I've copied a few of his songs, which date back to the late 70s, HERE, and thought I'd mention it here on the blog in case any of you guys are interested in downloading these songs too. I'll leave the songs there for a week or so before deleting them. (Sorry, link expired)
Klark Kent was actually the pseudonym of Stewart Copeland who used to be the drummer in The Police. These songs prove that he's actually a pretty nifty guitar and bass player too!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:16 pm
Thursday, February 27, 2003
I'm having another not very productive day again today. I managed to get some work done this morning but I've kinda run out of steam now and will probably leave to go home in about 15 minutes time.
I didn't sleep very well last night as the new neighbours were being noisy. The man has a very loud voice. I don't think he is capable of speaking quietly. I had just nodded off to sleep when I was woken up by an almighty crash from their house. They were just banging and crashing about. Then a bit later there came this creaking squeaking noise, and Karen in her room went mad and started banging her wall and then stuck her portable telly on really loud. I asked her to give it a rest, and then she started shouting really loud that she couldn't sleep because she could hear the neighbours shagging.
They quietened down after that, but then I couldn't sleep for a while because I don't like altercations or upsets of any kind.
I don't know why we always seem to end up with such noisy neighbours. And people having noisy sex has been a particular problem. I really don't understand it. Sex is something that should be intimate between two people. You don't want to advertise to the world that you are doing it.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:30 pm
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
I've not got much to say for myself today. It's much like yesterday really. I got up at 8:30 and took my time coming into work. I'm not really getting into it - having trouble concentrating, etc. I expect I'll go home at 3:30 or 4:00 - round about then - and then tonight I'll just watch telly.
All I did last night was to watch some telly (not that there was anything very exciting on) and read my book (The Separation by Christopher Priest). Oh, and I also played my guitar a little bit, although I had to give up after a short while because the batteries in my cordless headphones ran out and needed re-charging. Perhaps I'll have another go tonight (and I was just coming up with a good riff last night too!).
At the weekend I might try to go into Oxford to the record fair at the Town Hall. It's ages since I've been to one of those. I'm not looking for anything in particular, just interested to see what CDs they'll have.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:54 pm
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Back to the grind
So much for my cunning ploy of deliberately setting out late so to avoid the crowded commuter-packed trains to work this morning. It seems there was some incident at Didcot station and all rail services were suspended, and replacement coaches were laid on instead. It was very packed and I ended up sitting next to a large fellow who was taking up far more than his fair share of the seat. Not a very comfortable journey.
I was very anxious and apprehensive about going in to work. I was really worried about having to explain my absense repeatedly, as I have no desire to go into things in very much detail. But so far everyone has been really nice, and it seems that they are prepared to give me space and time and let me get better.
I spent most the morning simply sorting through all the emails that had piled up in my in-box while I was away, and I ran a web statistics report, that is, basically I've been doing things that aren't very taxing on the brain. This afternoon we have a conference call with our American office which I'm not looking forward to as I have a headache and at the moment I am still not very focussed and have feelings of disorientation so am worried that the meeting might tire me out.
I think soon after that I'll go home early and try to miss the rush hour on the trains.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:41 pm
Monday, February 24, 2003
He's behind you! "Oh no he isn't!""Oh yes he is!" etc...
So finally the story they've been dragging out for a year now on Cozzer is going to come to a head tonight when Gail (we call her Windy here at Snowdoll Towers) learns the truth about hubby The King Of Pantomime a.ka. the murderous villain Richard Hillman. And about time too!
Expect there to be a major surge of power on the national grid just after 9:00 tonight after the second episode finishes and everyone runs off to put the kettle on.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 3:24 pm
Back home and back to work
Last night I had the nicest deepest sleep I'd had in a long time. I suppose it must have been the fact that I was back in my own bed for the first time in weeks. As much as I like staying at my parents' house, I find that I never sleep very well there.
This morning I've been to see the doctor again. The plan is that I go back to work tomorrow, on a gradual return to work basis. I'm not sure what it means in practice, that I work part time, I suppose, or work as much as I am able. I've phoned in this morning and said that I'm returning tomorrow but will not be there first thing. I'm aiming to get there for 10 o'clock. That way I can miss the crowded trains and the general rush and hubbub, and it should be a lot less stressful.
Today I'm not doing much, just taking it easy. I might take a trip to the bank later and possibly do a little shopping. Hopefully there will be a daft film on Channel 5 this afternoon, something like Columbo perhaps. I think I'm in the right frame of mind for something like that.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 10:18 am
Sunday, February 23, 2003
Just a quick note to say that I'm back home! I had a bit of a convoluted trip home: train from Carmarthen to Swansea, coach to Cardiff, then train to Didcot and taxi to my house, but I survived it and got here in the end.
I've just recently taken my medication and it has started to hit, so I'm feeling very groggy now and so won't write any more now. I'll try to write again tomorrow.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 8:46 pm
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
At last! Another one of my current infrequent postings.
I'm still in Wales with my Mum and Dad. I didn't go back to work this week as I didn't feel up to it and was getting very apprehensive about the whole prospect. I spoke to a counsellor who is a friend of my parents last Friday and he recommended I take more time off work, so I rang my doctor and arranged another week off. I have to go see him Monday morning, so that means going home at the end of this coming weekend. Then I suppose I have to see about going back to work too. I can't say I'm looking forward to it, but it has to be done at some point.
In other news, my Mum went on the anti-War demonstration in London last Saturday. My Dad stayed behind in the end as they didn't think I was fit enough to be left alone. We had a little tour out around the coast and ended up having a pub lunch in Saundersfoot. It was a really nice day out.
Also last week, my Mum and I took a trip out to a wildfowl sanctuary on the way to Swansea. I have to admit I really enjoyed it, just strolling about the place, feeding ducks and geese. I think mentally it was the right level of activity for the way I was feeling. Oh, and I was attacked by a Whooper swan, so there was some excitement too!
Today, later on, we are going to my sister's place in a little coastal village called Llangrannog, as she and her husband and the kids are coming down for the half term holidays. It'll be nice to see the kids again.
I can tell I am getting better because I am starting to get bored now. I am currently reading "Number 10" by Sue Townsend. It's funny to think of the prime minister touring the country incognito in a cocktail dress and high heels!
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:13 pm
Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Thank you for all your kind messages and Get Well Soons. I am feeling a little better now, but I am still quite fuzzy in the head; still very tired all the time and have trouble appreciating the passage of time. I keep forgetting how long I've been down here in Wales; sometimes I think I only came down the day before yesterday, but I see that it's been a week now.
There's nothing much to report because I haven't been doing anything. I'm just taking things really easy. One day last week I went with my Dad in the car to Cardigan, where I had to pay a few bills at the bank and we did some shopping. That really took it out of me; I felt exhausted afterwards.
Yesterday I sat watching telly all afternoon. I actually sat right through a Columbo movie and then an old black and white Miss Marple film starring Margaret Rutherford.
Today I discovered the delights of Burgain Hunt with that strangely orange man who I've seen everyone doing impressions of. (Now I understand!) Very peculiar.
Sorry if I've not been in touch but I don't get many opportunities to go on-line (my parents have a dial up connection and don't like me spending too much time on the net as they worry about the phone bill - which is fair enough).
I'm supposed to be going back to work next Monday so that means, I think, that I'm going to have to go back home on Sunday. That's if my Mum and Dad get back home OK on Saturday night, for they are going on the Anti War march at Hyde Park in London. I'll have to be there with them in spirit for I couldn't take the crowds the way I'm feeling at the moment, and by all accounts it's going to be really hectic.
posted by Gina Snowdoll 12:59 pm
Tuesday, February 04, 2003
I'm sorry that I haven't been able to post recently. Things haven't been good.
I will start writing properly on the blog again in the future, but I can't say yet when that will be. I am not well at the moment and need to get away for a week or so, so after seeing the doctor this afternoon, I will be going to stay with my parents.