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Monday, May 15, 2006

Conference and Football

I had a very busy week last week with commitments each night. That did not make my family happy. To really make it worse I was invited to give a paper at a conference in Manchester - some 200 miles away - on Saturday. I was the first to give a paper - at 10.00 in the morning, so I had to travel up by train on Friday night to be there and ready. The paper seemd to go down well - although I think I had enjoyed rather too much hopitality from the hosts the evening before...

Half-way though the day's events it became clear that the football cup final, the FA Cup, between Liverpool and West Ham was not only on the TV in the next room but was turning into a classic game. The participants at the conference took a vote and on a fairly sizable majority decided to watch the rest of the game and delay the final paper. The man who was to give the paper seemed happy at the time. But I suspect he would have been less happy had he known that half the audience would simply go home after the football. I don't think the organiser was very happy either.

On the other hand: it was a brilliant football match, and it was great fun watching it with a big crowd of fellow philosophers. Their language lost some of its analytic rigour at various points...

Are you still taking part in this project? I haven't heard from you in a while.

posted by Simon @ 10:34 am   


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