The external examiner I’d been hoping to engage for my viva has officially declined my supervisor’s invitation.

In other words he has refused to examine me.

He has rejected my thesis.

Won’t do the job.

Apparently because of other pressing commitments.

For a little while now, I’m going to feel teary and depressed about this seemingly apocalyptic, end-of-the-world development. I don’t know how long it’s going to last – maybe a week or so. Then, I hope, I’ll pick myself up and continue searching.

Where on earth am I going to find another external? All the alternatives I had been considering turned out to be nutcases!

And suddenly everything is plunged into chaos again.