Monday, February 25, 2008

University of Wolverhampton Book Talk

Argh, I need to find something smart to wear, spent the afternoon getting filthy and windswept in the back yard bagging up garden rubbish ready for spring - and now I'm shivering cold and aching with battered fingernails and scratches everywhere, not a good look. I'm giving a talk in Wolverhampton University tomorrow from 1pm-2pm, about terror, fear and civil liberties at the kind request of George Kassimeris, author of Playing Politics with Terrorism

George Kassimeris specialises in terrorism and conflict. Current research interests also include post-9/11 political violence, political Islam, barbarity in modern warfare, political biography and modern Greece. You can listen to an interview with George here.

Tomorrow evening I'm off to the theatre in the evening to see Dirty Dancing with my sister. Then I'm flying to Amsterdam with J for our first holiday since getting married last April. Five days in my favourite city; can't wait to go and lose myself in the colours of the Van Goghs and the flower market again. Miff will be looked after by our friend Russell who is moving in to look after her and the goldfish. So there will be a break from blogging for a while.


Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

I'm sure you will find something stunning to wear Rachel. I hope you and hubby enjoy your break. I visited with my young son and he was not interested in the Van Gogh, but we did see the Anne Frank house which is very harrowing.

February 25, 2008 7:50 pm  
Blogger Rachel said...

Thanks Ellee!

I have been to Amsterdam many times but I have never been able to manage the Anne Frank house. Visiting Auschwitz was one of the most harrowing experiences of my life, and to think that the vivid lovely girl of the diaries I read over and over when I was younger ended up in a concentration camp...perhaps this year I will be able to pay tribute to her by seeing where she lived.

February 25, 2008 7:53 pm  
Blogger aka Cate said...

Hi Rachel,
You are such a hard worker - I hope you and J have a wonderful lovey break.

February 25, 2008 8:10 pm  
Blogger Rachel said...

Thank you!
It's strangely satisfying getting knackered working outside, even if it was freezing. I planted a spring garden in the front a few weeks ago, and it gives me an enormous sense of pride and happiness to look at all the jewel colours of the primulas and crocuses every day. The back yard is full of pots of geraniums which are still flowering - they flower all year round - and despite the efforts of the squirrels to dig up bulbs, there are lots of miniature daffodils and narcissi out at last. It does feel like Spring is coming. And now it is tidy enough to appreciate it all.

And I have earned myself a long soak in a hot bath. The ruined nails and scratched hands are worth it for the sense of achievement in bagging and moving quarter of a ton of rubbish.

February 25, 2008 8:20 pm  
Blogger poons said...

Enjoy your break - and tag, You're it

February 25, 2008 11:04 pm  
Blogger Henry North London said...

Have a good break Rachel


February 26, 2008 7:42 am  
Blogger MarkF said...

Have a great holiday.

If you get a chance try eating at Moeders at the Rozengracht. Unmatched plates, one sitting and great home food.

Highly recommended.

February 26, 2008 8:12 am  
Blogger Karol Cross said...

Good luck with the talk Rachel, and have a lovely holiday!

February 26, 2008 12:12 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rachel your choice of clothing was great and you gave a fantastic talk Thankyou very much indeed for coming to our university.I have bought your book!

February 26, 2008 2:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a great Break.

February 27, 2008 8:08 am  
Blogger Kate said...

I missed seeing you, trust me to pop by here a day too late. I could have nipped up the road and said hi.

Hope you have a lovely holiday xx

February 27, 2008 6:26 pm  
Blogger Dave Hodgkinson said...

And we just had lovely beers in Amsterdam :)

Nearly managed to avoid the politics.

*nearly* ;-)

February 29, 2008 9:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah my bad! I wish I'd read your blog last week would have attempted to come and see your speech.

Hope you have a fantastic time in Amsterdam!

March 03, 2008 6:22 pm  

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