Archive for June, 2007

Inadvertent poetry

Friday, June 29th, 2007

The Ed Biography has continued to rumble through various stages of production while everything else has been going on. One decision which was made quite some time ago was that it wouldn’t have footnotes as such, but there would be notes at the back linked by page and catchwords within the relevant paragraph. An industrious […]

Sturm und Drang

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

It has to be said that this was not the least exciting week one could have spent on Britain’s motorways. Down was fine: we were heading for East Anglia, so stopped in Beverley and Louth. Crossing the Forth Bridge (southbound) on the way down, I saw something I’d never seen before: cloud lying so low […]

Slumming, or Politics?

Monday, June 18th, 2007

The Rough Cats get an evening hand-out of whatever is the cheapest cat food I can find: since nothing has taken us to the farmer’s shop where you can buy a 25-kilo sack of the stuff, I have a small sack-ette from a supermarket of something which promises nothing and cost something like 73p a […]


Sunday, June 17th, 2007

We had a visit yesterday from Mr Brennan the Artist, and his offspring, generally referred to as the Huntly Two. They are quite little offsprings, about four and six, I think, but nice with it. They like to be helpful, so we tend to draw up a agenda of things to do — watering the […]

Will to Live Issues

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

I have spent the day battling 1) a sore throat (conquered, I trust) and 2) a vast toppling pile of undergraduate attempts at creative writing which I am externalling for a writing-mill somewhere down South later in the month. It struck me all over again (as it did when I got the first batch […]

Not again

Monday, June 11th, 2007

It has been weird weather: it was very close and heavy all day yesterday, and I was not surprised to hear thunder muttering in the middle of the night. The Gamekeeper, unwisely staying up late to watch some species of aliens-landing horror film on Sky, worked himself into a suggestible frame of mind and was […]


Saturday, June 9th, 2007

One thing which I have neglected to report is that the pond complex is proving very successful in attracting wildlife. We have two pairs of mallards successfully (so far) rearing families, and also a family of moorhens: the chicks, said the Gamekeeper, in an uncharacteristic moment of sentiment, look like black bumble-bees. They are eating […]

Ups & Downs

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

The gay social whirl has continued: indeed, it became rather notably gayer with the arrival of the Greatest Living Shakespearean and Ganimedino. There was a great deal of gastronomy; the history final exam board came and went without on the whole disturbing anyone very much; we had a very funny dinner party with the Baron […]

Grand Day Out

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

A Grand Day Out is what we had on Monday. Mrs Pink Castle took us up into the Highlands to see a marvellous garden which absorbed three whole years of her life about a decade ago — she was keen to see how it was getting on without her, and keen for us to see […]


Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

The weekend was rendered a bit peculiar by the Telegraph, who lobbed me an emergency book for review — one of those things where it’s written by a politician and expected to sell lots and lots, so is kept under embargo till the last minute. Idiotic, really, since it ensures that the reviews are by […]

Vairy interestink …

Friday, June 1st, 2007

We were in the mega-Tesco of Aberdeen yesterday afternoon. To my utter astonishment, the goods on offer included giant tree ferns for a mere thirty-nine pounds. I absolutely fail to understand how they could do it at the price. Anyway, you all know what I’m like. Could I be expected to resist? Tesco, however, had […]