No, I’m not closing this blog: this is about my Mslexia residency. My next blog post, called ‘Gone Boy,’ is up and you can read it here:
and I can’t believe my residency is nearly up – it’s been more than three months and yet they’ve flown by. It’s been a very successful residency though – according to my supervisor I have attracted the most comments she’s ever known! So thanks to all who’ve taken the time to comment, and please keep it up. My next post will be submitted shortly and then that will be it. I shall miss it.
This blog, however, will continue – and while the Mslexia blog was commissioned to be on a particular theme, lizardyoga’s weblog will continue to cover an ever-expanding variety of subjects. From gardening to wine-making (whose season is almost upon us), from politics to TV reviews, from thoughts about poetry to feelings about religion, there is nothing (or almost nothing!) I won’t cover.
Politically speaking, I have to report that I didn’t get elected as Principal Speaker for Left Unity, though once again the vote was close: I was neck and neck with another woman until they finally divvied up the votes (they use STV which sounds like a sexually-transmitted condition but means you can rank candidates in order of preference, rather than voting for just one. I guess it’s more democratic but it is also quite cumbersome.) I wasn’t too disappointed as I was not entirely sure how much I wanted the post…
Socially, I have been fairly busy; on Saturday along with half of Leicester we went to Anna’s 80th birthday party where I did a poem. I can’t believe Anna is 80! I’ve known her for about 28 years and she was one of the first people I met when I first came here and joined CND. It was an enjoyable party and we saw loads of people we knew. Then last night I was all set to trot into town for the hustings at the Secular Society when I looked out of the window. Was that hail? It was certainly windy – so I stayed indoors instead to watch my favourite contender – a down-to-earth sort of woman – win Mastermind. The general knowledge questions were definitely harder at this level, so to make myself feel better I switched to Celebrity Mastermind, which sort of seems designed to make us feel superior to celebrities as they seem to know so little. I answered all but one of the specialist subject questions on ‘Harry Potter’ as well. Which set me off on a televisual journey with Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) travelling the world to find out what drives obsessive fans; the kind of people who will wait for hours in the rain just for the chance of getting an autograph.
These people were more human and less creepy than he – or I – had expected: most of them seemed just to want some kind of contact with someone who had meant a great deal to them. I was struck by his caring response to his fans, and to one in particular, a middle-aged woman called Tina, who follows him everywhere.
How do people have the time and money to do this? It’s a mystery to me…
Anyway, that’s all for today folks as I have to head off and write my last Mslexia post.