Kids used to put make-up to look older (mostly to get into cinema halls showing A-rated movies - they were strict back then). They grew older and began using make-up for just the opposite effect.
No big relevation there but it sort of applies to my life, not the dolling up bit but the fact that I have actually got around to doing my MA (alebit correspondence). Am I the same person who couldn't wait to get out of college and get into advertising? Does age do this to you?? AAArgh and crazy as it sounds - I actually WANT to study and it's not as if I don't have a choice. Two negatives make a postive. Pigs will fly.
Am I one step away from senility? Besides what earthly good is an MA in my field. None. But working from home, this is the one time I could have a go at it, so there you go - that's my explanation. Besides there is this whole body of literature I wouldn't have touched with a bargepole otherwise. I am no longer petrified of Yeats, Chaucer and Shakespeare....and I am the receptacle of totally irrelevant but nonetheless interesting info like-
1. Why Latin, Celtic, Scandinavian and French crept into the English Language
2 . What the Great Vowel Shift is all about
3. That Jacob 'Fairytale' Grimm was a respected philologist
4. The world's coolest Lit site is this one - Sparknotes.com
While none of these are ice-breakers and I doubt if I could squeeze in the importance of the Great Vowel shift in party banter ..what I can tell you for sure is Asterix and Caeser's Gift uses dialogues from Hamlet...and no it is not TO BE OR NOT TO BE.