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I’m Just Not Pinteresting

I’m Just Not Pinteresting

As you may have noticed, I’ve made a fairly sudden return to the blogosphere. My book blog has been completely inactive since March and this blog little better, but now that I’m finally living in one place, not trying to do a degree, and reasonably settled, I thought it was time to fix that. My stats, however, have suffered from this extended break, and while the numbers aren’t why I do this, it’s still fairly discouraging to write a post…

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Pitch Wars And Walking Tours

Pitch Wars And Walking Tours

Quite often, when I don’t blog for a while it’s because I haven’t got anything to say. On this occasion it’s the opposite — it’s been a busy couple of weeks, as people who follow me on Twitter will have noticed, and I’ve been away from my computer enough that I haven’t been able to blog. So I’m sorry about that! First of all, I entered Pitch Wars. If you haven’t heard of it, don’t worry — neither had I…

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ASNaCs on tour

ASNaCs on tour

This week, I went to Wales with the Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic department, or rather, the ASNaC society (student-run, rather than staff). We were based in Cardiff, and visited a number of castles despite the rain that plagued us. Actually, we were fairly lucky with weather given that it was Wales in January: we were even treated to some occasional sunshine. Since I’m currently mired in essay panic (my dissertation first draft and my long essay final draft are both…

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Looking Ahead #goals

Looking Ahead #goals

So. As promised, time to look at my goals and resolutions for 2016, in order that my failure to meet them can be public. Yay! (I’m kidding… sort of. I always set very unrealistic goals, and life always gets in the way of sticking with the same plans for a whole year, but I do plan to try.) Observation #1: if I want to have a decent work ethic this year, I probably should have written more than 484 words…

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Adventures In Aberdeen

Adventures In Aberdeen

Let me take this opportunity to reassure you that my silence this past week hasn’t been because Charley and I were wreaking untold havoc on the city of Aberdeen, but simply because I couldn’t bring myself to blog while we were there. I actually took a fairly considerable holiday from the Internet — I didn’t disappear entirely, but I neglected a lot of the sites I usually frequent, which is unusual for me. I’m sure you’re wondering how we spent…

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Yep, I’m Back At Uni

Yep, I’m Back At Uni

Things that have happened in the three days I’ve been back at university: I lay down for a quick rest on Sunday afternoon because my shoulders were aching. Two hours later I was woken by a student from the Labour society knocking vigorously on my door to ask whether I’ve registered to vote. (If you haven’t, UK readers, you have a few hours left to do so as I write this, so get moving.) I have. I went back to…

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Here There Are Ghosts

Here There Are Ghosts

When I walk through the college gardens at night it seems indubitable that there are ghosts there. Maybe ghosts is the wrong word. Memories — imprints of people who were once here, and are now gone. ‘Ghosts’ is too morbid a word, suggesting that they’re dead. Some of them were here a month ago. Some of them a century. They leave traces. I feel it in the day time too, this idea that I’m surrounded by history (it’s hard not…

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Teenage Selfies (TCWT)

Teenage Selfies (TCWT)

This is not my usual kind of post. This is for this month’s Teens Can Write Too! blog chain, and is one of the most challenging prompts we’ve ever had. Prompt: “Use pictures and individual words to show what, to you, is the essence of being a teenager.”  I decided to use pictures of myself for this prompt, with only a few exceptions, for an important reason which will become apparent. learning: growing up:   staying childish: change: dreams: identity: understanding:…

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History Breeds Fiction

History Breeds Fiction

For those who missed my last post, I’ve been on a camp this week called Re-Fresh, and while I’m not going to talk about it in detail, I thought I’d draw on some of the experiences that stood out. Yesterday we went up to Hadrian’s Wall to a particularly well-preserved section near Housesteads Fort. I’ve got a vague idea that it might have been on our specification for Roman Britain back when A-Levels were still a thing (I’m so delighted…

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Victor Hugo In An Adventure With Interior Design

Victor Hugo In An Adventure With Interior Design

Before I start, I’d like to apologise to Gideon Defoe for unashamedly ripping off the titles of his The Pirates! In An Adventure With… books. I recently read The Pirates! In An Adventure With The Romantics and couldn’t resist because it seemed appropriate here. This morning I went to see the house of Victor Hugo, where he lived while in exile on the island of Guernsey, and where he wrote several of his novels, including at least part of Les…

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