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Monday, 4 April 2011

Incidents of Impish Japery

Monday 04 April 2011 -There are some songs that lift your mood, no matter how old they are and how many times you hear them. One of these songs for me is ‘The Cutter’ by Echo and the Bunnymen, it doesn’t matter how many times I hear it, it just transports me back to a place in time when I was genuinely happy. And today the song shuffled into play and so the day began well.

italy shieldThe past week has passed by quite slowly, but isn’t that usually the case when you’re counting days down to a holiday? Just six more and I’ll be en route to Italy…….Hurrah.

I had an odd experience whilst in our local Tesco last week, I bumped into four different people I knew, and all four were from a different decade and oddly enough it ran in chronological order; (not always a good thing for someone with OCD, as it just strengthens the belief in the oddities you live with.) The first person I met was an old school friend from my time in high school, (1970’s). The next person was someone who used to follow the band I used to sing with, (1980’s). The third person was an actor I had previously worked with, who is on tour at the moment and just passing through Stoke, (1990’s) The last person I met was one of the children I have previously had the pleasure of teaching drama, (2000’s)

I saw a news item recently where supermarkets said they have been experiencing incidents of shoppers rearranging their herbs and spices on the shelves to spell out rude(ish) words. So I thought I’d have a go at this impish japery, and so manipulated a few jars of herbs to spell what is pictured below.


I’m in town walking around and marvelling at the wonders that spring brings, I turn a corner and see a tree completely swathed in blossom. IMG_0354everywhere I seem to turn has evidence of life waking up from winters slumber. Daffodils dance in the breeze and crocus bob their purple heads. Springtime is made so much better by the move into British summer time.

My iPod shuffles, and as I walk into the city centre The B-52’s play ‘Give Me Back My Man’, a song that lyrically contains the wonderfully bonkers chorus:

I'll give you fish, I'll give you candy, I'll give you everything I have in my hand.

And the good news is that the band will this October celebrate their IMG_035335th year of being together. I’m glad that my iPod is playing an uplifting fun track as i stumble across another incident of impish japery. Someone has stuck a piece of paper over a local paint store’s sign to change it’s meaning.

As I get ready to post this draft to my blog, The Fears, a really good local band shuffle forward and ‘Memento’ bounces around my kitchen. For those who are interested here’s the link to their myspace page.

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