Cycle – mountain bike: 32.11km, 2:15:12,14.3km/h.
Working on Caoimhe’s birthday card.
|Windswept Fannyside Loch|
|Found new trail north of Arns Road|
|Testing – oh dear!|
Python programming: sympy.
Cycle – road bike: 31.37km, 1:11:57, 26.2km/h.
Draw card for Ranald and Fiona. (A test for Caoimhe’s birthday card.)
|Happy New House!|
Late last night I finished reading a surprisingly enjoyable biography of Alasdair Gray, A Secretary’s Biography, by Rodge Glass. And by a happy coincidence, today is the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of his first novel, Lanark.
I read Lanark some time during the ’90s. I went through a nationalistic phase while living in London, reading many Scottish authors: Alasdair Gray, James Kelman, Agnes Owens, Irvine Welsh, James Hogg, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Iain Banks, Jeff Torrington, and many more in short story collections. Without the distraction of a television or the internet, I spent much time and a substantial amout of my meagre student grant (including a London allowance!) on buying books. It was probably my most productive book reading period.
BBC Scotland has an audio slideshow where Alasdair Gray briefly talks about Lanark.
|Draft manuscript pages|