34 Thoughts We Had While Watching “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy (Extended Edition)

Last Saturday, 14 years after everyone else, I finally watched the Lord of the Rings films. It was a friend’s birthday, and because we don’t do things by halves, we watched all the extended editions back to back, for a total of 11 hours (someone suggested we start with the Hobbit trilogy too, but they … Continue reading 34 Thoughts We Had While Watching “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy (Extended Edition)

On St Clement’s Day: a Special Knitted Monk

Today, November 23rd, is St Clement’s Day. Meet Clement: Ok, so this one isn’t the saint himself. The actual patron saint of sailors and blacksmiths is not four and a half inches tall. He was the third or fourth pope and was martyred by the Romans tying him to an anchor and chucking him in … Continue reading On St Clement’s Day: a Special Knitted Monk

On Guy Fawkes Night

So today is Guy Fawkes Night, another excuse for revelry when you’ve just got over the hangover from Halloween. (I went to an epic house party this year with mates as three raptors and Chris Pratt from Jurassic World. We were the best group costume ever.) The Fifth of November is a relatively modern festival … Continue reading On Guy Fawkes Night

On Stationery, and Being a Postgrad Fresher

A new term has begun. After a year out of academia, I’m returning to university to do a Masters course in Medieval Studies. I’ve always been a big fan of the September-back-to-school feeling, and this year is no exception. I’m going back to big school! I love autumn anyway, but this is also the part … Continue reading On Stationery, and Being a Postgrad Fresher

On Why I’m Annoyed with the Labour Party, and They’ve Not Even Announced a New Leader Yet

I am canny hacked off with the Labour Party. This isn’t a general “oh you’ve got a silly policy there” or “you‘ve elected a total muppet to lead your party” grumble – as I type we’ve not heard the leadership election result yet. No, this, this time it’s personal. They’ve not let me have a … Continue reading On Why I’m Annoyed with the Labour Party, and They’ve Not Even Announced a New Leader Yet

On Things I Learnt Working in Offices

It’s been a while since my last post – most remiss of me, I hadn’t realised how quickly the summer had flown by! I’ve spent the last 3 or so months interning at various museums, publishers and libraries in London, and doing something I’ve never done before: a proper 9 to 5 in an office. … Continue reading On Things I Learnt Working in Offices