September 20th, 2010

Flames of Vanity

Hair, learning American

To call it cute might make you think the hairdresser did more than tidy up my strands, but I quite liked the effect. Perhaps it helped that she was charming company.

She taught me some American English: when visiting Florida, she had asked for 20 cigarettes as a shop, and the clerk started counted counting out 20 boxes of cigarettes. When she explained, he told her that she needed to ask for 20 packets, not cigarettes.

I went to Barkingside with hair still damp from having it cut. I had never taken that bus before, and so hadn't realized that I could get there in one fell swoop, without changing units of transportation. Last week, France; today, Barkingside; next week, Leicester.
Eternal Quest

BSFA, this Wednesday

The British Science Fiction Association hosts a monthly pub night upstairs at the Antelope pub in Sloane Square in London, on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. That's this Wednesday.

This month features Charlie Butler and Farah Mendlesohn discussing the work of Diana Wynne Jones. They're lively, insightful scholars who've done book-length work all or in part on DWJ. Many of you already know them well.

More details here.

Come along if you can!

Even if you cannot, if you have a possibly subject for them to cover in their discussion, leave me a comment, please.