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Epic blonde moment

So today, I checked my flight time and discovered I am flying 3 hours earlier than usual (must have been much cheaper when I made the booking), meaning that I’m going to have to take more books and folders back with me to Glasgow than originally planned in order to finish my chapter (which was supposed to be finished on Friday just gone, whoops – that’s the blonde bit from which all the other disasters emanate).  I tried to change my booking so that I could have hold baggage rather than hand luggage only, but as I have several flights on the same booking it wanted to make me have hold baggage for all of them rather than just this week’s.  I tried to phone the airline to sort it out, but only managed to speak to electronic people who clearly didn’t have my particular problem programmed, and I ended up giving up on them as I simply couldn’t get through to a real live person.

So I’ve changed plan, which means sticking with hand luggage only.  Unfortunately this means that I can’t take my laptop with me, as I’ve all the folders and books and only limited space, so there’ll be no internet at home, I’ll have to spend longer at work (this is not a bad thing, actually), but crucially it will mean no blogging or surfing for a few days.  I’m going to go (nearly) cold turkey!  Photo blogs will still happen (I’ve got them set up in advance), but I’ll see you all here in a few days.  Don’t have too much fun without me!


I have 2 minutes to write this before going back to work.  So I shall just say that I am having fun revisiting my old blog entries and adding tags and stuff – and am very relieved to see that, of the entries I have tagged so far, I have written more about the thesis than anything else (which is, after all, the point of this blog).  Every time I award myself a little break I am doing a month of tags – only 48 more breaks to go! 🙂

If only I’d written as much OF the thesis as I had ABOUT it.  Small, but very very important difference.  Sigh.

[P.S. Thanks for all the sympathy.  I’m not 100% yet, but feel so much better today.  And at least I know where to come when I need sympathy again]

And another one …

Dear Mr. Brewer

We are writing on behalf of 498 supporters of cartoonist and blogger Dave Walker, a group which includes bishops, national journalists in the UK and US, lawyers, clergy, and concerned members of the public.

We would like to ask you please to contact Dave Walker and withdraw the demands made in the ‘Cease and Desist’ letter which you sent him in July. Your letter, as far as we know, instructed Dave to remove all his posts about the recent history of SPCK bookshops or face action for libel. With the pressures of the impending Lambeth conference, and a very short deadline given by yourself, Dave complied. He commented at the time: “I have therefore removed all of the SPCK/SSG posts on this blog, as, although I believe I have not done anything wrong I do not have the money to face a legal battle. The removal of these posts is in no way an admission of guilt.”

Many of us have read the posts concerned, and are surprised, to say the least, that they could be called libellous. Indeed, the first three posts make no mention at all of yourself, the Society of St. Stephen the Great, or anyone associated with you. The 4th post reports your takeover of the bookshops with the comment “this is splendid news.” Another post is a simple link to your SSG video on YouTube. Other items include verbatim reports of your own statements, and in the simple post on the death of Steve Jeynes, dozens of people used the comments to expressed their grief and condolences to Steve’s family.

Dave is a reasonable man, and if all critics were as fair as he is the world would be a better place. If you were able to reconsider, and point out specific statements and claims you were unhappy with, we are sure Dave would be happy to correct them where appropriate. This is the normal process of debate on the internet, and in real life, and follows the strong tradition of free speech for which our countries stand and are rightly proud.

So this is a polite request from all of us: please contact Dave Walker, advise him that your ‘cease and desist’ communication no longer stands, and let him report freely.

Yours sincerely

Rev. David Keen, Rt. Rev. Alan Wilson (Bishop of Buckingham), Rev. Colin Alsbury, Rev. Mark Bennett, John Cooper, Annette Gaykema, Steve Thackray, and Matt Wills on behalf of the ‘We Support Dave Walker’ group.

New blog on the block

Following on from Auntie Doris’s post earlier today, I wanted to flag up a new blog which I discovered today via Mad Priest’s blog. Father Geoff Farrow is an openly gay Roman Catholic priest in California, who is writing about his inability to support his bishop’s call to vote against gay marriage in the forthcoming vote in California. Whatever your views on the subject, please do go and read his opening post from a couple of days ago. Even if you disagree with him, I hope you’ll agree with me that his grace and humility and pastoral heart are clear and need to be heard.

As many of my regular readers know, for my work I often end up reading some very conservative Christian blogs from the countries where I’ve been doing my research, which are currently being so shrill in their opposition towards and othering of “teh evil gayz” that it’s doing my head in. It was such a relief to read Father Geoff’s blog. It’s not just my friends that the shrill blogs are hurting, it’s my brothers and sisters in Christ. God help us all.

Wiblog entry for 28/04/2008

So, HD has a new (contract, till the end of the year) job. Hooray. Except that it’s in a not-very-interesting southern town (which he describes as “like Milton Keynes but without the architecture”) (so Kerensa, in answer to the inevitable question, no it’s not the job in the Ancient Roman City, sorry about that), which is going to make life a bit more complicated (though not impossible). He starts next week, so we need to find him somewhere to live, where I can work from home too – as I’ve finished teaching I can spend the summer dividing my time between there and here.

A good thing though is that my godson lives in not-very-interesting southern town, and I’m not entirely convinced he’d recognise me from Adam, so hopefully we’ll get to catch up a bit and I can be a bit less of an absentee godmother (which reminds me, I think it’s his birthday soon. If I remember this then I will have managed 50% of the godchildren’s birthdays, which probably isn’t very impressive. But better than 0%).

The job was the one that he didn’t catch either train for last Monday. The interview was rearranged so we drove down (having decided that perhaps getting the train wasn’t meant to be) and stayed overnight at my mum and dad’s place – it’s the first time we’ve seen them since the wedding so was good to catch up. And then this weekend we’ve been in York where we ate lots and went to the pictures (we saw Persepolis, an animated film based on the true life story of the graphic artist Marjan Satrapi. It’s very good – worth seeing). We also went to a shipmeet and did a bit of shopping, saw lots of friends and generally had a fab time as usual.

I think that’s me up to date. Hopefully my blogging will be a bit more interesting next month. Yay’s not the only one lacking a bit of the X factor.

Various unrelated matters

One thing I’ve found in my reading around my subject is that everybody quotes two theorists – Foucault and Bourdieu. I’ve been putting off reading them for as long as I could, but I really do have to bite the bullet and get my head round them, as they (apparently) had lots to say of relevance to the things I’m looking at in my research. But I really struggle to understand what they’re on about. Why do academics have to write so densely? (it’s nothing to do with the fact that I’m thick, you understand, nothing at all). And they’re both so bloody prolific (understatement), so trying to figure out which books to read is just making my head hurt – if I can’t understand any of them, how can I know which ones are more relevant? Sigh.

In other news, I went to the physio today. I was nervous, as last week when things didn’t seem to be improving very much she had talked about reviewing me today and maybe referring me to the orthopaedic doctors. But today it is much better and she has decided that it is only ligament damage and that there isn’t anything going on with the cartilage that requires poking and prodding by doctors, so I am to just carry on with the knee massage and exercises I’ve been doing and see her again in 4 weeks. So I’m very happy and relieved about that!

And in other other news, I have also just been interviewed by a journalist from the Glasgow Evening Times about my Glasgow Daily Photo blog (link to the left). How hilarious is that? I have to have my photo taken next week, so presumably the article will appear at the end of next week or the beginning of the one after that. *giggle*


This weekend Glasgow has been hosting the biannual Radiance Light Festival – which is basically where you wander round the Merchant City area and come across lots of random light installations. Possibly the bizarrest we saw (we went this evening) was the giant lightbulb-suspended-from-a-crane (it’s Art, you know). HD wasn’t massively impressed, I enjoyed it but didn’t see anything that made me really stop in my tracks. Walking round the Necropolis (the Cathedral graveyard – reminiscent of Nunhead Cemetery for the south Londoners in my readership) in the dark (apart from the light installations) was interesting though – that’s a place I’ve always been meaning to go and take lots of pictures, but I think I’ll do it in daylight. The lights in the trees in the Zen Garden at the front of the Cathedral were pretty though, I liked them. I took lots of pictures, most look like you’d imagine photos taken in the dark of light installations would look like (ie not great!), but there were a few I was pleased with, so I’ll stick some of them up on my Glasgow photo blog later this week.

In other news, we are finally getting our act together. With less than 5 weeks till the wedding, it’s probably just as well – this week’s jobs include paying the hotel and booking the honeymoon amongst other things (so minor details then!).

More bloggage

Hooray, Jane did as she was told and is now blogging over here at Fuzzy Edges. She has very kindly included this here very blog in her blogroll, so on the offchance that any readers of her intellectual and clever blog make their way over here I thought I’d better make sure that the first entry wasn’t about some kid barfing.

I did a good interview this morning, and have another coming up this afternoon which will hopefully go well. Then one more tomorrow, and hopefully that will be it for here. I still haven’t thought about packing. A friend a couple of days ago gave me a lovely vase as an early wedding present – it really is rather nice, but is a bit on the heavy side (which means kerensa’s and T&E’s prizes might be a bit more virtual than originally intended – I’ve no idea now how over the baggage limit I am) and I don’t want to think how many pieces it might end up in when my rucksack is thrown around by airline staff.

I want at some point to blog some thoughts sort of prompted by this blog post by Auntie Doris yesterday, but as they’re relevant to my research I need to be quite careful what I say publicly. Maybe I’ll have a think about that tomorrow, after all I will need to have some procrastination time in order to put off the packing.