Monday, November 27, 2006

Crash and Burn

Am I back in Ireland? Not quite. Got into Dublin this morning at 5:30 a.m. after the usual smooth flying that Aer Lingus provides. However, feel as if run over by said airplane plus two-ton articulated lorry. Meanwhile, check out this video on Youtube for a great laugh: Natalie Amnesty International Torn (that's what you search). Friends in Toronto directed me to it and I have been telling everyone else since. David Armand is a genius and Natalie is a sweetie. Would cheer up a corpse. Alas, Amnesty International UK forced the best versions off the air only today. Bad move, guys, whatever happened to sharing? A little generosity goes a long way, especially when you want people to be generous to you!

Friday, November 17, 2006

La Belle Ville

Having a ball in Montreal. I swear, everyone here has that je ne sais quoi that you get in Paris. A casual flair, a joie de vivre. People meet your eyes in the streets, even smile, most look happy. There's an old Hebrew saying that a stranger can see what's wrong in the first three minutes. But it also goes the other way. On a non-verbal level, you can grasp the essence of a place when you first arrive, an immediate reaction to it, before you settle in and meet the inhabitants and have experiences which colour your opinion for good or ill. Anyway, it's pretty goddam gorgeous. Just waiting to head off for my second gig at Magill, then later today doing Librairie Paragraphe. Hope to see some of you there!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Don't Panic!

Right now I am running around like a madwoman trying to get everything done before I leave for Canada. As well as sorting out finances, packing, figuring out what I can't take on the plane, and making notes for my talks, I must finish the bathroom renovations, get stuff to put on the woodworm I just discovered eating away the kitchen baseboards, stock the house with groceries, pick up last shopping items, clean the house, get American and Canadian dollars at the bank, AND -- last but not least -- look over the copyedit of The Light-Bearer's Daughter which is arriving tomorrow! Arghhhhhhhh
Meanwhile, here's a pic of me in my Indian outfit which I wore to my set-dancing fancy dress night. I bought it in Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, south India as it reminded me of an Irish dancing dress. It's embroidered with gold thread and tiny pearls, like a fairy costume.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Library in the Sky

Calling all librarians and bibliophiles. Look at this amazing site I've found on the Web through a google alert: www.librarything.com. What a labour of love. What a work of genius and ingenuity. I got lost in the interdimensional stacks. It even comes in different languages, including Welsh! (No Irish yet, though.) And have a look at Tim Spalding's other sites. He is without a doubt the reincarnation of Isidore of Seville, the great cataloguer of the Middle Ages.