April 7th, 2014

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Coldest March in thirty years, they say. I suppose: *consistently* cold, and the warmest it got to was 10C. I've been seeing blooming flowers here and there on my bike rides: ascertained today that they're in fact plastic, put out by people who are tired of waiting for the coldest March in thirty years to be over. Have actually seen real snowdrops in certain north-side yards; but the south-side yards still have snow hills in them.

Brainfried, couldn't read Two Serpents Rise on the weekend. Read A Distant Neighbourhood/ Haruka na machi e instead, manga by the Times of Botchan mangaka. Ah, Japan and trains... (Am bothered by the translation of machi as neighbourhood. In this context I suppose it's reasonable, but it feels like there ought at least to be a colloquial word for neighbourhood in English, and there isn't. Is *why* you have the 'hood, I assume.) (Also I feel like the Japanese is reaching for 'Another country' as in The past is, which you can't render in English either.)

Still brainfried (had to be reminded several times that today was Monday) went and got more translated comics- The Rabbi's Cat and Adèle Blanc-Sec. There's no excuse for the latter because I've had the French versions on my shelves for at least twenty-five years if not more; and never read them, of course.
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