Freezing my …

by Lee Hopkins on May 20, 2005 · 0 comments

in miscellaneous

Timing is all, isn’t it?

I have a really bad cold/flu. So now is the perfect time for the reverse cycle airconditioning heater to collapse, after less than a year from installation.

It’s a Panasonic unit, by the way…

The repair company that services Panasonic units still under warranty don’t keep a spare of the dual overhead flanging scrumptionshiner that has gone faulty.

So it’s freezing in the Adelaide hills at night, it’s a weekend, there is no ‘supply’ date given for the new scrumptionshiner, I feel like death warmed up in a bucket…

But hey — on the bright side, it’s not a cold day, I’m about to go outside, sit in whatever sun is available and record my report for FIR #35; the lovely Heidi Miller gave me a fabulous review in her own podcast (which, by the way, just keeps getting better and better as she, and we all, get used to the medium); I will then create the advert powerpoints for my church‘s Sunday service and then get back to re-reading a much-loved classic: ‘Smiley’s People‘.

I’ve been struck by a ‘Desert Island Discs‘ attack, so am currently attempting to re-read my favourite books and compile a list of top 8 pieces of music I’d love to be stranded with on a desert island. And I do believe that I am already in the best country in the world (.mov – corrected link) so it would take a lot to make me want to be stranded on a desert island.

For the record, the favourite book after the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare (which are automatically stranded with you) would be “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch“.

I’ve read some of Terry Pratchett’s other stuff, but it’s the darkness in the humour that works for me in this book. I loved Gaiman’s Neverwhere series on the beeb when it first aired, so was very thankful when someone bought me the ‘book on cassette’ version. As a reviewer said, Neverwhere is ‘the sort of book Terry Pratchett might produce if he spent a month locked in a cellar with Franz Kafka’

Music?

  1. ‘Nightporter’ by Japan
  2. “Nostalgia’ by David Sylvian
  3. ‘Once Bitten Twice Shy’ by Ian Hunter
  4. ‘Paper Plane’ by Status Quo
  5. ‘Rain Dogs’ by Tom Waits
  6. ‘Don’t Stop the Dance’ by Bryan Ferry
  7. ‘Dare You To Move’ by Switchfoot
  8. ‘Eagle Rock’ by Daddy Cool

And if I could only take one song? Eagle Rock.
My luxury: as George Clooney said, an anchored yacht.

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