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Damian's been away have a project meeting. I've been away having a birthday. One of us was in Paris. Not me.

I spent my birthday in Oxford, by day playing host to my Mother and her husband Clive (who is very into gables), and by night making things/lists for Caption. Tiring, tiring, up-and-down day.

It took a lot of bullying, but I eventually got them into a punt. I couldn't convince them about the champagne, so made up for it by doing all the punting myself river seething with tourists (wowing at my ability to *gasp* reverse) creepy fat man leering at me from the bridge (memories of being 14 and how the middle-aged men were suddenly there) flash of red/blue as a kingfisher shoots into the water then gasping as another kingfisher joins him and they start a screaming barney over a prime spot above the river, chasing each other up and down river, screaming and calling, but not quite for long enough for Clive to get a photo (ah-ha-ha-ha).

I love seeing her but I always get so tired. It's not that they walk more or talk more than I do with my friends. It's something to do with rhythm or pattern.

Stressful, I suppose.

The evening brought down the rain, but I had faith. It stopped before the play, which they loved, so I didn't have to feel bad about insisting they went, and brooking no argument.

I stayed up late, inking and collating reprinted minicomics. I owe somebody some, I'm sure. And that wasn't a bad birthday, all told.

(Later) (the following day) Clive found a white china knob in the broken space on the rich dark soil on Port Meadow; I found an intact bottle. We both put them back on the ground; I didn't need a little bottle. What use did he have for a broken white china knob?

I gave the china knob to the earlier of our two small Cthulus. Clive took the bottle away as a souvenir.

Alex (sister) gave me an owl with blinking amber eyes. Terry gave me a small but very posable Bruce Lee. My friends all clubbed together and bought me a laminater, so now my doodles will last forever -- and, place mats for everybody this Christmas! (And it'll come in very useful for Caption Exhibition. Which isn't why they got it for me. No, really.)

Just feeling tired now. Drifted tired, like my head's sliding sideways. But teh exh1btn s teh r0x0r. Obsoletely.


( 18 worms — Feed the birds )
27th Jul, 2003 16:17 (UTC)
Happy birthday. I didn't know. I never do seem to know about birthdays.
27th Jul, 2003 16:24 (UTC)
Ditto on both accounts. Funny, it doesn't occur to me that large swathes of people I know have birthdays. Family, friends you see daily (the other family), they have birthdays. What does this mean? Does it matter? Probably not. Hmm...
28th Jul, 2003 02:54 (UTC)
oh, hey ---
you back in civilisation now?
28th Jul, 2003 06:37 (UTC)
Re: oh, hey ---
Yeah, left the Island on Saturday. I'm house sitting in Winchester for a week, then Caption, then... Birmingham!
27th Jul, 2003 16:22 (UTC)
happy birthday!
27th Jul, 2003 16:47 (UTC)
Happy birthday dear. What sort of small Cthulhus have you got? There's lovely little terracotta ones floating around Vancouver these days; you find them hidden behind broken bricks and that.
28th Jul, 2003 01:23 (UTC)
Cthulus of Vancouver...
They sound excellent. Any pics?
28th Jul, 2003 01:36 (UTC)
Re: Cthulus of Vancouver...
Oh, stinky me, no. No pictures. Didn't think of it. They're very small, done in relief, sort of rectangular, reddish, er... I think a Japan-based artist mass-produces at his own expense, then has his band distribute them while on tour in the colonies and on the Continent.
28th Jul, 2003 04:14 (UTC)
they're green and cuddly
( http://www.oafe.net/yo/cthplu.html )

Ours are 6 in tall and basic green.

Floating? Terracotta? Behind bricks? Tell us more ! (photos?)
28th Jul, 2003 22:18 (UTC)
Re: they're green and cuddly
Aww! Those are awesome Cthulhus. I want!

The Vancouver ones are quite subtle, sort of relief-sculpture thingies, pressed from a mold in some sort of mottled, reddish clay, with ominous symbols below the awful image of Cthulhu. The idea is, if you get ahold of one, you ought to go stash it in some bizarre, unlikely place, to maximize the chances of someone being driven slightly mad by it.
29th Jul, 2003 01:43 (UTC)
Re: they're green and cuddly
Vancouver Cthulus sound fantastic! Wouldn't it be cool to start a worldwide thing? Like, everyone who sees this could make abut 20 lil' Cthulus,and leave them in strange places around our hometowns, engendering an epidemic of gibbering Lovecraftian madness. Yeah!
29th Jul, 2003 02:36 (UTC)
nice idea
I have some neon-coloured plasticene ....
29th Jul, 2003 04:43 (UTC)
Re: nice idea
I'm doin' it for sure. I have some of that terracotta self-hardening stuff somewhere. Arf!
29th Jul, 2003 13:11 (UTC)
Re: they're green and cuddly
Yay! Let's do it! I LOVE gibbering!!
27th Jul, 2003 16:49 (UTC)
Merry Merry belated Birthday, and many happy returns of the day. :-)
28th Jul, 2003 01:26 (UTC)
Yeh, Happy Belated Birthday
And good laminating!
28th Jul, 2003 02:04 (UTC)
Happy retrospective birthday - look forward to seeing you at the weekend.
28th Jul, 2003 08:07 (UTC)
ooooh laminator!

And happy birthday!
( 18 worms — Feed the birds )