The way you drop the I in “have brought” reminds me of Latin.

It reminds me of Latin too!

I’d say don’t bother packing any recreational books. You probably won’t have have time; you can borrow a new friend’s; you’ll bring home second-hands. Do pack an instrument if you play one, or an audition piece if you sing!

but… books! Books. I will finish The Catcher in the Rye on the way, I imagine, so that will be one fewer. Shall maybe make an executive decision about which two to take with me. Soz. Books.

Intending to take my clarinet, although I still have difficulty playing since I got my braces. Lol singing. My old piano teacher, upon hearing me sing for aural prep, declared something along the lines of ‘Well, it’s in tune. That’s all that matters.’ I did sing alto in the coro piccolo of my school’s performance of Carmina Burana, which was fun. Mainly because it was in Latin, with bits of German.

from what i remember, people are always needed :) uh, i’m completely blanking - i’d say remember stuff to do in your spare time, and remember essentials (i forgot towels!)

Have brought several books (four plus kindle, which is already too many) and am downloading various programmes from iPlayer. Have remembered to pack towels. And a toga/stola/peplos for good measure.

also because i worry tumblr will eat it if i do a second reply - don't do stuff you don't want to! my roommate was very into the parties which didn't interest me at all, but working backstage on the play was fantastic as a) it was fun b) i met cool people c) it was something to do with my non-greek time. it's intensive af but i do think it was helpful, even if i'll stick to the london one from now on. good luck/enjoy!

okay - great, thank you! I’m not really into acting but I’d like to be part of the play(s) so maybe backstage is the thing for me. Any last things I should pack or leave behind?

Tomorrow I shall be off Down South to spend a night beside the seaside before Bryanston (two weeks of intensive Greek, anyone?), so you may consider me in-sort-of-absentia until 10th August. I don’t know what the internet situation will be like but I shall be taking my laptop, which would allow for procrasti-tumbling. Super excited but also super nervous for a variety of reasons - I am younger than most people will be, I don’t know anyone, I’ve never studied Greek in any kind of formal situation before, my Greek is patchy at best, and I am mildly awkward in social situations. But I shall do my best to enjoy it. Any last minute advice from you Bryanston veterans would be appreciated. 

Love and prayers to you all. xx


Head of an ibex Sculpture, Dynasty 21 Egypt, Tell el Basta (?), Bronze with gold inlay


All I currently want in life is a nice fountain pen and some violet ink. I suppose that’s a good thing.

Caved in and bought a Lamy Al-Star in purple. May ask for a red Cross Bailey for Christmas.


"Apollo and Daphne" by Bernini at the Galleria Borghese

From one side, Daphne looks more human than three; the other, more tree than human.

Email back from optimistic music teacher


Long list of corrections to my most recent theory paper.

OMT: Apart from that, everything else is spot on!

I passed I passed I passed




Meet The 14-Year-Old Girl Who Developed A Low-Cost Water Purification System | FastCompany

The next generation of scientists is already hard at work solving our biggest problems. Take Deepika Kurup, a 14-year-old high school student from Nashua, New Hampshire. After seeing children in India drinking dirty water from a stagnant pool, she decided, in her words, “to find a solution to the global water crisis.” And then she actually made some progress towards that goal, developing a solar-powered water purification system.

She is the future

Ever notice how it’s always brilliant teenagers making stuff that will actually solve the world’s worst problems, like what do adults even do?


A Writer’s Tools

A writer’s tools might include an inkwell and papyrus scrolls or less expensive wax tablets and stylus. The tablets could also be bound and they could be erased with the flat end of the stylus. Papyrus was made of the pith of a water plant; ink was a mixture of soot, resin, wine dregs and cuttlefish.

Roman Terracotta Inkwell (1st or 2nd Century A.D.)

Roman/Egyptian Papyrus Letter (early 3rd Century A.D.)

Byzantine/Egyptian Wooden Tablet (500-700 A.D.)

Roman Bronze Stylus (1st or 2nd Century A.D.)

  (x)(x)(x)(x) The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

So beautiful!