my exciting early eve looks like this: washing on, clean laundry away, pack up sofa bed, hoover. rock on!
Stunningly good article on the state of Britain in today’s times from Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials etc.). He says:
The image of this nation that haunts me most powerfully is that of the sleeping giant Albion in William Blake’s prophetic books. Sleep, profound and inveterate slumber: that is the condition of Britain today.
“We do not know what is happening to us. In the world outside, great events take place, great figures move and act, great matters unfold, and this nation of Albion murmurs and stirs while malevolent voices whisper in the darkness - the voices of the new laws that are silently strangling the old freedoms the nation still dreams it enjoys.
[and goes on]
We want to watch you day and night
We think you are abject enough to feel safe when we watch you
We can see you have lost all sense of what is proper to a free people
We can see you have abandoned modesty
Some of our friends have seen to that
They have arranged for you to find modesty contemptible
In a thousand ways they have led you to think that whoever does not want to be watched must have something shameful to hide
We want you to feel that solitude is frightening and unnatural
We want you to feel that being watched is the natural state of things
on way home after having a couple of drinks with iain in under-the-hammer. Had a pint of the “homecoming scotland” beer. It tastes like what i imagine an american tourist visiting scotland would experience: exactly what was expected, no better no worse.
I want to say thanks for your optimism. It’s good to be around that.
I want to say thanks for never moaning.
I want to say thanks for always saying ‘why not?’ instead of ‘why?’
I want to say thanks for being so bloody cheerful.” —This is part of a thank you post on the howies blog. One of their staff is leaving. Its timely because tomorrow night Sue and I (with a good deal of hard work from Marion & our management group) are hosting a thank you evening for all our volunteers. I’m going to end the evening with a few words of thanks, something I don’t say enough. So thank you, to the huge team who make all the St. c’s stuff happen, & thank you to friends and family who make all the Tom stuff happen. Cheers!!
credit crunch induced unemployment + total lack of checkout folk at my local sainsburys (should =) everyone happy!
Its super cheesy I know but I’ve been blasting this all lunch time. http://hellotxt.com/l/EppF
only drove this morning . hopefully crack on with work stuff this afternoon.
had a good morning driving now lunch club, then weekend away prep, then home, then pancakes at YF!