…. some things never change.
After another disappointing day of seeing nothing in the mail slot but an invoice and some junk mail, I went off seeking distraction.
I’ve lost my way. Gone are the days of Hunter And The Hunted and the like.
I am less and less inclined to call it “art” without the quotation marks. They make a fairly permanent accompaniment to the word these days.
Towards the end I wanted to make it something vaguely Christmassy – hence the background.
Well, that’s how the saying goes. You can be the judge…
Today’s the 38th anniversary of the release of Glittering Prize, and Big Dan is finally in the frame.
For someone who only ever watches the video for Jim’s bits, I’m not sure I ever really missed him, to be fair.
What was I saying yesterday? Lol
THERE IS NO HOPE FOR ME!
Oh, look at him! Just LOOK AT HIM! Why do you have to be so goddamn fucking beautiful?!
*cries into hands*
It was such a great day today. The weather conditions were perfect. Temps in the high teens, cloudy with a light breeze. Unlike last year when I was a disorganised idiot and turned up 5 minutes before race time, I got there in plenty of time this time.
There didn’t seem to be as many people taking part this year as last year but hopefully we raised just as much. Hopefully more! I certainly raised far more this year. Current total is at £282 (the Just Giving page can take donations until July 20th!), which is beyond my £250 target, and over FOUR TIMES as much as my tally for last year (a meagre £68!).
I did my 10km in 1 hour 39 mins – not exactly Steph Twell (10km in 31 min 8 sec!!! FUCK OFF PT1!) or Eilish McColgan (10km in 31 mins 16 sec! FUCK OFF PT2!) but I at least did the course! And did the full 10km, and not just piked out at 5km.
I had my usual Simple Minds mix on Spotify as my race companion. The mix started with Oh Jungleland – which was kinda a little bit…Grrrr! Seeing as I had initially signed up doing this year’s Race For Life in Glasgow but by April I knew that wasn’t going to be and gave Race For Life a call to see if I could switch it to Luton. Fingers crossed next year’s can happen in Glasgow.
At about the 2.5km point Lostboy’s The Wait Pt1 and 2 played and I really picked up the pace (the course narrows and is a bit of a bottleneck between the 1km-3km mark, and it makes it difficult to pass people and get a pace on – esp. as we all set off and there are so many more 5km participants at the start) and started to pass quite a few people.
A couple of versions of Four Letter Word (the Planet Funk track that came out earlier in the year – Jim on vocals) played, live versions of She’s A River and Don’t You, Promised You A Miracle, the acoustic version of New Gold Dream and then THIS…I LOOOOOOVE this live version of Glittering Prize. I think it might be my favourite live version. I just find it the most uplifting, most positive…life-affirming version. It’s just glorious. And you can just hear how completely “in it” Jim is that night.
So after it played once, I hit the rewind button so it played again. And when it was done, I played it AGAIN…and then AGAIN. Four times over. It took me from the 6km mark to the 9km mark.
So, we’re all done for another year. And I am happy with my effort and absolutely OVER THE MOON with all you guys for helping me raise such a fab amount of money. THANK YOU! You guys rock!
Stay tuned because, honestly, a promise is a promise and I have NO INTENTION on reneging on that promise. On Tuesday, all you £10+ donors are having your names put into a draw for the Somebody Up There Likes You print. The winner will be drawn on FB Live and announced over my social media.
Once again, thank you all for the donations. Let’s do it again (hopefully in Glasgow!) next year 😘😘😘😘
Little drummer girl…before you embarrass yourself further!
You can never have too much of a good thing, right?
I do sometimes think that maybe I need to seek help…or I should just go back obsessing about birds.
Blackbirds, eh? Phwoar! Lol – Don’t start me off on the tits!
Well, this is the first little thing I’ve done in over two months. Might as well try and get the eye in again, and try and get back to something. Hope the muse returns. Try to push it into coming back. It may lead nowhere…I may come back with full flourish…OR BETTER! (Geez, I hope.) This felt…tentatively good. I have certainly missed the therapeutic distraction side of it!
Have taken a break of late. From all forms of art. Need to get back into things. Actually missing painting most of all.
But in the meantime…
The “Barrowland Star”…Glittering Prize of a boy. 😁
I bloody ❤️ this man!