Well, since I'm STILL not reading (though I'm partway through Christos Tsiolkas's Loaded and I just picked up Graham Norton's So Me which looks like a laugh) I thought I'd just drop by and ramble for a bit. Throw in a few bits and pieces from the last couple of days, that kind of thing...
So, first up, I went to Liverpool! Yes, agoraphobia was nothing compared to my absolute delight at being back in a city and surrounded by 20-somethings again. Mum and I drove across on Tuesday (it's about two hours away), picked up my sister at her university flat, and we all stayed the night in a hotel. I had my first Nando's that evening (yummy!), and the next morning we went out for breakfast, wandered the Albert Dock, had tea and scones (and chocolate) at Thorntons, and shopped! A handful of pics:
|Echo and the Bunnymen on a lambanana!|
|The Liverpool Eye, the Tate, and the Albert Dock sign|
|The most promising window I've ever seen|
|I don't have a Snippy thing on the shop netbook to do Photo Tidying-Up Stuff so please ignore the daybed - but I finally found a cool hat! I shopped the sh*t out of Accessorize in Liverpool One on Wednesday.|
So, that was Liverpool. Ummmm, what else? Well, I had another couple of 'weep for humanity' moments today. This morning an elderly woman asked her daughter if Maeve Binchy was "the one what wrote Wuthering Heights"... And this afternoon a teenage girl asked her dad, "Who's Elton John again? Have I heard of him before?" Sometimes I wonder if I'm on the same planet as the people around me, I really do.
I've been around Twitter a lot of late - another side effect (or partial cause?) of me not fancying reading very much at the moment - and one of the things that's most impressed me recently is the way the NOH8 campaign (promoting LGBT human rights equality and education) is spreading quietly across the Twitterverse. If you're interested, you can check out the campaign website to find out what it's all about, or visit their Twitter feed to find out how to add a NOH8 'Twibbon' to your profile picture. Or you can just come and see me, of course, for a running commentary of music, opinions, funnies and bookshop craziness!
I'm sitting here nursing a headache today - a quiet Saturday rapidly descended into a hellish Saturday by lunchtime - and there seem to be an inordinate amount of charity-shop-shoppers and rampaging-small-children on the loose. But even I have to admit that this is cute. A tiny girl and her brother had been playing in the children's section for quite some time, but lo! Not only were the shelves left neat and tidy, but they'd also done this:
I may not be an especially child-friendly woman, but even I melted a little bit when I saw it! Aloysius and his little doggy friend, reading quietly like good little teddies. Love it.
And now, to play you out this sunny Saturday, here's The Doors and L.A. Woman (the alternate, longer, cooler version). Enjoy!