I've been looking through some of the amazing images over at An Exquisite Corpse. Briefly speaking, these images are each the collaborative work of 4 or 5 people. The first person works on an image, then sends the very bottom part of the image only to the next person, who then does their section using the strip from the previous person as a starting point. And so on. A bit like the drawing game we used play as kids. Only we called it "Consequences".
It appeals to me because (a) it's nice 'n' surreal, and (b) it's a good excuse to get involved in some mad Photoshoppery, which is something I enjoy - as those of you who have seen my graphics on The Liar will already know.
So, I've signed up to get involved, and am looking forward to working on my first piece.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 5:03 pm
Gillian rang me earlier and asked if I want to meet up after work, and I said yes, but am beginning to wish I hadn't now as I'm not feeling 100% and am coming over all sleepy. I've told her that I'm not up for going out for something to eat in a major way, what with having had lunch earlier (and I still feel full up hours later).
Just want to go home and SLEEP really. Oh well, never mind, I'll probably enjoy it in the end.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 4:54 pm
Lunchquest! Following yesterday's musings about meals and where I could get a reasonably priced lunch in Oxford, I have made it my mission to do some field work in this area. Thinking more carefully about it, there are already a number of places that I should try out. The department stores Allders and Debenhams have restaurants, whilst Littlewoods certainly used to have one, although I'm not sure if this is still the case (will find out). Then in St Michael Street, around the corner from where I work, there is The Nosebag which offers a fine selection of home-cooked meals, as does the cafe at the Museum of Modern Art. The Playhouse also used to have a lunchtime menu, but again I need to check to see if this is still the case. Going downmarket a bit, there is Brown's Cafe in the covered market.
This lunchtime, I tried out Debenhams restaurant. It was nice and clean, well-decorated and laid out. The meals were quite basic really, and there wasn't a great deal of choice: Fish and chips, lasagne, pizza (where doesn't serve pizza around here?), etc. I opted for fish, chips and peas, which was £5 although I had a coffee too so the bill came to £6.10. So not cheap, but reasonable. For a cheaper meal, I noticed, there were baked potatoes in the £3 region. Not too bad.
Anyway, the food tasted good and was certainly very filling. I must make sure I have something light tonight, or the object of the whole exercise will be lost. I think I will return there for lunch again, but it's not somewhere I'd like to go to on a daily basis as the choices available would soon get monotonous.
Also, one potential danger is that the restaurant is situated on the top floor of Debenhams, which means passing through the entire store to get there. Which means going through the womens' department and seeing all those dresses. Temptation!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:57 pm
Wednesday, January 30, 2002
I've been having a go at this Googlewhacking thing which is too difficult for me to explain, so click the link! It's a lot harder than you'd imagine, but I finally got one with "mugwort defenestration" giving me a score of 199987000 (22700 x 8810).
posted by Gina Snowdoll 4:37 pm
I've been taking part in an interesting off-topic discussion on The Damned message board. Someone was asking for tips on weight loss. I replied, "Don't ask me guv, I'm trying to lose weight myself." I went on to add that I try to get through each day surving on a few Nutrigrain bars in the daytime, and then have a main meal when I get home in the evening. Someone suggested that one main meal a day is bad news as it slows down your metabolism and that "You won't lose any weight that way", and that it's preferable to spread out your daily eating by having 5 or 6 small meals throughout the day.
Someone else suggested having a proper meal at lunchtime and then having the grain bars, light snacks, whatever, in the evening.
So, I've been thinking about this. But there are some problems. For one, we don't really have the facilities in the office to have a proper lunch at work. Well, OK, we do have a microwave, but I'm no big fan of re-heated microwave "cookery". I've never used the damn thing.
So, the other option would be to go out to eat each day, but this throws up a couple of other problems: (1) It could be costly, and (2) Where?
I'm sure a daily intake of pub food would not be exactly brilliant as an aid for the person on the road to weight loss, and the temptation of a pint of beer at the same establishment would be too much. The other options are the various restaurants that are scattered around this area of Oxford. A non-starter really.
And I can't believe that they're just about to open yet another Italian restaurant on George Street. Yeah, that's what we really need around here. Another pizza and pasta joint, 'cos that's all we ever eat in Oxford, isn't it? (Anyway, the best Italian in Oxford is Geno's on Gloucester Green near the bus station).
How's this for an idea? Why doesn't someone open a canteen-style cafeteria or a diner as our American friends call them, offering good honest down-to-earth lunches at reasonable preices? It's a very simple idea. Why do we not have establishments of this sort in this country? I reckon they'd be mightily popular.
On a more positive note, I was quite impressed that I was able to get into a size 14 dress on my birthday do last Saturday in Cornwall, so it's not all bad news.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:03 pm
Tuesday, January 29, 2002
I'm currently reading Wouldn't it be nice?, the autobiography of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, and am finding it a fascinating read. It's one of those books where you find yourself wanting to read just one more chapter, despite it being late, and the need for sleep, etc. It's also one of those books that kind of fires me up and inspires me.
Well... when I say "inspires" perhaps I mean makes me wish that I'd done more, makes me hope that I'll be more creative in the future. But music is what I ought to be doing. I know I can come up with good tunes, and I know I'm a good arranger and have a good ear for what works and what doesn't. Even on some of the very basic four-track recordings I did best part of two decades ago, you can hear that I know how to arrange a song.
Actually, when I was 22, a friend of mine who was in a band offered me a job as a sound engineer, I think it was, purely on the basis that he believed I had a good ear for a song and what makes a good musical arrangement. But it would have been such a big gamble, it would have meant dropping everything. And as his band came to nothing, most likely a gamble that would have cost me had I not declined his offer.
Unless, of course, my input could have sent their career into a different, more positive, direction. But that's one of those things we shall never know. But somewhere, out there in a parallel universe...
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:18 pm
Monday, January 28, 2002
Here's a picture of a whelk, especially for Marlénè:
Phew! A bit of a whirlwind of a weekend. Sherri and Tamsin came over Friday night, we got up early on Saturday, had a four hour journey with those two sharing the driving duties down to Cornwall. We met Debbie and Nikki in a pub - name I can't remember - but loads of cats and clocks, which all went off and ticked and chimed on the hour, quarter hour, etc. (The clocks that is, not the cats.) Also, the pub served a fine dark beer called Cornish Cream (or Cornwall Cream?) - more like a porter than a stout, I think, but very yummy and quite potent. We all had lunch, then went to the house. Where everyone promptly fell asleep.
Woke up and did the make-up, climbed into the dress and high heels, etc, and then went downstairs where Debbie had laid on a fabulous buffet. Ate, and drank bubbly, then we went out to the club in Newquay (Pinkies at the Sandridge Hotel).
It's all a bit of a blur looking back. The place wasn't exactly packed but there was a nice crowd of people there, all very friendly andl asking us, "When are you coming back?"... Lots of dancing (in THESE shoes? Eeeeeks!). Oh, and I got dragged up in front of everyone so they could all sing Happy Birthday to me. Very embarrassing. The other embarrassing thing was being made to wear a "I'm Horny" badge, which (luckily) didn't get me into trouble.
Finally we had to say goodnight to everyone - which took forever (!) - and it was back to the house, where we picked at food left over from earlier, and then bed.
This morning, Sherri, Tamsin and I took a walk down to the beach. I mean, you can't go to Cornwall and not go to the beach, can you? Sherri was quite heroic and rescued a whelk in distress. Which was very good of her.
We had to get the return journey done with, so set off shortly after 11:00a.m., and made it to my house shortly after 3:00p.m. Shel and Tamsin stayed for a coffee, but then had to hit the road again as they still had a few more hours of journeying to do.
And that was the weekend, very briefly summarized. I would write more, but I'm just soooooooo tired... Thanks again to Debbie and Nikki, and to Sherri and Tamsin.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:42 pm
Friday, January 25, 2002
I remember being at Storme's last year, and BobbyJo - who been reading this blog - came up to me and commented on all my Jamie Oliver mickey taking. "Oh, he's coming along tonight," I told her, and I think for a split second she believed me.
Well, perhaps one of these days he will turn up at a tranny club. Karen handed me the following, which she said she torn from out of an American gossip mag (The Enquirer?):
A real drag JAMIE OLIVER, TV's Naked Chef, recently attended a pal's party IN DRAG! The married father-to-be donned a glittery miniskirt and revealing blouse with a lace bra underneath, fishnet stockings and high heels because the invitation read, "Come cross-dressed." But only Jamie and a handful of others obeyed the order. After about an hour, the Food Network star was so embarrassed that he went home to change. He returned to the crowded bash dressed in his regular garb.
Awwwww, Jamie! No staying power. Tsk! Come along to Storme's sometime. No need to be embarrassed there.
By the way, I need to see photographic evidence of this. If anyone can help, send the pics to me soonest!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 5:47 pm
Hurrah! I just had a birthday phone call from dear ol' TinTin. The first friend I've spoken to today.
Eeeeeks! This is it... The birthday... the one I've been dreading cos it's getting too near to a milestone for my liking. Until next year, which will be worse. That is, until the following year which will be the actual milestone itself. Aarrrgghhhh!
But I'm not going to think of that right now.
So Yeah! Happy Birthday to me, and all that kind of malarkey! Tra-la-la-la!!!
Actually it's been kinda quiet. Just me and the cat. Karen, who I houseshare with left for work early this morning so I haven't seen her. But I did get a nice pile of cards and pressies so that was well groovy. Good old Amazon wish lists, eh? It means that your mum and dad don't have to ask you "What do you want for your birthday?" Very convenient. And pressies from one of my sisters who reads this blog. Wow! *BIG HUGS* to you! Thanks!!!
Very quiet... So far the only people I've actually spoken to are a postman at the depot (I had to go collect the Amazon parcel from my parents) and the woman on the check out at Tesco. Oh, and the cat of course. We have long conversations, me and the cat.
As you many have gathered I've taken the day off work and am not exactly doing anything very exciting... actually I need to go and do all that lovely (NOT) de-fuzzing stuff soon... Hmmm... best skip over that piece of imagery I think.
Tonight my sisters Sherri and Tamsin are coming over so I expect we'll have a few glasses of the ol' bubbly stuff. But we can't overdo it, 'cos we have to get up early for tomorrow morning we are travelling down to Cornwall.
I nipped out in Oxford this lunchtime to get a few bits and piece that I thought I'd need for the weekend. For starters, stockings! I always need stockings as I wreck them so easily.
I also decided it'd be a good idea to buy a new eye-liner as the brush on the one I have is too thin, so I went to the No7 counter in Boots. Ended up chatting to the assistants for ages! They are so helpful there, and I showed them a photograph of me in full Gina glam-mode and they were really impressed with my make-up skills. I was just going to buy eye-liner, as I'd said, but as there was a three for two offer on, I bought a lipstick (supposedly an ever-lasting one), and got a free nailvarnish. I needed the nailvarnish anyway - wanted something to match my outfit for Saturday, and the lipstick will be useful.
Thanks again to Nik and Sandra at No7 in Boots in Oxford. (I said I'd give them a plug on the website!)
posted by Gina Snowdoll 6:56 pm
So, I made loads of notes of my grievences to take into my appraisal meeting this morning. I was meaning to write a few key words as pointers for me to talk around, but ended up writing in complete sentences. Paragraphs of them. Uh-oh! I thought, I'm never going to remember all this, and I don't want to be sitting there reading out from my notes, parrot-fashion.
However, in the end I didn't need them. All the points I wanted to make came up naturally during conversation. Which was good. I did stop short of the "You're so patronising" remarks which I had planned on making. I decided it might be better not to get involved in all that name-calling stuff. Probably a good idea.
But all in all it went very well. But that's not going to stop me looking for other jobs. I sent off one job application this afternoon, as it happens.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 6:51 pm
Wednesday, January 23, 2002
OK... I've nearly got that CV sorted. I proofread it on the train home earlier. It'll only be a matter of moments to make the changes and then I can get it out there into the world.
And speaking of jobs, I have my annual appraisal tomorrow. Wish me luck, 'cos there's things that HAVE to be said.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:51 pm
Hhhmmmm... I've been thinking of re-designing the ol' template. Basically, it was one of Blogger's standard templates that I tweaked a bit, changed colours, added graphics to. Thing is, I quite liked the design. Or lack of design. I like websites that are clean-looking with a white background, a sensible sized font, etc. (Sorry, guys... I ain't keen on coloured backgrounds, and positively loathe black! If a site has a large text content then nothing beats black on white).
It does seem a bit bizarre, I suppose, what with me being a web-designer, but using a souped-up standard template. What it all boiled down to was that this template just fitted the bill, more or less the way it was.
Anyway, I can't do the re-design just yet. More important things to do. Perhaps I'll do it in time for the site's first birthday in March.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:44 pm
Tuesday, January 22, 2002
Eeeeeks! I've been looking through the Bloggies nominees. There is a whole category for Best Merchandise of a Weblog. Mostly that means t-shirts and mugs, or the occasional boxer shorts (yuk!) or baseball cap (double yuk!). And it got me wondering. If my site readership was ever big enough, what items would I choose to offer as merchandise? Would anyone really want a Gina Snowdoll Eeeeeks! coffee mug or t-shirt? Surely, it'd have to be something more appropriate. A Gina Snowdoll bra perhaps? Possibly that'd be of only very limited interest.
What would be cool would be Gina Snowdoll nailvarnish! I like that idea. I wonder if it's possible to get nail-varnish personalised? Really, I think that there should be a nailvarnish colour called Snowdoll - I can just imagine that. Not sure quite in my mind what colour it would be though... somewhere between lilac and purple perhaps, but with a silvery sparkliness about it.
What else can I think of merchandise-wise? Well... if I ever get my recording act together, Snowdoll CDs. One for the future perhaps. (Or perhaps not.)
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:43 pm
Just a couple of days to go before the weekend and partying in Cornwall. And I'm trying to wrack my brains thinking what I might need to pack / take with me. I know what I'm wearing already: the dress and heels I bought in the sales at the end of last year. I'm just trying to think whether there are any items of make-up I urgently need.
Actually, I was rummaging about in my bedroom the other day, and I found hordes of make-up that I'd forgotten I had. Boxes of the stuff... eyeshadows, lip and eye pencils, unused lipsticks... Perhaps I ought to sort it out. IF, that is, I can find it again. It's very easy to lose things in my bedroom. I think there may be a whole undiscovered tribe living in the depths of it somewhere.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:29 pm
Monday, January 21, 2002
I'm still getting hits from someone (or several someones) searching for C h r i s t i n e H a m i l t o n N u d e?
Please, if this is you, I have this to say: No, I do NOT have any pictures of the lady in question in that certain state of undress. Please go away. You may also benefit from asking yourself why you are so sad as to do such a search in the first place.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 4:22 pm
I've just been looking at some of my early blog entires, including this one of my influences. I have to apologise to any Daniel Ash fans for saying "I don't think the years have been kind to him judging from the more recent pics I have seen". I take that back. Looking at his latest pics on his website, he HAS still got it. And I found loads of stuff by him on MP3s over at www.audiogalaxy.com, many of which I didn't already own. In fact I downloaded enough songs to make myself a whole Daniel Ash album. Splendid stuff. It seems that he's got a new (eponymously titled) album coming out in February, so I'll have to buy the official release. If I can get it in the UK.
Elsewhere on the list of influences I had Eddie Izzard. Would I include him now? Hmmmm.. I don't know. He was once a huge influence on me. But these days I just get the impression that he doesn't care. His attitude used to be so positive. He was driven to be successful; he would go towards things that would challenge him. And he has turned into a mega-star, and has become very rich. But he doesn't seem the same anymore; it's like he believes his own hype about how great he is, although comedy-wise he's been stuck in a rut since "Dressed to Kill" (What? Four years ago?). I can't really comment on his acting in this Joe Egg thing in London. Once upon a time I would've been first in the queue to get tickets; now I feel apathy towards the whole thing.
I certainly couldn't see him getting involved in something like the improv at The Comedy Store. Which is a shame.
As for him still being an ambassador for the transgendered. Well... forget it!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:46 pm
So tired, as I got home really late last night (this morning) and then couldn't get off to sleep. I spent the weekend at Annie's. We did the usual things, watched videos (Shrek and American Beauty), had a take-away, etc, and yesterday went into London and went to The Comedy Store for improv night. I can't remember all the guys names, other than Richard Vranch and Phill Jupitus, but they were so quick-witted. You know the kind of thing, when they take suggestions from the audience and act out sketchs... a bit like on Whose Line Is It Anyway? on TV. Very very funny.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:02 am
Friday, January 18, 2002
Today's quiet. Not much happening, not much to report or ruminate on.
I'm going away this weekend, so no more blogging 'til Sunday night - or more likely - Monday.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 4:25 pm
Thursday, January 17, 2002
Bugger! I've just checked out the Toilet Boys website as given in the link in the previous entry on this 'ere blog, and they just so happen to be doing a small tour in the UK at the moment. Including a London date. The 26th January. When I'm in Cornwall (see first entry today).
Why do things like that always happen?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:01 pm
Tonight I have been listening to the loud 'n' fast 'n' brash rock'n'roll of the Toilet Boys (and that's an unhealthy amount of 'n's for any sentence). They're the band with the New York drag queen Miss Guy on vocals, a fire-breathing guitarist, and guitars that spew forth flares. The music isn't subtle, but it's great rock'n'roll in an in-yer-face kinda way.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:56 pm
Hurrah! We have plans for my birthday at last. My real birthday is 25 January, which is a Friday this year, so we're going to celebrate it on Saturday 26th instead. Sherri, Tamsin and I are going to Cornwall for the weekend, and will be visiting Pinky's at the Sandridge Hotel in Newquay.
That'll be somewhere different for me. I must confess that I've been getting very bored with the London tranny scene lately. A couple of years ago when Kara used to run the Transformer club night at Yazz's, it was quite fun to visit Brighton. I liked that club, it was much more intimate, a nice mix of people, etc. Hopefully the Sandridge Hotel in Cornwall will be similar in atmosphere.
So, if anyone is in the area on the 26 January (which, I know, isn't likely) then please pop along. It'd be lovely to meet you.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:13 am
Wednesday, January 16, 2002
I've just had to have a clear out on the hard disk on my computer at work. There was over 1.6 gigabytes of MP3s on there. Whoops!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:56 pm
Jamie Oliver more popular than John Cleese (the comic messiah)? Has the world gone mad? This is disturbing:
Jamie Oliver is set to renew his contact with Sainsbury's in a deal said to be worth £2 million.
Independent research found the response to his television commercials for the supermarket chain were 64 per cent higher than its previous campaign featuring John Cleese.
A Sainsbury's spokeswoman said: "Jamie Oliver is very popular with women, who do most of the grocery shopping. People like him because he's quite cheeky.
"They find his passion for cooking inspiring and they like the fact that he's cooking recipes in the advertisements. We believe his presence in the advertisements has been a major factor in prompting people to go back to buying ingredients.
None of which actually rings true to me, because everyone I have ever spoken to has complained about Jamie in those Sainsbury's ads. Where do these advertising companies get their statistics from?
Or possibly there's lots of secret Jamie Oliver fans out there, who will pretend to hate him if the topic ever arises in conversation. A bit like Tory voters.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:14 am
That programme last night was very interesting. More information here.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:02 am
Tuesday, January 15, 2002
On Channel 4 tonight in the UK at 10:00pm, Changing Sex, "The story of the modern-day transsexual and the biological and emotional complexities that drive some people to go under the surgeon's knife, with an exploration of famous cases that shocked society, and the first recorded sex-change operation in the 1930s." Should be worth watching/taping.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 7:27 pm
Nostalgia! I've just made this CD-R compo of the kind of things I was listening to at the end of the 70s / beginning of the 80s:
Physical - Adam and the Ants
Cartrouble - Adam and the Ants
Friends - Adam and the Ants
Deutscher Girls - Adam and the Ants
I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick
Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers - Motorhead
Banana Splits - The Dickies
Nights In White Satin - The Dickies
Paranoid - The Dickies
Handling The Big Jets - The Members
Tomorrow's Girls - UK Subs
Kicks - UK Subs
Telephone Numbers - UK Subs
Babylon's Burning - The Ruts
Milk and Alcohol - Doctor Feelgood
Down At The Doctors - Doctor Feelgood
Every Kind of Vice - Doctor Feelgood
As Long As The Price is Right - Doctor Feelgood
Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps Please - Splodgenessabounds
Saying Goodbye To His Horse - Splodgenessabounds
Friday Night, Saturday Morning - The Specials
Tears Of A Clown - The Beat
Reward - The Teardrop Explodes
Weren't the charts better in those days when you had real bands playing real instruments, rather than the pre-packaged production-line factory-produced dance-orientated pap of today?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 2:20 pm
Big sigh of relief. I think I've found it.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:58 am
Monday, January 14, 2002
I'm trying to stay calm, but I feel like screaming out of frustration. I've found various job ads in the paper that I thought I might like to apply to, so I've been looking for my CV (resume) so I could update it. I saw the CV knocking about not long ago, but can I find it anywhere today, be it on disk or on paper?
I really don't want to have to write the entire thing from scratch again, especially bearing in mind that I've been working for best part of twenty years now, and that equals one hell of a lot of info to remember. I don't think I can conjure up the kind of detail required out of thin air. I need that existing document.
Oh shit, shit, shit and double shit.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:02 pm
Butch Izzard: More likely to wear a leather jacket than a summer frock, you look at things from a more rambunctious and bronzey kind of way. That doesn't mean that you won't sweet-talk someone, it just means you'll find a better innuendo with which to do it. You'd love to have a cup of coffee.
Errrrmmmm... OK, so they got the coffee bit right, and yeah, I have been known to wear a leather jacket. But butch? Moi? Ms Gina Snowdoll, Empress of Fabulous?
Shurely shome mishtake.
(to be said in Sean Connery voice)
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:40 pm
Sunday, January 13, 2002
Jamie Oliver: Mum, Jules has got us back on that lower fat malarkey. Sort us out a curry.
Jamie's Mum: What do you think this is, an Indian takeaway? Sort it out yourself, you little mockney turd.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:43 pm
If you haven't yet voted in The Bloggies weblog awards for 2002, then do it now whilst there's still time! Nominations close on Sunday at 7pm Pacific Standard Time, whatever that is in GMT. And a coupla votes for Yours Truly would be appreciated, 'cos you're all such darlings, aren't you? Let's get some different names in the awards this year.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:52 pm
So, what with all the dreadful shows on telly last night, I ended up watching The Mummy Returns on video. What a complete pile of crap. Not only was the geography of Egypt all rather dodgily presented, but they couldn't even get the basic geography of London right in the bus chase seen. The chase took us from the British Museum in centre of London, via Shepherd's Bush out in the West End, and then within a minute the bus was going across Tower Bridge which is East End. After having just had its upper deck knocked off when going under a low bridge. (What low bridge?)
I know, I know... you're not supposed to take these things at face value and have to ignore all these little discrepancies. But still. It was rather silly. All in all a very silly film, and sorry but I HATED the cgi animation. It just made the movie look like a cartoon with live actors (as opposed to something like the computer generated Shrek which is unashamedly cartoon).
The only saving grace was the female lead (Rachel Weisz) who was rather yummy, although she did tend to overdo the English accent.
After having watched that pile of tosh, I switched the telly to Channel 5, and - surprise surprise - found a really good movie, Dog Day Afternoon, in which a bank robbery turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. Sonny (Al Pacino) was robbing the bank in the first place so as to get the money so his "wife" Leon could have a sex-change operation. There was real depth to the characters - well to Sonny in particular - offering insight into the way his mind worked, his compassion and concern for the hostages (for instance when he was worrying that he hadn't asked if there'd be food supplied for them to eat on the jet they had asked for), the nature of his relationships with Leon, and with his real wife (who just wouldn't let him get a word in edgeways but who he did love) and his mother. A superb movie which kept me gripped right until the climax.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:54 pm
Saturday, January 12, 2002
Oh dear! There's a right load of dross on telly tonight. On BBC1 at 8:10 we have Casualty in which "Patrick returns to work, and discovers he has a bedside manner after all when confronted with the victim of a botched sex-change operation who is devastated to learn he may need the have the procedure reversed."
Errrrmmmm... well for starters, to he baving the op in the first place, SHE must have been a pre-operative transsexual living full-time as a woman, so what's with this "he" business? And secondly, I didn't think it was possible to "have the procedure reversed". Looks like they've really done their homework on this one. Not. (Or could they possibly be talking about a female to male transsexual? Not very likely though, is it?)
After that pile of shite is another pile of shite, namely the execrable The Vicar of Dibley (Arggggghhhhh!), and later at 11:05 is the film Top Gun. Jeez, I've always HATED that flick. It's so smug, so self-congratulatory, and revels in glorifying militaria. Also, Tom Cruise is a total git (but not gay, I must add, just in case he's looking for someone else to take to court). It just sums up all that was crap about the '80s. And that horrible ghastly theme music with the vile OTT '80s-esque guitar soloing. Yuk!
BBC2 doesn't fair much better, offering I Love Teen Idols ("Youth icons through the decades, including David Cassidy, The Bay City Rollers and Take That. Plus a profile of East 17" ... Oh what a treat!), Bay City Rollers: Remember? (No thanks, I've been trying desperately to forget), Take That ("And Party Again"... scraping the barrel here, pass the sick bucket please), David Cassidy: Teenage Dream (...yawn...) and Saturday Night Fever completing the ghastly vomit-inducing line-up.
ITV boasts Pop Idol, Blind Date, It Shouldn't Happen to a TV Performer, all of which would require me to have a major portion of my brain removed if I was to be expected to enjoy such tripe, whilst the best Channel 4 can offer is Mel B: Voodoo Princess in which Spice Girl "Mel B swaps pop for zombies as she embarks on a personal voyage of discovery to West Africa to learn about voodoo". Let's hope she finds someone to demonstrate voodoo magic by using a wax effigy of her self, plus pins, needles, etc. Alternatively one of those Spice Girls dolls would do the trick, surely?
Channel 5 has the usual bollocks, including the movie Buster starring slaphead loser and garden-gnome lookalike Phil Collins in a glorification of the Great Train Robbery story.
I wonder what's on cable?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 5:44 pm
Hhhhhmmmm... there's a couple of jobs I could apply for, but there's no indication of salary. I hate it when they don't state that up-front. Still, it should be a wothwhile exercise updating my CV... just gotta find the old one first.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 4:52 pm
Not really sure what to do with myself today. I might have a go at trying to make a Flash animation later. I've got to learn how to do that. Shouldn't be too difficult. Oh, and I'd better go and buy the paper too, and look through the job vacancies. I've been looking through so many papers - the floor is covered with them here.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:29 pm
Friday, January 11, 2002
I had a free copy of The Daily Express thrust upon me in WHSmiths today. The only interesting thing I found in it was this piece:
Space is shade of green ASTRONOMERS have discovered the true colour of the universe. New research in the United States revealed yesterday that the average shade of what they called the "cosmic spectrum" is a greenish hue halfway between aquamarine and turquoise.
Data from the Australian 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey - a study of more than 200,000 galaxies between two and three billion light years from Earth - was analyzed by two experts at John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. They used methods established by opthalmologists to calculate the human eye's response to particular wavelengths of light.
Now, if you read that on The Liar you'd think we were just talking crap again.
Speaking of which, would anyone else out there like to be a contributor to The Liar? I can't write it all myself, although sometimes I feel guilty if I let a day go by without posting at least one piece of crap. Need help! I really wanted to push that site this year, and get us noticed. Email me!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:14 pm
Thursday, January 10, 2002
Terry, you shouldn't have told me about AudioGalaxy's MP3 downloads. I've downloaded so much music this week, and have burnt most of it to CD. After having made myself a copy of The Cure's acoustic hits, I've also made CD-Rs of Love and Rockets rarities, a couple of albums of Peter Murphy's stuff (including the Dali's Car album he did with Mick Karn), a superb Julian Cope compilation, and - my current fave because it cracks me up so much - a CD of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner's musical efforts. I was playing that on my personal CD on the way home from work today, and I was laughing out loud on Oxford station and getting weird looks from people. But did I care what they thought? Bloody hell - I needed something to cheer me up and take my mind off things (see yesterday's posting). Some of those songs have to be heard to be believed, such as Leonard Nimoy's currently topical and very cheesy "Ballad of Bilbo Baggins", whilst William Shatner's version of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is so excrutiatingly bad that it is genius!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:24 pm
Wednesday, January 09, 2002
I didn't post last night or today - until this evening - because Blogger has been playing up what with all this "Sorry, publishing is temporaily unavailable" malarkey, and also because... well, because I've had one or two things on my mind.
I lay awake last night for hours and hours. My mind was too busy with worries and I kept going over and over the same things again and again. I couldn't relax and drop off to sleep. In my desperation I went downstairs and tried sleeping on the sofa for a while, and accidentally caught sight of the time on the video clock: 2:40. I returned upstairs shorthly after, not being able to get comfortable, and most likely eventually dropped off to sleep at about 04:00-ish.
I woke up late feeling like poo on a stick, and with a splitting headache, and had to go and catch the (late) train in to work. Suppose I have to make an effort.
So, what's been worrying me? Well, a number of things, but they are all related; one thing depends on another.
Firstly there's the job situation. I've been with this company for 11 1/2 years, and I've got no prospects at all. I've been passed over for promotion so many times that you wouldn't believe it. I've seen more junior members of staff promoted over me more times than I think is dignified. And it's not that I'm bad at my job. I'm bloody good at it, but never get the recognition. Oh, and I've had enough people take the credit and the glory for my work in the past too, whilst I've had to cover for the incompetence of the person taking all the credit.
It just ain't fair. What's brought all this to a head is that in a couple of weeks time I've got an appraisal coming up. What a farce! You know the kind of thing... "What do you think you've achieved in the last year?", "What targets are you going to set for the next year?" ... all that kind of crap. I don't think I can go through with this kind of nonsense. In the past I have pulled out all the stops for this company; I've worked above and beyond the call of duty; at one point I was working in an editorial team of four people, doing - supposedly one quarter of the editorial work PLUS I was producing the artwork for all the company's promotional literature and press adverts etc, so I was in effect doing two jobs simultaneously, and I was for definite doing more work than the rest of the editorial team combined. They'd gossip all day and look out the window, whilst I had to start early each day and leave late to get everything done.
And at the end of that year in my appraisal I was told "Well, you've not achieved much this year!" I was just speechless - I could not believe my ears. I had been so certain that I was in line for a special bonus... as I said I'd been pulling out all the stops. Instead one of the lazy fucks got the bonus/promotion/praise, etc, etc.
Oh, I could go on and on in a similar vein.
But how can I show any enthusiasm in a job where I have been continually been ignored and held back? Just WHAT is the point?
So... the job situation is bad. I really think it's time to move on to somewhere that I might be appreciated. But where to go? And what to do?
Which links in with another of my problems. My house situation. I share with an ex-ex-girlfriend. I've been trying to get her to move out for YEARS now, but she is so stubborn. And that situation almost certainly ruined my engagement to my last girlfriend. If I hadn't had her in the way it could have all been different. But now ex-ex-gf has got herself a man. He asked her to move in with him and she said No! Arrrrggggghhhh! I was so furious when I heard that. Then I wondered about the possibility of the two of them buying ME out of my share in the house. She says it's no-go, but something's got to happen soon. We can't go on like this.
And if I did go, then where? I don't really want to go to London... if I was younger, perhaps, yes, but I'm finding more and more that I want a quieter life these days. The other extreme would be to move back to Wales where mum and dad live. I could most likely afford to buy a house on my own there. Would still need to organise a new job, but something would come up. The only thing that I do not like about the idea of Wales is being so far away from London and the tranny scene. It's not like I go out a great deal as it is, but I am TV and I do need an outlet. I can't help feeling such outlets would be few and far between in Wales.
And the other thing that's getting me down is that my 38th birthday is rapidly approaching. 38. That's too damn near to 40 for my liking.
Anyway, I've decided that some things are going to have to change. These things can not go on like this. I think that I spend too much time on-line hiding behind my persona of Gina Snowdoll, and not enough time in real life sorting out my problems. So... perhaps I won't blog quite so frequently any more. Perhaps I'll be trying to do things to make real life better. I think that in some ways, the internet has NOT been a friend to me. It's a safety blanket, a shield. It's a place to hide. Which ain't a good thing when there's things that need doing.
Finally, Yes, I am aware that some of my colleagues might possibly have read the above about how I feel about my job. If they do, then I think that's a bit sneaky reading through my personal website. I know it is in the public domain, which is why I won't ever mention the specific nature of my job, who I work for, colleagues names, etc. But reading through my thoughts is a bit like spying. Why would they be reading this unless they were trying to catch me out? But if they do read this, then GOOD, because then they might know how I feel.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:12 pm
Tuesday, January 08, 2002
Hurrah... I found that Bowie CD in the end. Phew!
And this morning I've found a whole bunch of Klark Kent MP3s which take me back to my youth. Klark Kent was the pseudonym of Police drummer and multi-instrumentalist Stewart Copeland, and he produced some great songs in that guise. I think the old CD writer's going to be burning away later!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:28 am
Monday, January 07, 2002
Thanks again to the person who was my Secret Santa and bought me The Cure's Greatest Hits CD... I've been playing it so much, and have begun a bit of a Cure fest music-wise recently. I've dug out some of my other Cure bits and pieces like the "Mixed Up" remix album and a wonderful bootleg CD from just after the Disintegration period. And thanks to Terry who gave me a link where I could download the entire acoustic greatest hits album. I burnt a CD-R of that this lunchtime and it is most splendid indeed. I was quite surprised that some of the songs worked so well with an acoustic arrangement. It just goes to show that they are great songs to start with.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:54 pm
Now, where did I put that David Bowie bootleg CD? It's driving me mad this morning.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:27 am
I've resisted commenting on this phenomenon thus far, but I can keep silent no more. Why oh why do I keep getting site hits from people doing searches for C h r i s t i n e H a m i l t o n N u d e?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:38 am
Sunday, January 06, 2002
Gina's Top 5 albums of 2001
5. We Love Life - Pulp I love this, especially the track "The Trees" - I just think it's a beautiful production. The whole album is lush, and almost orchestral in its production. And of course there's Jarvis's half-spoken half-sung lyrics. To me the guy is like a poet, and I find his narratives quite spell-binding. This album was the one in which Pulp went back to nature, and that theme persists throughout the album, with the one exception being the disturbing "The Night that Minnie Timperley Died". Only Pulp could take a subject like some poor girl getting murdered and making a great pop song out of it. That sounds distasteful, but it isn't. The album ends on the symphonic "Sunrise". Can't really follow that. Superb.
4. Rings Around The World - Super Furry Animals When I first heard the single "Juxtaposed With U" with its Charlies Angels intro and Gruff singing through a vocoder my initial reaction was that I don't like this, and I expected the album to be a disappointment. But the single grew on me. That's one of the things the Furries do well; they don't repeat themselves - they will suddenly produce a new song that goes off ina new direction musically and it surprises you, makes you think "well, I certainly wasn't expecting that!" My fave track on here is "No Sympathy" which starts out like an acoustic almost countrified song and then towards the end the whole thing mutates into an electro techno nightmare with wild beats and samples all over the place. It's quite glorious! Indeed there are eclectic styles and influences very much in evidence here. The title track "(Drawing) Rings Around The World" is fab too and sounds like the Beach Boys playing Hawkwind's "Silver Machine" if you can imagine that!
3. Love Peace and Fuck - Brain Donor Brain Donor are Julian Cope on bass and vocals and two lads from Spiritualised on guitar and drums. This is a very raw album; from what I can make out most of it has been recorded live in the studio with very few overdubs. Occasionally there is a second guitar overdubbed, but that's about it. They've managed to capture an immense sound, which is quite a feat for a three-piece. The single "Get Off Your Pretty Face" is my favourite; it has a guitar riff to kill for, and I love the intertwining guitar and bass soloing at the end of the track. There is also quite a bit of instrumental work on this album, much of the 12 minute+ medley "Odin's Gift To His Mother" is instrumental, as is the monumental behemoth that is the album's closer "She's Gotta Have It" (over twenty minutes), but these never get boring. I think the standard of playing, and the energy that has been captured in the recording transmits through to the listener. I love these instrumental tracks. The virtually bass guitar free "Hairy Music" sounds like more familiar Julian Cope territory, and is a nice little touch to change the heavy mood of the album. As to how to describe Brain Donor's sound... well, think MC5 meets the Jimi Hendrix Experience with Julian Cope on vocals and you're halfway there. Perhaps.
2. Greatest Stiffs - Wreckless Eric Indeedy, my No 2 album of 2001 is in fact a compilation album, with the songs dating from the end of the 1970s and the start of the '80s. But I had to have this album at the top of my list, as I've played it so much throughout the last year. What can I say about it? Just classic pop songs from one of the world's most under-rated songwriters and performers from his period on the Stiff Records label. You don't get much better pop songs than the likes of "Whole Wide World", "A Pop Song", "Broken Doll" and the wonderful "Out Of The Blue". And Eric has such a unique voice too... sort of cracked and broken sounding, but oozing with character, sometimes sounding almost insane, occasionally a bit scary like on the two "stalker" songs, namely "Tonight (Is My Night)" and "Excuse Me". And I love the little laugh on "Veronica" on the line "I'm a soldier, band bang" ... it was obviously a mistake, but these songs were recorded cheaply and they didn't go back and do a re-take. And it sounds all the better for it! I love little details like that. Makes it sound more human, and more personal somehow.
1. Grave Disorder - The Damned The album I'd been waiting for for years! The Damned had been reformed with the Captain back on guitar for about five years now I think, but they were more or less just doing gigs playing a greatest hits set. But at their gig in Oxford in December 2000, they announced they'd gotten a record contract and would be recording an album. And I amongst other Damned fans had been waiting impatiently since then, up until August when the album was unleashed. We did have one or two previews of songs on the net, and also played at gigs. But the album itself was phenomenal, and the thing is, there's not a duff song on it... it's all amazing. And it has that classic Damned sound, despite having new drummer Pinch, and on bass Patricia Morrisson. The keyboards also are a major contributing factor to the sound of the album, and in Monty Oxy Moron they have sound a keys player who must have been born to play in The Damned. He is absolutely brilliant. Also, having Monty looking after the keyboards leaves Captain Sensible to concentrate on his lead guitar work, and on this album he delivers some stunning playing. A very much underrated guitarist. And Dave Vanian? His vocals are better than ever, and he even plays a touch of the ol' Theremin on the spooky "Absinthe". The other songs... well the opener "Democracy" is classic Damned and could have come straight from the Machine Gun Etiquette period; "song.com" ("gotta hit the sites, cos I'm always surfing") brings a new perspective to "surf" music in this age of the internet; "Thrill Kill" is scary and dark and wonderful... Oh I could go on and on about each of these songs, the ode to Lennon "Would You Be So Hot (If You Weren't Dead)", the Brian James inspired "Looking for Action" with its chaotic instrumental disintegration at the end, the amusing portrait of Michael Jackson in Captain's "Neverland", and the closer "Beauty of the Beast" a tribute to the black and white horror movie stars of yesteryear. Gorgeous stuff!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 4:50 pm
Saturday, January 05, 2002
I've kinda had an Eddie Murphy evening here, which is a bit bizarre (but, hey, you know he likes transvestites!). First of all it was the aforementioned Shrek, which was brill with Murphy doing the voice of Donkey, and Mike Myers as Shrek doing his Fat Bastard voice from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. I had to laugh at the way the film ripped the piss out of Walt Disney movies. I loved it. Brilliant!
Then afterwards I watched a hoary old 1980s chestnut, Coming to America, on the Paramount Comedy Channel, again featuring Eddie Murphy in the title role, and in various other parts. I liked the old men in the barbers shop. The film would have been better if it had revolved solely around them. Oh well. It was kinda like an African version of Crocodile Dundee, more or less the same storyline, but without the annoying Paul Hogan. Which was nice.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:57 pm
Today I'm having a nothingy sort of day, I'm afraid to report. I just don't have the enthusiasm to do anything really. I got up out of bed really late, and have only just been and showered. I know! Lazy, aren't I?
Thing is, I've got this damn cold that's been going around and I just want to stay in and recuperate. Bit boring though.
I 'spose I ought to go out to Tesco though, and get something to drink for tonight. Also some decent bread and some decent ersatz butter spready stuff might be a good idea, as I just made myself some toast and it was VILE. Apart from burning it, I didn't think you could go far wrong with toast, but it just goes to show - you NEED quality ingredients.
Ooooh... and something to look forward to: last week I bought the video of Shrek which I had intended watching on New Year's Eve, but in the event I didn't 'cos I went out instead. So, I could watch that tonight. Hurrah!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:04 pm
Friday, January 04, 2002
I've been listening lots to my KraftwerkTribal Gathering CD, which arrived in the post yesterday. Some great stuff, and a really good quality recording too. I have the same songs on the "Brixton Academy" bootleg, although the performances were nowhere near as good on that CD, e.g. the botched intro to "Numbers" and the totally inept "Pocket Calculator". The Tribal Gathering CD is brill; at last I have decent recordings of the updated "Numbers" and "Computer World" which were strangely not included on The Mix album. The Sellafield 2 warning before "Radioactivity" is an interesting bonus - it's the nearest Kraftwerk ever come to doing inter-song banter, even if it is done in the "robot" voice. And wonderful version of "Trans Europe Express"... the "Metal on Metal" section is especially powerful - that's how the metal-bashing should sound... not like the wimpy samples on The Mix album. It was disappointing that the new song that was debuted at the Tribal Gathering (1997) was left off the CD. I would've liked to have had that, and I could've done without the remixes at the end of the CD; I've got them all before anyway.
One thing does puzzle me though. What are Amazon doing selling bootlegs? (Not that I'm complaining!)
posted by Gina Snowdoll 11:00 am
Ooh-errr... The Bloggies weblog awards for 2002. It would be nice to see some blogs other than the same old clichey ones get a mention. Get voting, folks!
And what a pity that transgendered is lumped in with gay, lesbian and bisexual. I think mine must be one of only three or four transgender blogs that I have ever found (if you know of any others, tell me!), so I'd have a good chance of getting nominated if those categories had been separated out. As it stands, it would seem that weblogging is very popular amongst the gay community, so I'd stand no chance against that tidal wave of competition in the glbt category.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:36 am
Thursday, January 03, 2002
They must have cleared up that bomb scare business pretty quickly, cos there was no sign that there had been a problem when I got to the station. I had tuned into Radio Oxford to see if they had any news on it, but incompetent as ever, they never mentioned it.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 6:54 pm
Someone at work has just told me that Oxford railway station has been cordoned off by Police, because of a bomb scare.
So, that's fun. I don't know how I'm going to get home tonight.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 4:16 pm
Jamie tops best neighbour poll 9.53AM GMT, 3 Jan 2002
Naked Chef Jamie Oliver has been voted the top celebrity people would like to live next to, but Noel and Liam Gallagher from Oasis were seen as most people's nightmare neighbours.
The cooking presenter topped a poll of stars that people would want living next to them. Neighbours from hell were judged to be the Gallagher brothers, with 40 per cent voting the Oasis stars as the top nightmare celebrities to have next door.
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Funnily enough, I wasn't planning on building a house. Is that me being short-sighted, do you think? And would you trust the sender of this email? I mean, what the devil is a "Gerenal Contractor"?
posted by Gina Snowdoll 9:44 am
I thought I'd invented the whole concept of escalator surfing when I wrote this story about Henry Winkler. Well, it did sound pretty bloody stupid, which is why I chose it as a send up of the whole extreme sports malarkey.
Just goes to show, there are some right idiots out there. I have very little patience with so-called extreme sports. Such activities are the domain of the brain-dead and arseholes desperately trying to look cool. And failing.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:37 pm
New Year Resolutions, I hear you ask.
Tsh! Load of old nonsense, I reckon. No-one ever sticks to new year resolutions anyway, so why bother? I do, however, want to lose some weight, but that's not a resolution, it's a plan; something I intend having a go at.
And other New Yeary things? Well, I was going to go right through the entire blog and find all the highlights of 2001. In fact, I did start doing just that several nights ago, but the way it was going it was just going to turn out to be such an enormously long document that I don't think anyone would bother reading it all. The other alternative would be a compile a list of links to my favourite blog entries from 2001, but I put that off 'cos it's a complete pain in the arse to do.
Then there are these lists, which you so very often see at this time of year. You know what I mean, the Best Of 2001 kind of thing. As a rule, I don't do lists. I think listmaking is usually the product of a male-orientated mind, and my mind just doesn't work that way. Usually the only lists I make are shopping lists (bread, milk, wine, cat food, human food, etc...), or check lists of things that I need if I'm going away anywhere. The latter type of list includes instances when I'm going into London for a night out (dress, spare dress, spare spare dress, stockings, knickers, suspenders, bra, hair, heels, spare heels, make-up, handbag, mirror, make-up remover... and it goes on and on like that; it's scary how much stuff you've need on occasions like this).
But I thought this year I might have a go at a couple of Best Of lists. I was thinking along the lines of books I've read (tricky, ‘cos I'll have to look back and see what they all were and remind myself what they were about and what I thought of each), and perhaps a Top Five albums of the year (easy! I could list them for you now, but I want to write a little more about each one).
So, perhaps later...
posted by Gina Snowdoll 1:57 pm
Here's ... errmmm ... interesting: an on-line petition to keep Britney Spears and Beyonce Powers (whoever she is) out of the forthcoming third Austin Powers movie.
I signed. I had to. I just really HATE Britney Spears.
(Arse! I should have suggested Jamie Oliver as an alternative to appear in the film in her place... why didn't I think of that earlier?)
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:28 am
I do not know why I bothered coming into work this morning. I am not well.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:58 am
Tuesday, January 01, 2002
Bizarre! There was an edition of The Weakest Link on telly earlier, featuring a load of drag queens. Quite funny really. But I wasn't sure whether the contestants really wanted to win through and be the strongest link, or whether they wanted to be the most fabulous.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 7:11 pm
Back home again now.
So, in the end I did go out and meet Gillian, and we went to a pub just off the Cowley Road in Oxford with a bunch of other people of our acquaintance, where we partook of various alcoholic beverages and saw the New Year Malarakey in.
Is this the bit when I have to say "Happy New Year"?
I don't know why, but I have a kind of superstition about saying those words. Errrmmmm... but I'm weird like that. Perhaps that's the cynic in me, thinking that it's going to be another crap year if I tempt fate in that way.
So, anyway, back to whatever it was that I was saying. Yeah, so in the end I did do the old make-up, I wore leather and pvc, and at home I'd thought it looked quite good, but out in the pub I thought I looked crap... I looked like a bleedin' ghost. Perhaps the face was too white and I'd overdone the black eyeshadow. Oh well.
I stayed over at Gillian's, and this morning she announced she was going to make "Nigella Lawson's maple syrup pancakes", but they didn't work. What she got was a congealed lump that tasted of flour. And a messed up frying pan. "Nigella Lawson?" I said, "You should have stuck with dear ol' Jamie!"
So plan B was to nip out into Oxford and get something to eat. I'd only had two slices of toast and a nutrigrain bar the previous day, so I was well hungry. It seemed there were a few places open - mainly all the italian eateries, so as long as you wanted pizza or pasta you were fine! Actually, we did fancy pizza, so went to Pizza Hut, where I had a nice big marguerita pizza topped with extra prawns, anchovies and black olives. It certainly filled a hole.
We then nipped around some of the shops that were open (quite a few were), and I showed Gillian the dress and shoes I'd bought the day before. (She approved).
And then I came home.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:48 pm