Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Getting crafty at Xmas

A few years ago I was wondering what to do with the large collection of wine corks my son had amassed from years of his parents' consumption. Here's the post with some of the ideas.

Like many of my research projects, I never end up doing them. I didn't make the wreath, not did I make the cork necklace. (In that case, it wasn't for want of trying. It just looked rubbish).

A few weeks ago, I did actually start a Christmas project, made up by my very own self. No Pinterest influence as far as I'm aware. And here it is -

Ta - daaaaa. 

It looks more sparkly in real life and the next one I make is going to be even more fabulous.

Here's what you do. (It's easy but slightly labour intensive).

1. Make square outlines out of corks. 
2. Make each square slightly smaller than the last, so that you get the angle of the tree. (You will have to cut the end corks down to achieve this.)
3. When you have your squares made, glue them on top of each other, at angles.

Here's what it looks like from the bottom, to give you an idea. The first square I made with three corks on each side of the square. For the second layer, I cut the third cork of each side in half, so the entire square was smaller, You can eyeball how much you want to cut off, but don't make the size difference too small or you won't get the Xmas tree effect. It'll look like a bulky bush (as they say!).

4. After you have glued a layer, I would advise you to wrap some glittery thread around it and the neighboring layer. This is so that if the glue snaps (as it sometimes does when using a glue gun), the layers are still held together by the thread. 
5. Add a champagne cork for the top, or anything you like really. 
6. Wrap more glittery stuff and glue. 
7. Glue small baubles into the gaps between the layers. 

Rinse and repeat. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Trying to Ignore Trump. (Hint - Mission Impossible)

It's pretty hard, pretending that Trump isn't our next President despite gaining over 1.7 million votes less than Hillary Clinton and depite almost half the bloody country not even bothering to vote. The only thing that gives me hope that the entire country hasn't gone to the dark side is that less thatn a quarter of Americans actually support him. 

Unfortunately, because of the character of the man, he's very hard to just ignore.  He reminds me of a really unbearable, attention-seeking child who'll do anything either to hide what he's done or just to suck all the air out of the room. He obviously responds to negative attention, but ignoring him just makes him jump on Twitter at 3am to pick another pathetic fight. Last weekend it was with the entire cast of the Hamilton musical in New York. His VP-to-be, Mike Pence, had gone to see it, and yes, he was booed by some members of the audience. (That's what you get when you say "Congress should oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with heterosexual marriage", and then attend a Broadway musical. They are NOT your people Mike.) The cast member who was speaking for all of them, asked the crowd to stop boo-ing then read out a request to Pence which included the phrase "we truly hope that our show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us." 

Terrible isn't it? You can see the whole thing here.

Apparently Pence wasn't offended. 

Trump however - went ballistic. Mental. Lost it. And took to Twitter. Again.


 Then he does what he does best. Criticizes the "harrasser". 

And then he demands an apology. 'Cause he's never insulted anyone. 

Can you imagine four more years of this? Ye gads. Someone needs to ban him from Twitter for the good of the country. Wait till he starts spatting with Putin. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Post Election Vocabulary for Talking to Americans

A little light-hearted post about the impact of the election on US/UK dialogue. Pop over to the blog at the Huffington Post UK to read it.

Have a good weekend everyone. Winter's coming!

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