March 8th, 2010


gardens and horniphones

A surprisingly good weekend. I met a marvellous garden, and its marvellous owner, and have picked up my first "most weeks I think, really" gardening gig. Although I'll probably ease her back to fortnightly, it's easier on the green recycling. Then an experimental music gig where I was unfairly cruel about an unexpected folk singer, although hopefully he didn't hear it (it was a small crowd, though :( ... urgh, though, he sang one of those awful folk songs about beating your girlfriend to death, grrrr). I was there for Lum Col Con Pix, but Thomas Truax was an unexpected highlight; I'd only previously seen him at Truck, which doesn't do him any favours. His Nick Cavish blacks and barely-constrained mentalism was a perfect match for the Holywell Music Room and its vast, intimidating organ. It was also quiet enough that the subtleties of the David Lynch soundtrack covers came true. Strange stuff.

Happy International Womens Day, incidentally! For anyone who missed BBC4's Feminist documentary this evening (for shame!) I reproduce below a small yet significant shrub in the forst of of witty, ferociously intelligent older women delivering well-chosen bon mots:

There was a young lady from wapping
Whose life was all cleaning and shopping
Her husband, joking
Said try reading Kate Chopin
She did and left home without stopping

You also missed some very significant bits of Germaine Greer...and some truly awful, horrible, noxious contemporary film/radio interviews. Truly, the past is a different country, and I'm really glad I don't live there.

international womens day on the twitterphone

This also happened today:

  • 09:38 As I was turning into work, an early drunk shouted angry at me; but I had Gary Numan's Conversation turned up loud, and didn't hear a thing.
  • 18:25 Thanks for the alert @damiancugley. Looks like I had something nasty in my browser cache.
  • 18:35 Those link-shorteners, they're such a bloody liability. @griffinkate I think hair as short as mine would look kind of harsh on you.
  • 18:37 A grim day at the infoface about to morph into a hard evening in theactivity mines. Bah. @bluedevi well, that's an enormous relief!
  • 21:12 @mockduck do your police have a what's the helicopter doing? webpage like Thames Valley? You often have to wait till the day after though.
  • 21:18 Celebrating International Womens Day by watching TV and drinking gin while my husband cooks pierogi. Not sure where the cat is. Somewhere.
  • 21:25 Singing the pierogi song, while the frying pan considers explosive delamination. If this goes anything like the wasp, next come the screams.
  • 22:06 OK, now time for a documentary about Kylie Minogue. 00s feminism, c'est moi. @griffinkate keep it longer on top, and it'd work I think?
  • 22:45 @j4, @griffinkate, sorry, I was distracted by Kylie. Those brave/foolhardy enough to let me cut their hair usually pay me in beer/wine.
  • 22:55 Yes, absolutely. I almost never start drinking until after the haircutting is over.