History in Context: From hating history to, well what exactly?

I despised history lessons when I was at school. For the most part, it was limited to British history and I was more interested in the rest of the world. For the other part, I took the attitude 'why are we focussing on the past?' or, as the SSX Tricky character would yell, 'the past…

An attempt at not forgetting 17 years of French

It has been three months since I finished my degree! What! While I've always been good at keeping up with the literature side of my degree, the French side can be a little harder to slot into everyday life (without moving to France that is, believe me - I'm trying). I was reading at least…

City by the book: Rio de Janeiro & de Assis

Once again, my novel picked for Rio de Janeiro turned out to cover a much broader space of land than just Rio, but so did our trip, so it worked out quite well. For Rio de Janeiro, or for Brazil, I picked Don Casmurro by Machado de Assis, written in 1899. We were only in Rio itself…