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This week, Monday 25th November 2013

Slow Motion Acceleration

The run up to Christmas always feels really strange – it skips from September to a month from Christmas Eve with alarming fluidity. Maybe it’s just that it’s dark all of the time now. Generally I don’t

mind that – I have little use for sunlight. I’ve always been perfectly content inside away from all that sunny business. I think I’ve spent more time outside since compering for Knickerbocker Glorious than ever before.

Our TV is still fucked. That’s the technical term. A very nice gentleman from BT came and replaced the BT Vision box with a softly purring black and purple lit beast. It appears to be recording, which is nice. The TV is still trippily awash with the clarity of an acid trip. Hopefully it will sort itself out, otherwise we’ll have to go through the agony of choosing a new TV from the four hundred almost identical models. Competition isn’t particularly helpful when everything is the same.

For no clear reason we’ve finally decided to paint our kitchen. I had grown fond of the white and bare plaster look. We’ve picked a lovely ‘Moody Blue’ but have sadly run out of paint. There is more on order. Until then our kitchen is swathed in plastic and everything is in the wrong room again. Ho hum. It’s both enjoyable and frustrating as activities go. It will be lovely when it is done (one day).

I’m still a bit memory blind and failing to track the passage of time. I know I’ve played quite a bit of Plants Vs Zombies 2 and I’ve also watched this video of a porcupine making adorable noises while eating tiny pumpkins more times than I should really admit. I’m currently turning the audio chuckling in my new ringtone. There may be something wrong with me.


Still, there’s a lot to look forwards to this week – we’re undertaking a pilgrimage to the Lego Store on Wednesday as a mini road trip. It is likely we will be consumed by glee, schinkling and spending much money. I am excited. We’ve also got our monthly improv show at The Glee Club which will be outstanding, not least because we have the musical geniuses of Heather & Joe from The Maydays joining us. To make that even better we’ll be having our annual musical improv weekend with them immediately afterwards!

♥ Last Week’s Scribbles

Shankling – Combustible Verse of Hatred – ah, a bit of rage never goes amiss – enjoy it in poetry form.


Alright, I confess – I am not pulling myself back together well. I’m perplexed that my writing has taken such a hit and is proving so hard to get back on track. I’m doing quite a bit of improv so I suppose I’m creating stuff, but I’m spending a lot of time working and much of the rest just blank. I’m going to refocus on small thing and try to remove the self-imposed pressure which I’m pretty sure isn’t helping.

With luck I’ll be writing and putting up some slightly different poetry and ideas than the usual angry ranting. We’ll see.


It’s been a busy improv week.

Monday was the last session with MissImp’s most recent crop of new improvisers. I’m impressed by how far they’ve come in such a short time, and they did say lovely things about me and Parky (and each other). They finished their course with a series of splendid scenes, including a La Ronde (or park bench as we tend to call it) which developed beautifully into an insane spy thriller by a duck pond. Really nice work from everyone. It will be odd not seeing them all this week. Guess we’re going to have to schedule in the next course!

On Tuesday we performed Unspeakable Acts, my absolute favourite thing to do with other people. We did three acts – They That Sit In DarknessStar Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Les Miserables. Brilliant fun with quite brilliant people.

Wednesday was my first meet up with a prospective one to one client for improvisation. We got on well and we’re going to do some work together. I’m rather excited because I think improv is a fantastic way to build confidence and develop creativity. For me, alot of it hangs on trusting that the ideas you have and the things you say are at least as interesting and valuable as anyone else’s.

Thursday – more improv jamming funtime. We played a tonne of games and developed into 5 player montages. I was particularly fond of ‘Blunder Bra and Cod-Peace’ – crime fighters in lingerie.

Media Intake

I’m still reading Gozeul’s Dark World Toy Box by Michael Nokes. Despite my frustration with the typos I’m approaching the end, mainly because I now feel I have to find out how it ends. I may not feel it was worth my time though.

Since our TV’s knackered we have not watched the new Doctor Who – I wanna see it on our pretty TV not my laptop. It’s annoying though… we’ve been snagging odd episodes of Boardwalk Empire though and it really is very good, even if they seem to have felt compelled to include graphic sex scenes. I know this gets people talking about the series (e.g. now) but it doesn’t add to the story or bring out the characters especially, other than those who are defined solely by their sexual activity. It’s kind of annoying.

We have failed to hit the cinema this week! Disaster. The Hunger Games is out though, so it won’t be long…

Events and Excitement

Friday 29th November

MissImp in Action – live improv comedy show


Thrilling all-action end of the month show sporting the best of MissImp inventing scenes and playing games.

The Glee Club
The Waterfront
Canal Street
8.30pm (doors open at 8pm) – £4.50 in advance/£6 on the door (£3 students/MissImp)



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