Sunday, January 27, 2008

Two Things Times Two

Two things I find it impossible to do:
(a) walk slowly
(b) walk and read at the same time

Point (b) was inspired by being stuck behind a woman on the tube veering worryingly on the platform because she was reading and walking at the same time last week.

(some of my vintage Ladybird book collection)

Two questions:

(a) what is your preferred method of reading?
(b) what are the two things you can't do?

And one extra question that has been bugging me all week - do they recycle all the mounds of Metro's and London Lite's that are strewn around the tube each day and make them into new ones or is there a big papier mache ball factory somewhere?




Blogger Annie said...

a) I like reading in the bath, and in bed. Prefer listening to music on the tube.

b) Can't ride a bike. Or drive. I make a useless grownup.

4:57 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

I have to read books without musical accompaniment. Although I can read blogs and newspapers and listen to music.

Nobody walks and reads around here. We're all too busy avoiding the dog shit.

4:58 pm  
Blogger Billy said...

Oh I can't read in the bath, I'm paranoid I'll drop the book.

I can read with musical accompaniment though.

5:44 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

I'm a useless grownup who can't drive as well. Mind you, I can read just about anywhere. Are the two things linked?

I don't know if the Metros and London Lites are recycled, but all the showbiz stories and letters are sent away to a big factory to be recycled and used again a few days later.

7:31 pm  
Blogger sean said...

Haven't read a book in years, but when I read I must have a comfortable chair; pleanty of light, and absolutely nobody to disturb me.
Two things- Jes, there must be hundreds.
1.Pick my nose and ride a bike (hitting a bump is murder).
2. Sing a melody, while there is the slightest bit of background music/song on the radio.

8:48 pm  
Blogger Istvanski said...

Preferred method of reading would be on a sun lounger in the Maldives, with a non-alcoholic fruit cocktail.

Can't do:
1. Read whilst being driven in a car sitting in the front seat - for some reason it makes me feel nauseous.
2. Play drums.

9:24 pm  
Blogger Arabella said...

I like to read books with my feet up. Has to be quiet.
Can't swing-dance and talk at the same time.

1:01 am  
Blogger rockmother said...

Annie - yep - reading in the bath and in bed are my favourites.

Geoff - I agree - I am the same. Blogs and newspapers no problem but I can't even read on the tube if it is too noisy

Billy - I went through a phase of reading in the bath and kept getting the bottom third of all the pages wet

Betty - yes - all those recycled texts: To the Roland Orzabal look a like on the platform at South Woodford last week. You winked I smiled. Kicking myself now. Fancy a hot beverage sometime? Give me a shout (it all out!)

Seanster - oh I absolutely concur - comfort, light, no noise re: reading although I am quite skillful at singing a melody if I can hear a bit of music in the background but only if it isn't blaring out

Ister - oh god - reading in a car is instant spew for me too and playing drums too - too much coordination

7:07 am  
Blogger rockmother said...

Arabellakins - ooh sorry - our paths must have crossed in the cyber-ether.

Yes - quiet reading on the whole is the only way forward

dancing and talking is quite difficult I agree - shuffling and talking is ok though which is what most people do when they are trying to talk and dance at the same time I have noticed (unless you are The Green Goddess or Crazy Lizzie from the 80''s!)

7:10 am  
Anonymous Jimmy Page's Trousers said...

In my comfy armchair by the sitting-room window on a rainy day. I like occasionally looking at the wet people walking by (not for any mean, sadistic reason - I just like it).

Two things:
Can't touch my toes without bending my knees. Never saw the point - they bend for a reason.
Can't tolerate Richard Littlejohn and whatever imagined hobby-horse he may be on at any given time.

8:36 am  
Blogger FirstNations said...

aha! foundja.
reading-i have to have a television programme on that I can ignore but also stand to glance up at once in awhile. reading in a silent house doesn't work for me; i get freezing cold and startle easy. nobody wants me screaming every time the refrigerator motor kicks on.

things i can't do at the same time? enjoy the attentions of a gentleman with a dog in the room. CANNOT.

1:34 pm  
Blogger dh said...

Read in bed. Great way to nod off.

I can't simultaneously catch up on world events and think of witty comments for rockmum.

4:42 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Jimmy Mr Pages Troosers - yes - don't you split in half if you don't bend your knees? I know what you mean about reading in when it's wet outside - makes you feel cosy and secure

HRH Firstness - oh no - all pets must be banished! That's so funny - hope you are ok and not too frazzled by recent (happy) events x

Dickley - yes - I often wake up with the light on and a book on my face! Re: your other comment - I'm glad to see you have got your priorities in the right place! x

10:37 pm  
Blogger llewtrah said...

Yay Ladybird books!!

I can't walk slowly (I can if I try hard, but I get irritated) or walk and read at the same time.

I like to read sitting in bed, preferably with some music playing to drown out distractions. I can't read in the bath because I am too short-sighted to read without glasses and my glasses steam up in the bath!

6:16 pm  
Blogger Simon Hilton said...

Beautiful heartbreaking decay

Flickr: Detroit Public Schools Book Depository/ Roosevelt Warehouse

3:52 pm  
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