Archive for August, 2010

Heresy and Abyssinian Cats

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

It’s still August, it’s beastly cold, and most of the time, it’s raining. This has prompted some theological reflections. Dogs, roughly speaking, think of you as God, though in a somewhat medieval way (i.e. they retain hopeful notions that they can circumvent your obvious intentions by acts of primitive cunning, a state of mind abundantly […]

Out to Lunch

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

There are those who might say we have been out to lunch for quite some time. But since I got back from London, I have been in a white heat of unremitting, and peculiar, composition, putting together wee essays on — among other things, Euclid in the Renaissance, Printing in Calcutta, Tycho Brahe, fifteenth-century Milanese […]


Monday, August 16th, 2010

I came down to London with the brave computer, and became aware, having got here, that the letter ’s’ had got strangely sticky en route. Also, the easiest place to post myself for typing is with my back to the afternoon light, and I’m at a different angle to the machine. It became only too […]


Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

A bit fell off one of my molars yesterday. Not that I was trying to open a bottle with my teeth or chewing toffee or anything. It just sort of came off. My dentist was able to find me an emergency appointment first thing, and thanks to the ever patient Dr Biswell, who drove […]

Time off

Friday, August 6th, 2010

We’ve been away for a few days, staying in our friend the Edwardian Duchess’s gilded cage in Angus. It’s been very pleasant. Another old friend was there with his student son, and on the first day, our host, who is trying to finish a book, suggested we might contribute to the domestic economy by getting […]