What the Actual Incontinence?!

So let’s talk incontinence pads. Without wanting to beat about the bush: old age can suck.  I mean, it can also be awesome, but physically it can sometimes suck, and yes, when you’re in your 90s sometimes bits leak and it’s all horrid and under such circumstances you assign a younger person with a grasp of the internet to buy you incontinence pads because that’s just the only intelligent responce. This is not about urinary incontinence, by the way. It’s about this: I mean… … ok, let’s get some basic thoughts of the way first. Your modelling career sucks if …

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Nine World, August 6th

Nine Worlds! London! Hammersmith! Sunday August 6th! 10 a.m.! I’m doing this: https://sites.grenadine.co/sites/nineworlds/en/2017/schedule/552/Limits+of+Horror%3A+When+Does+Thriller+Become+Horror%3F Come play and say hello!

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Translating Yoga

My body is achy and stiff.  Some of this is too much time sitting at a computer.  Some of it is lifting lights.  Some of it is a side-effect of swimming and escrima without stretching (oops).  Some of it is… shudder… just getting a wee bit older. Consequently, I’ve been doing some yoga. I resisted this at first, because I associate yoga with a lot of breathy nonsense.  Which isn’t to say I’m not down with the breathing part – I like a physical exercise that also helps you get your head vaguely straightened out, that gives you a bit …

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Waterstones Norwich, July 31st

Norwich!  (And surrounding environs.) Norfolk as a whole! I’m coming to visit… with Ann Leckie!  ANN LECKIE guys! Because why just win a Hugo Award, when you can also grab the Nebula and Arthur C.Clarke too – and a Kitschie, I should add, as a former Kitschie judge from the year Ancillary Justice won that too. I haven’t been to Norwich for a while – not since I used to go visit my Gran and we’d wander round the cathedral being all ‘ooooh’ and look at the ducks.  I’m looking forward to it, and hope to see people for merriment …

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Adventures in… Poland

I’ve now had two adventures in Poland. Both times, people laughed at my attempts to speak Polish.  The first time they laughed because it was incomprehensible.  The second time was possibly funnier, because it was clear that I was really, really trying, and wasn’t that sweet? My first trip to Poland was to a town called Torun.  Torun is a beautiful Teutonic core surrounded by surprisingly interesting and varied Eurosprawl/post-Communist-sprawl/hints of grandiose times.  It has yellow trams (the new ones aren’t nearly as good as the old ones, my hosts assured me – they don’t have the right kind of …

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Liberals! Do Better!

Dear Fluffy Left-Wing Liberals, We are of the same clan.  We are inclined to believe evidence which suggests that rehabilitation trumps retaliation, that investment in public services offers stability and equality, that the individual right to choose is the basis of a strong, tolerant society in which equality reigns, and that multiculturalism is a gift to all peoples, bringing us together, not pulling us apart.  Oh yes – and that identity is a constructed choice and kicking off about it is really none of our damn business, especially where that identity revolves around having a uterus and what we want …

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