Apologies for the lack of posting over the last few weeks - I blame illness (probably the dreaded man-'flu) and a lot of other stuff to do.
Trawling through past issues of the Piled Higher and Deeper cartoon archive in my spare time, I came across one which described my working environment with uncanny accuracy... This cartoon describes (tongue-in-cheek) the environment that a 'typical' PhD student has to work in. The first three pictures are an almost exact replication of the room I work in and even my desk! I was wondering if this really is a 'universal constant' of postgrad research, or whether I am fitting myself into a well accepted stereotype?