So it seems that when I said 'more later' in my last post, what I really meant by later was very early Sunday morning.
I have had no time to myself this week. Seriously. I'm doing voluntary work in London, which means no money to leave home, which means a 1 and a half hour commute to work in the mornings. As a result I get home at about seven in the evening and before I know it I have to go to bed because I have to wake up so early. I'm glad I'm only working for a month, I don't think I could manage it for longer.
So I'm currently getting some work experience in archiving. This means that I spend most of the day shifting heavy old books on and off shelves and getting really dusty because the red leather bindings like to rot away. Oh, it's been interesting though. The oldest records I've seen have been from 1842 and they have such beautiful handwriting in them. Crikey, I wish my handwriting was like that (I think I have the handwriting competency of a 10 year old; somewhere along the line I lost the ability to do joined-up writing too).
Hahaha and the most interesting part? I'm working for the freemasons @_@
It's quite exciting, I'm surrounded by their funny symbols all day (on books, on regalia, on door handles...). So, have I uncovered any great conspiracies yet? No. Have I gained an in-depth understanding of the workings of their old people's homes? Yes.
It's strange, as a society, they seem really queer and insular and yet utterly mundane at the same time. I love it.
My interesting freemason fact for you:
You can tell if a person in a portrait is a freemason by looking at his feet. If the feet are roughly forming a 90 degree angle (but they don't have to touch at the heels) kind of like so then the person is most likely a freemason. It symbolises standing on a set square or something...
However, I say, however, the artist and cynic in me says that masons may be quite hard to distinguish because, seeing how no-one ever stands with their feet exactly parallel to each other, it's quite common to draw feet in a similar angle, be the subject a freemason or not.
Although, if the person in the protrait has his feet at a 90 degree angle AND is wearing the full masonic regalia, then YES, he is a freemason.
Kind of related but not really at all, at least, I'll have to wat until the story pans out a little further. I watched the first episode of Le Chevalier D'Eon today. An anime set in pre-revolutionary France with conspiracies, secret symbols, murder, religious quotes, zombies (?) and a protagonist who looks like a girl? YES PLEASE.
It was really fast-paced and quite confusing, but well animated and also exciting. Why do I have to wait until August for the series to continue? *weeps quietly*