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We Must Save Moth
Originally uploaded by Damian Cugley.
Busy social day -- finally reluctantly hauled myself out from underneath the best duvet ever towards midday, lazily caught up with cycling (dull, Armstrong has it so sewn up it'll take an act of god to throw up an interesting race), drifted down to a cafe to catch up with Alex who was visiting Mark; Neal was late, and fell asleep on the table, his sleep cycle's been screwed since G8 ... we had a long long lunch and then drifted back to Tim and John's for tea and talk about their future cat; their current cat (plastic) was on a pile of Sin Citys, and when I found they were Dan's I offered to return them to him, my intention being not to find Dan in and borrow them ... Dan was in, but playing computer games, so didn't reply till we'd gone round the corner to the noodle bar; after gyoza and udon we went back to his to see his new Hal light, object of awesome beauty and probably the real reason he's not been out much recently (although he blamed the new comic) and eventually dragged Damian off home when he started getting familiar with Jenni's computer, fully intending to do the washing up and take the chest of drawers George gave me for her birthday upstairs,
moth finds camoflage
moth finds camoflage
Originally uploaded by Jeremy Dennis.
but instead I phoned Mum while watching the bats flicker across the garden and seagulls fly overhead and we decided that the best possible present she could buy me was garden vouchers so I could buy some Veronicas (her name is Veronica, Ronnie for short) for the garden, which probably shouldn't have taken an hour and a half but somehow did, we got to talking about gardens and somehow that lead out to everything else in my life, oddly she had been planning to do the washing up, too, and now I suppose neither of us have any clean mugs ... when I got inside, I found a ghostly white moth quivering with lust on the sitting room carpet, and that quickly turned into the last job of the day, photographing it, rescuing it, setting it free ... it didn't want to be handled, instead jumped onto my t-shirt and stayed there, like an extravagant badge, and could hardly be persuaded to leave, even for the delights of the first few flowers on the night-scented stock, who would have thought there was so much grip in those tiny insect feet.


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11th Jul, 2005 14:12 (UTC)
Armstrong lost the lead, for the moment. I'm so sick of him. I know he's this saintly God everyone worships but I'm really TIRED of him and his stupid celebrity.
11th Jul, 2005 14:49 (UTC)
he may be out of yellow
But he's still got the race very firmly under his thumb, and his team is keeping the race firmly regulated -- and it all gets rather tedious when it's just one rich man's guard of honour escorting him to the finishing line.

Saintly? Well, I suppose he is *trying* to be nice to people this year (to go out on a sweet note) but that's not altogether his rep on this side of the Atlantic.
11th Jul, 2005 14:57 (UTC)
Re: he may be out of yellow
I sure don't think he's any saint! But all the yellow rubber wrist bands around Amerika say otherwise. I've just had it up to here with the cancer survivor crud. It was pretty crass the way he dumped his wife and took up with Sheryl Crow. Gag me. I'd just really like to see someone ELSE win it!
11th Jul, 2005 15:33 (UTC)
yellow rubber wristbands?
Oh, ick. Well, it's a fashion thing, I guess. I'm wearing one, after all (although mine is white and says "make poverty history") ... I'd like to see someone else win, too, but, like I said, it's act of God territory -- and the amount of sheer good luck Armstrong routinely rakes in suggests that he bought up him, too.

But anyway, he retires next year, to enjoy his enormous paycheck and popstar girlfriend -- and *then* someone else will win. And I couldn't even begin to guess who. Next year's going to be exciting.
11th Jul, 2005 15:51 (UTC)
Re: yellow rubber wristbands?
Oh you Brits... so trusting in a man's *word* -- celebrities on this side of the pond routinely *retire* for the big PR value alone. Then in a year or two they're back for a big COMEBACK which is even more spectacular and worth more $$$. It's all a ploy. I'd never believe it's actually final. Unless he truly irreparably injured himself ala Christopher Reeve. (not that I'd wish that one him)
11th Jul, 2005 15:51 (UTC)
Re: yellow rubber wristbands?
Even then he'd probably still manage to ride somehow.
11th Jul, 2005 16:13 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure he wouldn't want to enter
unless he's 100% sure of winning. He's lost his figure, he's relying increasingly on his team, and the young turks are snapping at his ankles. I'm sure he doesn't want to end up like Greg Lemond, weeping on the roadside, yelling out muppet-voice, "somebody give me a bike, I'm losing the tour de france" ... heh heh heh ... I woudn't trust the man's word, but I'd trust his ego, any day of the week.
11th Jul, 2005 18:10 (UTC)
Re: I'm pretty sure he wouldn't want to enter
Yeah, but his ego might be so inflated from all of his *miracles* that he believes it could happen.
11th Jul, 2005 16:34 (UTC)
Re: yellow rubber wristbands?
Lance Armstrong's cancer charity uses yellow wristbands to indicate a concerned but positive attitude toward cancer survival. Live Strong goes back to 1997 so their wristbands may well predate the Make Poverty History bands.
11th Jul, 2005 16:57 (UTC)
good question
--- they were certainly in evidence last year, but concern bands were already quite a big thing then. Wonder where they started. The wikipedia doesn't seem to know (gasp!)
11th Jul, 2005 16:29 (UTC)
Re: he may be out of yellow
I've just had it up to here with the cancer survivor crud.

I'm at a complete loss as to how to respond to a statement like that.
11th Jul, 2005 16:30 (UTC)
Not to play Devil's Advocate...well, a bit...but God Forbid (tm) that somebody who's really good at something, makes fat wads of cash doing it, and really enjoys doing it, continue to do so.

I know few people who worship him, but a number who respect him for being arguably the best cyclist who's ever lived. Ah, and he gave up the lead to save his energy. It's a strategy thing.

In addition, celebrity is easy to ignore.
11th Jul, 2005 16:48 (UTC)
ah, he's still in the lead, really
winner takes the jersey late, generally -- it's just that the years when there's no real contender make for dull watching. Apart from the thighs. And the lycra. And the gorgeous scenery.

Still, that cornfield stunt was something else, maybe we'll get something like that again this year -- especialy if Rasmussen keeps it up
11th Jul, 2005 16:55 (UTC)
actually I'm specifically pissed off
about yesterday. Saturday was pretty exciting, but Sunday, Armstrong shoved his team in a wall across the front of the field -- which, yes, is a road-race strategy, but ...
11th Jul, 2005 19:47 (UTC)
Heard that argument a lot about Sampras
Never quite understood it. If it's team tactics too, though, I can kinda get it.
11th Jul, 2005 20:39 (UTC)
Re: Heard that argument a lot about Sampras
It's a team sport, and part of how you win is using your team -- to support, block, intimidate ... oh, I could go on for hours ... but really, I won't -- because it's unbelievably dull.
11th Jul, 2005 20:43 (UTC)
You can't even convince yourself?
Poor salesmanship, that.
11th Jul, 2005 21:10 (UTC)
cats, hal lights, moths and the amazing duvet, and the thing people want to talk about is bloody cycling. Tsk.

Well, OK, then. Leaving aside the obvious prurient appeal of watching 200-odd men in lycra skin suits doing dangerous, barely-physically possible things -- your teams (of 9 riders) combine skills to do different things -- win points, win stages, win points classification (best sprinter), king of the mountains (best climber) and help their leader win on the overall classification, ie. finish the 21 stages in the shortest time possible. Balancing the team tactics to achieve the best strategy is something each team makes a bunch of choices about --- cash or glory (everything has cash prizes attached)? Lots of stage wins or general classification? One leader, or support a group of people through the different competitions?

Traditionally, teams follow a combination strategy. Armstrong's is there for one thing -- to put him at the top of the overall classification. None of the rest of his team is expected (or needed) to do anything else. Hence my (very) mild irritation with him.

See, I told you. Dull.
11th Jul, 2005 16:26 (UTC)
Bugs go to you to die.
This is either very happy, very sad, or the plot of a short film.
11th Jul, 2005 16:59 (UTC)
I probably obsess too much
about my insect companions.
14th Jul, 2005 14:02 (UTC)
I found your LJ randomly coz you took pics of Oxford, and I live in Oxford... and then I come across pictures of MOTHS! This is sooo unpleasant. Why inflict people with awful pictures of moths. It's not nice. I don't like moths.

BUT... hello fellow oxfordonian. :-)
14th Jul, 2005 14:07 (UTC)
in my house
you pretty much have to make friends with the moths. It's that or die of the stuffiness. Most of them end up roasted on my uplighter, anyway ...

and, hello you too. From Flickr you came?
15th Jul, 2005 10:53 (UTC)
Re: in my house
From Flickr I came! I was searching for the Thumb Quintet, who we saw at the Cellar with ILikeTrains last week, or the week before... umm, well, sometime this month I think. Did you enjoy them?
15th Jul, 2005 11:04 (UTC)
gosh yes
which is just as well, as it's a mate's band. Enjoyed iliketrains too, but I'm looking forward to actually having some thumb quintet on CD at some point. As after seeing them at charlbury I have this theory they'll be really nice to listen to in the garden. Good gig I thought.
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