Site Columns By Caillan
June 19, 2002 - 4:48 PM

Hello World!

Not. Happy. Jan.

Three very apt words - especially since the computer just crashed and I had to type all this out again. I hope those of you who use the TV listings send me lashings of chocolate in grateful thanks.

They're also very suitable for this evening's exam experience (Greek history), which I think I waffled about last week. Upon opening up the paper, I was shocked to discover the question on 'The Odyssey' was 'What features of the Odyssey make the poem ideal for performance in front of a live audience?'

It wasn't quite a 'life flashes before your eyes' experience, but it came close. Especially since we'd dealt with women, slaves, beliefs, ideals, the supernatural, characterisation, narrative techniques and everything else ad nauseam in the lecture and tutorial, but I don't remember doing anything about live performances. Most of the exam paper seemed to be almost identical to the one two years ago - except for that question.

Hence: Not. Happy. Jan. If you haven't seen the Australian Yellow Pages ad, which is probably most of you, you won't have an idea what I'm talking about. Don't worry, it's how I felt answering the Odyssey question.

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