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subtext 181 – ‘mean as you start to go on’

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In this issue: editorial, evening teaching, gender pay gap, UA92, wellings, stansted 15, heaton-harris, masons, buses, letters.



Over the long hot summer of 2018 market forces required us to undertake radical restructuring at the subtext warehouse, rationalising the workforce and streamlining our operations. As a result we have reduced the number of drones by 50%, relying largely on accidental consumption by bears and rifts in the space-time continuum to prevent enforced redundancies. Several functions of subtext will be outsourced to freelance drones on zero hours contracts. All drones and subcontractors will now work to an enhanced day of 25 hours to mitigate the effect of the extended teaching day. We have agreed a range of new Kwantifiable Pseudo Intentions (KPIs) including: identifying efficiency savings of 5-10%, eliminating any remaining work/life balance and counting the number of teeny-tiny paving stones in the new-look Spine.

Our heartfelt thanks go to outgoing editors Ian Paylor, Ronnie Rowlands and Joe Thornberry. Over the last 5 years (7 in Ian’s case) they have investigated a huge variety of University shenanigans, bringing satire and panache to your inboxes, and this will undoubtedly be a loss to subtext’s pages. This leaves us with a collective captaincy of three remaining editors, and we would like to have more! If you don’t think you can commit to being an editor, we’d really welcome contributions – you know the things we like to print: it’s what you like to read. If you’re interested in either of these possibilities, please contact us at subtext-editors@lancaster.ac.uk


The subtext collective tries its best to be everywhere, but we’re only human. Could you help enliven an issue of subtext with a review or an article?

For example – were you at the Town Hall on Tuesday 6 February 2018 to see Mike Hill’s talk on fracking? We know it was well-attended and we know it discussed the possibility of fracking coming to Lancaster, but none of the collective was there. Were you? Would you like to tell us what happened?

Or perhaps you saw The Fall play the Great Hall on 9 November 1985. Would you be willing to write a review of this bit of musical history? Courtesy of the band’s gigography, we know the setlist and we know that Brix asked for a TV so she could watch Dynasty, but none of the collective was there. We’re confident our readers would love to know what happened.

Looking ahead, there’ll be dozens of events and happenings taking place during the UCU strike, but the collective can’t attend all of them. It would be great to receive your snippets and impressions.

Guest articles and reviews are what makes subtext such a lively little community. So, next time you’re heading somewhere which you think fellow subtext readers might find interesting, we’d greatly appreciate it if you could take a pen with you and send us your reflections. Contributions can be with or without a named byline.

Oh, and if you’re really keen, we are on the lookout for new collective members! Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more.