Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Forty days: Pt 17 (Surfeit of fathers)

(No one is reading this, are they. I am just mumbling into the void)

Prog Rock, recumbent, reading, on the sofa again yesterday: Did you know Werner Herzog described the Amazon as 'an overwhelming fornication'?


Me: No.


Prog Rock: This is good on the Earl of Rochester, Em. 'During another bout of insanity he threw himself on a phallic shaped sundial, shouting 'what, doest though stand here to fuck time?'


Me: ....


Prog Rock:  Would you like another cup of tea?


Me: Yes please.


This continues for several hours.

Later, he answered nearly every question on University Challenge correctly, to the complete awe of the boys. I can usually manage three or four questions and am used to getting unearthly respect for it, now I have been unmasked as a shoddy third rate loser (though I was the only one who got the whole round on German chart hits in 1989).

Tonight my actual father who is in town most of this week summoned me to his far-flung hotel for a bucket of gin to debrief me on his plans to crush his enemies.

After that I went to see Coup Fatal, which was absolutely stunning. It is a mix of baroque counter-tenor arias, Congolese guitars and dance and I know that sounds weird but it was just spell-binding. There was a degree of audience participation and I was very glad to be safely on the balcony as the beautiful, sinuous, sexy dancers picked out the dorkiest individuals (plenty to choose from, we were quite a WOMAD audience) to dance with. At one point a gorgeous semi-naked man in a kilt was dancing with his feet on the arms of a very sensible-looking middle aged lady's chair. The hem of his kilt kept brushing her nose as he gyrated and she sat very very still and very composed, possibly willing herself to wake up and find out it was all a dream.

Here is a short extract. It is about a million times better than this in real life. I am now officially obsessed with Serge Kakudji.



That is all. Oh, and I have a suppurating head wound. Always good to finish on a high.

23 comments:

mountainear said...

Reading and enjoying...apart from the head wound which sounds a bit grim.

MWDevon said...

Still here! Sorry about the head.

hairyfarmerfamily said...

Reading! Reading! Your poor head! It's just that Blogger hates me with the fire of 1000 suns and it's SUCH a pain to comment on. But reading! Still here! I have cake and a friendly pony for your delectation if you are ever passing!

Melisa said...

I told my fiance yesterday that I've been "with" (i.e. a reader of, though admittedly not much of a commentor on) this blog longer than I've been with him. He was appropriately weirded out by the comparison.

I feel that I should add that I am NOT saying I want to marry your blog, but then I feel like actually stating that just makes things more awkward. Hmm.

Dee said...

Of course we are here. It's such a treat knowing there will be a posts galore, and more to come.
Not that I want to pressure you or anything. :-D

Dale said...

Totally reading, and enjoying every word. It's just that things are awfully . . . Belgian at the moment and I actually have to put in a bit of work at my job. Shocking, I know.

Anonymous said...

Both in town? Do they get along? Are you having a big dinner together? Tell us more!

ganching said...

I am in awe of the quality of your daily posts. I know how hard it is to do this.

cruella said...

'course I'm reading, parliamentary season is only yet in its bud due to general election in September and shift of powers so I have plenty of time to watch baseball films, stare into space and read blogs. Great job!

Emmyloucarey said...

See, you went home and wrote this, I went home, drank another glass of wine and watched TV...

Sarahgx21 said...

Not only reading - but using your daily blogging as an excuse to put off all my own chores, even knowing you won't post till the last moment of the day!

Anonymous said...

Reading and savouring every word, every day. Having a daily post to look forward to reading at the end of the day helps me get through the fog of boring work, invoices, taxes, November weather and the general low mood that takes over at this time of the year.

You make me laugh, you make me think, you even make me cry sometimes. The Big Goose and the Boulder texts were pitch-perfect and so incredibly moving. You are an amazingly talented writer and obviously a lovely person.

Kath said...

Next for you to read is this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Clothes-Clothes-Music-Music-Boys-ebook/dp/B00J1JON8G/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415177104&sr=1-1&keywords=viv+albertine I loved it totally. She is amazing.

Waffle said...

You're on, Kath - it's in the kIndle sale and everything.

Thanks all for your loveliness. I wasn't angling for compliments/comments. Ok, maybe I was.

Sally said...

Still reading! Your Dad sounds like mine - esp about crushing his enemies. In my world - yesterday I went out and bought a new huge furry hat, a NEW PONY (yes!! For me!!) and a chocolate cake. Good day I think.

Anonymous said...

Coup Fatal indeed seems amazing. Have actually put in my eCalendar for June to look out for tickets.
Tilia

Patience_Crabstick said...

Oh my goodness, Coup Fatal is amazing.

Stacy said...

Definitely reading--after election results here, I need a little day brightener. I was clearly born in the wrong country. Excellent word, suppurating, maybe not so excellent in real life.

Lara K said...

I so look forward to your posts, and the prospect of having a new one to look forward to EVERY DAY is like Christmas came early this year. Sorry I don't comment regularly; something about having a fussy toddler clinging to my pant leg all day not only makes it difficult to type, but renders me too dull and witless to leave the kind of sparkling, droll comments I think your writing deserves.

Anonymous said...

Ah, dear Waffle, reading and loving every word….a little behind the curve it seems. Suppurating head wound?!? Ouch.
Ash :-)

Nick Brown said...

Definitely reading, and with you on the University challenge - if I get 5 that's a stunning success, worth celebrating with a large glass of wine. Anything less obviously calls for drowning of sorrows with a large glass of wine.

Laura said...

I can't be the only one who thinks Coup Fatal and Stromae should collaborate on some kind of magnum opus of awesomeness.

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