I noticed that I've neglected to listen to a hell of a lot of my music collection for ages. I've been buying some newer stuff with my newfound...er, well I was going to say wealth, but that would be a lie really, so...newfound money, and carrying the new stuff around in my walkman, changing the CD every few days...
Last night I spent an entertaining evening writing and listening to old albums. Sleeper, Gene, The Bluetones, Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene...the list goes on.
In fact, I was so taken with the Three Colours Red album, 'Pure' that it has displaced Lemon Jelly.ky from my walkman and I had to try not to headbang or mime shouting along to the lyrics on the bus this morning. Top stuff!
So, in the spirit of blogging for the sake of it...
I'm listening to: Three Colours Red, 'Pure' - I got ridiculously into this album whilst playing Command & Conquer ooo, when all this were fields. Suitably aggressive and kick-ass rock, and I surprised myself by still knowing the words to the hits 'Sixty Mile Smile' and 'Nuclear Holiday'.
I'm reading: Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera...STILL. I only read it on the bus in the mornings, so not making a lot of progress. In the meantime at home I've read about three other books. This may be the longest time it's taken me to read any book, ever, of course discounting Lord of The Rings (gave up after the first third...I was only 8), and Vikram Seth's 'A Suitable Boy'...which took me the best part of a summer through being so bloody enormous. Love in the time...is, remarkably, amazing. Hence the stretching out. I want to keep my mind in it for as long as possible.
I'm playing: GTA Vice City...I stopped for ages in the concrete belief that the missions I had got to were impossible through conventional means. After a three week break I did all three of them within an hour. Am enjoying it muchly. Still only 32% into the game. Quite frankly, I am in awe.
I'm eating: MEAT
I'm surfing: Other people's blogs, and also attempting to find out about flights to and from Andalucia, as Allie and I are planning a holiday for September. Thinking I might go and see a bullfight, just so I can make up my own mind. (Oooo, controversial)
I'm thinking: I might have to spend one of my hard-earned weekends in the British Library, as there is a hell of a lot I need to get straight in my book. For starters, the name of the country I have created and placed in Central America is also the name of two towns (One Spanish, One Mexican).
I didn't know this before.
Where I've put the country there's actually something approaching what I thought (oh, naivete!) I'd created - a lawless no-go area that has no roads, no communications, and even no government, as Panama has abandoned it...it's called the Darien Gap.
I didn't know this before.
Even more strangely, seeing as I chose the (I thought, made-up) name 'Merida' for two reasons -
1. It's an anagram of the Spanish for shit - mierda.
2. The adjective then becomes 'Meridian', lending the whole thing a bit of verisimilitude.
'Merida' is not a million miles away from being an anagram of 'Darien'...but that might be trying to draw one too many coincidences out of an already odd situation.
...but I don't think so.
My office, specifically, the window closest to my desk, was the scene of an attempted break in last night. This meant I more or less had the morning off because I was waiting for the police to arrive to take fingerprints off the window etc etc.
They were agreeably late.