October 20th, 2014


Things That Are Going Round My Head

1, There was a car outside the house yesterday with a Bulgarian license plate- so maybe that's the nationality of the new neighbours- one of whom accosted me yesterday as I was carrying a microwave to the car (a gift for Odi) and introduced himself as a scrap metal dealer. I noted where he lived. We might eventually have need of him.

2. I have always pretended to prefer Manchester to Liverpool (because it wouldn't do to disrespect one's own city) but now I'm in the process of leaving the North West I can admit to myself and the world that I like Liverpool more. Manchester is dour and heavy-minded; Liverpool is lively. How could it not be with the wind (and the people) blowing in off the Irish Sea?

3. Peter was at Odi's yesterday. He tells Odi he thinks Ailz and I might have done more to keep them together when they had their big bust up. Odi asks him if he'd be keen to return his own daughter to an abusive partner. That shuts him up. I have nothing against him now. Odi seems to have made her peace with him and it's her life. And as Hamlet says to Polonius, "Use every man after his desert, and who should 'scape whipping."

4. I was reading Anne Carson last night. I think she's a great poet but I haven't a clue what she's on about much of the time.

5. When I re-read sections of this blog I find myself skipping the political rants. I find them embarrassing.  Will this stop me continuing to perpetrate them? We'll see.


I seem to be running out of things I can give away to charity. Does this mean that everything else has to be transported down to Kent? I suppose it does. What, even the packets of tea lights? Yes, even them. What's the alternative- throw them away? Unthinkable.

Wish the car was bigger.

Wish the car was a van.

We own so many books. I've winnowed the shelves but there still so many. Here's a big glossy guide to museums I didn't even know I had. I sit down to browse. This fellow (contemptuous snort) only gives the Corinium Museum two stars out of a possible five. That's ridiculous!  Ailz calls to ask me what I'm doing because it's tea time. Ah, yes, tea...