Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Boz is reading...

What do you mean, I'm shamelessly stealing ideas from other really good blogs? Isn't that what this whole internet thing is for, for heavens sake?! I mean it's all broadly sharing information...


Boz is currently just about to finish reading:

(Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro)

It is excellent. Don't worry - I'm not about to give anything away, but it evokes childhood and child-ish friendships exceptionally well. There is a pervading sense of creepiness right the way through, even after the main revelation is spelled out for you roughly a third of the way though (I didn't put two and two together), and you get that excited 'Ohhhh!' feeling. It's not all shoved under your nose, and I'm racing through the final chapters.

Books are important to Boz. Boz likes books. I have a big pile next to the bed waiting to be read, following my birthday, and I love it!!

On the other hand completely I've just realised in all the Bank Holiday excitement we forgot to put the recycling out this week.



...and here we are!

So what's hot, what's not, and what's been happening?? LOADS!!

For starters, I have completed my second training run this evening after work in preparation for the Nike 10k run, simply because they sent me a guilt email this morning telling to GET THE FUCK ON because race day is six weeks away. Gulp.

Two runs in one evening, if you count the hot-footing it across the common from the takeaway. No? No?? Oh

So! Those of you foolish enough to hang around this corner of the t'internet for a while may remember these two posts about the Lana and Boz joint birthday fest. It was good fun then - but this year's was even better!

On Saturday 12 August the ground quaked, and the Gods once again tried to rain on our parade, but a fantastic and wonderful selection of our mates came together at The Woolpack pub on Bermondsey Street to help us celebrate getting to 27.

Twenty-fucking-seven. Fuck. Me.

It was great fun - thanks Lana! And much more laid-back than last year's 'do'.

I was truly touched by the outrageously generous gifts we got that evening and after - including our matching Banana Guards - which are such a superb invention!

A handy and durable device for the safe storage and bruise-free transportation of the popular yellow fruit, you say?
GEE-NEE-US, says Boz. It's great!

Also, I had a truly splendid gift from the Good Man Mark:

Look, it's the first year of The Further Adventures of Boz, in full coffee-table hardbacked book glory!!


I was deeply touched, and it has inspired me to keep on going. And definitely try and include more pictures. The quality of the book is really good, and there's something a bit weird about seeing words I have typed out (occasionally madly, quite often very badly and sometimes a bit drunkenly) printed onto real, turnable pages. It makes it seem much more.. real, and I suppose demonstrates that the printed word still carries a great deal of power. For me, at least.

Thank you so much, Mark! Here's hoping we get to a Volume Two... I know I've still got a lot to learn. :-)

On top of all the wonderful presents I have and have not mentioned, and the very liquid celebrations (Sambuca, beer and champagne? Why the hell not!??), the following week The Good Lady In Peru - WAS NO LONGER IN PERU BUT BACK HERE IN LONDON!!

To sit with her again, in a garden, knocking back the vino collapso and chatting away - was wonderful.
Very happy Boz.

Loads more to tell. But I'm about to fall asleep, so now for a quick service announcement...

* * * *

This made me laugh - spotted in the window of one of Clapham's many funky* charity shops:

Even better then, when The Cooms sent me details of this great new campaign by the charity WaterAid called Help Knit A River. It's designed to promote the most excellent work of WaterAid, and to raise awareness and bring attention to the fact that 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe, clean water and basic sanitation - a fundamental right that many of us take for granted.

It's very simple - can you knit a blue 15cm x 15 cm square?? Bet you can. And I bet you would have fun finding out. It's trendy now remember!

I think this is really interesting because it's being run in association with I Knit - a London knitting club - and they even have a blog on how it's doing (found here).

It's a fantastic coming together of two organisations, one excellent cause, the internet and a whole heap of wool. Brilliant! Whoever came up with it should be knighted immediately. And then let carry on coming up with such marvelous ideas.

Got a bit obsessed with knitting last year when I went to a great exhibition at the Craft's Council, though was never keen enough to pick up some needles. Maybe I will now.

* Honestly. Who says funky.

Adventures on YouTube: 29 August 06 (Nobody's watching!)

Okay. This isn't the kind of bag I usually rummage around on YouTube, but this really made me laugh, and I shall defo be watching more:

"Follow my lead... Video! Film! Video! Film! Video! VIDEO!"

I've sorta stopped checking into Stop Touching My Food hosted by blogger extraordinaire The Chad Fox, but as a few of the bloggers on my blogroll are quite naturally dropping off the Blogosphere for the time being (stand up Vit and Sam Vance), I've been checking in again. And for that I owe him this piece of magic:

"Oh my God!"

Have I already blogged this? Have I? Have I really? Have I really? Really have I??
(Sorry - been watching the most excellent Charlie Brooker get grumpy on and about the telly lately. I say on. It's BBC 4. Does that count? Anyway. Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe is ace. Watch it.).

Well If I have, I don't care. I have the ever-so-well-informed Mr Tom Coates at PlasticBag to thank for flagging up this amazing piece of footage.
What do you do with eight treadmills and quite a lot of time? Why this of course!

Genius. Just genius. And all I do is get up and fart around at my desk all day. I'm sure I'm in quite the wrong industry...

Anyway. Enough of this! I have other things to blog on about...

...hang on... ....

Monday, August 21, 2006

Woine Time II: Straight to Spritzer

"You look terrible Sharon. Have you been burning the candle at both ends of the spectrum?"

Yey! Kath and Kim are back, back, BACK!

Mondays. BBC2. 9pm (ish). Get with the programme!

And celebrate this finest slice of fly-on-the-slice-of-life documentary type drama, with a nice glass of wine. Wine Time. Or, more accurately, 'woine-toime, Kimmy'.

Handily, those handy folks at Aunty have cobbled together some kind of supposed,. so-called article on buying wine*. As I have frequently bemoaned the fact that my wine budget since I started buying the stuff eleven years ago, has remained firmly fixed in the 'under a fiver' category (Seven if it's a special occasion, like a wedding, barmitzvah or Hollyoaks disaster special**).

So it's good to know that my budget is apparebntly well within reason and good taste! Here what cultural gurus such as the wine experts at Vinopolis have to say about at at this web page.

"People don't have loyalty to a brand, the loyalty is to the supermarket - the consumer is saying 'I bought a £3.99 bottle from them last week, it was good, I'll buy another one that's £3.99 this week.'"

Next week?! But what am I to drink for the other six days!??
I have also shamelessly stolen the title coda of this post from one of the comments on the article. Thank you Paisley Yoda, whoever thou art.

Right. Anway. Loads to tell you - so a bigger better post coming soon. Suffice to say that last year's shenanigans have been magnificently out done. Pictures to follow (UNlikely). I have received an enormous pile of stupendous presents, including one very special one that has a direct impact ("Krumphff!") on this very blog right here you're reading.

Oh yes.

* Roweeeeeeeeeena!

** Some would argue every edition of Hollyoaks is a disaster. I would agree.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Bugger global events - BBC presenters have Fiona Bruce coming in their ears!

Fabulous. Just fabulous.

Except I bet it isn't Fiona at all. I bet they are all being told what to do by the women from Dead Ringers.

"I'm Fiona Bruce. I've got good news, and I've got bad news. And that's the way you like it!"

Carry on!