as each constituency's returning officer could choose their own nomination and polling days.

Pleased to share a short piece by me on the long life (and quiet death) of the long

Somewhat ironically, the article is only free to read for a week...

@histodons

https://www.historytoday.com/archive/history-matters/end-britains-weeks-long-general-elections

PMKeeling OP ,
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@timrichards @histodons

It's the only GE to have been held on a Saturday. By 1945 the UK had settled on Thursdays, but no-one has worked out why this decision was made. Sundays have always been forbidden, and today Saturdays are too (unlike most of the rest of the world, I think).

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@timrichards @histodons

I think you are right, but I don't think there's much chance of a change anytime soon.

In the '70s there was a proposal to make polling day a bank holiday. This was quickly shelved, in part because the government feared people would take the Friday off as well, and go to the seaside instead...

PMKeeling , to histodons group
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@histodons

Did you know that the Institute of Historical Research in London hosts regular research seminars from 70+ different specialist groups?

Did you also know that these are free to attend and that all are online?

Did you also also know that the IHR is here on Mastodon?!
@IHR_History

https://www.history.ac.uk/ihr-seminars-text-only-listing

PMKeeling , to histodons group
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Manchester University Press has a pretty good sale on at the moment (UK and Europe only).

https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/sale/

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PMKeeling , to histodons group
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A "scientific character reading from the face", 1890s.

A nineteenth-century book was donated to the charity shop where I volunteer.

Pasted into the cover was this letter, a reading of the face of one Agnes Bakewell by Annie Oppenheim, who was active in London from the 1890s onwards. (some info on Annie: https://intothelimelight.org/2021/01/22/on-the-face-of-it/ )

"Hasty in temper, but soon over. Fond of children."
(see alt text for full letter)

Note the skull in Annie's hand.

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  • PMKeeling , to histodons group
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    "A recent judgement on in the Court of Appeal (20 November) heralds the end of UK museums charging fees to reproduce historic artworks...For art history, this is a judgement where everyone wins."

    This passed me by at the time, but has exciting implications. Presumably, among other things, we can now use pre-1954 digital newspaper images without worrying about copyright?

    https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/12/29/court-of-appeal-ruling-will-prevent-uk-museums-from-charging-reproduction-feesat-last

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    PMKeeling , to histodons group
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    Sobering piece on the effects of the British cyber attack. Staff have had to get new passports, PhDs are on hold, researchers' careers are affected. Every historian I know has been impacted.

    https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/british-library-cyber-hack-rhysida-ransomware-tom-holland-b1131623.html

    @histodons

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    @aehdeschaine @AmazingMeagen @histodons

    Absolutely, I agree. It's a good piece compared to everything else out there, but the concluding shrug from A.N. Wilson definitely sums up the article's limitations. Perhaps the staff weren't too keen to talk, I wouldn't blame them.

    Hopefully more will come out when things are back up and running. It's something everyone should learn from.

    PMKeeling , to histodons group
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    In 1880-1882, an attempt was made to dig a railway tunnel from Kent to Calais.

    Using an air-powered boring machine, the Submarine Continental Railway Company and its French partner dug 3.5km under the English Channel before British politics intervened and stopped the project.

    Excited to share my article on the early history of the Channel Tunnel in the Public Domain Review. It's got pictures and everything.

    https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/the-early-history-of-the-channel-tunnel/

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    PMKeeling OP ,
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    @notsoloud @histodons @25kV

    I believe Eurotunnel did have an information centre in Kent (Folkestone?) Which had a mockup of the 1880 works, but unfortunately it didn't stay around after the tunnel opened. If you're ever at the Science Museum in London, there's a small scale model of the boring machine there.

    PMKeeling , to histodons group
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    British Library confirms employee data in ransomware attack.

    It says "no evidence that data of our users has been compromised", but also: "If you have a British Library login and your password is used elsewhere, we recommend changing it as a precautionary measure."

    @histodons

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-67484639

    IHChistory , to histodons group
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    📖 In "The Interwar World", edited by Andrew Denning and Heidi J.S. Tworek, more than 50 authors discuss, analyse and interpret this crucial period in the history of the 20th century.

    It includes a chapter by Arturo Zoffmann Rodriguez on .

    👉 https://www.routledge.com/The-Interwar-World/Denning-Tworek/p/book/9780367616847

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    PMKeeling ,
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    @IHChistory @histodons

    £28 to 'rent' an ebook for a year?! Academic publishing is such a scam.

    Book looks great though, thanks for the heads up.👍

    PMKeeling , to politicalscience group
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    Following the this evening. A weird (to me) detail I have noticed is that votes from Poles living abroad are all assigned to the Warsaw constituency.

    I'm not sure I have ever seen an arrangement like that before, though may simply be my ignorance. Aren't overseas voters generally assigned to either their 'home' constituency, or an overseas constituency? Anyone have a similar example from elsewhere?


    @politicalscience

    PMKeeling OP ,
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    @rainbowmurray @politicalscience

    I really liked this idea when I first saw it, there's something quite satisfying about it.

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    @evelynedl @politicalscience

    Interesting, thanks. Before that did expats not have a Senate vote at all?

    ExcessivelyDiverting , to histodons group
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    PMKeeling ,
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    @neveralways @ExcessivelyDiverting @histodons

    I am unsure of the 'group' format on Mastodon for this reason, it is vulnerable to overuse... I have muted a few accounts for doing this.

    (Thanks for saying it out loud 🙊)

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