Blog: June 2007

The O2 Premiere in London

Posted on June 25, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Back in 2000, London put on a big celebration of the millennium. Most of the additions to the city were built to last and can still be seen today, including: The Millennium Wheel, the Millenium Bridge... ...and the Millennium Dome. This is basically a big tent, 365m in diameter (to represent the days of the year), that's held up by steel cables and 12 support towers (one for each month of the year)...

The Oxford Exam Experience

Posted on June 18, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Just in case anyone's interested in what it's like to take exams at Oxford, here's the details of my two-exam experience for the MPhil in Ecclesiastical History, which I took on Thursday June 14 at 2:30 and Friday June 15 at 9:30. Between 15 and 30 minutes before the exam, everyone assembles outside the Exam Schools (above) and inside the grand lobby area...

Last Exam and a Movie Set in Oxford

Posted on June 15, 2007 by Holly Hayes
I am finally all done with my master's degree! I still have the verbal defense of my dissertation coming up, but don't have to prepare much for it, so I am essentially free. Hooray!!! It feels *really* great. My second exam went much better than my first and I even finished early this time, at 11:50 instead of the scheduled 12:30. That was actually unfortunate, because when it's your final exam you go out a special exit where people wait for you and cheer when you emerge, and David was going to be there for me...

A C.S. Lewis Pilgrimage

Posted on June 11, 2007 by Holly Hayes
I'm a big C.S. Lewis fan, so it's pretty bad that it took me almost two years of living in Oxford to do the proper pilgrimage. But we finally did so yesterday, with a visit to his parish church, a revisit to his grave with better cameras, and a stop at his house. 1. Holy Trinity Church Our first stop was Holy Trinity Church in Headington, a village that is now an eastern suburb of Oxford...

West Wycombe and the "Other Place"

Posted on June 5, 2007 by Holly Hayes
On Saturday we had an appointment to visit a couple of prospective flats in High Wycombe, and we took the opportunity to do some sightseeing while we were out. On our way to Wycombe we stopped at West Wycombe Hill, which is topped by a church built in 1760 by a rich family called the Dashwoods. David had visited it briefly in the rain on the way home from work a few months ago and wanted to show it to me and photograph it in the sunshine...

Our Esteemed Neighbor, J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted on June 4, 2007 by Holly Hayes
We went for a short evening stroll tonight, just around the block in our neighborhood. As usual, we were checking out all the houses and deciding which ones we'd like to live in, when David spotted this: It says J.R.R. Tolkien lived here from 1930 to 1947! I don't know if we've missed the plaque on previous walks or if it's new, but it was a really fun discovery so close to home...

Friday Evening Drive

Posted on June 2, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Our pretty car in front of Great Milton's church. Last night the weather was finally nice again, so we took the new car out for a spin. It was the first time I've gotten to ride in it for any distance and I looovved it. So comfy! It's funny how fancy and luxurious an economy-sized Toyota feels to us, but it's all relative! The first stop on our drive was Headington, which was once a separate village but is now a neighborhood of Oxford...