Today’s advent picture: the entrance to a local restaurant.
A few days ago, I mentioned that there were plenty of lil’ topics that I’ve accumulated that I’ve not bothered to write about yet, things that are just scraps. I got distracted by fresh stuff during the week, so here’s more of them today.
Topic 6. What’s going on in house music these days? I have absolutely no idea. Does house music still exist? Do people still listen to it? What’s the good stuff? What are the latest sub-genres called? I have a mate called James who used to know everything. He was like a GPS satellite navigation thing when it came to house. You could give him a white label 12″ and within the first few bars he’ll have located the exact sub genre of the sub genre that the track is a part of.
Topic 7. On the subject of house, that House TV show is good, isn’t it? It’s good to see Hugh Laurie doing something like this. And he’s really grown into his face. Whereas he used to look a tad dorky, now he looks quite handsome, I think. But still there’s moments when I expect him to suddenly be doing some silly comedy thing when he’s talking about tumours.
Topic 8. Still about houses. We Brits tend to be obsessed with owning our own house. Not so in Berlin where most people seem to rent. But I still have that desire for my own piece of the world where I can do what I want. When I was younger, I wanted everything that my parents didn’t have, ie. an über-modern house with glass bricks everywhere. your basic Miami Vice location. now, as I’ve lived in several flats in Berlin which have been white boxes with wooden floors, oh how I’d love some nice patterned wallpaper, some carpet, and a lot of nice old creaky furniture. Does this happen to everyone? Their tastes eventually settle down? Or is it an internal realisation that modern houses like that are really expensive, or is it just a desire to be a bit more comfy?
Topic 9. This makes me angry. Not that I’ve ever read any of his books, but, really, how dumb is it that an authors wishes are so blatantly ignored just to make some money? I’m off to my hut and potatoes again.
Topic 10. Last week I was doing some Christmas shopping (all done done, hurrah!). Usually when walking around Berlin’s central Mitte district, I’ll hear a few peope talking English, but the first I heard any English that day was like I was back in Lincoln or something. Two girls – Vicky Pollard is a cruel comparison, but not too far off – looking at perfumes when one shouts to the other, “Oi! Look, David Beckham’s got a new one!”
Topic 11. Things that make me smile: Hearing Stevie Wonder’s harmonica playing, opening a jar of Marmite and inhaling it’s deliciousness, “J’en Marre” by Alizée, watching Billy’s big hairy paws beg for a treat, and being inside when it’s chucking it down outside.
Topic 12. The American version of The Office is great, if you’ve not seen it.
Topic 13. Before I go on, I must stress that I mean no disrespect to anyone with this. And I still have doubts about what it is I am going to say. But I’ll just say it: I think we have too many one-minute’s-silences. There’s seems to be one at the start of every other football game these days. Fair enough when a legend like George Best dies, I guess. But there seems to be silence for everything. Doesn’t it diminish the concept when there’s so many silences?
Topic 14. Recently, a fellow left-handed friend and I were talking. We both automatically zone in on other left-handed people. It’s something we both instinctively notice. Every time there’s a lefty on telly or in a film, we both notice. Is this a general lefty thing? Do you all do it? Any right-handed people out there who notice lefties straight away?
Anyway, Billy did a poo in the hall last night and I stepped in it on my way to the bathroom when I got up. Squishy through my toes. Great. And now the flat has that slightly sickly sweet smell of spaniel shit.