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Archives for: "December 2013"

Shhh!

  Sat 28th December 2013
The best response to a Christmas present came from my youngest, Melanie. As she unwrapped a black roll-neck jumper, she said "Let's get naked, and smoke!" more »
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Merry Christmas from looby

  Wed 25th December 2013
And by the way, anyone who puts "Happy Holidays" in the comments will not get any Prosecco. more »
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44 Acacia Avenue declares Christmas

  Sun 22nd December 2013
It's a credit to the new lodger that I've not had to mention him here. He's in the kitchen at the moment reading the Guardian and peeling a pear. more »
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Legal

  Sun 15th December 2013
I got into an argument tonight with a barrister, who openly said she didn't know the difference between the meanings of the words "disinterested" and "uninterested. more »
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Grade one

  Thu 12th December 2013
We've got a new housemate, a computer bod at the Uni, who seems sociable and unproblematic, and yesterday Trina took me on a surprise night out at the Midland Hotel in Morecambe. more »
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M / 55 / Bristol, "the most beautiful, interesting and distinguished city in England" -- John Betjeman [1961, source eludes me].

"Looby is a left-wing intellectual who is obsessed with a) women's clothes and b) tits." -- Joy of Bex.

WLTM literate woman, 40-65. Must have nice tits, a PhD, and an mdma factory in the shed, although the first on its own will do in the short term.


There are plenty of bastards who drink moderately. Of course, I don't consider them to be people. They are not our comrades.
Sergei Korovin, quoted in Pavel Krusanov, The Blue Book of the Alcoholic

I am here to change my life. I am here to force myself to change my life.
Chinese man I met during Freshers Week at Lancaster University, 2008

The more democratised art becomes, the more we recognise in it our own mediocrity.
James Meek

Tell me, why is it that even when we are enjoying music, for instance, or a beautiful evening, or a conversation in agreeable company, it all seems no more than a hint of some infinite felicity existing apart somewhere, rather than actual happiness – such, I mean, as we ourselves can really possess?
Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

I hate the iPod; I hate the idea that music is such a personal thing that you can just stick some earplugs in your ears and have an experience with music. Music is a social phenomenon.
Jeremy Wagner

La vie poetique has its pleasures, and readings--ideally a long way from home--are one of them. I can pretend to be George Szirtes.
George Szirtes

Using words well is a social virtue. Use 'fortuitous' once more to mean 'fortunate' and you move an English word another step towards the dustbin. If your mistake took hold, no-one who valued clarity would be able to use the word again.
John Whale

One good thing about being a Marxist is that you don't have to pretend to like work.
Terry Eagleton, What Is A Novel?, Lancaster University, 1 Feb 2010

The working man is a fucking loser.
Mick, The Golden Lion, Lancaster, 21 Mar 2011

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