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time for a meme, thanks burnt sienna:

1. Flip to page 18, paragraph 4 in the book closest to you right now, what does it say?

Hmm, I could have cheated and said that my Bible is closest, but it was beaten by a matter of inches by ‘The Cat Ate My Gymsuit’ by the late great Paula Danziger, which I was using to prepare for an American Evening in our 8-10’s group at church… page 18 has 3 paragraphs, as it’s the end of a chapter, here’s paragraph 1 of page 19:

“School went on as usual. I keep getting good grades in everything but gym. My anonymous letters to the Student Council suggestion box were ignored. Lunches continued to be lousy. We were only up to the Civil War in history class”

2. If you stretch out your left arm – as far as possible, what are you touching?
A Newton’s cradle (one of those things with clicky silver balls on strings)

3. What’s the last program you watched on tv?
‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’ series two episode one, on dvd this evening.
‘Torchwood’ from Sunday on the hard drive last night
Last Friday’s ‘Neighbours’ for actual live, broadcasting-at-the-same-time-as-watching-tv.

4. Without looking, guess what time it is.
about 9? 8:53, not bad

5. Except the computer, what can you hear right now?
not a lot, we have a very loud computer

6. When was the last time you were outside and what did you do?
walked to my house from the car after my driving lesson

7. What are you wearing?
Jeans and a hoodie (official Lemly uniform).

8. Did you dream last night? If you did, what about?
Probably, but I never remember most of my dreams beyond the first five minutes after waking from them.

9. When was the last time you laughed?
Over dinner, my husband and lodger amuse me.

10. What’s on the walls in the room you’re in right now?
lavender coloured paint (not our doing, it’s not bad but we need to change the orange carpet), a noticeboard, a calender and a picture (no, not that one) of some footprints in sand.

11. Have you seen anything strange lately?
Swansea is a very strange place, so probably, but nothing is springing to mind.

12. What do you think about this meme?
Interesting enough to carry on with for a while…

13. What’s the last film you saw?
Kinky Boots, it was Ok, we gave it 3/5 on our rental thing, it sort of fit into the same mould as Calendar Girls, and Brassed Off and The Full Monty etc etc, but it was enjoyable enough, if not quite reaching the heights it aspired to.

14. If you became a multimillionaire, what would you do with the money?
I really don’t know, it’s not at all likely though. I think a significant proportion would go to doing some good in the world, but I’d probably be selfish with some of it too.

15. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
my feet are cold, even though I’m wearing shoes.

16. If you could change ONE THING in this world, without regarding politics or bad guilt – what would it be?
Everything becomes political if you think about it too much. Decent tea available worldwide, does that work?

17. Do you like dancing?
in some of its forms, yes.

8. George Bush?
Wash your mouth out.

19. What do you want your children’s names to be, girl/boy?

20. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Not long term, but I’m up for most experiences, so long as running water and tea are available.

21. What do you want God to tell you, when you come to heaven?
What do you mean “when you come to heaven”? Are you already there? Lemme in!

22. Who should do this meme?
Anyone who’s bored enough.


I saw a Swansea street map in our local post office the other week. It was the latest edition. You could tell because it had the words “latest edition” printed on the front cover. I take it this means that they will now stop printing Swansea street maps?

All Christmassed up…

Swansea has to be the ice cream capital of Britain. Where else is it considered a normality to have not just one, but several ice cream parlours open all the year round without question? Where else would people gather for sundaes over the Christmas holidays and watch the waves breaking against the shore over a Knickerbokerglory in January?

I celebrated my Christmas shopping being finished by enjoying a Christmas pudding flavoured cone on my way home from town. Christmas pudding flavoured ice cream is the most fantastic invention ever, and a bargain at £1 a cone. I was well chuffed. Swansea’s main defence against becoming a cloned McCity is not Griff Rhys-Jones in a comedy drama, or Dylan B*@#%y Thomas’ legacy. It is ice cream. In January.

Here’s day 22:

What's behind the square window?


I think too much has happened to allow a full update at this point. We’re working on settling in to the new house. We’ve had visitors for the past week one of whom updated her wiblog from our house before we did!

Currently I’m preparing a drama sketch for a deacon’s meeting devotional session, and have borrowed a kid’s cash register from a friend, just need to find a calendar – probably the wibsite one.

Easter was good – lots of chocolate and hot cross buns, and we saw Shaun of the Dead (cool) and attempted to bury Rhys on the beach, and drank lots and lots of tea (no change there then).

And now we have a whole new life in our new place to look forward to. It’s raining, but that’s Swansea.

Doctor, doctor, my son can’t pronounce his ‘f’s or his ‘t’s…

…Well he can’t say fairer than that then.

Yes it’s Fair Trade Fortnight and all across the nation we are appreciatively gobbling our Fair Trade bananas (20% off at the Co-op, 50p voucher off Clipper tea at Sainsbury’s), and sipping our ethically sourced cocoa.

There is a Rory McLeod concert in aid of Fair trade in Swansea, as well as various church coffee mornings and stalls everywhere. Swansea’s shopping centre was sporting a Fair Trade stall, complete with guitar-strumming musical accompaniment today. Couldn’t tell if the guitarist was any good, as the acoustics in the Quadrant aren’t.

Although it is Cardiff that was awarded the title of Fair Trade City this week (trailing miserably behind Ammanford, who gained it last year), I feel that Swansea are making a supreme effort in the name of true Fair Trade. Fairness across the board meaning equal opportunities to multinational competition. Swansea’s first city centre Starbucks opens on Monday, serving Fair Trade coffee as its coffee of the week. You really can’t say fairer than that.

The North wind shall blow, and we shall have snow…

Yes, as readers of Nessa’s wiblog and residents of this ugly and sometimes lovely city will know, if you’re dreaming of Swansea tonight, make sure you dream it white.

So (and feel free to hum the appropriate tune, whatever you think it may be) the gallery continues here:
don't you just love having a view?
This is the view that greeted us this morning, as we went to the car. Said car didn’t start until after lunch, so we had a lovely morning involving a walk in the park, watching the kids on their sleds and seeing neighbours’ snowmen. (I’ll put more pictures of all of that up on request, if you ask nicely). Then…

Your lips are like cherries...oh.
I made my own mini snowman while Rhys worked from home. All in all a good morning I feel. those in Devon have all the fun ahead of them.

As I’ve been a bit lax on Harold news of late I should point out that he’s suffered a stroke, Could this be the end of the Jellybelly we’ve grown to love? Tune in weekdays at 5:35pm to find out.

December 17th, a good time to start getting excited about…

…next years festivals.

It’s not often that I’m glad I live in Swansea as a direct result of the music, but next June the line-up of the Gower Folk Festival 2004 is unmissable.

Not much info on others as yet, aside from dates. Greenbelt will be themed around the phrase ‘Freedom Bound’, and has John Bell and Chad Myers booked. Fairport will be at Cropredy (OK I’ll stop stating the obvious now).

Oh well, time to start writing Christmas cards, and dreaming of the summer…


Well, I thought I should update, not sure what I’ll write about, but we’ll see…

Cropredy festival was, well, primarily hot. Loved Fairport, Keith Donnelly, Blue Tapestry, Richard Digance, also liked Dennis Locorriere, Lindisfarne and Equation. Special thanks to Cropredy School for the fabulous breakfasts.

Tonight is ‘The Tempest’ in the grounds of Oystermouth castle.plus a picnic with friends. Should be fun.

Then of course, next week is Greenbelt. How fab is that?

Oh, and sorry Tracy, I will make sure to put future lunchdates here! ;)