Archive for September, 2007

Pins and Needles

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

I had occasion two or three weeks ago to do a long and fiddly job which involved manipulating images on the computer with my arm outstretched, and the end result was a return of the repetitive strain injury which I was complaining about a couple of years ago. Very painful: the kind of thing which […]

The Toad-Master

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

We have returned from a beautiful week in Yorkshire in the course of which very little happened except quiet walks in woods, on stone packhorse tracks, by streams. And a fine day in rainy Manchester with Dr Biswell and friends.
One real curiosity, though, was encountered in a grand antique shop in a North Yorkshire village: […]

Temporary hiatus

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

The Professor and I are off to Yorkshire for a week: it seemed the simplest way of getting away. A part of the country we are fond of. We will report in due course, but until the 24th or so, we will have no phone and no internet connection. Sounds good, but obviously, the North […]

Excitement in Aberdeenshire

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

We have been extremely preoccupied for the last three weeks, the result of a kerfuffle at work; someone’s dream job came up, but unfortunately, from our own institutional point of view, at dashed short notice for getting someone else on board to do next term’s teaching. We have thus parted with one excellent person […]


Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Once more, we spent an evening with one of England’s premier Catholic noblemen (so premier, indeed, that the primary badge of his house was 300 years old when William the Conqueror landed, or so legend has it). It was, as always, good fun. The Edwardian lavishness of these occasions is to be cherished, since he […]