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1. glitzfrau came over this evening to knit and make soup and laugh at Robin of Sherwood's mullet. It was a lovely evening, and even Ju Ju behaved herself, content merely to glower at us from the kitchen. I do love living in the 'burbs, what with the park and the nice neighbours and everything, but I do miss the days when my chums could casually drop in of an evening without having to make an epic trek.

2. I'm quite enjoying Rome, although I can't help feeling it could be a lot better. I do love all things Roman, though, despite because of the five years of secondary school Latin, and I do like being able to translate the graffiti. However, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing - my Roman history is a bit hazy, but it's still there in the back of my mind, so I keep trying to remember the results of all the political machinations, which I used to know all too well. I didn't realise that Octavian/Augustus's mother was such a slapper, though, but that may not have been covered in the Leaving Cert Latin curriculum. And why do all the women have anachronistic styled bikini waxes? Anyway, it's making we want to re-read I, Claudius for some more Roman madness (yeah, I know, it's several decades later), but I think my copy must be in my parents' house. You may have noticed that practically every historical programme I watch puts me in the mood for some vaguely onnected literature....

3. A publicist with whom I get on well and who handles lots of good publishers has apparently started representing some godawful new age imprint and today has me a crystal healing pack and book. Complete with crystals. I already have piles of books all over the stairs! Must I make room for crystals too? I know I'm very lucky to get lots of cool free books, but this should prove that there's a less positive element to this...

4. I keep looking at our hobbit house and feeling very excited. If only it had wireless internet access it'd be quite perfect. A whole week without LJ! How will I cope?

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zoje_george
Nov. 10th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
Oh oh! Could we do I, Claudius for the Classics Bookclub? It's on my list!
pescana
Nov. 10th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
Seconded! I love that book, and would love to read it with the smart people. Please?!
ladyxoc
Nov. 10th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
Also love that book.
glitterboy1
Nov. 10th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
How will I cope?

How will *we* cope? But yes, excitement!
socmot
Nov. 10th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
I'm quite enjoying Rome, although I can't help feeling it could be a lot better.

It's not a bad show, and I'm particularly interested in the scenes regarding deities, which I studied in school - seeing some sort of re-enactment is fascinating.

I did hear in the run up to the start of the series that the BBC cut an hour or so in total from the UK version, on the grounds that Europeans "understood the culture of Rome better"

I did some poking about online just now and found these - (warning, possible spoilers) this from the Times - Apted, doing the episodes being broadcast now says it was totally sexed up - http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1859513,00.html

This is from someone living in the UK, but who saw the series in the US -
http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Post/653148

Sounds like the DVD version will be the one to watch. Not sure if I'll bother with the rest of the broadcasts.
alltheleaves
Nov. 10th, 2005 09:52 am (UTC)
I don't think you're actually that far from where I used to live. If you're at all near Brecon I would recommend it for a rainy day as it has some very good secondhand bookshops and a fabulous local museum.
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