As you will know, if you have been reading this blog since its humble beginnings (yes, mother, this means you), I am a big fan of fluid pudding. Before I knew what a blog was, I was pregnant and sick and trawling the internet for fellow sufferers. And fluid pudding was pregnant too and she had her baby just after I had mine. And she wrote one of the funniest descriptions of giving birth that I have ever read. And generally she perked me up. And now she’s pregnant again, which is all to the good obviously. But she is sick, sick, sick. And when I was pregnant, I was really miserable and sick also. So I sympathise. It is in this mood that I encourage you to email sympathy to the fluid one and also that I offer the following: in her misery, fluid’s only comfort has been fantasising about Ben Folds (see Ben Folds Kisses the Orb) for details. Now, I can give you six degrees of separation from Ben Folds. Ben Folds is a big buddy of Neil Hannon from the Divine Comedy. I know this because I went to see a concert they did together and they were all pally on stage and talking about being great buddies. Since Mr. Hannon was very much the worse for wear, he did a lot of talking about this – you know how when you’re drunk you really want to tell the world what a great person your friend is, well, he did that in spades. Neil Hannon lives around the corner from my friends M & R (whom I may christen Gaza and Bosnia, for reasons which will become apparent in due course). Really, just around the corner about 10 doors down. I know this to be true because it was in the Irish Times when he paid an obscene amount of money for it. As it happens, M will be visiting us next week. And M knows no shame, so I will give him a description of Mr. Hannon and ask him to become his friend. It will be no problem for him. He is good at dealing with neighbours. Once that link is established it will be easy to get in touch with Mr. Folds and beg him to send you a get well card to the fluid one. I may have a little more difficulty with the intimate venue and the kissing. Leave it with me.
We aim to please. Hope you’re feeling a bit perkier.