Friday, 30 May 2008


Turns out I am an emo after all, sartorially at least.

Blog Lazy

I am aware that I have been a bit blog-lazy this month but I have been doing things instead. For example, and in no particular order:

Actually fixing an actual toilet with my bare hands.
Decorating my bedroom.
Getting a promotion and a pay rise.
Wallpapering a bendy wall with a very geometric pattern.
Designing the artwork for lanyards, CD covers and other assorted bits for the world's best Tipi camping weekend.
Training for a 5km run.
Preparing my slightly shabby house for viewings from potential purchasers.
Working events for a total of 3500 people.

I'm a fucking superwoman, even if I did spend most of the month whining like a little toddler to friends and relations. Thank you all for your patience. :)

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Bad Management #1

Me: My workload is too high and, moreover, unsustainable. I am worried that something important will be missed if I keep working at this pace. The levels of stress I am enduring, not to mention my working hours, are affecting my personal life.

Boss: Why don't you come in early tomorrow and do it all then?

*Boss promptly fucks off at 4.30pm*

Fantasy Holidays I Will Probably Never Go On Part 4

(But there is a distinct possibility I will actually go on this one)

19 Day Overland Tour of Egypt and Jordan

Perhaps with a nice stop off at Dahab on the way back for a spot of sea life.

8 things I want to do before I die that are on this trip:
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Luxor and Karnak
The Valley of the Kings
Sailing on the Nile
Abu Simbel
Mt Sinai
The Wadi Rum

Not bad for a 19 day trip. It also appears to follow a very similar route to the trip that my mum took when she was in her 20s. One of my fondest memories of childhood is her showing me photos and telling me stories about a red rose city - half as old as time.

Nowadays, however, she seems convinced that anywhere outside of northern Europe is awash with roadside bombs, so it might take some convincing to get her on side for this one.

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

David Tennant as Hamet

"To be, or not to be, that is the question. Weeelll.... More of A question really. Not THE question. Because, well, I mean, there are billions and billions of questions out there, and well, when I say billions, I mean, when you add in the answers, not just the questions, weeelll, you're looking at numbers that are positively astronomical and... for that matter the other question is what you lot are doing on this planet in the first place, and er, did anyone try just pushing this little red button?"

Oh, how I wish I'd written that. Fortunately Neil Gaiman did it instead and I can't begrudge the man anything.

Oh, and this is not apropos of nothing - David Tennant is due to play Oedipus Dane at the RSC over the summer.

I Was an Actress...

...once, for about two days - between finishing drama school and getting a job. I even had an audition for one of the most famous theatre companies in the country (nay, the world).

I wonder how many of my friends know this about me? I don't tell anyone at work and when people ask me what I did for a degree I usually evade the question but there is a bit part of me that misses telling people that I am an actress.

Not being an actress, you will note, but telling people that I am/was/will be. There are things I miss about acting itself, notably the acting - the feeling of taking a piece of text and making it alive, making it real for me and for an audience, feeling an audience respond.

But the associations with acting are not something I miss. Looking back I was always bored watching plays (how telling that I love feeling people listen to me speak but find listening to others totally un-engaging) and, as an actor, you're expected to spend as much time as possible watching other people's plays.

And actors. In my year of thirty on my drama course I think I found five people who I didn't find supremely irritating. This is not to say that all actors are idiots, quite possibly it is only drama students I find so nauseous, and even more possibly it is because they, like me, are quite boisterous and I don't like them stealing my thunder, but nauseating they are. The "Luvvies" column in Private Eye is testament to that.

Anyway, yes...I miss being a "going to be" actress. At school I was what people in the US call a "drama geek" and by all accounts a pretty good one. It was pretty much universally assumed that I'd be a actress, and probably a famous one at that. Or at least I think that was assumed - it's certainly what people said to my face but then I was a bit of a pain in the arse in those days (obviously, I'm perfect now) and I doubt I would have stood for any less. And there was certainly something pretty comforting about having such a clear and unquestioned predestination, even if it was one that didn't have any grounding in reality.

I'm glad I'm not an actress, even if the dedication in my youth has left me with middle management, it's also left me with challenges I relish and a life that, by and large, fulfills me. That being said, when one of my oldest friends berates me for giving up acting, even though I argue the toss with him, inside I enjoy the fleeting feeling of destiny.

The Most Beautiful Roads in the World

Unsurprisingly US-centred list
this one. And, sadly, no mention of my favourite (thank you, Roy) - the A4212 through Snowdonia - go see - Google Maps.

Saturday, 10 May 2008

The Higgs Fucking Boson

CERN clearly has impeccable comedic taste - inviting Chris Morris (Chris Morris!!) to speak about the Higgs Boson. Cereally, this couldn't in any way be cooler.

What's funny (to me at least) is that it is yet more evidence, as if any were needed, that I am always attracted to slightly-geeky-funny-boys - I've declared my intention to marry Morris for many years and never realised that he fits my "type" perfectly. Some more men I might marry who have a geeky side:

Charlie Brooker (wrote about gaming for years)
David Tennant (Dr. Who, duh)
Sayeed off of Lost (magically fixes all manner of technology on a giant, invisible magnet island)

It's also worth baring in mind that I have never (I mean never) had a relationship with any man who doesn't work in some kind of IT capacity.