Blog: November 2005

Friday seminar at Keble

Posted on November 11, 2005 by Holly Hayes
I just got back from my weekly seminar on historiography. This time it was at Keble College, and I got there early so I took this photo. It's a beautiful college, and I love how different it is, with all the brick instead of the usual cream-colored stone. I had about 25 minutes to kill before class started at 3:00 so after wandering around the grounds a bit (it was my first time inside Keble), I went across the street to the University Museum of Natural History...

Bonfire Night

Posted on November 8, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Once again, our apologies for the absence from the blog duties. We've been busy but having a good time, too. Friday night we watched a BBC show about the Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes, which was interesting. One of the historians they interviewed, Dr. McCulloch, is in the Theology department here at Oxford. Our first history group meeting was in his office, although I haven't met him...

We know him!

Posted on November 1, 2005 by Holly Hayes
There was a memorial service for the July 7 London bombings at St. Paul's Cathedral this afternoon. We saw it on BBC News (we broke down and got a little TV this weekend, now that David's all gainfully employed). The queen, the prime minister, and official representatives of five different faiths were all there. Of course, that included our good friend, leader of the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury! He led the service, said some really great stuff in his really great accent, and his eyebrows were looking as fantastic as ever...

Autumn holidays in Britain

Posted on November 1, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Halloween passed rather uneventfully here yesterday. There was a party for the little monsters of Wolfson College in the afternoon and there was some trick-or-treating in the evening. I only got one knock, but since it sounded like there was an army of ghosts and goblins out there and we had completely forgotten to get any candy, I "wasn't home." I read in the news here that Halloween only arrived in Britain from America in the 1990s but has really caught hold...