Wednesday, August 31, 2005

If They Knew What's Going On In Her Life...There Would Be A Documentary On Radio Four

17.17 On Time
Something is going wrong.
I don't understand what it is.
Maybe the 'month of healthy living' has taken it's toll?
Maybe all that fruit, water, exercise and abstinence from alcohol was a bad idea?
I should've lost pounds & pounds (I lost two, two measly pounds, where's the justice in that?)
I should be full of energy & vitality (I'm weary, too tired to switch the computer on in the evenings, how can that be?)

Where I should be bursting with joie de vivre, I'm mopey and lacklustre.

I spend the day getting on with my job in a diligent and productive manner. I can't remember the last time I was subversive. It's not right.

Day after tomorrow I'm off on holiday. It's worrying to think I may have forgotten how to have fun.

Crumb by Crumb - Rufus Wainwright
Careless - Cinerama
Blues Run The Game - Simon & Garfunkel
Guiding Star - Teenage Fanclub
One Of These Things First - Nick Drake
Riptide - Laura Veirs
The Storm Is Coming - Ed Harcourt
Beautiful - Belle & Sebastian

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

16.12 On Time
SmellyColleague’s imminent return has been a cloud on the horizon.

He was expected back next week and, surely, six weeks is more than generous for a Basic Skills in Personal Hygiene course.
Anyway, my sources now tell me (O.K. I was eavesdropping, how else are we ever going to get to know anything?) he won’t be back.

Not next week, or the week after that.

Perhaps he’s been approved for Level I Laundry ?

The New - Interpol
Enemies/Friends - Hope Of The States
Rebellion (Lies) – Arcade Fire
It’s A Hit – Rilo Kiley
Love Me Like You – The Magic Numbers
Mr Brightside – The Killers
The Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy
Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes


Friday, August 19, 2005

Robert Robinson Returns!!!

Well thank the lord, everything really is right with the world!

Are You Happy What You're Doing?

17.12 On Time
I rock!!!

Against all odds and in the face of overwhelming adversity (or by just getting on and doing my job, whichever version you prefer) I have made someone £2,000 better off than they were yesterday.

I rule!!!

(and rock)

The day (like Grandad) goes from strength to strength as I am "very helpful" to a man going into battle with cowboy plumbers, and even able to find time to be sensitive to a depressed, near hysterical woman who has a youth offending worker, panic attacks and a runaway daughter to cope with (though I forget why she called).
I also say "extrapolate"and "scrutiny" in appropriate circumstances (not to the near hysterical woman).

Truly a memorable day.

They must be putting something in the water.

Music When The Lights Go Out - The Libertines
Cayman Islands - Kings Of Convenience
Slow Moves - Jose Gonzales
Let Love Not Weight Me Down - Ed Harcourt
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Things We Said Today - The Beatles
Somebody Loves You - Eels
The Group Who Couldn't Say - Granddady


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

7.31 On Time
What a fabulous morning. The sort of morning that almost tempts me to skive off.
The sky is blue, the train is on time, the music is good and, best of all, I'm not tired.

Even PrissyConductor can't wind me up this morning.

Oh, and, last night, did Kirstie Allsopp really say: "This is balls. This is all balls."

Less Than Zero - Elvis Costello
Leave The Biker - Fountains Of Wayne
On Top - The Killers
Dylan In The Movies - Belle & Sebastian
Goodbye Girl - Squeeze
Feeling Oblivion - Turin Brakes
Desire As - Prefab Sprout
Crimes Of Paris - Elvis Costello

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

17.12 On Time
Spend the journey trying to avoid JenniferGarnerLookalike's bosom.
Tricky business seeing how she's folded up on the seat opposite me, all legs and cleavage.
Is it rude to stare? (And where can I get a bra like that? )

And if I don't stare at her I end up staring at SexyEyes, and he fancies himself quite enough already.

Solve the problem. Doze off.

Talking In The Dark - Elvis Costello
The Problem - Lambchop
Hedonist - House Of Love
Streetlights - Josh Rouse
Home Counties Boy - Martin Newell
Burning Flies - Looper
Snow Camping - Laura Veirs
Heaven - Robyn Hitchcock

Friday, August 12, 2005

"The Day Ended As It Began..."

7.31 Cancelled
17.12 Cancelled
There were lots of people trying to head off towards the cricket this morning. They seemed hopelessly over-excited considering it's cricket. I would've predicted tears before bedtime, but those-who-know tell me they will have had a good day.

'Cricket' 'good day'?

No - Fails to compute.

NewNeighbour has a wolf. It appears to be very placid.

Life Of Surprises - Prefab Sprout
What Difference Does It Make? - The Smiths
Do You Realize? - Flaming Lips
Open - The Cure
Ten Feet Tall - XTC
Bloodless - Tom McRae
I'd Rather Dance...- Kings Of Convenience
The Medication Is Wearing Off - Eels
The Universal - Blur

Monday, August 08, 2005

11.04 Five Minutes Late
I've just been to physio.

Didn't have to wait five months after all. When I told the nice lady on the phone that the OtherHospital had said I would, she laughed in a "How silly would that be? You'd be all better on your own by then, wouldn't you?" kind of way. Anyway, I've been wrapped in hot wax and painfully manipulated by someone who seemed to know what they were doing.
And I'm going back for more next week.

It seems I should get 90% mobility back.

I was disappointed by this until TheYoungerBoy pointed out that I probably never used more than 63% of my mobility anyway. He had a point.

Spent the weekend hoping I didn't do or say anything to embarrass Perfect in front of his friends on Friday.
(I'm really, really sorry - I managed to avoid stating the obvious to VeryTallFriend right up until the final moments, but I just couldn't hold it in)

The World Awake - Prefab Sprout
Strangeways Inside - Mull Historical Society
Boat - Astrid
The Man In The Iron Mask - Billy Bragg
Black Star - Radiohead
Black Amnesias - Hope Of The States
Close To Me - The Cure
It's Wasting Me Away - Electric Soft Parade


Tuesday, August 02, 2005

8.10 On Time
Phew! Last night I dreamt nothing more disturbing than that I was taking Thursday off.
(I'm not)

It's very very hot on the train and, incredibly, someone smells really nice. Can't pin down exactly who, but I don't think it's a regular.

Excitingly, a Jennifer Garner lookalike gets on at PoshStation. Though when she stops pouting and starts whining into her mobile the illusion is shattered.

Fever - Starsailor
Hackensack - Fountains Of Wayne
Stranger By The Minute - Porcupine Tree
Avalon - Sigur Ros
Electioneering - Radiohead
Cemetry Gates - The Smiths
Jonathan David - Belle & Sebastian
Jesusland - Ben Folds


Monday, August 01, 2005

7.31 Twenty Minutes Late
But at least I got in in time to overhear this, from WalkingMedicalEncyclopedia:

"It was a good wedding, one of the guests actually had a heart attack"

Over the last two nights I've woken up from a variety of dreams, soaked in sweat for all the wrong reasons, feeling panic, despair, anxiety and desolation.

What's going on?

Wooden Nickels - Eels
Mine - Everything But The Girl
The Myth Of Trust - Billy Bragg
Perfect - the Lightening Seeds
Wish 'em All Away - Embrace
Under Control - The Strokes
A Fond farewell - Elliott Smith
Aint That Enough - Teenage Fanclub
Tie Me Up - Cinerama
The Real Thing - Grand Drive
Fly - The Jam
Blackbird - The Beatles
Home - Stephen Duffy
Postcards From The Beach - Ballboy

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