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enter april

Some crazy dreams brought in the beginning of April. One of note involved participating in a Top Gear Special about car sharing and reducing car use which involved me driving the cast and crew to the studio in one of our minibuses. It was of course quite noisy in the minibus what with all their objections to this scheme (though I note that my subconscious shielded from the true horror of ever staring directly at Jeremy Clarkson, like a gardener sheltering a tender seedling). My job was to earnestly and calmly advocate car-sharing, taking the bus, car clubs, walking, vehicle rental schemes and to be very polite, caring and professional, while driving a minibus. Thankfully this multitasking nightmare came to a rapid end as Richard Hammond insisted on driving, and a series of alarming set pieces ensued where we drove over picnic furniture, through flowerbeds, towards pets, etc. Fortunately our minibuses have bucket seats (a little tight on the larger gentleman, but very safe) and very secure seatbelts. Mercifully I woke up before we had to Flip the Minibus (which was going to be the finale), at which point they would cut back to the studio (and probably joke about how I'd tragically died).

Shock News of the morning is that Nelson has been nominated for an Eisner. Under "best anthology", in case you can't spot us. Yes, I know LOTS of people have been nominated. I don't care. Eisner!

My digital camera's screen has started doing the b&w wibbly wobbly thing, like it's about to start showing me pictures from beyond the grave, so I have regretfully bought another cheapish compact camera with skills beyond its size to replace it. It occurs to me that I've been walking around with a compact camera in my pocket since I was about 10 -- a 110 I got by collecting coupons off the back of a cereal packet -- [quite a few] years of snapping. I'll be sad to wave off the old camera as it's the one bought for me by all of my lovely friends after I was mugged, not to mention the co-author of Miss World Queen but with a little careful coddling and retirement from my pocket, I should be able to bring it out for special occasions for a few years yet.

In other news, Peonies. Good idea, or bad idea?

Comments

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zengineer
5th Apr, 2012 08:14 (UTC)
Peonies good. Ours has two buds threatening to bloom.
cleanskies
6th Apr, 2012 12:37 (UTC)
Good -- I've been collecting evidence from other people's gardens and they do seem to like it round here....
zengineer
6th Apr, 2012 13:13 (UTC)
Peonies
Ours is in the front raised bed so it is rather dryer and better draining than most Oxford soils. The peony is happy though.
jinty
5th Apr, 2012 08:25 (UTC)
Not massively keen on the really really frilly full ones
but some of the less-excessive ones are rather lovely.
cleanskies
6th Apr, 2012 12:42 (UTC)
white wings caught my eye
jinty
5th Apr, 2012 08:26 (UTC)
PS Nelson news is exciting news
Great stuff! Fingers crossed for it winning - haven't read anything else in the category so don't know what likelihood there is. Mind you, just being nominated is exciting enough.
cleanskies
6th Apr, 2012 12:43 (UTC)
Re: PS Nelson news is exciting news
Ye-es.... there are some strong contenders in there. Nelson is the "intellectual choice" for whatever that's worth!
smallbeasts
5th Apr, 2012 08:27 (UTC)
In my limited experience, peonies are indestructible. Even when transplanted in the wrong season and buried in Oxford clay.
cleanskies
6th Apr, 2012 12:43 (UTC)
indeed, I saw one sprouting up through gravel and membrane just down the road...
Good, just what I wanted to hear :)
motodraconis
5th Apr, 2012 10:15 (UTC)
Congrats on Nelson nomming! Bad luck on the Top Gear nightmare.
cleanskies
6th Apr, 2012 12:45 (UTC)
Well, this morning I had a dream set in a massive Eastern European museum which featured a chase scene with transvestites, so it's not all bad
mr_snips
5th Apr, 2012 10:19 (UTC)
Nelson News
Congratulations!!! :-)

sparkymark
5th Apr, 2012 10:51 (UTC)
...anyway...
I also dreamed about Top Gear last night. I dreamed that I was in charge of a production that gone even more off the rails then the India special and it was my job to make them talk about cars again even though I didn't have any knowledge about cars: it was a bit like the "exams" dream.
cleanskies
6th Apr, 2012 12:44 (UTC)
Re: ...anyway...
Given my inability to drive (or quip with celebrities, for that matter) mine was a bit of an exams dream, too
celestialweasel
5th Apr, 2012 10:56 (UTC)
I think cheap digital cameras are too good these days, though when I look back at old photos done with old cameras / phones I find that to some extent things that I thought I liked the blurry aesethetic of at the time just look a bit naff. I have hundreds (literally) printed out at a photo thing in an American supermarket from an old camera phone when we went to visit my cousin as the price was so ludicrously low by UK standards it seemed too good to miss, I think the process of printing them all out on their slightly dodgy machine caused one of the staff to run screaming from the store, though.
cleanskies
6th Apr, 2012 12:50 (UTC)
Hmmm, there comes a point when a cute old camera is just shit now really
crazycrone
5th Apr, 2012 11:19 (UTC)
NELSON Nomination
That really is pretty cool.
jackfirecat
5th Apr, 2012 20:19 (UTC)
Have you got it yet?
pollitesss
5th Apr, 2012 12:39 (UTC)
Congratulations on the nomination.

I know nothing about peonies.

Top Gun Special About Car Sharing. Whilst I'm sorry if the dream was disturbing - the sheer improbability of that is making me smile.
cleanskies
5th Apr, 2012 23:29 (UTC)
I'm assuming Top Gun was a slip of the keyboard
But a glorious concept nevertheless
pollitesss
6th Apr, 2012 14:33 (UTC)
Re: I'm assuming Top Gun was a slip of the keyboard
Yes a momentary lapse of the brain...

I feel the need, the need for, er...ethical considerations such as reducing pollution?
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