Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Old Who New Who

Looking forward to the new Doctor Who. It was just announced the other day that K-9 will be making a return.

I don't remember the outfits being this racy when I was a kid.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Naff off Anon !

In order to try and get rid of 'Anon' and her/his annoying advertisements (no, I would not like penile enhancement surgery, thanks very much...) you might now have a little task to perform if you want to leave a comment. Hope it doesn't bug ya.

Another good coupling: Julie Miller and Ani de Franco.

Friday, August 26, 2005

vamos a jugar por la playa

I loooooooove my ipodshuffle. Have I mentioned this before ?? Another great thing about it is that it throws up really unlikely combinations that often work really well together. Like today I was hoovering to a mixture of the Pixies and the Indigo Girls and whaddyaknow, they work just lovely alongside each other. I am not sure whether I'd rather be a Pixie or an Indigo Girl. But anyway. I'm sure my neighbour thought I'd reached a new level of insanity as I was singing along loudly with the windows open. I caught myself doing that on the beach the other night too (no wonder it's always so deserted when I'm out).

Would also recommend mixing Beck and Emmylou Harris. Hmmmm, wonder what their children would be like....

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


I have had a surprising and pleasant (although not surprising because they were pleasant) few days. Donegal was ultralovely and Ana was really excited to be hanging out with another wee’n. She was better on the car journey than I had anticipated and we even had our first in-car-nappy experience. Nice.

Another surprising thing was that I made my first successful purchase on ebay. Ana has a Spanish Elmo dvd that really cracks her up so I got her an Elmo for a fiver. Anything else I’ve bought on ebay has been broken or not-as-described. Elmo arrived after a night of teething trauma (at least I bloody hope it was teething! The noise! Gadzooks!) and he really cheered everyone up.

Last night I went to see Franz Ferdinand and the Scissor Sisters. We just caught the end of FF really although they seemed really good. Very cool. The Scissor Sisters I found surprising for the following reasons:

I knew more of their songs than I thought I did.

Some of their songs reminded me of Rufus Wainwright.

The singers were very good singers.

The boy singer could do West End, even.

The boy singer could be some of the students that I teach. He would be on Ritalin for sure.

It was maybe the most colourful (literally) show I’ve ever been at.

It was inspiring I think.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Newcastle and My Baby

For jp/p !

Here's some pics of Newcastle, Co. Down. And one of Ana for good measure.

I went out this morning. It was sunny and deserted.

The hotel is the one the helicopter landed in.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005


Not far from the busy bit of Newcastle town you can get onto a bit of beach which is not covered in green slime. It’s great because if it’s not a sweltering hot day you can almost guarantee it’ll be more or less deserted. So about 5 minutes walk and you can feel totally alone on a lovely stretch of sand looking out to sea or up at the hills. It’s magic.

I was walking along there today and a helicopter flew past. It was pretty low. Low enough to see that it wasn’t an army helicopter. It flew from the direction of the hills across the beach and out of my view. Quite exciting. But then it came back. And it started to get lower. It was flying right towards me as it descended. It was really quite scary and I even tried to move out of its way (like, in case it hadn’t seen me and was about to land on me… because like, I’m so tiny and hard to spot…). But before it got to where I was it veered across to the hotel along the beach and landed.

I went up to the hotel to have a nosey. I thought it might be some famous/ extremely rich golfers. Must have been as three of the hotel staff came out to carry in all their golf equipment. None of them were Tiger Woods and as he is the only famous golfer I know of I can only conclude that they were merely very rich, and not famous.

It was all quite exciting I thought. Must be a bit what it’s like to have a spaceship land in your back garden. A bit.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

A Thin Place

Here's some work by Todd Greene. I think it's fab.

Our Place

They cut the grass in the field the other day. It's hard to get a good photo of the hills with our camera. They always look a bit gloomy.

Sweet(/terrifying) Dreams are Made of These

Nicked this picture from someone else's blog. I loved the tripods. I used imagine being in the Tripods. Also found the title link website about Chocky which reminded me how deeply scary the show was. Don't make 'em like that anymore....

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Homophobia is a Sin

In response to the 'Stop the Parade' group who are trying to stop this weekend's gay pride parade in Belfast, Zero:28 have this to say. I agree.