Archive for November, 2007

Fangs ain’t what they used to be

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

I am rejoicing in the possession of a new tooth. A sizeable chunk fell off a luckless and much-filled molar towards the end of the summer. I didn’t get it dealt with straight away, because the dentists were about to introduce a fancy new bit of hardware which they thought might be the answer for […]


Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

It has rained and rained and rained here — we drove out this morning past the unloveliest sight in our immediate environment, a lake so full that water is leaking out over the top of the dam as well as going through the exit-pipe — this is potentially destabilising, and bad news. There was also […]

Enlightenment, pah

Monday, November 19th, 2007

We have been congratulating Miss Kit on having attained a state of Miao-Wu. However, there is no enlightenment, intuitive or otherwise, which is capable of interfering with a feline sense of humour. The little brute came in out of the garden, and leaped gracefully onto my keyboard, as she does out of general defiance. She […]


Sunday, November 18th, 2007

The Professor is in the process of examining a PhD thesis which involves, among other things, some discussion of Chinese poetry. This has yielded a salient and important fact. ‘Miao-Wu’ means ‘intuitive enlightenment’. We are very glad to know this, since Miss Kit is much given to saying ‘Miao-Wu’, and up to now, we have […]

Highly Suspicious

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

It’s not, you would think, been the nicest day for dogs that ever was. The Professor tootled off to Edinburgh, where he is spending tonight, I came back in the early afternoon with piles of stuff to mark, and sat marking it. The light went very early, and quite a lot of exceedingly cold rain […]


Monday, November 12th, 2007

Life continues mercifully boring. The Professor and I both have horrible colds, which puts a bit of a crimp in the prospect of doing anything more than basic work, of which there is no shortage, and we had to postpone the conference because half our speakers had keeled over. Postpone: we will do it in […]


Monday, November 5th, 2007

It was a beautiful morning, though by no means warm, but in the early afternoon, the light went, the rain started, and we now have a high-quality autumn gale howling round the house; the sort of thing you associate with the equinox, and as such, somewhat overdue. It should claw the last of the leaves […]

Half Way

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

The end of the sixth week of term, that is. As it happens, last week and the week to come see me with my maximum teaching load, which is why there hasn’t been time for posting stuff on the blog. However, I have finally renewed my computer, which means that at least, I have broadband […]