I sees the personality tests on Flash’s website, I takes ’em, and then I posts ’em

  You scored as Middle Class. You’re content in your position and would prefer a house or a family than a seven figure pay cheque. But you have your moments of weakness when you buy a lottery ticket in the hope of knowing how the rich and famous live.

Middle Class




Lower Class


Upper middle Class


Luxurious Upper Class


What Social Status are you?
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I was planning to do some kind of E-advent calendar- I only just realised it’s december, that means there’s already 2 chocolates waiting to be devoured- anyroad, it may still happen. In the meantime, I never got round to posting any Mexico photos from last year. I had planned to write a novel of some sort, but instead I took about a thousand photos and learnt how to use photoshop. I was a bit too enamoured with the photo border plug-ins, but have a look at a sample of pix from the trip here

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I got another “Was this helpful vote?” for one of my reviews and it bumped me up to 69 + votes for 13 reviews… My day is made.

It’s been right nippy round santa cruz way. We had to take the bunnies in from the garage as I haven’t yet installed the hypocaust system which will keep their little paws all toasty.

Been muy busy the last few days catching up on emails, phone calls, interoffice mail. Fascinating stuff so I won’t bore you here. Am glad to have lots to do though, can’t help thinking of me mum being stuck at home and feeling poorly so I’m not complaining. Mixed news on the health front, there. Some things improving, some things not going so well and some pretty obtrusive tests in the near future. bless. She does a grand job of sounding perky on the phone, mind, but she’s obviously not having the best of times. bless.

eeh well, my day is ending. things are either taken care of, or can’t be taken care of and it’s time to go. Cheers fer now- and don’t be afraid to use the guest map thing… i know for a fact that the last 100 page views were from:
Santa Cruz California United States United States
Amherst Massachusetts United States United States
San Francisco California United States United States
Great Barrington Massachusetts United States United States
Copenhagen Kobenhavn Denmark Denmark
Boston Massachusetts United States United States
Springfield Massachusetts United States United States
Hopkinton Massachusetts United States United States
Camberley England United Kingdom United Kingdom
Ashburn Virginia United States United States
Chappaqua New York United States United States
Limerick Limerick Ireland Ireland
Edinburgh Scotland United Kingdom United Kingdom

still no sign of the swedes…

From the archives…

Tanya passed on this poem to me, as requested, bless her. I’ve had quite a few worse things round my way of late, but it tends to be nearer 4 a.m…


There are worse things than having behaved foolishly in public.
There are worse things than these miniature betrayals
committed or endured or suspected; there are worse things
than not being able to sleep for thinking about them.
It is 5 a.m. All the worse things come stalking in
and stand icily around the bed looking worse and worse and worse.

Fleur Adcock

And here’s a photo of Sita, her sister and her Dad from the Downey photo collection, click for bigger version.
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I rented a violin

Only $20 a month to rent a fiddle- it turns out. I took one of me guitars to the shop today to be repaired and on a whim rented a violin. My guitar skills are OK, quantity of songs, rather than quality as I’ve said before. However, my violin playing is execrable. I thought it’d be fun to post a song now to look back on in a month’s time to see if I’ve improved… So with me on guitar and me on “fiddle”, in glorious stereo, here’s a painful rendition of Dirty Old Town, by the Pogues. Maybe i’ll improve in 30 days time…

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