# Posted 5:56 AM by Patrick Belton
GENEVA AND TONIC: Okay, I'm back. On my summer vacation (and I've drawn a picture, for those of you grown accustomed to powerpoint), I made a few quasi-social-cum-quasi-professional trips to Washington and the continent, spent a bit of time with a mum who was somewhat poorly (actually, my own), and pretentiously reconfigured my Powerbook to speak Irish as an indispensable labour-saving device toward the finishing of my dissertation. (As a transitional measure, OxBlog will remain for now in English.) In the next weeks, I hope to do a fair bit of Germany blogging, centred mostly around the topic of what a somewhat more hawkish, somewhat more pro-U.S., and Ossi chancellor would be likely to do for Nato, the EU, and the transatlantic relationships. With recent visits by PM Singh to Washington and London, I have a series of India posts I'll begin flinging about, mostly as a way of sorting through my own thoughts on U.S.-South Asia relations, and on which I'll be very interested to hear our readers' comments. In light of (to my mind perhaps excessive) comments in the British press that the 7/7 bombings portend a massive breakdown in how Britain deals with immigrant communities and religious communities, I'll try to take a look at scholarship comparing how several European and West Hemisphere countries have addressed those issues, and with what results. Finally, as a new recurring feature in the OxBlog repertory (somewhat analogous to a recurring nightmare, but fewer francophone lobsters), I'll try doing interviews, perhaps once or twice a week or so, with newsmakers or scholars with unusual perspectives on controversies in the headlines at the moment. And though no one could ever fill Josh's Texan-dimensioned shoes, we're also on occasion going to roll out Mystery GuestBlogger (presently sitting in the corner wearing a lone ranger mask from the local Oxford fetishwear store), as well as debuting Eating and Reading Correspondents (who aren't).
Incidentally, having acquired a writing patron (for which less grandly read: 'house-sitting gig'), I will also for the next demiannum be spending roughly half my time in Swiss mountaintop dissertation writing paradise in the alpine town of Wengen
, to which I've just arrived, and which is heartbreakingly beautiful, and which all of our readers must, must come to visit straightaways.
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