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Shorter But Nicer [Jan. 14th, 2009|12:06 pm]
Tony Grist
I had my follow-up blood test this morning. Also I got measured and weighed. I'm 5'7" and 12st. 7oz. Don't ask me how that translates into metric. Ailz says I can't be 5'7" because she's 5'7" and I'm taller than her. Really? So we measured up against one another and our eyes are pretty much on the level. We also looked in the mirror, but it's a dressing-table mirror and we couldn't see our heads. Maybe I used to wear higher heels or something.

The nurse was in a bit of a grump. It's her afternoon off and she has a class to go to- something to do with measuring pulses in diabetic feet. "Yes," I said, shamelessly, "I don't suppose they'll have anything to tell you that you don't already know." "Well, she said, reflectively, "They usually come up with something new". She was a lot cheerier after that.

I'm trying hard to be nice to people these days.  Making a real effort.  This started before I returned to church, but I don't suppose it's unconnected. Yesterday I found myself surveying my LJ post after I'd written it- and wondering if I'd been sufficiently nice to the authors I'd critiqued.  Because Christians are unfailingly nice, right?  Ogodogodogodogod, I'm turning into Cliff Richard!
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[User Picture]From: baritonejeff
2009-01-14 12:44 pm (UTC)
1 stone = 14 lbs.

168 lbs. 7 oz.

(Good opportunity to look that up. I've always been curious.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-01-14 03:22 pm (UTC)
I understand why we switched to metric, because, after all, who counts in fourteens? But I still have no idea what a metre looks like or how much a kilo weighs.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2009-01-14 01:27 pm (UTC)
Hmph! YOu could never turn into Cliff Richard.

It's a good 'resolution' (if you want to call it that) to try to be nicer to people. Christian or not, it's a good thing to which to aspire.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-01-14 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you for those reassuring words :)

Being "nice" does make a difference- and costs very little effort.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2009-01-14 03:06 pm (UTC)
My mum reviewed a book in her LJ only to have the author, also a LiveJournalist, drop by and leave her a comment, so perhaps it's wise to be nice about them. Though most of the authors you've been enjoying lately are long gone, so not much danger of that.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-01-14 03:29 pm (UTC)
Whoops!

It bothers me that I wasn't altogether complimentary about de Botton- though not nearly as rude as Charlie Brooker, who calls him "a slapheaded, ruby-lipped pop philosopher who's forged a lucrative career stating the bleeding obvious in a series of poncey, lighter-than-air books aimed at smug Sunday supplement pseuds looking for something clever-looking to read on the plane"—
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2009-01-14 03:21 pm (UTC)
I sent AdeB an email praising his book and he answered within two hours :::small squee:::
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-01-14 03:29 pm (UTC)
Bless him!
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[User Picture]From: seraphimsigrist
2009-01-14 04:08 pm (UTC)

prescription for niceness

perhaps an occasional bit of belloc?
just occasional...
"heretics all wherever ye be
in tarbes or nimes or over the sea
ye never shall have good words from me
caritas non contarbut me."

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-01-14 05:42 pm (UTC)

Re: prescription for niceness

Very bracing.

Belloc comes closer to the spirit of the Middle Ages than you'd think possible for a 20th century Englishman.
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[User Picture]From: seraphimsigrist
2009-01-14 05:52 pm (UTC)

johnsonian?

perhaps...the spirit of the middle
ages is a large subject I am not
very qualified in though I did like
huizinga's waning of the middle ages
about all that remains in mind is the
bright colors...
belloc certainly positioned himself as
cantankerous... perhaps in part it was like
w c fields who in fact was kind to children.

I suspect he is in this sort of thing
like samuel johnson who says that if a man
comes at you with a stick to steal your
purse you disarm and subdue him before
talking to him and all the more if someone
comes at you to argue out of your faith which
is more precious than any purse etc
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-01-14 08:11 pm (UTC)

Re: johnsonian?

Belloc was one of the first "grown up" writers I ever read- and I love him dearly. A curiously conflicted man- as much French as English and as fiercely catholic as he was fiercely republican. He was a rough controversialist, not above bending the facts- I believe- when fighting for one of his favourite causes.
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[User Picture]From: seraphimsigrist
2009-01-14 08:23 pm (UTC)

yes

there is a biography I enjoyed by
wilson...andrew wilson was it?
he wrote some poorly done books also
--boilerplate, as someone gave me
his robespierre and it is no good

cruise of nora,road to rome, four
men are all fine and the verse
but it always is saddening to me how
many books I have read and how few if
any I remember in any substantial way.

I think with belloc I shoot the hippopotamus
with bullets made of platinum will remain
but that is about all.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-01-15 10:52 am (UTC)

Re: yes

It's a long time since I read Belloc, but certain things remain indelible. The Four Men is my favourite- because I read it at a formative age- and because it deals with a landscape I know and love.

He once remarked, sadly and defiantly, that the only book he wrote for love- as opposed to money- was The Road to Rome.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-01-14 05:22 pm (UTC)
Unfailingly nice? Yikes! Will I be thrown out of the church, then? I try, but.......
What is a "stone" - how many kilos?
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-01-14 05:23 pm (UTC)
You see, I don't speak English. I just "talk Murrican" as H.L. Mencken used to say.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-01-14 05:42 pm (UTC)
How many stones to a kilo?- I haven't a clue :)
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2009-01-14 05:33 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately there are lots of *un-nice* Christians around this country!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-01-14 05:45 pm (UTC)
Over here as well...
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2009-01-14 05:36 pm (UTC)
If you think Christians are unfailingly nice, I recommend a course of reading of certain prominent Christian authors such as CS Lewis (The Screwtape Letters, Screwtape Proposes a Toast and The Great Divorce ought to be a good start) and JRR Tolkien (have a shot at Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics and On Faery Stories, plus the foreword to The Lord of the Rings). Those ought to introduce you to reasoned, intelligent, and reasonable Christian snark quite nicely. ;)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-01-14 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder.

And of course the very word "snark" originates with that intellectually wiry Anglican clergyman, Lewis Carroll.
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[User Picture]From: mikesmaddie
2009-01-15 11:55 am (UTC)

I'm glad to hear...

...that things went all right with your blood test on this particular day.

And I hope that you will soon get the results back.

God bless and take care. :).
Olga/Maddie
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-01-15 03:36 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm glad to hear...

Thanks.

They're testing me for cholestrol. This is a back-up test to confirm whether the last test- which showed high cholestrol levels- was accurate.
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[User Picture]From: mikesmaddie
2009-01-15 09:40 pm (UTC)

You're...

...very welcome. *big smile*

And thanks for letting me know about what they were testing you for.

God bless and take care. :).
Olga/Maddie
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