John C. Kirk (johnckirk) wrote,
John C. Kirk

It's been a fairly quiet couple of days here. College is clocking along ok, although I still have an impressively large stack of reading to do. I still need to sort out PhD stuff at some point (since it doesn't look like Kings will be an option) - I had a look around Imperial's site, but I couldn't see anything there about open days, so I guess I need to randomly email the staff there. Unfortunately, the DOC website is increasingly out of date - they still claim that Dov Gabbay is working there, when I know for a fact that he's now at Kings! Anyway...

Speaking of reading, I bought a couple of Bujold novels recently - I've read them before (borrowed from the ICSF library), but lots of them seem to be out of print at the moment, so I figure that if I ever want to have my own set then I should grab them piecemeal as and when they get reprinted. So, I read "Borders of Infinity" the other day, and I'm currently reading "Ethan of Athos". Good stuff. I also read "My Uncle Oswald" (which was lent to me) - it's a Roald Dahl novel, but it's quite different to his other books that I've read (children's books and "twist in the tail" anthologies). Entertaining, though. And the grand comic exchange program continues with "Johnny The Homicidal Maniac" (courtesy of Billy), which was also good - not what I was expecting from the title/beginning. I'm glad I stuck with it, as there is an interesting story in there, not just repetitive "hack 'n' slash" all the way through.

Off to dance class again last night, where we did foxtrot and waltz. The foxtrot in particular seems quite complicated - there's a lot to remember, considering that when we actually dance the sequence all the way through it only takes about 30 seconds. But I seem to be getting the hang of it. Then on to the pub afterwards, where I was more restrained than in my last visit :) I basically alternated drinks between 3 pints of Pepsi and 2 bottles of Diamond White, which seemed to do the trick. And on the theme of balance, I'm happy with the way my Thursdays are going at the moment - Magic last week, pub last night, theatre next week.

On a (sort of) cultural note, I saw a poster the other day for the Royal Albert Hall - they're having a "Classical Spectacular" in March, which could be fun - it includes the 1812 Overture with cannons and indoor fireworks! I'm not quite so sure about the other bits, particularly the singing (I don't generally listen to opera), but it may be worth a trip. It's on the 20-23 March, which is quite close to my 10th anniversary (on the 25th), so that's something to celebrate. (And that comment is deliberately cryptic - if you don't know, don't ask.)
Tags: books, comics, dancing, music, postgrad, pub

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