Hobbies and Interests
I am really interested in Romanesque Sculpture (or more properly
Anglo-Norman Sculpture), a fascination which started in 1966 when I
lived in the small village of Pipe Aston in Shropshire where the church
has an interesting Anglo-Norman tympanum of the Herefordshire School.
When I was studying in London, I was privileged to meet Dr George
Zarnecki, who kindly loaned me his unpublished PhD thesis to
I intend to put information and pictures of Anglo-Norman scupture of this page in the future
I love gardening, though I know very little about it.
I like to have flowers in the garden all the year round, and prefer a
flower to look pretty, smell gorgeous, have a long flowering season,
and require a minimum amount of work.
I always enjoyed playing croquet in a rather random ad hoc kind of way
with various friends who had a bit of grass
and the necessary equipment. When i lived in Shropshire, I played
regular friendly games with Mr Small and his family. Unfortunately, I
was not able to play much until my recent retirement. Now I have joined
the Colchester Croquet Club and can play fairly regularly, if not very
of my enduring interests in Geoffrey Chaucer, perhaps the greatest
poet, after Shakespeare, in the English language. I 'did' The Nun's
Priest's Tale for O Level, and, surprisingly, really enjoyed it. Later I was
fortunate to be
able to attend the lectures of Norman Davis on Early Middle English
Verse and Prose when I was studying at Oxford, which was a great help
and spur to my Chaucer studies.
I greatly enjoyed giving a
Cambridge University Extra Mural course on "The World of Geoffrey
Chaucer". Inspired originally by reading Terry Jones' book "Chaucer's
Knight", and subsequent correspondence with the author, I attempted to
write verse 'translations' of much of the Prologue and other sections
of the Canterbury Tales, which was intended to reflect the work of
contemporary scholarship which had not been available to Coghill. It
remains incomplete, and was only good in parts.