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Date: 2009-12-15 14:30
Subject: Hooray, I'm 42
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Mood:happyhappy
Tags:birthday, life, presents
I'm having a fantastic birthday today.

Cat and I just took a walk down to the shops and bought delicious things for lunch and cakes from Patisserie Valerie. Later we're going out to eat Japanese food. I got lovely presents from Cat and The Teenager - 2 boxes of very nice chocolates, Jace Everret's debut album (which includes the very sexy theme tune for True Blood), a documentary about the artist, Kiki Smith, three bath bombs from Lush and two books - 'You Suck' by Christopher Moore and a particularly beautiful hardback copy of 'The Dark Is Rising' Sequence by Susan Cooper. Jolane's away in Peru but I got a sweet text message from her this morning and lots of lovely messages on Twitter and Facebook.

Plus my new-to-me iPhone arrived this morning. A friend was upgrading so I bought his old one. Sadly I can't use it until the SIM card comes but hopefully it should be here tomorrow. I've been lusting for one for ages & I'm quite happy with an older, secondhand version.

In other news - I'm still getting over a particularly persistent virus that laid me low for the last fortnight. It's left me a little weak and with cold sores on my lip. My body specialises in creative birthday presents, I've got a huge spot on my chin too!

Oh, and I joined Slimming World 11 weeks ago & I'm having a huge amount of success with it. I was really mentally ready to let go of my weight and so far I've lost 14.5lbs. I'm aiming to get down to 12 Stone by Christmas 2010. Perfectly doable, I reckon. If you want to lose weight then I thoroughly recommend Slimming World - it's brilliant, not like being on a diet at all.

OK, off to watch my art documentary and then having a lovely hot scented bath... I love birthdays!
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Fragile Tender
Date: 2009-11-19 12:58
Subject: Popping in
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Wow, I haven't posted on here in about a billion years. Been reading everyone but just didn't have anything to say in this space myself. Being on Twitter, Facebook and having my own blog over on my art site seems to have taken up all the available social media space in my brain.

Anyway, if you're local or fancy a trip to Bristol this weekend, I'm taking part in the Front Room art trail.

I’m at 105 Oxford Street, Bristol, BS3 4RL where I’ll be showing some sculpture and premiering a brand new performance piece. It’s the first year that I’ve taken part in the trail, so I’m pretty excited.

The opening is on Friday 20th from 6 – 9pm and then the trail is open from 12 – 6pm on both Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November.

More details on my blog - http://kirstyhall.co.uk/blog/2009/11/front-room/
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Fragile Tender
Date: 2009-05-07 20:02
Subject: I'm back and you didn't even know I was gone.
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Mood:coldcold
Tags:amsterdam, ill, travel
Hi all, I went to Amsterdam for a week to visit my dear friend, Red. It was great but I've come back with a nasty cough that I caught from her daughter. Either that or I contracted Swine Flu whilst perusing the sex shops! Either way, I feel a bit shitty. Of course, it may also be a reaction to the indulgences of the week - I don't smoke but many people around me were toking up on a regular basis, so I think I spent the whole week on a passive high. Plus we drank a fair amount... And ate large quantities of meat and cheese, the Dutch don't seem to be big on vegetables.

Amsterdam is a strange place, I don't feel as though I really came to grips with it. Still, hopefully I'll have the opportunity to do so again, since I'm planning to make visiting Red an annual occurrence. It's a lot easier for me to visit them than it is for her to organise childcare, take annual leave and get over here.

Best bits:
Seeing Red
Visiting aforementioned sex shops
Going to see an awesome exhibition about Vodou
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Fragile Tender
Date: 2009-03-10 23:41
Subject: I love that man...
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Mood:amusedamused
Music:Whatever Lola wants - Chiwetel Ejiofor
Steve Bell is having a whale of a time with Thatcher this week, using the 25th anniversary of the miner's strike as a thinly veiled opportunity to put the boot in.

Yesterday's cartoon and todays. Can't wait for tomorrow's...
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Fragile Tender
Date: 2009-01-16 15:23
Subject: Moo discount
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Mood:busybusy
Music:The Big Sky - Kate Bush
Just a quickie. I have a 20% discount code for any one Moo product, so that would be nearly £2 off if you were ordering a pack of their mini cards. If you’re interested, contact me with your email address and I’ll wave my magic wand so that you get the discount. You need to be a new customer and the code has to be used by the 31st of January. They also say that it’s until stocks run out, so you may need to be fairly quick.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll get a free Flickr Pro account if anyone orders from them using the code but that’s not why I’m offering, I just really, really love their stuff.
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Fragile Tender
Date: 2009-01-16 10:08
Subject: Exciting news
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Mood:pleasedpleased
Tags:art, exhibition, london, news
I have my first ever London show this month - how awesome is that!

It's at Prick Your Finger, which is a haberdashers crossed with an art space - an inspired combination, if you ask me.

I emailed them in late December to see if they were interested in showing my work. Not only did they instantly email me back to say that they loved my work but they asked me if I could do an exhibition in January and February because they had an unexpected gap in their schedule. I immediately said yes.

I’m going to be showing some of my pin work, which I’m very excited about because several of the pin pieces - including Quiver - have only been shown once before. Plus it’s been an age since I did my beloved Pin Ritual performance.

Prick Your Finger is at 260 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, E2 OJD and the opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 12 - 6pm and Saturday 11am - 6pm. The show opens on Friday 23rd January and runs until Saturday 28th February. If you’re in London, I hope you’ll get along to see it.

There will be an official opening on Saturday 24th January from 2-6pm. If you’re in the area, please do come along and meet me. I will be performing Pin Ritual and I believe there are plans for tea and cakes.

There will also be additional pin performances on the following days:

Friday 23rd January from 1-3pm
Friday 27th February 1-3pm
Saturday 28th February, again 1-3pm

If you visit when I’m not performing, there will be a book of pin stories to read and you’ll have the opportunity to leave your own pin story.
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Fragile Tender
Date: 2009-01-01 01:11
Subject: Good riddance to 2008
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Mood:tiredtired
Happy New Year everyone. I hope that 2009 is better than 2008, which I personally found a bit of a tough year. Wishing you all wealth, health and happiness.

Right, I'm going back into my cosy little hibernation. I have internet, blankets, hot water bottle, books and knitting. I may be some time...
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Fragile Tender
Date: 2008-12-17 22:27
Subject: It's been a year of dentistry
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Mood:soresore
Music:First Cut Is The Deepest - Rod Stewart
So I went to the dentist today. I thought I would need a root canal on my dodgy tooth but after discussing it, I decided to get it extracted instead.

Cut for the dentist phobic!Collapse )
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Fragile Tender
Date: 2008-12-16 20:54
Subject: New Hair - well, OK, it's the same hair but shorter
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Mood:tiredtired
Music:Prayer - Sweet Honey In The Rock
Hey, just realised that I didn't get a chance to blog my new haircut - with exquisite timing, I managed to have an appointment on one of the two days between the extremely nasty virus and the bronchitis!

I had a new hairdresser because mine had left. She got very excited about cutting it and went a bit shorter than I was expecting but I like it a lot.

New Hair 03

Looking a bit librarian!
New Hair 04
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Fragile Tender
Date: 2008-12-15 22:26
Subject: Another year gone by...
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Mood:happyhappy
Music:The World Turned Upside Down - Billy Bragg
I've had a lovely birthday filled with lovely treats. Thanks to those of you who've sent kind wishes. I wrote about it here with some festive photos.

Right, I'm off to end my day by bathing in a mass of coconut and liquorice bubbles from LUSH. Yummy!
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