So, having examined the pros and cons, we headed off to Oxford yesterday for a few more Oxfringe events; in the end we only made it to two; mistiming it and arriving after the other exhibition had shut...
We did: Things on the wall
(both venues). In both cases there were paintings I really liked (see, I am a sucky reviewer); beautiful images and images that made you pause and think. Several that I'd've happily hung on the wall, were I paid rather more than I am. I did buy a book, though, from @183, which cost me all of a pound. It's a copy of Stasiland - a book I wanted to read when it came out (but which, oddly enough escaped going on the wants list). It looks, from the beginning of it, very interesting. We also stopped off in a comic / video store, where we didn't buy anything (possibly to the distress of the owner). It turns out the Scott Pilgrim in the window is but one of a huge shelf-load of Scott Pilgrims. What is going on? I know it's awesome, but it's meant to be my bit of Canadian Awesome! Ah well, I s'pose I can share with the world. I did however pick up a free Oxford music magazine, so I'll have a nose at that for free events....
We tried to do: Illustrators and Book Artists
- this is in the O3 gallery, which we somewhat belated located inside the Castle development. Not that it really mattered, we'd been wandering around being touristy and enjoying the freezing cold, and thus arrived some time after it shut. Peering through the door, it looked interesting. Better planning is called for next time, on our part, obviously.
We then meandered around the city taking photos
. Well, I took photos until my camera had a strop about the batteries being flat. Given that they were immensely cheap rechargables, which have been hideously abused, and it was fecking freezing out there yesterday I'm not entirely suprised. I've taken some shots of Kathryn while she's asleep on the sofa today (it's lushously sunny, if also bloody cold) and the batteries are happily displaying 'full' so I suspect it really was just the cold that's upset them. Anyhow, we then made it to various bookshops, and in the end landed up in Borders, to check if there was anything else we fancied doing. Having spied various 'stage' type things we um'd and ah'd and were as traditionally decisive as we were, in the end picking "Do something, Martin!
" (Martin White
) because it was late enough that we could go and get something to eat first.
It turned out that our choice could have been much less limited by time, because the Mexican Grill at which we got Burritos was the quickest Burrito provider I've encountered, and we were fed and on our way with plenty of time to sit in the bar at the theatre/college... which was nice, because it was one of the few warm places we'd been.
Do Something, Martin! turned out to be excellent, if very very odd. It's essentially a one-man story with accompanyment on an accordian, and some rather odd little songs in there. Kathryn mentioned a slight Tom Lehrer-esqueness, which I can agree with.
Do Something, Martin! also turned out to be where bluedevi
was that evening (Oxfringe hoodie in evidence), and after some prodding from Kathryn (I have this vague fear of looking like some kind of stalker when I meet people off Livejournal) I said Hi. It's always nice to put a face to a journal - although we were somewhat hurried - she had more Oxfringe things to do, and we had to go freeze our arses off getting back to the car.
Of course, Brick having had all of the previous day being played with, declared that he wasn't going to have any rear lights. Brake lights were fine, indicators just dandy, but no rear lights, no number plate light, and just for real top-level-Vauxhall-Viva humour, no dashboard lights either. Of course, the only thing I actually knew we didn't have was dash-lights, until we pulled into a petrol station where a recovery truck driver mentioned it.
Having spent about 10 minutes prodding bits, but foolishly assuming it must be the fuse (made of unobtainium) that I'd blown and bodged (because they are, in fact, made of unobtainum, or in my car 30A fuse wire soldered across the fuse body) I gave up, and we ran the last stretch home with the left indicator on permanently. Not ideal, but it was fracking freezing, and waiting for a recovery truck seemed unappealing).
Today, of course, I checked and it's Fuse 4, not Fuse 3 (the one I'd been fiddling with) which does the back lights. Taking it out and putting it back in seems to have cured it, I suspect though I need to find that emery and clean all those fuse connectors :-/
Today is of course, Kathryn's birthday. Kathryn's been dozing in the sun, seems happy with her prezzies and her Pancake breakfast, and so we shall probably have a nice chilled out day before commencing the world of work we've planned next week.