Wednesday, October 26, 2005

our friends lived here, the one who jumped has serious burns and broke her back

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attempted murder

last night someone set fire to a bag of refuse in the doorway of a shop in lower richmond road

say a little prayer for our friends who were trapped on the top floor of the blazing building

Sunday, October 23, 2005

burt & gina

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trapeze

camera work by robert krasker, directed by carol reed, worked together on the third man

starring burt lancaster, gina lollobrigida, tony curtis, and a beautiful circus

pure red-in-the-tooth melodrama, but i gaped at the magnificent camera work

exemplary story-telling and the dialogue is 110% distilled emotional blackmail

if you love beauty, and circuses, and beginners-level mind-games, it really is great fun !

Friday, October 21, 2005

improvisation

at four a.m. it was warm and dry but by seven, when i arrived at my first drop, a village pub in sussex, the rain was looking like prison bars

the pub was still dark and there was no one around, so what was i to do with a sack of flour and three cardboard boxes ?

i found three empty beer crates and inverted them

then i went into the pub garden and pinched two giant umbrellas from the tables to make a tent ... and it worked !

apropos of nuffink ...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

mad jack fuller's sugarloaf

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i love this book

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hero worship

i had to screech to a halt today after glimpsing one of mad jack fuller's follies

i'd been introduced to him by the late great edith sitwell in her lovely book "english eccentrics" which celebrates the energy and passion and humanity of those who are extremely disinhibited for one reason or another

she probably wrote it for money, and in a hurry, but it is well worth persevering with her

Monday, October 17, 2005

hands that have never played the piano

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phew !

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more half-baked guesswork in industrial archaeology ...


cycling every day from putney bridge towards nine elms, i pass a couple of tall "chimneys" springing from the pavement

might they have provided ventilation for bazalgette's famous sewer ?

the pattern around the rim at the top is certainly in the right kind of style for the project

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/bazalgette_joseph.shtml

what do you think ?

Thursday, October 13, 2005

YOUR STARTER FOR TEN POINTS …

FORK LIFT THESE PALLETS ON TO A TRUCK AND THEN MOVE THEM TWO MILES THROUGH FIFTEEN SETS OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND HALF A DOZEN SPEED HUMPS …

BEGINNERS’ NOTES AND HINTS:

AT THE POINT OF DELIVERY NOTHING IS SECURING THE FRAGILE LOAD TO THE BASE PALLET

IT TAKES TWO MEN ONE HOUR TO DISENTANGLE & THEN
RE-STACK THE LOAD FROM TWO SPILLED EURO-PALLETS ON TO THREE STANDARD PALLETS …

… & APPARENTLY THIS IS A COMMON OCCURRENCE AT MY WORKPLACE !

POINTS WILL BE AWARDED FOR COMMON-SENSE SOLUTIONS

brainiacs' challenge

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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Saturday, October 08, 2005

excuses, excuses !

in the early hours between sleeping and waking, when the body runs on automatic pilot and the mind scampers freely over the moonlit dreamscape ...

i found myself idly but affectionately tweaking the loved one's volume and tone controls, or

"just helping you breathe !" ...

and then, having disturbed her voluptuous reverie, an excuse presented itself, expediently:

... "i'm just trying to bring some sensation back to my worn out fingertips, darling!"

to which came the lightning, ( or is that thunderbolt ?) reply,

"it may become necessary to bring some sensation to the back of my hand in a minute, darling !"

Thursday, October 06, 2005

when i'm feeling "musical" ...

i do so like to sing, but i never know the complete words and lyrics

this has led me to the important discovery that almost any tune can fit around the magic words, "rum-tee-tum!", and if they don't, you can always divert to "la-dee-dah!", "fol-de-rol!", "fiddle-de-dee!", or in the final resort, "tiddly-om-pom!"

thus equipped, i'm surprised frank sinatra ever bothered with lyrics

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

reading practise & games of skill

you have to do a bit of reading, if only to remember how to spell

i'd been avoiding susan sontag for years, thinking she'd be too clever, maybe too heavy for me

turns out she's full of warmth & enthusiasm and her texts slide down as easily as good wine

the hopscotch was freshly drawn, the artist's broken chalks lay on the path not far away

in england, children throw the pebble or whatever into the squares

i've seen spanish children place a pebble on the starting line, then stand on one leg with their toe just touching the pebble, then attempt to flick the stone with that same toe towards their chosen square

i've tried it, & it seemed impossible !

and have you seen a spanish egg& spoon race ?

they don't carry the spoon, they grip the spoon handle between their teeth !

ouch !

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Monday, October 03, 2005


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from beachy head towards houns tout Posted by Picasa

the white house-martin Posted by Picasa

honestly ! Posted by Picasa