Hurm, had not quite counted on that ...
When beginning to lay plans to stay on the UK until Christmas to "wait and see" what might happen with the PhD application, I should perhaps have checked my return air ticket terms and conditions.
The kinda sorta plan was that I'd start a job in London in August and then fly home at Christmas regardless of whether I was going to be working in London or studying Cambridge as of October this year.
Except my return journey expires in September.
Yes, yes, dear reader. I knew this when I left: return tickets are only good for a year. I just mislaid that fact along the way.
So, unless I find something really worth staying for, looks like I'm home in September.
Home and unemployed.
Of course, if I get into the PhD and get funding, I'll have to be back here by October.
Confused yet? I am. And I'd better start applying seriously for jobs in Australia, too, by the look of things ...