I drove up to Durham yesterday — 277 miles — in glorious sunshine and got myself checked into the Durham East premier inn. The conference arrangements have been somewhat haphazard, so I called St. Johns College and enquired about early arrival today. They told me that I could have saved myself the hotel bill! Memo: check such things with the people providing accomodation.
This morning is an equally beautiful day. Central Durham is very lovely in the sunshine. I got my room, got my car parked, and then spent the morning wandering around enjoying the weather. The light and the sun reminded me of Rome. I went into a BHS and had a roll and a glass of coke, in a restaurant with a view over the river. The world was full of light, and a delight to wander around in.
Formal check-in for the conference is 13:30, at which point I hope to find out who is attending etc. I’ve just found the computer room — I have been unable to get my laptop to communicate with the wifi network, for lack of the necessary instructions — and hope to blog throughout the conference.
Mind you, with the weather as it is, who wants to be indoors? If all the papers tomorrow look boring, I might drive up to Hadrian’s Wall! It’s within striking range from here.
There’s at least one paper today that I definitely want to hear. There’s also a number of “plenary addresses” — anything lasting 75 minutes is suspect to my mind — but the first one, on the connection between the Fathers and Roman Law, might well be interesting.
Since I don’t formally arrive until 13:30, I need to shoot off and get some lunch first. Fortunately there is a Tesco Metro nearby, and an M&S.
More updates later.