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Who among you blog readers has heard about Geek Girl Brunch? It’s been running for about 5 years now, and has chapters all over the world. We organise brunches on a weird and wonderful range of themes – from Galentines to Labyrinth, and much more besides. The Glasgow chapter page is here if you want to know more about what we do. (more…)

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I tried starting to write this blog again this time last year, keeping up with my annual tradition of a month of themed posts every December.  But I only managed to write 2 posts of Life Through a Pre-Raphaelite Lens before letting it go, so didn’t really manage to break 2018’s silence after all. December 2019 will hopefully be different. (more…)

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It was with some shock that I realised this morning that it was 1 December, and that I had no idea what to use as a theme for this year’s December blogging extravaganza. To be honest, it’s not surprising that this hadn’t been a priority. I haven’t written here since 31 December last year. Life since then has been unexpected, and I have not been able to set myself to write. Realistically, I won’t have much time to write for most of December, but I don’t want to stop doing this project. It’s fun to find ideas for a post every day.  If I don’t have the time to write, and I definitely don’t have the talent to draw my posts, what to do? About 20 minutes ago (before I started writing this post), it occurred to me to call upon the Pre-Raphaelites for aid.  (Yes, I have a Pre-Raphaelite Bat Signal equivalent.) The challenge, then, is this: to post the Pre-Raphaelite works of art, without comment, which provide striking clues as to how I have spent my day.

And so it begins. (more…)

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Please accept my apologies for the silence of the last three days; I went away for a much-needed wee holiday, and it was wonderful. I did take the computer, but decided to leave it switched off in favour of long walks through unexpected snow, beautiful scenery, and good food. Because I bought myself a humble abode earlier this year, I didn’t have a long holiday, so decided to treat myself. Now suddenly it’s Hogmanay. I’ve not done much today, just a bit of cooking, of one of my favourite dishes, a red cabbage-based delight. (more…)

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From the moment I got up yesterday, I was busy, busy, busy, and there wasn’t a moment to even think about blogging until the early hours of Christmas Day, at which point: hello, my bed, o how I love you. Cook the turkey, Cinderelly; make the stuffing, Cinderelly; wrap the presents, Cinderelly; finish the Christmas trees, Cinderelly! (just kidding; it’s manic, but enjoyable). (more…)

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Yesterday’s blog post was, quite literally, sugar sweet, so today seems like a good day as any to spice the dish with something rather more sinister.

When I was still in primary school, I occasionally went to the secondary school in which they worked, where, to my delight, there was a school library, run by one of my earliest real life childhood heroes, Mrs MacKay. I spent a lot of time in there, and while I had already read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, I was, at age 7, yet to encounter the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia. Mrs MacKay lent me the rest, and, when there was a fire in the school – don’t panic: the library survived intact, and replaced the small amount of smoke-damaged stock. For me, despite the initial horror, there was a silver lining to this dark cloud of smoke, as she sent home with my parents a full set of the Chronicles which smelt only slightly smoky. They were wrapped in strong plastic covers, and still have the typed library cards inside them. They are some of my most treasured possessions.  The Magician’s Nephew and The Silver Chair are my two favourites, and to my mind definitely the strangest.  As a lifelong medievalist (albeit unconsciously, at first), I suspect that part of the attraction are the mysterious women to be found loitering in woods and by lakes; for an authentic medieval example of such a woman, may I direct you to my post about Marie de France’s Lanval, also part of this Christmas Feast blog sequence? Given that C. S. Lewis was a real medieval scholar, not a dabbler like me, I’m pretty sure that such stories were, at least partly, his inspiration for Jadis and the Lady of the Green Kirtle, but that’s a discussion for another day. Now on to the feast! (more…)

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I seem to have started every blog post in recent years – yes, years; that’s how bad it has been! – with an apology for not having written in so long. Despite all my good intentions, I have not been able to turn things around to start writing more regularly. Life and work are equally busy, and there was no sign that was going to change, until … (more…)

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