It is day one in my new academic diary and it is time for this old kazoo to go back to school.  My intensive 6 month writing boot camp with Lisa Clark begins today.  I took the day off work and have been writing like a machine.  My new project Movie Medicine is now up and running.  I have written the entries for Gone With the Wind, All About Eve and Jackie Brown and started planning the new website.  When it is ready for perusal I’ll let you know.

Yesterday I paid a visit to a newish vintage clothes shop on Park Road in Crouch End.  Who could have imagined that the best dress in the world would be residing in there with my name plastered all over it?  A big thank-you to Painted Black for making me feel like a million dollars for less than a ton.  Question is, where and when can I wear it?  These crazy fringed sleeves would cause an industrial accident if I tried DJing in them with The Shellac Sisters. I’m not sure they are practical for hostessing at a dinner party either.

I shall just have to find myself a fancy man who will take me somewhere appropriately fancy to wear it I guess…

My lovely ex came round for dinner and we had Vincent’s Coq au Vin.  It was bloody delicious.  I made it more or less as VP’s instructions except that I used small round shallots instead of silverskin onions.  I’ve never seen these in the UK to buy apart from pickled.  Does anyone know where I can get some?  I tried to get a picture of the brandy on fire – no flames…  but you can see my Robert Carrier recipe box in the background, thanks to Yinzerella over at Dinner Is Served 1972 I have developed a mild fascination with recipe card collections.  Don’t make me start another project PLEASE!  This week’s post about life on the dating scene made me crack up.  Am I really ready for Risking a Rodney again?

After dinner we watched some films of Vic’s band The Dylan Rabbit.  The stuff they do is definitely performance art.  Highly amusing for all of us.  How generous to entertain a whole pub of people by running around in your underpants.  I am sure that Vincent would have been a fan…

I am having internet connection problems at the Palace of Solitude so my thanks go to Owen’s Food Store – the lovely deli just down the road from me who are letting me steal their WiFi…  My posts may be a little out of date sync…

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