Stuff what I wrote in 2013

January 3, 2014

January:

February:

March:

April:

May:

June:

July:

August:

September:

October:

November:

December:


It’s all good.

January 1, 2014

Karen at Uborka asked:

Looking back, what was so great about 2013?

This was my reply.

2013 was a landmark year. After years of struggle, K escaped from a ghastly work situation, and entered a hard-earned new phase of fulfilment, security and freedom. I haven’t seen him so happy in years. This cushioned the blow of my redundancy, which would have been a disaster even a year earlier, but which in turn set me free.

2014 will be another year of massive change, as we leave Nottingham and Derbyshire, and relocate to a dream home in a beautiful part of the world. I don’t know exactly what lies ahead, but I can’t remember the last time I felt so optimistic at the start of a new year. It’s all good.

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Uborka Friday Cocktail Orders.

September 9, 2011

Humbled by your collective self-effacement, I have waivered the PIMP YER STUFF rule. And in accordance with @merialc’s request, all cocktails will contain added flecks of gold.

Please collect your orders from the bar. Your ambient cocktail-sipping soundtrack can be found here.

For me: a Long Island Iced Tea, in memory of my happy sojourn in Manila last year.

For @erzsebel: a Bloody Mary. Her choice has something to do with wasps. I have no idea why, as I have always left entomological matters to my civil partner @ktd (a former expert on the subject).

For @Gert: “one of those champagne and Guinness things”. Black Velvet, I believe. I apologise for the lack of Alannah Myles on the mix CD.

For @gordon: a Peartini. I’ve always been more of a lychee-tini man myself, but each to his own.

For @helen_kara: a Margarita, fit for a domestic goddess.

For @graybouk: a vodka, lime and soda. GRAYBOQUOTE: “I love the way that my tune has two listeners – I’m so proud!”

For @uwitness: a Lomg Slow Domestos Up Against The Wall, with ice and iron filings. So much classier than these modern-day Vim-based alternatives.

And finally, for @TrailDragon: a large flaming Sambuca, to wash away the insipid taste of the carrots on which he has been chomping. Just don’t start playing THE SAMBUCA GAME, alright?

The year has been 2004, the blogging has been Second Wave Pre-Book Deal Old School, and I’ve been Troubled Diva Mike. I now return you to your regular hiatus. Cheers!


Uborka Friday Cocktails

September 9, 2011

HIATUS BREAKER ALERT! Following a special dispensation from @erzsebel, I am opening the bar for UBORKA COCKTAILS, for THIS AFTERNOON ONLY.

However, drinks orders will only be accepted if you PIMP YER STUFF, either on the Twitter or in this comments box. Update: I have waivered this rule, on grounds of inappropriateness to the era of British blogging which this post references.

Orders will be totted up, and drinks doled out, at 16:45 UK time.

NOTE: If you haven’t the foggiest idea what I’m on about, then please resume the default “Troubled Diva on Indefinite Blogging Hiatus” position.

UPDATE: COCKTAILS ARE SERVED.


Friends and “friends”.

January 13, 2011

Earlier this week, The Guardian ran a think-piece entitled “Friendship, Facebook-style. Are social networking sites promoting devalued, impermanent relationships?” It reminded me of similar observations which I made (while in the grip of an uncommonly sour, grumpy mood, and rather too long-windedly, as was my habit) on my old blog, nearly four years ago.

(If pressed for time, and aren’t we all these days, skip to the third section, just below the second horizontal rule. The rest is ancient history.)

It’s a shame that my old commenting system packed up, as I remember quite a lot of people disagreeing with me, and I’d like to check back. I wonder whether anyone’s opinions have changed since then?


Nice while it lasted (see update)

January 13, 2011

I am finding WordPress’s relaxed attitude to post titles very liberating, in an Autumn 2001 kind of way.

Update: This would be fine and dandy, were it not for a bothersome glitch in WordPress: namely that comments left on posts without titles can’t be directly accessed via the “recent comments” widget on the sidebar. Oh well. We can’t ever go back, can we?


There’s no escape from a Tangerine Dream.

January 13, 2011

I have a Tumblr, but I don’t use it much. Yesterday, I posted this photo to my Tumblr account, which I spotted on an ILM thread (“Vintage seventies (or sixties and eighties) magazine ads for albums”). For the first time since I started using Tumblr, the photo then got picked up and re-blogged all over the place. (N.B. This is how Tumblr works. Everybody re-blogs everybody else, and the culture permits it).

Anyhow, for those who don’t do Tumblr (which is most of you), here’s the photo once again.

(P.S. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one place on the web where everybody put ALL their stuff, rather than spreading it around various blogging systems and social networking platforms? This is kind of why I seem to be blogging again. I just want everything in one place!)


Nope, still can’t think of anything that I particularly want to blog about…

November 2, 2010

…but it’s always worth leaving the door ajar, isn’t it?


Which Decade Is Tops For Pops: Volume II, A New Decade.

May 11, 2010

Well, I do hope you’re all enjoying New Look Troubled Diva so far! But if I can just step in and quell the madness for a second: “Which Decade Is Tops For Pops?” has just made its debut at its new home at Freaky Trigger, now with six decades to place under our collective microscope. All previous running totals from 2003 to 2009 have duly been reset to zero, as the game begins again.

Please join me!


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