Saturday, December 05, 2009
Me: It's going to be great to work somewhere where being a feminist is actually a good thing!
Him: Being a feminist is always a good thing.
Me: Haha, I wish everyone thought like you.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Named for the folk who I originally made the mixtape for (and who left it in a van by accident - but that's another story). Lacking in the punk rawk sound you might expect from a blog named 'Travelling Punk', but conventions are for folks in suits who carry laptops.
Sadly missing the following tracks off the original pressing, not available on Spotify**:
Behave - Slumber Party
Angryman - The Bees
Morning Sun - The Beautiful Girls
Little plastic castles - Ani Difranco
Modern girl - Sleater Kinney
Oregon - The Maybellines
Plastic girls - The Minds
Monday, November 16, 2009
- Took 4 hours to get from Nottingham to Sheffield via the M1. The motorway was closed because of an accident
- Saw a pheasant explode under the wheels of a car
- Lost a false tooth when I 'held' the rope in my mouth as I was about to clip at the climbing wall. Luckily it came off into my mouth and was not lost forever
- Made my wrists and elbows ache bouldering in the cold at Burbage North
- Enjoyed my last days of climbing outdoors for a while - I'm going to be out of the game for a month after having laser eye surgery this week.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
And you realise that what you really want to do is so far out of reach because of damned genetics...
And you don't know what else to do...
Because there is nothing else and there never has been?
Is this the correct time to have a quarter life crisis?
Thursday, October 08, 2009
When spring comes you tend to abandon all those wintery comforts double quick and embrace the 'hot' weather, even before it arrives. The coats, hats and woolies are bundled away - not touched for months. Then when the temperature dips you rediscover them, slip them on a snuggle down against the chilly wind.
It's not quite the same rediscovery in the summer. I shed layers and find my summer clothes underneath - I've been wearing them all winter long for insulation!
Story from the Guardian, 'Parents given jail terms for relying on prayers to save dying daughter'
Monday, October 05, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
It's so long since I shopped, I'm pretty fucking excited.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
- had a long weekend and spent the Friday on an ‘observation shift’ with the Fire Service
- I had a go at hose rolling (turns out I’m not great at this!)
- did some hose unrolling (more fun that it sounds)
- had a tour of a pump
- went out on two ‘shouts’ – blue lights, sirens and bull horn!
- wore breathing apparatus (BA) in a smoke filled room
- tried out the inflatable pads used to lift vehicles etc
- and had a go with the expansion too
- went mountain biking at Coed y Brenin with Silverstormy
- did my first ever MB route
- then did my second ever route, and made it about 80% of the way round without pushing (some sections were a bit too scary)
- made a mash-up of the two routes above
- let out an involuntary ‘whoop’ on a really good bit
- camped in a car park
- ate a huge piece of cake
- and boil in the bag curry (the best camping food and only £1 a sachet)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
It's such a relaxing, open, wonderful place. Island life is most appealing and I'm hoping they recruit in my field so I can flee up north to live (I can hack the short short winters days, and lack of bouldering...)
Also, my Grandad was stationed on Hoy during the war - the story goes there were three of them, and one rifle.
Today I came across some very old news about islanders fighting immigration officials to protect immigrants from being deported. Good people.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday at Bamford, it was crawling with climbers! Did a few classic VS and HVSs (I guess?) including Gargoyle Flake.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I like 'em with trousers though.
Thing is, they have this tendancy to rotate around my leg, and they're a bit hot & not exactly easy to wear under (skinny leg) trousers.
Today I was thinking 'I could do with some non-knee high versions of these'.
So I think I'm going to cut the tops off.
Save money, save time, save resources. Win win win.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Mum: We went out with so and so and their daughter the other night, she looked really pretty.
Mum: You look pretty too, sometimes
Mum: Like when you wear some make up and have your hair down
Mum: But not when you scrawp your hair back, and have no make up on, like when you came to see me at work the other week. You didn't look really pretty then.
Me: Yes I did.*
Mum: Aww [ed. patronising tone]
Ah, parents. Why do you say these things?
* Yes, I actually said that! Haha! Go self esteem.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Bat for lashes album:
I like it. A reviewer for the Guardian Weekend Guide said it would only appeal to 'people who watch the Culture Show. Scumbags basically' That's me told, then.
I got them, with a discount code (yay!). But - they sucked. What a weird fit. Huge and too small at the same time. Kudos though to Howies who exchanged them for the mens version, all the while honouring the original discount. The mens ones are 100% better.
Hello highlights and lowlights. My hair is stripey like a raspberry ripple ice cream. Love.
Pet pied wagtail:
My friend bought me a little pied wagtail RSPB pin. Adorable, and less mess than a pet bird. Thanks Gareth!
Still working on:
On the back burner:
new Au Revoir Simone album
As a self confessed 'busy person', I tend to have a lot on my plate and an eagerness to add even more despite my better judgement. Sadly, and even more, frustratingly, this means things just don't get done.
Example - I recently volunteered for a 5 week first aid evening class. Free, interesting, with a qualification at the end. However this took up one of my week day evenings - my precious training, volunteering or second jobbing time. Something had to give. In fact, two things 'gave' to allow me to complete the course - my training and work on my second job.
Frustratingly, this means I've lost some strength and fitness because of reduced training, and increased fatigue from the late night class room sessions. I've also lost motivation for my 'second job' and am loathe to give up my little free (read training!) time to sit at a computer and do more work. Even if that work is work I'm meant to love.
I'm burnt out. I'm not achieving my goals, or meeting deadlines I've set myself. I'm letting the side down. I feel guilty, but also far too tired to do anything useful about it other than worry.
Do you tend towards over burdening yourself with tasks, training goals, hobbies and commitments? How do you prioritise which gives and which wins in the battle for precious time?
Monday, August 03, 2009
All this exercising and clean living is KILLING ME!
Why does society insist we abandon the good times? Friends, shirk your responsbilities! Meet me in the park, bring spirits and skunk.
It'll be blast (from the past).
Teenagers will laugh at us.
Phew. Have recovered from self-destruct mode.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
What does a handshake say to you?
I don't shake hands often really, but I'm an opinionated handshaker. I hate the little limp handshake (esp from men, I know, loose the gender stereotypes). I like a short handshake, firm grip, no messing about.
That I can do, but despite perfecting the short firm grip my handshake probably still comes off as all wrong. It might give folks a bit of a shock, it could cause them to pull away in revulsion even.
I have freezing cold hands, almost always.
I love it when I get to touch a warm hand, like yesterday when the guy at the deli cupped my ice cold hand in his lovely warm hand when he gave me my change. I think the massive temperature difference might have something to do with why I notice it so much - I am a bit like Rogue, draining some of his warm super power energy into my cold icy body. Wonder if he noticed my cold, cold hand?
Ever have to shake hands with an ice queen or king?
Did it give you a fright? What thoughts were you left with?
Cold hands, warm heart I hope.
Monday, June 08, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
So, if there's anything in particular you think is worth keeping let me know, otherwise it will probably be a slash and burn affair as I don't have time nor inclination to read through the 4 (wow!) years of content. I will endeavour to save most of the posts on feminism/politics/society though. x
I can't imagine deleting the blog altogether. I have a total love affair with self publishing. Maybe a slight refocusing (and redesign for funs) is required instead.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Me: Is my face getting too thin?
L: No, it's thinner, but not too thin
Me: So I don’t look like a sunken cheeked zombie?
L: No, you look beautiful (*)
L: It’s funny that you’re worried about getting too thin, and I’m worried about getting fat.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
- drove up to Northumberland
- put up my tent singlehandedly, in the dark
- led my first routes for years, including a 'severe' which was a doddle
- ticked my first outdoor 6a boulder problem
- laughed and laughed at my friend's story of waking to find slugs on his face
- temporarily stole my friends sleeping bag
- got a tick and a mosy bite. insects are grim.
- ate cereal in high winds
- got chapped lips from said winds
- took my tent down, singlehandedly in the high winds, without it blowing away (unlike my companions - and there were two of them working on their tent)
- found out I need to go to Cornwall next weekend, never a chore :)
What did you get up to over the Bank Holiday?
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
"Men applying for jobs could lose out to equally qualified women under reforms revealed by the Government yesterday."
Just imagine. Equally qualified candidates, tied for jobs, and people are being encouraged not to automatically plump for the man every time.
It's surveillance society, left-wing poltical correctness gone mad.
Red Top coverage of story here Sun, Mail
Thursday, April 16, 2009
L: But she was Jesus’ wife
Me : This is only important if you believe the bible is more than just a really crap story
(some background, L has been reading The Da Vinci Code)
L: M said feminism is sexist because some group of radical feminist lesbians in the 80s wanted to use IVF to have children, so they didn’t need men at all.
L: I told him based on that logic all Muslims must be terrorists – you can’t judge whole groups of people by the actions of a tiny extreme minority.
Me: God you are totally hot right now.
* well, it could’ve been if someone was listening
Monday, April 13, 2009
Are they trying to piss me off, placing this arrogant rocker as a guide to finance? If they are trying to piss me off, it's working. GOD DAMN those adverts suck.
Monday, April 06, 2009
- made popcorn and trashed the good pan
- drove to Leeds, too fast
- campused a 5+, but didn't dare lob for the top
- ate the most amazing home made thai green curry (waves to Claire)
- found the cutest 40s dress (blue with white flowers)
- and a crisp white sailor top at the Vintage Fashion Fair
- bought some short-shorts
- took 5 steps on the slackline - crush!
- sang along to Christina Aguilera all the way home.
How was your weekend?
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
I've been working like a proverbial beaver recently to get on with completing the list. Today, I felt like I'd had some success. So, I turned back to my list of last week, eager to cross lots of items off.
Imagine my disappointment then, when I found I could only tick off 3 tasks.
3 down, 11 to go.
Back to work.
Friday, March 27, 2009
The idea is, you put your player on ‘shuffle all’, and use each song title to answer each question, in order - no skipping!
1. If someone says 'Is this ok?' you say...
3. How do you feel today?
5. What is your motto?
6. What do your friends think of you?
7. What do you think of your parents?
8. What do you think about very often?
9. What do you think of your best friend?
10. What do you think of the person you love?
11. What is your life story?
13. What do your parents think of you?
14. What will you dance to at your wedding?
15. What will be played at your funeral?
Thursday, March 26, 2009
When I related the dream to my real life boyfriend this morning he didn't seem at all phased by the idea of sharing me with a dream girlfriend.
I rarely remember my dreams, but when I do they tend to be pretty weird. How about you?
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
By your zirconium smile
I was slain
By your olivine eyes
I was lying in piles
Hoping shovels would cast me
Furnaces burn everlasting
Black tattoos of you onto me
Furnaces burn everlasting
Brand my memory
A tattoo of you
Me with your mouth
Brackish bright water from your eyes
I'll homing pigeon fly
To hover by your window white and shy
Homing pigeon fly
To hover by
My ashes to the wind
Can gather what they've found
We can struggle in the web
We can struggle
With white spider stars coming down
And night blowing black from the ground
Magnetized, Laura Viers
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
- ran 5 miles before 9am on a Saturday
- saw about 30 frogs having a mating frenzy
- inherited a cocktail dress with cocktail recipies on
- nearly bought a suit jacket
- got a carpet burn on the bridge of my nose while trying to win 'the box game' on the stairs
- was too hung over to balance
- went through my finger tips skin after pulling onto only 1 problem at Ramshaw
- wore the worlds biggest jumper
- fell asleep on the sofa
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Ernie doesn't like posing for photos...
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
A sow stall is a narrow metal cage, on a bare concrete and slatted floor,
in which pregnant sows spend all three months, three weeks and three days of
their gestation. They can move a few inches back and forwards, but not turn
around. Lying down and getting up is difficult, too.
If they're lucky, the animals may get a chain or a plastic football to play
with. But since there is rarely enough light to see by (pigs are quieter in the
dark), fighting and biting are more common than playing. To minimise the effects
of this, the vast majority of piglets' tails are routinely docked soon after
birth, and their teeth clipped, again in breach of EU rules.
If it matters to us that our morning rasher or chop or pork pie does not
comes from a genetically engineered fat-free pig that spent its brief life in a
dark, bare, windowless shed stuffed full of antibiotics and reduced to attacking
its pen-mates for entertainment - a pathetic parody, in short, of a pig - we're
going to have to reach deeper into our pockets. Right now, that seems
There are so many compelling reasons to go vegetarian. And it's easy!
More info and the full article, The price of bacon here.
Monday, January 05, 2009
I went climbing on NYE at the Roaches in Staffordshire, we were in the sun, above a huge inversion blanketing the countryside for miles around. It was a gorgeous day. I took a heap of pictures which I'll post soon!
One of my plans for 2009, aside from dedicating more time to climbing and Subtext, is to restart this blog, properly. Much maligned and neglected for too long, I want to combine it with my other much neglected blog, weather station, and start posting again regularly.
So, I was hoping you would give me an idea of the kind of things you enjoy reading about on the site? I've put together a little poll below- these were the top things I could think of that I like to write about (Subtext is notable in its absence, you know I'll keep writing about that!)
Your help would be really great -
Edit - thank you to anyone/everyone who responded to the poll. Turns out I am not the computer whiz I think I am, and the code's not working! Your comments very welcome in the comments :o)