I say “begin” because two of our students are coming a day earlier than the rest. They are coming from China rather than on the group flight from NYC. We found out yesterday. Aieeeee! Everything was set for their arrival, and now their flights have been altered. Aieeeee! I’m sure it will work (even though their new arrival time is earlier than the previous plan, it still isn’t until about 6 pm, which gives us time to re-book the car service) but here’s hoping this is as bad as it gets!
Click here to see what I couldn’t see today – the 100 (Roman) foot wide base of the Pyramid of Cestius.
Here’s the wikipedia link: the work is being sponsored by a Japanese individual. Not a great sign for Italy? Kind of back to the days of Victorian gentlemen paying for facades to be built onto major churches in Florence?
P.S. I hate Flickr. Why won’t it let me post my pictures here??
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St Paul gazing out from the top of the Column of Marcus Aurelius.
I slept 12 hours last night (It’s about 11:30 and I’ve just finished breakfast). Admittedly, I slept very little on the plane (noisy little girl and her oblivious father were 2 rows ahead of me), but that was a bit much. I’ll head out with a camera soon.
My colleague arrives this afternoon (3ish), so I should be in touch with her by 5 local time. She’s living over in hither Trastevere. My friend the director of the language school is in Oslo by now (poor man – he’s going to where temperatures like the upper Midwest this week are normal!), so there’s no big welcome dinner for us until next week. The way my body is reacting, that’s all for the best!
. . . now for a walk, some pizza, and a SIM card!
I’ll be there tomorrow, January 8. My colleague gets in the next day. The students arrive Thursday 1/16 – and then HWS Rome 2014 begins!
I’m almost ready.
- Rent checks left with Sue in addressed and stamped envelopes. Check.
- Nyseg paid and all appliances unplugged. Check.*
- Time-Warner on Snow Bird suspension.
- AT&T contract on suspension.
- Everything but the laptop, my dopp kit, and the immediate necessities packed.
*though I have a funny feeling I left my clock-radio plugged in.
The British Museum stored a lump of “organic material” for 125 years and no one had ever looked at it properly? That’s how this story sounds.
A Celtic treasure looted by the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago has been discovered in the British Museum’s storerooms. An ornate, gilded disc brooch dating from the eighth or ninth century was found by chance and is being described as a “staggering find”. No-one knew of its existence until now.
It had been concealed in a lump of organic material excavated from a Viking burial site at Lilleberge in Norway by a British archaeologist in the 1880s and acquired by the British Museum in 1891.
Curator Barry Ager, a Vikings specialist, was poring over artefacts before a visit from a Norwegian researching the Viking site when his eye was caught by some metal sticking out of the side of the organic lump.
Intrigued, he asked the conservation department to X-ray it. “At that stage, I really didn’t know what was inside,” he said. “It was a staggering find.”
“As our Party detected and purged the anti-Party, counterrevolutionary factionalists at an opportune time and with a correct decision, the Party and revolutionary ranks were further consolidated and our single-hearted unity was solidified to the maximum,” Kim said, according to the text of the speech carried by North Korean state media.
A priest in England picked up an old portrait in an antique store for £400. He took it to a Roadshow where someone suspected it might be a Van Dyke. Lots of study later and it is – and worth about £400,000. He’s going to sell it and buy bells. My parents and I were watching the PBS of Roadshow last night – someone had a student work by Chuck Close. They told her at auction it might go for $100,000. So there are treasures out there!
I’m way too invested in Flickr to change services. I have a couple of thousand photos there, administer one group, and actively post to a bunch of others. But almost every time Flickr upgrades itself it breaks some connections. This time, I’m having trouble posting from Flickr to this WordPress blog – one of the features I like the most. So no Christmas pogo photos for you yet!
Maybe it’s WordPress’s fault, but I just input my password about 7 times into Flickr and it’s still failing to post. Grrr.
For instance, from the first page – where one now sees contact’s top photo – I can use the share icon to share that TOP photo. However, if I go to a contact’s photostream, the share icon doesn’t work any more than it does on my own. Wow.
Nothing like buying things online and having notifications delivered by email. Beer of the month club solves all those brother-in-law problems.