After close to a month and a half of below normal temperatures and rain and overcast skies, the weather gods have finally decided to smile down on England. Yesterday it probably got up to 24 and today it's supposed to get up to 26! I'm going to have to start getting a bit creative fashion-wise - we didn't bring very much summer wear with us when we moved over here.
Yesterday, we went to see Terry Eagleton, the famed Marxist literary critic, speak on his book Why Marx Was Right. I actually found myself agreeing with a lot of what he was saying, because if you actually look at the historical Marx, you'll find he was actually quite bourgeois and a reformist as well as a radical. Eagleton seemed to moderate Marx, which in turn makes him look much more compelling. Also, he stated very firmly that any present-day socialist has to admit that a) Marx was very bad at predicting the future and b) that Stalinist Russia must always be seen as a failure of Marx's principles. Also, he was a very engaging and self-deprecating speaker. In the 1970s, he wrote a Marxist study of the Brontes, Myths of Power, which I cited in my master's thesis.
And now, on to the photos. I took these two days ago, which was our first very sunny day, and they mark a familiar walking route I like to take in central Oxford.