February 01, 2005

Precariously Balanced Pile Of Stuff

This entry is in honour of my beloved. Truly, nothing has been so loyal to me as this presence, whom I have felt at all stages of my life, an ever constant, whilst my past abandoned my when I came to university this wonder of the world came with me, shaking off the fame and comfort of home to embark on a new adventure fraught with revelations and challenges. Never to desert me. Never to judge me. Never to fight me. This entry is about and dedicated to the Precariously Balanced Pile Of Stuff.

I can always be sure of the PBPoS. I know it is going to be there in some form or another. That's the beauty of it, it is not constrained by a set make up (as I am with my over exerted heart, cold raddled lungs and pristine liver) nor does it discriminate against new additions. It's very precariousness allows it so much room to include items of all shapes, sizes and consistency.

It acts as marker of my presence. When I go to visit my parents one forms within a bout 10 minutes of my arrival, christened by me throwing my house keys on the table and going off in search of more items to pile. Sometimes it is cultured and learned. Other times it is clothing based. It is never food based unless the food is packaged. I am untidy but not messy.

So today I can see it to my right. It currently stands over a foot (30cm) tall and is a work of genius. It has two spires, meaning there is double to capacity for precarious toppling. But it will not fall. It can't, it is too much a part of me and I don't feel like falling over. So here's to the brave components which have scarificed their individuality:

  • My scanner/printer, now useless as a scanner as I can't open it up due to the stuff on top of it.
    Spire One
  • Three books- 'The Rights Of Man' Thomas Paine, 'A Wollstonecraft Anthology' edited by Janet Todd and 'British Radicalism and the French Revolution' by H.T. Dickinson. All these books should be read for Thursday's seminar. But they won't be because they are now part of the PBPoS.
  • 2 x CDs by Rufus Wainwright. Cheers Sam.
  • A postcard from Tunisia.
  • My last payslip from the Post Office
  • 4 x Manic Street Preachers badges.
  • My multi-tool.
    Spire Two
  • My mouse.
  • My graphics tablet and pen.
  • A box of Maltesers, unopened.
  • 12 x CDs- Hope of the States 'The Lost Riots'; Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Fever To Tell'; The White Stripes 'Elephjant'; The Walkmen 'Bows and Arrows'; Super Furry Animals 'Songbook'; Snow Patrol 'When It's All Over We Still Have To Clear Up (yes the second SP album that no one else owns even though they are now superstars… I liked them first godammit); Seafood 'When Do We Start Fighting'; Muse 'Origin Of Symmetry'; British Sea Power 'The Decline of…'; Franz Ferdinand 'Franz Ferdinand'; Doves 'Lost Souls'; The Dears 'No Cities Left'.
  • My phone.

Truly it is a wonder to behold.


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  1. I was going to buy Lost Souls…It was too huge a decision for me to make though so I had to leave the shop. Could you tell me if it's worth buying? I trust your judgement, Holly.

    01 Feb 2005, 09:19

  2. Chris Carter

    The reason no-one bought the first Snow Patrol records my dear is because they were fucking rubbish. Thank god for Gary Lightbody going off and doing The Reindeer Section – at least he discovered to sing and write some proper tunes…

    01 Feb 2005, 11:20

  3. Natalie: Yes, get 'Lost Souls' it a moment to loveliness and wonder.

    Carter: Normally you are very very correct with your musical knowlegde but this time you are only half right. 'Music For Polarbears', the first SP album isn't much good but' When It's all Over…' is good and has SP's best song 'One Night Is Not Enough' on it.

    The PBPoS is now slightly smaller after I removed several items to bring to campus. However, in a wonderful, cirle of life style a new PBPos is forming on the other side of my bedroom. Ain't nature wonderful?

    01 Feb 2005, 13:17

  4. I think you should eat the Maltesers and use the box as a base.

    01 Feb 2005, 13:39

  5. My PBPoS consists mainly of clothes, including a very cool red hat that i shall treasure forever. I also have some of the albums you mentioned (including Muse and Franz Ferdinand), and also the Mary Wollstonecraft biography edited by Janet Tood. Maybe i shall add them to my pile in your honour.

    01 Feb 2005, 16:20

  6. Piles of stuff are great. My room is made of them.

    01 Feb 2005, 19:17

  7. Pippa gets bonus points for having a book on Wollstonecraft!

    01 Feb 2005, 20:19

  8. Marvellous, it's about time someone paid tribute to these comforting creatures that make life that little more interesting, and precarious!

    01 Feb 2005, 21:50

  9. Yeah man, bonus points!

    02 Feb 2005, 01:33

  10. Bonus points != R3TarDPOinTz.

    02 Feb 2005, 09:37

  11. Hi Holly,

    Just to say: have a quick look at link and do leave a comment on what you think of the Literature Report.

    I'm not stirring trouble, honest :)

    03 Feb 2005, 21:56


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