Saturday, February 09, 2008

What I'm Doing 15

What I'm listening to :
Alice's Champagne Palace from Ellis Paul's Album AMERICAN JUKE BOX FABLES. This is one of my favourite end-of-day albums because I find the man has a very soothing voice.

What I last watched:
CLOSER. Excellent film. I loved just about everything about it - the acting, the story, and, most importantly, the music.

What I'm reading: The GENIZAH at the HOUSE OF SHEPHER by Tamar Yellin. I've had this on my bookshelf for a long time. Tamar Yellin is a scholar of Hebrew and Greek and I am learning a lot about Jewish history and culture which I am finding quite fascinating. The book, so far, is set in Jerusalem. It has a very attractive mythic quality which reminds me a lot of Edward Whittemore's masterpiece, SINAI TAPESTRY. A good read.

What I'm wearing: ankle length bright red cord skirt, boots, turquoise jumper and blue coat. Hodmandod Senior bought me the coat as a surprise about six birthdays ago and I still love it very much. The long skirt is, of course, not very practical, and I have had some close shaves going down stairs and I don't know what I like wearing such things, but I do.

What I'm lusting after: a Macbook Air (saw one in the Apple shop today. It was gorgeous and I want one.)

Style Tip:
Do not break sentences in two. That is do not use periods (full-stops) for commas.

e.g. NOT...Today I saw a Macbook Air. Brought out like a piece of black market merchandise from the back of the Apple shop (it is not due for release until 18th February).

New Word (from Bloomsbury)
machicolation = An opening at the top of a castle wall through which boiling oil or missiles could be cast down upon a besieging force. The act of so doing.
Obviously a somewhat specialised term - but I can imagine it has some good metaphorical possibilities.


Anonymous cfr said...

For at least two years, I've had Apple devotees strike out their "superior" thoughts to me. OK, make it at least four years: I'd written the others off.

But now? Can we have a party at long last? I do hope so.

Sat Feb 09, 10:25:00 pm  
Blogger Matthew Cheney said...

Oh, Ellis Paul is marvelous -- it's so much fun for me to see him being appreciated by somebody in the U.K., because for me he's a connection to somewhere near home (he's from the Boston area), and I've seen him perform not only in Boston, but also, quite a few years ago now, at the little school where I used to work. Do you know the music of his pal Vance Gilbert? Gilbert is one of the most entertaining live performers I've seen, though I don't see a ton of live performances. But still...

Sat Feb 09, 10:53:00 pm  
Anonymous Clare. said...

CFR: I did fall out of love with apple for a short while - when I lost several thousand words on their appleworks software. However, since I have resorted to Word things ar much better. So maybe that is a party of sorts!

Hi Matthew - so nice to hear from you. And thanks for the tip on Vance Gilbert. I was looking for something new last night, and think this might be it!

Sun Feb 10, 08:49:00 am  
Blogger jem said...

I love these chances to be nose into your everyday life! I like the soundtrack to 'Closer' but recall disliking the characters a lot. But a reaction, even if a bad one, is better than none at all.

I think impractical clothes are great sometimes. They allow one to think differently about the body and the way it moves and interacts with the world around it.

Sun Feb 10, 02:27:00 pm  
Anonymous Clare. said...

Yes, I agree - Jem. I definitely prefer a rant to something insipid and bland. I agree about the clothes too!

Sun Feb 10, 09:51:00 pm  

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