Category Archives: Ancient Greece

A labour of love: Strike diary 18

As university teachers, we are encouraged to embrace ‘innovation’. ‘Innovation’ often boils down to adopting new technologies. I’m very much a nerd, and I love to try out new software and gadgets. But at the end of the day, in … Continue reading

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Back where it all began: strike diary 16

On this second day of our strike, I have done something that pushed me entirely out of my comfort zone: I MCed (was the Master of Ceremony) for our daily rally. While we have had many women speakers at rallies … Continue reading

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Fighting the multi-headed hydra: Strike diary 14

I last wrote on the final day of our strike action to save our pensions. Since then, I have been on ‘action short of a strike’. What that means is open to debate, but I have simply decided to work … Continue reading

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The money tree: strike diary 9

“Money doesn’t grow on trees”. In essence, that is what we are constantly being told in universities. If we, as staff, point out the discrepancy between that message and the fact that UK universities are engaged in huge building projects … Continue reading

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Trimming hedges

It has been a very long time since I last wrote. In fact, this has been the longest interval since I started blogging. The last few months have been rather difficult, for various reasons. On the positive side, Little Boy G … Continue reading

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Of mice and frogs

As British MPs debate whether or not to bomb Syria, insulting and bullying each other as they go along, I came across the most delightful critique of the idiocy of war. It is a short ‘epic’ Greek poem entitled¬†Batrachomyomachia, the¬†War … Continue reading

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Nursing dolly

Over the last few weeks, I have been working on a new project, which is really exciting. Together with other members of staff at Cardiff University, we are planning an event for the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which is a … Continue reading

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Playing the bear

Today, I wanted to go to the temple of Artemis at Brauron. Artemis is my favourite Greek goddess. She is the goddess of wilderness; of transitions from childhood to adulthood (in particularly for girls); the one of protects women in … Continue reading

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Island hopping

Today was Easter, and as a treat, I took Big Boy T on a cruise around the Saronic Gulf. A cruise is not my idea of fun: I suffer from sea sickness (although I can deal with the Aegean on … Continue reading

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The Sacred Way

Today Big Boy T and I followed the path of those who sought to be initiated into the mysteries of Demeter in antiquity. The purist would walk the 20km or so from the Athenian Acropolis to Eleusis on the Sacred … Continue reading

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