I gave my talk this morning at Tomatoes, to rapturous applause (well, some applause anyway); outlining why I had decided to give up Bad News for Lent. First I did a bit of a ‘vox-pop’ asking people what they’re giving up; unsurprisingly their answers focussed on chocolate and sugar-based foods (one person even said they were giving up sugar in all its forms) though one person named caffeine and alcohol as their renunciation of choice. So far, so predictable. A late entry into the vox-pop was a child who claimed that they were giving up school for Lent – however the parents demurred, so we’ll have to see how that one pans out. So.. having done the interviews I told them I was taking a different approach this year and giving up Bad News. I talked about how much of it there is and how it brings me down, causes me to worry and feel depressed. I ended the talk by saying my hope was that in giving up bad news I would make some room in my life for good news.
And thence to the bank where in spite of technical difficulties they printed out some statements for me so that I can complete the labyrinthine and frankly Kafka-esque process that is claiming Housing Benefit; and after that we hied us to Mountcastle Road to pick up a freecycled water filter. This is something I’ve wanted for a while, though not having any spare cash, we haven’t bought one.
And so home. This afternoon I shall be an International Woman at the Donkey.
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