Monthly Archives: August 2005

Medaille de bronze

Twenty years it’s taken me! Twenty years! But finally I win a trophy at the annual Camber Sands boules competition. Third place, but I’ll settle for that.

Pictographic evidence is in the usual place.

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When white goods attack

Return from food shopping. Put fridge things away. Start putting freezer things away. Discover a certain… sogginess to its current contents.

Ah. It seems that, in revenge for my not performing defrosting duties voluntarily for the last ahem years, my freezer has decided to impose its own schedule. There goes my plan to wander into town and enjoy the decent weather. Instead I’m on my knees hacking away at Siberian permafrost, hoping to be finished before Christmas.

As further penance, the freezer extracts one small slice of thumb and attempts to detach the nail of my other thumb.

Avaragado predicts a trip to Tesco tomorrow.

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Halo+Wings on order

As of yesterday I am officially a guardian angel. It’s like a godparent, but without the god. Though quite where the angels come from I’m not sure.

The occasion was Evie’s naming ceremony + first birthday party + Shazzie’s housewarming, all three taking place on a breezy summer’s day pretending to be autumn at Shazzie’s big new house in Impington.

As a guardian angel I was required to perform during the naming ceremony; in front of various relatives/friends of Evie/Shazzie/Matt I read a brand new composition by famous poet Avaragado, entitled “Been there, done that.” Key words are “gentle” and “irreverent”. No, I shall not be posting it here, thanks for asking. Those of you familiar with my oeuvre will know the sort of thing. It got a good reception, anyway. Someone even accused me of being a writer.

After the naming business some of the usual mob turned up: Lynda, Louise+Tim, Chef, Andy. We were also joined by Bob+Karen+Finlay and Andy+Lisa+Lucy+bump (bump due December). Lucy’s now toddling nicely, babbling away much like her parents but not yet in coherent English. Finlay, exactly a year younger than Lucy, now has a broad smile much like his dad but without the teeth.

Evie received a huge number of presents; good thing it’s a big house. Of course she won’t remember any of it when she’s older, and neither will many of the adults present due to the alcohol consumed.

Oh yes, we also buried Evie’s placenta (and planted a tree over it). It’s been in Matt’s freezer for the last year. Nice.

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That time of year again

Twelve years today since Roger and I started at IXI (damn my memory for dates). I think that anniversary merits an odd picture of Ray, which I discovered while browsing the Bango site today (for work purposes, bizarrely enough).

The picture reminds me of the disembodied weather forecaster Sylvester Stewart from The Day Today — “A strong and highly long-lasting day tomorrow with hail aimed vertically down from above, and there’ll be a 30% chance.”

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