Friday at long last!
Today passed swiftly and without much event. Our morning lecture was interrupted by our lecturer, who was so keen for us to go to a small conference being held about the Chinese economy, running concurrently to class, that she cut the lecture short less then halfway so that we might attend it. It proved to be enlightening in that it did not go into excessive details and technicalities, but explained major trends and revealed new insights. I was perhaps most surprised to learn that the majority of western states do not consider China a market economy, and put many barriers on it joining the WTO. It's rather sad, the echoing strains of the Cold War that never seem to die away.
But that's rather heavy and political, and I'm probably better off ranting about that on Facebook!
I spent a calm afternoon out by the river today after Skyping home. It was exciting to finally be warm enough to go out in short clothes and catch some rays (18º! And a fortnight ago it was snowing!). If you'll indulge me a selfie, here's the dress I brought from home after Christmas, to the right.I do so love the designs from British India (not like I own many...it is a great woe that such beautiful things simply thieve your wallet).
There is a wide grassy spot where the river dips over a stone wall. It faces west, and so is bright and warm in the afternoon, and you can hear the rushing water and the twittering of birds. I lay there for about an hour catching up on my reading of Fellowship of the Ring, and then returned home. On the way, I spied these lovely trees, their boughs laden with what looked like snow. A fortnight ago, it certainly was snow. Can you believe that these, below, are blossoms?
I spent the evening watching The Battle of the Five Armies while trying to come up with a. topic for my next political theory essay. I think I've settled on corruption, though it hasn't been approved. It's due next week. Uni makes disorganised children of us all.
In other news, I've made massive headway with my artwork of Maedhros - which is perfect, as Fëanorian Week begins Monday, and starts with dear Maitimo after all! I will admit I've always been more of a fan of the Sindar and the Doriathrim, but it's about time I really tried to understand the complexities of the Noldor, and especially the Fëanorians, who I've honestly rather neglected. I've also - at last - begun on my next piece for B2MeM 2017. It's growing more than I thought it would, which doesn't help fact that I'm still quite far behind my quota. When the muse compels you, though, she can be a beautiful tyrant that you are hardly keen to disobey.
I'm going to the city tomorrow, so signing off for tonight. Take care all! Hope you've had a lovely Friday too.