The Face You Deserve

Some of my friends are off to the Dorset Steam Fair this week (pictured below, taken by one of my friends a couple of years ago). They assure me it’s fascinating – lots of things that run on steam. Strangely they can’t understand why the more they talk about it, and just how many *interesting* steam things there are, the less enthused I am about the idea.  The old-fashioned steam-driven merry-go-rounds sound like quite good fun, but that doesn’t quite warrant spending the precious few remaining days of recess listening to men talk about internal combustion engines, doing that boy thing of trying to outdo each other on who knows the most obscure and *interesting* facts about a topic.

We are currently in negotiations about the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, which is the next stop on their travels. I’ve caved in on turning up, but not to the camping (it’s 30 minutes to get home, to a bed and hot water and all mod cons…) So I’ll be heading up there Friday evening after my surgery, but will be back for the Celebration of Age festival at the Council House on Saturday morning, followed by the rally against the Lib Dems cuts to Home Care, in Southmead. And then maybe back to Didmarton for more banjos and ukeleles and men with beards… I say that, but on Friday the Jolenes – friends of my friends – will be playing, and as you can see from this video, they’re not blokes and they don’t have beards.

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  • Quietzaple  On August 30, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Steam engines are heat engines, specifically External Combustion engines.

    Chaque un a son gout!

    • kerrymccarthy  On August 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      I knew as I typed internal combustion engines someone would tell me I was wrong!

      • Quietzaple  On August 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm

        I used to imagine an external combustion engine would operate outside the chamber Totally: obviously only one universal option.

  • Thus Spake Zarathustra  On August 31, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Looking the topic it’s easier for a Labour MP to kneejerk a transphobic joke instead of tackling NHS transexual healthcare that’s in breach of the Human Rights Act, NHS guidelines, and current public policy. But you already know that don’t you? Would you like to publish more baby topics as well just to rub it in?

    Transexual healthcare is so bad that no transexual given a choice will go anywhere near the NHS. So why is Labour’s first priority to continue a second rate option for third class citizens? Is it because they’re all talk and want to keep dangling just enough bait to grab votes off desperate people?

    The Tories are aiming to improve NHS healthcare for transexuals with a report due soon which promises more than Labour ever did during their entire time power. The backwardness of the NHS transexual healthcare reflects British failure. If politicians can’t fix this *one* thing how can they fix the country?

    Miliband doesn’t have what it takes to handle the OMFG floor opening up underneath you rabbit in headlights change transexuals live with 24/7. If the Daily Mail fancy covering my expenses Mili-bore can have my nuts in jar because he obviously needs them more than me.

    Labour’s policy analysis, campaign strategy, and funding issues are falling apart right now. They don’t get aspiration, talk change but don’t embrace change, and don’t put the people first. Perhaps Tories like Nadine Dorries go too far but Kerry McCarthy is all snark and no spark. How is that better?

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