Instructions for Dancing

Thursday June 24, 2010

and nightly remind me

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things have happened recently and continue to do so. more on this to follow.

I watched a pretty great England match today. My FAVOURITE <333333 scored a goal of great significance, and now his photo is everywhere I look. But the best moment, hands down:


Wednesday June 9, 2010

the delinquency of time

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Almost all exams are over now. I finished last Wednesday, one of the earliest, and I promptly fled to West Sussex with George. Everything was sunny and green and we spent a lot of time in lovely light-flecked undergrowth. photo evidence:

George’s mother also fed us the largest Sunday breakfast I’ve ever had. I confessed that my normal breakfast, when I had breakfast, was a cup of coffee, and her eyebrows got very very high.

Since returning, I’ve done quite a lot of nothing. I tried (and failed) to spray Lou with champagne after her exam on Monday, mostly getting my left foot instead. that afternoon I found my ball dress, which is cobalt blue and has SEQUINS on \o/ yesterday I reread my thesis and attended its viva, which marks the official end of my degree… then I spent the afternoon lying in bed, watching the last five episodes of first-season Fringe. (gross but awesome.)

Oh, also, I’m reading my first (modern) book of the year. Art and Lies. I read Sexing the Cherry last year and loved it, and a few weeks ago, bogged down with revision, going into Heffers and buying something non-Classical was the closest thing I could get to rebellion. This one’s even less linear than Sexing, though, so I’m glad I didn’t read it first. But, as Winterson says, “Why should literature be easy?” and “It’s a book, not a crime.” Anyway, one of the three voices is Sappho, who is at least nominally the immortal Greek poet, and she keeps speaking in metaphors of beachsand and haruspicy. Apparently Classics is hard to get away from.

Tomorrow I’m going home for a bit, to watch world cup football with Sam and basically laze around in a different location. I’d say something of more substance but that would involve like, doing stuff, or possibly having something to complain about.

Monday May 31, 2010

doin it wrong

Filed under: Uncategorized — by hettyweston @ 2:52 pm

“Since Jesus had told Peter to put down his sword in the Garden of Gethsemane (John 18:11), the Circumcellions piously avoided bladed weapons and instead opted for the use of blunt clubs, which they called “Israelites.” Using their “Israelites”, the Circumcellions would attack random travelers on the road, while shouting “Laudate Deum!” (“Praise God!” in Latin.) The object of these random beatings was the death of the intrepid martyr, who hoped that hitting someone over the head with the club would provoke the victim to attack and kill them.”

Emphasis mine. Taken from

Sunday May 30, 2010

memory says

Filed under: Uncategorized — by hettyweston @ 9:48 pm

Incidentally, I agree with absolutely everything said on this channel.

Thursday May 27, 2010

arrow superhighways

Filed under: Uncategorized — by hettyweston @ 11:33 pm

This was the exam we took yesterday. Posted because I’m always slightly amused by how stern the rubric is: not just any disadvantage! a grave one. and don’t forget, irrelevance will be penalised…

Saturday May 22, 2010

hold me like you should

Filed under: Uncategorized — by hettyweston @ 5:56 pm

Finals are approaching. I’ve been preparing for these by lying in bed all day avoiding sunlight and loud noises. I wish I were kidding. Hopefully I’m recovering now and I’ll be okay for Wednesday, but the timing’s been awful. I was pretty distraught yesterday when I couldn’t read a few lines without getting a headache.

Oh well, making headway today! 200 lines of Virgil left, then George has also offered to cook me dinner if I can manage the walk across college. sweet boy. And yes, he’s not bad for a ginger.

Monday April 12, 2010

the place where my hope comes from

Filed under: Uncategorized — by hettyweston @ 3:30 pm

Hallo! Home again. Wednesday I go back to my other one.

Here, have a long, incoherent blog post.

I’ve had a good, thought-provoking week at Spring Harvest. It’s not surprising really, but I had a very different week to the one I had the year before, when I went with good friends. This week I went with my church family, and I was feeling my looming dissertation deadline (still am, actually), so I spent most of my time working in the chalet, restricting myself to one or two events a day and only socialising in the evenings. A big plus side to this was that I did get some productive work done. fwee.

One of the negative effects of this was that I only went to seminars I knew I’d get something out of and avoided ones on topics I’d previously had bad experiences with. The particular one I have in mind was Andrew Marin (of the Marin Foundation) on homosexuality, because I was jaded enough to think I knew what he was going to say, that I’d heard it before and that it would only upset me. and I was completely wrong.

What I’d really like to remember from this week is the focus it laid on the acts that make someone a Christian. One night in the big top, the most confronting and challenging sermon I’ve ever heard was delivered by Tony Campolo. he made the point that even the devil believes in God. he is, in fact, Biblically sound. so belief doesn’t get us anywhere, of itself, even though this is what all our time and energy ends up focused on, along with the big, divisive church issues that make it into the news. they’re important, but they’re not nearly as important as we think.

so we end up focusing on these things when the Bible doesn’t. instead the Bible says walk humbly, do justly, love mercy, and live like Jesus did. it’s not whether we know God’s there, whether we have the warm fuzzies about universal destiny and meaning. it’s about our committment, about the billions of people in the world who should not be dying from starvation and preventable diseases and other injustices.

The Bible can be used for so many agendas, and always has been – slavery, sexism, homophobia – but at the bottom of everything is that the word of God is found in a man who loved everyone just the same, who spent his life with the people that so-called holy men condemned and ignored. and while the son of God did say something against divorce, which the church has mostly come to terms with, he never once said anything about gay people. and yet here we are. we can’t support this agenda with Jesus.

I think about what Ruth Dearnley said on our final morning, about how we should be asking for forgiveness and thanking gay Christians for their patience with the rest of us. the big top was silent for a moment after she said that and then people started clapping and it just made me want to cry. I had thought I was the only one to think it. I had thought I was the only one who had been torn apart.

it is high time that Christians started living like Jesus. That’s what I learnt this week. my faith in God is pretty sound, but this week reaffirmed my faith in his people. this is all a bit wordy and incoherent, but I’m writing it down so that I’ll remember.

…and also so that I can concentrate better. back to work…

Thursday April 1, 2010

pieces of your presence

Filed under: Uncategorized — by hettyweston @ 11:59 pm

I had a dig around in the harddrive of my old computer this afternoon. Well, it’s not that old – I think I got my laptop in the summer before second year of university. But it’s got a lot of sixth-form work on, and all my photos from 2004 onwards, and lots of little miscellanies that take me back to places. I was only looking for my CV, but I ended up shifting over so much other stuff which I’d forgotten about and now don’t want to lose again. old photos, old music. a souffle recipe. Time’s a funny thing.

The past does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.

Friday March 26, 2010

oh such a prima donna

Filed under: Uncategorized — by hettyweston @ 6:00 pm

I now own a Little Black Dress and stockings. I’m a grown-up, you know.

I’m at home, and have been for almost a week now. I’ll invite you to imagine that I’ve just written a paragraph about how this is; your guesses are probably about right.* I’ll also invite you to guess at how my work is going from the number of baked goods I have produced (five) and the number of hours I’ve spent talking to George (too many/not enough). But I’m spending time with family and old friends, and my head’s in a good place, so that will have to do for now. and I have just been looking at one of the essays which carries 12.5% of my final degree, so really, I’m making a start.

*this approach rather defeats blogging as a general concept. C-, must try harder.

Saturday March 20, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — by hettyweston @ 3:05 pm

I’m going home today! Room is all packed up.

boyfriend just came round. We’re not going to see each other for a few weeks, which will be sad. We stood in my room, surrounded by boxes, and kissed goodbye. As we were doing so I accidentally reopened his split lip and he bled all over my face.

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