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It’s been great to get home in time for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, one of the biggest events to hit my homeland, and it’s going so well – I’m thrilled. My tastes lie more to the cultural side of things than the sporting, but I defy you all not to find Erraid Davies inspirational and utterly adorable. However, today’s post is not about the current Commonwealth Games competition. Following extensive top-secret research, I have discovered that these games are not the first to have taken place in Glasgow. Follow me back into 1314……….. Continue Reading »

At Feather and Claw, Wilton Music Hall.

Victorian costume thrown together following a rummage in my wardrobe: at Feather and Claw, Wilton Music Hall, March 2011

I would have started my regular series of blog posts, Medieval Monday, the Mid-week Museum, and Victorian Vendredi, last week, were it not for the fact that, in addition to Chartership portfolio questing, job searching, and getting (re)settled here at home, someone mentioned the web comic Questionable Content in an email. Continue Reading »

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Readers mine, I live in Scotland once again! Life since May began has been decidedly hectic, beginning with a wonderful holiday. I’ve not had a real holiday in the last six years or thereabouts, having used my annual leave primarily for conferences and training courses. From now on, holidays are essential; I came back feeling so much more relaxed and generally quite happy with my world. I handed in my notice to Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where I have been the Assistant Librarian since January 2008, within a week of returning from France (the two events are not causally related, merely temporally adjacent). Since leaving work at the end of June, I was packing up and saying “Cheerio, not goodbye!” to the six and half years of my London life, and for just over a week now I have since been living in Scotland once again. I didn’t leave the Institute to work elsewhere in London; I left it as part of a larger change in lifestyle. Having been asking myself the question “where do I want my life to be, in the main?”, for a couple of years now, and the obvious follow-up question, “what then must I do to achieve that?”, moving to Scotland was the first part of the answer. It’s about life, not just about work. London was never a permanent move, I always knew that, and I cannot express how strongly I disagree with Samuel Johnson’s famous quote as given below

when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

There is a significant difference between not wanting to live in London and being tired of it. It’s always accessible, always there, and I’ll never stop visiting it. I’ll never stop missing my friends who live there. But there is so much to do, so much to see, here in Scotland. Besides, I needed to get back before September 18, after which the borders will of course be closed :). I jest, of course, but it’s definitely an interesting year to be in Scotland, and I want to be able to have a say in the future of my country. Continue Reading »

Clyde Valley TomatoesClyde Valley Tomatoes are hiring! If you are interested in being part of a friendly, hardworking company, revitalising the Clyde Valley tomato industry, I recommend applying. For any students (especially if you’re already in the Glasgow area), this sounds like a good change from a year spent studying!

Image source: CAIS “My Modules” link image

Since I first heard about this course – I think via the Rare Books and Special Collections JISC mailing list – I really wanted to sign up. I managed to be sensible, in terms of time management, and finally registered for the September 2013-January 2014 intake. Continue Reading »

Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London


Last week, I handed in my notice to Sotheby’s Institute Art (London), where I have been Assistant Librarian for almost six and a half years. There will be more on that decision, and on what I’ll be doing next, in another blogpost soon. For now, the priority is to find my replacement. If you are interested in applying, please see the Institute information, job description, and contact information below. I’m happy to answer any questions. I’ve had a great experience in my time at the Institute – I’ve contributed a lot and learned a lot – and I leave as a considerably more skilled, experienced, and confident librarian than I was upon my arrival in January 2008. Continue Reading »

Monet's waterlilies in the rain, Giverny

Monet’s waterlilies in the rain, Giverny

I started this post during the second week of a tour round Normandy and Brittany, hence the lack of regular blogging. But I never got round to finishing it – evenings have been taken up with, in this order, local food, local drink, and local lack of wifi (“weefee” in French, which just sounds so much better than wifi). Here is a random selection of my photos from the holiday so far. Continue Reading »

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