I'm Jamie; an incurably-curious, hopelessly-idealistic, vegetarian, polyglot-ish plant scientist at Cambridge. I spend too much time listening to music, wandering around the countryside, and eating apples.
penchants: forest walks, benjamin britten, mediaeval history & literature, eastern philosophy, obscure tea blends, copperplate, twilight by the sea, quantum mechanics, thunderstorms, fruit trees, early music, dragonflies, postcards, underground railways, gardening, vapour trails, tiny art galleries, volcanic islands, moths, Virginia Woolf, gin cocktails, travel journals, mountain air, handwriting, continental cinema, bow ties, Lebanese food, historical linguistics, archery, all things Icelandic, & bitter-sweet lemonade.
Thank you for stopping by; do say hello.
To whomever once told me that my life seemed charmed: you may have been right after all. Guess who got a last minute ticket to see Kate?
Anonymous said: Hiya, outside of Classics students, how many students at Cambridge know Latin? How many Ancient Greek?
This is a bit of a stab in the dark, but I’d guestimate that perhaps 30-35% have at least some Latin, whilst probably no more than 5% would have any Greek.
Tonight. Wish I could be there.
Alex Salmond is probably the only person in the world capable of really winding me up.
Two of this weekend’s bakes: butternut-squash cake and a honey & oat spelt loaf. :)
Anonymous said: Do you speak German?
Not with as much fluency as I used to, thanks to a lack of practice, but yes. My German ancestors come from the Harz Mountains, and my relatives are now scattered across Bayern, Hessen, Niedersachsen, and Austria.
Anonymous said: You should do an accent challenge video! I want to know what you sound like. :P
Ha! My accent is (sadly) not particularly interesting.
Anonymous said: Yes lol just excited to see a fellow lgbt person be exceptional in his chosen field lol. 👍
Aww. I can point you in the direction of plenty of better examples!
I was listening to the radio while cooking this evening, and was intrigued by a very brief interview with a chap who works for the Friends of Newark and Sherwood Museum Service. They are the group responsible for the upcoming opening of a Civil War Centre in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, and are busily preparing what will no doubt be a quite extraordinary range of exhibits for this new museum.
Mentioned in the interview was this gold ring, which dates to the period of the English Civil War and was found beneath an oak-tree not far from Newark in 2010 (official treasure record with additional images here). It bears a poignant inscription, redolent of the frail grace of compassion in times of truly desperate internecine strife:
"Let no callamitie seperat amitie".