29 July 2006

pertinent question (updated)

Exactly how many pieces of the Berlin Wall does one man need? Because I have a lot, and I'm not sure what, if anything, I will ever do with them.

I've decided that I can't throw them out. So I hereby subject several small chunks of spraypainted concrete to sit in a box, in storage, indefinitely, in the name of posterity.

28 July 2006

11th & 8th

Somewhere along the line a new commandment was added, along with another mortal sin; both intertwined with each other like the snakes on a medical symbol (which I've never understood - snakes are poisonous, why do two heal?*).

The 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not throw away back issues of National Geographic

The 8th Mortal Sin: Throwing away back issues of National Geographic

I just threw 15 years of back issues of National Geographic away.

I am so going to hell.

*It turns out two do not heal, and that the use of intertwined snakes was due to a purposeful mistake made on aesthetic grounds, apparently by the US Army Medical Corps. But the use of a snake for health was based on the Ancient Greek belief that the shedding of the snake's skin was a symbol of youth, hence its inclusion - singular - on the staff of Asclepius, the god of medicine. Hermes's staff has 2 snakes, though what 2 snakes intertwined has to do with delivering messages is a mystery. Maybe they're playing Chinese whispers.

5 days

Is not much of a hiatus, but I'm not very good at long-term depression and posting is better than packing.

Ran by Woody Allen shooting a scene on the river today. Couldn't tell who the actors were. Made my morning. I thought stuff like that only happened in Manhattan. Or LA.

23 July 2006


I'm taking a break from The Belfry Chronicles. My other blogs, Wine Rant and the much neglected St Andrews Noir, will get more attention. In fact, they'll all have new new posts within the next day or so.

The Chronicles are about my life, and I don't want to write about that at the moment. The writing's been forced of late and the topics are flat out depressing. I don't really see much change to that in the next month.

A few of you have emailed, phoned, texted and commented - that's been appreciated. I don't want people to worry or read this as some sort of need for help. I'm ok. Everything is going to be ok. Some things, for me, are better than they've been in ages. But too much is excruciating at the moment to keep a public diary. And I don't want to turn this into some bollocks humorous link page.

So seek other joy on the net. The squid's writing's been good - with great tunes to boot. And Irony has started posting again, which is cool.

I'll be back late August or early September. But I won't be in the Belfry.

Any news, or chat, will be much appreciated over the next few weeks.