Christmas and my 44th

I got lovely presents for Christmas – salted caramels with edible glitter, two books (Gervase Phinn’s The Other Side Of The Dale and the Alan Partridge book I, Partridge) and £30. I had a trio-of-mushrooms parcel for Xmas dinner, with the inevitable bread sauce. The best things I watched on TV over Christmas were A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong – so funny – and two films I hadn’t seen before: Big Hero 6 and Toy Story 3.

For my birthday I got more lovely presents: Alan Bennett’s A Life Like Other People’s, some mint Matchmakers, a bar of salted butterscotch chocolate and £30.

I still have another trio-of-mushrooms parcel which I’m going to have for dinner today.

Happy 2018 x


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My latest poem – Mayhem


Strong and stable

Strong and stable

Strong and stable

Please shut up.

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Bi Visibility Day 2017


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Don’t vote Tory

Please, I beg you …


(And it would be funny to see Tony Blair’s face if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister.)

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In the same way as when many people see a celebrity’s name trending on Twitter they assume that celebrity’s died, I now assume, when I see an unfamiliar word trending (and I of course speak German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese), that Trump has been tweeting. I actually reckon – from the context in which he used the word – that “covfefe” might be how the POTUS thinks “kerfuffle” is spelt.

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Update on update on previous posts

In the blog post I posted on Monday, I announced that the subtitles on my TV hadn’t disappeared or frozen for ages. As Sod’s Law inevitably dictates, on Monday night my subtitles froze while I was watching an old episode of The Chase on Challenge, so I had to retune my TV.

I’ve now nearly finished reading A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man again; I should have finished it by the end of May (by “the end of May” I mean the end of this month rather than the day Theresa the Appeaser ceases to be prime minister). When I’ve finished the Joyce I plan to read The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe – which I first read when I was 6 and last read when I was 17 – again. I like to have a fiction book and a non-fiction book on the go at the same time, so I’m also reading Rebound, Bob Greene’s fascinating book about the period in Michael Jordan’s life when he switched to baseball.

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Update on previous posts

The subtitles on my television haven’t disappeared or frozen for ages – presumably, as I am aware that a lot of people have expressed concern about disappearing / freezing subtitles, they must have done work on the transmitter. Because of this, after watching a recent 1983 TOTP on BBC4 I now finally know all the lyrics to Ryan Paris’ Dolce Vita (I’m not ashamed to admit I love that song).

I have been alerted to the fact that in a recent editorial the Daily Fail referred to itself as “peace-loving”. That’s “peace-loving” in the same way as Tony Blair is. Some of the vox pops I’ve seen on TV during the election campaign – with “lifelong Labour voters” who think the party have suddenly become ruled by a “metropolitan elite” since Jeremy Corbyn became leader – have shown that other people seem to share my late, Fail-reading grandmother’s bizarre belief that Tony Blair is a left-wing radical. There have also been some women interviewed in these vox pops saying that they intend to vote Tory because Theresa May is a woman. I’m a woman and I’m certainly not voting Tory on June 8th. I was dismayed (no pun intended) when Kate Bush was quoted a few months ago as praising Theresa May for being a woman, and I still remember when the Spice Girls proclaimed that Margaret Thatcher was the first Spice Girl (Factory-Closing Spice?).

Another thing that makes me feel old is that the new president of France is younger than me. I don’t know that much about Emmanuel Macron or his politics, but I’m just glad that the Le Pen dynasty didn’t win the French election. I expect the Orange ManBaby is spitting feathers about Marine Le Pen not being French president today, but the Donald still has Theresa the Appeaser.

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