Archive for September, 2009

The kinder face of the North

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

The ups and downs of today have left me reflecting on the up sides of living in the deep north. I’m mostly over the sore throad and all that, but I haven’t a lot of energy. Fortunately, the first week of term herebouts is a sort of Phony War, because first and second year seminar […]

Bracing ourselves

Friday, September 25th, 2009

This is the week before teaching starts, inevitably a series of small panics even at the best of times, which this is not. This one has been further complicated by my going down with a sore throat, the last thing one needs. I have just been to our acupuncturist, who has worked wonders, and […]

Unintended Consequences

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Computers, cats, and their little ways, in the present instance. Miss Kit, who adores the Northern Gentleman, was perfectly well behaved in our recent absence. But not long before the actual holiday, I was in London for a while and she celebrated my return by being sitting on my keyboard, and being sick on it. […]

What We Did On Our Holidays

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

We promised a catch-up of our doings. They began with catching a plane to Amsterdam, returning to the familiar, sewagey smell of a Dutch town and stone setts underfoot bedded in sand. The Rijksmuseum is offering a distilled version of itself while its lengthy and extensive repairs continue, so concentrated on masterpieces it’s almost better […]


Saturday, September 12th, 2009

We will blog tomorrow about adventures. We returned from them having had rather a good time, but also, accompanied by a painting by Cosmo Alexander. This was all a bit of a saga: when we were in Wolfenbuttel, and checking email daily on the Greatest Living Shakespearean’s wizzo computer (on which he could hold televisual […]