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it's been a long weekend

... and I seem to be ending how I started -- absolutely exhausted.

Bad NewsWhich serves me right for sensibly staying in on Friday night, a foolish decision, even though it did produce this week's strip, in which I bang on about bad journalism, initially inspired by some clumsy questioning on Radio 4, which started my cauldron of rage at the wilfully inaccurate and shitstirring journalism perpetrated by certain papers simmering, finally igniting into foaming rage at Rush Limbaugh's unchecked generalisations. Tip of the nib to benchilada.

Saturday watched Dick and Dom and packed scattily. Toothbrush too long, so I fixed it with secateurs. Sometimes I'm so butch it hurts ... though my hair, currently Herbal Essences "magic opal", is probably cancelling out any butchness. The packet claimed it would give me totally trauma-proof hair. Not altogether sure it's working.

A good afternoon at the bookshop; I turned up a bizarre fantasy-illustrated Pliny the Elder (served in latin and english), H G Well's seminal wargames book, and a 1917-ish Gulliver that was just darling (albeit abridged for younger readers). Also a signed Blyton which is going to be a bugger to price ... incidentally, we have too many books right now. Anyone in the Oxford area, please come to the Oxfam bookshop and buy some.

Evening was mzdt's party where I admired Geneva's new hair and gained a copy of The Mind's Construction and continued my weekend theme of mocking men with beards. Faced with an entire party full of people I vaguely knew, mostly off livejournal, I spent the first half of the night ranting about geese and art, before doing the honourable thing and drinking myself into unconsciousness. The following morning I tried to say as little as possible to compensate, but then there were vegan sausages and The Archers, and the discovery that Linda McCartney's makes Deep Country Pie, and so on ... at last Daria managed to shut me the fuck up.

I took the scenic rounte to hospital to see my sister (miniature print exhibition at Bankside gallery = brilliant and in its last week, Bruce Naumann installation at Tate Modern = fun like the emperor's new clothes). Elle is looking and feeling a lot better, and constant reassurances by Doctors and midwives have her confident enough to be referring to the baby as "him" again. One more scan to check things are remaining where they should be, and then home again, home again for two weeks strict bed rest. We talked for hours -- and if (as it begins to seem) she's going to have to have a traditional-style confinement, I expect I'll be back and forth to London a bit in the next four months. What a shame the bus managed to mangle my 12-trip saver while some middle-aged lady with a morbid fear of still being stood up when the bus is moving was barging past me with such determination I ended up on my knees in the aisle with my coat and rucksack forcibly wrenched off my shoulders. That'll put a crimp in my next ten journeys.

Alas, I got back too late for my Videosyncratic treat (Reign of Fire) but Damian had saved Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for me, which is a better movie anyway. Maybe I'll dream of Marilyn Monroe in that orange dress ...


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10th Jan, 2005 05:36 (UTC)
What is it with men and beards at the moment? Are they becoming hairier?
10th Jan, 2005 10:47 (UTC)
my friends
certainly seem to be. But that's OK; they can have beards, and I can point and laugh.
10th Jan, 2005 09:11 (UTC)
I think beardy men can be quite sexy. I like that Viking/Wildwood look, up to a point.Unkempt beards with food remnants festering in the thicket are counterindicated. The ones that really sicken me are those weird mini- goatees that so many boys are sporting nowadays, (like especially in Serbia!) and (ew-) soul patches.
10th Jan, 2005 10:11 (UTC)
we had a brace of Serbs at the party, actually, both clean shaven, particularly the man.

I must admit my own beard could do with a bit of a trim at the moment, but it wasn't mine being laughed at, I'm sure. The one in question may not have been laughed at in a Parisienne coffee shop in 1969, but possibly. ;-)

Thanks for coming down, Jeremy - great to see you. I hope you actually had a little more fun than you're letting on. ;-)
10th Jan, 2005 10:46 (UTC)
I had fun,
But it's hard to relax when I'm so worried about Elle.

Indeed, you have an unmockable beard.
10th Jan, 2005 11:28 (UTC)
Re: I had fun,
Of course, in which we can only hope sufficient distraction was offered.

I was wondering about the Daria session - useful relaxation for people or a mind-numbing telly watching void? It did seem to go down reasonably well, though.
10th Jan, 2005 11:50 (UTC)
why chose?
useful relaxation for people and a mind-numbing telly watching void ...

I never watch Daria usually (charming cynicism doesn't quite outweigh the fact that it's about people from planet rich) so it was quite nice for me.
10th Jan, 2005 10:47 (UTC)
what the heck
is a soul patch?
10th Jan, 2005 14:29 (UTC)
Re: what the heck
Hard to describe, really. You know, those little roundish tufts, often just under the lower lip...(Shudder...) often seen on ethnic yoof.
Another major horror is the pencil-thin whiskerstrip, as formerly sported by a misguided Bob Geldof.
10th Jan, 2005 09:17 (UTC)
How much is that Pliny going for? Or have you grabbed it for yourself?
10th Jan, 2005 10:44 (UTC)
£14.99, no, and would you like me to get it for you? The illustrator is Una Woodruff.
10th Jan, 2005 13:35 (UTC)
actually, I meant £12.99
It was still in the shop, so I bought it anyway. Yours if you want it.
10th Jan, 2005 14:17 (UTC)
Re: actually, I meant £12.99
It sounds like the sort of thing I ought to own. We shall sort out the exchange at some point.
10th Jan, 2005 15:23 (UTC)
I found a picture
10th Jan, 2005 16:58 (UTC)
re: the strip
Rest assured you are not the only one foaming at the mouth about lazy-arse journos.

My own experience (of reading, when celestialweasel was denounced on the front of the Sunday Mirror, that he apparently had studied Physics at Imperial at a time when he'd have been 16-ish, among other joys) leads me to think that

  • Anything you read in papers is but a watery and stained version of the truth

  • Journos are often not only lazy but annoyingly innumerate too

  • if anything, charity adverts soft-pedal how bad things are (because otherwise it would be hard to get fresh meat new volunteers for frontline work)

  • These days I am v. quick to switch off or over if I feel my heartrate rising and feel that I'm starting to see red. Won't do anyone any good if I drop dead early through news-induced stress and depression (well apart from the beneficiary/ies of my will, obviously).
    10th Jan, 2005 23:09 (UTC)
    it's not so much the front-line thing
    ... accepted wisdom is -- maybe, now, was -- that if you're too brutal? honest? you turn off donors because they feel it's all too much and they can't help and they don't want to know about. It could be that the bar has risen on this now, except ...

    except, talking through it with (Oxfam) people, we're all saying that (despite the massive scale) a natural disaster is just easier to cope with emotionally than war.

    I'm getting so that even documentaries piss me off, the way they warp the facts to "bring out the story" ... grrrr

    ah, yes. blood pressure. sorry
    10th Jan, 2005 20:33 (UTC)
    Rush Limbaugh
    I suppose there's only one thing that really has me scratch my head about that blowhard ... how is it that he makes as much money out of this as he does? I mean, I can hear that sort of ranting all I like pretty much anywhere on Market Street, or on MUNI...and I don't have to pay a dime to those insane.

    I guess it says something about how boring most Americans must find their lives ...

    Too bad people take entertainment for Truth, and push policy by such madness. :-/
    10th Jan, 2005 22:56 (UTC)
    Re: Rush Limbaugh
    yeah, I feel a bit that way, too. I mean, there are thousands of bloggers and ranters and the like out there, and if I do an incautious websearch I'll end up howling in anger at the screen, but at least they don't get much out of it; why is this one rich, and famous, and on television?
    11th Jan, 2005 02:47 (UTC)
    Re: Rush Limbaugh
    Well, if it's any consolation ... he's on radio mostly.
    11th Jan, 2005 20:42 (UTC)
    Everybody loves the destroying-London-set. Thanks again.
    17th Jan, 2005 15:54 (UTC)
    another case of media-fuelled violence
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