Experiments on the Edge of Control

“The fastest I’ve done is 128km per hour. That’s about 70mph!” “Really? That’s about the same as me!” claimed a youthful American accent, concurring with London. Both a little too loudly for the confines of a crowded gondola. “You need the right slope. One that is steep and then flattens off.” they added, for everyone’sContinue reading “Experiments on the Edge of Control”

The Vikings Have Left the Building

Peace has descended once more on the Lys Valley. The Vikings have left the building. We suspect that they departed in the wee small hours and decided not to do anything as mundane as go to bed. Nightlife here is limited – we did once see a person dance on a table in bar butContinue reading “The Vikings Have Left the Building”

A Viking Charm Offensive – and Other Oxymorons.

Oxymoron – noun [ok-si-mawr–on]. Rhetoric. “A figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in ‘cruel kindness’ or ‘to make haste slowly.’” We went to bed in rapt antici…pation of an early start and getting first tracks, but our plans went horribly awry at midnight. The Vikings arrived! We got a small sense of how the monks of Lindisfarne might have felt in AD 793. We cowered in the dark while doors slammed,Continue reading “A Viking Charm Offensive – and Other Oxymorons.”