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I Wish I Had a Tail

Um, hi.

You look like you’re wondering about penguins. I was wondering about penguins as well, until I started wondering about whether you were wondering about penguins. Do you think this means we’re related? Me too! We should definitely catch up on all the things we missed out on since being separated at birth. I’m not sure how I feel about taking baths together, so we should probably start with showers, or I can leave my water in the bath for you to use when I’m finished. I see that you have exactly the same number of nostrils that I do.  Can you play the trombone? Me neither! That reminds me – do we have a sofa? I would offer to bring my beanbag but I had to empty it out so that I could hide in it more easily, so now it’s just a bag. You can hide in it if you like.

Generic Cover Letter (with brownies)

My Dear Prospective Employers

It’s your lucky day! You’re so lucky I almost wish I was you, except that the only reason you’re so lucky is because I’m out here looking for a job. Shush now, don’t get so worked up or you’ll be sick.

I’ve forsaken the traditional covering letter because I am much better at lying in person, so I’ll save that for the interview. Instead, I’ve decided that you’ll be much better off with a recipe for oat brownies.

Step one: check that you want to eat oat brownies. People often overlook this step and are stuck with millions of oat brownies and nowhere to put them, even after they’ve got rid of all their furniture.

Acquire a box, bag or bladder of oats. Decant them into a bowl and dispose of the packaging as per local arrangements. Allow to stand.

Add a chocolate flavoured substance of your preference. If you do not have a chocolate flavoured substance, you can use chocolate.

Add milk in a sprightly fashion, as though you were once a billionaire jockey with a huge house and a trophy wife, but you abandoned it all to live in a cave and pour milk on oats, because that’s how much you like pouring milk on oats. You know – sprightly.

Pop to the loo if necessary. If unnecessary, don’t pop anywhere. Honestly, I really think you ought to be figuring these things out for yourself by now.

Step seven: Stir the mixture until it looks about right or until you need to stop because there’s penguins on the television.

This next bit’s important, so I’ll write slowly:

Plonk the stuff on a thing and whack it in the oven

Step D: Oven it, with all like fire and that

Bring it out of the oven wearing gloves or, if preferred, a hat

Remark on the fact that this really isn’t a brownie but more of a big glob of burnt shit

Chop it into bits with a chopper

Throw it away

Like on Facenook if you care about orphans with no legs

Repeat step twelve until someone calls the police

Okay?

I can start immediately but will be on leave until next week because this week I’m busy cleaning oats out of my ear. Please make sure my desk is in a shaded corner, out of direct sunlight and with adequate drainage.

Self diagnostics

Dear Online Medical Community

I’ve reviewed all of your contributions to the internets and have diagnosed myself with everything. I’ll have to type quickly because I expect the leprosy to spread to my fingers any minute. Please do try to keep up.

After reading medical websites for eighteen hours straight, I realised that my vision was starting to distort. The most plausible explanation is that spider eggs were hatching somewhere in my visual cortex and eating my brain. I’ve started drilling holes in my head and gluing flies round the edges to tempt the spiders out. After I’ve finished, should I use some sort of filler to block the holes or can I just use them for keeping marbles in?

Am I supposed to be able to touch my right ear with my left elbow? I can’t. Can you? Am I eligible for financial support to pay someone else to touch my right ear with their left elbow?

Also, does Ebola taste like watermelon? My mouth started to taste like watermelon and I got so worried it was Ebola that I almost couldn’t finish eating my watermelon.

Please respond by phone because I think my eyeballs will probably have dropped out by the time you get back to me. If I don’t answer, it’ll be because my ears have exploded.

Thanks

Alex

Love, with error bars

Dear St. Valentine

May I call you St.? Are you at all related to Sesame St.?

Anyway…

I was planning to buy ten roses for the price of a small bungalow, but I got distracted and spent all of my money on anchovies. Will these do instead? I’ve made little cherub wings for them out of toilet paper and suspended them from a wire coat hanger. They look a bit like huge flies. Should I put glitter on them, or would that be weird?

I made a card to go with the anchovies. It says: “I love you more today than yesterday but not as much as tomorrow and a bit more than next Tuesday; probably about the same as that day last week when you made me beans on toast” but I realised that this would be better expressed with some sort of line graph. Then I got worried that the graph could be misleading without proper context, so now I have a sixteen page report with quarterly projections. I’ll sing it to her while she makes dinner.

Will this do?

All the best

Alex

Legitimate concerns

Anxiety is like chasing one-legged vampires – You spend all night frantically going round in circles and in the morning you realise the problem doesn’t even exist.

You know what it’s like, trying to get to sleep when you start wondering if your eyebrows are going to fly up your nose and suffocate you during the night? Nobody knows exactly how many deaths have been caused that way, because the eyebrows have always crawled back by morning. Sneaky little bastards.

Then I start worrying that we’ll run out of internet. Has anyone done a report about that? Someone really should. I bet if someone had done a report about 8-tracks or velociraptors or druids, then we wouldn’t have run out so quickly and we might still have enough to go around. We’d probably have to ration the velociraptors to one per family, but at least we could race them on weekends.

I’m also concerned about the atmosphere blowing away, what with the Earth zooming around in space the way it does. I’ve been practicing holding my breath and I’m up to three minutes, so I should have time to get indoors when it happens.

And what if the blogosphere collapses and all of these posts go flying around with no webbing to restrain them? We’ll all just be walking around the shops, minding our own business, when a huge swarm of viral memes comes and carries off our children. We need to stop creating memes, people! Think of the children!

Acting out

Dear Hollywood

Can I please come and be a movie star? I’m free on Tuesday and I’m already in 3D, so you’d save some money there.

I’ve studied all the great performances and compare my acting style to that of Lassie, although I rarely drink out of the toilet. I’m so good at improvisation I often forget who I really am. As ‘First Flying Monkey’ in a junior school production of The Wizard of Oz, I became so absorbed in the role that the Fire Brigade were summoned to get me out of a nearby tree.

I know that movie stars are judged by the number of tickets they sell at the box office but I’ve never actually worked at a box office so I might need to watch a training video. Actually, I did sell raffle tickets for the village fair once, so you don’t need to worry. I will happily do my own stunts and can bring my own banana skin as long as you give me a replacement banana at lunchtime. When my films are enormously successful I will want the option to buy the DVDs at three for ten pounds.

See you on Tuesday.

Alex

Popular vampires

Dear popular vampires

You are terrible vampires. No offence, but you’re a disgrace. Real vampires are all like “Raaargh!” with really good coats. They don’t sparkle and they certainly don’t knock up vulnerable teenagers, unless it’s all part of a ploy to make them taste better for the inevitable “Raaargh!”.

You see? Eating vulnerable teenagers = good vampire. Getting them pregnant = creepy vampire.

I don’t care if you are the living dead. Just try to have a bit of class about it. Kay? Kay.

All the best for your future endeavours.

Alex

Alternative Processes: Shopping

Process 1 (Hers):

  • Identify shops most likely to elicit spontaneous bouncing and rapid hand-clapping
  • Identify shops that “only cater to malnourished fifteen year olds”. Do not cross these off list
  • Order list in reverse proximity to home (because you might as well pop in, as you’re passing anyway)
  • Try three hundred garments, rejecting two hundred and ninety eight of them on the basis that they can be made to fit Part A or Part B, but never both at once
  • Briefly contemplate invasive surgery on Part B. Swiftly regain sanity
  • Buy two jumpers
  • Take one back

Process 2 (His):

  • Grudgingly accept that favourite jumper has seen better days – all of which were at least a decade ago – most of which were before the left sleeve started coming off
  • Agree to accompany Significant Female to retail outlets for the purpose of jumper replacement
  • On entering retail outlet, grunt at overexcited salesbuffoon while wondering whether he’s your size. Seriously consider robbing him for his jumper to avoid having to try things on
  • Unconsciously guided by store layout, discover overpriced cashmere jumper section
  • Feel heightened perception as pupils spontaneously dilate. Clap hands rapidly, a la demented sea lion
  • Consult with salesperson, nodding at the excellent points he makes regarding the false economy of cheap clothing
  • Buy three jumpers and a stylish hat that makes you look very like George Clooney would, if he wore a stylish hat
  • Never wear stylish hat

Jul-11

Preemptive Review: Films I haven’t seen yet

As a discerning cinemagoer and pick-n-mix gormet, I like to plan my sugar highs well in advance. To this end, I have compiled the following review of films I haven’t seen yet.

‘Underworld: Awakening’ is the seven hundredth installment in the series. Having exhausted all other aspects of vampire behaviour, it focuses on the morning rituals of the undead. As vampires neither shit nor shave, it’s essentially two hours of latex-costumed flossing. Basically dentist porn.

The bathroom theme is echoed in ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’ in which millionaire Bruce Wayne is forced to get out of bed for a pee, just half an hour before he has to get up, after putting it off for the preceding three hours. This annoys him so much that he has to dress in black rubber and beat up the mentally ill until he fells better.

‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengence’ is based on the life of an English novelist who writes autobiographies on behalf of famous Hollywood stars. His misunderstanding of American accents lead to numerous errors in his text and he descends into furious alcoholism.

‘I am Bruce Lee’ defies expectations, not only by being the only film of 2012 without a colon in the title, but as a life-affirming biopic of Yorkshire glass blower Bruce ‘No Lips’ Lee, who, despite suffering since childhood from chronic hiccups, became the most prolific creator of crap glass animals in history.

‘Star Wars Episode 1 – 3D’ extends the 2D film’s theme of dual Disappointment (CGI proves to be a rubbish substitute for muppets and a thoroughly unfavourable Gungun to Ewok ratio) by adding a third Disappointment (it’s still the same, lousy film).

‘Rise of the Guardians’ charts the increasing divorce rate and consequent trend toward step-parents looking after children. Funded by the Daily Mail newspaper, it’s tag line is ‘Traditional family values: how their decline killed Diana’

Dr Seuss’ The Lorax is not appealing in the least, not even with a popcorn feast. Its storyline, I hate to say, does not convince in any way.

New Year – Same Brain

Dear Brain

It’s that time of year again. I’ve spent the last week pickling you in booze and giving you free rein to ruin my body with festively shaped chocolates, but enough is enough. Now I need you to agree to a series of enormous changes for which you are neither prepared nor equipped. I know you probably don’t want to be my brain, but we’re stuck with each other until I can figure out a way to install the one I harvested from that hitchhiker.

Now, I appreciate that there are things that you don’t want to do, like working or exercising or not eating that eighth bag of M&Ms, but we need to come to some sort of compromise. I need you to do what I say, when I say it. Procrastination may seem like a good idea but… hang on… there’s a spider on that wall over there… I wonder what it tastes like…

Also, I don’t have a problem with you playing the same, distracting song repeatedly in the background while I’m trying to work. I just wonder why it always has to ’99 Luftballons’.

People keep telling me ‘All things in moderation’, but that seems a bit excessive. You don’t want to overdo the moderation. I reckon I’ll do some things in moderation and everything else to wild excess. While singing show tunes. Naked.

That is all.

Alex.

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