Category Archives: Travelling

The fall of Icarus: Strike diary 5

In my last post, I mentioned Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Fall of Icarus (or rather Landscape with the Fall of Icarus). I’d like to return to this painting, as it happens to be one of my favourite. The painting, which is believed … Continue reading

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On the wings of the ladybird: strike diary 3

Today I’ve been picketing. It was bitterly cold, but at least we didn’t have snow in our corner of Wales. I’m in awe of those who have been picketing in the snow in many parts of the UK. The aspect … Continue reading

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O Tannenbaum!

Well, it’s been a very long time! I needed a little time off public writing in order to concentrate on other projects. But here I am. Last week, I went to Marburg in Germany for a great conference on Greek … Continue reading

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An apple a day

This year (I tend to think in academic years rather than calendar ones) has not been easy, for many reasons. I have felt exhausted a lot, and have lacked confidence on many occasions. As the teaching session ended, I was … Continue reading

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An ode to spring

The gods have treated us to this rare phenomenon: a sunny bank holiday. We decided to make the most of it and went To The Beach, to beautiful Rhossili Bay, on the Gower Peninsula. We actually live five minutes from … Continue reading

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Metamorphoses: changes are shifting outside the words

I have just come back from the Classical Association Conference, the biggest classics conference in the UK, which this year was held in Edinburgh. This was a very good ‘vintage’, with among other things, a wonderful panel on crime writing … Continue reading

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Hitting the wall (Hadrian’s Wall)

For the last few weeks, I have been proofreading and indexing my forthcoming book, Ancient Botany (co-authored with Gavin Hardy). These tasks are far from my favourite. In fact, I really dislike them. Some authors would say that proofs are the … Continue reading

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