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in praise of sleep

I’ve just finished At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien. Don’t let the incomprehensible title put you off. It contains vast stores of wisdom:

What is wrong with…most people…is that they do not spend sufficient time in bed.

I find nothing to disagree with in the above.

When a man sleeps, he is steeped and lost in a limp toneless happiness: awake he is restless, tortured by his body and the illusion of existence.

Flippin torturous body.

Why have men spent centuries seeking to overcome the awakened body?

YES. Forget this waste of thinking power, philosophers.

Put it to sleep, that is a better way. Let it serve only to turn the sleeping soul over, to change the blood-stream and thus make possible a deeper and more refined sleep…

In fact, let us all become cats:

cat pandaI admit he looks more like a panda in this photo, but it’s the same principle.

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the 8 things i wish i hadn’t done in 2012

WHAT IS UP. It is my last blog post of 2012, that is what is up.

As I lay awake last night pondering what to blog about, I fell asleep. Here, therefore, is a badly-planned, hastily-cobbled-together blog post. Same as normal, you say? Oh, pipe down. Just read it.

In no particular order, then, here are 8 things I wish I hadn’t done in the twelvemonth which will shortly be hanging up its shoes for the last time. Perhaps I could take this as a sort of reverse New Year’s resolutions list?

one Started a blog in August with no clear idea of what I was going to blog about, only that I should post regularly.

With the result that some of my posts were a bit rambly and..well, just not very popular. Kind of like the kid in glasses who dreads the playground because he always gets bullied. Since you ask, WordPress stats indicate that this was my least popular post. Go on, click it. Make it feel better. If only for a day.

I didn’t actually think that post was that bad. Obviously you, my loyal readers, did. That kind of emotional damage is scarring. Therapy will be expensive. Wait..I don’t know where I’m going with this.

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on life, and its inability to make sense

Do not overbalance in shock when I tell you life is not always straightforward.

I know, right? STOP PRESS. (Does anyone actually say that? *googling* Oh… Wikipedia says it is most frequently used sarcastically. Pshaw, as someone I know actually did say recently.)

Anyway, where were we? Oh yes, life = complicated. And sometimes things are just not what they seem. And sometimes things ARE what they seem, but you’re so used to them being all twisted that you end up playing a game (game! ha. not that there are any winners. #doomandgloom) of opposites, and assuming that black is white when really on this occasion, it isn’t. And then you start talking about the occasions on which black really IS white, and then you get accused of racism, and then someone starts playing a song which you really don’t like – musically, at least. The lyrics contain an admirable sentiment, init.

And so, here is a list of things you already knew! Yay?

one A clever person can say and do stupid stuff.

with thanks to sheldon's quote

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