cogito ergo sum

29 03 2007

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I am very pleased to say that Emily has nominated me for a Thinking Blogger award. I have seen this accolade on many sites I read and often thought ‘maybe if I wrote something interesting and posted less pictures of crap, I might get one!’. Well, I am happy to think that someone has enjoyed reading my blog and that I am able on occasion to make people think.

Maybe one day, I will have the courage to share what happened to inspire me to write a poem about a lost friendship, or how my family has been coping with a brush with alcoholism, or what makes me afraid to think about the future, or what it is like to seem like the most confident person in the room and yet feel so insecure, or what I fantasise about to help me fall asleep. Maybe when I start to let you all in a bit more, I will really get you thinking.

According to the rules, now it is my turn to pass the baton to five blogs that make me think. As I have seen this around a bit, I am going to try to nominate people who have not been nominated before. In no particular:

baxter says

microfamous

the scent of water

marigoldie

an unreliable witness





Why I do not work for Empire Magazine

28 03 2007

I am so fed up with recommending films to people only for them to tell me they are shit.  As you may remember, I got very excited about Hot Fuzz when I saw it.  So much so that we went back to see it again.   Both times we watched it, Ricardo and I laughed and laughed about all the funny parts on the way home and then again later lying in bed, evoking laughter tears from me and his superb loud laugh from him.  When I got into work after the first time we saw it, I raved about it to my colleagues.  They were fans of Shaun of the Dead so I was convinced they would love it like I did.  No-one thought it was that good.  No-one thought it was that funny.  They are all stupid.

It makes me so irrationally angry when people don’t like films I like.  I get frustrated and huffy.  I hate reading reviews that I don’t agree with.  I do try to get philosophical about it, kind of “oh wouldn’t the world be a boring place if we all agreed on things” but deep down I think that is a load of crap.  I think the world would be a MARVELLOUS place if everyone agreed with me.  Seriously.  Ask Ricardo.

My crap recommendations struck again this week.  On Sunday we went to see 300.  Now, I know that people are likely to have different views about this.  I wasn’t sure what to expect myself.  I thought the look of the film was fantastic – so beautiful.  The fight scenes were stylised so that the violence was less horrific than it could be and the mythology was the centre of the film.  The hunks o’ man didn’t hurt, either.  However, this was all lost on my friend who thought it was boring and crap.  I mean, come on.  Kick-ass fight scenes? Strong hero types.  MOONLIT BUM?  I am at a loss.  I think I might never recommend a film to anyone ever again. 

A short while ago, Ricardo and I were shocked to be told by a close friend’s girlfriend that ‘you lot like shit films’.  We thought it was rude.  Her attitude really grated.  However, maybe she was right.  Maybe I am easy to please when I go into the cinema.  Or maybe I just want to get the best out of whatever film I see.   Like any sane person, I usually only spend money on going to see a film I expect to like so I end up enjoying 99% of films I pay to see.   Which means that all those losers (well ok, they are my friends but right now I am MAD so they are losers) that watched these films and didn’t appreciate them wasted their money and all they got was something to whinge about.  It looks like I am right after all.  I knew it.





She’s taking pictures again

26 03 2007

My work colleagues think I have gone mad (well, madder) since I have started whipping out my phone to take photos at every opportunity. But I keep thinking how cool it is that I work where I work, how it’s the best thing about working where I do (except for the people) and one day (hopefully in the not too distant future), I wont see the beautiful buildings every day. So expect to see more roving photos in the coming weeks, such as “Views from my window” and “Thames and the Tower of London” and “Lloyds of London from Cornhill” etc. etc.

In the meantime these will have to do. Every morning, I step out of Bank tube station in the City (the Square Mile, the financial centre of London) and I am greeted by this beautiful building:

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The Royal Exchange

And then if I turn my head to the left:

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The Bank of England

At lunchtime, I cross the street which my office is on and I walk through Leadenhall Market:

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Working in London has it’s downsides (pollution, tube travel, terrorism, pricey lunches) but it sure is pretty.





Foos on First

24 03 2007

The other day, I had a comment on my post about how much I dig Dave Grohl, leader singer/guitarist of the Foo Fighters from a dude called (whoa its) Josh who has had the best idea.  He and his friends LizzyJo and N8ball are trying to entice the Foos to play a game of  kickball (I had to wiki what that was as it is unknown on this side of the pond) in sunny San Francisco on 1st July this year.  Since I think they are very enterprising and have such excellent taste is ROCK GODS, I thought I would just mention it here.  I really really hope they manage it – and then pay for me to go and watch the game!  So please take a gander at their website, Foos on First.  I, myself, am subscribing to their blog right now!!!





Heirloom

22 03 2007

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This is my sewing machine.  It was given to me by the mum when she bought herself a new one about 10 years ago.  It was her 21st birthday present which makes it 40 years old.  It looks fantastic, and the stitches are still pretty great provided you don’t ask too much of it.  I have no idea how to change the tension (although I know this function has become temperamental so I am a bit scared to fiddle with anything).

I have been getting advice from the very lovely Kirsten at two lime leaves about buying a new machine which I am absolutely going to do as soon as I can afford it.  In the meantime, I doubt I will risk my quiltbaby on this old girl.  She will probably cope fine but I would hate to ruin my first quilt or break the machine as both are equally precious.





Story so far

20 03 2007

As promised, here are some little pictures of my quilt. Apologies for the poor quality – I still need to learn how to use our new camera.

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This one of the bundles of joy that inspired me to start making the quilt. I just loved how the colours looked together and the cute floral fabric.

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And this is how far I have got so far. It is a happy accident that the fabric looks so good on our futon (I have now found where I will put it once it is finished). I am completely making it up as I go. EEEK!





Wikipedia fun!

19 03 2007

Taking Emily’s lead, I did the Wikipedia history research project. The idea is that you use Wikipedia to search for your birthday (month and date, not year), then list 3 events, 2 birthdays, 1 death, 1 holiday (or observance).  This is what happened on 28th July:

3 events:

1540Thomas Cromwell is executed on order from Henry VIII of England on charges of treason. Henry marries his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, on the same day.

1914World War I begins: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia after it failed to meet the conditions of an ultimatum it set on July 23 following the killing of Archduke Francis Ferdinand by a Serbian assassin. This event leads to the outbreak of war.

2005 – A tornado touches down in a residential area in south Birmingham, England, causing £4,000,000 worth of damages and injuring 39 people.

2 birthdays:

1866Beatrix Potter, English author (d. 1943)

1929Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, First Lady of the United States (d. 1994)

1 death:

1750Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (b. 1685)

1 holiday:

Peru – Independence Day

Looks like, unless you are Peruvian, Beatrix Potter or Jackie O, bad things happen on my birthday.