JUST SAYING HELLO QUICKLY. I know I nearly always post every day.
Woke up at 5am feeling wonderful. All the houses seemed to be polished in psychedelic fairydust - and I've taken no such psychedelics for about a decade so it can only have been a "memory", a "dream" or a "flashback". I don't know. Then eight a.m. came round and I didn't want to sleep but knew I should. Then eleven a.m. Then I was asleep by one a.m. and had to really force myself to get up and walk to the chemist at 6:30... and to cut a long story short I just got up at ten past midnight.
My Geri Spice Book is finished. Admittedly I only concentrated on the last third when she was famous. As I kind of said yesterday it did bring back a real blast from the past. The Spice Girls were reigning queens of pop the same time Tony Blair got in - I remember watching his motorcade driving through London on a sunny day from a helecopter-angle, crowds cheering. That seemed one of the happiest days in living history. (At least in politics.) And look how rotten it's all gone now. I loathe New Labour - I find them hypocritical, naive and blinkered in a way the Tories were not. But I won't go on about politics. We were on the blink of a new millennium and everything seemed possible. That's the affinity I feel with Geri. The affinity of an era - not long ago. That now feels utterly terminated. Since those towers were knocked down in New York - let's face it - the world has been a cold and different place. Maybe it's not a coincidence that I began having nightmares before that time about being locked out in an airport in a blizzard. So determined was I to get on an aircraft to somewhere, I climbed up the stepladder and wrenched the side of the plane off. Then I started dreaming of being in Kings Cross railway station as fighter jets roared overhead. Anyone who has lived near an airbase will know how they seem to scratch the very air itself in two. People were panicking and trying to run into the tube station because fire and pestilence was about to rain down from the sky. Well that dream has yet to come true.
Anyway the only thing I did today was experiment not merely with wholegrain, but with multigrain dumplings. Yeah, man. "Kibbled" wheat, rye etc. The flour mix was meant for making bread and was full of salt. Also - and I anticipated this might be a problem - it was yeast-based and not bicarb based. It didn't rise as well in the pot. So that's multigrain flour out the window. Not literally. (Yet.) But just wait till my landlord's standing underneath!!
Goodnight folks ...
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