I've always thought there was something familiar about novelist Julian Barnes. Today, glancing at the Daily Torygraph at the hairdresser's, I realised what it was. Yes, it's the Tin Man! That's what happened to him when he left Oz. He headed for the UK to write novels, one of which I could not finish reading. Now where are the Scarecrow and Lion?
I started to write a post about the Death of Feminism. But really that's far too deep for me today. I just don't have the energy. So I'll just be silly.
Silly observation No. 2: I think the song "Chasing Cars" by my favourite band Snow Patrol is about dogs. Think about it.
Silly observation No. 3: On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending my friend's son's Year Six play at his snooty private school. She got tickets for all of the group but I was the only sucker who went. Here's what I observed: all the mothers have blonde hair. So do I (chemically enhanced these days), but these women were Blonde. If they were American, they'd be Republicans, cheering on their sons who no doubt will grow up to be leaders of some sort. These mothers don't work (neither do I but that's neither here nor there) but do drive some enormous SUVs (the better to fit the young Republicans and their dogs in) (and I don't drive one of those).
Silly observation No. 4: Still on the play. Here's one difference between private school plays and state school plays -- the costumes and scenery. Private schools can afford to hire or buy some really ornate costumes and scenery. State schools make do with what the teachers can find in the market. Also, the script. This play was about pirates who land on a desert island that is actually occupied by a rather fey (even homosexual) character who dreams of cheese rather than the lovely beauties he is stranded with. When a squire arrives, he is taken off for "a good seeing-to" by said beauties. Then noises of a certain kind are heard from offstage and he reappears with wig askew and lipstick on his face (where do they get lipstick on a desert island?). Is it just me or does this sound like a bit, well, sophisticated for 11-year-old boys?
Silly observation No. 5: Actually, this isn't so silly. Apparently, Dubya messed up big time in commuting Scooter Libby's sentence. According to the NY Times, he has now created a legal precedent that goes against everything his administration has been working for. Lawyers across the country are rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of using the Libby precedent to get their clients out of serving sentences that are supposedly incommensurate with the crime. How much more of an idiot can Dubya be? Of course, he had to buy Libby's silence; otherwise, he and Cheney could be impeached probably, at the least.
Silly observation No. 6: It never rains when I take my umbrella, but it pours when I leave it at home.
Silly observation No. 7: Charlie Sheen has just announced his engagement. His fiancee must have missed the bit about him visiting prostitutes and cheating on his last wife.
Silly observation No. 8: I've been watching "Brothers and Sisters" but have to say I find it to be lightweight and Hollywoodized. Last night a sister tried to give her daughter an insulin injection but daughter wasn't having it so Drug Addict Brother comes over and does the job expertly. Hmm, maybe Pete Doherty should do a guest appearance. Which leads nicely to ...
Silly observation No. 9: What the hell did Kate Moss see in Pete Doherty? And on to...
Silly observation No. 10: I know Paul McCartney is a god and everything but, really, didn't he think for one second, "I wonder if this young bird is after my money?"
And that's all folks. For now.