Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Things I Have Learnt About Being Thirty

1. No one gives up their seat for you on the bus. Yet. "Tsk".

2. That burgeoning spare tyre around the waist gets harder to shift, but I have come to accept that I will never be one of those people who can go to the gym three times a week.

3. The balance between risking offending people and making sure your friends are okay shifts towards the latter in the previous decade.

4. I'm never going look like I did when I was twenty (Thank God).

5. Life does seem to in a vague, ambling curve of generally getting better.

6. Therefore I am very lucky.

7. I still have the capacity to cock things up quite stupendously.

8. The next ten years feel potentially as open as field.

9. It is still acceptable to laugh at jokes about pooh and dance around your bedroom to music.

10. Blimey, I do witter on sometimes.

11. People buy you lots of skin care products for your thirtieth birthday (this is a good thing).

12. The things that were important to me at 18 are still the things that tend to matter most. I wish I had known this at 18.

13. Heaven is still a deep blue sky.

14. It seems I have been reading liberal lefty publications for quite some time...

(Cheers Mum)

UPDATE: Also, I am still totally incapable of buying trousers that are the correct length.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

"Yeah I think we missed the turn-off for the point some miles back, Dave."

Oh look. Stop it. Just stop it.

Monsieur Ambassadors, with news stories like this you are forcing me to go all Yummy Mummy on Yo Ass*.

Surely this is taking 'missing the point' to a whole new level. Are they trying to get this to be added to 2012 as a new Olympic sport? HELLO?

I try to buy organic food when I can afford to. I do not do this because I think an organic banana is going to be healthier for me* per se, I do this because I believe it is going to be less damaging for me.

And yes, I've already had Ben Goldacre waved under my nose. All this is well and good, and an interesting deconstruction of the argument. BUT. I still don't want artificially created pesticides, fertilizers or hormones cluttering up the stuff I eat. Because that stuff hangs around in the ecosystem, and no amount of argument will convince me that it isn't doing dodgy stuff to my body - which is already fighting pollution, chemicals in soaps and all the other Bad Stuff we fill the world with.

Also, organic food just tastes better.

I say this as someone who has just returned from his parents house, and enjoyed the plentiful organic goods of their allotment. MmmmMMMMM!

Anyway. That's today's rant. I'll try and frame a fw more posts in a more positive mental attitude..

ALSO. I love working in an office where someone approaches the workplace HiFi with a dark glint in their eye, murmuring the words "There can never be enough Fleetwood Mac in the world.."

* And I live in Clapham, where Yum-Mums actually are a growth industry. I'm knee-deep in Kath Kidston and how.

** Particularly as said banana has a good chance of ending up as, say, oo, I dunno, banana cake. [cackles]