I’m sure you’ll all join me in congratulating Brian Pines on his successful PhD viva yesterday afternoon. Brian’s thesis was on the concept of life in Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. He was supervised by Douglas Burnham and Martin Jesinghausen, and the external examiner was Christa Acampora (Hunter College, CUNY). Here he is soon afterwards – the beer’s just out of shot. Brian, from Chicago, is heading back to the USA next week after a really good three years at Staffordshire Uni. We wish him the very best.