Listening to/reading/watching

  • Spooks, Heroes and Little Dorrit
  • The Ascent of Money
  • Fountains of Wayne, Dusty Springfield, Nickleback, Talking Heads

Cluster Map

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Random Fact Generator

1. Each player must post these rules first.2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

8 Random Facts About me;

1. I wasn't always a lawyer - my first job after leaving college was teaching agriculture in a boys boarding school in Western Australia. I've also milked cows for a living, been a shepherd, cleaned toilets in a psychiatric hospital and been a maths tutor.

2. I can touch type at 36 wpm

3. I have a thing about food being better home cooked and home grown. When first married and in the first flush of domestic bliss I even made home made faggots - this involved mincing up sheeps lungs and has never been repeated even though they did taste good.

4. I have my best friend's parents ashes in my office - waiting for her to come back from Melbourne to scatter them.

5. I am the only female member of my family who isn't blonde - this has left deep mental scarring!

6. I once repossessed a jumbo jet at Manchester Airport - this was quite exciting and involved driving down a runway in one of those cars with the light on top. Then we stuck writs all over the cockpit of the plane and took the battery out of the engine!

7. I am lousy at sport - I'd love to be good at it, but I am undeniably rubbish. Hence forced into tap dancing and yoga as the only keep fit options for which I have any vauge aptitude.

8. It really annoys me that my husband is a brillant horseman and can't be bothered to keep and ride a horse....he's way better than me with out trying even slightly.

I tag....Frobisher, Pink Drama, Beast, Hey Lady,Tickers, Alice, (I don't know 8 Peopel will 6 do???)

Stuff to do

My bargin, second hand laser printer won't work - tried downloading the installation softwear, tried getting a mate to forward me installation softwear but apparently said softwear has no "signature" and so windows doesn't like it....arggh. I have stuff to do which requires to be printed out, if all else fails I am going to give my friend my headed notepaper and email my letters to her office! Heath Robinson cry your eyes out!

In other news tis my leaving lunch today - at the all you can eat Chinese Buffet, the very height of sophistication! I am hoping for pressies and not for speeches. I declined requests from my male colleagues to reprise my "scary spice" get up , as seen on Red Nose Day...they will just have to live on their memories!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

All work and no play!

Oh Lord - the perils of freelancing!

All work and no play is about to make Lippy a very dull girl. I can't go to my very good mate's hen weekend because of work - and it's Barca! NOOOOOOO. Even more annoying the weeks' either side of the dates they have arranged for the hen I have no work booked at the moment.

If anyone else says, "Barcelona's not that great really," I will kill them.

It's also going to feel like I'm working for nothing at least until Christmas because I need to pay back both the freelance business set up costs and school fees..............On the bright side, no office politics, no one else's livelihood to worry about all that good freelance stuff.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


It's going to rain again in a minute and actually that's quite a scary thought.

There was a tornado here yesterday- it's on the front page of today's Times if you don't beleive me and driving home through the village last night was like driving along the bed of river. The water was up to the top of the car wheels and moving really fast, there were rocks being swept along with it and I really thought that the water might actually pick the car up....horrid!

So working last 3 days of my notice -it's odd really, have lots to do and therefore should get on and do it but motivation is at an absolute all time low! I daren't touch any of my new work as I'm not insured as yet - eep!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Coolest Mum Ever

That's me - we have tickets for JK Rowlings midnight signing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at the Natural History Museum! - hurrah!

I'm a pretty good Aunty to as I remembered to get the nephew a ticket as well!

Coolest Mum Ever

That's me - we have tickets for JK Rowlings midnight signing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at the Natural History Museum! - hurrah!

I'm a pretty good Aunty to as I remembered to get the nephew a ticket as well!

Thursday, June 21, 2007


On Graham Norton's show last night there was a whole thing about "sploshing" - people covering each other in food for sexual gratification. Some poor sap from the audience got covered in cold baked beans by girls in bikinis.

Most shockingly I'm certain that the lady in the PVC catsuit who was explaining "cake sitting" to a bemused nation used to be my yoga teacher.................?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Smile for the Camera!

It's a shoot day today, and as I've been up working on an evidence submission since quarter to five this morning, I'm sure that the black circles under my eyes are going to look just fabulous!

Tonight I'm going to get back to the hotel early,have a swim and a sauna, order a room service hamburger and eat it in bed - so there!

Lippy's Random Guide to London Restaurants -yet again

The Great Eastern Dining Room, Great Eastern St, Shoreditch

OK lets be honest here it's not cheap ; but the food is amazing, completely different from anything anywhere else. Who knew that a "son in law egg" is soft boiled and then deep fried ? well I know now, still don't quite understand why it came with bbq pork but there it is.

The service was charming and strangley East European - never had a Polish lady serving me dim sum before but all part of life's rich pattern.

The company was great, I didn't get run over on Gt Eastern st despite trying very hard to - thank you for the great swerve man in BMW and I have a very sore head this morning (I'm old and lightweight!)

Saturday, June 16, 2007


I'm resigning myself to a gig less summer due to lack of time and funds..(has hissy fit and stamps feet). I would KILL (so don't tempt me) to go to the Scissor Scisters gig at the O2 in July, and the thought of heading down there in a Thames Clipper is just so cool. Other gig desires relate to Gogol Bordello, the Stones (although feeling a bit bin there done that got the t-shirt about that one) and Mika. I'd quite like to see Lily Allen after her short set at V last year but I'm not sure how she'd go on with an hour to fill, I think she probably wouldn't in which case I'll keep my ticket money in my purse thanks.

I am sorely tempted to spend money I don't have on downloading the new Fountains of Wayne album - their old songs still remind me so clearly of a mad weekend break in New York about 6 years ago. Perhaps Paul McCartney's new effort as well which everyone seems to be raving about.

In the meantime I have a bit pile of Waterboys CD's to load on here and give back to my sister.

Friday, June 15, 2007


In a rather disturbing development my daughter's preferred method of communicating with me has become the "post it note".

She left one of the little yellow horrors attached to my desk this morning along with a ASA Water Skills 4 badge. The note read as follows; "Please sew on to pooh bear towel, thank you C."

Pooh bear towel it is then!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


After three days back in the office I've had enough and decided to take up skiving again...ok not quite, I have a doctors appointment for something nasty and a script to write and so I'm at home, watching the rain, for a couple of days.

Producing an edit script from interview transcripts is a strange sort of a process. The idea is to make the talking heads look as good as possible on screen while making sure that all the points that you wanted covered are. The good thing about scripted interviews is that it makes the interview process really easy, everyone knows the questions in advance and if the interviewee loses it you just go again with the question.

As I work for a budget production we only have one camera and the worst part of the whole process is nodding inanely at it after the interviewee has gone home, while some tech assistant pulls faces at you (he's sitting in to keep the eyeline with the camera right)...but I do hate noddies, I think everyone hates noddies.

This Month's Magazines

It's not often that an old case makes the press- ok for not often read NEVER - until this month. When an old case in which I acted for the landlord gets a whole feature spread in one of the glossies.

It's old but nevertheless true that when something you know well is covered by the press the inaccuracy of the coverage is truly startling! But if you do read this remember that it is impossible to evict a farm tenant unless he utterly lets the farm go to rack and ruin or doesn't pay his rent or preferably both.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Well I have a conscience after all, after my review with the consultant yesterday I am not too bad, so rather than get signed off sick for another 3 weeks I've come into the office to help out.

And to make sure that my brain works and I can remember how to do this before I go self employed ...eep!

Help out of course cuts both ways, it means I get all the shitty jobs but also take long lunches and go home early. This is a good thing. It's quite bad for my bank balance as I'm also taking the opportunity to go shoe shopping and meet friends for coffee. Can I just say now that I love Cafe Nero reward cards, they are the DB. And I don't have the biggest most complex coffee I could order just because it's the free one honest!

Sunday, June 10, 2007


The problem with being an undercover country bumpkin is that it takes very little to make one revert to type;

a keg of cider, a hog roast, a band with a caller and of course I know how to strip the willow and do the virginia reel.........especially in a cow shed that's been dickied up for the occasion complete with chandelier and twinkling stars.

What an excellent night!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

My old man's a grifter!

Honestly I was just conned by my own father - remember the £50 bet on the Derby? He got £25 towards it from my sister and £25 from me!!

I fell for the old "just give me a cheque for everything you owe me, £75 ought to cover it," line, didn't check til later that the stuff he'd got me from Tescos only came to £50!!

Feast or Famine

Current state of health and uncertainties about the house move have put paid to a lot of plans for the summer...yes I've just sold my tickets for Denmark to some other lucky bastard, bollocks,bollocks, bollocks, life is so unfair!

Don't know when we are moving so can't book a holiday; don't know which trials are definatley transfering or when we are listied so can't book a holiday.

Only thing we know for sure is we HAVE to be in Suffolk by first week of Sept which means that in September I can do stuff! I'm giving a paper in Naples which means someone else is picking up the tab on 26 Sept and was hoping to stay over the weekend of 29 and get a little serious Italian shopping done. Now one of my best friends is getting married on 29 Sept so will have to get an early flight home on 28..why is that always the way. It's like the rule of parties, nothing for months and then three on the same night!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Oh for heaven's sake!

I have just turned up for an appointment an hour late and a day early! - thank god it was only for a facial!

I swear I am so bad at doing nothing that I am completely losing it - OK I've got the AB to school, fed and in clean clothes and the house is tidy but really that's the limit of it.

I'm not sure if it is just anaesthetic hangover (still ? 3 weeks later? surely not!) or early onset Alzheimers! But this has to stop!

I am awarding myself an afternoon in the garden with a book and a bit of light dog walking..if I try anything more taxing disaster is clearly on the cards.

Monday, June 04, 2007

I hate printers!

Why is it that computer printers invariably die when you need them the most! - printers and photocopiers THE most annoying and indispensible bits of kit on the planet..have just contrived to ruin my whole day !


Sunday, June 03, 2007

Ever so slightly fried!

So learning from last weekend's mistakes, this weekend I just sat in my garden in the sunshine while my friends and family came to visit me...not only did they visit they brought food and DVD's to watch and all manner of good stuff.

It was somewhat sunnier than anticipated and therefore I am somewhat sunburnt to say the least! - but the aloe vera is doing it's thing so it's all good.

We decided in a blur of white wine to back a 25-1 outsider in the Derby , and were strangley happy to watch our money go down the tubes just so Frankie could win it at last, loved the fact that the tv coverage couldn't be fast enough to edit out "whose opening the fucking bubbly then?" deserve it Frankie mate, well done!

Jockey's are a strange breed of agressive little fuckers on the whole, if you don't beleive it just go down Newmarket High St on a Saturday night and count the fights!

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