Saturday, July 31, 2010

Absence of taste

Prudence and her talented friend J (who blogs here) went to the craft fair yesterday.

They realised very quickly that failing to read the fine print was a mistake. It was the Craft, Quilt and Stitch show. With an emphasis on quilt.

Sadly, quilting has ceased to be about thrift and creativity and become about how much one is prepared to spend on a computerised sewing machine. Some of these monsters have handlebars!

There's little skill left in the craft and not much style, if this show is an indicator.

And how, Prudence wonders, does stamping come to be considered a craft. Unless one is prepared to carve one's own potato, it's just an up-and-down arm motion. Again, largely devoid of taste.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Let's not be friends

What on earth can facebook mean when it sends one friend suggestions for both Warwick Capper and Gene Simmons?

Monday, July 26, 2010


After the bowdlerisation of Noddy and Big Ears' perfectly innocent relationship some years ago, it looks like the Famous Five, Secret Seven and Fifth Form at St Clare's are about to undergo some character surgery.

School tunics will be replaced by uniforms, dirty tinkers will become travellers and the best of the exclamations will be... modernised.

Yup, Enid Blyton is again being edited. Apparently, it's because children don't understand the language.

Prudence, who makes a point of using all those words, all the time, thinks the kiddies will cope perfectly well.

But she would like to see a little realism snuck in - such as Mummy and Daddy resorting to whiskey when the children are inevitably kidnapped by the smugglers.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Just shut up

Prudence would like someone with a loaded blunderbuss to take careful aim at either George Colombaris, or his writer, and fire.

Anyone who thinks it's acceptable to say: "Dreams are like stars, if you follow them, you'll reach your destiny. And your destiny is Masterchef. Come on!" deserves to die of extreme lead poisoning.

Required viewing

Being something of a political junkie, Prudence was unable to resist the leaders' debate.

She didn't like the low blow Tony struck about raising a family. Hadn't we already covered that?

Julia, on the other hand, hasn't mentioned certain bathing attire.

Purely on those grounds, she wins.

But doesn't she have very odd ears?!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Keep it simple, stupid

What, Prudence wonders, has happened to ordinary nouns.

Tony Abbott (whom Prudence doesn't like for, oh, a multitude of reasons) is a serial offender.

In one press conference yesterday, he offended Prudence's ears with usage when he meant use, and linkage, when link was most definitely called for.

Prudence's theory is that it's an attempt to sound cleverer than he is, and that it belies a deep lack of confidence.

Monday, July 19, 2010

No secrets

Prudence and a posse of girlfriends descended upon the Made on the Left Markets on the weekend. Incidently, Prudence loves a market held in a pub! It covers all desires.


There were lots of pretty things for sale and lots of interesting subjects for people watching.

Prudence's favourite was the young woman done up in immaculate steampunk - corset, ruffled skirts, tights ripped just so... up to and including the large, purple bruise on her neck, rendered in a very tell-tale shape.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Prudence thinks the police who think tasering colleagues is fun, or acceptable, or whatever, are idiots.

But mostly she wishes the ABC presenter would say tasER, not tasAR.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Longer than a lifetime

Prudence ventured into the shiny new Apple shop in Hay Street this morning.

A very enthusiastic boy helped with her purchase.

As per the script, he asked whether Prudence was a recent convert to Apple.

Prudence had to resist the urge to tell him she'd had a mac since before he was born.

She supposes the commitment to retouching her greys is working.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

No future in it

Feeling pale and wan, Prudence and beloved opted for curry for dinner.

Prudence drew the short straw and had to go and get the takeaway.

In the very small restaurant, she couldn't avoid overhearing a first date. Going very badly.

Just as she was leaving, the woman tried to salvage things, by telling the man she didn't think of him in physical terms (he was obese, with thick glasses and thinning carroty hair).

Prudence supposes there wasn't a second date.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

And your point is... ?

At Prudence's second-favourite cafe this morning, C, wearing stripes with checks, pointed out that A had his shirt on inside-out.

Prudence loves irony with her latte.

Atop one's hed.

Latterly, Prudence has been acquiring a collection of hats.

After all, Prudence asks - rhetorically - what outfit is not enhanced by a hat?

The latest one, Prudence notes with bemusement, is made from Woll.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Heartbreaking cleanliness

Do you know what happens when one puts an iPhone through the wash?

The water washes all the applications away.

It's tragic.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Season of change

Prudence's friend J, who is a Lawyer of Note, has gone on long service leave.

She appears to have been replaced by Dr Who. The Tom Baker one. Although he lacks a scarf.

Prudence thinks there's a joke in there - long service leave and the last time lord - but can't quite make it work.