Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Thursday, 24 December 2009
I rushed back to get this shot so there are more foot prints in it - at least 2 sets of mine: It is so Narnia, I wish Sammy were still nine.
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Out in the snow the black birds and pigeons are busy being territorial instead of eating; squabbling instead of searching for food - if I fed them less they might co-operate better. This was going on out there while in here, Radio 4 (a different program now) was talking about the American attitude to climate change which seems to be, 'let them worry about it, we're not going to do anything because we're not suffering.' Reminds me of "Sheep look up" by, I think, JG Ballard.
Friday, 18 December 2009
She had her coat on cos I was worried about her fur not being plentiful enough to repel the snow and when we got in she had ice between her pads, which didn't come off on the towel but melted all over the chair so I'll remember to check for that in future.
It had stopped by this morning though the radio promises more. I didn't get round to posting the bought cards (or even writing them) so this is a possible:
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Last week, it was reported on Radio 4 (and so must be true) that Tony Blair said that his religious belief had no influence on his decision to invade Iraq. I've been puzzling at it since. Did he mean that:
it took a nanosecond to make the decision
or that he did think about it but went against what he believes is right
or that what he believes is right has nothing to do with his religion?
Whatever the reason it makes both him and his claim to be converted to anything other than "whatever is most expedient in the struggle for Tony Blair to have public power" even less credible.
I've got a new label and am going to retrospectly (?) apply it, if I can.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
and with the latest entertainment - a pop sock. It's a bit like children, I guess, spend money on toys and they play with the packaging - Angel likes: a stick that she's wound wool round - her knitting, a skin polisher that she nicked from the bathroom - her noo-noo, and now a pop sock that my mum hasn't named yet so it's still just her pop-sock.
She was wonderful at 'The Lamppost'. The loss of hair has obviously affected her body temperature - she spent the rest of the day asleep (it's exhausting being beautified)curled as tight as a comma.
There are those who support because they are:
Then, reading Rob Bell and the faith that defines itself by exclusions came to mind. I'd rather a faith that includes. He says, I think - I can't find it this morning to check - if it's true, it's from God. I like that - that's inclusive and walks straight through other labels.
Sitting at dinner last night (not responsible for the fragility except for piling rich food on rich food) trying to hear the truth and work out why I reject the BNP without knowing much about it, I think it is maybe about its base being anti not-like-us, the same reason for rejecting Jehovah's Witnesses' pattern of faith.
I need to work on this more. For now I'm going to close my eyes and fight off the sickies for ten minutes!
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
I like the sea better than the bird and used it later for some chine collee but they didn't quite work either.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
This is where I go for lunch on my way to Creative Writing. It makes me feel comfortable, I think because it is more borough than bistro. Brass lamps and bottle green outside, but a smell of stew and gravy inside.
And it kept me going all through the course too, from pensioners' special to
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
I see an advert
to deter benefit thieves
and think of MPs.
Reading out was scarier than expected - partly because I was the 13th out of 14 to do it and we were over an hour into listening to attempts - if I were teacher, I'd have a tea break half way through!
The pair either side of me continue to intrigue. Left says he's dispraxic autistic and Right says she's never read a book because by the time she gets to the end of a chapter she's forgotten the beginning - I still haven't worked out what she thinks the class is for or why she chose to take it.
dachshunds are real dogs - what are unreal dogs?
The arch of a girl's eyebrows has
she's the one with the buried head
the day she arrived with me
bringing outside in (it isn't always mud)
helping in the garden or mining?
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
There's always time for tea
Friday, 6 November 2009
"What planet is this hateful man (Sir Christopher Kelly) on?" asked the annonymous MP."I feel powerless and insulted"
Has he never thought of himself as an employee in the public sector? Most of us have had years of limited pay rises without the benefit of expenses and a bad press.
"We do live in the real world," said Stephen Hester, justifying the Royal Bank of Scotland.
But in which universe? It's not mine and it's not Pratchett's - Vetinari would talk to you about angels.
On Earth, in this universe: my bin men are on strike because it's the only way they can show their unwillingness to take a pay cut that they have no other power to refuse, radio 4 tells me that workers are out of work because their employers have gone bust because the banks won't lend and the interest on savings - ie. the money that the bonus paid bankers use and risk to make their bonuses and their savers' interest - has fallen by 4%. Are bonuses are limited to 2 1/2% of salary?
I can't understand why MPs think deciding thier own salary and conditions of service is fair. I can't understand why banks can be in the private sector and yet be granted immunity from the forces of that sector - 'too big to fail' ? outgrown their usefulness!
Thursday, 5 November 2009
The problem with hand free mobiles is I can't tell whether people are talking to themselves, a mate or me. When in doubt I operate on teacher's rules: if I can hear you, you're talking to me. Ooops - I was wrong, again.