Clusterf***

After a ****storm of two weeks, the thesis is coming along slowly. Today I managed to lose my keys and my dad’s umbrella-ella-ella and the morning’s fun and games had just began. I went into the Library today to look up 2009 papers. Turns out they don’t have them due to a recession-style backlog. My only option is to contact the main librarian fella and see if he can either (a) tell me when the copies will be available in microfilm, or

(b) get me a hard copy. When I called, I got an “out of office” reply until Tuesday so I will see how it goes until then. Despite this very real threat to my thesis, I’m remaining positive, but it really feels as if one obstacle is leading straight into another. The fact that it is due in six weeks time hardly helps.

Song of the day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdAEoROTgTQ

Some Progress…

Today I got some feedback on what bits of the Lit. Review I have sent to my supervisor. It’s looking good, and I can announce to myself here that I am finally finished the Lit. Review! One chapter down, four to go…

I’m also not going to England, but I can write about how hard it was to access the tabloids here in the thesis. Sweet. I finish a chapter and instantly have material for another!

Song of the day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNL2gziCKX8

Tabloid Inquiries

Am frantically emailing the British Library and the Archives about getting access to the 1987 tabloids. So far our own Irish Archives have replied (fair play for the speediness) saying they only have Irish copies. This is a problem because there were no Irish tabloids in the ’80s. The British Library may be able to help me, but I am worried that it may require me to physically view the Archives. This would require me to physically go to London…

Lit. Review progress is painfully slow…

Song of the day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry9G5vT3sdE

Lit. Review Progress

It would appear that I am procrastinating to the extreme with this. I have the headings of the sections I am to write about, but not one word done as yet. To further procrastinate, I’m off to the Archives in a moment to finish the Cork Examiner.  I will then have the 1987 broadsheets completed. I am supposed to have this Literary Review done by the end of June… which I can sneakily stretch to the first week of July but if I’m honest I can’t really see it happening right now.

Feh.

Song of the day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff9iTDCpvXo

Meeting 14/06/2010

After a ridiculous week which held four birthdays, I had a meeting with my supervisor at noon. I’m fairly sure the week I had showed on my face from the moment I walked into his office. It went well though. He didn’t have copies of the examples of work I had done but no biggie. A quick print off using the college computers saved the day. Last minute for the win. He was happy enough, and ever the optimist, he suggested that I turn my disaster concerning the tabloids into an advantage. He’s right though. If there was no copies of Irish tabloids available back in the ’80s, that’s the way it was. I can hardly lie and make it up. And besides, I’m nearly done with the broadsheets notes-wise so it would be awful if this set back threw me off completely. I am to email him a sample of my Literary Review Chapter around the second week of July. This is a fairly big chapter of the dissertation at around 3,000 words. I have the “skeleton” of it done but no… uh meat yet.

Song of the day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hT7DJwoZHk

Disaster!

Like the title says. I have run into the first major disaster of my thesis so far. Of course it’s related to the f***ing tabloids. I went to the National Library like I have been doing for the past few weeks and asked for the March 1987 tabloids. These would be the Sun, Star, Mirror and Mail. It turns out that the Archives don’t have any of them! The tabloids were all British, with maybe a few pages on Irish-related articles. I’m fine for 2009 but I may have to look elsewhere for the 1987 tabloids. I found a few sites taht offer archives online but it looks like you have to pay for access. Boo-urns.

The Irish Mirror is the earliest tabloid available in an Irish context and its archives go back to 1993.

The Irish Star archives go back as far as 1999 and for some reason are published in Belfast.

The Irish Sun archives go back as far as 1994.

The Irish Daily Mail archives only go back as far as February 2006.

How unfortunate. Thankfully I have a meeting with my supervisor on Monday so hopefully he can help me out a bit.

Song of the day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xRDdAMbAtQ&playnext_from=TL&videos=uDVmyk3fP2Q

Archives

For the past two weeks I have been here, at the National Library of Ireland, looking up archives of the newspapers from 1987. I’ve been focusing on the headlines, Editorials and Letters to the Editor in each paper (so far the Irish Times, Irish Independent and Cork Examiner). This is to focus on where framing occurs in the papers, and does this reflect the Budget. The time period is the Budget week. The archives to these papers is on microfilm. This is supposedly nice and easy to use, but the contraptions they have in the Archives often run of their own accord, rendering the viewer helpless in their viewing. Or else they fail to catch the end of the film and start running, potentially destroying the film itself. Or you as the viewer fail to install the film correctly, which leads to all sorts of problems.

So far you’d think it’s fairly straightforward, but of course nothing ever runs totally smoothly. On the first day, with the 1987 Irish Times, I must have chosen a faulty machine (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it) and I’m pretty sure I got a full knot in the microfilm. This is extraordinarily difficult to do, due to the mechanics of the micro film design. I was standing and re-assembling the thing about five times in total, most probably annoying everyone around me. That’s another thing that I noticed about the National Library. It was fairly full most days. So my idiocy was plain for all to see. The next day I saw that my machine was OUT OF ORDER. And I wasn’t the only one who had problems. Another day, an elderly gentleman from Clare was having issues. At this stage I had figured out how to use another machine so I was listening to my iRiver and working away when the LIBRARY WORKER asked me to help with installation. Immediately I noticed that it was the dodgey machine and pointed out that fact. After being (somewhat haughtily) assured that the machine was fine, we all attempted to install the microfilm with no success. You do meet some interesting characters there though. A very nice man with a lot of nose hair congratulated me on the notes I was taking. No joke, there does seem to be a nice “community feel” to the place. I think I need to get out more >_<

Song of the day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XKLdLet6Pk

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