Wednesday, November 02, 2005

happiness

it has been suggested that, to put it plainly, i am a miserable cow. therefore today's post is a loose collection of things which have made me happy recently.

autumn: the inspiration for my favourite hymn from primary school, "autumn days" (i'm sure at least hang the dj and the grinch will be familiar with it, given their stunning rendition of "jerusalem" and "shine jesus shine" at 5am on Saturday in my living room.) autumn days was a great hymn, one of those where you point your voice at the end of the verse and just go for it. the lyrics are also complete crap (jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled? what?), and completely irreligious, all about how much the writer loves bacon and milkmen.

but i digress. autumn is clearly the second-best season, after spring. i'm on holiday this week, and went to south kensington yesterday to see the museums - something i've wanted to do since moving to london. it was perfect: crisp and dry. the natural history museum must be where all the happy, friendly people in london go to be nice to each other. even the busker in the subway had talent.

being jordan by katie price: just fantastic. over to my friend f, who works in publishing, to describe what reading it was like: "after finals, i munched through it like a wild boar, gorging on willy sizes and broken trust."

smoking: it's brilliant fun, but it's stupid - the eternal paradox. living with a cigarette smoker has made me realise how much i miss my 20-a-night-then-none-for-a-fortnight marlboro light habit.

amazon.co.uk: (look, no one said these had to be funny, or interesting, did they?) i love it, it loves me. getting stuff in the post is like christmas, only without my family, and hence fun.

Marcel Berlins: my old law tutor at City has been upgraded to having a proper column in the Guardian, and by god it's good. Find it here. If only the same nice things could be said about Greenslade.

great anecdotes: i thought that my seminal tale of animal-related disgracefulness, "The Time I Licked A Hamster's Balls", could never be bettered. I was wrong...

the river thames at night: particularly from waterloo bridge, with the loops of fairy lights along the bank, and the lights of the national theatre, and that nameless embassy-type building. ok, i understand, it's no eiffel tower, but it's one of my favourite bits of living in london.. especially coming across waterloo bridge, or tower bridge, all the blues and greens... it makes london seem like a themepark. i'll tell you what would make it better, though. a fountain. several fountains, preferably illuminated. everyone loves a fountain.

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more later... in the meantime, robert crampton has got there before me.

also, a suggestion from guest commentator The Bolt: clear skies. He opines, "it's amazing how lack of clouds can make you happy. also, managing to achieve a marked improvement in someone else's day, that's really cool."

in fact, in the last five minutes Bolt has afforded me another one of life's little joys: explaining a recondite sexual terminology to my more innocent friends. i.e. "hey, what's 'taking it up the Gary'?"

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and whilst i might be happy, i'm also going to hell.
(thanks to lostmertonian.)

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Very Low
Level 2 (Lustful)Very High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Very High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Moderate
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Very High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Very High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

7 Comments:

Blogger leflange said...

Stop fucking whining, you miserable bint.

11/02/2005 6:32 pm  
Blogger galatea said...

you'd be whining too if you were a gluttonous, lustful, violent heretic.

11/02/2005 6:40 pm  
Blogger leflange said...

Oh crap. Not only am I lustful, wrathful and gloomy; I am also an extremely fraudulent, malicious panderer.

11/02/2005 6:47 pm  
Blogger piu piu said...

thanks for stopping by. i like ur misery

11/02/2005 6:47 pm  
Blogger galatea said...

for some reason, leflange, i read that as 'malicious panda'.

that would definitely be something to see.

11/02/2005 8:33 pm  
Anonymous f said...

Ooo...I got famous!

'After we've both of us applied our tan me and Pete just lie there on our bed like a couple of tandoori sausages'

11/02/2005 11:27 pm  
Blogger galatea said...

that's romance, baby.

even better were the long rants about how betrayed she felt by all the boyfriends who'd kissed and told... followed by a dissection of their sexual inadequacies.

11/03/2005 1:30 am  

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