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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Current crushes

Yes, I know I'm old enough to know better but I have a crush on these two men and go a bit peculiar when either of them are on the TV.

Another novel update

The novel has now reached almost 60,000 words. I have two chapters left to write and then it's down to editing and rewrites before I let it go to the outside world and let someone else read it.

There are scary and exciting times ahead.

Living in London

This summer will mark my 7th year of living in London. So it's time to take stock and think on what I've learned in that time. Being a Northerner and living in London has made me realise the following things, in no particular order:

1. When people in London say: "We really must have lunch, I'll give you a ring," there's no point waiting by the phone.

2. When you're given a job by the nation's second major media company and they tell you: "You're sensational" and "You're just what we've been looking for", take their words with a hefty pinch of salt.

2a. A dream job should stay in your dreams (see 2 above)

3. When collapsing on the tube through work-related stress (see 2 above) there are kind and helpful people who will come to your boyfriend's aid to help move your unconscious body off the train and onto the platform. Thankyou, kind man.

4. There are kind and helpful people who will help you cope with panic attacks when travelling on the London Underground (caused by 3 above). Thankyou, kind lady.

5. There are perks of and an excitement to living in London that I could never have possibly imagined.

6. But you never forget where home really is.

7. It also turns out that I am an excellent gardener.

8. Oh, I also found out that I'm working class, apparantly. And bloody proud of it (so take that and suck it, you people at number 1 above).

There have been highs and lows (er, see 2 above, again) to living in London but on the whole, it's been an exciting, fun-packed, gig-going, arts-loving, beer-drinking, capital-exploring seven years in the smoke. But by 'eck, I wouldn't want to grow old here, the place is minging.

Northern Soul

I know nothing about Northern Soul music, but being a Coronation Street fan, last summer I tuned in to listen to Craig Charles' Funk & Soul Show on BBCRadio 6 and while I didn't recognise most of the songs played, they had me mooving and grooving around the kitchen.

I've since gone on to buy a compilation double CD as a sort of Dummy's Guide to Northern Soul, so thank you Craig Charles and thank you Northern Soul. Some of the good things in life finally come to those of us who wait. Mind you, I'm not sure I want to go spinning on the floor in a pair of flares... although it's tempting.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Leek pudding

I grew up with men like these popping into the house to see my dad for the special stuff he dispensed to help them grow leeks. Not spindly little leeks you see in the supermarket, the ones that sit there on the shelves giving leeks a bad press. No, these were proper leeks, big leeks, nothing less than show leeks and yet still full of flavour.

I had a pang of nostalgia the other day for a leek pudding and searched online for a recipe as there was nothing in any of our books by Sir Nigel of Slater that showed that he knew what to do. The online recipes I found all recommended boiling the pudding for 2-3 hours. Boiling for 2-3 hours? That's not a pudding, that's a hot wash for the sheets.

Anyway, I've now found this intriguing recipe which at least comes from the north-east so I'm trusting that the guy knows what he's talking about. I'll report back in due course.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Coronation Street Weekly Update

I've been writing Coronation Street Weekly Updates for th'internet since 1995. And the latest weekly update has just gone live over here.

This week the update is dedicated to Gail Platt, the patron saint of suffering.

Sick of sick

I'm in the middle of my second major cold this year and having to take some more time off work.

I am now officially fed up.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Voting for the London Mayor

The trouble with voting for the London Mayor when I'm not a Londoner is that I feel a bit of a fraud. However, I've lived and worked in London for almost 7 years, I pays me council taxes, I takes me pick of things to enjoy from life in the smoke and I'm a firm believer that Emily Pankhurst didn't die in vain. So I'll vote, of course.

And being of sound mind and of north-east upbringing with Labour running through my veins, it'll have to be Ken. For those who think otherwise, here's to the twaddle of Boris.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Scarborough, it's magic

Spent the weekend in one of my most favourite places in Britain. It hailstoned and the sun shone. The fish and chips were fab and the frisbee won on the seafront bingo provided Sunday morning fun and games on the beach.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Snowman in the garden

The snow we had earlier today is now starting to melt. Before it goes completely, my boyfriend has just made this snowman.

April in the garden in the snow

After yesterday's sunshine when I posted this picture from the garden, here's the same pot of daffodils pictured this morning in the snow.

And here are some snow-covered tulips today too.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

April in the garden

The sun's shining and the lawn is lush. It's spring and the garden looks fab. Note pigeon in background of picture (taken today) looking for some crumbs.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Peter Doig

I don't know much about art but I know what I like. And I liked Peter Doig's exhibition at Tate Britan this week a great deal. This small image here might not look much but when it's in front of you on a wall that's half the size of a house it just knocks you sideways with its power.

And now, wearing my peaked cap and in a London tourist official style-y, Peter Doig's paintings can be seen at Tate Britain in London until April 27. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A very Specials post

When I saw the news online today, I thought it must have beenan April fool. I'm still jittery, 'cos it appears to be true.

The Specials are getting back together and touring later this year. I've been waiting for this to happen for about, oh, 20 years.

How much more excitement can a girl take? The B52s releasing their first album in 16 years and now this. I think I need to go for a lie down.

Coronation Street Weekly Update

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates for th'internet since 1995. The latest weekly update has just gone live here.

This week the update comes to you wearing a high-vis jacket and some steel toe-capped boots.
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