So, ladies and gents if anyone is interested in the basics challenge (and excellent one for writers!) please drop by and have a gander of the guidelines which i've just posted for the challenge.
Also i've a bit of good news, i went for an interview in my university on monday for a job in the department and it took an very unexpected turn when i was offered a phd!!! (pending funding) so now i'll be working on my research proposal for the next month and *fingers crossed* i'll get the funding and be a student for another 3 years!
thought i'd share :)