So you can’t go to the hairdresser. Why not take the chance to create an entirely new you? Here are some ideas you can try at home: Continue reading Lemonade out of lemons: the new you
If, like Gert, you’ve been out of your usual whirl of cocktail parties, media appearances and clamourings for your advice on all sorts of subjects, you may appreciate this poem Happiness, which popped into our mailbox courtesy of the Paris Review’s Daily Poem service:
At a recent family wedding we needed a poem for a nine year old boy to read on behalf of the groom. The Gert who is a Poet had the inspired idea of this poem by the punk poet, John Cooper Clarke, which hit exactly the right note. The performance was a resounding success. Continue reading John Cooper Clarke
A recent delightful review on the blog His Futile Preoccupations of Elizabeth Jane Howard’s book Getting it Right gives us glimpses into the life of Gavin, the sweet natured, imposed upon, protagonist who also happens to be a hairdresser. We see the missed lunches, the arrogant and lazy salon owner, the clients who vary from pitiable to rudely demanding, and the toll it takes on Gavin to remain calm under all these pressures. (The fact that he lives with his parents who also have to be tip-toed around does not help.) Continue reading The Matisse Stories- A S Byatt
Everyone’s talking about the coronavirus, but life was much more dangerous in the past…. Continue reading Jawfaln, Lethargie and Tissick
What a beautiful book Transit Lounge has created for Carmel Bird’s latest novel. Rich dark red wallpaper on the end papers, and a gold-framed image of Monet’s Field of Poppies in the centre of each page, close ups of red poppies on the cover. One instantly wants to buy it for a gift for those who would appreciate it. And isn’t that everybody? Well maybe not.
In 1949, seventy years ago, Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex was first published, and became famous for the statement, ‘One is not born, but rather becomes a woman.’ The book came out in two volumes, Facts and Myths, and Lived Experience. She made many provocative observations, particularly emphasizing that because of childbirth woman was defined by her biology in a way man never is. ‘What is woman?’ ‘Other.’
I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I’ve been running ev’r since
It’s been a long time coming, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will
There have been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able to carry on
It’s been a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will
The wonderful voice and sentiments of Sam Cooke can be heard below. I always feel a surge of optimism when I hear this (but I have to disregard the horrible piercing chords at the opening of this recording, but then everything has its down side.)
Do you think we have a little reason for optimism at present? Is a change gonna come?
As our readers know, we are two Gerts. We are the poet, yogini, classical scholar and intrepid bush-walker, and we are also the singing, piano playing, weight lifting lying about, Gert. We are both compulsive readers.
Today, while Gert 1 is in a remote part of Australia leaping from rock to rock, this Gert, Gert 2, is minding the store and taking the opportunity to tell at length about her recent knee operation.