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Sunday, 24 August 2003

character assassination

Had a really nice day snoozing in the sun and reading the His Dark Materials trilogy***. Then I watched some filmage, and got bored (I've watched hordes of films over the last few days, and every single one has been so awful I've left/switched off/returned the dvd unwatched, apart from this incredible 1955 Preminger / Sinatra fillum, 'The Man With the Golden Arm' - about heroin addiction, that scored his fraying nerves to a jazz soundtrack. Nothing has seemed as good since.)
And then...... I cut my hair
I'm not going to tell you anything more about that, other than this: "oh shit".

Random things 1: Terry Venables was at Belllini at the same time as us on Friday;
fmc: "is that some sort of [feigns disgust] football type?"
man at next table: "venables." I *knew* they were eavesdropping!
Random things 2: Choice has presented itself, between meeting really lovely straight blokes I know for an hour or two next week, or meeting unknown not straight women for far more hours and alcohol. Conundrum!
Anyone who read my blog entry on August 16th will know just how tortuous this decision will prove (and just how likely a duvet escape becomes.)

As promised, responses to my blog that people email to me:

You're bonkers, you must come to my party!
Well, okay, I admit I lied that I couldn't use the net to read your blog. I did read a bit. Erm, it was about... something.**
Still obsessed with site statistics, I see?
Ha, I forgot all about *that* sort of blog, one of my kids had one, *now* I remember. [is that good or bad? ulp]
My doom time is 23:23 and has been since I was 16ish. I figured, eventually, that it was usually the time I staggered in from the local pub...
I have checked the site for suitability. [????!]
Don't understand blogs and can't access from here.**
Very impressed with your home-page (is that what it is called?). Had a 'peep' at it, well... a bit more than just a 'peep'
confused by your you really have kittens?
2 laz 2 typ prprly...
So you can feel less intimidated about using the comments boxes, now that you know others read it and are also appalled....

** from the _same_ person! Damn slug texters.

***I wasn't enjoying this so much on the first book, but gradually, it feels more and more like Pullman's influences are the same as some of my favourite authors: Whitman, Voltaire, Milton, Dante, Blake, TS Eliot, Shakespeare, Rilke.... 'course, I might be wrong!

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Monday, 25 August 2003 - 11:14 AM BST

Name: lemonpillows
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I love 'His Dark Materials' trilogy. Better than Harry Potter, better than anything! I wish these were around when I was younger.. My g'f bought the first one, and we just had to buy the other two straight away because we couldn't put them down. Amazing. Brilliant. First book does take a while to get into, but it's well worth it, as it all links up in the third book. (my favourite).

I also cut my hair once. Was having a 'mad' day at uni, so just put it in a pony tail and hacked it off! Friends went mad. Had to get my mate to straighten it up. I'd always had long hair, so everyone was shocked! lol. But, went straight out and met my current girlfriend after that, so I'm not sorry I did it..

thanks for your comments on my blog - always nice to get them :-) Don't remember reality tv tho - maybe big brother a year or two ago..
lemonpillows xxx

Monday, 25 August 2003 - 11:22 AM BST

Name: Looby
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If that's me being referred to under next week's choice then I'm very flattered by your description! If it's not it just shows what a hig head I've got. No way of being able to go to both?

Monday, 25 August 2003 - 4:16 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

Ah, yes, 'tis you, and the choice is complicated through fear; if I turn up half-pissed to the other thing, I'm far more likely to make a @#%$! of myself. Of course, you never know, I might still have a gf sometime in mid-September, and the approval of networks of random dykes won't be so crucial. :D

Anyway, see you in Maida Vale on Wednesday!

Monday, 25 August 2003 - 4:24 PM BST

Name: Vanessa

Yes, it was big brother!

I'm just 100 pages into The Amber Spyglass right now, and it's proving difficult to follow - but cripes, I know what you mean about wishing you'd been able to read it as a kid. When I was little, I was obsessed by Diana Wynne Jones' books about Chrestomanci, and the idea of different worlds that split from ours with every decision you make; plus the idea that our world is the evil one, and that the Church is a corrupt authority. All there in Pullman! (If you like reading kids' fantasy books, I really recommend her stuff: my favourite is 'Eight Days of Luke'). So far, The Subtle Knife is the best of the His Dark Materials books for me; read it non-stop over 24 hours. Fantastic.

Thanks for the encouragement about the hair; the 'cut' was pretty much the same sort of thing, except I only hacked half of it. Eeep! I keep trying to persuade myself it's kind of a Hoxton trendy seventies style mullet. And that scares me even more.

Totally weirdly bizarre to bump into you online again, anyway, Lemonpillows; thanks for returning the comments favour! I've added you to my blogroll, to remind me to go comment on your site regularly.

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