I saw this meme from the Bun-Toting Librarian, and thought that I would steal it for today’s blog every day in June post. You know what? Doing this is harder than it looks!
Seven things that scare me
Seven things I like
gaming (boardgames, RPGs and the odd PC game)
cricket & rugby
politics (of the left-wing kind) & history (of any kind, but I really, really really, really like classical Greek and Late Roman/Byzantine)
Seven random facts about me
I’ve studied at 5 different universities (Sydney Uni, Newcastle Uni, Queensland Uni, Queensland Uni of Technology, Uni of South Australia). I only have a degree & post-grad diploma to show for it – I’ve moved around a bit….
I get up at 5.30 am most weekday mornings to go to the gym so that I can lose weight (which means that I seriously have a screw loose)
I have owned in my life 1000+ different board games (not all at the same time….)
Since I moved out of Mum’s, I’ve lived in 21 different places in 5 cities in 4 states (newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide)
My most frequently read book is The Lord of the Rings
The first movie that I remember seeing was Fantasia (still in my top 5 favourite movies)
I have size 12/13 shoes
Seven things I want to do before I die
design and publish a game (well, more than one would be nice)
run a second-hand bookshop
get a Phd
feel like I’m an adult, rather than a child who’s pretending (at least for a little while)
be at the ground when the Wallabies win a rugby union Word Cup final (though at the moment, I’d settle for the Bledisloe Cup, even if I’m not at the ground…)
visit every continet
Seven things I can do well
procrastinate (best procrastinator EVAH!)
make lists and itineraries
Seven things I can’t do but wish that I could
concentrate for long periods of time without being distracted
recite poetry like Rumpole
say ‘no’ and mean it
learn languages (or at least learn them relatively easily, like my wife can)
tie up a balloon
Seven phrases I’m known to use
I am going to KILL my dice!
I’m doing that right now
Oh ferfahksaik (I don’t spell it like that, but then I guess that I rarely write it…)
What I’ve been reading
I recently re-read Marguerite Yourcenar’s Memoirs of Hadrian. Published in 1951, she had written it on and off since 1923. It is exquisitely written. At least, I assume that it is; the English translation certainly is. Hadrian at the end of his life reflects on his past, and his loves. It is his love for Antinous that is particularly poignant. A Greek youth, Antinous drowned in 130 AD, and Hadrian founded the city of Antinopolis in Egypt to preserve his memory.
Some of Yourcenar’s descriptions of Hadrian’s inner world come across as intellectual constructs, rather than as felt emotions. He was a great admirer of Greek philosophy,and these passages perhaps reflect this. There are the usual accounts of military campaigns, but right throughout the threads of love and death remain intertwinned. it also has an interesting sense that a person acts various roles in life, but it is this process that creates the personality. This French delicacy should be read with a little dark chocolate and and good quality red wine at hand.