I have just received a letter from the ethics committee at Sydney Uni: I have had the ethics application for my PhD approved without any further enquiry! I was expecting at least one or two questions about the application, as getting a group of candidates to keep blogs and then analysing what they write isn't exactly a standard method of enquiry. But they are happy for me to get going now.
Geez, doesn't that mean I really have to do something now? Recruitment begins in the New Year!