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Anne Whittle

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Bargain Basement Avril Lavigne

I went to see Amos in Jozi last weekend…what a disaster. I met some of his friends and we went to a restaurant in Mellville called Inamorata and it just felt like every time I opened my mouth, I would say something stupid, or I would laugh too loud at a joke. Amos kept trying to draw me in by steering the conversation to subject matters I knew a lot about, as if trying desperately to market me to his friends, a sort of she’s alright guys…give her a chance…I got along with one of his friends though, a writer named Alex somehow we got on to the subject of cool websites like the Tron Guy, and the Chinese Backstreet Boys. He also loves Lesley Hall and we started singing Gem Sweater everybody just looked at us as if we were mad. Amos looked embarrassed and I sank back into the couch. The worst was when Amos’ ex-girlfriend walked in…and he insisted on introducing us. She’s this tall, elegant model type who gave me a lazy appraising look and said “ really Amos, you moved on from me to bargain basement Avril Lavigne?” I really wanted to make some snappy comeback, but all I could do was stand there and feel my face burn with rage, and make the supreme effort of not bursting into tears. I used to be so laid back, what’s happening to me?. It was so awkward between Amos and I this weekend, and I was so looking forward to it .
I got back home on Sunday night and Scar had left a package for me. It was a copy of Liza Sixty’s new poetry book “Alkaline & Acid”. I read it in one sitting, Liza’s not for everybody, but I love her work. I particularly enjoyed Lustre…


You, so superstitious
Always careful with lucky numbers pavement cracks
Whilst I danced under ladders
And crossed every black cat

When did you lose your lustre
When did you lose your shine?
When did I start resenting
That your thoughts
no longer reflected mine?

We didn’t feel like one heart anymore
And as “us” lay there bleeding
I chose to self medicate
With my usual stone throwing and attention seeking

I told you every supposed home truth,
Wallowing in the drama I craved
And to this day my biggest lie
was telling you
there was nothing left to save.
- Liza Sixty



Beauty, Crime and Mr. Rochester…

It feels really odd to blog…I know its essentially just another form of my diary ( sans the skull and crossbones doodling and the lovingly illustrated proclamations that I heart Amos South) so I’m going to just go with the flow….
When I told everyone I was thinking about doing this, my mom moaned and said that I mustn’t use any four letter words or be overtly subversive ( he he, moi ??) and my friend Ramona Green asked me to use this as a platform to find her a new boyfriend
(She’s moved on from Alan the Baked Limpet, thank God) so if you would like the full-unabridged list of requirements for her Prince Charming, give me a shout. I think she culled several of them from Alanis Morissette’s 27 Things I want in a lover anyway. I know I’m supposed to be preparing for my exams, but I’ve been watching Jane Eyre on DVD. I love it! , I always get chills during the Jane Eyre /Mr. Rochester reunion… Bella says its bad enough that I enjoyed it as a setwork book, but the fact that I actually sat through the entire series when I could have been checking out Jared Padalecki on Supernatural was beyond her. Other than that I’ve been playing Suzanne Vega’s new album Beauty and Crime constantly…there’s a song called Zephyr and I that basically recalls a 1970’s childhood..and that really struck a chord with me because its so nostalgic and I wondered what it would be like when Scar and all my other friends are older..will we all talk about the good ol’ days?? Oohing and aahing over school pictures posted on Facebook..will I ever want to be 17 again? Right now being 21 could not come a moment too soon
Enough rambling, here’s a couple of lines from Suzanne Vega’s Zephyr and I
Well the wind kicks up in the smell of rain
The kids are gone but the souls remain
The grafitti’s gone and the walls complain
The flowers go but the earth must still remain

Cheerz… Ruby x

Welcome to Ruby’s World

Phoenix Woman, not the angry young… fill in your pseudonym, the words burning across the page that used to be the lump in my throat, the rock on my chest, the skewer in my heart, I cannot recite it, act it, sing it, deny it, I am not the feminine porcelain doll, Bathsheba/Isis of whom Nirvana took its toll.

Welcome to Ruby’s world…..