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12 June 2014 - As a Throwback Thursday we are republishing this four-year-old 12th instalment of Richard's account of his path towards becoming a Master of Wine. He had just sat his first year...

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Finally, I seem to be bearing down on an accepted topic for my Research Paper. I have had two consecutive meetings with the long-suffering coordinators where the agreement at the end was the same...

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Having decided to move from a dissertation to one of the recently proposed Research Papers (see MW diary - part 51.5 ), I have spent the last two months desperately trying to settle upon a topic....

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How quickly technology can change. You may have read the recent stories about the latest rollercoasters – it seems that no sooner does the world’s scariest rollercoaster appear than a...

No sooner had I hinted that change was a-comin' to the MW dissertation process than an announcement precisely to that effect was made by the Institute at the beginning of this week. As was...

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After a self-enforced summer hiatus caused by my May decision to abandon my then-current dissertation project, I am reviving my MW diary shortly after the fourth anniversary of its birth....

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Dear D, This isn’t going to be easy, for either of us. You and I, we’ve been through so much together. There’s no good way to say this … D, I’m so sorry, but I’m leaving you....

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With three months to go before my dissertation is due, I am locked in battle with certain problems that threaten to derail my chances. Many of my fellow sufferers are experiencing similar crises,...

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Last month, several dozen MW students went to Bordeaux for their second-year seminar week, just as I did in 2011 (see parts 20 and 21 ). As I watched the week unfold on Twitter – featuring...

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Last week, I unleashed my survey, the research cornerstone upon which my dissertation will be built. My concern now is gathering sufficient responses. Within the first week, I had roughly one...

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I managed to have an entire conversation the other day without mentioning the d-word once. It was quite a revelation. Usually I always end up blurting it out, like a sort of MW...

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Freelance writers are used to bulking up their copy. It really, really, really helps hit the word count. Sorry, that’s an old joke. A really, really, really old joke. Anyway, the reverse is...

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The 2012 examiners' report has just been published. This year, the tasting exam recorded its highest number of passes for a single year ever, with 18 candidates finding success. However, there was...

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How long does it take to make a 10-minute phone call? In my case, it’s currently averaging at around 45 minutes. Gathering the data for the first phase of my dissertation research involves a...

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For the first time since enrolling on the MW course three years ago, I now, finally, truly believe I can gain the qualification. This is not to underplay the difficulty of the dissertation, but...

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