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|Wednesday, April 17th, 2013|
|Sunday, February 24th, 2013|
|Tuesday, December 25th, 2012|
|Saturday, December 24th, 2011|
|Saturday, February 26th, 2011|
Had the v odd experience this last week of visiting Florence for proper cultural stuff (museums etc) having played lots of Assassin's Creed 2. Kept having to tell myself: don't stab the pedestrian. Don't run up the building...
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|Thursday, April 30th, 2009|
|Wednesday, December 24th, 2008|
Once again, we've been too distrait and disorganised to get cards sorted - one of these years it'll happen but in the meantime, Happy Christmas everyone!
Very best wishes,
Gideon and Diana
|Wednesday, July 9th, 2008|
Recently, as some of you will know, I treated myself to a new motorcycle: a Suzuki TL1000R, a big lolloping brute of a thing. It's yellow.
Diana has decided it's a girly bike, and has named her 'Buttercup'.
|Sunday, July 6th, 2008|
|Tuesday, June 24th, 2008|
|Monday, June 16th, 2008|
|Ladybird in Blackwells
Posted mostly for Oxfordy friends:
I was in Oxford briefly on Friday (papyrus conference) and grabbed ten minutes in Blackwells' second-hand department. They have a *whole table*, pretty much, of used Ladybird books of mixed vintage, all at £2. Had myself a nice 'Romans in Britain' plus 'Ned the Lonely Donkey' - classic kid-lit miserablism. Worth a look next time you're passing by.
|Saturday, December 15th, 2007|
|comics I've been reading lately
Buffy season 8, predictably (it's yummy)...
But also the new Ennis-and-Erskine Dan Dare, published by Virgin Comics. Did you even know there *was* a Virgin Comics? They're based in India and a bit strange. But issue 1 is quite good.
My only concern is that they'll do a Grant Morrison (remember 'Dare' in Revolver? Soylent Green is *made of people*!), but I'm thinking not; arch dystopianism would run counter to (a) the wholesome Virgin ethos and (b) the back-cover Virgin Galactic ad.http://www.2000ad.nu/spacefleet/virgin/
|Saturday, December 1st, 2007|
|Kai Lung freebies
I'm trying to winnow my bookshelves again, and I have spare copies of Ernest Bramah's 'Kai Lung's Golden Hours' (x2) and 'Kai Lung Unrolls his Mat' (x1). Nice old orange-and-red Penguins, and free to a good home. Any fans missing one of these?
|Tuesday, October 16th, 2007|
|Sunday, September 2nd, 2007|
The sale of the Glasgow flat went through on Friday, my new contract at Birmingham officially started yesterday... phew.
|Thursday, August 9th, 2007|
|I am Pan, apparently
Thank you, Brixtonbrood, for ten minutes I'll never get back. Now, where's my parakeet?
Your Score: Pan
66% Extroversion, 33% Intuition, 55% Emotiveness, 52% Perceptiveness
You are Pan. You're an extremely creative and fun-loving individual. You have a predisposition to acting and performing, and you enjoy it. You're very outgoing, and you are genuinely interested in other people. You probably have a pet parakeet, play an instrument, write poetry, tell jokes, love parties, have lots of friends, remember people, names and faces, paint, and have a righteous social conscious.
You're very good natured, but can be naive and exploited by less good natured people. You're mischevious, but in a usually harmless way. You don't have much use for structure and routine, and your appetite for sensation and immediate gratification can cloud your judgement regarding the future consequences of your actions. You like to improvise more than you like to plan.
You look on the bright side of life. Even though you're highly optimistic, you can be predisposed to bouts of angst when presented with negative possibilities or outcomes. In combating dire circumstances, you can become dismissive and resort to over-simplifications of the situation. Although most people love to be around you, the more analytical types (Atlas, The Oracle, Prometheus, and Hermes) will take issue with what they perceive to be your lack of foresight. The main drawback to this is that they will become rigid and stubborn in conflict, and you will take this personally, becoming stubborn and inflexible yourself.
Regardless, you have a capacity for connection with other people that is unheard of in the other personality types. Your main strenghts are your flexibility and artistic and sympathetic abilities.
Famous people like you: Franz Joseph Haydn, Dr. Suess, Bill Cosby, Sandra Bullock, Oscar Wilde
Similar Personality Types: Orpheus, Aphrodite, Dionysus
Stay clear of: Atlas, Hermes, Prometheus, The Oracle
|Tuesday, May 1st, 2007|
|herons in the park
We went for a walk in Cannon Hill Park earlier and watched two herons courting - at least, I think that's what they were doing. Lots of splendid, Dambusters-style flying around together anyway. Jeremy would know.
|Thursday, April 19th, 2007|
Ran into Tony Keen in Reading on Tuesday at their 'Classics Hell' conference on pop-culture reception of Greece and Rome. Not a bad conference all things considered, although I could have done with one or two fewer papers going 'gosh! there's this wacky thing called [sword-and-sandal / comics / whatever] and, well, gosh!'. Nick Lowe was fab, as always. They should probably think about doing a book of it. I did my porn talk - 'Dickus Maximus' - and showed clips, which went down well. Tons and tons of food at lunch, and the whole thing was only a tenner. There should be more conferences like that.
"Read your book at the weekend. I didn't like it", said Tony, the bastard, before explaining that he didn't like it because it was like one he'd wanted to write but funnier. The sweetie. And he bought me beer after.
|Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007|
|big good life stuff
Lots of stuff since I last posted - sorry, it's been a hellish half-year. The usual 600-mile-a-week round commute, of course, but mostly because Diana's been pretty seriously unwell. She's on the mend, touch wood.
And lots of other good stuff is happening too: we're engaged! (I'm still v. jazzed about this - touch wood, wedding + big party next year some time); we're getting some more work done on the house; my second book's going into a second edition, as soon as I've thought up something snarky to say about '300' that won't get me killed by Iran; and I've just landed a permanent classics post in Birmingham, so the commute is history as of September. Thank bloody fuck. I'll actually genuinely miss lots about Glasgow, but chances for relocating near each other come once in a blue moon of Sundays if you're both academics, we won't be skint all the time, and I'll be able to start having a life again, including socially. So, Caption, etc, and generally getting down to Oxford every once in a while, and all those things that suddenly become possible when you're not commuting between countries all the time.
|Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006|
|It's very shiny
Much to my bewilderment, my second book now actually exists -- ye gods, it's been years, and now they've printed the thing just to spook me. With a nice silver cover and all, too.