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Strumpet anxieties and sickyish times

Embarrassingly had to duck out of a gig on Friday (four new songs from Space Heroes of the People including the delightful "How Satellites Work") after my stomach finally made a Decisive Action. I've been getting a bit of this lately (woozy head, weird stomach) and I'm getting sick of it. So I decided to institute Helen's Cure. Helen was a boss of mine at Oxfam some years ago, and like many people who worked for Oxfam with any seriousness (which inevitably involves periods overseas in non luxury-locations), had strong views about how to cure stomach woes. While some of her colleagues would rattle on about brown rice, boiled water, wheatgerm, etc. Helen had a more basic approach, and would recommend a large quantity of beer, preferably a cheap local live lager. This sort of assertion demands to be put to the test, and so the next few times I was faced with the sicks, I tried out Helen's Cure. I suspect that its effectiveness varies from stomach to stomach, and that some may find live yoghurt the safer choice, however I was impressed; and with a little experimentation discovered that I could successfully substitute bottle conditioned light ale.

So duly on Saturday (having staggered around all Friday with something I thought was a hangover from Yuri's night, but on reflection may have been down to some dodgy hummous) I went for a long quiet sit down in the afternoon (and saw The Hunger Games -- which is great) and then headed down the pub for live beer, chips + mayo and a kiwi burger. Stomach sorted. Then I went home for another sit down (and saw Whip it -- also very good).

Here and there, dotted around among all of this, I was replying to Strumpet emails -- we're into active editorial phase now, and the interesting things (seeing lovely bits of work and sketches from people) and the boring ones (which will be familiar to anyone who's done any sort of all-female project) and hopefully, very soon, the first WIP over on the blog :D

...and so to 365 days of house
Scraped paint from the stairs.
Scraped wallpaper from the landing.
Bought a peony and set it to sprout.
Moved the Tansy off the culinary shelf on the grounds that it is POISON.
Sorted out the propagater lids and shelves
Bought a new cat bowl to replace the chipped one
Planted out the rest of the sweet peas.
Set up the greenhouse for misting.
Cleaned out the wallpaper behind the radiator pipes and destroyed welcome gecko's switch in the process (wailing, gnashing of teeth).
Threw out some old dead clothes, pants, socks and shoes.
Scraped more paint (I've been doing a lot of that).
Threw out boxopolis (sorry, cats).
Mended the lid of the scanner (it still seems to have the slight focus problem though, *sigh*).
Loosened tragic Oberon and mulched him with fresh compost (and tidied up/sorted a bunch of other pots, too).


17th Apr, 2012 22:45 (UTC)
different issues, not to do with working with women
but with people generally taking issue with a single sex environment, e.g. why is it an all female project, can men submit work, why not, etc.
18th Apr, 2012 19:18 (UTC)
Re: different issues, not to do with working with women
Aha, that makes sense. I couldn't think what you might mean.