1. To the guy in the Japanese restaurant in Cambridge last Saturday, clearly trying very hard to impress his date: EITHER be a very loud, show-offy talker (“Well, when I lived in Tokyo…”; “Actually the pronunciation ‘Hawa-ii’ is grammatically incorrect”), OR be the only American in the room. Just sayin’.
2. I recently watched the first episode of Channel 4′s Black Mirror. Was there any sort of fuss about this show that I missed? (Plausible.) Because here is a brief synopsis of the plot: someone kidnaps one of the top Royals. In exchange for her freedom, they demand that the Prime Minister have sex with a pig live on national TV. This is a show! A real show that exists! I know because I watched it! (I’d even recommend watching it yourself, if you have a strong stomach.)
3. There were rugby goings-on this weekend, which meant lots of shouting from Simon and lots of indifference from me. At least once during every match we have some variation on this conversation:
S: Woah, OUCH! Look at this replay!
R: No thanks.
S: But look! Look!
S: This guy was lying on the ground and then —
R: I REALLY DON’T WANT TO KNOW.
S: — and then a forty-stone Irishman landed right on his ankle bone. CRUNCH!
(Why do people play rugby??? It does not seem safe AT ALL.)
4. I’ve made a new sheet of collaged Victorian mermaids, as the original Collaged Mermaids sheet has been pretty popular. More Collaged Mermaids – Digital Collage Sheet no. 0213: click to view on Etsy.