A very smart journalist wrote a very germane piece in the New Statesman in which she said women are angry because they think they are not loved as much as they should be and want to have gorgeous bodies resembling , and I quote here “ the ideal body shape like a Brazilian transsexual” yep I go along with that all of it, and for the record I am a heterosexual. I am sure I would be loved more, especially by the Sainted One( presently away with a food parcel) if I had a glorious, slim, perfectly toned hairless body with enormous breasts which did not sag at all, and fabulous thin ankles and legs like a race horse. I mean let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to look like that? But these comments have apparently caused great offence to transsexuals and resignations have been called for, and questions were asked in the House Of Commons by some ridiculous woman “member”. Apparently it was all in the wording, it would have been Ok if it had read “transsexual people” I don’t get it, are there such things as transsexual poultry, cows, horses zebras … let’s do a paper on this. The author of the piece Suzanna Moore would do it well, she is hilarious, her reply to this “storm in a merkin” was to say “people can F…. off really. Cut their dicks off and be more feminist than me” . The woman is a riot .
Now to the subject of “She Wolves”… I pointed out to the author of said book last night that women who are ruthless enough to make it as leaders, are vile to other women. They are the most sexist and anti feminist of all homo sapiens, and would never give another woman a leg up ( excuse the genre) and would never dream of appointing a successor at all, because they never think they are going to die, and if confronted with this inevitability, it would never be another woman. I always feel nervous in the company of really powerful women and one thing I notice is that they have a horrible old age, because they have no women friends, and are consequently very lonely.
There are several things going on here. Last night I was invited by a very intellectual friend to a very select club in Pall Mall to listen to a talk given by a brilliant and most beautiful woman called Doctor Helen Castor. The subject was Queens of Power in Medieval and Tudor England. It was a joy to listen to, this woman constructs the most perfect and musical sentences and knows exactly how to connect with a room full of people whatever their cerebral capabilities. Above all she does not talk down and feel it necessary to tell you how clever she is , actually she doesn’t need to. Now for the connection with the above , there was a very annoying male person in the audience, with a high opinion of himself, who kept interrupting whenever the thing got anywhere near something biological such as Queen Elizabeth the first’s virginity. I cast a disapproving glance in this persons’ direction and noticed that he had a rain forest of nasal hair and dreaded the thought that I might be seated next to him at dinner. You see in Lambeth we live in a nuclear free zone, as we are informed reassuringly various road signs. Our house is also a “nasal hair free zone “ I am very severe on the subject and I am glad to say have not had reason recently to implement any penalties against a flouting of this sacred rule. I perused in my mind just what I would do if the seating plan put me in such an unpleasant position at dinner later and recalled how that great Queen Elizabeth reacted when Lord Oxford accidentally broke wind at court the great Queen banished him for twenty years and when he finally returned she announced “ Lord Oxford we have forgot the fart” .
The door bell rang back later!!!!!!
Do visit my son’s new website on www.andyanson.com
To be honest, it’s really good; well I would say that, but really, it actually is. He now works in Fashion, for www.hackett.com and used to be a pro-Classical musician and studied acting etc… It’s good to see him pushing the boat out again.
Bronwyn Maddox writes in the Times ,and I paraphrase, that Dave should stop promising “The Speech” about Europe and do what other Prime Ministers have always done , go to Brussels, know what you want and get what you can ..then come back victorious. I mean shape up you little boys at Number Ten, you really can’t explain anything about Europe because, as very clever American banker I spoke to yesterday tells me they are not economists. It’s the Blind leading the Blind because most people including moi don’t know what they are on about. Actually they are being wound up in knitting wool by a woman, Mrs M runs circles round them all and wears horrible power jackets. Fight Fire with fire boys, send Bronwyn Maddox as a special envoy, she is clever… no that is wrong, she is brilliant, she comes from a whole line of genius and she is a woman! We don’t want your speech Dave it will be a poor man’s “Sermon on the Mount” go see the film Lincoln Dave, Daniel Day Lewis says “go get them what ever it takes ” meaning votes for the Bill of Rights … personally I can’t remember a thing Dave has ever said and he has been our leader through monumental times . I suppose he thinks he is a pragmatist. But this will not prepare this great country for a referendum on one of the most important issues we have faced for fifty years. You don’t know the answers Dave so ask someone who does, and don’t ask us until we can understand it.
Really this fish thing is getting out of control , they want fish pie tonight. So I am putting on a bath cap to stop my hair smelling of Haddock as I prepare it.
Later I am going to see my brave wonderful daughter during her regular Chemo therapy, she is the most remarkable and perfect person and never complains, she is an inspiration to women suffering from Breast Cancer and is writing a book about it , and between treatments is full of vigour and fun raising a marvellous quiver of children and fluffing up an adorable husband . The old Chinese proverb says “ if your children are no better than you are you have lived in vain… I feel good about this.
Some of us went to see The film Les Miserable yesterday, believe me it is fantastic. The Sainted One said he didn’t want to see it because he had heard Hugh Jackman didn’t sing very well. News for you S.O. it isn’t his singing which send the entire female population berserk . This brings me to the really dull subject of e books and all those jealous freaks who hate writers and tell you that paper books are dead. Victor Hugo wrote this wonderful story which has just about everything going for it, including the subject of epiphany which is one of my favourite themes . He wrote it on paper in a thing called ink and it survived on paper as did all the great literary works . I often ask myself how anyone is going to compile interesting biographies of people or great diarists are going to survive on a hard drive, and how rooms are going to be embellished by shelves of e books, will they be called hard drive rooms …? Well don’t worry because I read that e books have had their day and that “the book” is back, apparently people don’t remember what they have read on a screen well what a surprise?
That brings me to making Marmalade, it is the most reassuring indication that some things never change, I have just made a lot of it and the Seville Oranges had to be obtained by a kind friend in North London because they were not obtainable South of the river where it was claimed that people don’t make things like that any more, this is of course another piece of evidence supporting the existence North South Divide. North Londoners are very snobby about us South London folk.
My grandson asked me if the delicious smell of Oranges was to cover up the smell of kippers he had left in the house last weekend? I do not know if he was joking, he has a delightfully dry sense of humour. This brings me to Hansard and the House of Commons , of course you will all know that this is a replication of the verbal semantics in that House of Gorillas laughingly called the House of Commons ( you will of course see the connection ). Thank you Matthew Parris, who must be the most sagacious of companions, he wrote in the Times that Dave must stop shouting and bowling out the other side. Of course he is right, but Matthew, you should know they all do that, especially in the home which is practice for the “House” it’s in the blood. I would love to hear Dave berating Sam on the subject of loading the dishwasher; it would be a long political address with lots of finger pointing, sure as hell not leading to any form of resolution, those sorts of domestic issues in my own experience of limited appeal , ” plus ca change” but then they probably do it differently up North London way.
We had a lot of people to lunch on Sunday in the Isle of Wight. One of my dearest friends attended and announced that she, and some other friends, had started a book club. This was naturally of enormous interest to me because I like talking to book clubs; by and large they listen politely to what I have to say, with the occasional gratifying titter. Now for me, this is especially rewarding, it builds my confidence because at present I live in house full of men and they never listen to anything I say. Of course you have to judge your audience carefully because all though I say it myself , I have some quite fruity jokes. Anyway I asked her what was their first choice of reading matter to be discussed. “Hello Magazine” she announced steadily. I was, of course rather taken aback and thought she was joking, but she wasn’t at least she was and she wasn’t . The first meeting was, she lamented, rather a failure in literary terms because as it turned out they had all read different issues. However they had a great time and I was pleased when she said they were now reading my latest book Flora’s Glory, which I suppose in some respects could be a kind of Hello to the eighteenth century. I offered to talk to them on the subject of my undoubted genius, actually there is a limit to what one can say about this, but invention is a fine thing and one which anyone who has lived with a politician will know. The trouble starts, when as they say “ you believe your own bullshit”.
On our return to the male dominated household in London we were greeted by the most awful smell of kippers which had been consumed at lunch time. I am very sensitive to the smell of fish, I hate it and so do most women, it reminds me of hot days at school when all the girls gathered for assembly. The house has been very cold for a while as a massive fumigation programme was put into action. This pleased the Sainted One because the heating could be turned off while all the doors and windows were open.