Some explanation for “Wandering Canary” is required. A Norwich City FC fan is known as a Canary. Here I am, at a football match… in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Hence, Wandering Canary.
My name is Ben Craske. I am a second-year public history student at New Mexico State University, working on my MA. I am a graduate assistant and cannot wait to finish my degree. I’m itching to get into the job market, and I would love to build a career in a museum or historical society. Somewhere I can facilitate engagement between the public and the past.
Now the formal bit’s out of the way, see below for more info about me:
- I come from Norwich in Norfolk, England, and am proud of this, despite the stereotypes. It is a beautiful county, perhaps slightly out of sync with the rest of England, but I couldn’t imagine calling anywhere else in the world home. Except maybe Ogunquit, Maine, USA, but I will get to that shortly.
- I am an absolutely ardent Norwich City FC supporter, a truly Yellow Canary. I have held a season ticket for 13 years, since I was seven years old, and still have one, even though I’m at university and cannot afford to return home regularly to watch games.
- I adore art, and dabble in photography too. I was a member of the Warwick Student Art Society in my first year of university, and was the President of the exec in my second year of undergrad.
- I have been involved in a project ran by Tate Britain, at Norwich Castle Art Gallery called Visual Dialogues. I critically evaluated family themed pieces in two collections in the gallery, then did my own responses. This culminated in my work being exhibited in the Castle Gallery, and being published in book that went on sale at the Tate Britain itself. Perhaps one of the proudest achievements of my life so far.
- Stephen King is my hero. I persuaded my family to tour New England one summer, and we visited major real-life sites from his books, and his hometown Bangor. I saw the cemetery from the film “Pet Cemetery”, the canal from “IT”, and most importantly, the absolutely stunning town of Ogunquit, Maine, which stole my heart.
- This is why:
- His Dark Tower Series is better than the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (controversial, I know).
- I spent a year abroad in California, as part of my undergrad degree at UC Santa Barbara. To be a student at UCSB spoils many things for you afterwards because the lifestyle and location are just fantastic.
- One of my long-term goals is to live and work in the US. I’m besotted by it.
- Haven’t got the foggiest clue how I’m going to manage the above.
- I am fatally allergic to nuts. Rampantly uncaring, bastard airline companies have tried to have me killed off. Twice. They ask you if you have dietary requirements, but anything more complex than a vegetarian meal is beyond these incompetent so-and-so’s. I’m getting bored by it quite frankly.
- I used to play football (soccer, for any American readers, but I hate that you can’t just call it by its real name), but an obliterated knee sustained on a football tour in Poland has now limited my involvement to casual games. Instead, I go to the gym. Much less hassle, do it in your own time, set your own challenges, with no mud and there is definitely a social side to it as well.
- My Dad isn’t just my father, he’s my best friend too.
- This is my first ever blog, I cannot wait to get underway, but be gentle.
So that, folks, gives you a little bit more insight into the man behind the beard. I look forward to making entries, hope you enjoy reading them, and then engaging with them.