Tuesday, August 30, 2005


Michael: Have you heard of the Philosopher's Axe?
Me: Is that like Occam's Razor?

Apparently not.

Also, I have decided what would be the very thing to get T.J. for a wedding present: a Möbius Duvet! ;-)

Monday, August 29, 2005

Somebody transcending their surroundings in a zen fashion by meditating at the edge of Jesus Ditch, which is full of scum and demented ducks. Posted by Picasa

Swan visiting Jesus Green Posted by Picasa

Reflections in the river Posted by Picasa

Straw-hatted punter. Posted by Picasa

A yale Posted by Picasa

Carved angels, light and dark Posted by Picasa

Carved angel Posted by Picasa

King's chapel Posted by Picasa

Entrance to Jesus College Posted by Picasa

Someone going through the door into Jesus Posted by Picasa

A chestnut tree Posted by Picasa

Trees on Jesus Green Posted by Picasa

Sunday, August 28, 2005

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Mearns classic lifts book honour

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Mearns classic lifts book honour

Sunset Song has been voted "Best Scottish Book of All Time"! It's one of my favourite books ever. It's written in a fairly unusual style, being largely in the second person (breaking one of the major rules of novel-writing according to No Plot? No Problem! ).

It also gives the impression of being in dialect, which is something I absolutely cannot stand in books, but is done in such a way (mainly by altering sentence structure and rhythms and including a few dialect words) that after a couple of chapters is seems completely natural.

Normally a couple of chapters of conventionally done dialect leads to me throwing the book across the room in a rage. Indeed the only Dorothy L. Sayers book I haven't read and thoroughly enjoyed was rejected for exactly this reason (and also the plot involves a lot of railway timetables which is never good).

A sheep from the Lake District Posted by Picasa

Very big glass...or in fact a very small bottle of wine Posted by Picasa

Michael's facial hair problem is clearly worsening dramatically, but he says it looks hot ;-) Posted by Picasa

Books and shadows. Posted by Picasa

Chimneys across the backgarden with some branches in the foreground. Posted by Picasa

This time with the chimneys in focus Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 27, 2005

8 legged freaks

The house is currently infested (well there were two of them) with GIGANTIC SPIDERS. I was watching the telly last night when a beast the size of a saucer ambled over the top of the radiator and sat there waving its legs at me. Managed to persuade Michael to come and remove it in a pint glass, along with another one (probably its husband) from a mug in the bathroom. They're doubtless out in the garden now, plotting their revenge...

Monday, August 22, 2005

Pic from the new fancy lens. It was a bit dark when I got it home, so I'll have another go tomorrow when it may be a bit brighter (or maybe not, with the way the weather's been here). Posted by Picasa