10 things from cats to grumbles

1. so, i’ve got some cats for ya. elaine4queen.tumblr.com/day/2012/04/21 pretty much as an apology in advance for some howling i am going to do later on. have them now or save them for later, the choice is yours.

here’s one to be going on with

2. i am having a total nervo about a benefits interview i have to have on thursday. obviously, it is what it is, but in the meantime i am digesting my own intestines with anxiety. there’s not much more to be said about it, really, but i just want to say HELP HELP. send all soothing vibes my way, because buddha skills aren’t cutting it with the screaming in my head.

3. so you see. we need the calming. i don’t actually listen to much music most of the time, but today i was listening to a radio show and billy bragg was on it. he talked about how he wrote a new england in which he says he doesn’t WANT a new england – then spent his writing career disproving that premis. i am not mad on billy bragg’s singing – he says himself he is rather a ‘busker’ but kirsty maccoll made a lovely job of the song.

4. we’ve been having a quiet time on our own the past few days while ten has been elsewhere doing things. i have got precisely bugger all done in his absence except eat a box of chocolates to myself. that doesn’t count as an achievement, does it? thought not…

5. we did see a dead swan on the towpath, though. some neighbours were looking at it and trying to guess how it had met it’s death. because i am a professional pathologist, having watched all of silent witness and lots of csi and the like, i knelt down and examined it. without doing a post mortem i couldn’t comment on lividity, but i was able to point out that the beak was caked in mud, suggesting the daft bugger had met it’s death face first. i blame pigeons, but that is CONJECTURE and very naughty. i observed that the swan was a juvenile and had quite the buzz when my neighbours asked HOW DO YOU KNOW? do you know how i knew? or is it just my neighbours who have led a sheltered non swan studying life?

6. on twitter, @lahikmajoe mentioned he was playing his uke in the park with a friend. this not only led me to send him an hour long documentary link about george formby, but now i am hearing ukes everywhere. here is the ukelele orchestra of great britain doing teenage kicks.

7. what else? well, i am jealous of everyone getting to watch the hunger games, but last night i did get to see wuthering heights finally. it was a lot better than i thought it would be, and the restricted palette of the film was beautiful rather than cloying. i watched it with my neighbour stephen, and he noticed how good the soundscape was. and it was, really good. i have no idea how they captured/created the wind, because wind is notorious for messing up sound recording bigstyle. here’s the trailer;

8. gosh, i didn’t know how i was going to do ten things, and now i am already on 8. i thought that i would want to really gripe about the benefits agency thing, but i guess there’s nothing to say since it hasn’t happened yet. still, kindly vibes, keep ’em coming.

9. i thought you might like this infographic. the post itself describing how he made it is also good.

10. i have been posting every day lately. i really didn’t think that would be possible what with the life i lead and everything, but i’ve been enjoying rootling around in tumblr finding stuff to show you. i’ve got more, too. STAY TUNED!


8 thoughts on “10 things from cats to grumbles

    1. thank you. it helps to know people are rooting for me. the whole thing could be worse. i need to just stay in the present – there is nothing to be done until thursday.

  1. Soothing vibes sent. Sooooothingness.

    Also, I love Kirsty MacColl. LOVE.

    Ooh, the Wuthering Heights trailer is interesting. Did they play up the racial aspect at all? I can see that working very well, with the war between the classes and all. Was it updated to current times, or still set in the traditional era? I think I might need to get my hands on that. WH is one of my favorite novels, and I love watching adaptations of it. Even if they’re awful. I’m looking at YOU, musical version on MTV about ten years ago.

    1. it’s really good. the way they frame it is that heathcliff is found in liverpool, which, in fact, has a very old black population dating back to the days of slavery, so it makes total sense. it is somewhat topicalised but not in the same way as it would be if it was set in the usa. it was set in the time, and although it looks somewhat stylized, the colour palette is probably more or less accurate. from the trailer, i didn’t have massive expectations of it because i thought it would be too stylized, but actually it was pretty gripping and is much more realist than the trailer suggests. i think you will love it.

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