Wednesday, June 11, 2008


I'm leaving on a jet plane.

Don't know when I'll be back again.

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Friday, June 06, 2008


Further to this post by Ziggi about the unfair advantages that men have over women when it comes to ageing (well, off at a tangent really, but it's still about gender difference).

If a middle aged divorced woman starts dating a man who's any more than a couple of years younger than her, she'll probably mull over things in this way:

"I know he's younger than me but he's really gorgeous and I seriously like him, but ... it just doesn't seem right. What will everyone think? Someone of my age hanging around with him - it looks pathetic, as if I'm trying to relive my youth. Maybe I'm still too immature to be with a man of my own age. Perhaps I can't find a man of my own age. It could just be that he's only hanging around with me because I earn more money than him. We won't have anything in common because he'll probably want to go out clubbing every night whereas I'm too old to be socialising in that way. Perhaps it looks as if I'm in denial about the fact that I'm not as young or good looking as I used to be. He's bound to get bored of me because he's too young to settle down. All of his friends will take the piss out of him for being on the arm of this fat old bag and he'll give in to peer pressure. Maybe it's cynicism on my part - because it'll only be a fling I'll end up with another younger man and another one, until I become a lonely, miserable spinster. Why can't I go out with a man of my own age who has the same life experience and who I have something in common with? Is there something wrong with me?"

A middle aged divorced man who's dating a twenty one year old girl will probably mull over things in this way:




she's very mature for a twenty one year old."

... and that'll be the last you'll hear about it.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008


Oh God, I'm supposed to be on a blogging break - but feel honour bound to do this meme courtesy of Kid Shirt ...

"List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to."

Well, alright then, but I can't write about music and I've got hideously unfashionable music taste, so this is going to be abrupt and tasteless.

Click on the links for obligatory YouTube clips.

1. Shadows - Midnight Juggernauts. From the great album Dystopia. Sort of bad 1980's David Bowie, but in a good way. From Melbourne. That should be enough to put you off.

2. Johnny Reggae - The Piglets. "He looks me in the eye when he shoots". My, that's an impressive talent!

3. Tunes Splits The Atom - MC Tunes Versus 808 State. Fucking superb. 808 State have been sadly overlooked in any retrospective of the, um, late 80's/early '90's Manchester scene. They were briliant live and they were better than The Smiths. I bought MC Tunes' album, inadvisably, but this is his finest moment.

4. Lovesong - Lesley Duncan. Drippy hippy acoustic thing that was covered by Elton John. I've no idea why I like this: seem to remember it was played by Annie Nightingale a lot. Hmm ...

5. Dancing In The Dark - The Proxy. I looked this up on YouTube because, er, choke, splutter, Kissy Sellout announced in the Guardian's Festival Guide that it was the best dance single of the year. Obviously you have to take seriously the opinions of a man who wears those "fashion" plimsolls that don't have laces in them. Guffaw. Against all odds, it seems that his opinion is spot on.

6. Que Pasa/Me No Pop I - Coati Mundi. Because Geoff has recently got loads of Kid Creole albums and this was always one of the best tracks associated with him, or, er, them.

7. Plutonic - Bizarre Inc. I've been listening to their debut album a lot recently. They had a great run of singles for a couple of years and have been completely ignored by everyone ever since. Unfeasibly great. Playing With Knives is also unfeasibly great.

As for tagging seven other bloggers - eh? I don't know seven other bloggers who read this who are interested in music. Come to think of it, at the moment, it would be a miracle if seven other bloggers get around to reading this.

Will this do?

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