Sunday, September 03, 2006


I failed to notice that the last posting was my 100th - rather surprising really.

Dez & Carlarey: thanks for your encouragement. I was thanked privately by one of my regulars who had witnessed the rant for standing up to the man. Sadly they didn't feel able to back me up in public, but it's a start. The local code for an area without cultural diversity is 'a nice place to bring up children'.... I'm composing a letter to the local paper in response to someone who wrote in to complain that we'd fought two world wars to keep immigrants out, and there wasn't a single country where multicultural, multi-religious society worked. I'd be interested to know of any where a monotheistic monoculture has been part of anything other than a completely repressive regime (China, US under McCarthy, Burma...?).

TK: Thanks for your thoughts on that blouse. I've not had time to do anything to it since my strop last month, but I think that taking in the seams at the top of the sleeves is most definitely worth a try.

Dad: Yes of course I'm being over-critical. I want a blouse that's as close to perfect as I can get it. What do you mean you're not surprised?

I'm working on a design for a matinee jacket. I've a very bad feeling about the amount of yarn left at this stage (King Cole 'soft as silk' appears to be discontinued) but we shall see. I'm working from stash at the moment, and as I made the decision to Freecycle all the basic acrylic yarn I hadn't used in years, I'm having a bit of trouble finding enough in baby-friendly yarns.

The baby surprise is finished, but not yet photographed. I'm reasonably pleased, although the buttons aren't quite perfect.

The lace stole is stalled. I seem to have misplaced a YO somewhere in the last few rows, and I'm going to have to wait until I can a)focus and b)sit down and concentrate before I can carry on. Perhaps while listening to this.

I went on a walkabout and took notes on all the things which still need to be fixed or finished in the bedrooms and on the main staircase. Areas which the workmen appear to think are done. The list comes to six pages....

Other stuff
It seems our Prime Minister is about to do a Maggie Thatcher. He's said he won't stand for election again, and won't serve a full term, but he refuses to set a date for his leaving. The constant debate about when/if he will go is getting very tired indeed.

I'm looking forward to seeing the results of the crash of Smart 1 onto the lunar surface. As I didn't get to bed until about 2am, and it was raining, I didn't get up early to try and see the flash myself.... It seems that the experimental ion drive, and a few other clever bits of miniaturised kit, have worked well enough to be incorporated into standard design.

Light relief
I've been enjoying Dilbert a great deal recently. If you want to know why I haven't provided a pictorial link, click here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd offer Canada as a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-lingual culture that works pretty well. It's not perfect, but when there's disputes we usually talk it to death over getting out the guns 'n ammo.

4/9/06 20:31  
Anonymous carlarey said...

I agree about Canada, every time I am there it seems so civilized. My theory is that the colder the climate, the more open-minded the citizenry. When the very weather is out to kill you, there's little time or energy to bicker over differences.

And all it takes is one person to stand up. Maybe next time that patron who thanked you will feel bold enough to stand up as well.

5/9/06 21:27  
Blogger Aarlene said...

Have you thought about making a body double? It would take some time but afterwards you'd be able to fit yourself perfectly and from the back even. There use to be some online instructions involving a helper, duct tape (lots), scissors and an old t-shirt.
Down here in Louisiana I'm always taken aback each time someone says racist things to me. Lately I just laugh racously and say "Whaaaat?" I don't know why they think I might think like them. Great work standing up. Maybe you'll get thru to them, maybe they'll just shut up.
I'd love to go to Canada. It sounds just grand.

7/9/06 23:57  
Blogger Dez Crawford said...

Always here to provide support, my dear. People simply must not be allowed to say racist or otherwise nasty things without being challenged or shamed.

8/9/06 05:50  

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