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Random Thoughts- Some Of Them Cheerful [Sep. 7th, 2008|11:34 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz thinks we can live on £150 per month. I think that's pretty steep, but I like a challenge.

At least we don't have to worry about flooding- because we're so high up- though it seems like most other places do. How many flood warnings were issued yesterday? Over a hundred, I think. This new climate of ours- whether caused by global warming or not- is taking some getting used to.

We bought a couple of halogen heaters. One for the living room, one for the kitchen. Apparently they cost about a penny an hour to run.

Sarah Palin is an ignorant woman. I read a report that, as mayor of Wasilia, she wanted to ban Twelfth Night from the local library. Can that really be true? I don't like the thought of her becoming empress of the world.

The scum rises to the top. Pakistan has just acquired a guy notorious for graft as its Prime Minister. I say "acquired" because no-one elected him. He was appointed by the ruling party.

Mind you, no-one elected our Prime Minister either. He too was appointed by the ruling party. Matthew Parris- a columnist I respect- came right out and called him the worst Prime Minister in British History. Is that really the case? What about Anthony Eden?

I watched Longford the other night. Longford was the do-gooding aristo who tried to get parole for Myra Hindley- the most notorious British murderer of the 20th century.  It was a play about identity. Was Longford a saint or a fool or a bumbling egotist? And who on earth was Myra Hindley? Her partner, the clever psychopath Ian Brady, had her down as a "classic hysteric"- a person who becomes whatever their interlocutor wants them to be- a Zelig- a shapeshifter. We're all a bit like that- but are we enough like that to murder children? This is a question we'd rather not deal with- which is why we start shouting and stamping and waving our arms about whenever her name is raised.

Jim Broadbent was Longford, Samantha Morton was Hindley, Andy Serkis was Brady. What a lot of good actors we have in this country at the moment!
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From: saskia139
2008-09-07 12:20 pm (UTC)

Actors

I'd watch almost anything with Jim Broadbent in it. Of course, at this point, I'd watch almost anything with a British cast.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-07 12:35 pm (UTC)

Re: Actors

Broadbent is an outstanding character actor. You know that anything with his name attached will be worth watching. His Longford had a goggle-eyed innocence that was equally touching and annoying.
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From: nostoi
2008-09-07 12:35 pm (UTC)
Ailz thinks we can live on £150 per month.

From what you say about Ailz she comes across as somewhat amazing and her good sense could help a lot of people who aren't as astute as she is. Has she considered setting up a webpage or writing a budgeting help book? :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-07 01:23 pm (UTC)
It's just as well one of us understands money :)

Maybe she'll consider a book when she's finished with the OU.
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[User Picture]From: solar_diablo
2008-09-07 12:51 pm (UTC)
Sarah Palin is an ignorant woman. I read a report that, as mayor of Wasilia, she wanted to ban Twelfth Night from the local library.

Hadn't heard that one, I'll have to research it. She's often portrayed by favorable media here as a Libertarian, but if she sought to ban books it moves me from indifference about her into full-blown dislike. Censorship is a major no-no in my book.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-07 01:31 pm (UTC)
I believe it's an established fact that she wanted to censor a number of books- and then moved to sack the librarian who stood up to her.

I've seen Twelfth Night mentioned as one of those books, but I'm finding it hard to believe.
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[User Picture]From: craftyailz
2008-09-07 01:11 pm (UTC)
£150 a month is a very generous amount for 2 adults and 3 rabbits. If I was being tight I'd go for £100 a month. The only difference you'll see is more stews and casseroles - which I know you're prejudiced against - but I'll call them curries and other fancy names and you'll be fine.

Love you!!!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-07 01:31 pm (UTC)
Love you too......
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2008-09-07 02:06 pm (UTC)
For 150 pounds a month...does that include ALL household expenses or is that just food?

We had a halogen heater for years in our living room. It heats locally quite well but doesn't heat the whole room although it does take the edge off the chill and that's all we often need.

Sarah Palin makes my stomach churn. She's scary.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-07 08:25 pm (UTC)
All expenses? I believe so, though I haven't seen the calculations.

I'm afraid I find all politicians scary these days.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2008-09-07 02:15 pm (UTC)
Sarah Palin is creepy... just plain creepy. I can't believe she is going to run for VP. It makes me sick.

Edited at 2008-09-07 02:18 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-07 08:27 pm (UTC)
I don't think she's a proper person to be running the world- which is what she'll be doing if McCain wins then slips on a banana skin- but then who is?
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[User Picture]From: richenda
2008-09-07 02:16 pm (UTC)
Is that for everything?
My monthly expenses come to about that, with fuel expenses spread over the year, but I'd have a job to buy food as well. I don't say that it isn't possible, but I'm not sure where or how I'd cut down - I don't overheat my home.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-07 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how much exactly is contained in that figure. I don't have a head for this sort of thing. But I know it's based on a decision not to use the central heating- except in extreme conditions.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2008-09-07 02:36 pm (UTC)
I need to talk to Ailz about how to live on 150 Pounds a month (isn't that less than $400 USD?). That would truly be a coup in this country. Perhaps I should relocate to yours....
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[User Picture]From: ibid
2008-09-07 04:46 pm (UTC)
I guess it's possible in the North.

My only consolation with La Palin is that she isn't running for president and on the evidence of Chaney old republicans never die.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-07 08:35 pm (UTC)
I believe Cheyney, if elected, will be the oldest president ever- and his heart ain't too good.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-07 08:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Wow.

I'm not sure how we're going to manage it, but Ailz says it can be done.

We've been working hard these past few weeks to get our food bills down.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-09-08 03:36 pm (UTC)

Food tip!

We've discovered a cuisine that combines 3 fantastic traits - 1) it's delicious 2) it's really cheap and 3) it's very healthy. The cuisine in question is that of the Mediterranean peasant. You eat fish / meat maybe once a week each, and the rest of the time eat lots of fresh fruit and veg, lots of olive oil (lowers cholesterol), pasta, dairy (cheese & yoghurt) and eggs. The times you're eating vegetarian you don't think of it as vegetarian, as it's not designed to be vegetarian per se, it just happens to be. It's so tasty you don't notice. We've been eating things like entirely homemade pizza, pesto/pasta, creamy prawn linguini, one-pot summer chicken, spinach and feta lasagne, roast pepper, mozzarella and tomato tart. A good book to get is the BBC Good Food Magazine "101 Meditteranean Dishes" - rrp £5. Tom F
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-09 10:43 am (UTC)

Re: Food tip!

Sounds really good.

Actually, we're not all that far from a mediterranean regime. We don't eat a lot of meat- except for bacon- and we have pasta several times a week. We're particularly fond of spaghetti putanesca. We also eat a lot of cheese and eggs.

I used to eat pizza quite a bit, but I find it's guaranteed to give me terrible indigestion, so I've knocked it off.

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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2008-09-11 10:42 pm (UTC)
The scum rises to the top.

Yes.

It is true about Sarah Palin. She tried to get the librarian fired because she wouldn't cooperate.

She is going to win. People LOVE her.

I am amazed, appalled.

How must Hillary feel? All her hard work and this, this--cheerleader--shoots past her, a cheerleader with a grating voice and who was ON A CLIP saying that "We must pray for our troops WHO ARE DOING GOD'S WILL IN IRAQ."

Are we to be ruled by zealots now? Apparently.

And I thought we were sliding toward a police state with Bush. With a zealot at the helm (McCain might not last long, might die), will we be told what to do because it's God's will and for our own good? How smug she is, and all her ilk.

The Evangelicals are kneeling at her feet. She's the new Saint of the Homeschool Moms.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-12 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to be philosophical about it.

I wonder how her evangelical faith will cope with exposure to the world outside Alaska.

Perhaps she'll be "converted".

I'm banking on her being uncultured and ignorant rather than stupid. I believe, from what little I've seen of her, that she's a smart woman- smarter than Bush, smarter than McCain.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2008-09-11 10:43 pm (UTC)
Jim Broadbent is brilliant.
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