As I have said before, I was visiting quite often my former University last month.
On one of such visits, I was entering College from the main entrance (a tarted-up Mechanical Engineering building, now partially used as a Business School) when I suddenly saw him.
Huh? What on Earth is Brian May doing in Imperial College?
On his own, chatting away on his mobile phone...Giving his distraction, I snapped a picture with my mobile phone camera -it turned out I was a bit too far away.
By now it should be no news to you, but the guitarist of the successful band Queen has finally -after more than 30 years!- obtained his PhD in astrophysics.
That day, August the 3rd, was submission day.
In fact a couple of days later, I also saw the door-stopper of a thesis he wrote. I bumped into one of the examiners at the Common Room of another University of London College, as he was brandishing it.
I am glad he was allowed to complete his PhD even after the 5-year deadline (under current regulations you only have 5 years to complete and submit your doctoral work) . I wonder whether the fact that he is rich and famous helped, or whether it is just the sheer luck that he enrolled back in the seventies, when such a rule didn't existed.
As I write these lines, one of my friends is sweating away in London frantically trying to finish writing up her thesis. I hope it'll be alright.
I just want her to know, that in the end, it seems, the PhD thesis doesn't account for much.
In fact most of the Drs. I know try to disown their poor thesis.