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I don't update this journal very often. The main reason for this is to spare you the following:

1. Repeated and frequent entries about how rubbish I am and how little I've written and how difficult writing is and how I'll probably never make it anyway and that I'm kidding myself if I think one book contract would bring in enough money to solve our financial worries.

2. Repeated and frequent entries detailing my love for BBC Radio 4 and how I feel I've become a better, more well-informed person since I started listening to it regularly.

3. One entry on smear tests and why I left it 12 years before having a second one.

4. Infrequent and desperate entries on local house prices.

5. Regular complaints about migraines. The last one was so bad -- as if someone was stabbing me in the head, over and over again, for 12 hours -- that I've finally arranged to have a blood test to check my blood sugar level and find out for sure whether or not it's the cause.

6. Depressing allotment updates. There's too much still to do! And it's probably too late to plant out the over-wintering greens, alas.

See? That's how kind I am. You didn't have to read any of that. :D
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There was a lot of pointwork (not sure of spelling for 'point' -- should it be more Frenchified than that?) in "Giselle" and, having witnessed lots of ballet classes in my capacity as pianist, I know just how painful and bloody it can be to dance on your tippy-toes.

A New York-based artist, Esao Andrews, admits to being fascinated by the horror of ballerinas' feet. He took photographs. He put the photographs on his website, which you can find here. After you've finished enjoying the pretty moving things, click on the antique camera beside the mirror (incidentally, I love the reflection of the cursor in the glass) and then click on the four blobs that appear on the right of your screen. Each blob will reveal a fresh hell of corns and hammertoes.

I understand that it's sometimes necessary to suffer for one's art, but perhaps ballet takes it too far. The only inconvenience that I suffer as a pianist is that I have to keep my nails as stubby as possible.
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posted by [personal profile] madelinekelly at 11:42pm on 16/04/2005 under
I went to see a ballet with my mother a couple of weeks ago—‘Giselle’. We arrived late, as is traditional with our family, and neither of us had enough cash to buy a programme. By the time we’d crept into our seats the ballet was already going. I didn’t have a clue what was going on. Neither did mum.

One thing that did surprise me was just how much mime and walking about there is in classical ballet. The only ballet I’ve seen in recent years has been modern dance, which seems to be about perpetual graceful movement. In ‘Giselle’ there was a lot of pointing at things and shaking of heads. I couldn’t make much sense of it, but here’s what I thought was going on... )

Bear in mind that it was over a week ago so I may have got the order of events a little muddled.

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