The Oxford Odyssey, Part 3

I will be traveling today, so here are some cute pictures of Pumpkin rolling around on my bed. It’s been very lovely visiting Miss Wendy, Pumpkin and Boo. And don’t forget —

The Oxford Odyssey, Part 2

Our visit to Rowan Oak today, Faulkner’s home — a very comfortable and soothing home. Then we went off to the Clear Creek Recreation Center to do a little strolling and bird watching. Anyone know what those grapefruit-sized things are? Some kind of nut?

The Jetsetter Returns

Actually I returned Sunday night, but a bit later than expected due to an extended stay in Toronto. Unlike Halifax (the last place Air Canada stranded me) there were at least restaurants open and a few shops to idle at when I was too tired to read. Apparently I looked sufficiently woebegone that the guy…

Long Coats

I’m not happy with my paper for the conference in Oxford. That’s not unusual (when am I ever happy with something I’ve written apart from fleeting moments here and there?), but I have been particularly swamped with work and it had left me with a feeling of nagging doubt. So I woke up this morning…

Dressed in a Bohemian Fashion

Alerted by the folks at my favorite quiz show, QI, I find that Big Brother was indeed watching Mr. Orwell: It has been revealed that MI5 spied on “Animal Farm” and “1984” author George Orwell for over 10 years, as they suspected him of being a communist. Papers released by Special Branch have shown that…

Home Again

No time to post much today, but I did have a great time, the paper went well, the conference was terrific, and Oxford — Sigh. Oxford was great. Must find a way to get back there for a longer visit! In the meantime, visit the Botanic Garden, as I did (yes, of course, to see…