Nope, don’t have much to say this week. Only posting to maintain my streak – every Sunday this year – and I’ll cut myself some slack for it.
My household has had both doses of COVID vaccine. We are expecting visitors within the week. This is the first time in almost ten months since we’ve had people round, and of course we don’t go out. Things will seem a little… weird, at first.
And, of course, there’s the recent surge of the “Indian” variant in the UK, which threatens to send us into a tailspin yet again, vaccinated or not. Och, there’s always more disaster if you go looking.
Lessons from last time: take care, be aware, and don’t keep keeking at the internet to see if there’s doom in the air.
With that said, here’s this week’s links:
Yersina pestis and other plagues – an interesting post from a blog that seems abandoned now, written before our current pandemic was even a twinkle in a bat’s eye.
Bandwagon jumping with this one, sourced via a recent tweet from Terri Windling: Confronting Reality by Reading Fantasy, wherein author Lev Grossman discusses C S Lewis and the impact of Narnia on his own writing. See also my own post, Narnia Underground. There’s more than an element of J M Barrie about Narnia, too.
An archived BBC article by Mike Harding, skipping across Laurie Lee’s autobiography As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning. I originally chose this link for a different post, which I didn’t have the oomph to complete to my satisfaction, but the link is still good. The unvarnished nature of some folk singing. The blog finished in 2010, but you can still find @MikeHarding on Twitter and elsewhere.