January 26th, 2011


ticky ticky ticky

I can't remember what I've been doing today. It's been one of those days. At 6.45pm I just had to turn my back on it and declare the day done, or as done as it was going to get. There were merganser on the river this morning. Yesterday I walked past a rather understated fisherman (just him and a short rod, none of these pyramids of boxes seats tents and tupperware boxes full of multicoloured mealworms) right as he landed a fish big enough to call dinner. I think he was going to do that, too. Maybe we'll all end up out there when the Big Society really starts to get its shape on.

motodraconis, I needed one extra element for your package. But it will be with you shortly ;) P.S. Thanks for a lovely weekend, full of princesses.

Today's soundtrack was supplied by girlycomic, who had thrown herself at what is surely the ultimate tenovertwelve theme, ticky, envisioned as a big happy splurge of all the songs that had perfectly ticked her box this year. It's a good listen, as you can surely imagine, head nodding and foot-stamping stuff. Some serious highlights for me were Grinderman's Palaces of Montezeuma, Even a Palm tree by Paul Heaton and Belinda by Ben Folds & Nick Hornby, despite none of them really being my usual kind of thing, which is of course the point of tenovertwelve! I was also so pleased to see Divine Comedy's At the Indie Disco in the mix; I've regretfully excluded it myself this year and it deserves inclusion, even though it's way past flirting with cliché, is more really dragging cliché off for a romantic weekend in Paris in a shower of chocolates and frillie undies. And the theme from misfits, ta for that. It also delivers the unexpected; go under the cut for the full tracklist and The Toadlickers, a terrifying construction of banjos, muppets and line dancing from .... WTF, Thomas Dolby?????

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Other things that are great right now: Paul Di Philippo's Lost Pages, Johnny Wander, Darwin Feast planning, bulbs coming up, my kitten.