Shoe Number 5,6,7 and 8 – The Vans Collection

So from left to right. The Black ones with the white and red stripe. Now these get worn a lot! Comfortable…Good with black,the little flash of colour keeps it a bit funky. Can stand for extended periods in them. Brown ones, are a more bulky skatey boardy type -ha ha ha ha  -me on a skate board! They are the oldest pair and have seen some wear during my brown periods. The next pair are still so new they have only been out a couple of timess and are a little on the big side…agina I don’t know what happened there…so its big socks…but a fine selection of red and browns there. The last pair in my all time favourite maroon…oh my -this is really the dullest most boring blog ever…I am boring myself…I am about to eat my own arms off. My shoes and the story of their reason for being is really so insignificant I may have to go and scream in the street.. A quick interlude. An

Egyptian and Mr P. sharing an intimate moment in the British Museum.  So now I just need to try and divert your attention to the total dullness of the experience of my annoyingly sensible shoes before I continue on with the next pair as I am determined now I said I would start to finish. Sigh!

Blogging is such a strange phenomena…I mean what and why did I ever decide that doing a blog every day was going to be a rewarding experience for me or anything else. I suppose my first thought was the commitment and discipline of doing something every day, but now I am thinking maybe I would have been better off practising the guitar every day as I am not sure my writing skills will ever get better from this experience. my spelling and grammar are just appalling and I am forever correcting and re-writing , even this small amount I do every day.  I wonder if there are many dyslexic ‘writers’? I would love to know what their secrets are. So have you forgotten about the shoes? …nearly? well sorry because here comes pair number 9!


I like these shoes. Ecco are very comfortable, but I have a major gripe with ecco shoes- the ladies ones all look rather middle -aged and a bit thin and pointy- the shape at the toe bugs me. What is it about designers and pointy shoes. Just because I am a woman does not mean I want POINTY SHOES. Mr P. has the Male version of these shoes in brown and his are not pointy. I have all the things a woman needs, I don’t see why I should have to have my shoes made slightly more pointy so they are ‘more feminine’ I WANT ROUND TOED SHOES.   WHAT IS WRONG WITH UNISEX SHOES? OR UNISEX CLOTHES? That is why I like Vans as they don’t …well  not much, do that annoying ‘we better make them look a bit feminine, quick- make them more pointy’. Which brings me to another thing while I am having a mini-rant.WHY SHOULD MEN AND WOMEN HAVE COATS AND JACKETS THAT DO UP THE OPPOSITE WAYS? And how come its fine for me to wear a man’s coat but men go mad if they have a coat or a jacket that does up the wrong way? Why should what I wear have to be ruled by my gender? Well I don’t, but I would like some round toed suede shoes please.

SONG OF THE DAY -Nu Shooz I can’t wait

THIS WAS A BIT OF A FAVE IN THE 80’S not sure if it was just cos i likes the name of the band and the intro.

So after my post yesterday about bad hair.. My Friend Dennis Plaxton took 2 years to make this short film as it meant taking a picture of all his facial hair growing…everyday…the results! Well see for yourself!
and we have not even began to talk about Chris Rock’s really interesting film of the same name ‘bad hair’ which puts the caucasian hair dilemma into it’s true context when you see what society has done to the image  women’s afro hair-well worth a view.

This is a quote below ‘Rock has been slapped with the $5 million lawsuit by director Regina Kimbell, who accuses the star of ripping off her 2005 documentary Nappy Roots.Kimbell claims that she showed her film – which won the Pan African Film Festival’s best documentary award in 2007 – to Rock that same year.Kimbell’s film “takes an unparalleled look at how black hair is used as a prism through which to look at cultural, societal and political issues in the African-American community over time“,

But back to Mr Plaxton’s marvellous short film…give it 5 mins!

WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN! “This is proof that true liberation is when a people liberates themselves. No one invaded South Africa or Tunisia and yet they liberated themselves overnight. The US invaded Iraq and Afghanistan eight years ago to “liberate” them and they are still not FREE.” – Isa Eric Shaw

Song Of the Day

Walk like an Egyptian

And this is our version of the song, really badly lip-synced to our very own live practice track, this Saturday night after a very large  and truely divine dinner.   Our way of shouting out to the amazing Egyptian spirit!

It can be very dark at this time of year, inside and outside…but it is starting to get lighter and any day now( well in about a week to ten days) you will suddenly see a bulb trying hard to get it’s head out of the soil, or the first snowdrop (photo copyright Peter Sorrell, Selby Camera Club), or the first bud on a tree and a bit of light will drop into your life…as long as you are not moving so fast ..

My itunes happened to move onto this song by Coope Boyes and Simpson, never heard the track before -half way through and already in floods of tears. Something so moving…such a mystery how that happens with music sometimes…just completely takes you by surprise and rips through all the top layers of the old psyche and gets you in that place where it is tender…well it does with me.

I had the great pleasure of interviewing these wonderful singers at ‘THE BIG SING’ in the summer of 1998, and heard them perform. They have an ability to move you , dunno , that  part of the mysterious open vessel, connection with ‘oneness’, that Elizabeth Gilbert was mentioning her talk ( see my blog called ‘creativity). wow deep. ( they did also tell me they were possibly rock stars on the inside and maybe wore leather jock straps under their corderoy troosers..hee hee heee



Spring 1919

These men are fantastic socialist independent musicians so if you like this track  please download it for 79p from the link below.