Last weekend damiancugley tweeted me a picture of the mural I painted in the bookshop, post-refurbishment. It's been painted over, but the decorators didn't prize the jewelled eyes off the owl before slapping the white emulsion over the top. The effect is weirdly comical. Poor old mural. I took some recording photos, before it went - more on the click-through.
I'm still not drinking, so my Burns night was a rather more subdued affair than usual. However another of the guests had brought along some of that ridiculously expensive Japanese whisky that is filtered through bamboo charcoal (decanted into a small Bells bottle for protective camouflage). So I poured myself a sip and mostly inhaled it; sublime.
I woke up this morning from a dream of writing a poem. In the dream I concentrated more and more on the poem, trying to read what I was writing, and as I did so, I was writing slower and slower, each pencil mark on the paper becoming harder and slower to write. The alarm went off, and the cat batted my elbow affectionately, but with a bit of claw. I awoke. The poem was:
Every year I say
This is it
From this point on
I finally stop being shit
But each when I find
(In lockstep with ability and skills)
A steady checking increase in
My understanding of what needs to be done
My judgement of how well it has been done
And I see contented competence receding
Like a mirage
To which I can only say: thank-you subconscious. I now feel properly judged.