This is obviously my personal site but my online content arsenal is vast. It includes Greater Gotham: Going Global, a blog about being out and about in New York City and what happens when you turn Gotham Girl lose on the UK; Fabulous Foodie, where food and food culture are served up a la carte. Last but not least, there is Modern Parlance -- home to my hard-working writer alter ego and headquarters in my nefarious plan to take over the world. It is also home to my work blog - Personal Parlance, where I hold forth on publishing, books, social media, communication, indexing, writing, education – and anything else content-wise that catches my eye.
I had wanted to call the whole thing Operation Empire but several of my friends suggested that might put people off. Upon consideration I decided that a) they were right (so went with Modern Parlance) and b) to effectively take over the world, I would need fewer friends and more minions. Applications being accepted now.
Scribbles & Notes
Of course, the word-smithing started long before the plan for world domination. At one time or another, my personal writing projects have included:
Take 2 Movie Reviews which proved indirectly that I once had a social life where as TV Rants & Raves suggested perhaps that I didn't. (I take comfort in the fact that I haven't updated it lately - which suggests that things are looking up.)
The only thing my ongoing Bibliomania ever suggested was that I needed more shelves and the patience to wait for paperbacks. Publishing Grunt's Bible came about because working with books isn't the thrill ride that reading or buying them is.
There were pure flights of fancy like Staving off Ennui, the Server Sees the Sights; there were answers to hypothetical questions like "what should go in a toy hall of fame and then there were the snarkathons - first site website I ever did - Alias Smith & Jones Site and the Dark Shadows Snarkathon.
Much older material is kept in the Ephemera Archives - moved to the backburner but not completely forgotten. Who knows what'll end up catching my attention next...
Wrapping up 2002
End of the year wraps ups are cool and trendy and I am, if nothing else, cool and trendy (stop that snickering, peanut gallery) so here's my wrap up. I'm sure I'll forget many things but since history repeats itself, those items will doubtless have their day in a recap in the not so distant future.
And some thoughts so ephemeral they didn't make it to the archives the first time around:
The friggin' post office is raised the price of a first class stamp AGAIN! It's like an annual tradition now. Do you know that - ironically - they filed for their last rate increase the morning of Sept 11 about 20 minutes before the chaos began? And when asked why they need the rate increase, they say it is due to all the problems created for them post 9/1! LIARS! God, I hate the postal service sometimes and I hope they continue to lose vast amounts of money and blame the growing popularity of email. Every time they say that, newspapers print the long list of INTERNAL reasons that the postal service looses millions every year and they are shame faced. They should be. I know the 19th century wasn't perfect but the idea of 3 deliveries a day for free is pretty appealing just now. I probably wouldn't have liked many other features of that time period - being of the gentler sex (*SNORT!*) and likely to have been repressed for my own good - but still, there's a lot to be said for free mail service and corsets DID improve the posture. They aren't a bad look for me either. Come to think of it, full skirts might camouflage fuller hips. (Hmmm...Note to self: look into time travel)
According to the media in Britain this past march, Chelsea Clinton was the fifth most eligible woman in Britain. OK, fine but, what about the in-law problem you'd have. Yuck
A personal highlight for me this year was going to see Private Lives. I would just like to say that until you've seen Alan Rickman throw himself face first into a floor pillow, you haven't truly lived. Not only is Alan Rickman FANTASTIC as Elyot but Amanda was played by Lindsay Duncan. I simply ADORE Noel Coward so it goes without saying that I adored the show but the show wouldn't work without chemistry between the two leads and my GOD did they ever. I knew they would because I'd seen them work together before. Together they are divine (God, I sound like I just came from a Coward play). I saw them together in - geez, I think it was 88 or 87 - in Les Liaisons Dangereuses playing Meurtile (who I've just misspelled) and Valmont (having seen Rickman's Valmont first, can anyone blame me for not taking Malcovitch seriously?). They crackled then and they just got better and better as time passed. Alan needs a haircut but other than that he was great. His timing is flawless and I've never seen any one "mug" so sincerely. I mean, part of the charm of Elyot is the piffle but he's desperate underneath for Amanda to take him seriously. And she of course loves the piffle and afraid of taking it seriously. So there's a great deal of sparkling, brittle wit thrown around with very fraught glances. And the whole thing is hilarious. I would guess that most people do not put "Alan Rickman" and "schtick" together in a sentence but they should because the man is comedy gold. He and Lindsay go from shallow frivolity and really touching so fast you could get whip lash but that's what it takes to do Coward successfully. And you know, they manage to do with without making it sounds too much like "Oh DARLING! Look! It's a Coward play, dahling! Oh you mustn't!" The two secondary characters did fall a bit into that but it wasn't too bad. They aren't on very much. It's mostly just Alan and Lindsay and fabulousness. The sets were gorgeous! Really first class. Everyone dresses a la on Old Christie movie of the 30s or 40s and I would kill someone for Amanda's wardrobe. Alan spent a good portion of the show barefoot and in pajamas and dressing gown. Yummy. Anyhow, it was great fluffy, frothy fun and he was stunning and elegant but also brittle and flippant by turns. In short, he was perfect.
The fireworks for the Queen's Jubilee were spectacular. There were moments where I thought the Queen MIGHT have been enjoying herself and then recalled how much reseeding the lawn would involve. I do think she might have worn something a bit more - festive. Must everything be so SENSIBLE? On the other hand funereal wear in the past year has been downright stylish. She just needs to extend that to her everyday wear. The younger generation in the Royal box ALL looked like they'd rather be dancing. Frankly, so did Camilla who seemed chuffed just to be there. Loved the projections on the building. Stunning.
In the tradition of the ubiquitous award shows "Montage of the Dead", I have my own. It's not everyone obviously but the ones that caught my attention for one reason or another.
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