I've enjoyed a couple of extra-curricular early-evening lectures at the universities, in little lecture theatres with a lot of clever and important people drinking wine.
A few weeks ago the CMRC organisation at Southampton hosted Prof. Nigel Saul on "Chivalry & Commemoration In Late-Medieval England".
Today CEISR at Portsmouth hosted Prof. Sir Christopher Frayling on "Once Upon A Time In Italy: How Europe Re-invented The American West".
I took copious notes because my would-be companion couldn't come.
The travel time allowed me to get going on the research for my current art project, which is the construction of an animal out of recycled or salvaged material. At the moment I'm looking at heraldic and mythical beasts.
Here are the driftwood horses and other trash art.
I'm glad to have got that started but I need to watch The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.