Thursday, 25 June 2009

Taxi Driver

Seven fifty-five am. He's in the car next to me, gazing sadly sideways. You couldn't make him up; no one would believe such a stereotype still exists. Flat cap, grey hair visible underneath. Cigarette balanced carelessly between his fingers.

A Starbucks coffee is balanced incongruously on his dashboard.


Michael Jackson is dead. Farrah Fawcett is dead. Jeebers - who's next? These things come in threes....


I've been to the Hoppings twice now, Wednesday night and Thursday night. Watch out for photos Saturday and Sunday. I had a fab time.


My first coffee morning post on Novel Racers will be up soon. I'm really nervous.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

I went out in Jesmond last night with some people from D's work. We left about 11pm, about the same time as J, D's favourite colleague (unfortunately, though, the night out was in her honour as she is leaving their work and the UK). So we offered her a lift home as she doesn't live too far from us.

With the whole 'leaving the country' thing, they have furniture they need to get rid of. We're interested in the bookshelves (of course!) so she asked if we wanted to pop in and have a look and we said yes (after that obligatory mind-reading things couples have to do where we looked at each other, each trying to figure out if the other really wanted to). We were barely in the door before her boyfriend had greeted us, asking if we wanted a cup of tea. After some more 'I will if you will' type shenanigans, we said yes.

So, sitting down with a cuppa, we first talked about books. J has really good taste in literature, and pointed me in the direction of some things I really have to look up (and I pointed her in the general direction of An Ungodly Child, amongst others - recently finished it and really enjoyed it, and I think J would too). Then she and D wandered off into discussion of films, and her boyfriend and I interjected random opinions every so often, some of which went down better than others - J and D are film buffs; J's boyfriend and I, well, aren't.

After a while, D sat forward and I realised it was probably time to make a move. As we left, I realised it was 1am. I can't remember the last time we just sat and chatted with friends like that, impromptu, until so late. It felt really good. Even if they are really young and kinda made me feel old ( I realised that a) he's younger than my little sis and b) it's now 15 years since I first started uni - aaargh!).


We're going to the Hoppings with them next week, before they leave. I'm really looking forward to it.

Thursday, 18 June 2009


How many of you have ex boyfriends/girlfriends as friends on facebook?

I have had three serious boyfriends before I got married to D. Two of them I'm friends with on fb (one of those doesn't actually ever log into his account, but I'm friends with his girlfriend and talk to her sometimes). The third I'm not, but I'm friends with his fiancée who he left me for. (.... yeah, don't ask me to explain how that happened. I can't.)

There is also the curious question of our best friend, who I had a very short-lived fling with when we first met. I don't count him as an ex - he's like my brother now, that would be too weird! - but D argued last night that he is.

Is that weird? Should I drop them?

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

someone take my credit card away?

so now this year, I'm going to see:
  • Nine Inch Nails (july)
  • Elbow (september)
  • Editors (october)
  • White Lies (november)
  • Placebo (december)
two in newcastle, three in manchester.

and then we are going to go bankrupt. at least i'll have the memories of my favourite bands to keep me company.....

i only wish i could afford to go and see Alice Cooper when he plays City Hall, too.....

and i kinda wish there was someone in august to make it every month for the last 6 months of the year! shoot me now....

Saturday, 13 June 2009

coming back

I didn't mean to wander off for so long.

Hope all is well with everyone. I've been busy. What with the end of my course, and then a family trip to Europe to visit my sister for my mum's birthday, and then writing going really well at the mo, and a frankly ridiculously busy social life at the mo (I've been out for a meal five times in the last four days!) - I haven't had much time for blogging. I have been keeping up the pics at Newcastle Daily Photo for those wanting a little piece of Newcastle, and I've been posting a little at non Geordie writer too, but I've been missing this place. I do see it as my main blog - the main piece of me, rather than 'being Newcastle' or 'being a writer' - so I'll be writing more soon.

It's good to be back. How are things with you? Any news?

(Oh - just in case you are interested, the meals out were at Scalinis [the Jesmond one], the Angel at Corbridge, Pizza Express, my friend C's house, and Peppy's in Heaton. If you want reviews of any, just shout. Although I don't think C's house is open to the general public - even though the food was fab!)