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I wandered lonely as a web editor

I wish I could stop sighing, and thinking, "Gods, I'm lonely". Particularly as it really isn't true, as any cursory glance at my week will demonstrate. Why can't I concentrate on nice things, like annoying my annoying new workmate with supermarket sushi at my desk, or reflecting on how my new lights are just the right height to illuminate the dandilion clocks in the lawn?

I suppose what is true is that I'm a sole worker, doing a job no-one cares much about, and mostly doing it quite badly. Here I sit, process fifteen tedious graphics, fiddle with a style sheet till it stops going wrong, briefly run the spellchecker over the page and woo! woo.

Forget about it. Instead, report: How the new management of the Port Mahon has brought sofas (with cream slip covers!), friendly aussie bar-staff and a pile of charity shop board games. When I arrived, a couple of the regular fixtures were being coaxed (with some success!) through a round of Trivial Pursuit by the barman, and the beer had a suspiciously clean taste. Even more astonishingly, upstairs, someone had opened the windows of the Stuffiest Venue in Town.

It's just not the same as it was back when it was the way that it was back then.

It was a [band for your mother's wedding] pretty nice [kind of a mates-only gig] evening, I thought, [square-dancey version of Pretty Vacant] even though the batteries [punk maypole using police aware tape, hazard tape?] in my camera [ref: Four Tet's morris dancing videos] gave up two shots in [facing my fear of the Country Dancing] and when [Brown Owl provides access to children] I got home [inadvertantly revealed that I had been police checked] I went and sat [possibly a heritage project?] outside under the cherry tree [intergenerational appeal] listening to the crickets [possible bring in some costume-making?] and thinking about [some form of accreditation could help] how even though it shouldn't have worked at all [minimum number for a decent maypole? 16? 20? could be tricky] how great that Depeche mode cover [revise: square-dance mosh, stylised?] Los Diablos played earlier [meh, probably too close to the fetish morris dancers] had been. [forget about it]

Not altogether autumn yet then.

Incidentally: Gunther von Hagens to plastinate the Colossal Squid. Nice to know it's in good hands. [ref]


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14th Sep, 2005 16:17 (UTC)
There was an advert in the local paper for people wanting to begin learning morris dancing - they're recruiting new ones. It crossed my mind to have a go. But would they respect me in the morning? Would anyone?
14th Sep, 2005 16:27 (UTC)
one of my friends
was a morris man. Maybe he still is. In fact, he was the littlest morris man, which means they make him dress up as a tree and get children to beat him with sticks.
14th Sep, 2005 17:04 (UTC)
Re: one of my friends
it sounds like a perverse children's book: the littlest morris man.
14th Sep, 2005 17:14 (UTC)
Re: one of my friends
Rowland the Littlest Morris Man, to be precise. Hmm. Square-format with litho-style pictures, I'd say ;)
14th Sep, 2005 17:50 (UTC)
Re: one of my friends
yes. with light watercolor on them.
14th Sep, 2005 16:29 (UTC)
hang about
--- aren't you a bit, um, you know to be a morris man? female
14th Sep, 2005 16:33 (UTC)
Re: hang about
Is it only for men? What do all those women do?
14th Sep, 2005 16:37 (UTC)
well, usually morris is men-only round here
But it could be that's just a local quirk. The women do something similar, but with skirts and hankies and circles rather than sticks and lines.
14th Sep, 2005 16:44 (UTC)
Re: well, usually morris is men-only round here
I could do skirts and hankies and circles.
15th Sep, 2005 08:48 (UTC)
Gender no barrier....
Border Morris is generally unisex, (and rather less sedate to watch or participate in,) there's also a Gay Morris Troup, also unisex.
14th Sep, 2005 18:39 (UTC)
You make me happy in ways I find it difficult to explain.
15th Sep, 2005 09:31 (UTC)
always nice to be someone else's cool but weird, I guess ... ;)
14th Sep, 2005 23:39 (UTC)
Glad you came
you should take credit/blame for the Depeche Mode cover, as I wouldn't have known it if you hadn't lent me the album.

I saw a thing on the bbc news website saying that Autumn is spreading, and that this year's autumn is due to be particularly beautiful. So say the Scientists.
15th Sep, 2005 09:36 (UTC)
wondered if
that was the case ... see me pollute the world with 80s electronica! James looked rather unconvinced by it, but you got some audience approval (and not just from me)...

Jo and Alex came round last night and we ended up sat under the cherry tree again -- well, you more sit with it than under it, poor wee thing -- so I'm still claiming this for summer's end rather than autumn's beginning. Although somehow I don't think that's going to be an option for tonight.
16th Sep, 2005 08:11 (UTC)
And German bar staff
I too am enjoying the new Port Mahon. One issue so far:
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