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Notes from Leeds

The train to Leeds was delayed by lightning. En route, a staff member plaintively asked the train if anyone had a bottle opener they could borrow for the duration of the trip.

I shared a taxi with a Byzantinist, giving her my new business card, the first one I've given to anyone. (They arrived this week. They're highly generic, consisting only of information which should not ever expire.)

eulistes and I enjoyed the wonderfully smoke-free college bar, rather empty late on the first evening before papers began. The second night, and, for the second conference in a row, I've been catching up with friends from Toronto. Visiting Torontonians are scheduled to be a recurring feature for several weeks to come as well.

Today has been lovely, both outside in the blue with fluffy clouds, and inside at the medieval cooking workshop! (Details and photos later.) Thanks in part to the workshop, for the first time ever, I've made it through the first day of a conference without attending a normal paper session.

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highlyeccentric
Jul. 10th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
a medieval cooking workshop? that's exceedingly cool, especially for a serious academic conference.

Hi, I'm Highly. Found your blog via "digital medievalist" via "In the Middle" via "Geoffrey Chaucer Hath A Blog". I was attempting to create a folder in my RSS feeder of every medievalist blog out there.
owlfish
Jul. 10th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Hello! It's good to meet you. If you haven't already found it, I keep a list of medievalists with blogs: http://fishpond.owlfish.com/medievallogs.html. Not everyone on it writes about medieval things, but they're all medievalists.
highlyeccentric
Jul. 11th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
thanks :) I have seen that before, but lost the bookmark after i reformmatted the Source of All Evil.
mutabbal
Jul. 10th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
"I shared a taxi with a Byzantinist"

not a common experience for most people I imagine :D
owlfish
Jul. 10th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
It was exciting for me too. She's the latest person I've tried to recruit to my own personal translation mission. There's a very long medieval Greek poem I want to read. It's been edited, but not translated into any language. I'm on a quest to find someone to translate it for me. They can even get a publication out of the process!
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