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Is Joan Fontaine Alive?

Monday, 22 January 2007

Yes, she is.

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Under the Bridge

Friday, 2 June 2006

All that confused commuting sent me a bit batty. I remembered to set my alarm clocks last night. I forgot to change them from 5am to 7.30am. By 7am I’ve given up all hope of getting back to sleep and was up and checking my emails. By 8am, I had left the house and was buying a double espresso from the CafĂ© on Cowick St and wandering down to the river to take photos. It was obviously going to be a blazing June day, but the river was still quiet, with just the hiss of bikes on the path and the occassional clatter from a cafe or pub as it began to set up.

As I went through what is rather grandly called a piazza (but looks rather more like a patch of grass between the river and the canal basin to me – a canal doesn’t make it Venice, you know) someone setting up the tables by a tearoom shouted hello. So that is where my aromatherapist is now! She’s set up a small clinic and also a tearoom. Even better, she offers a “footbath and cream tea” deal. I think she does anyway, but she might have been teasing me.

My 1000th flickr photo! According to blogger’s stats, this is my 400th post since November 2003. The other day was my 1000th post to flickr since July 2004. Woo. That’s quite a bit of my life atomised and dissected and displayed. There’s been a novel written, and the latest short story, there’s been one most beloved cat lost and a new brute brought home to adore. There’s been photos of every kind of place, and doubtless lots of stuff about zen and the art of public transport travelling. I didn’t really set out to achieve anything with the grouch: I had no plan or agenda when I started and yet I just keep on writing it. It’s never my most private thoughts (how do I tell that person I rather fancy them?) nor carefully constructed arguments…it’s just…waffle. Everyday chatter and grouching. I hope y’all are enjoying it.

The Worst LJ Habit

Wednesday, 1 June 2005

The ferrett, who isn’t on my bloglines subs but was linked to by Poppy Z Brite who is (under writers, not LJ), has posted on The Worst LJ Habits and got a lot of comments. Poppy has selected her favourite (or least favourite) here. I’m just posting this so it goes to my LJ syn account and thus to LJers who read the grouch.

And, yes, I stopped doing quizzes a year or so back because they are so damn tedious to read, especially when you read a lot of LJs in syn and just find reams of quiz results instead of content. Oh, you’re which Jedi now? And which tree? And the works of which author? I want to read about people and/or their ideas/thoughts not how good they are at ticking boxes in self-selected quizzes. And I rarely do memes except when I’m feeling very self-indulgent/bored. (Yes, I’ve been bored lately, but I’m stopping now.)

I am, of course, aware that by posting this I am in danger of turning it into another LJ meme…

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