Getting modern, in one sense at least.

As a lot of my readers will know, I’m not a big one for modern technology. I claim its my inner Clara Johnson, keeping me a 30’s girl, with 30’s attitude lol. Well, strictly, there is my witty comment about having no interest in controlling technology, more desiring to be controlled by it, but anyway… Yes, I read an amusing piece about a very clever Smartwatch this week on the EMCSA, which amused me, but then I realized (from reading other things online) that you need other smart gadgets (presumably a phone?) on your body to make them work, so no use to me! No, I’m happy without any mobile/cell phone, let alone a smart one! Especially when I see what people pay per month to use one, seriously…? Wow!

But yes, in one sense at least, I’m getting too modern for mine, and certainly Clara’s liking lol! Its fair to say that for the last 15 years or so, I’ve not had many Christmas presents to buy for anyone. 3 or 4, and that would be tops! But, all the same, I always took a day out to do my shopping, generally going over to Manchester for a day out, when I would buy the few items I needed for others, and probably a few things for myself!

However, the last 3 years I’ve very much got into this online shopping lark. Lets face it, when the weather is freezing, as it is at present, its a much nicer option to do it from the warmth of home. Probably not altogether a bad thing, I dont end up buying several items for myself that I dont really need, I save on the rail fare, lunch, and a few other things! And lets face it, this year, with the state of my back, its probably better that I dont go out more often than I really have to! At the same time, those trips were fun, and I guess I miss them, and I guess I feel sorry for the stores, but then again, the amount I spend wouldnt keep them in business anyway!

But yes, its strange now, when I do all this, to look back on the days when a ‘fun’ trip to do your Christmas shopping, for ‘whoever’ was part of the build up to Christmas. Now, we are far too guilty of just sitting at home, and doing it all online! Ah well, seems it is true, Christmas isnt what it used to be, lol!

Right, video time. I thought I’d posted most decent Christmas songs from the past, but I’d never found this one before. Until now…

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Kinky Boots?

Now I guess its fair to assume that some at least imagine that actresses, and writers of weird stories (whistles innocently) probably go in for a clothing style to match? Fine, in my life, both by choice (occasionally) and for roles (more often), I’m worn some weird, and wonderful stuff. Thankfully, or sadly for you, depending on your opinion, I havent got any pictures of them. Well, there are a few of me in robot mode in my collection, but most of them…no!

Well, yes, so winter is coming, and with it, brings the need of a new pair of boots for work. Up to now, over the years, I’ve been very boring, and practical in my choices, ankle boots! I know, an actress, boring and practical, shock horror! But yes, secretly, or perhaps less than secretly, over the years, I’ve always fancied a pair of those long, knee boots, but never had the courage to buy, or wear them.

Anyway, maybe its because I’m nearly 60, and dont care any more what people think, or maybe I’m just feeling more daring, but yes, for my Christmas present request, you’ve guessed it, requested knee boots. They should be fine, should be fun, and if the winter is as chilly as the experts are forecasting (they’ve said this for 5 years running, still hasnt really happened), a very sensible thing to wear. If nothing else, at least I can get the idea of wearing ‘kinky’ boots out of my system lol!

No, it might be fun to do (purely acting, I might add), but I have no plans to do the full leather dominatrix look at any point, unless the pay is very good! 😛

If anyone wants to know some other weird outfits I’d love for Christmas, just ask!

Fine, the video. Possibly you should be grateful that this is one of the shorter songs of all time? Fun, but thats about it!

Being put on display

For those of you fortunate enough to know about both blogs, you’ll note that the inspiration for both came from postings I found on Facebook this morning. For those who dont, you’ll have to just take my word lol… Whereas the other was a posting that a lovely friend put up for me this morning, this one I found by sheer chance, just going through postings on my page.

I know, technically every time an actress performs, she’s putting herself on display to others. In my case, to several hundred at most, but famous people, and my dear friend, Julia, to a few thousand, or even more. I’m not saying I’ve never done one of those carnival parade things, but I dont specifically remember doing one. If I have, and I might have done (would be around, or over 30 years ago if I did, so forgive my memory), then I suspect I dressed up in an outfit, and had fun, but nothing like that, as the feature item.

For those in the Bradford area, on the weekend of 2nd/3rd December, they are having a Festive Streets entertainment weekend, clearly aimed at attracting trade to the area for Christmas, I hope it goes well. I will be there on the 2nd, for work, obviously, but somehow, I’m pretty sure I wont end up as the lucky lady in that dress, in the snow globe. Yes, would love to, if I was offered the chance. But yes, they will want someone young, and pretty, so…

But yes, I wonder what it would be like, to be in her position, the center of all attention for tens of thousands of people? Maybe one day I will find out, but by now, I have my doubts. But, fingers crossed…?

The video tonight. Well, when it comes to a lady on display, in a less than natural setting, this really comes to mind. Supposedly done on one take, incredible if it was!

Is it Christmas already?

I know that in theory at least, the US tends to let Thanksgiving just about get out of the way before the Christmas celebrations begin, but unfortunately, over here in the UK, we dont have that buffer to get in the way. In truth, I think we were barely into November before the city centers over here were getting ‘dressed up’ for Christmas. Dont get me wrong, I dont object to all that fuss, but I do think the beginning of November is a bit early for all that. Me, I think beginning of December would be fine, but anyway…? Views?

I suspect a lot of it comes down to that matter called modern life. In truth, with so many people nowadays shopping online (guilty as charged, easier for me, even more so now) for their needs, I suppose the shops think the sooner they get people to think about spending ridiculous amounts on presents for Christmas, the better? Surely they are only going to buy presents once, regardless, but anyway…? I know, US literally goes crazy with Black Friday, one day after Thanksgiving, but at least thats nearly the end of November!

Thankfully, nowadays, I dont have many presents to buy, equally I dont get many, but that is all fine by me. If someone wants to get me a complete robot suit to wear, then fine, but in truth, my primary need is probably more some kind of very soft, lumbar supporting back that I could use on my chair. Oh, if it comes with soft seat too, all the better, but my back is sadly my main ailment now. I did have a link to something like that, but have lost it, but I’m sure its traceable on internet, but no one reading this will be looking anyway! Might get one myself, but it will have to wait until after November payday, as this is the month my reduced hours have caught up with me, so having to be careful, to avoid breaking into savings. I know, I could, but I’m crazy that way!

Yes, I’m sure I will look forward to, and enjoy the whole Christmas build up in time, but I still think the beginning of November is far too early, thats all!

Right, video time. What the shopping people seem to want it to be, for at least 2 months of the year! Yes, live version, never found that before!

Christ is born!

Thought strictly, as that line is sung in Latin here, it might give you a clue to the song, if not the group singing it! No, not Steeleye Span!

And yes, here at least, Christmas Day is nearly over, but in American Samoa, its 8.26 in the morning, and presents probably arent even handed out yet! No, I have no idea what Christmas Day is like in American Samoa, nor am I ever likely to, but all the same…Samoa itself, 9.26 on Boxing Day, other side of the dateline, so…

For me, today has been quiet, apart from 2 cats I’m minding demanding food at very regular intervals. No, they’re not starved, though you would think they were, the noise they make! Presents so far, just one, a gift from America, from a lovely lady. Rest I will open tomorrow (the few there will be), when the others get back from the South of England, said I’d be a good girl and wait! That one present, oh fine, it is lovely, so…

Digital Camera
Digital Camera

No, the aliens have failed to deliver the flying saucer, the alien body suit, or the robotizing pod I hoped for, guess I will have to wait until next year, unless they’re delivering tomorrow too! 😛

One delight I found this afternoon, was an (almost) silent movie. Yes, they showed The Artist on TV over here today, and unsurprisingly, I lapped that up. Actually thought it was really well done, and can see why it won so many awards. I’d have to ask my former self if it was really true to the era, but it felt that way to me!

Anyway, to all my readers, however much of the day you have left, or dont have left, let me send my Christmas greetings to you.

Right, the video, you might have worked out by now that its Gaudete, at least. I found this version by chance on You Tube, but given its medieval roots, I liked the video style here, because lets face it, only monks sang it back then! I know its modern synthesizer music, but those bells give it the right sound, I guess? Suspect its something you either love, or hate, in all honesty.

Peace on Earth?

So fine, I dont try to do politics too often on here, because I acknowledge that not everyone has the same ‘fairly liberal’ views as me, though its fair to say my views are pretty much in line with Jean Harlow, as much as I can tell, which is fine by me! So yes, this might be the point that rabid Trump fans should push that little red x in the top right corner, and go find something else to read!

Just to say, if needed, that all unpleasant political comments will be deleted, or not approved, depending on status, so no point insulting me as a socialist, or the type, and expecting it to show on the blog! Equally, I’d like to keep other comments tempered, so no actual insults for the other party either.

The last couple of days have seen an escalation of the nuclear arms race, on Twitter at least! Yes, we are talking about that idiot with a surname of Trump, if you had any doubt? Apart from the minor technical point that (thankfully) he isnt yet President, and in no position to make such decisions, its the announcement of it on Twitter, of all places that worries me the most! Yes, Putin is stirring things up, probably because he knew Trump would bite, and put his foot in it again, and it worked! The scary thing is all the innocent people in danger of suffering because of this, but lets face it, Trump would never let that get in the way of his ego.

Now before some jump on me as a Hilary lover, I’m not! Cant stand the woman, dont trust the woman, but at least she doesnt have the patience levels of a 5 year old before doing something. She waits, well, slightly longer than that! Equally, I can see why she lost the election, people dont trust her, and in truth, who can blame them?

But yes, at Christmas, supposedly a time of peace, and goodwill on Earth, we get this! Ah well…The only irony for me, Pence is even more scary for folk like me, given his views on LGBT folk, and Gay Conversion Therapy, and all that. Fine, I might enjoy all that electro therapy treatment, but not for the reason he believes in it!

So yes, the what I assume is not too serious talk, of independence for California would suit me fine, they might even approve working status for me then, lol! I know, I know, but I can hope! Lets just hope America can survive all this, in all honesty.

OK, video time. The song is apt, and also, given that Bowie died this year, it seems suitable. There are so many tales about the story of the recording of this, that which one is strictly true, who knows? Some of it is covered here at least

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_on_Earth/Little_Drummer_Boy

Yes, thats right, pretty much Bing Crosby’s last performance before his death! Still had it though. I’ve just taken the actual song clip, if you want to see the pre song stuff, its not hard to find.

Now, if my surgery was being done like this?

I might be a lot keener to have it done! A clue to what I mean by that?

knee-surgery

Thanks go to ‘Legion’ for finding that picture, and posting it somewhere I would see it, has to be said. I know his real name, but for here, that will do.

Yes, there might be one or two here that know, but I suspect dont, that in terms of healthy joints, my body would fail most tests! My wrists, and fingers are riddled with arthritis (not too severely, thankfully), and my knees are a total surgical mess, with little, or no cartilage in either knee, if we are being truthful. No great details, beyond an accident as a child, but the pain is getting worse, as I get older, and I am now. So yes, a new robot body would be handy in more senses than one.

In truth, I’m already suspecting that next year, I’ll have to get at least one, if not both knee joints replaced, but I’ve been putting it off as long as possible. Yes, the pain, and general discomfort around the op doesnt thrill me, along with the time I would need off, having just got a job, but anyway, it will have to be done I suspect, especially the right knee, but as things stand, it wont be before October, as I have a work probation, and 2 holidays planned before then, and nothing is getting in the way of those!

But yes, fine, if it was all going to be done like in that picture, I might be a whole lot keener on the idea, to put it mildly! I know, I know, if only…Yes, I’d get all my joints sorted out if that was the option! 😀 If anyone can arrange that, as a Christmas present…?

Oh, yes, its Christmas! Actually got a week off this year, the longest break I’ve had while working, in a very long time! Finished last night, and dont go back until next Thursday. Then 2 days in, then 4 more off for New Year, wow! One of those is my day off for the week, but even so…

So yes, I got driven home for Christmas last night, even if it was only a bus driver, who couldnt get to Huddersfield quickly enough for me to get my perfect connection home, but I survived. Yes, thats a clue to tonights video, one of those Christmas songs that gets less attention than some. And being a Chris Rea fan…