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Therapy for Life
So that was Christmas
Of course it's actually many weeks since Christmas but now I've fought my way through the work-slog, the London-slog and the alcohol induced haze from last night I need to take advantage of my last day of work and the associated very little to do to crack on with my rather long list of personal activities.

Christmas passed me by wonderfully. My best of intentions fell at the first hurdle and spending Christmas Day mucking about up a mountain on a pair of planks proved to be a lot more fun that eating too many Quality Street and fumbling through conversations with relatives. Despite the terrible snow warnings where I was (Zermatt) was reasonably adequate. The upper pistes were in pretty good nick and the lower pistes interestingly hard and/or bare. A little off-piste was possible in Cervinia and my only face-plant was without long term injury to anything other than my pride. Christmas in the mountains is lovely - simply because everything still opens, people don't make a fuss and just carry on as usual.

I do like skiing - it really might keep me away from Dark City this year. But I'm not sure.

New Years Eve I spent with an amount of fine company at the Custard Factory in Brum. It was an interesting experience - I nearly got in a fight; I spent a lot of time listening to FC Kahuna and was surprised by the friendliness of people on drugs. I never get indiscriminate smiles normally... I was mildly amused by people coming up to me asking if I was ok when just standing still. Something about K-holes apparently, so the kids in the know say. Home about 5:45am felt very reasonable.

I do miss a good goth club though.

The last couple of weeks have been a little busy at work, which has been nice. The last two days in London have been mostly as waste of time but it's been sensible to update some of my contacts on what I'm doing next, and better still have some of them say "You should do well at that" when I'm frankly a bit terrified of what I'll be expected to do. Turn the blag to 11...

On Wednesday night I saw 586, Bolt Action 5, White Light Parade and David Ryder Prangley and The Witches at the Purple Turtle. Good lord - I feel cheated and it was only £5 to get in. Respectively they were "she can sing, he can't; mediocre idea, mediocre execution" "jumping around doesn't compensate for lack of musical talent, though they had moments" "competent indie guitar" and "whine whine whine; sure you're not a goth?". Still, company and food were pleasant. Last night I had tapas which was frankly rubbish for a vegetarian and I can still feel every glass of the wine. I abandoned my hotel at 6:30 to come back.

Resonance Live was much better.

Media wise I'm finally reading The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever after trying once as an early teen and giving up. He doesn't make his life easy... reminds me of so many people I know and indeed myself in the way that most (fantasy) literary characters don't. I've also watched The 4400 which was good. Reminded me of the investigatory style of our group in pax_draconis's Call of Cthulhu game. Except the investigators in the series seem much more capable.

Photography is kinda good - in the sense I'm happy with the results - despite the fact this is silly season and I'm not taking much. Anyone want to share the costs of hiring studio space in Brum? £25 per week for the "space" at the Custard Factory. It's a pipedream.

And tomorrow? To the Alps again. For any passing burglars reading this the alarm code is &^**

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mister_ed From: mister_ed Date: January 12th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever after

I tried several books of that but eventually had to give up..

The experience was getting far too similar to that of listening to a miserable Goth (with a capital G) reciting poetry at me...
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: January 12th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Precisely. But Ed, you're the most poetic gothest goth I know. If it's too much for you then I don't know quite what that says for the future of mankind.
eldelphia From: eldelphia Date: January 15th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually really got into Thomas Covenant and seem to be the only person I know who has. Considering some of the sensitive issues in the books and the endless self doubt I can see why people struggle. There are some truly beautiful parts to them though and they only get better. I think the second and third books are the best.
toxicpixie From: toxicpixie Date: January 12th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do miss a good goth club though.

It's Malediction tomorrow, if cocktails float your boat again!

Nathan, the Toxic Pixie
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: January 12th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Read the last sentence of my post!

I should be there next month. In fact, I might even by DJing there next month in which case I shall have to be very careful with my cocktail consumption.
toxicpixie From: toxicpixie Date: January 12th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Blimey, that was swift, came in whilst I was writing my response to my inattention :D

Hey - premix the cd, bung it, go to the bar for an hour! Jobs a good 'un ;)

Nathan, the Toxic Pixie
toxicpixie From: toxicpixie Date: January 12th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're off skiing tomorrow, yes, I know, I missed it even tho blindingly obvious :P

Nathan, the Toxic Pixie
nyarbaggytep From: nyarbaggytep Date: January 12th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Re: the studio space, if I could use it for counselling too it might be possible...
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: January 12th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
For £25 per week you can get some space at the Custard Factory. How suitable that is I guess depends on how much furniture you want to buy!
davefish From: davefish Date: January 19th, 2007 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
So, how long to you have to take the space for? I could imagine a mad month of photography being plausible....
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