Thursday, December 29, 2005

On writing/the arts. I thought it made sense.

Riches I hold in light esteem
And Love I laugh to scorn
And lust of Fame was but a dream
That vanished with the morn-

And if I pray, the only prayer
That moves my lips for me
Is-"Leave the heart that now I bear
And give me liberty."

Emily Brontë

Friday, December 23, 2005

mincepies vs piparkakku...

(Piparkakku is the ubiquitous Christmas biscuit here in Finland.) My first impressions of being back amongst the snow have been dominated by noticing the small, inconsequential differences between the counries. perhaps I'm so used to the big differences that they pass me by unmarked? However, it's the little things like the locks on toilet doors, or that in the UK bottles of Beck's get decorated with art (Tracy Emin, isn't it?) whereas here it's the cartons of milk that get the artwork...
Personally, there are huge changes. Here I'm indulging in lie-ins, reading a couple of books a day, and being fed! What a difference to Swansea! I suppose it's the fate of those who move around to be forever comparing places against each other. Not necessarily to rank the places, but even just to remind oneself where you are and who you are in this particular place...
Well, I'm enjoying the change of being here for now!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Testing the waters...

Well, here it is. My first attempt at blogging and whatever that may entail. Having made the epic journey to Finland and now having some time on my hands (hooray!), ventures into the unknown seem to be the order of the day.

Happy winter solstice for tomorrow everyone! The sun set at 14:45 yesterday so I'm glad we're at the turning point and can look forward to more light...