Wednesday, February 28, 2007

28.4 And The Demeter

Well no-one won the Molton Brown treats for unpicking the cryptic clue in my 28.4 obscure posting.

The answer is Sophia Myles.

The text was from Dracula by Bram Stoker. The extract "A Hampstead Mystery" relates the incident of the "bloofer lady". The "bloofer lady" is child speak for a beautiful lady. The abducted children explain that they have been with a bloofer lady-in this case Miss Lucy Westenra, turned vampire.

In the recent BBC production Lucy was played by Sophia Myles.

Sophia Myles (the current squeeze of David Tennant) played Reinette, Mme de Pompadour in season 2, episode 4 of new Doctor Who, The Girl in the Fireplace.

Season 2 of new Dr Who is actually season 28 of Doctor Who, if you count the classic series. Season 28, episode 4 is classified and referred to in reference publications as 28.4...

And the Persephone/p7E reference? See Doctor Who and the Underworld!

Easy, if you pay attention to my blog!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Meet Molton

This is Molton.

He's a nabaztag rabbit. I'm not really sure what his full purpose is, but people can send SMS and text messages, and he will speak them in mp3. He can also play mp3 files, he's a light and he does, well, other stuff. I just haven't worked it all out yet.

When I got him, I just thought it was a wifi transmitter.

If you do know more about him, or what nabaztag rabbits do, please explain.

Or else, send us a message: go to nabaztag, and send a message to Molton.

Theatre Time

Horror! For the first time in a long, LONG time I'm without theatre tickets. Usually I have a stock for forthcoming productions-when "Wicked" tickets went on sale last March, for a September opening, I bought 5 sets through to Feb 10th 2007.

But I've dried up. Right now, there's nothing that really takes my fancy you know...

Nevertheless, a trip to the theatre, or a concert, is good for my soul. I do find that it thrills me. And I know I'm in need because the violinist busker at Bond Street tube yesterday was working for me in a very good way.

I need to have a good look at what's on. I think I should look closely at what's happening at the Barbican and the National.

As for Equus, well, I'll see what the reviews say.

Just in case it turns out to be a bum show.

But maybe Daniel Radcliffe will reveal he has hidden talents and real depth as an actor? Actually, word on the street is that Harry Potter is rather good, his portrayal "engrossing" and "impressive".

Equus is on at the Gielgud Theatre, and is currently booking until 9th June

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Welcome Home Treat No. 1

One of the great things about going to Paris frequently is popping into fnac, and buying boxed DVD sets, which are much less expensive than here (probably due to lack of popularity).

Last year I bought New Who Season 1 box set for €30 (that's approx £20), wheras it cost around £59.99 here at the time! Hurrah, I love a bargain.

Well, I'm an Avengers fan. I love all things Emma Peel, and even enjoy the occasional Tara-ra boom-di-ay. I met Honor Blackman many years ago (who was delightful). Who wouldn't enjoy-even Morrissey told me he was a fan (but couldn't remember Cathy Gale, thinking she was a Mrs Grape!)

Anyway mon C happened to mention he preferred the next generation. Well, he fancied Mike Gambit (and probably wanted his haircut like Purdey).

So last time I was there (in fnac), look what I found.

Go Global

As some of you may have noticed, it was my birthday recently, and I took my closest family and friends to Paris for a dinner party.

In return, I was a rather lucky boy. I received lovely cards and presents. I did make a wish list, but only because friends wanted to get me something that wasn't wasteful. I should have done a charity donation (I'm going to DC later in the year to take part in a sponsored walk for leukemia, on behalf of dear friends whose grandson has been poorly for a number of years).

To be truthful, there's nothing I lack for. There's nothing I really need. Just things that would be "nice to have". But I decided not to be selfless. I thought I could do with some nice new quality kitchen knives. And here are some of the ones I received.

Of course, mon C game me something altogether more special, and lovely!

Enough Already

Well, I'm disappointed that no-one was able to work out (bother to guess!! :)) what my 28.4 post was about. It does point to someone, and there are 3 clues-2 of which link to the person, and 2 of which link to something else that links to the person...go on have a go. A nice bottle of Molton Brown product to the first person to explain the 3 clues and identify the person.

If you read my blog, and know my interests, well it's not so difficult perhaps.

Anyway, enough already. There is too much going on in my life right now...

I just realised that there's no fun left taking part in one of my, until now, leisure/pleasure pursuits. So, as a result, I won't be pursuing it for the time being.

On top of that I still am involved in organising the arts festival at the Southbank May 2009. I've been co-ordinating representations on behalf of myself and neighbours to a planning applicion that's been odged to convert the kinky boots factory next door to a 3 floor 4xlive/work units, and this weekend I was in Edinburgh promoting something else.

I've had a mental block about using the mac (hence lack of postings), mainly because when I came back from Paris last weekend I had over 200 *personal* emails (even after the junk had been filtered). It's as bad as the office. So, I'm just keeping them and soon, without opening then, I'll just delete them.

Well, that's said. More later. I just wanted to ease myself back to being friends with the mac.

Monday, February 19, 2007



The neighborhood of Hampstead is just at present exercised with a series of events which seem to run on lines parallel to those of what was known to the writers of headlines and "The Kensington Horror," or "The Stabbing Woman," or "The Woman in Black." During the past two or three days several cases have occurred of young children straying from home or neglecting to return from their playing on the Heath. In all these cases the children were too young to give any properly intelligible account of themselves, but the consensus of their excuses is that they had been with a "bloofer lady." It has always been late in the evening when they have been missed, and on two occasions the children have not been found until early in the following morning. It is generally supposed in the neighborhood that, as the first child missed gave as his reason for being away that a "bloofer lady" had asked him to come for a walk, the others had picked up the phrase and used it as occasion served. This is the more natural as the favorite game of the little ones at present is luring each other away by wiles. A correspondent writes us that to see some of the tiny tots pretending to be the "bloofer lady" is supremely funny. Some of our caricaturists might, he says, take a lesson in the irony of grotesque by comparing the reality and the picture. It is only in accordance with general principles of human nature that the "bloofer lady" should be the popular role at these al fresco performances. Our correspondent naively says that even Ellen Terry could not be so winningly attractive as some of these grubby-faced little children pretend, and even imagine themselves, to be.

There is, however, possibly a serious side to the question, for some of the children, indeed all who have been missed at night, have been slightly torn or wounded in the throat. The wounds seem such as might be made by a rat or a small dog, and although of not much importance individually, would tend to show that whatever animal inflicts them has a system or method of its own. The police of the division have been instructed to keep a sharp lookout for straying children, especially when very young, in and around Hampstead Heath, and for any stray dog which may be about.

Society Will Not Speak...

Mon C returns this Saturday, and we will celebrate our missed Valentine's Day. But what to do that's special? That is the problem...we eat out frequently, go on mini-breaks at the drop of a hat. Enjoy home cooking. I'm running out of surprises.

I have cleared my diary, and I have him little treats. But I'm short of ideas for that special thing.

Not good!

As to my VD2007 gifts:

One to help me relax, one to deal with the stress.

Friday, February 16, 2007


Sometimes I fear what might be looking in from outside. Not the neighbours (well if I feared that neither I nor mon C would walk around the flat naked).

It's the things that the cats look up and see, and stare at. Although, when I look there's nothing there. Especially from this window, in our front door, at the end of the hall.

It's the things I catch out of the corner of my eye.

When I was in my late teens I was walking home one night. I was walking by a row of cars. Car after car, parked on a quiet street. The dark of 2am. I just happened to glance at the passenger front seat of one particular car, as I hurried home. There staring up at me, right back into my eyes, was someone who looked as if they had stepped out of the rain into the car. Pale faced, wet, dark hair slicked back. Their breath marking the window. Only, it hadn't been raining.

That is why, when I walk home alone now, I walk in the middle of the street.

That is why, although other windows in my flat may be left unobscured, when I'm alone, without mon C, my bedroom window remains drawn closed.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

15 Years Ago Today

I saw Les Miserables for the first time.

My brother was in the RAF, based in England. I was visiting him for a week or so. We went to London for the day on the train, just to see a show.

I tried to get tickets for Aspects of Love, at the Prince of Wales, with Sarah Brightman. They couldn't guarantee a couple of hours ahead of the show if Sarah Brightman would do the matinee, and they didn't have any returns yet.

So we ran up to the Palace Theatre. We could get tickets for Les Mis, so I bought a couple. Look at them-£27.50 for a top price ticket!

It was a thrill, a dream. In fact, I think it was the first London show I saw, ever! I was so excited I tried to phone my mother, but she was out. Eventually I got through to my Nana, and I told her I was so excited to be seeing Les Miserables. It was special, it was super.

I can't remember anything about the performance. I remember being on the train with my brother, passing Peterborough. I remember seeing the dancer Michael Clark outside the Palace Theatre, using the public phone box. He comes from Inverurie you know. Just a few miles from our home. I remember being thrilled.

Just a couple of months later I saw it in the US for a second time...and since then, well I guess another 15 times perhaps.

Time to see it again, soon, I think!

with my good friend Frances Ruffelle as Eponine

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

Mon C. Happy VD2U.

Xfe is on his travels yet again. This time he is in Tel Aviv, working hard. But he left me a valentine present which I discovered yesterday. Merci bien.

Wow, the Paris party was a blast. I didn't take any pics, BUT my friends did, so I'll put some up later once I have them....My how the Eiffel tower sparkled! ~(Birthday cake with the compliments of George V).

As for my other energies, well they're being drained elsewhere. The problem is I believe I'm right, I don't think I'm getting clarity, but I don't want to make an over the top issue. But it's a huge matter of pride. Sorry. I'm vague, I know. But I will try my best to express myself with clarity elsewhere.


Friday, February 09, 2007

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Mystery Stalker

Someone came a calling for me at home today, when I was out. A (not so) handsome spanish (?) man. He called for me by name, said he was expected (while I was working in the office), and asked mon C if he was my boyfriend. When he said he was, he told mon C to tell me he had come to see me, and hurried off.

So, who is my mystery stalker. Is it one of you readers?

Sunday, February 04, 2007

C4 Postpones Masturbation Season

Broadcaster Channel 4 has postponed a series of programmes themed around masturbation.
Three shows, including a documentary about a charity "masturbate-a-thon", have been removed from the schedule.

"The programmes are not currently scheduled but will be shown in due course," said a spokesman.

Channel 4 has faced strong criticism over the recent series of Celebrity Big Brother, which prompted a record number of complaints over alleged racism.

Media watchdog Ofcom is investigating the controversy.

The regulator is also reviewing the broadcaster's funding, with Channel 4 seeking a new form of government subsidy, possibly a share of the TV licence fee, to help fund the switch to digital.

The subsidy would replace the free broadcasting space given to the channel when it launched in 1982, which will become redundant when the UK completes the move to digital TV in 2012.

Originally planned for March, the masturbation season has been "moved around repeatedly", said a spokesman, who added that schedule changes were normal for any television station.

But industry paper Broadcast reported that several Channel 4 board members had expressed concern at the series.

Dubbed "wank week" by the channel, it was due to contain a documentary about a female masturbation coach and a programme following two men trying to give up the habit.

The "masturbate-athon", billed as the first of its kind in Europe, was filmed in central London last August.

Organisers said the event, which involved several charities, was to promote discussion of sexual health issues.

Channel 4 commissioner Andrew MacKenzie previously said the series was the type of "provocative and mischievous" material that the channel should be covering.

Last year, Channel 4's founding chief executive Sir Jeremy Isaacs criticised its "obsession with adolescent transgression and sex".

from news.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Frida's Fit

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Agnetha's Adorable

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Agnetha Or Frida?

Mon C and I spent (some of) our anniversary evening debating which of the ABBA chics we really digged. As you do...

It started on the subject of make up (dare I mention blue eye shadow applied, well, heavilly). And grew.

So, who was your favourite ABBA girl? Vote for your favourite (by leaving a comment above annonymous or otherwise-we recognise your shame admitting it). Either:

Agnetha or Frida (vote above-leave the comment against your favourite).

Rolling Through The 70's

Right now Xfe is watching Tony Blackburn's "Sensational 70s" top 70.

At 60 it's the Bay City Rollers. I told mon C that my brother and I made our Mum sew tartan along the side of our jeans, just to be like them.

And imagine my horror that I could recall their names-Woody, Alan, Eric, Leslie and Derek.

Now at 59 we have David Essex with "Oh What a Circus". Evita!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Oven Proof?!

"Is it oven proof", mon C asks me about the greaseproof paper?

"Yes, of course", I reply.

10 minutes later there are flames bellowing out of the oven. The greaseproof paper is on fire, with the sausages in the middle and the oil leaking from them sputtering and smoking...all as Xfe feeds the flames by fanning them with the table cloth, (thinking it might blow the flames out).

I tell him to stop.

I get the blame, but only until I point out that he is *grilling* the sausages. Having the paper directly under the grill isn't quite the same as cooking in the oven.

So, now we're having smoked sausages for dinner. Yum.

Am I Bovvered?

Last night I got home and found in my mail a neighbour notification for a proposed development of a 3 storey building to provide 4 live/work units next door.

It's less than 2m from our south looking window. We look directly out on it.

I've contacted the archtects with a request to meet and talk me through the plans to see whether I object, or whether I should support. However it's obvious from the design that they have anticipated my objections and designed around certain of these...

We shall see. Hmm.

Oh, and tomorrow it's our anniversary-I think!!!


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