31st August

Mind over matter. Will make the Pooh unfatter!

Despite my fears I weighed myself this morning and even though I was expecting to have stayed the same or even put weight on due to eating too much over the Bank holiday weekend I was pleasantly surprised to find I had lost another couple of pounds over where I was last week. Almost a stone in 3 weeks now! Strangely though, last week I felt as though I’d lost weight but the past couple of days I haven’t – I feel quite bloated – hoping it will pass. Otherwise I feel fine, in fact I feel better than before, happier (although Sarah said that I’m grumpy on fast days but I think that was a coincidence!) and generally a bit healthier. I’m not finding the fast days difficult like some people report as I’m the sort of person who will stick to it in this sort of circumstances. fasting seems to create a spiritual feeling within me. I don’t feel too hungry and I’m not tempted BUT I still miss tea on those days!!!!!

And it’s payday today so I paid the Virgin Media bill relieved that we hadn’t been cut off due to the late pay date this month!

Been using Spotify a lot recently, took me a while to get round to it but now I have I find it good for checking out new music. Today I listened to Stealing Sheep after I saw them mentioned in the Caught by the River newsletter. After that I caught up with a couple of recommendations from a friend namely Kate Denny and The Owl Service. I’m not sure if I’ll subscribe as £5 a month seems a lot (£10 if I wanted it on my mobile as well) to pay for the same service without adverts although they do seem to go out of their way to make the adverts as annoying as possible!! Besides the adverts give you a chance to go to the loo without having to pause it!!!!!!

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

I see they’ve made squatting in residential properties illegal. Another law introduced by this government aimed at protecting the rich. I think things are going to get much worse as more and more of the things we have taken for granted for most of my life will be eroded until this country is ran for the benefit of the few once again. The poem above, about Nazi Germany sprung to mind as the middle class will be distracted by the baubles that the establishment toss them to distract from what they are doing to the poor, disabled etc. Then one day it will hit them like a sledgehammer and there’ll be no one left to fight for their rights. I hope I’m wrong but this country will be a very unpleasant place to live if this Government has it’s way.

Driving through Croydon in the rush hour tonight on a busy main road I spotted a woman on the side of the road. She had parked her bike against a chain link fence and was kneeling facing west and the setting sun. Her back was arched, her hands raised and her palms outstretched, her head was thrown back, face toward the sky. Obviously she was in the midst of some sort of devotion.

To anyone passing by who even noticed her she must have simply appeared as either a complete nutter or a religious fanatic. I couldn’t help but wonder what was going through her head, what God she was worshipping – could it have been the sun itself. What strength of belief did she have that meant that her act of worship was so important that she stopped what she was doing, ignoring everything else and completely, unselfconciously throw herself into her devotions on the side of the road.

Sarah and Lissi went to the theatre with her mum to see a play called Rent which her brother was musical director for. So it was just me and Ben. We played a couple of games of 3d snakes & ladders but he kept cheating! We then watched a couple of videos and ate popcorn:

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