Right. This is the Inaugural Entry of Tom’s PhD diary – which will probably be not so much a diary as a series of unconnected ramblings, interesting references, links and bookmarks, occasional notes-to-self and aides memoire (memoires? Whatever) and wild digressions on what happens to be on my mind at the time. So it’ll probably be of very little interest to anyone but myself – indeed, it will certainly be of no interest for the next few months until I work out the vague shape of what I’m going to be doing. I just thought I’d warn anyone who’s stumbled across this by accident. If you actually want to read something I’ve written, then go to http://blog.myspace.com/tommychivers¬†and may God have mercy upon your soul.