Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Blogger has gone nuts

It keeps telling people I am updating at really random times of the day (and on random dates).

Apologies for this. I don't know how to fix it! :)

Hope you're all good. I'm sure a Greenbelt blog is due soon. Will get round ito it....

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Great Things About Northern Ireland Part 2

I didn't make it to Belfast Pride today unfortunately but, via the magic of Facebook, I did get to hear some of the stories and see some of the pictures. So glad the sun was shining on everyone. Happy Pride everyone! This picture was taken by Ian Mobsby who has blogged about Pride here. He said that this woman just kept smiling at everyone, even when she was berated by the fundamentalist Christians who had come to protest.
Another from Ian. This makes me happy.
Cary's picture.
And another from Cary. Changing Attitude is the group I was meaning to be with today. I can see Willow in the background here! They got big cheers from friendly onlookers.

A day like this should make us all hopeful.

Thanks for the photos guys.

Friday, August 01, 2008

everybody row



There was glitter, there was doom and each was indebted to the other.




That is what I love about Tom Waits. Well, one of the things. In a circus tent theatre in the middle of Dublin he can have a few thousand people singing 'misery is the river of the world' with such joy that it all seems to make perfect sense.



The first time I felt like I really needed the music of Tom Waits I was pregnant with Ana and driving to the hospital for another check up. Feeling all the feelings of pregnancy (sometimes all at once) and getting sometimes overwhelmed with thoughts about life inside life, listening to Heartattack and Vine on that overcast drive had me thinking that maybe everything would be OK as long as there were artists in the world who were committed to being blistering honest about the emotional changes inherent in a human lifetime. I knew how Saul felt with David conjuring his spirits.



I need Tom Waits. I need someone who can sing 'you're falling down' in a voice that raises up. Such a ferocious and beautiful voice. How sweet the sound. It was a wonderful night.



P.S. I've added a title link to less self-indulgent review! :)