I was at the British Accounting Association annual conference at Royal Holloway University of London where hubby was also scheduled to give a presentation on and so I tagged along. It was fun listening to the PhD researchers giving their presentations and gaining from their wealth of knowledge. It lasted from Tuesday to Thursday and I enjoyed every bit of it. There were loads of forbidden and flour based foods pictured below which I resisted successfully.
After the plenary sessions and the afternoon sessions, we went for lunch and I stuck to my guns and went for protein only. There was an award ceremony in the evening and we took the coach to windsor where the cocktail awards was held. The waiters were tempting - moving about with platters of small chops. Here are pictures of what I had to contend with:
They kept on circulating with these platters of delicious looking food and each time I said "No, thank you", and the waiter or waitress moved away, the next one would simply come to you asking the same question, thinking you hadnt been served. After resisiting for all of 15 minutes, I threw all caution to the wind and tucked in. First the chicken, then the sushi, and then thought, Oh what the heck, Atkins Induction could start all over again the day after the conference.
But the conference wasnt all about food alone. I had an opportunity to meet with other researchers and we exchanged tips and information about databases from which we could get material for our research as well as how best to go about our various researches. There were loads of publishers at the conference too and they gave out loads of text books on accounting, finance, corporate governance as well as research journals on the previously mentioned topics which existence we were enlightened about and the usual markerpens, notepads, writing pads, diaries, pens etc. I'm getting to work reading the journal articles which focus on corporate governance and finding those relevant to my work.
I was quite fascinated by the founders building at the univeristy. Its history is that it was built in the early 18th century by a self made millionaire on his wife's suggestion to build a school purposely for women due to the norm at that time when women werent encouraged to go to school. So the building was completed and a college for women opened by Queen Mary in the 50th year of her reign. Unfortunately, neither Thomas Holloway nor his wife - Jane Holloway lived to see the opening of the college which was their vision but their names are etched firmly in the sands of time. I tried to get the very best pic of the founders building that the limitations of my S40 would allow thinking that getting the entire frame of the building would be doodle with an SLR camera and wishing I had one.
Apparently, there was a computer room available to delegates at the conference but I didnt get to know about it until the last day of the conference. I came back home to meet loads of mail waiting for moi. Amongst which were about six letters telling me "Thank you for your CV which we read with very great interest but unfortunately........" But it wasnt all unwelcome news. I had a very welcome email asking me if I would be available to attend an interview next week. Oh yes I will. Sent off an email confirming my attendance at once. Keeping my fingers crossed so wish me good luck. In the interim, do have a very lovely easter celebrations everyone!!!