Sunday 15 January 2015
Lots of rain - 4 degrees warming to 13
OH took dog out for constitutional and I baked lemon meringue pie and mince pies. Listened to Graham Norton. He is the only 'celebrity' I would actually invite to a party. He is on the Radio and does a particularly amusing agony aunt feature, accompanied by a lady presenter. They have quite different opinions of the issues and then the public chips in. I used to greatly enjoy reading his agony aunt column in the Saturday Telegraph. He has a lot of compassion, our Graham, and much empathy.
"Remember that sleeping with friends is lazy and selfish: we don't cook our pets just because we're hungry and they're sitting right by the oven." —Graham on troublesome relationships
"Dogs and DIY are where relationships end up, not where they start." —Graham on looking for love
"Stay on the moral high ground—it's much easier to swing a baseball bat from there." —Graham on forgiving betrayal
I also love his sometimes waspish tone and how he is not afraid to reprimand.
From Wikipedia : Upon joining Equity, he chose Norton as his stage name, which is his great-grandmother's maiden name. In 1992 his stand-up comedy drag act in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as a tea-towel clad Mother Teresa of Calcutta made the press when Scottish Television's religious affairs department mistakenly thought he represented the real Mother Teresa.
Someone at work has gone on a sudden sabbatical. Have they jumped or were they pushed? Need to find out.
The good ship Leaving Normal is treading water this month, so far. Oh yes, a tricky sale seems to have sorted itself out, without my having to get involved - the parties have come to an agreement between themselves. However, another sale is kicking off again with the vendor being asked to pay for a survey, for which he has no legal obligation, and he has said if the buyer wants it, they can pay for it. Alternatively, he has suggested I can pay half out of my 'generous fees'. My generous fees are diminished by the introducer, VAT and social charges and resemble a Maasdam cheese, ravaged by very hungry rats suffering from a cheese deprivation regime, by the time they have finished taking their bites. The buyer has also greatly benefited from the change in the dollar rate so they can put up or shut up, basically, is the notary's opinion.
Ripped up old, dead matter off the garden during the brief sunny period. One of the long borders is now completely clear. Many tiny tufts of Nigella poking through.