Alright then, where were we? Arianna’s little ceremony was well-attended, even crowded, but the Minister of Education was
really only there for the photo op (Arianna penned the winning essay for the “Scotland of My Dreams” writing contest, you’ll
recall). Ari is pushing to use the award money for a second-hand Vauxhall Astra, but with such good public transport here, and
college just around the corner, it doesn’t seem prudent. We’ll keep you posted. Oh yeah, and as team captain of the local front-
runners, she’s been asked to represent her football club at a funny sort of celebrity luncheon down in Edinburgh early next month.

Annaliese writes from the States that, because of her work on the revised edition of Dr. Haskell’s book (on which she toiled for at
least a couple of her undergraduate years), he has asked the publisher to put her name on the cover.  Not a bad feather in her
cap.  It won’t be out for another eight months, but rush out when it hits the bookstands and pick up
Objectivity is not Neutrality:
Explanatory Schemes in History
, (Johns Hopkins University Press; third edition, due out August 2012).  While we’re boasting about
publications (although on a vastly different scale), I did a quick write-up on this year’s Burning of the Clavie (Pictish fire festival in
Burghead, near Inverness) that was printed in the Aberdeen Independent.   I’ll forge a digilink or burnish a lectricopy later this
week.  Alissa is also in print as she once again featured prominently in this year's Women in Business: Who's Who in Aberdeen.

We’re told that it’s a bit warmer than usual for this time of year here in Aberdeen. Don’t get me wrong, with a high of 45o F it’s
not like we’re mistaking the place for Indonesia, where, as some of you know, we lived for several years starting way back in
2005. Ahhh, was it that long ago?  I think that’s where we started this website, but of course, we let it languish so.  I remember a
time when it became so outdated it was more of an embarrassment than a tool of communication.  Of course, with this entry
today you are crisply up to date.

In conclusion I ask you, “
càit a bheil an taigh beag?” (which is Gàidhlig, or Gaelic, for “Where's the bathroom?”).
Plaiditude 18: 23 January 2012
the Javalogue