December 2008


Listening to: 1969 – The Stooges

Au contraire, Mr. Pop. So, kids, what are your new year’s resolutions?

This year, I’m going to go overseas with a view to getting a job and a flat. Whether that ultimately works out or not, I’m going. I’m getting my fucked-up knee seen to by a doctor. I’m finishing my crocheted afghan. I’m going to learn all the world capitals. And I’m giving up cane sugar, at least for January. If I say it here, I have to actually do it, right?

I hope 2009 brings you wondrous things!

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Listening to: Starbright Boy – Bis

Dudes!

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, but Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace is, of course, on YouTube:

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNfQ0ORwSDM]

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQtK33C-KrQ]

(Richard Ayoade is in it. C., I will swap Dylan Moran for him.)

Listening to: Suspect Device – Stiff Little Fingers

Disappointingly, Dolfin’s dark lavender chocolate tastes like soap. (Maybe the presence of lavender should have been a dead giveaway, but I actually had a really nice lavender cupcake once, and it wasn’t soapy at all. Plus, unlike the Chocolate Review reviewer, I like floral foods – petals in salads, rosewater, Parma violets, etc.)

It’s quite hot at the moment, isn’t it?

Listening to: Ontario, Quebec and Me – Billy Bragg

Hey, merry Christmas, everyone.

Listening to: Hammer Horror – Kate Bush

Greetings, traveller. I’m Garth Marenghi, horror writer. Most of you will probably know me already from my extensive canon of chillers, including Afterbirth, in which a mutated placenta attacks Bristol. Back in the 1980s, I wrote, directed and starred in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, a television program so radical, so risky, so dangerous, so goddamn crazy, that the so-called powers that be became too scared to show it…

Argh! Why is Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace not easier to get hold of on DVD here?

Listening to: Ladies First – Queen Latifah featuring Monie Love

Capri cardigan

Some knitting!

I am working on the first sleeve now. I’m really happy with this – I had to do a bit of playing around to get the size right, because I’m not very good at that (and it fits now, but I’m not sure what it’ll look like after I block it), so it’s taken me months and months to get this far (well, maybe two months). This is the Capri pattern by Sarah Hatton, which used to be free (as its Ravelry entry still confusingly states) but now seems to only be available in Rowan magazine. I’m using smaller needles, 3.5mm and 4.0mm, and knitting the Large instructions to get a medium-sized cardigan (I think).

(Oof, sorry for posting the least pretty picture ever. Welcome to my toilet.)

Listening to: Transport is Arranged – Pavement

Does anyone know if there’s an Australian equivalent of Jail Guitar Doors or Books Through Bars?

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