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All week noting odd bits down while I panic more and more about the muck and dust in my house I just don't seem to be able to get rid of. Wisdom from the piles of spam: Microsoft windows necessity control your PC. I probably need to just throw away more stuff, but even throwing things away takes time. i know u sick, i have drug that can cure ur sickness. Against my expectations was rather angry that Grayson Perry won The Turner Prize; it felt like cozy outrageousness, nothing so safe as a happily married father of two who likes to wear dresses. It was Anya Gallaccio who lingered, because what she did left me looking differently at the world, seeing the scrapes left ivy in the pollutant veneer on overpasses, the tide-marks left by roadsweepers along the inner limits of the pavements on Cowley Road, the fallen leaves pressed into the grit of bus-lanes, all those marks left on permenance by things that are supposed to be momentary. The stains on my wall from all the mosquitos I killed. And the Chapman Brothers who should have won, of course. Want to greaten your genitals? I finally got sick of losing my breath whenever I had long conversations with my boss and took my deep, painful coughs and aching throat to the Doctors. I have a virus. I need to rest. No time to rest. Buy a home the for the Birds Keep thinking about words but only producing fragments (farraginous nonsense that passes for good practice need more space for progressive distraction that will actually advance my progress towards adequation). Looking through beautiful story books for gifts for neices and nephews; in the end decide they're too tiny for anything except Seuss board books. The only thing we had in common was tove jannsson and gin. So. Eventually I get onto publicising the Picky Picky Game, cue confused and critical comments from people who don't understand why it doesn't have a 100% logical narrative. trucks have plans, you should too Sigh. I want to work for this company.


( 10 worms — Feed the birds )
12th Dec, 2003 09:46 (UTC)
the muck and dust in my house I just don't seem to be able to get rid of...
I recommend having Jamie turn up for an unexpected two day visit.

Well, it worked for my kitchen:-)

(he's like a brownie, you know - just leave out a plate of organic rice, and...)
14th Dec, 2003 03:20 (UTC)
the fairies don't come round here no more
too many Ken Dolls and Kinder toys.

(Jamie was in town? Pants!)
14th Dec, 2003 03:21 (UTC)
as in,
pants, I missed him! rather than in any other sense.

Language is so ambivalent.
12th Dec, 2003 09:58 (UTC)
Lovely integration of spam and poetic words; I expected no less from you.

13th Dec, 2003 04:35 (UTC)
This is how journal entries should be written. Thank you.
13th Dec, 2003 13:27 (UTC)
spam wisdom
Spam Wisdom is the next great diviniation tool: it is everywhere and unbounded by the strictures of rationality

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Some of the TransUranic Elements which are unsafe where there is life

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- last lost Ted Hughes experiment
14th Dec, 2003 17:06 (UTC)
Buying Books for Sprogs
Buy whatever books you want for your neices and nephews (although Seuss is excellent). I don't believe any age is too young - give em books, put colourful books and warm human voices in their life from day one and books become air and water to them. My daughter was talking in three word sentences before she was a year old and I maintain it was because we always talked to her, always read to her. Eric Carlin makes beautiful books for young children with multi-media collages, Michael Rosen's We're Going on Bear Hunt is great too or, if you can get hold of it, Tomi Ungerer's I am Papa Snap and these are my Favourite Nonsuch Stories, for subversive leftyness and social consicence (eg 'Mr Limpid is blind. Mrs Limpid is lame. They are old. They are happy. They have each other' with a picture of one blind animal pushing one sighted animal in a wheelchair [not sure what kind of animal]}. Really enjoying TWS - what happened to 3 in a bed? I think the last thing I got was the one with the wallpaper cover...
15th Dec, 2003 05:47 (UTC)
thanks for the suggestions --
the Tomi Ungerer sounds like a fine option ...

> what happened to 3 in a bed?

the wallpaper cover ... that's going back a bit. Minute Steaks era. I collected all the bits from Minute Steaks into a squarebound volume called Closets and Cloisters -- finally finishing off the Alex/Kate storyline for good. The Kate/Mirriam storyline expanded into a story called "My Summer in Hell" but there was so little interest in the ashcan I never printed it up. It was a pretty miserable story ... By that time I'd rather lost interest in students and yanked everyone forward a few years to a house share, for RENT -- but all I did was an introductory six-pager and a Christmas special.

I think I stopped because I just couldn't maintain it as a light-hearted sex comedy and didn't want the be always writing about miserable people. And then there was Sutton (a new character) who was too close to the bone with some stuff going on in my life ... but then, nothing lasts forever.

Glad you're enjoying TWS.

P.S. I think everything I mentioned above is available in grubby photocopied whatsit form. Except for the book, they sold out. I'll send it over if you want, it's just gathering dust under my computer table.
15th Dec, 2003 12:38 (UTC)
Re: thanks for the catch up...
I've actually got Closets & Cloisters signed by you at a Page 45 do in Nottingham but thanks for the offer - I fished it out the other day when I stumbled upon TWS and this - I couldn't find the wallpaper covered thing but I'd got it in my head that that was after C&C. I'd definitely recommend the Tomi Ungerer to everybody whether they have the excuse of kids or not - if you use the images thingy on Google to search for him you'll find some great anti-war pictures among other things. Anyway, cheers...
15th Dec, 2003 02:17 (UTC)
The Chapman Brothers should be this year's Turner Prize winners... Their show is magnificent and moving! But Grayson was my second choice, if only because he was the funniest lecturer on my MA course...
( 10 worms — Feed the birds )