Saw the Revival of Pippin
last night at Music Box Theater
, located between Broadway and 8th Avenue, on 45 street in Manhattan (aka to tourists NYC).
In a word? Amazing.
I don't how the choreographer did it - but somehow she managed to meld the best of Bob Fosse's grinding dance routines with cirque du soliel's acrobatics, and magic tricks. The show was a magical fest for the eyes and mind. Taking place beneath a circus tent, and heavy on metaphorical imagery and ironical lyrical twists.
It's most likely not for the metaphor blind. Although, if you are metaphor blind, you most likely will enjoy the acrobatics and the magic tricks, not to mention the comedic bits - such as the actors playing chickens in the second act, who were a hoot.
And Petina Miller is a sight to behold as the "leading player" originally portrayed by Ben Vereen in the 1970s production. The only change from the original cast - was Annie Potts as Berthe (Granny) as opposed to Andrea Martin, which worked beautifully. She does a trapeze number while singing "Time to Start Living", an audience sing-a-long number. Pippin unlike other musicals, breaks the fourth wall, the audience is to a degree an active participant. The players talk directly to the audience. And at the end of Pippin, inform the audience, that they continue to exist inside every members heads - so if you feel the need to be "extraordinary" and "have that final blaze glory", they will appear.
Best theater performance that I've seen in years - it blew me away. My jaw hung open in childish delight through 98% of it. Can't say the same about the tape of the previous production with Ben Vereen - which I found sluggish in places, and my attention often wandered. Here - while it is still a long show, my attention was always captivated by what was happening on stage and at various points they had things happen in the aisles, so it was beneficial to be in the orchestra seats. Although the things that happened in the aisles were not crucial to following the story.
The Music Box Theater by Broadway standards is not bad, you can the stage fairly well, but the seats...are cramped close together and clearly created for small people. I had an aisle seat - so was able to stick my long legs in the aisle through most of the show, the guy next to me wasn't as fortunate. Concession prices were worse than airport prices - $5.00 for a small water bottle (no you can't bring your own).
What's Pippin about? It's a sort of allegorical piece.( plot spoilersCollapse )
The book and lyrics were at first considered trite by theater critics, but Fosse's staging changed all that, as does this directors staging and arrangement. In theater - it's how the show is performed that often counts not the words on the page. Although...I have to admit I love some of the songs from Pippin. And the dance numbers, along with the circus acts and magic tricks - are quite good and do an excellent job of bringing out several of the themes. This production in some respects is more subtle than Fosse's, and more comical. It's lighter.
And a whole lot more fun.
Oh, if you ever need to find a bathroom between 44th Street and 45th Streets on 8th Avenue?
Go to the Intercontinental Hotel, elevators, B level, hang a right, to the back. Best bathrooms in Times Square. Clean. Have hand lotion. And individual booths with actual doors.
Also free. Just make sure you look decent. Actually that's the trick to bathroom hunting in big cities: find a Hotel. If you can't find one? Try a Barnes and Nobles. If you can't find that? A pub or walk-in bar. Also churches and museums. It's actually easier to find a decent bathroom in NYC than it is elsewhere, weird, but true.
- Thu, 12:28: Word does not know "wolferized." I am disappoint.
- Thu, 15:08: Going via @Greyhound to #MisCon means adding about $50 to my budget. I think this is doable, but I need to look at the calendar again.
- Thu, 22:09: 7 out of the 18 subs I have out are either red or orange on the Submission Grinder. *le sigh* I shouldn't get impatient about this...
- Fri, 09:36: Well, crap. I have essentially run out of markets for this story. This is what happens when you go long, people. Novelettes are hard sells.
Don't miss your chance to join the First Family for the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The big event is on Monday, April 21 and more than 30,000 people will join in on the fun. Guests will have a chance to participate in activities including games, stories, singing, dancing, and of course, the traditional egg roll - all on the White House South Lawn.
This year's theme "Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape," encourages children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative. In addition to the fun and games, the day's activities will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines.
Starting today, you can enter the lottery at www.recreation.gov for a chance to join in on the fun. The event is open to children ages 13 years and younger and their families. Be sure to enter the lottery before it closes on Monday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Families and schools who can't make the trip to Washington, D.C. but want to participate in the festivities can enter the annual poster contest. The First Lady will select the winning design to be used as part of the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll program.
Barb, an m/m book reviewer turns fifty this month and to celebrate Loose Id asked her to choose 16 of her favorite books. Seven people will be chosen to get a freebie off the list of favorites.
The post is here
What makes it interesting is that she asked the authors to say a little about each book too.
I'm very chuffed because THREE of the sixteen are ones Alexa and I wrote. Alexa wrote about Bound and Determined, I did The Broken Triangle, then for Truthful Change, we batted questions back and forth between us, discussing one of the controversial elements of the story; the cheating.
There are some wonderful stories on the list so check it out!
Next week, President Obama will sit down for his first-ever interview with WebMD, the leading source of health information for consumers and health care professionals, to discuss the importance of signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. During a conversation with the site's health care reform expert Lisa Zamosky, the President will answer questions about health care and the ACA directly from WebMD users in an interview that will air on March 14.
What’s your question for President Obama? Ask now at WebMD.com/AskObama
The President's interview with WebMD continues efforts by the administration to encourage as many Americans as possible to sign up for health insurance for 2014 by the end of open enrollment on March 31.
And it's just one of many innovative and targeted strategies used by the White House to speak with Americans directly -- especially women, young adults and the uninsured -- about quality, affordable health care options available. As the leading source for health information, WebMD has enormous reach. According to WebMD, the site's more than 156 million unique visitors per month is made up of 60 percent women, 33 percent of its audience is ages 18-34 and 38 percent of those younger users are uninsured.
So, go ahead and submit your questions now – then tune in on March 14 to watch the full interview and find out if the President answered your question.
So, most of this week I have been at a hospital called Aurora Behavioral Health. This happened after a meltdown at my clinic in which I admitted to having suicidal ideation. When I got checked into the hospital I called the land lady of the halfway house. She said she understood my situation and that I wouldn't get in trouble because of my not making curfew. She also mentioned giving me a time limit to get a job when I got back. So I thought I was safe except for the time limit and my case manager also thought I was safe.
Sadly, I was not. When I got back the the halfway house I found my stuff parked out in the living room and I was given an ultimatum to get out. My case manager managed to get me another night staying there but has of course not found me a new place yet. I was told to find a shelter, which I was able to do after calling the shelter hotline. (At least I was told there was a bed available we will see when I arrange a ride later.) An interesting thing is that this place does not give out an address.
Landlady still has my damned foodstamp card. I'm told she'll be bringing it around noon. It's probably empty but I would still like to have it back, dammit. ( cut for donation plugCollapse )
***Cross-posted from Dreamwidth***
down, and one to go. \o/
I watched "Wreck-It Ralph" last night. I didn't love it, but it was very cute. I did
love ( SpoilersCollapse )
I'm still feeling kind of sick, but I'm telling my body that it needs to get over this crap, since I signed up for another spinning class in about an hour.
And when I get back, I need to do my taxes. I know I have a month before they're due, but I like to get that sort of thing squared away well in advance, just in case anything weird comes up. Not that I think it will. Although I did get my last paycheck from Maryland in January, but it was only like $300, so ... I don't know.
I'm going down to NY next week. I don't have anything planned yet, other than stocking up on bagels and hamentaschen. Mostly I'm just excited about getting out of town for a few days. I'm seeing The Chieftains on Tuesday; I love them, but I've never seen them live before.
BOSTON — When scientists made the stunning announcement
last year that a baby born with H.I.V. had apparently been cured through aggressive drug treatment just 30 hours after birth
, there was immediate skepticism that the child had been infected in the first place.
But on Wednesday, the existence of a second such baby was revealed at an AIDS conference
here, leaving little doubt that the treatment works. A leading researcher said there might be five more such cases in Canada and three in South Africa
And a clinical trial in which up to 60 babies who are born infected will be put on drugs within 48 hours is set to begin soon
, another researcher added.
If that trial works — and it will take several years of following the babies to determine whether it has — the protocol for treating all 250,000 babies born infected each year worldwide will no doubt be rewritten.
“This could lead to major changes, for two reasons,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, executive director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Both for the welfare of the child, and because it is a huge proof of concept that you can cure someone if you can treat them early enough.”( The announcement was the third piece of hopeful news in two days about the virus that causes AIDS.Collapse )source
February 2014 was the 48th straight month of private-sector job growth, with businesses adding 8.7 million jobs over that time. Despite a major snowstorm that hit the East Coast during the reference week for the labor market surveys, the rate of job growth picked up from the December and January pace. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate remains elevated, and for too many Americans, wages have been slow to rise.
This week, the President put out a budget that can make progress on these issues by investing in education, job training, and innovation, by expanding tax credits for working Americans, and by extending the emergency unemployment benefits that has expired for 2 million Americans. And while the President encourages Congress to act on his proposals, he will also continue to take action on his own wherever possible to support job growth and expand economic opportunity.
FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY'S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
1. The private sector has added 8.7 million jobs over 48 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total non-farm payroll employment rose by 175,000 in February, with 162,000 of that increase in the private sector. Revisions to private employment in the previous months were small and offsetting, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.2 million, or an average of 183,000 a month. This is almost identical to the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (182,000 a month).
Way back in 2008, when I was a young and foolish author of fanfiction, I started a Harry Potter fanfic. Worse, I started a series. And I began posting it while it was a WIP. The first two stories in the series are finished – the first took me two years, the second a little over a year. I started the third story in 2012, but in the mean time my writing skills had greatly improved. I’d also begun to get involved in other fandoms and had many new and shiny ideas for fics. Since beginning the story, I have struggled to write chapters for it, despite having the story completely plotted out. It’s become a chore instead of a joy and I often find excuses to not write on it, instead spending my time writing other stories.
It’s become time to admit to myself: it’s not getting finished. Even if I were to finish this story, I can’t see myself finishing the series. So now I have the option of abandoning it – leaving it unfinished with a small note in the last chapter – or pulling it completely from the web. I hate leaving things unfinished and honestly this story makes me cringe every time I see it listed under my pseudonym. On the other hand, I know many people like the story, and pulling a story from the web is annoying to readers – I know this from personal experience. (As an aside, I wouldn’t object to copies being shared between readers as long as the story isn’t posted anywhere should I pull it).
What would you do in this situation – abandoning the story or pulling it from the web? What’s your preference as a reader?
When the $18/tube sample size ($24/tube full size, second tube of primer makeup "required") makeup doesn't last through one cup of coffee, I'm not going to bother paying that much for it. Seriously, my $5 drug store lip gloss ($1.50 off coupon, $3 CVS extra care bucks off that, so technically it's my $0.50 drug store lip gloss) lasts better than that and
it doesn't leave my lips chapped.
Time to take the expensive stuff back. Probably for store credit, because there's still very good expensive makeup out there and I would like to purchase some amazing colors of eye shadow. But this particular brand of lip gloss leaves me cold.
Recommendations on good eye shadow with fun colors, anyone? I ususally wear Urban Decay, because their stuff lasts on me and I like the color selections, but I'm trying to branch out.This entry has been cross-posted to Dreamwidth ( comments). Comments are welcome on either post.
I am STILL WORKING on the "Kaiseki" recap, in something of a panic because obviously episode 2 is on tonight, and I'm just to a point where it's like, it gets done when it gets done, even if the new episode laps me, and I just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other because freaking out doesn't do any good. Also I am struggling to keep it short enough to fit inside the maximum LJ post length because I just really don't want "Savoureux"-style two-post recaps to become the new normal, but also-also I'm to a point where I kind of don't care because OH MY GOD PLEASE GET FINISHED SOON. There's just a ton of background material and parallels to previous episodes and references to the books, particularly after I found out that this whole season is intended to be an echo/inversion of Silence of the Lambs.
So I'm saying, I'm here and I'm not dead or in a ditch somewhere and I'm working on it and I'm not flaking out on you, it's just TAKING FOREVER TO FINISH what with the Oscar posts
taking up two days.
Whether I'm done or not, I'll be on @cleolindajones
again tonight for livetweeting.
Title: In the Mushroom Cellar (Part Seventeen of What You Don't Know
Characters: Willow, Angel (mentions Buffy/Angel, Willow/Oz, and Willow/Xander)
Summary: *Inspired by prompts from the willangelus
comment ficathon* Angel is just back from Hell and he - and Willow - are discovering that something's not quite the same about him. In the aftermath of Buffy and Angel's big plan to find out what Faith knows about the Mayor, Willow finds that those who are kept in the dark aren't so well-hidden after all.
Word Count: 2762
The Blue Pencil Crew: The ever splendid and stalwart lilbreck
Distribution: My LJ, my DW, and my site only.
Disclaimer: I own nothing. It all belongs to Joss and a bunch of other people who are not now and have never been me.
Author's Notes: This was originally inspired by the willangelus comment ficathon
.In the Mushroom Cellar
, Buffy by craterdweller
. Chapter Thirteen
of Best Laid Plans
. Chapter Three
of Pieces of a Puzzle
. Chapter Three
of Despair and Delight
. Fred icons
includes Oz, Lilah, Darla, Drusilla, Wesley, Buffy, Andrew, Willow, Xander, Lorne, Faith, Cordelia, Spike, Anya, Fred in their "20 Greatest Joss Whedon Characters". "You go to a Halloween party, make all the effort of hiring an extravagant costume and slathering yourself in make-up. Then Oz (Seth Green) turns up in his regular clothes and an unobtrusive name sticker that simply reads: 'God.'...At first a somewhat forgettable B-character in a suit who crops up in Angel's first season, Lilah soon transforms into one of the show's greatest she-bitches - always ready with a tart put-down, she's a Machiavellian schemer who does her own thing (when she's not answering to the suits upstairs, of course)...She's the perfect mirror to Buffy, herself a convention-flouting blonde bombshell, though with a very different agenda. (Darla also helps to establish that Angel very much has a type.)...Like a bat out of hell, Drusilla (Juliet Landau) descended on Buffy season two with her own very special brand of cuckoo. She's just the kind of nuts that Whedon does so well. A total conundrum, she's alternately innocent, childlike, deadly and demonic...If we'd told you when Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Alexis Denisof) first wafted onto the scene in Buffy's third season that he'd become one of the darkest, most captivating anti-heroes in the Whedonverse, you'd probably have laughed in our face...Charged with fighting monsters as a teenager, she goes through all the trials that most young people face (college, first jobs, first loves, deaths in the family), always with a quick one-liner and a stake at the ready. It's her journey that we go on for seven years, and what a journey it is...His defining moment (aside from getting beaten up by Anya) comes in 'Storyteller', in which we see the movements of Buffy and her friends through Andrew's fanciful eyes...Of all the characters on Buffy, it's perhaps Willow who develops the most over the show's seven seasons. Initially an awkward nerd, she graduates literally and metaphorically when she becomes interested in magic - which turns out to be an extended metaphor for homosexuality (and, later, less cleverly, drug addition, but we'll ignore that)...Though he's rarely at the centre of the story, season three episode 'The Zeppo' was a master class in alt-POV storytelling - while Buffy and co fight the apocalypse, Xander's got his own non-end-of-the-world problems to contend with...When he's not interfering with Angel's broody schtick by referring to him as "angel cakes" and "angel face", Lorne (otherwise known as 'The Host'), quickly turns into a valuable ally - not least because he has a direct line to the Powers. Also, he's fabulous...Initially conceived of as a dark slayer yin to Buffy's bubbly slayer yang, Faith (Eliza Dushku) is like the awesome older sister you're probably glad you never had - dark, dangerous, rule-trashing, tough as nails, always ready for a fight - and yes, she's smoking hot, to boot...Entertainingly snippy but dismissable in early seasons of Buffy as a prom queen with pointier fangs than most vampires, Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter) was granted unexpected depth by Whedon and his writers over the course of her time on Buffy...Spike's an infinitely more interesting vampire than wet-blanket Angel (even Angelus can't hold a flame to him). He's killed two Slayers in his time, he's named after a railroad spike and his style icon is Billy Idol...Frank to the max, Anya's everything you'd expect an ex-demon to be - cynical, obsessed with money and sex, and hopelessly confounded at every turn by the weirdness that is humanity...By the end of her first season (Angel's third), though, Fred's proved she's vital to Angel Investigations. Not only does she boast an intellect to rival even Wesley's, she's also the sweetest thing you ever did see.WhatCulture
lists "10 Things Angel Did Better Than Any Other Show". HuffingtonPost
talks to SMG. And how the cast keeps in touch
161 – Emperor Antoninus Pius dies and is succeeded by his adoptive sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus.
321 – Emperor Constantine I decrees that the dies Solis Invicti (sun-day) is the day of rest in the Empire.
1277 – Stephen Tempier, bishop of Paris, condemns 219 philosophical and theological theses.
1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte captures Jaffa in Palestine and his troops proceed to kill more than 2,000 Albanian captives.
1900 – The German liner SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse becomes the first ship to send wireless signals to shore.
1912 – Roald Amundsen announces that his expedition had reached the South Pole on December 14, 1911.
1936 – World War II (Prelude to): In violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles, Germany reoccupies the Rhineland.
1985 – The song "We Are the World" receives its international release.
1986 – Challenger Disaster: Divers from the USS Preserver locate the crew cabin of Challenger on the ocean floor.
2004 – New Democracy wins the Greek elections.
2007 – The British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected.( Read more...Collapse )
*hugs* and love,
I keep telling myself this is a good thing. for the first time in ten years I'm remembering my nightmares. They leave me shaky and nauseated. I keep telling myself it's because my brain has decided I have cleared enough decks so that at long last I can deal with them. I'll get back to you once I stop being nauseated.
It's alwasy about being alone. "Bare indeed is brotherless back," said a British tribesman named Grettir, back when Arthur was Artos and fighting back the Saxons. In my nightmares---sometimes 12 a night----I am always alone, without body armor or weapons. Most importantly, I'm without backup. I don't know where I am. I know I don't have buddies around me. When I wake up I'm shaking.
Still. I tell myself this is progress.
The other thing is, you feel better you do stupid shit. The pain in my back is approaching that ER-level. I was shocked when I sort of half-assed mentioned that the pain in my back was starting to make me double over and stop breathing and........instead of giving me an appointment months in the future---which I expected-----they transferred me to another nurse who I could feel
frowning. Then she bitchslapped people around and got me an appointment on Friday. Even though nothing was bleeding.
I was shocked. Never mind that one time I broke my leg in three places and hobbled around on it for an hour and then pushed ER staff around when I got there, this nurse actually listened
when I said the pain level made me double over and stop breathing. I....huh? What is this? What is this witchery? I'm so used to being treated like shit by the VA that it was like being bitchslapped myself when they simply listened to me and then
.....they arranged for me to see my doctor. I don't want pain meds, I pointed out. I want meds that will fix whatever is causing
In the back of my head is this scenario: I get to be 100% better and then I go to the Army and say, "I re-enlisted years ago. You owe me seven years. I'll go back to Basic if I have to. Fix me and fork it over."
Hope kills you, but when I have nightmares now I sit on my bed and I shake and then I know....those are nightmares. I still jump at all kinds of things....but I know I can at least step out my door. Outside.
When the snow melts, I have my new running shoes. And I will
go around this block. After that, fuck you, watch out.
I talked to a realtor about selling this house and moving someplace quiet where I can recharge. adelheide
lost her job and I talked her into coming here, helping a bit, in return for a delay in perhaps moving to a certain Southwestern state. If she needs or wants to move on, she can. If not.....movie nights! And she keeps her kitty and perhaps gradually introduces her to other shy kitties around here. Ebony might like a friend. Who knows? Maybe Ginger would as well.
I'm thinking that Shadow might make somebody a good pet. I hate keeping him by himself because he just loves
belly rubs and love. After the nasty bad tooth was extracted he's turned into a chubby love muffin who might get a wee bit overstimulated, but just wants to wriggle around at your feet and have his tummy rubbed. There's something poignant about the way a kitty responds to pain alleviation. I wish I could do that for more htan one kitty. I suspect I could rub his tummy for hours and he would not have a problem with this. He's such a sweet boy. It's amazing what a good thing neutering is. (If you're one of those dudes who says, "I want my (pet) to experience the joys of childbirth," try squeezing a watermelon out your nose and then shut the fuck up.
I know Snowball feels better because he's been yelling at me. The accomodations are not good enough. He's become the Queen of England all of a sudden.
So. Hope scares me. This wasn't possible three years ago. It wasn't even possible to imagine it. I don't know what to think, where to start. But I do know it's....different.
- Faith Without Hope (Angelus/Faith, NC17) by salustra
- Love Song for a Vampire (The Other Side) (Spike, R, Teen Wolf xover) by skargasm
- Her Gift (Buffy, PG13) by craterdweller
- Halloween Fun (Willow/Tara, PG13) by VampWillowAddict
- The Greatest Gift Of All (Willow/Tara, PG13) by VampWillowAddict
- Have You Any Idea (Angelus, Spike, unrated) by Peasant
- He Needs To Learn (Angelus, Spike, PG) by Peasant
- The Cruellest Cut (Angelus, Spike, PG) by Peasant
- Hougoumont (Angelus, PG) by Peasant
- Good Fairy (Spike, PG) by Peasant
- The Greatest of These (Darla, PG) by Peasant
- Giving Him The Moon (Angelus, Spike, Darla, NC17) by Peasant
- Cockchafer (Spike. Drusilla, PG) by Peasant
- Behaviour Modification (Spike/Angel, PG13) by Lilithangel
- Dressing (Spike/Angel, R) by Lilithangel
- You don't know (Willow/Spike/Faith, R) by Lilithangel
- Mistakes, Accidents, Miracles and Disasters (Multiple pairings, NC17) by MyEvilTwin (ProtoNeoRomantic)
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Shawn tags along when Gus goes to New York City for a convention. He takes the time to look up old friends.Chapter Summary
A few months after leaving Santa Barbara, Shawn lands a job at a museum and indulges in a hidden love of art. He meets up with another youth who teaches him to appreciate art.Notes:
I honestly don't know the inspiration for this but I wanted to have the two meet as teens after leaving home. There are many conflicting dates regarding when Neal was born, but one of them only makes him a month younger than Shawn so I used it. I'd also like to thank my three betas snowflakie06
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Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) invites two designers to Greendale to beta test their new social networking Application. What starts as a fun social interaction of ranking classmates turns into an all-out class war as Greendale students compete for the highest score. Jeff (Joel McHale) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) battle for supremacy, while Britta (Gillian Jacobs) rails against the very concept. Meanwhile, Professor Hickey (Jonathan Banks) goes underground – literally – until the whole thing blows over. Danny Pudi, Alison Brie and Ken Jeong also star.
This year, the President is committed to using the power of his phone and pen to create opportunity for all Americans. One ways he’s doing that is through raising awareness about policies and priorities through non-traditional platforms, like YouTube.
Last week, senior administration officials sat down with some of the most popular content creators on YouTube to talk about the issues that they care the most about, including access to quality, affordable health care. This group of influencers has developed innovative ways to engage with tens of millions of young people in a way that few other media platforms can accomplish. To learn from the YouTube community, we're starting a dialogue with these leaders to continue the conversation about issues that are important for their audiences including anti-bullying, education, economic opportunity, and health care.
I've posted my Back to Middle Earth Month story to the community ready to be 'unveiled' on March 12th. I think I followed all the instructions...
I think I need a glass of wine after that - posting was almost as difficult as writing it, making sure I followed all the instructions plus making sure the recipe format was OK, and the photo I added... (My prompt was The turning of the year brings feasts and holidays. It's time to enjoy the bounty that was saved for the winter. Create a story or a work of art featuring a Winter seasonal food. Bonus for including a recipe.
- but how I answered it will only be made public in another 6 days time!)
And - a small sign of spring, at last!
You know I've lived in France for most of my life? Strange when you consider we came over here when I was ten to stay just one year. We didn't expect or want to stay more than that but circumstances prevented our
escape departure. So, despite everything, France is where I've parked my boots for most of my life. I'm not especially fond of the place but I don't hate it either. Problem is, no work for Nemo. Or if there is, it's damnably hard to find. To get anything decent here, you need the papers to prove you've studied the subject. So even if you are English, if your mother is an English teacher and if your own English teacher has told you told your face that you are the most English person he has ever met, unless you have a piece of paper stating you have spent five years at Uni pouring over the collected works of Shakespeare and J.K. Rowling, you can't get a well-paid job translating the ruddy language. It's very frustrating.