There is no such thing as a surfeit of good Belgian chocolates (until you have to choose just six)

One of the best things about preparing to teach classes is the amount of reading that I get to do. Am required to do, in fact. I imagine it's something like being the menu tester at a superb restaurant, or a product quality inspector at a very good chocolate factory, somewhere in Belgium, say, where …

Signing off for 2016

Having done bugger-all blogging in 2016, it feels a bit rich to be signing off for the year (what, you’re still around?! I thought you’d been ossified), but none the less, I am so doing. It’s been a funny one. Again. We had the Earthquake anthology, plus quite a few more big shakes. Takahē, and …