Archive for the ‘Oxford/UK’ Category


More of What I Like About the UK

April 25, 2007

More of What I Like About the UK:

That the BBC would host a program like the Reith Lectures (my last post).

In true democracies, dissent is not silenced.


Yellow-painted fields surround Oxford

April 19, 2007

Our bus ride from Heathrow to Oxford was uneventful, until we received a most welcome gift from West Midlands Spring: the brilliant yellow (pure cadmium lemon!) fields of oilrapeseed oil rape in bloom. The concentration of color in large fields really does look poured on the landscape. This link has a photo of a similar field in Germany. I’ll have to share this post with my friends in Environmental Engineering at CU who work with biodiesel fuel.


Medieval Modernity

April 12, 2007

I didn’t invent the phrase “Medieval Modernity”; I found it on a post at Christopher Whalen’s comment led me to domeheid

[I don’t think blogspot offers trackbacks; but I’m still trying to figure them out.]

I’m always seeking out combines like this, the juxtaposition or synthesis of old and new. My Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is sitting on my desk in Oxford, waiting for my return. It’s a crewel embroidery, heretofore undisclosed. I have high hopes for its capturing old/new + form and content. We’ll see.


Harold Pinter’s play, “Old Times”

March 22, 2007

Dave, Andrea and I went to see the Harold Pinter play Old Times at the Oxford Playhouse on Tuesday. Old Times by Harold Pinter

Dave had seen The Birthday Party in LA many years ago but neither Andrea nor I were familiar with Pinter’s work. We were really impressed with the superb performance and delighted that there was a cast discussion afterwards.

It’s one of the most challenging pieces for actors since it’s hard to stay grounded with so much ambiguity being the point. I can’t say more without getting in over my head, sorry. Here’s a synopsis, though, from

Kate and her film-maker husband, Deeley, live in an isolated farmhouse by the sea. The harmony of their lives is disturbed when Kate’s friend Anna comes to stay. They reminisce about old times – sharing a flat together twenty years ago as young secretaries in bohemian London. As the three recollect their own versions of the past, the lines are blurred between memories and reality, desire and loss. A battle for possession begins in which the past and present finally merge with shattering consequences…

Following on from last season’s Waiting for Godot, Sir Peter Hall returns to direct Janie Dee (Betrayal 2003) and Neil Pearson (Taking Sides 2004 and The Real Thing 2001) in the work of great British playwright, Harold Pinter, winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Hope you have the chance to see a good cast perform a Pinter play.


New face to

March 17, 2007

I couldn’t stand it any more. I just slapped a new front page onto



March 16, 2007


Dave and I rode our bikes over to Broad Street, to view the Luminox “fire festival.” The display had a satisfying primitive quality, with little electrical illumination to detract and atmospheric live music to accompany.


What a great place!

March 13, 2007


It seemed to hit both Dave and I at the same time tonite. What a great choice this was for our sabbatical. Is it just the positivity of Spring at work, that suddenly we’re noticing the effects of six months of extra time to indulge academic and aesthetic pursuits? Living here in Oxford, I especially appreciate the preservation of centuries of treasures and greater refinement in just about everything. Food of course is the exception!

This weekend all electric lights will be extinguished on Broad Street for a festival of fire called Luminox. Another reason we’re glad we can walk there in ten minutes.