Six years ago I came back from holiday and started this blog with a first post about the autumnal 'start of a new term' feeling. I never imagined that six years later it would be literally true. Yesterday I was back at university for my first offical day as a student.
Within moments I could see a few things seem to have changed since the 1980's: Students now take notes in their lectures on their laptops. The students' union doesn't have anything remotely political on the noticeboard - and the bar isn't open at lunchtime.
More disturbingly, in a seminar we watched a YouTube clip of celeb-historian David Starkey talking about last year's riots; I seemed to be the only one - other perhaps than the tutor - whose immediate reaction was that Starkey was obvioulsy just a racist cunt. (Although naturally I couched this in a slightly more academically-diplomatic way).
It's going to be a strange year, but I do feel as if I have finally flicked a switch on in my brain that hasn't been touched for my years ....