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15 August 2008

surprise me



"there is no love of life without despair of life"
- albert camus


i've been thinking about chocolates. revels chocolates in particular. because revels are doing this promotion at the moment where you get to evict a flavour from the packet, and then the chosen evictee flavour will be replaced by an exciting new flavour for a limited time. i was quite excited by this for some reason. and my initial reaction was to plump for the coffee flavour revel or the raisin one. just because those are the ones i hate. especially the coffee ones. but then i started thinking about it a bit too much, and i began to imagine a revels packet without the coffee ones in. a packet without the ones i didn't like. and somehow it seemed less fun. as if some of the excitement would go out of eating revels if there was no risk involved anymore. it would just be a packet of chocolates like every other. there would be none of that chocolate russian roulette. there would be no surprises. i would just like them all and happily eat them all, and then throw the packet in the bin and buy another packet. there wouldn’t be a half eaten packet of revels containing all the coffee ones, and the raisin ones with all the chocolate bitten off, sitting on my windowsill. and the thought of that made me feel slightly less human.

so when i went on to the website i did something odd, and i didn't vote out the coffee one or the raisin one. i voted out the malteser. after all it does already have a packet all to itself, which often comes as part of a multi buy with revels at my local garage anyway, so i figured i wouldn’t really be missing out. and i had to keep the orange one because that's my favourite. and although the minstrel has a packet all to itself, like the malteser does, a friend of mine did point out that the minstrel in a revels packet is naked, so it does make it slightly special. the toffee one has to stay if the raisin stays because they are the most difficult to distinguish from each other, and as you get towards the bottom of the packet it can be quite a thrill trying to pick out one from the other. so i went for the malteser. and i got to virtually attach it to a balloon on the website and cut the string, and then it reminded me of that song we wrote about a balloon and a broken string and i figured i must have done the right thing.

anyway, i checked the leader board on the revels website and coffee is winning, closely followed by raisin, so i guess it'll be one of them that goes. but i can't help thinking that it won't be the same without them.

x

14 August 2008

if i stay here just a little bit longer



june. july. half of august. i can't believe the summer is almost over. i've only written three blogs in as many months. at the beginning of the year i made a new years resolution to write one a week. so far this year i've written seventeen, and i think there are about twenty weeks left so that means we must have already had thirty two weeks, in which case i'll be about fifteen short of my target even if i write one a week for the rest of the year. oh well, perhaps september will be a particularly exciting month for the boy least likely to.

august has been nice so far. i came back from being on holiday in the south of wales. where it was sunny for a couple of days and then rained for the rest of it. i stopped in hay on wye on the way there, which was pretty exciting. the town of books. something about being there reminded me of that thing about never being more than ten feet away from a rat. not because there were lots of rats or anything, but just because there were so many second hand bookshops and i was overwhelmed by it all. it was like i was never more than ten feet away from a book that i really wanted but might not know was there. and i knew it would be impossible to search through all the shops, but that i wouldn't be able to relax knowing that i could be standing just a few feet away from a book that i might've been trying to find for ages.

the only book i did buy while i was there was a copy of the selected poems of theodore roethke from this amazing bookshop that only sold poetry. but it was the same in that shop too. there were just too many books and i forgot most of the things i was looking for and was too nervous to ask for the few things i remembered. then when i got home and i'd calmed down a bit. i went on their website and found out that they had a copy of 'transformations' by anne sexton. in stock. it must have been in the shop while i was there, just sitting on a shelf, probably only a few feet away from me. like a rat.

i'm going to have to go back to hay on wye one day. and i'll make sure i'm better prepared next time.

also while i was in wales i discovered that i don't know how to buy flip flops. i thought it would be quite simple but it turns out that there are all sorts of rules and regulations that i was completely unaware of. i don't think i'd know how to buy shorts either. it's funny the things you learn about yourself when you're on holiday.

we had promised a new album this summer. but obviously it hasn't been released yet, otherwise we would have mentioned it. i wish i could write about everything that's happened but i can't. although when i wrote in november about the light at the end of the tunnel, i did worry that it might have been a train coming the other way. and i can now confirm that it was a train heading towards us and that there was almost a terrible accident. we managed to jump out of the train we were in just in time, but that didn't stop the other train colliding with our empty one. luckily no one was badly hurt and as soon as we have cleared all the broken bits of train off the track we will be continuing on our journey, but until then please be advised that there may be some delays, and that there will be changes to the listed timetable.

only thirty four blogs to go now. perhaps i'll surprise everyone and post one tomorrow.

x



ps. i put our version of faith by george michael up on our facebook page, because lots of nice people keep emailing me to ask me where they can get hold of it and it isn’t available anywhere. you can only listen to it on there but it might temporarily assuage your hunger. there’s a link to our facebook page on our myspace page just above the link for the shop. and on our website too.

03 August 2008

between stations



i've only got a few minutes to write something, because i've got to go and catch a train up to london for the innocent village fete in regents park. we played there yesterday too. i was a bit confused for the first couple of songs, but i really enjoyed it after that. today i'm hoping it doesn't rain and that i get a chance to see some of the other things that are going on. i particularly want to see some duck herding.

we're on at four o clock today, a bit later than yesterday. but according to the little fete guide, we're still on at the same time as the cheerleaders. so if you're a fan of the boy least likely to and cheerleading you've got a big decision to make. perhaps we could try and work some cheerleading into our stage show so you don't miss out if you come and see us. i'll speak to amanda applewood about it.

my train leaves in ten minutes, so i'd better go now.

x