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Spring Cleaning [Mar. 4th, 2008|09:38 am]
Tony Grist
I was full of aches and pains so I cleaned the kitchen to take my mind to a higher place. 

We've been trying to get rid of a couple of powered wheelchairs. We had one of them up on eBay but no-one bit, so we advertised them both on Freecycle and they were snapped up within minutes. It's good to get the floor space back. The woman who came to pick one of them up last night said it was fate; she and her man had been talking about how they needed a chair and then- wow- like magic- there was our advert. It made me feel good and useful- like I was a fairy godmother or some other beneficent, supernatural being.  

Which leads neatly into the topic of the witches in Macbeth; are they evil or what? Ailz and I were discussing this in bed last night. She'd been reading a piece by Terry Eagleton where he says they're figures of female empowerment and the true heroines of the play. I think that's going it some. My view is they're not  witches at all but a sort of raggedy, Scottish version of the Fates- minor goddesses and so morally neutral- and that all the stuff that identifies them as witches- the oogly-boogly stuff around the cauldron etc- was added in later by Middleton.

I guess the greasy grime on the TV screen has a lot to do with all the scented candles we burn.
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[User Picture]From: solar_diablo
2008-03-04 01:52 pm (UTC)
My view is they're not witches at all but a sort of raggedy, Scottish version of the Fates- minor goddesses and so morally neutral

That was my impression. They impartially tell of what will be.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-03-04 03:36 pm (UTC)
That's right. Macbeth doesn't have to murder anybody. If he'd trusted the witches he would have sat back and waited for the crown to come to him by a process of natural wastage.
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[User Picture]From: mamarose
2008-03-04 03:27 pm (UTC)
When I needed a chair, someone I didn't really know gave me one that his wife no longer needed. I cannot express the gratitude I still feel, for having received such a gift, and the liberty it gave me.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-03-04 03:38 pm (UTC)
For many years Ailz used her powered wheelchair in place of a car. Now we've got a car we have a lightweight chair that we can carry about with us and I can push around.
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[User Picture]From: margaretarts
2008-03-04 04:58 pm (UTC)

I was full of aches --
cleaned kitchen to take my mind
to a higher place.

We tried to get rid
of two wheelchairs-- no one bit
on EBay. Too bad.

Freecycle? Snapped up
within minutes. It's good to
get the floor space back.


Okay, I'm going to clean the kitchen now, take my mind to a higher place. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-03-05 10:46 am (UTC)
Hey, I wrote a poem without knowing it! :)
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[User Picture]From: margaretarts
2008-03-05 02:47 pm (UTC)
Linked haiku--even better! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoe_1418
2008-03-04 05:59 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful phenomenon is Freecycle! We've found homes for innumerable items and made some friends in the process.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-03-05 10:49 am (UTC)
Freecycle is amazing- just one of the many benefits the Internet has delivered.
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[User Picture]From: mokie
2008-03-05 11:18 am (UTC)
The mention of Macbeth's witches just makes me itch to read Pratchett's witch books. I prefer his take on them...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-03-05 01:29 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. Shakey doesn't really develop them as characters...
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