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La La and off to London

Posted in 40th birthday, alcohol abuse, alcoholism, birthday, creative / writing, Dalston, gothic, london, me and my world, music, pagan, travel, werewolves vampires and ghoulies on July 25, 2007 by Khlari

Do you know something, that’s the least exciting comment in the world if London is where you come from-makes it about as exciting as Wigan on a wet Wednesday.

Yes, the time has come to deliver M____ to her doting grandparents for the holidays. So it’s trial-by-parent for me for the next few days…. Down tomorrow afternoon, as Mr A____ has to work in the morning, spending tomorrow and Friday hanging about with parents, then catch up with Matt (my brother) and the lovely Kali on Saturday at some point, then head off to that monument of goth culture, The Dev. AKA the Devonshire Arms.

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(The bar staff)

(For those of you who don’t know what Wikipedia describes as the longest running ‘Alternative’ pub in the world or
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We had been thinking abouut going to Inferno at the Electric Ballroom, but lucked out on the date,

or to the Slimelight, look here for the world’s longest-running Goth club , but we again lucked out, as there is a band on and it’s only two floors, not the third neccessary for a traditional goth floor…….

So it’s off to The Dev for a pint with as many of the Scooby Gang as we can drag up for the occasion…….It’s the thought of that which will sustain me for the next two days of inquisition and torture (otherwise known as a visit to my mother). I wonder if she’d notice if I wore earplugs. She would you know, she notices EVERYTHING, like a superannuated eagle or something. I thought you were supposed to become deaf, blind etc…no, I think she’s been honing her spidey-powers to catch me out.

It comes to something when you have to smuggle your goth gear down and get changed at your brother’s to go out……aged 40. At least Matt has a flat now to go back to when trashed, used to be awful when we had no choice but to go back to Mum’s…..standing there going ‘Will I pass for normal?’ to each other at the end of the road before we got home like a pair of twelve year olds after a bottle of cider in the park. (Standard answer of course from both sides, was ‘you, never!).

Think to self- suffering- Dev- inquisition-Dev…you can get through it!

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….Anyone for a bit of Elastoplast Bondage?

Posted in blogging, creative / writing, Dr Who, hen night, manchester, me and my world, morecambe, travel, wedding on July 19, 2007 by Khlari

Frantic, Fiendish, and Frankly knackering. This week, that is. Work has been hideously busy and I haven’t stopped. Weekend in Stockport was fun though. Got there on Saturday with Mr A and M____, then we all including Sal and Ali, went to see the Dr Who exhibition in Manchester, which was frankly…pants. Cost us £26.00, and contained a few costumes from the last series, with lots of strobe lighting, and then deposited the kids neatly in the middle of the shop. So that was a bit annoying to say the least. Back to sunny Stockport, then we went out for a drink with some old friends from our Drama group back in Stockport- some of them I hadn’t seen for 16 years or so, and one was an ex-boyfriend…. Mr A in hysterics at this, thought it was even funnier when Sal and I revealed that we had both been out with him. Shall we say that he’s changed a bit in the meantime……his mum and dad came out to, who I always got on really well with……

Then we all went off to Stockport’s answer to an alternative pub, The Thatched House. It was great, they had a punk band playing and a nice beer garden where you could smoke-which is why almost everyone was in the garden. Some of our friends had however become a little straight over the years, were wearing ‘smart casual’ (they nearly didn’t get in…) and looked frankly shocked at being taken to such a place. Several pints later and one of them, B_____ came round to our way of thinking to sauch a point that he was telling anyone who would listen that he ‘liked a nice woman in fishnet’. I think I made a convert. Mind you as Sal remarked (whilst looking at me)- “a bit of fishnet, a PVC skirt and this lot turn into a Brian Rix farce…..”

This week has been mad mad mad at work. Mad at home too as it’s countdown to the wedding. The house is full of Mr A’s family, Giana is up and having to remake half the bridesmaids dresses as the hideously expensive wedding dress shop messed up, Mr A is sulking as he doesn’t want to wear the suit Berni chose, and I am psyching myself up to the mental trauma of a weekend in pastels (well, a floaty 50s type Monsoon dress in lavender with silver beading…..and a silver shrug)

This is my hat, a fascinator-thingy to perch on my hair, which I’m planning to make into BIG hair…. The wedding is taking over. M____ behaving like total prima donna and having to parade around house in pink frock and shiny things. Giana has christened Berni ‘Bridezilla’. Mr A in giant sulk. I still have to finish off bits of my outfit….(which might be a good idea) in between making thousands of tiny bonbonniere labels (have finished those now…)

To top it all the physio I’m seeing for my back decided it needed strapping up with a strange kind of elastoplast affair, so it looks like some kind of amateur sticky-tape bondage for beginners. Oh, and it’s agony, as it makes me sit up straight and use muscles I forgot I had…sleeping nigh-on impossible because as soon as I curl, it hurts.OWWWWWWWWWW! It’s supposed to improve my posture. Thank goddess I can take it off tomorrow, as the frock for the wedding is strapless……that would look elegant!

Weekend kind of started list night…all round to Berni’s for an insane cocktail night…except I had to work today, so had to go home early and relatively sober…..which was most unfair as everyone else was slaughtered. They shall remain nameless in case they are reading this! lol! but I’m off tomorrow!!! Yay! Pass me that cocktail shaker. It will ease the pain, honest…

One of those days…where I haven’t got a lot to say really!

Posted in birthday, blogging, creative / writing, Dr Who, me and my world, movies, travel, work/life balance on July 12, 2007 by Khlari

Hmmm has been a busy day really. Not been up to much really, apart from the obvious working, that is. Had a wander about at lunchtime, as Mr A was working miles away, and spent some birthday book tokens in Waterstones.

I got-

One Good Turn- Kate Atkinson

Her books seem to get better and better and she is one of my favourite authors so I am dying to read this one….

The Matchmaker of Perigord – Julia Stuart

Have never read anything by this person, but it looked really interesting…

My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen

This one sounds really mad- which I really what I liked about it-apparently a dark gothic fairy-tale….

Apart from that- have a day off tomorrow filled with exciting things such as an eye test, and picking up the jewellery I commissioned for my 40th. Then Saturday am off to sunny Stockport with M_____ and Mr A to see Sal, my old uni friend, and Ali her daughter, as her daughter wants a sleepover with M_____ for her birthday, which is next weekend, day of the big wedding.

So we are taking M_____ and Ali off to Manchester to see the Dr Who exhibition. Then Sal’s sister is babysitting in the evening, we are off out to catch up with old Stockport friends, and then then M____ and Ali are off to the cinema Sunday morning to see the new Harry Potter film….. so a busy weekend. Next weekend, even busier as it is Berni’s wedding…..

Bela Lugosi’s Toenails!

Posted in blogging, books, child kidnapping, creative / writing, Dalston, employment, family law, France, glasgow, gothic, hen night, international family law, london, Marie Lloyd, me and my world, meme, migraines, morecambe, movies, music, music hall, pagan, penguins, Rocky Horror, Sylvia Plath, travel, werewolves vampires and ghoulies, work/life balance on June 14, 2007 by Khlari

I am going to steal an idea from SurlyGirl here. Have you ever noticed on your feeds how people have come to your blog through arcane google searches?

Think about the penguins. Those penguins gave me more readers than I could have dreamed of. Surly Girl’s experience was about Sarah Beeny’s tits……Therefore I am going to make the rest of this post up with arcane statements and see how many more bizarre readers I get through mentioning them…….

Let’s see….

Ditta von Teese’s bellybutton maybe. That might be a good one. Or maybe with the penguin theme…..Penguin kinky sex.

What about Pagan Penguin Perversion probably get three hits for the price of one on that one.

Dragons seem to get lots of hits on mine too. Lets use Dragon Penguin Morecambe Hussy. From the last couple of days we could have Victorian Cauldron Gestapo Frida Kahlo. Or Pentacle Penguin Happy Fairy. Or Gothic London Penguin Post. Maybe Marie Lloyd Mabon Billy Bragg.

Frequent ones are Gothic, Fairy, Penguin, Pagan…..but some of them it is honestly unfathomable how they get to me. Maybe this could rival googlewhacking- with the person who gets the most hits from the most bizarre things winning?

Up Even Further North……Hen Nights and Haggis….

Posted in blogging, creative / writing, gothic, hen night, london, me and my world, morecambe, travel on May 30, 2007 by Khlari

Tra la. Tee hee. Am off to Scotland in two days time, on Bernie’s Hen Night. Bernie is Mr A’s sister in law (but Mr A’s brother is no more, otherwise she would obviously be a bigamist). So Glasgow here we come. Mr A is all doom and gloom, and keeps telling me how dangerous it is. Bernie is from there, and Giana grew up there, and as I have told him, I have been halfway around the world on my own so am not a complete idiot (only a little bit…). I have never been to Scotland, shamefully, mainly because it is just up the road. Like Ireland, or the Isle of Man. Never been to them either. (though did go to Wales once and it rained for 2 weeks without a break).

We are all (Me, Bernie, Giana, Becca) travelling up by train on Friday night, and staying in a hotel, meeting Bernie’s other friends there. Friday night we are going to have a meal somewhere, then on Saturday we are off to be pampered in a Spa…I have elected to have a full body stone massage…goodness only knows what it’s like, but nothing ventured……

Then apparently, we are to hit the shops (memo to self, find goth shops in Glasgow). Then, off on a night out. I am not known for my prediliction for wearing colours. You could actually say I was famous for it. So, I have been ordered to wear pink for this one. Fine. You want pink, you get PINK. I have a hot pink dress, tights and shoes, matching neckalce and earrings, and to top it all a hot pink neon bobbed wig. You wouldn’t miss me in a crowd, put it like that.

(this is the very wig…)

(loud, eh?)

Also, not what everyone will be expecting……I have also managed to keep all this a secret despite M______.

Then, on Sunday with an, I imagine, storming hangover have to catch the train back home. I fondly imagined that I could then book the rest of this journey on the train, as I have to go and pick M_______ up. Wrong. No trains, they all terminate at Lancaster.

So poor Mr A then has to pick a worse-for-wear me up and drive all the way to London again, where we stay the night in the glorious family home, then drive back here on Monday! Looks like it’s going to be a breakneck weekend……