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Could you email him the corrections to check over? Or was there someone else in your department present at the viva? Maybe you should try to speak to your internal before he goes away, or else speak to someone in your department/faculty (head of department, head of postgrad).
Good luck today! I'm sure you'll be fine. What time is your viva?
Yesterday during my viva, I found that is wasn't nearly as bad as I expected - the waiting was the worst part! When I went in, I was introduced to the external examiner, who was very nice, so that put me at ease. I then had to speak about my thesis for 10 or 15 mins, just summarising what I'd done and so on. They then started to go through the thesis and ask me questions about various parts. I couldn't answer them all, but they don't expect you to know everything, and they do help you a lot. After almost 2 hours, they were only about half way through the thesis. I was told to go away for a short break, and when I came back (at about 4pm), they said that they'd be finished by 4.30. That was a relief as I thought I'd be there til 6!!
They then asked a few more questions, but they really skimmed over most of the last chapter - to be honest, I don't think they'd read it very thoroughly, and it was so full of technical calculations. I was then told to go away for 10 mins or so, then was called back in and was told I'd passed :-)
I really wouldn't worry about it - it's a lot more pleasant than you think it's going to be!!
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