April 20th, 2003



A somewhat ill Adam was round yesterday, waiting for Bekka to get off of nigtshift so that he could spend the remained of the weekend with her.

Due to his illness neither of us wanted to watch something difficult or depressing, so we opted for the series Blackadder Goes Forth (which has depressing bits, but is largely funny). It came out in 1989, so we'd both seen it several times before, but not recently enough to remember it perfectly.

With the jokes we'd forgotten, we laughed a lot, but with the jokes we'd remembered I tended not to. Adam, on the other hand would start laughing anything up to 2 seconds before the punch-line. I'm not even sure that he realised he was doing so, but he burst into giggles just before something funny happened on several occasions.

Thinking about Dennets theories of mental revisionism (that we put together our memories of an even as we go along, revising previous versions as we get more information abouit the event), I wonder if Adam remembers himself laughing at the jokes or beforehand...

Christmas was coming

Tidying my desk I found a not I made before Christmas for an LJ entry. Erin was dragigng me around Edinburgh's Children's Musem which had a new room on Victorian toys.

Two things fascinated me in particular, the first being that Christmas as a gift-giving occasion was brought to Britain by Prince Albert, along with such things as Christmas Trees. This time coincided with the conversion of children from being seen as short, less useful people into something to be treasured and looked after. The combination led to the creation of the toy industry. The second was a marvellous 'educaitonal' children's board game I found where you had to move round various parts of the British Empire. The locations included Ottowa, Malta, Capetown, Cairo, Ceylon, Hong Kong, Delhi and Melbourne. None of which seem terribly British any more...

Falling off my chair and giggling

"Why of course the people don't want war....But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship....All you have to do is tell them they're being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."

--- Hermann Goring, Nuremburg War Crimes Trial.