I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue
The collected letters of Mrs Trellis
Round 1: the trail of the lonesome pun 
Worcester across the River Severn, 09-14

- Listening to rhythm n funk instrumentals, and two song recordings that demonstrate cover versions can be better than the originals:

1. Green Onions, by Booker T and the MGs, 1962, 3mins youtube. THE r’n’b instrumental. Accept nothing less.

2. Hey Jude, performed by Wilson Pickett, 1969, 4min youtube. Gold star to Duane Allman for persuading Pickett to record this, and to the session musicians for equalling Picket’s superb vocals (listen to his phrasing!).

3. Love The One You’re With, performed by the Isley Brothers, 1971, 3min youtube. A quote from Billy Preston, written into a song by Stephen Stills, and covered brilliantly by the Isley Brothers.

4. Pick Up The Pieces, by the Average White Band, 1974, 4min youtube. Funk instrumental Scottish style.

Worcester skyline to Malvern Hills from Shrub Hill 05-14

- Reading, books 2014, 106.

106. Mammoth Book of Best New Manga, vol. 2, edited by ILYA. The art is consistently good and the stories are varied but this anthology didn’t do it for me.

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Watching, the graffiti on the train: this image of a 20 pence coin was melted into a train window ledge.

The graffiti on the train, branded, 10-14

- Watching, sculptures by Lee Bul, at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham. Highly recommended, with the caveat that my favourite of her walk-through installations wouldn’t be fully physically accessible to everyone because parts of it are a narrow labyrinth. I also appreciate the gallery attendants in the Ikon, who’re generally interested in and knowledgable about the exhibitions. Oh, and if it’s your first visit then make a point of using the lift instead of the stairs because the lift is AWESOME. :-)

- Reading, books 2014, 105.

104. Black Country, by Liz Berry, is basically the same poetry collection as Patron Saint of Schoolgirls but with the manic pixie dreamgirl (and lgb) content toned down and the professional northerner midlander dialed up to 11. I preferred PSoS but Black Country is already on course to receive more recognition from the poetry establishment.

105. The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett. Short and wryly amusing novel.

Well-read up to a point, he was largely self-taught, his reading tending to be determined by whether an author was gay or not. Fairly wide remit though this was, it did narrow things down a bit, particularly when choosing a book for someone else, and the more so when that someone else happened to be the Queen.


- Watching, Get Lost! The 1981 tv series by Alan Plater that served as a model for his later Beiderbecke trilogy. Good but I’d rather re-watch the Beiderbecke Affair.

The graffiti on the train, deathshead, 10-14

Watching, the graffiti on the train: this image of a death's head saying "you" was etched into a train window (and was extremely difficult to cap!).

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- Watching, cuddly pink unicorns. I found a very obviously abandoned plush pink unicorn (a "ty beanie boos" apparently) by the roadside and took it home. It didn’t need mending and so isn’t eligible to join my happy band of Igors but, even after washing, it’s too far gone for a charity shop or other toy donation so I don’t know what to do with it. I don’t want to keep it because it has one of the most EVIL facial expressions I’ve ever seen on a supposedly cuddly toy. I’d cap it to show you but I’m scared it might possess my camera or petrify some innocent passer-by at flickr. Would any of you like me to send you a scarily staring, slightly the worse for wear, fluffy pink unicorn of EVIL? No? Didn’t think so.

- Not that my life is full of random horror movie imagery! "I have gathered you here today to reveal the murderer of this piano!!1!!" Note: it was Andy Ingamells, obv

Birmingham Conservatoire, Piano Recital by Andy Ingamells, 04-14

- Reading, books 2014, 103.

103. Pomfret Towers, by Angela Thirkell: one of the better stories from Thirkell’s recycled Barsetshire (although I personally probably prefer The Brandons). Chapter two makes me laugh and laugh and is as funny as anything Wodehouse ever wrote imo, although Thirkell doesn’t do one-liners so it’s difficult to quote amusing passages out of context: "The furniture was in the highest style of Pre-Raphaelite discomfort: sofas apparently hewn from solid blocks of wood and armchairs suited to no known human frame, both with thin velvet cushions of extreme hardness." Lol. If you enjoy awkward comedy romances, about posh English people, set in the 1930s then I recommend this to you.

- Watching: Pride (2014) is a great film in the Full Monty / Brassed Off school (but better) and deserves its current 92% / 94% positive rating at rottentomatoes but it’d be nice if a mainstream film supposedly about demonstrating solidarity with marginalised people, in this case homosexual men and striking miners, didn’t pander to gay and mainstream anti-lesbian misogyny (women are depicted as only acceptable if they’re attached to one or more men). Potential US viewers might have more opportunities to see this movie in cinemas after 10 October.

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12:24 pm Wed 1/10/14 - In which there are soul and souls
- Watching, art: Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. The last photos. Jubilee IV, by Lynn Chadwick.

1 Crucible, Jubilee IV, by Lynn Chadwick, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

Listening to rare soul: because the Northern Soul playlist went down so well, here are four five more top tunes.

Long After Tonight Is All Over, by Irma Thomas, 1964, youtube 2min. Long live Irma Thomas, Burt Bacharach and Hal David! P.S. Irma Thomas’ 1964 version of Time Is On My Side, youtube 2min, is notably better than the Rolling Stones imo.

Ain’t Nothing But A House Party, by the Show Stoppers, 1968, youtube 2min, because it’s "house" music 1960s style. \o/

Because Of You, by Jackie Wilson, 1973, youtube 3min because Jackie Wilson, obv.

Agent Double-O Soul, by Edwin Starr, 1965, youtube 2min, because soul doesn’t take itself too srsly and the accompanying vid is incidentally probably the best Captain Scarlet fan vid I’ve seen. Go team Anderson!

- Watching, art: Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. Horizon II by Bruce Beasley, and Sitting Couple on a Bench by Lynn Chadwick.

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- Watching, art: Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. This papier mache dodo skeleton, constructed from recycled printed pages, made me lol. It’s called Dodo - Death of the Author, by Abigail Fallis, and it’s in front of a stained glass window depicting the story of doubting Thomas, ahahahaha!

Crucible, Dodo - Death of the Author, by Abigail Fallis, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

- Listening, Northern Soul: a happy playlist in miniature.

Do I Love You (Indeed I Do), by Frank Wilson, youtube 2min, is a defining Northern Soul classic from 1965. Once valued for its rarity, it’s now on almost every Northern Soul compilation and with excellent reason.

Happy, by Velvet Hammer, youtube 3min, is a 1977 song that has been known to cause arguments about the relative definitions of "soul" and "disco" but it’s definitely music and it’s good.

Recipe for Love, by Lack of Afro, youtube 4min, is 2014 Northern Soul revisited in a very commercial style. ::PUN::. Enjoy!

- Watching, Northern Soul the film: official Northern Soul trailer, youtube 2min, and a current list of screenings. Alas, the only cinema I’ll be near is the Curzon Victoria (which is unlikely to have the atmosphere of the Wolverhampton screening I was planning to attend) and at £15 a seat I think I’ll buy the dvd for £9 and watch it with me mates on a home cinema. A 2min visual explanation of Northern Soul, by the filmmakers, aimed at the US market.

- Watching, art: Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. A large cock in the monks’ washroom, lol. Carry on Up the Cathedral. Large Cockerel, by Breon O'Casey.

Crucible, Large Cockerel, by Breon O'Casey, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

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- Watching, art: Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. Vesqua, by William Pye, is another of his very popular sculptures involving moving water. It’s large, positioned near the centre of the south transept, and is constantly surrounded by people who like to dangle their fingers in the water (which also makes it difficult to photograph so I made an artsy cap with reflections).

Crucible, Vesqua, William Pye, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

- Watching, the future Bishop of Gloucester: there’s much speculation that the next Bishop of Gloucester will be the first woman Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England, and in the UK, although not the first in the global Anglican communion, obv (note: Hereford were generally seen as hoping to be first, with the last bishop timing his retirement accordingly, and the Southwell & Nottingham diocese will declare before Gloucester and might possibly surprise the communion with a woman candidate). Perhaps more interestingly, people have been discussing all-women shortlists again but this time in the most positive way I’ve ever heard outside specifically feminist circles. The hypothetical reasoning is like this, although obviously irl the process is more complex: the 100 or so best men for the general job description of bishop are already employed as bishops whereas the 100 or so best women for the job of bishop aren’t already employed as bishops so would you willingly choose a man who is at most the 101st best available person as a potential candidate to add to your shortlist or would you choose the 1st + 2nd + 3rd &c best available people… who also happen to all be women? Of course irl not everyone is available for every job all the time so there’s likely to be at least one excellent man in the running who hasn’t been elevated before for Reasons but is eligible at this time. An all-women shortlist is also a possibility though, especially if the diocese of Gloucester decide they want to rig the result wrt gender (which they might). ::readies popcorn::

- Reading, books 2014, 102.

102. Flight, vol.2, edited by Kazu Kibuishi: a themed comics anthology that I didn’t enjoy nearly as much as the first volume. I might’ve read the subsequent volumes if they were in the library but am unlikely to bother with them otherwise.

- Watching, Last of the Blonde Bombshells, by Alan Plater: lightweight caper with a few dodgy moments that sail past due to the quality of the script and the cast (mostly women). Might be available online. ::shifty:: My favourite of Alan Plater’s television productions are still, in order, the Beiderbecke trilogy, and A Very British Coup, and Land of Green Ginger. Although I haven’t seen Last Will and Testament of Billy Two-Sheds yet and would like to watch it.

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- Watching, art: Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. Model for Reclining Figure - Bone Skirt, by Henry Moore, a recumbent feminine figure contrasted with the tomb effigy of William Parker (died 1539, effigy circa 1535, heh) the last abbot of Gloucester who was buried elsewhere while two later Tudor bishops, a Marian and an Elizabethan, are interred below.

Crucible, model for Reclining Figure - Bone Skirt, by Henry Moore, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

- Reading, books 2014, 101.

101. Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett: I have mixed reactions to this story, but that’s because it’s a story that made me think and, even better, it’s a comedic story that made me think. So, despite my mixed reactions, I declare this novel a win. Extra points for incorporating one of my personal favourite words, inherited from my grandmother: fossick. (Y’all love my in-depth lit reviews, y/y? ;-P )

- Watching, a Play for Today by Alan Plater: Land of Green Ginger, 1973, 49min youtube (sound is v. quiet). Need to know before you watch: the promised Humber bridge wasn’t completed in 1976 but five years late in 1981 (not that it would’ve made much difference to Hull in the longer term but it’s still heartbreaking in context). A woman returns from London to her hometown of Hull to decide whether to pursue her career abroad or marry her old boyfriend, who also works "abroad" in the fishing industry, and settle back where she came from. She discovers that back where she came from doesn’t exist any more (when does it ever? Everywhere I hung out as a young person had been demolished within a decade). Massive nostalgia fest from the point of view of both 1973 and 2014: The Watersons, newly built estates, old back to backs being demolished (cue urban exploration 1973 style, which looks much safer than the bomb sites kids were exploring in 1943), a night out in the pub, The Watersons again, meditations on the fishing business and post-industrial towns, &c. This is a classic Plater script, all character and dialogue, so there are many priceless moments but I especially liked the one when a London journalist comments on the "mysterious northern mist" he sees behind people’s eyes, apparently oblivious to the fact they’re shutting him out because he’s patronising them. Also trains, trawlers, and life in 1973 for real.

- Watching, art: Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. Close-up of A Devil's Box of Tricks, by Jason Wason. I think this was one of two similar sculptures, the other box called Give Me That Old Time Religion and containing quartz and iron pyrite, on the altar in St Paul's Chapel?

Crucible, A Devil's Box of Tricks, by Jason Wason, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

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- Watching, art: Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. Nomad, by Gavin Turk, was positioned where the ambulatory meets the lady chapel which, during the last Crucible exhibition, displayed a sculpture exploring human death. The "Fragile Please Do Not Touch" sign attached to the sculptures achieves added poignancy here.

Crucible, Nomad, by Gavin Turk, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

- Watching, a docu-drama about suffragette Annie Kenney, 1hr 16min youtube, from the 1974, six episode, docu-drama series Shoulder to Shoulder, about selected leading figures in the Women’s Social and Political Union before the First World War. The series was originated by Georgia Brown, who portrays Kenney, and was one of the first mass media representations of women’s history in which women creatives had significant degrees of control over the production from beginning to end, specifically actress Georgia Brown with script editor Midge Mackenzie and producer Verity Lambert (and co-directed by Waris Hussein and Moira Armstrong). This episode was written by Alan Plater and presumably needed less editing out of ma(i)nstream prejudices than in some of the other episodes. Midge Mackenzie said: "They were very gutsy ladies who were treated with enormous brutality and who have been blatantly ignored by historians. I find it hard to understand why I wasn't taught about this at school. The issues of the vote united women in a way that no issue had ever done before and is likely to again." Of course, the subsequent increased study of the histories of women’s suffrage mean that some aspects of Shoulder to Shoulder could be nitpicked but it’s a drama series from 1974 and it’s survived the tests of time better than most (and has become an interesting example of how something can be both "ahead of its time" and "a product of its time" simultaneously in addition to being stirring drama). Worth 75mins of your time if you’re interested in suffragette dramas, or 70s telly history, or the history of women’s studies: all of which you should be (hypothetically, if you have 75mins and nothing better to do with it). There’s an episode focussing on Sylvia Pankhurst too but it had a less sympathetic author and I’m not sure want to watch it, heh.

- Watching, art: a statue of the probably fictitious Abbess Kyneburga of Gloucester, in the south aisle of the cathedral.

Memorial for probably fictitious Abbess Kyneburga, by Pascal Mychalysin, South Aisle, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

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- Listening, electronic music: top three songs I’ve been listening to recently (I interpreted "song" strictly and "recently" as the last few days), in no particular order:

Just Can’t Get Enough, by Depeche Mode, 1981, 3min vimeo complete with the original vid in which the record company desperately try to make our image-bending heroes look more heterosexual but fail, with the exception of Vince Clarke WHICH IS IRONIC UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, and this was before Martin Gore began persistently wearing a skirt, lol. I love this synthpop song. ::bops::

Blue Monday (original 12", obv), by New Order, 1983, 7min youtube. Nuff said.

Autobahn (single version), by Kraftwerk, 1974, 3min youtube. I’ve actually been listening to the 22min version but you can work your way up from the chart-friendly single cut via the 12" to the real thing. ;-P

Just consider yourselves lucky I haven’t been listening to Einsturzende Neubauten again, lol. Note: the first person to try and convince me that early European electronic dance music had more influence from Chicago house than from synthpop and electronic Krautrock had better bring some actual proof to the discussion: northern soul, yes, US electro, maybe (Rockit is greatness but more US hip-hop than Euro dance), Chicago house (especially if it’s used as an excuse to write influential gay Brits such as Vince Clarke, Marc Almond, and Jimmy Somerville out of dance music history), no, cos it was a latecomer to the scene by Euro standards. /made the mistake of looking at wikipedia

- Watching, architecture: I don’t think Gloucester Cathedral is as pretty as is often claimed and from many angles it’s actually an ugly agglomeration of shapes and styles caused by generations of churchmen and masons attempting to outdo each other with little regard for the overall effect. However, the fan-vaulted Perpendicular Gothic cloisters are the most stunningly elegant cloisters I’ve encountered. A certain person recently accused me of only liking cathedral architecture because it reminds me of tunnels and caves. ZOMG BUSTED! Of course, Harry Potter fans like them too for equally spurious reasons. ;-P

The arched alcoves were used as scriptoria, y’know, where the monks drew all those pervy pictures in the margins of Christian texts. ;-P Another part of the cloisters was used as a communal washroom. Oh, and it probably goes without saying but back in the 14th century these cloisters didn’t have 19th century stained glass windows!

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Cloisters 4, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

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- Watching, art: Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. Constellation 2014, by Daniel Chadwick, is a kinetic (i.e. moving) sculpture that has been hung above the nave altar. While I feel this is entirely appropriate and also beautiful, it’s rather brave for the cathedral authorities to allow a sculpture that isn’t specifically Christian, or religious at all, to occupy the airspace above what many Anglicans would feel is one of the most holy places in a sacred building (please note that official Anglican ideas about altar tables and the reactions of many worshippers do not necessarily coincide on this point, with congregations often treating chancel and nave altar tables with more reverence than is strictly required). The sculpture behind, on the floor of the south aisle, is Southern Shade III by Nigel Hall.

Crucible, Constellation 2014, by Daniel Chadwick, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

- Watching, England serenading Scotland, lol, or possibly vice versa: Grace Kelly by Mika (3mins vimeo).

- Doing, household tips: three handy hints because [personal profile] nou asked for suggestions here.

1. My first rule is probably: never put something merely down if you could as easily put it away.

2. If you're taking down dusty curtains for washing (or any similar job), especially if they're heavy and/or you have a household member with dust allergies, then cover them from the bottom up in a bin bag, tie it over the rail, undo whatever fastenings are holding the curtains up, then undo the bin bag and carry the curtains down or tie the top and drop them (yes, you can reuse the bin bag in the bin). In addition to being useful as an anti-dust measure, the bin bag also takes most of the weight of the curtains while unhooking them which rly helps if they're heavy or if one is balanced up a ladder. I've suggested this to many people who never seem to have encountered it before so here it is for all of you.

3. And a DON'T: if you use white vinegar and chlorine bleach (i.e uk household bleach) as cleaners then DON'T allow them to mix as they react chemically and become a deadly toxic nerve gas. Women around the world die every year because they don't know this. I personally prefer the vinegar (or bicarb as chemistry dictates).

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Although the window "shadows" are probably more stunning than Hall’s sculpture and possibly than the stained glass windows themselves.

Light on floor tiles through stained glass window, south aisle, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

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(Don’t worry, I’m not planning to post all 100 sculptures. ;-P )

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I wandered over to look at Souls by Helaine Blumenfeld (the pieces of this sculpture remain constant but their interrelationship changes in different exhibitions, implying that the artist conceives the "souls" as distinctly plural). I was greeted by a puzzled lady who asked me if I thought the sculpture looked like souls, so I asked her what she believes souls look like, and she said she didn’t know, then she thought about it for a few moments and added that as she didn’t know what souls look like maybe they do look like this sculpture. When her friend arrived and also expressed her doubts about Souls, the first lady repeated our conversation almost verbatim, which made me smile (yes, I had infected two more victims with contagious philosophical thoughts, bwahahahaha!!1!!). OTOH, I also talked to a pre-school aged boy and his grandmother, and she and I agreed we thought Souls looks watery, while the boy declared it was a dragon, so we settled on the sculpture being of (the souls of) a sea dragon. :-D

Crucible, Souls, by Helaine Blumenfeld, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

I generally like Jordi Raga’s sculptures and posted Standing Figure after I saw it at the original Crucible exhibition in 2010. This year Jordi Raga’s contribution, Thames, was beautifully staged and lit in the crypt.

Crucible, Thames, by Jordi Raga, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

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- Watching, art: Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. Through a Glass Darkly, by Colin Reid, was positioned before a window in the crypt so I capped it as a lens with the window image refracted through it, but my vision doesn’t reflect [/pun] that of the artist’s gallery linked above.

Crucible, Through a Glass Darkly, by Colin Reid, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

- Reading, books 2014, 100.

99. Koko Be Good, by Jen Wang, is another of First Second’s horrible hipsteries graphic novels featuring selfish hipsters learning to be more selfish. It was mostly meh, but there were also bits I hated. I’ll take it straight to the charity shop, which is ironic considering the story but I’m sure it’ll raise a couple of quid for the "World Children’s Fund".

100. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks, a gender and race stereotyped US high school comedy that I bought because Hicks’ art makes The Token Black Guy look like Moss from the IT Crowd. Despite the cliches and barely characterised Token Non-White Background Fillers, this story is engaging and mildly amusing and generally upbeat. Also, slashers will ADORE the Two Slashy White Guy protags and the fact that the two equivalent-ish girls are canonically sidelined by the author.

- Watching, art: Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. Vulcan, by Eduardo Paolozzi is a sculpture I love. The GIANT sized version was outside the cathedral door during the last Crucible exhibition in 2010 and this time there’s a merely larger than life model looking very much at home in the crypt. My cap comes with bonus mysterious footprints in the floor sand, heh.

Crucible, Vulcan, by Eduardo Paolozzi, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

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Free balloons and union jacks! Hundreds of cameras! And dozens of coppers apparently enjoying their day out.

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The hill climb breakaway led by Albert Timmer.

02 breakaway led by Albert Timmer, Tour of Britain, Stage 4, 09-14

The peloton arriving (slowly) uphill.

03 the peloton arrives, Tour of Britain, Stage 4, 09-14

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- Watching, art: Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. As this post appears to be determinedly Discworld themed: hippos and a turtle tortoise.

Crucible, Pygmy Hippo and Baby, by Kenneth Robertson, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

- Reading, books 2014, 98. From library: 22.

96. A Blink of the Screen, by Terry Pratchett . A mixed bag, as one would expect. Didn’t read every word, and was surprised how many of these pieces I’d read before. A collection for Pratchett or Discworld completists (although dog help anyone who actually is an obsessive Pratchett or Discworld completist!).

97. The Last Hero, by Terry Pratchett and Paul Kidby. It probably goes without saying that Pratchett’s storytelling and Kidby’s illustration are both excellent.

98. The World of Poo, by Terry Pratchett and Peter Dennis. Charming.

- Reading, the word "Bursar" on various signs: "PLEASE TURN THE TAPS OFF AFTER USE / Thank you / DOMESTIC BURSAR". To which my brain seems to have been programmed to automatically respond: "Dried frog pills."*

* "These are pills made chiefly from frogs, specifically the extremely poisonous ones that live in the vivarium at Unseen University and are handled by the first-year students, so that if they kill one of them, not too much education has been wasted. […] If just the right combination of ingredients are used, they can make the user hallucinate that they are sane, which is basically what the rest of us do anyway."

Crucible, Tortoise, by Michael Cooper, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

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- Watching, art: Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral.

Mitochondrial Eve, by Sue Freeborough is evocative of prehistoric European feminine figures, with an additional paintjob that some prehistoric figures probably also had when they were new. It was placed next to the altar in the lady chapel and contrasted meaningfully with the reredos paintings of Christ sacrificed and the response of his mother Mary. Freeborough’s Eve is fully connected to the physical world without any reference to Christian ideas of sexual sin or "fallen" status. It could have been made to be displayed here (but wasn’t, obv). Needless to say, I found the art more moving than the religion. ::wryface::

Crucible, Mitochondrial Eve by Sue Freeborough, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

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Let There be Spaces in Your Togetherness, by Sue Freeborough, is an effective sculpture of masculine and feminine figures sitting broadly facing each other and holding a hand each. It was placed between the choir and the presbytery, which is a good visual space for this piece and a situation that potentially adds meaning to the artist’s work, but also made it difficult to cap. I decided to prioritise showing the position within the cathedral because the sculpture is already depicted in a white space by Freeborough’s gallery (see above link).

Crucible, Let There be Spaces In Your Togetherness, by Sue Freeborough, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

- Listening, Avonbank Brass Band are in the second division so they’re good. I especially enjoyed Lord the Day Thou Gavest is Ended, although I have to add that their version of the Floral Dance (that every brass band always plays so I’ve heard it often) is a cut above the rest. D’you think I could get Brass Band Bandom RPF accepted as a rare fandom for yuletide? Lol! I want fic in which a crisis is averted by an impromptu rendition of the Floral Dance played by a band who just happen, completely coincidentally, to all be together at the same time and carrying their instruments. Extra points if it involves fighting crime and/or Terry Wogan, or any combination of Terry Wogan/Ken Bruce/Eurovision, lol. ;-)

- Watching / listening is still Happy but this time the vid is the official alt video of three older women dancing (and fighting) to Pharrell Williams’ hit, 4mins on the 24 hours of happy website.

- Watching / listening to Can You Feel the Love performed live by Sarah Jane Morris (and that might be Tony Remy on guitar?), 2 mins youtube, which I think some of you would like.

- Secret message to [personal profile] electricwitch. I finally got around to posting you some flyers: Steve Harley, Fall of the House of Usher, Colin Baker in a play (if you aren’t into the Sixth Doctor then maybe you can pass this on to someone who is), Agatha Christie (random because the tagline is lolz), and Terry Gilliam. The stiffer cards should keep the Steve Harley flyers in better condition in the post. Enjoy!

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Gloucester Cathedral tower: third tower, begun 1450, Perpendicular Gothic (to the max!), 69m (about 225ft) to the pinnacle tops (so about 65m ish to the roof), 269 medieval spiral stairs (but I’m still voting the much shorter St Laurence’s in Ludlow the worst stairs I’ve ever descended). The stairs ascend from the south-west corner of the south transept then cross through the transept roof space before briefly passing outside then into the central tower and ascending up past the ringing chamber, the bell chamber(s), and onto the roof. Yes, I climbed it so you don’t have to! So, snapshots from the ground up….

Perpendicular Gothic south transept ceiling vaulting. It probably goes without saying that this is more impressive when one is standing under it than when seen as a cap.

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View north-ish from the tower roof down to the cloisters.

13 view north down to cloisters from tower roof, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

Tower roof pinnacle.

14 tower roof pinnacle, Gloucester Cathedral 09-14

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- Watching, art: Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. 100 contemporary sculptures curated into widely varying spaces within and around one of Europe’s most architecturally celebrated religious buildings: from the austere Norman nave to the fan-vaulted Perpendicular cloisters. On until the end of October 2014: free entry (donations encouraged), sculpture map and guide £2, photo permit £3, guided crypt tours free (the only crypt access). As it’s a Sunday, and this post seems to have themed itself around Christian mythology, have caps of a couple of the more religion-related sculptures, although neither of these sculptures appealed to me I did appreciate their thoughtful placement within the north aisle. I’ll inflict more cathedral and sculpture caps on y’all another time.

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- Reading, books 2014, 95. Books given away: 21

95. Waywalkers, by Catherine Webb. Teenaged id-fic. It’s not especially good but it’s interesting in illuminating a developing author’s storytelling trajectory and relationship with a One True Character (in Webb’s case later incarnated as Matthew Swift under her Kate Griffin pen name). Warning for white western girl teenaged id-fic, obv. I’ll be skipping the concluding book in the duology* as Timekeepers reputedly has massive daddy issues.

* Another word my spellchecker refuses to recognise.

- Thinking about golf and how it steals people’s souls!!1!! All those miniature flagpoles are lightning rods FOR EVIL. They suck golfers' souls into the netherworld down tiny, strategically placed, hellmouths that are dot-to-dots of the SEAL OF DOOM. /insert image of cute pinniped here

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Two scan-caps from The Mystic Cottager,* 1795, because I can, obv.

The Mystic Cottager, pg 20, published 1795

... ::montage of turning pages:: ...

The Mystic Cottager, pg 33, published 1795

* The title is probably funnier if you're familiar with Brit slang.

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- Doing naarmamo: another cap, which I also turned into a naarmamo macro because it seemed appropriate (it’s traditional to make ones own completion certificate on the last day but I’ve never done this before).

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- Listening / watching music vids of songs I listened to last night because [someone] asked me if I hate ALL the teenypop and, no, I like pop, and in this case soul-pop, pop-funk, pop-jazz, pop-punk, pop-rock, and indie-pop. Enjoy (or not, there’s always my previous happiness jukebox):
1. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley, youtube 3mins, awesome vid but warning for cartoon insects (2006);
2. Happy - Pharrell Williams, youtube 4mins, warning for relentless happiness :-D (2013);
3. Could We - Cat Power, youtube 2mins (2006);
4. Hate to Say I Told You So - The Hives, youtube 3mins (2000);
5. Song 2 - Blur, vimeo 2mins (1997);
6. Sovereign Light Cafe - Keane, vimeo 4mins (2012).

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- Doing naarmamo: a grumpy gatepost guardian lion.

Lion, a grumpy gatepost guardian

- Watching, film, Begin Again: I wish I’d loved this film, because it was trying hard not to conform to rom-com-isms, but it didn’t seem to be able to find engaging alternatives to replace the rejected tropes. The teenypop music, which made me die a little inside every time it tootled into earshot, and Let’s Do The Show Right Here plot also seemed aimed at a younger audience than would be implied by the 15 certificate (presumably for the drugs - mostly alcohol and cigars - and occasional swearing?). Not worth 1 hr 24mins of my life, not even if Keira Knightley had been onscreen the whole time.

- Watching, film, Boyhood: y’all know I generally love Richard Linklater’s films, but this is perfect. And despite the title, it gives significant screen time to the extended family of the "boy", including one of very few filmic representations of domestic abuse that have ever made me react with "YES, THAT’S HOW IT IS (in all its messy and unresolved long-term impact)" rather than "well, I’m glad they’re trying to show domestic violence in a drama". I’m sorry this was given a 15 certificate (presumably for the drug use and sexual references) because it’s one of the best "coming of age" stories I’ve ever seen. The audience I watched with were still enthralled at the end of the 2hr 44mins and most of them sat and listened to the title music at the end instead of the usual rush for the door. RECOMMENDED, obv. P.S. The dating advice Mason gives Mason Jr to *listen to any particular girl, especially when she talks about her interests* is gold dust.

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