We have that well-documented thing going on here at the moment where, if I don’t post, my viewing figures rise steadily. I’ve never figured that one out. Still, I must break in on my increasing readership with some content, though annoyingly less than I’d like. This is for two reasons, one being that as many of you have heard from me in person by now I’m waiting for a letter that will let me make a fairly large announcement and it’s still not here; but what is here is the second reason, which looks like this:
It does look like this publication thing might be taking a step forward, even if those who look carefully will notice that something predictable has occurred. Anyway, this is a long-winded way of saying, sorry, posting may continue to be light.
That said, I have loads to write about, an excellent Leeds and a trip to Siena for what, for me at least, was largely an extended social and about the awful privations of which Jeffrey Cohen has already written. I also have an awful lot of photos, some of which at least I want to share with you. But for the moment I will just put up three, and since they serve little purpose but to continue a harangue you all probably hoped was over, I’ll do so behind a cut and those who would like actual historical content can wait a day or two when I will answer an old request of the Naked Philologist’s with a story that may or may not be about a loose woman. And if that doesn’t bring in the page-views, well, what will?
Oh wait! There was something else. I am hosting the next ancient/medieval Carnivalesque. So far I am doing all right for ancient stuff, there have been some fairly marvellous recent finds and some quality arguments, but the medieval count is really quite thin; as others have been observing, we’ve all been away. If you know of some quality medieval blogging, please submit it hither using The Form. Otherwise I’ll just nominate my own posts till it looks finished…
Right, for those who’ve continued this far. Accommodation at the Leeds International Medieval Congress falls into four classes of ascending cost:
- the Bodington Halls, which are student rooms with single beds arranged ten or so to a floor and using a shared kitchen with a fridge and microwave and sometimes tabletop electric hobs, and one shared bathroom with a bath, two loo stalls, two shower stalls and in some cases urinals; these are segregated one gender to a floor for Leeds, though the bathroom is not always allocated to the right one (since the lowest floor has no bathroom)
- the Bodington Flats, same sort of room but six to a corridor all sharing its separate shower room, loo and kitchen; here the kitchens have proper stoves with gas hobs and ovens and there is a table big enough to sit at with whatever you’ve cooked
- the Oxley Flats, the same deal but rather nicer but also quite a lot further from the action, I believe four suites to one kitchenette and dining room
- the Weetwood Hotel, hotel standard (duh) and on one of the two campuses used for the congress, its own restaurant and next to a pub that does food
I stay in Bodington Flats these days, they are only slightly more expensive than the Halls and you can guarantee having a cooker which makes self-catering a lot easier to arrange. They cost as many pounds sterling per night as the Kalamazoo dorms do dollars, so Kalamazoo accommodation is somewhere between half and two-thirds of the price I guess. With that established, here are the pictures. You will probably not need reminding of the point I’m making…
I realise that these last two photos are mainly illustrating the same thing but, “I thought it was such a biggie it was worth mentioning twice.” And that’s why I’m more use in the mornings at Leeds than I was at Kalamazoo. That and the lack of jetlag. That’s all.