Saturday, 17 August 2013

best part of the day, post summer school, bill's, a conscious englishman ebook, notting hill, walker evans at moma, spider, moles

Enjoyed the best part of the day when I went out cycling--fresh and bright, if overcast. After that it got darker and darker before the drizzle set in.

I've been at a bit of a loose end since the summer school finished, although I needed some space. Work at the libraries has been good meanwhile, particularly the preparations for the coming term and the start of the new academic year.

On Thursday, there was a leaving drinks party at the library hosted by the graduate trainees, followed by supper at Bill's in St Michael Street. A good venue and a really lovely evening!

Today I've been working on the ebook edition of A Conscious Englishman, which will be out soon.

I'll be having some time off over the coming weeks, which I'm looking forward to. I hope to catch up on reading and some of my own work.

During the week we watched Notting Hill. I'd never seen it before. I did enjoy it--very much--although its world seemed pretty dated. Before the recession and all that.

A friend posted a link on Facebook on Tuesday to an article about an exhibition of photographs by the pioneering photo-journalist Walker Evans at New York MOMA. Walker Evans American Photographs celebrates the 75th anniversary of the first exhibition that the museum devoted to a sole photographer and includes 60 of the original 100 images. Check out the amazing selection of pictures accompanying the article.

At the risk of bathos, the top photo above is of a spider and its web in a lime tree near the Oxford canal.

Oh, and moles in west Oxfordshire tend to be slightly bigger than their cousins elsewhere in the British Isles.

1 comment:

  1. I think the photo is remarkable, Frank, corny or not.
    So true about the best part of the day. I am up at 6am now every day to let the puppy out - an improvement on getting up at 1 and 4 am as I was doing, but we can't go for walks yet (vaccinations etc) and I'm getting cabin fever. Good to see photos of further afield.
    Interesting Saturday Guardian article - a publisher begging for all writers to stop writing for a year!