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The Bloggers:

Anna Sloan first came to Warwick in 2006 as a refugee from America’s brutal Bush regime. Barefoot and starving, she sought a better life as a film historian. At some point in the not-too-distant future she will hopefully finish her PhD, which is on 1950s Hollywood representations of Europe. Obsessions include: Ava Gardner, melodrama, Dr Martens, waffles, walking, neologisms, sunshine.

Pete Kirwan joined Warwick in 2001 and has been finding new and exciting ways not to leave ever since. When not reviewing theatre, playing badminton or sampling fine Warwickshire ales, he is usually found in the Research Exchange completing his English Literature PhD on Shakespearean authorship. He is a veteran blogger and frustrated actor. He also has a bad habit of talking about himself in the third person.

Lauren Thompson is a second year PhD student in the Department of Film and Television Studies here at the University of Warwick. Her research focuses on male makeover in film and television, exploring the issue of how masculinity is constructed in popular media in the postfeminist era. Other research interests include film and television comedy, gender and the media, and teen films and television. Basically, she likes to think about taking fun seriously. She tries to live each day by the words of The Bluetones: “no challenge should be faced without a little charm and a lot of style”.

Bernie Divall is currently in the second year of her doctoral studies, having left the crazy world of the NHS to become a midwife researching midwives. She’s funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and NHS East Midlands, so is on a tight schedule to finish in the three year PhD sprint – the NHS may have absolutely no money left by her fourth year! Bernie is loving the PhD experience, although she has a tendency to get lost in a pit of ‘think’ at times.

Dilip Mutum has been blogging since September 2003 and has never looked back since. At last count he was blogging on 16 different blogs. He decided to pursue his passion and is now analysing blog readers for his PhD research with the Warwick Business School. His latest blog:

Born in Kent, Nicolas Pillai has lived in Warwickshire since 2001. Sometimes he misses the sea. He is currently writing up his doctoral research on Hollywood narratives of marriage in the 1930s and 1940s, which has involved watching lots of lovely Myrna Loy films. When he’s not blogging, he likes to drink beer, listen to jazz and read comic books.

Will Thomas is an independent filmmaker, full-time research student and part-time Jedi. His interests include theatre, film, video games and tea.