Sorry it's been so long since my last updates but I've been avalanched in the period known as "exam time" at university, amongst other things! I've sat 3 out of my 4 exams but unfortunately own't be sitting my final and fourth - medieval islamic history, until August due to a bit of a wine flu scare scare. On Sunday morning I woke up wit a very sore throat and temperature. By the evening, my eyes were watering, nose sniffling, sneezing, and naturally concluded I'd got the cold, a.k.a the lurgy. However by Monday morning, it had gone from being the common cold to something which felt a lot more serious. As well as the normal flu symptoms, I was having aches around my shoudlers and the base of my spine and my head was killing me. I was feeling really dizzy and faint and could barely keep my eyes open. So on Monday evening I phoned NHS direct and gave thme my symptoms, thye put me through to the swine flu information hotline and they were really concerned that I was displaying a lot of the symtoms - basically everything but the blue lips and finger nails!! So I had to be monitored for 24 hours and go on a course of parecetomols, drink lots of fluids etc. So it got to the 24 hour mark and i wasn't any better, so I had to go in so the doctors could take a better look at me. They did a series of checks and tests and stuf and then gave me the all clear and said although I didn't have swine flu, I did have a very bad flu and sent me home to get some bed rest. So that was my 24 hours of maybe having swine flu but ultimately turning out that I didn't.
During this time, I was treated like a lepar. You know what phrase scares the shit out of people? "I might have swine flu". Really. You should see them start making a very slow backwards step away from you. Is this what the plague was like?!?! Due to me having "fake swine flu", I missed out on the following - meeting Prince William, a very important business meeting, several small meetings, attending a very extravagent party, and my medieval islamic exam - which I now have to sit in August.
So all in all in its been a shit 4 days. I'm feeling a lot better now though, after my little brush with fake swine flu/plague and am trying to rebuild the meetings and everything I lost in those dark 4 days. :(
In other news, I ordered a stack of history books. I've decided I'm going to do my mini disseration in my second year in Autumn and am going to do it on the topic of homosexuality in Medieval Islamic society. Really interesting topic!!! Google Abu Nuwas!!! So ordered a load of books on Islamic history, the history of homosexuality, and in what I think is a very clever move, books on Greek homosexuality. I'm hoping that by looking at attitudes to homosexuality before Medieval Islam, but also at a time which if you go far enoguh back, overlaps a tiny bit, I can use it to lever an argument that suggests that our views on the islamic faith in connection homosexuality are unfounded, misguided and ultimately wrong. :)
Also finally got around to ordering Ian Mortimers new history book, The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England. It's billed as a handbook for if you were visiting the fourteenth century and is full of interesting pieces of information which other history books seem to miss out on the grounds they are too trivial. I love those bits though. So far i've discovered that medieval upper class women kept squirrels as pets and there were no public green spaces such as parks. Defo worth a look!!
So yeah, I'm back to my project o showing the world that history students don't just do nothing. How are you doing fellow student historians?