I haven't blogged in 4 days.
I have 30 comments.
Finally Lunaliar asked me to post something.
I've been meaning to for a couple of days, but nothing stays in my head. I haven't broken another plate, but I have taken up regular spoon-dropping.
My landlord came into the kitchen the other day after I dropped a teaspoon and said, "Oh, so it's you making all that noise!"
Clogs has been asked to move out by the end of the month. I learned this from landlord and landlady when they came into the kitchen where I was washing my dishes, shut the door and said, "We need to talk to you............Not about you, but to let you know what's going on!"
They would not say what he had done, but the complaint was coming from the other female tenant. They assured me it was nothing against her, no harrassment at all, and nothing for me to worry about, but various things he had done "that don't bear repeating" (really, this phrase makes it worse for a listener).
Not two minutes after they left and returned to the back garden, Clogs clattered through the front door and into the kitchen. I got a searching look, to find out if I knew anything. Then he asked if I knew why he'd been asked to move out. He said he'd returned from Barcelona to find the notice letter at his door. I truthfully said I did not know the reason why.
And then I adjusted, and resumed our normal friendly neighbour chat.
I'm very diplomatic that way.
Yesterday somewhere in Surrey, it reached the highest temperature on record. Today I did nothing but sweat. It trickles in rivulets in the most uncomfortable places.
Got my hair cut yesterday and had THE best shampoo and head massage ever. There was air conditioning at the salon!
This was followed by a scientific chat there with a new rep who is testing the carotenoid levels in the tissues with this newfangled laser light probe which was pioneered in the 30s, and selling (of course) one of those Superfoods. Vietnamese Gac is supposed to be thousands of times more potent than the Hawaiian Noni that came out a few years ago.
I watched the tail end of a documentary called Tutankhamun's Sun (?) which attempted to explain the occurrence of glass in the Egyptian desert.
Well, I didn't find out how long ago the event took place, but what happened was an asteroid impact.
They are theorising that asteroids are not giant rocks but rather loose rock piles held together by gravity, which break apart before or during entry into earth's atmosphere.
This particular asteroid entered the atmosphere whole, formed a blazing trail of fire, broke up and exploded in small fire balls close to the surface. When it hit the sand, the temperature reached 1000 degrees C.
There was a wall of fire and then a plume of superheated gas shot right back up into space! Hellish!
Picture an atomic bomb without a mushroom cloud per se but a fire vcloud. Indeed they said it was much more powerful than the test bomb at...(I forget where)
And then of course, a giant sheet of yellow-green glass was formed. It is from this that archaeologists are finding puzzling chunks of glass in the middle of nowhere.
After that, I learned that Frans Hals' Laughing Cavalier is on cannabis.
The word "canvas" is derived from the Greek word for hemp which is cannabis. Ta-da!
Um, and Liv has something to confess. Got a new phone, finally, after weeks of meaning to do it, and I happened to choose a day when the Orange computer sytem was down, so it took ages but came through in the end. Bloody hell, the info they take from you for a phone contract, it's as much as employers ask, even my landline phone contract didn't need all that...
Anyhoo, for when family come over and need contact, I kept my 3 year old Sony Ericsson T610, with its stiff worn out keys:
And I got the new W810i Walkman phone, which is the same size as the old one, but with so many more features:
Gosh the things it does. Off the top of my head, it has a 512MB memory stick (that's bigger than my old 128MB USB storage device!), 2.0 megapixel autofocus camera (better than my T610s fuzzy pixels!), great speakers and earbuds, FM radio with all the settings of a normal radio, an equalizer with bass, mega bass, and get this - a Music Mate.
Music Mate is a swish application that allows you to "play" an octave of piano keys from middle C, the guitar chords, and an adjustable metronome, which is a very nice old fashioned wooden one, by the way. Steli, I thought of you when I was exploring this app.
That camera flash can be turned on like a searchlight, and it can even signal SOS!
I was only able to afford this phone because I signed up for the 30 pound monthly contract, free wireless broadband which gives you free weekend and off peak calls to landlines, even free protection insurance. So it is a saving with bonuses from my current 17.99 broadband + 10-15 per month pay as you go.