Exciting parcels, new nephew, the Stranglers and more…

Yesterday I got a parcel from a friend in Edinburgh (thanks Lucy!!!). It contained a zine, a postcard, a badge and a couple of CDs she made for me. I listened to Limp Wrist and Lily Allen on the tube this morning! Quite a contrast! Last Friday I bought the best of the Stranglers because I really like their song Golden Brown. It is really beautiful but I think it might be about heroin! See these Lyrics:

Golden brown texture like sun
Lays me down with my mind she runs
Throughout the night
No need to fight
Never a frown with golden brown

Every time just like the last
On her ship tied to the mast
To distant lands
Takes both my hands
Never a frown with golden brown

Golden brown finer temptress
Through the ages she's heading west

From far away, Stays for a day
Never a frown with golden brown

I thought Golden Brown was the only song of theirs I knew but I also knew their song Skin Deep and Paul recognised Peaches.

I didn't get up to too much on the weekend – saw my brother and his girlfriend. Went to the Spitalfields markets and looked at some nice (but expensive) clothes and bags. Paul and I ate out a few too many times. I did find the American feminist magazine Bust (www.bust.com)in Borders which was cool. I used to buy it in Brisbane and it's been nice to find it again. Paul has been buying lots of magazines on website building and using photoshop so we really need to get the internet on at home so we can get our websites online!

On Sunday evening, as I sat watching the final episode of the BBC's latest version of Jane Eyre, I finally learnt to crochet a circle! Next stop, the granny square! After Jane Eyre finished, they showed Wide Sargasso Sea (the story about Mr Rochester and his first wife) so I had to stay up and watch that. Paul couldn't believe how sad the story was but it's a bit like episode three of Star Wars – you couldn't expect a happy story when you know the next instalment.

There are quite a few patterns I want to make in my Stitch n Bitch Crochet book so I need to get reading on the section, How to Read Crochet Patterns. There are some really cool little jackets and some fingerless gloves!

Eleven days ago (October 6) I had a new nephew enter the world back in Australia. His name is Jolon. Yesterday I posted a teddy bear to him (and a card to his family), plus a DVD (Howl's Moving Castle) for his brother who turns 5 soon (two days after my birthday) and I also sent a little kangaroo finger puppet to their sister because I didn't want her to feel left out.

I watched Howl's Moving Castle before sending it – well I had to check it was suitable! Paul and I did worry it might be too slow-moving for its intended recipient. Paul wasn't sure he'd like it but I hope so. It's quite cool. I had read the book (only last year) by Diana Wynne Jones and enjoyed it and had looked forward to seeing the Miyazaki version of it (he did Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke). Pixar studios did the English dub.

I didn't go to Stitch and Bitch on Sunday because I forgot it was on! I will try to go to the next one. It is quite close to home which is convenient but I thought of trying to find a group with more like-minded members. But then, I've only been once so maybe I should give them another go.

My drawing class is tonight which I'm looking forward to. It is slowly getting colder at night and in the mornings – we have the heater on at night now – but it's not too bad yet.

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