scribbles tagged ‘anachronism’

catching smiles

Thursday, May 28th, 2009 | tags: , ,  |

Lunch in pink leapard print dressMy pink leapordprint mini-dress was a tad anachronistic in the quaint leafy streets of Burford. Families of pleasant, conservately dressed people  wandered in an out of stores selling expensive clothes, kitchenware, art and antiques.  

My attraction to antique stores was aligned with the other people,   crowds,   that had accepted the pilgramage to Burford.  

I prayed in the antique fair,   strolled around the churchard then settled in the tea rooms.   On the journey I caught the sunshine and smiles.

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Luka

Monday, May 25th, 2009 | tags: , , , ,  |

A few years ago, I used to see this group of children playing in front of my building, and there was one of them, whose name was Luka, who seemed a little bit distinctive from the other children. I always remembered his name, and I always remembered his face, and I didn’t know much about him, but he just seemed set apart from these other children that I would see playing. And his character is what I based the song Luka on. In the song, the boy Luka is an abused child — in real life I don’t think he was. I think he was just different     Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega sang Luka

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complicit chattels

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 | tags: ,  |

If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it”  
chorus from ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)’ by Beyonce Knowles

Is Beyonce singing about

  • mobile phone ringtones?
  • a runnaway bullock that wasn’t tethered securely by a nose-ring?
  • a single lady,   as the song title implies?

What a plucky lady Beyonce is,   if she isn’t treated well (which appears to be equated with being invited to be a wife)    then she  moves on to find another chap who pressumably might ‘put a ring on it’.   Why does Beyonce appear to refer to herself as an ‘it’ that should be tethered by the putting of a ring?   Even with her plucky   ‘I can find myself another man’    attitude she still appears tied to the idea of being a male’s chattels.    

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early onset of curmudgeonism

Monday, April 7th, 2008 | tags: , ,  |

received in an email from a boy sent to a distribution list of mainly boys including the odd non-boy like me:  

we had a Soccer-game and it was great Fun (even 1 Female attended :))

can you see any problem here or is refering to a gender-based stereo-type based on predominant current behaviours acceptable?

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branding. part 2

Sunday, April 6th, 2008 | tags: , ,  |

facilitator:   put your hand up if you’ve been to  MacDonalds in the last week.

about 70% of the class raise their hands.   The facilitator points out that desptie many negative associations people still purchase the product.     Under my breath,  I mutter that  I’ve never been into MacDonalds.       Things start to go downhill.

facilitator:   BMW,   what words do you associate with BMW?

I frantically try to search for a word to cover shafted the failing British car industry.   Hearing  other people generate words like ‘stylish’, who am I in a room with…   …they go to Macdonalds and think BMW is stylish?   Am I in the wrong place?    I get frustrated with my inability to find one word that covers the true depth of my dislike for BMW

Wendy:   Bastards

Then we move on to consider  Coca Cola.   The word ‘Yuck’ comes to mind,   the rest of the class are generating words like ‘red’ and ‘sugar’.   I realise that I haven’t knowingly drunk anything produced by that company in the last 2 decades.   The girl stood next to me smiles and talks to me about how addictive and wonderful Coca Cola is.   I toy with the idea of telling her that I find the brand Coca Cola product terminally icky but decide that I should hold off on becoming a fully-fledged curmudgeon for at least another 10 years… …and return her enthusiasm with a smile….

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branding. part 1

Saturday, April 5th, 2008 | tags: , , ,  |

facilitator:   what’s this?

Wendy: an excel pie chart?

facilitator:   anything else?   a branding symbol

Wendy:   errrrrrmmmmm…

facilitator:   Mercedes

Wendy:   I’m a pedestrian

facilitator:   [?????]

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