<a href="[Link Removed] target="_blank"><img src="[Link Removed] width="150" height="235" border="0" alt="Yahoo! Avatars U.K. & Ireland"></a> <BR> <BR> <BR>I am a third year PhD student researching the feasibility of modelling chain shifts in Optimality Theory, using the sociophonology of the TRAP, DRESS and KIT vowels in New Zealand English as my data set. Happily this means I took a great field trip to New Zealand; I took brief stops in Singapore and Hanoi on the way out and in Fiji, San Francisco, New York, Washington DC and Boston on the way back. <BR> <BR> <BR>Oh, and in the UK I am involved with the student version of St John Ambulance; currently as Training Officer and formerly as Duties Coordinator, if you want the gory details... I also enjoy climbing and trampolining and circuit training. Oh yeah, plus the odd triathlon and half marathon if the dates suit. <BR> <BR> <BR><img src="[Link Removed]<br/> <BR> <BR><a href="[Link Removed] your own visited country map</a> <BR>Dear Secret Santa... <BR>I find myself drowning in STUFF at the moment, so I would love to receive consumable items if you would be so kind :) OK, there's one bit of stuff I'd love to have, and that's a wug mug (from cafepress, in the linguistics section), but I won't be disappointed if not.