THE DARK IS CLOSE, prest tight at every pane of glass in this house... I had to check. Me and my hamsters are cowering here in semidark. "Baby Itchy! Come here you tubby entertainer!" And Baby bunnyhoppers through my inch-narrow entertainment tube; either pinging out the other end like a TGV-capybara or reversing halfway (it's too narrow even for Itchy to pirouette round inside and so she must scuttle out backwards) fur all akimbo like a beady-eyed furry boiled egg...
(That tube is the one I'm going to film her pinging in and out of for Youtube. Once I get my hands on some sort of camera/video camera/phone with a USB cable.)
Marmite! A great English favourite! It's a tarry, black B-vitamin-filled "yeast extract" spread. Same thing in practice as the Aussies' Vegemite though if anything slightly stronger. I used to have it dipped in runny boiled egg on toastie "soldiers" (toast cut into finger-strips)... O! I would so love to see a French or American person noshing on this! Oooh! They wouldn't half pull a face! It is one of those foods you really don't "get" unless it was fed to you as a baby...
I read something really gross on abortion yesterday. The pro-life pro-choice debate isn't quite the hot potato here it is in America so I've not felt the need to think out where I stand. But this made me think:
"A leading expert, Dr Roxana Chapman describes how she once found herself in a hospital where on one ward surgeons were saving a premature baby of 22 weeks while on another ward surgons were busily aborting 24-week-old twins who cried and struggled as their lives were ended.
"How do you sleep in your bed after witnessing an experience like that? ...
"It's sad but true that abortion is used increasingly as a form of delayed contraception [well what else can it possibly be construed as?] But perhaps mums-to-be might think twice if they saw all the medical evidence ...
"For a [government] minister to pretend that the world of science is the same now as it was 40 years ago* when steam trains were still running is ridiculous."
(*This was when the present time-limits were enshrined in British law.)
(p21 Sun Newspaper.)
Most of my female friends have had abortions. And not one of them pretended the experience was a walk in the park. It's a horrible procedure, a horrible thing to go through. I'm glad I will never have to make a choice like that over my own body.
On a lighter note, I'm now perusing my way thru one of the greatest novels of the 20th century: Boris Pasternak's Dr Zhivago. It can do with some skimming, but it's an amazing read...
Aw! Baby Itchy's staring at me gremlinlike from the Maltesers tube. "Hello Baby Itchy!" hello you furry gremlin!" And she bunnyhoppers off. I think she's snuck inside their raw-peanut-&-cotton-wool-filled "granary" where the other two are curled up like slumbering furballs. Come out Baby Itchy you swine!
So I'm off to peruse more Dr Zhivago. Righty-ho!
(And here I rambled off about Central Europe and how "I would love to see the Belgian countryside"... (I've always wanted to go stay "across the water" for a while... they seem to be eminently more civilized on the Continent...))
Before I go I must inconvenience you with more robotalk:
I popped my pen in the robotank - dangling down: a tender curious face appeared to gnaw at it. That was Baby. Suddenly, like a magic trick, the face has divided in two, double decker style. And Bashful's crawling over her, attacking it diligently with vicious swine's teeth!... Then Itchy's head morphs out of Bashful's yet again. Aww... it's so entertaining. I would love to be able to film it for Youtube one day...
The SWINE! Bashful just arrogantly strode up to my pen, sniffed it, quickly bit it, turned on her bum and dashed off! No more excuses now. I know her "curiosity" bites are plain viciousness pure and simple!
Righto I had better go I've been typing that until I'm gone crosseyed this afternoon. Bangers and mash are calling my name!
Videos of the Day:
Close Encounter with Siberian Tigers
"Tame" Siberian Tiger ...
O! And STOP PRESS :: Video 3 :: As promised to M-filer ::
I promised yesterday to post this up but nearly forgot.
Joan Collins in Footballers' Wives
Akelamalu was talking about her 1980s addiction to those twin schockfests Dallas and Dynasty...(the Dynasty website http://www.shoulderpads.net is especially good!) which put me in mind to seek out Joan Collins clips for my celebrity blog... having seen the above, I have to say she's nowhere near as bad an actress as I seemed to remember!
MY MARMITE RESPONSE:
This is from Eileen's message, re a Marmite experience!
I have never had Marmite before I started going out with an Englishman. He opened the jar and this smell perforated the air like NOTHING I have ever come across before. He pleaded with me to try it and chased me around my apartment until I agreed to take the tiniest little taste. Immediatley my eyes bugged out, I ran to the kitchen to get a paper towel to scrape the reminents off my tongue but the putrid taste would not go away.
Photo Blog of the Day
Extremely atmospheric wildlife and landscape pictures ....
Best Student Halloween Costumes
A Jackson Thing http://comtongentries.blogspot.com
By far the Best Post of the Day is
Crushed by Ingsoc's
"Cats and Dogs: which are superior?" post
Extra section for tonight:
Philip and Courtney: Americans in India
"Don't eat food from street vendors' stalls" (I did!) I only got giardia from drinking wellwater as some IDIOT friend prest me into doing...
WORDLESS WEDNESDAY - WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE - Christmas decoration in our hotel in Egypt. And a tourist who decorated his umbrella ! more participants here Hodgepot 1. 'Hurry less, worry ...
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