I went to see a man about a PhD. He was in far-off Belfast, Northern Ireland, which has been enjoying a return to traditional pastimes of late. It seems, so my sorrow, that there really isn’t much in the way of data for me to use. This is a problem, though for some research students, apparently not an insurmountable one. I am “redefining my research area” in the hope of salvaging this beast, which is to say I’m buggered.