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Mar. 17th, 2010


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I've been meaning to post an entry for ages, but busy uni keeps pushing it out of my head.

Unhappy news...

Grandad is back in hospital again. His legs are swollen so much that he can barely walk, and the doctor suspects heart failure.

Hope nan is okay =( 

Jan. 28th, 2010


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Books of 2010

4) Different Seasons by Stephen King
5) Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
6) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
7) The Third Reich: Politics and Propaganda by David Welch
8) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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Jan. 4th, 2010


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So, one of my goals for 2010 is to keep track of everything I read. Between history textbooks, set novels for English and my own private reading, I have trouble remembering everything.

My first three books of 2010: 

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Dec. 24th, 2009


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I apologise for being such a terrible lj friend lately. My excuse is that it's been an insanely busy couple of months, and it's only just started to ease up.
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It's a couple of days early, but happy Christmas!

Nov. 8th, 2009


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I'm reading Sophie's Choice. It's depressing.

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Oct. 22nd, 2009


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Sep. 30th, 2009


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John has a cold, and somehow I've managed to avoid catching it. Last night my body decided I wasn't allowed to get away with that, and threw a migraine, period cramps and (weirdly) aching hips at me all at once. I finally got to sleep at about eight this morning and got up a couple of hours later for my afternoon lecture. I'm not too heartbroken about missing my morning lecture on suffragette poetry. I don't understand poetry at the best of times, and according to our lecturer the stuff on the course is pretty dire.

One very good thing about the day is that my copy of The Sealed Letter finally arrived!

Sep. 29th, 2009


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Why do I always end up with timetable clashes? 

Tomorrow I have a lecture on suffragette poetry from 10-1, and then one on the rise of the Nazis from 1-3. The Nazi lecture is on the top floor of a different building, which takes at least five minutes to get to if I'm running, and is taught by a tutor who makes a point of humiliating latecomers.

High point of the day: a random woman stopping me to tell me I have beautiful hair, and then squealing. Low point: I stepped on a big lump of chewing gum in the street. I walked forward; my shoe stayed behind. I fell over.

I'm re reading North and South, and while I'm falling in love with the book all over again, I'm also remembering how much I can't stand Mr Hale at the start: 

"We're leaving our idyllic country life for reasons I'll vaguely hint at but never specify. In two weeks. You can handle all the arrangements, can't you? Right, I'm off for the day. By the way, can you tell your mother? Bye!" 


Sep. 19th, 2009


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Finally, I'm back at uni! It's been a dull couple of days, full of all the induction stuff and the inevitable confusion that comes with many forms. We had to register for our modules again because the computers lost all our information. Why we couldn't just fill out the usual sheet in the first place, I don't know. They've also cancelled the Stalin module due to lack of interest. I'm annoyed! I was looking forward to that, and last night I bought Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar.

Now I'm taking: 

History Independent Study.
Voices and Votes.
Observing the Thirties.
Entertainment, Sentiment and Conflict: Popular Culture.
The Rise and Downfall of the Nazis.
Studies in Alienation.

I'm only in for two (very full days) a week this semester, which is good because I need to wrangle a placement in a primary school so I can apply to do a PGCE. I'd rather spend every spare minute in the library, dedicated to my futile attempt to get a first, but I know it needs to be done.

The Little Stranger was wonderful and terrifying; full of tension as a class system and their manor house fall down around an aristocractic family. The only problem was that I spent most of the novel suspecting the maid... I think I was waiting for a Sarah Waters twist.

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Sep. 8th, 2009


Birthday books & random stuff

I ventured over to Liverpool yesterday to buy yet more birthday books. This time I ended up with: Sophie's Choice, The Reader, The Book of Unholy Mischief, Lancaster and York: The Wars of the Roses, Consolation, Glass of Time and The Children of Húrin.

Laura has been telling me to read that last one for ages, but I'd completely forgotten about it. It was only after hearing the LOTR soundtrack in Waterstones that I felt compelled to buy it... I'm wondering if I should be worried about that.

Ten days until uni (sort of) starts up again.The first week is always the nightmarish induction period and sorting out all the information that has been messed up (usually by the English department) over the summer. The history people sent me all the induction times and dates months ago, but I still haven't heard anything from English and probably won't. I'm hoping that I've done enough research over the summer to be able to choose the fight for women's suffrage as the topic for my study.

Did anyone ever watch Big Train? I saw this sketch this morning and remembered how much I love it.

Just for fun, here's a photo of Molly having fun and going slightly mad on yesterday's walk...

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