On 23 December:
Finish Theodosian Code before golf!
The Theodosian Code is a late Roman legal text. It’s a great source – I almost did a PhD on it. But it needed to be finished before I played golf with Nick.
An old diary is a time machine. But when you arrive in that former age, not everything has changed.
In 2003/04 I was in my final year at Oxford. But it was not a life of pure pseudo-academic splendour. In the same week I had:
- White tie ball at New College (26 June)
- Start work as a pot washer in a restaurant back home (30 June)
Juxtapositions like this – Roman law and golf, posh decadence and pot washing – occur throughout.
There are many things in there that feel a very long time ago – History lecture times (3x per week in term), Masters application deadlines (mostly 15 Jan), family events with long-passed relatives (late April), and cooking plans with long-lost girlfriends (ok, I wasn’t exactly a player… it was one cooking plan with one long-lost girlfriend – 6 April).
But what stands out most are the things that have not changed, even 12 years later.
The same fantasy football league is still going strong, and we even have a trophy engraved with the winners’ names these days.
And I still hang out as much as possible with the same friends whose 20th and 21st birthdays we celebrated back then.
The world keeps turning. But not everything has to change.