Fagette by Athens Boys Choir

July 31, 2008

Fagette is a trans-fabulous Sunday in the park. It’s croquet gone gay, drag-tastic cheerleaders, and synchronized dance, all in an Astroturf wonderland.


Rain on the terrace

July 31, 2008

Rain on our terrace, London
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Jane Austen mug

July 31, 2008

When Nicky was over here visiting me last November, we both bought one of these great Jane Austen mugs.
Jane Austen mug
It says: “Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.” – Jane Austen.
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poetry, blurry eyesight, art and architecture

July 26, 2008

A couple of weeks ago, Paul and I went to a members’ morning at the ICA and saw a brief talk about an exhibition they have at the moment called A Recent History of Writing and Drawing. They have a few hand-held dot matrix printers where you wave the printer over the paper while pressing a button to spray the ink on your paper. It was very cool. Each day of the exhibition, the printers will print out a selection of newspaper headlines.

Last week I had half an hour of blurry vision while at work. After going to casualty at an eye hospital, and getting my eyes tested by an optician, it sounds like I had a visual migraine. I have very good eyesight though – the optician said I’ll probably need reading glasses when I’m 45 but not before.
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literary tattoos

July 23, 2008

I have just found a website with lots of pictures of literary tattoos, Contrariwise (I heard about it on the Radio National Book Show). There are some I really really like. There are (Tolkien) Elvish tattoos, the Little Prince, e. e. cummings and Kurt Vonnegut. I like some Sylvia Plath quotes and I kind of like the Death Eater tattoo (from the Harry Potter books).


Book Clubs

July 21, 2008

A week ago, Paul and I hosted our second bookclub. This month’s book was Spud by the South African John van der Ruit. It was a funny, very easy-to-read book set in an elite boys boarding school in South Africa in 1990 – the year that Nelson Mandela was let out of jail and that apartheid was ended. It wasn’t very political or deep but it made me laugh a lot and I even cried. Next month we’re reading Y: the Last Man, a comic set on Earth where all the male humans and mammals have died except for one man (and his male pet monkey). I have read the first two volumes and wasn’t that impressed – it was interesting but I got the feeling that the writers thought they were being feminist but I wasn’t all that convinced that they knew what they were doing.
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We're on youtube

July 20, 2008


Paul is loving taking photos and films on the go (on his phone) and uploading them to Flickr and Youtube straight away.
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