Yesterday, I cast my humble gaze over and opened up my equally humble ears to the delights of a new short film produced for the 'Hidden Treasures, Fresh Expressions' exhibition, due to open at Rochester Cathedral in early 2016.
The film is about the work of the scribe who produced the twelfth-century codex known as Textus Roffensis (The text of Rochester), one of the most important manuscripts in Britain for what it reveals about English society and law in the early medieval period (c.600-c.1100).
Dr Monk, my twenty-first-century alter ego, wrote and performed the narration for the film, and he didn't let the side down. But the real magic lies in the wizardry of FUZZY DUCK, the film production company based at Media City in Salford Quays (North West of England).
From where those fellows get their enchanted gifts of visual manipulation I wouldn't like to say, but the result is a wondrous, close-up exploration of the codex's marvellous scribal peculiarities.
I'm afraid that's all I can tell you for now, as all is wrapped up in a shroud of secrecy. I will reveal details of the exhibition as soon as Dr Monk is forthcoming. As things stand, it is due to open January/ February 2016.
Once in a while an Anglo-Saxon monk needs a new habit. According to the Benedictine Rule, he's allowed both a winter-weight one and a summer version, which can actually be an old threadbare one.
Not one for excess, I've finally got around to getting a new habit (and linen under tunic and trousers) after living forty plus years in my monastery. Admittedly, blessed readers, I have had a few changes of clothing in that time: you didn't expect me to still be in the clothes I had as a seven-year-old oblate, did you?
Being a trans-historical monk, I managed to find a twenty-first century craftsman to produce my garb for me. So a great big thank you to Aidan Campbell for exercising one of his many talents in providing me with an excellent fitting outfit.
Remarkably, he was able to work from only a set of measurements and a couple of manuscript images. Please enjoy, beloved, the results of his labours: