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Oedipous and Minotaurs [Dec. 24th, 2008|07:01 pm]
Sphinxi
Here in Blackpool listening to Japanese folk music on You Tube and slightly full of crisps - we are preparing for the arrival of my mother's cousins with whom we will sit for several hours shovelling cake and crisps down our throats and chatting about anything not at all controversial or interesting (to me). I will be virtually silent and be rarely addressed but apparently it would be the hieght of rudness if I wandered off.
Just had a couple of days with my dad and the siblings - they are getting very tall - we played Guess What Animal and I kept them going for ages with crocodile - I think they were a bit vague about what a mammal was and the youngest one I think just wouldn't reflect on previous responses but just kept suggesting animals randomly A goat! A spider! Not always though.
Thinking all the time about how to structure this Greek Myth course I am running - shall I plunge them in media res with Oedipous or the minotaur and then work backwards explaining who's who or go chronologically starting with Hesiod's messy and much peopled Creation Myth?
Perhaps the 2nd but go fairly quickly over the beginning bit till they get to the names of deities they need to remember because they will keep coming up. Also thinking about designing a timeline to make sure people have an idea about when the ancient Greeks flourished. There are two things to remember about the Ancient Greeks...
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(no subject) [Dec. 17th, 2008|11:37 pm]
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[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Now settled in Manchester with new job starting in the new year - lots of forms and checks to fill in - impertinent questions about my health. It is a sort of library cum admin assistant job for a health resource library so should be quite pleasant and interesting.
From January I am also going to be delivering a course on Greek Myth at a college in Salford to adults which will be really good and exciting so it all seems to be working out at the moment.
The flat is in a big old victorian building not too far from the centre of town and is two reasonable size rooms - a living room with kitchenette and a bedroom. The ceilings are very high. We still need to sort out getting our stuff out of the vaults where they are stored - we had a look round one of them yesterday and took back a bit of kitchen stuff but it ended up being something of an ordeal when the taxi we ordered failed to come and we were stranded out on some industrial estate in the wet and cold for the best part of an hour until taxi finally arrived. Internet finally came on today so have been joyfully revisiting sites and exploring - for a couple of months its just been hurried sessions in public libraries and sneaky glimpses at work. I am going to make tea now and heat mince pies.
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(no subject) [Aug. 29th, 2008|02:29 am]
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Decided not to take the job in London after all - after frantic calls to agencies etc and nothing turning up I decided that taking a job which would leave me in much the same position as if I were unemployed or a fundless student - struggling to get by in one room - for a job that was OK but not really that great wasn't really my best option.
At the moment my plan of action is to stay in Blackpool and look for suitable jobs back in Manchester area where full time employment is likely to be rewarded with viable lifestyle.
In many ways I was looking forward to moving back to London but these weren't the right conditions.
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(no subject) [Apr. 24th, 2008|11:40 pm]
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Just got back to Blackpool from Yorkshire where I saw my Dad and siblings. Beautiful weather. We had chips by the river and I fed chips directly to the beak of a lady duck. Also saw a heron. Went to the park with my seven year old brother and we took it in turn to throw his ball through a hoop. I did rather well. On the train home I saw deer through the window. Finished reading I Capture the Castle. I left one of the Tiffany Aching books behind for my sister to read.
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(no subject) [Apr. 17th, 2008|11:12 pm]
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I'm readiing "I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith at the moment, a comforting old fashioned sort of book. Interesting that there is a heavy emphasis on fur coats in this book too (she went on to write "101 Dalmations"). Maybe she had some kind of Thing about fur.
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(no subject) [Apr. 16th, 2008|03:02 am]
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[Current Location |The North]
[Current Mood |busybusy]
[Current Music |hum of computer]

In Blackpool at the moment applying for lots of jobs, just finished 2 week work experience at Swansea Uni Library which I hope will help get something interesting but I am applying both to Library and Archive jobs and also admin type jobs. I got the impression from work experience that some academic library jobs are not much different from general admin jobs anyway - they seem to involve sitting at the computer not actually coming into direct contact with books at all. Would like to move back to London so concentrating on that area. Better news is that my thesis has been accepted for publication so have that to work on when not staring at application forms. It's good to get back into that and catch up on relevent stuff that's been written in the last couple of years or so - I don't know where the time goes at all.
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Hello again [Jul. 22nd, 2007|07:51 pm]
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[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]

I am happy and relieved that everyone hasn't tidied me off their friendslist in my long absence! I hadn't realised it was quite that long since I last posted - not last October.
What have I been up to... still living in Salford. Have been temping locally untill last month when my agency seemed to dry up for the duration. Just got back from a couple of weeks in Swansea including long awaited graduation ceremony. I've decided that Libraries and more specifically archives are the way forward in terms of career so I'm volunteering locally sorting out great boxes of papers which is good and also applying for jobs all over. I've been disgraceful today - still in my dressing gown - was up reading latest Harry Potter till 5.30am. I'm going to have coffee and mini apple lattices now.
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(no subject) [Oct. 30th, 2006|05:07 pm]
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I've given up the placement and emailed my tutor to say I want to withdraw from the course. It occured to me that I don't have to be a teacher if I don't want to and I don't want to. Meanwhile temping will keep wolves from doors and I can think about what I want to do next. I think it is because my temping has been going well that I realised I don't have to get this qualification to prove anything to anybody. Also I realised that my dislike of the idea of messing people about wasn't a good enough reason to carry on and as it turned out the person who got me the placement thought it perfectly reasonable for me to decide I didn't want to do it.
I am thinking about going into university administration but I will take my time before committing myself to anything else. I feel a bit relieved and a bit as though I have plunged into an abyss of uncertainty but choice can't be a bad thing.
Went with Gwil to the Cornerhouse to see Penda's Fen which was good - the writer was there to discuss the film afterwards.
If anybody has worked in university administration and has any opinions about whether it is interesting or boring or any other advice/insights I would be glad to know what they think.
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The Night Watch [Sep. 27th, 2006|11:27 pm]
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[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Read Sarah Waters' The Night Watch over the weekend. I had really enjoyed her earlier books set in the late 19th century and it may have been partly the change of chronological scene which made me not take to this novel quite as well. Another factor I think was that it was focused around 4 different characters so there was never that feeling of intimacy and claustrophobia that made her other books so compelling for me. The characters individually were not that memorable. On the other hand I did keep reading all the way through without getting bored and I am quite capable of throwing books aside unfinished if they do not grip me. Sometimes though I find I read books or watch films tenaciously trying to get to the point and have a rather cheated feeling when the book ends and I feel the heart of things has been withheld from me. Still I suppose in fiction like life you can't expect all mysteries to be laid out for one.

I am so glad it is my last week in this job. I have had worse jobs by far but the sheer ennui is killing me. Also the texture of the files is rough and makes wierd shivers go up and down my arms and into my teeth.
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(no subject) [Aug. 29th, 2006|09:47 pm]
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[Current Mood |tiredtired]

Strange weather here today - lots of simultaneous rain and sunshine. Rather pleasing from an indoor perspective. I saw a fine rainbow from the morning bus.
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