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It's been raining heavily all day, I am still all wet as a result of walking around in said rain, I have shitloads of work to do which depends on my ability to locate various Irish theatre types who never seem to be in their offices, and I am still suffering from post-ladyfest-depression/anti-climatic weirdness. So! Here are some cheerful thoughts - think of them as the antidote to all the things I was ranting about last week.

1. I got All About Eve, one of my favourite films, on DVD for just a tenner in the HMV sale. I was actually looking for Brief Encounter, which they didn't have, but hey, it's a good consolation prize.

2. The latest episode of Gilmore Girls is just sitting in my laptop waiting to be watched. Hurrah! I love you, internet!

3. Red Bertie the Socialist's Friend's reference to "the Bots" has put me in the mood for re-reading the mighty works of barsine's and my favourite fellow northsider P atricia Scan lan, whose books are filled with pointless references to northside suburban landmarks (like the aforementioned "Bots"). Patricia actually went to the same secondary school as me, so I am all too familiar with the places she so lovingly describes. Although, perhaps because she's from the neighbouring district of Glasnevin, she seems to have a remarkable bias against Drumcondra (my native suburb). Her characters keep moving from dingy Edwardian villas in gloomy Drumcondra to glitzy penthouse apartments in (snerk) glamorous Glasnevin, where they can gaze out at local beauty spots like the Met Office and the Bon Secours hospital all day. Anyway, her books are (unintentionally) hilarious, and are cheering me up no end.

4. The wooly headband/hat yoke and wristlet I bought at the Ladyfest Craft Fair. Red! Wooly! Appliqued flowers! What's not to love?

5. I have two shopping-bags worth of delicious Marks and Spencers food in the fridge, on which I shall later feast.

6. The new Gwen Stefani album. Seriously, I'm doing it for work, and it got sent to me last night, and while there are one or two Linda Perry (urgh) ballads, the rest of it is fantastic. I just took a break from writing this and spent about half an hour dancing around the sitting room to it. Andre 3000! New Order! Wendy and Lisa! Crazy '80s-esque synth-pop! I love it. And I am kind of dancing around in my seat to it RIGHT NOW.

7. Coronation Street. That programme is comedy gold these days. And when it's not, it's top-notch melodrama. I love Karen! I wish she got to punch more annoying characters in the face. Decking Tracy was good, but Charlie needs a good kicking too. I think I need a Karen icon...

8. The fact that I spent last night hanging out in the sitting room with P alternately laughing at really bad superhero comics, discussing the nature of socialism, playing with Ju Ju and popping bubble wrap.

Hmmm. Life isn't so bad after all.


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Nov. 18th, 2004 09:06 am (UTC)
Yay, okay, give me a day to digest the new album and then we can have a proper discussion of its merits. I am so excited for it, I've been waiting for months!!
Nov. 18th, 2004 09:11 am (UTC)
I had a feeling it was going to be pretty good, and I loved the single, but it has surpassed my expectations. Even the ballads are growing on me!
Nov. 18th, 2004 09:14 am (UTC)
Also, I just realised that the boring songs I was blaming La Perry for ('Cool' and 'Luxurious') weren't actually written by her. Oops!

And, 'Bubble Pop Electric' is the greatest song ever.
Nov. 18th, 2004 09:14 am (UTC)
And here's #9...
9. A nice old lady said "fuck" on Women's Hour yesterday.
Nov. 18th, 2004 09:16 am (UTC)
Re: And here's #9...
Oooh, really? I must have missed that! Wasn't yesterday a phone in about teenagers?
Nov. 18th, 2004 09:27 am (UTC)
Re: And here's #9...
Yes! A nice little old lady who'd fostered lots of kids phoned up (OK, she probably wasn't that old, but she was definitely sixties) and talked about how she'd dealt with troubled kids: "And sometimes, obviously, they shout at you and tell you to fuck off, but - oh, shouldn't have said that on the radio, should I?" And then Jennie Murray said, "Oh!" but the lady carried on and said that the children were mostly good kids who just needed a lot of time and attention.

And then when she'd finished, Jennie Murray said strictly, "Thank you very much for calling, Anne, although I'm sorry you had to quote exactly what your teenagers say to you. Anyway, our next call is from..."

It was so school teachery! She was all morally disapproving and stuff, but she couldn't be that morally disapproving because, you know, people who foster trouble teenagers are automatically saints and uncriticisable. Hee.
Nov. 18th, 2004 09:43 am (UTC)
Re: And here's #9...
Hee! And, God bless the moral highground. Although I bet Jenni Murray swears like a trouper when she's off air...
Nov. 18th, 2004 09:16 am (UTC)
I love All about Eve!!

Just watched it last year.
Nov. 18th, 2004 09:45 am (UTC)
All About Eve is one of my most favorite movies ever.
Nov. 18th, 2004 09:53 am (UTC)
Yes! Yes!
Nov. 18th, 2004 10:25 am (UTC)
What zoje_george said.
Nov. 18th, 2004 12:55 pm (UTC)
Hee, why am I not surprised? I think I'll watch it later tonight....
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Nov. 18th, 2004 12:54 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, you HAVE to read Patricia. She is hysterical. And also strangely compelling. Once you read one you have to read, well, maybe not them all, but a lot of 'em.

Re: No.4 - the girl who makes the wooly things doesn't have a Cow's Lane stall, but Jane got her number for future purchasing so you can get it off her...
Nov. 18th, 2004 02:54 pm (UTC)
5. I have two shopping-bags worth of delicious Marks and Spencers food in the fridge, on which I shall later feast.
M&S food stores are evil, the food's all yummy and tempting. I'm both pleased and annoyed that they opened one up at the shopping centre here.

I'm glad the Gwen Stefani album is good, I want to hear it!
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