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A Typical Sunday Morning [Jan. 13th, 2013|11:22 am]
Tony Grist
We tend to sleep in a bit on Sundays. I imagine it's because Sam and her kids don't wake us up. It was cold when I went out to feed the rabbits and birds, but now- mid-morning- I'm looking out the window and seeing sunshine splashed against the kitchen wall. I opened a new bag of bird food this morning and was bothered to see it didn't have any sunflower seeds in it. The birds like sunflower seeds. Right now there's a collared dove sitting on the bird table, filling up the entire space, and pecking away like it was powered by clockwork. "Are you missing the sunflower seeds, dovey?" Hmm possibly not.

Ailz has just informed me she has an aspidistra to pick up some time today from a free-cycler. She'll probably take her mother with her this afternoon- taking a detour from their planned trip to Lidl. We get through a lot of aspidistras. Ailz loves them and says they thrive on neglect- only they don't. She neglects them on principle and I neglect them because they're so boring I don't notice them and the consequence is they die. 

Ailz  drew attention to something moving across my armchair. I whisked a pillow away and behold a mouse!- a very tiny brown mouse- all pointy bits and clittering claws- that leaped to the floor and ran like fuck. "I'm a little worried about that" she said later.  "Afraid it's going to eat your aspidistra?" I asked. 

Critters seem to be the running theme this morning. Ralph Steadman has just produced a  book of paintings of extinct "Boids"- many of them imaginary- and there's an interview with him in this morning's Indy. The interviewer- admittedly a mate of his- says Steadman is a better artist than any of the people who get patronized by Saatchi and shown at Tate Modern- and I wouldn't be surprised if that didn't turn out to be true. He's as savage as  the likes of Hurst and Emin and even- though I hesitate a moment here- those wicked Chapman brothers- but also wittier and funnier and much more of a craftsman. Art withers and droops behind gallery walls. It needs to be in newspapers and websites and sellotaped to the fridge. A caricature of Alain de Botton is mentioned "so graphically disgusting I can't think of any mainstream magazine that would print it."  Sounds wonderful.

Alain de Botton is an arse.

Ailz continues to be worried about the mouse. She's had me down on the floor with a lamp strapped to my head investigating the bottom of the armchair  in search of a nest. I didn't find one. I'm glad because what would I have done with it if I had?  I like mouses. Always have done.

From: (Anonymous)
2013-01-13 01:32 pm (UTC)
I will stand up for de Botton - I really enjoy his take on the world and his insights. Didn't like the interview - far too chummy and congratulatory.
How are you both?
Jenny x
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-01-13 02:38 pm (UTC)
I won't fall out with you over de Botton :)

As for the interview- well, I like Steadman. Do all interviews have to be probing and confrontational?

We're fine. I'm nearly over my Xmas cold. How about you?
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From: (Anonymous)
2013-01-13 02:46 pm (UTC)
OK, good!

No I suppose not, but I lost interest in their shared history of going to parties with famous people and behaving in unkind ways. I had to flit through it and didn't read to the end. I enjoy his savage cartoons though!

I am nearly over mine too - just a little bit of a cough left and that goes for Ian too.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-01-13 04:14 pm (UTC)
Hunter was the unkind one. Ralph just got out of his skull on Hunter's drugs and tried to paint "Fuck the Pope" on the hull of a racing yatch- something we all aspire to do.
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[User Picture]From: redatt
2013-01-13 09:24 pm (UTC)
There's something about Alain de Botton that makes me all sweary.

When I had rabbit companions we got mice in the shed where we kept the rabbit food. Plump little miscreants, they were.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-01-13 10:04 pm (UTC)
I think he's a master of the bleedin' obvious and inordinately pleased with himself.
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[User Picture]From: wlotusopenid
2013-01-14 03:14 am (UTC)
And mouses apparently like you.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-01-14 09:52 am (UTC)
I kept mice when I was a kid.

And my favourite toy was a felt mouse- about two inches long- called "Mouse".
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2013-01-14 10:54 am (UTC)
I also kept mice - and I like field-mice - not so keen on the incontinent house variety
I doubt they'd nest in a much-used armchair - and you'd hear then if they did - they are astonishingly noisy
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[User Picture]From: spike7451
2013-01-14 11:51 am (UTC)
We get through a lot of aspidistras

... they are classed as a noxious weed in my part of Australia because of the damage they do to the native flora if the excape into yhe bush (forest?)

"Afraid it's going to eat your aspidistra?" I asked.

... LOL!!!

She's had me down on the floor with a lamp strapped to my head

... wonderful mental picture there. :D
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