Some Facebook buddies were already a little concerned to see the message "Brendan Lawlor and Letizia Aresu are now friends", given that Letizia and I will be 11 years married in a week or so. Well, it gets stranger. I have learned that I am no more to be a bachelor. In 1990 I became a Bachelor of Science and never thought I'd look back. But all that is to change. No longer a Bachelor, I am to become a Master of Science (at this rate of backwards titles, I'll be a Sonny-Jim of Science in a few years, and then an Infant of Engineering). The exam board of the Cork Institute of Technology met today to consider, amongst many other things, my meagre thesis. I've just this it has been accepted.
It's about time I became a Master of something, and I can't think of anything I'd prefer to be a master of more than science. I owe my brother Stephen a great deal for suggesting that I do this in the first place (and taking care of the printing in my absence), Letizia for her helping me see it through, and this trip, whose looming departure date basically scared me into finishing on time. Well - kinda on time. I owe at least one more thank-you: to Simon and Leah, who as well as giving us somewhere to stay, and excellent company (which we still miss), also offered me a Real Computer to complete some necessary corrections to the thesis during our stay with them.