Wednesday, August 18

The Hokey-Cokey Life

Referring back to an earlier entry (saturday, august 7th) on 'sloth' - "Sloth? Contemplation, my friend, con-tem-plation" - I neglected to add that Tom Hodgkinson (author of the forthcoming How To Be Idle) is one of the nefarious band of chancers behind the Idler magazine.

Excellent as it is, I feel it's fair to point out that the online edition is as true as its title would suggest; updates are infrequent, but there's a treasure trove of past interviews (with the likes of Bruce Robinson, John Cooper Clarke, Keith Allen and Alex Chilton) and other stuff to savour.

Stuff like this little homage to the pleasures of the balcony - and after my necessary errands of the morning ("What am I - a fucking taxi?") I intend a proper contemplation of the Thames, with some cheapo Chilean red and an early Evelyn Waugh to dip into (before he got spazzed by religion)...

So, to the balcony:

A good balcony is an essential ingredient for a day of languor. It can be on the eighteenth floor of a tower block, where you water the window box of daisies, sit on a deck chair with a can of Holsten Pils, and consider the intricate, interwoven stories of the city. It can be on the third floor of a villa in Portugal, with the sea below waiting for you to make up your mind, as you stumble around in front of the barbeque, gripping a bottle of red wine by the neck. It can be on the fourth floor of your office, site of clandestine joints, snatched sexual liaisons and an exultation of indifference toward that bloody job.

Wherever you find your balcony, savour its essential pleasure - half inside, half outside. Like the Hokey-Cokey, you have one foot in the world, and one foot out.
Hmmm. A can of Pils? How very 1992.

posted by DD @ 08:55 


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