Postcard from Spain
A few notes that I'd jotted down in "old format" whilst on my recent Spanish sojourn (craftily coupled with hiding out from the Van Dammes):
Ahh, the satisfaction that you experience as the holiday progresses, as you lighten the weight of your baggage by using up your stocks of sun lotion, your painkillers, your batteries, etc. Order from chaos. Etc.
I have taken the following albums with me (nothing new and exciting): Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better Bjork - Medulla Amajuba - Like Doves We Cry Arctic Monkeys - Whatever You Say I Am Thats What I'm Not System of a Down - Hypnotize Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabies to Paralyze Scissor Sisters Air - Talkie Walkie Sigur Rós - Takk Muse - Absolution The Chemical Brothers - Push The Button True Love Waits - Christopher O'Riley Plays Radiohead Sci-Fi Themes Nine Inch Nails - Further Down The Spiral Sons And Daughters - The Replusion Box The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike Killers - Hot Fuss Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere NIN - With Teeth The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics Arcade Fire - Funeral Faithless - Outrospective DJ Scruff - Keep It Unreal
In the entire holiday I have only listened to the following: Nine Inch Nails - Further Down The Spiral DJ Scruff - Keep It Unreal (two thirds thereof) Scissor Sisters
Lack of expression
Whilst I am away from electronic forms of self-expression, I find myself lost in endless hazy trains of thought... they usually don't actually coalesce into anything constructive, but they just hang trancelike in the air... I stare into space... I just don't creatively think... or connect... as I do at home...
One train of thought that did actually solidify...
... related to Conservative hysteria (both wilful and misguided), and disproportionate responses to happenings.
This latter was before the latest escalation of the Middle East crisis, and in fact related vaguely to ant powder and pest control... more important matters have now overtaken me...
Returning several times to the same region of the Costa Blanca over three years, its interesting watching the urbanisations sprawl across the countryside... like the Army of the Dead swarming across Pelennor Fields...