Much of a muchness

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Let’s dance…

I have been cutting board for the last few days for the 20 books (and matching clam shell boxes). 14 precisely measured pieces of board for each set. 280 pieces altogether. I am having a day off today as my arm is starting to hurt a bit at the wrist and a slight twinge of tennis elbow – which is annoying as I haven’t even had the fun of a game of tennis. In between, I have been tweaking and cropping 90 images (web sized image and a thumbnail for each) for the web site I am working on. I’m starting to feel like a robot. Luckily, my friend who owns the Pierrepoint Gallery has just offered to cut the rest of the board on this amazing all-singing, all dancing glass/board/perspex cutter he has at the gallery. Hurrah!

Talking of all-dancing….(tenuous link alert!) A while back, I did a post about the search engine terms people use to find my web site. Here is the latest all time stats.

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As you will notice, inexplicably ‘strawberry’ is still up there.  I hope the 79 people searching for ‘frumpy’ were disappointed – cheek! Javier Bardem is  climbing the charts – possibly due to the release of ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona’ in the UK (such a good film). There are still a lot of people looking for polar bear jokes but top spot goes to people searching for info on Sylvie Guillem. This is rather good news as I have just bought tickets to go and see Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant (also a genius) in a new ballet ‘Eonnagata’ at Sadler’s Wells in June.

“Eonnagata tells the story of the Chevalier d’Éon, Charles de Beaumont – diplomat, writer, swordsman and a member of the King’s Secret, a network of spies under the control of Louis XV. De Beaumont was perhaps the first spy to use transvestitism in the furtherance of his duties and until the day he died his true gender was a source of constant speculation, even provoking public bets in the late 18th century.”

Wow.

Watch this clip and then you will get a small idea of how excited I am! (Plus it might attract another 1357 Sylvie fans to ‘Much of a muchness’ – which won’t hurt!) I have optimistically bought two tickets for the performance in June and am now holding auditions for the part of ‘ballet enthusiast and date for the night’. Form an orderly queue ;-)

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In complete contrast, this is the most hilarious thing I have seen on the TV in ages.  ‘Red Nose Day‘ approaches – a huge charity fund raising day here in the UK organised by Comic Relief. As one of the events this year, a TV show called ‘Let’s Dance’ has lots of celebs and comedians re-creating famous dance routines in a competition which runs over several weeks. The comedian, Robert Webb, (half of  ‘Mitchell and Webb’ of ‘Peep Show’ fame and the UK version of the ‘I’m a Mac, I’m a PC’ ads) performed the famous routine from ‘Flashdance’. Here is Robert as he usually is.

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Here he is performing ‘Flashdance’.

I keep watching this and it makes me laugh every time. The rest of the competitors might as well throw in the towel now. It’s in the bag.

Milo news:  I have bored Milo into submission! He was fed up of sitting at my feet while I worked one day so he got up, ran downstairs (a first) and then went through the dog flap all by himself (also a first), came back in through the dog flap, back up the stairs and lay down by my feet again. I knew he could do it and was just being stubborn. Glory be!! It’s a miracle!! Now just need to train him to make me a latte and I’m sorted….

Statistics, damn statistics!

These papers are Japanese Chiyogami papers – nice book, I like this one although I don’t actually know why I bother. You may be wondering about the title for this post – it’s actually paraphrasing a quote by Mark Twain ‘Lies, damn lies and statistics!’ and here’s why….

WordPress have introduced a new dashboard. Not only can you see the statistics for the current day or week but you can see the stats for all-time since your blog started. Out of interest, I checked what the most popular search terms that people use to find this blog. Here is the first part of the result.

STRAWBERRY????? WHAT?? By an absolute mile and then some, the search for strawberry beats bookbinding by seven times! I suppose that there are other bookbinding terms such as book making (although some of those might be looking to place a bet!) or handmade books which if they were added together might help give the bookbinding numbers a boost but STRAWBERRY! Give me a break!

I am now throwing in the towel and for all you fruit fiends out there here are some more fruit shots. I raided my fridge and took these this morning. So for your enjoyment may I present BLUEBERRY!

RASPBERRY!

VERY SHINY CLEMENTINES!

GRAPES!

AND FINALLY – BANANAS!

I suppose that any means of attracting people to my blog is good. Maybe people looking for strawberries will see my books and stay around, who knows, but needless to say, the search is now on for paper with strawberries on it. I expect that if I could combine a book, strawberries and number three in the stats, wellies (wellies!) then my viewing figures would go through the roof. So I’m going to buy a pair of these, cut them up and make a book out of them.