It’s pouring down here. I know this is Ireland but real paddy fields belong in the far east. Roads are flooded. Visibility is very poor and it sounds like a team of carpenters are hammering on the roof. A very unpleasant day. Damp, dark and dismally chilly.
“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby”.
I noticed the words ‘With extracts of 100% natural origin’ on the hand soap I keep in the bathroom. It made me think. WTH does that mean? Does it mean that the best part of the soap is man-made, ie, synthetically manufactured in a lab somewhere with chemical compounds? Is there a range of ‘natural’? And why is something designated as natural somehow perceived as being beneficial or better for you than something manufactured from synthesised ingredients and chemicals? For example, there is cyanide in apple pips. Deadly nightshade – belladonna – grows wild, is natural but isn’t safe to eat. Fly agaric and other fungi….. you get the picture. Natural does not automatically confer a ‘goodness’ to a product. I think they’re using honest-to goodness manure in their marketing. The phrase is totally meaningless and dreamed up by some ‘clever’ marketing person who thinks we’re a bit hard of thinking and can fool us all.
Well, the Presidential election takes place this Thursday – at long last. It seems to have gone on forever. Poor Dana is bottom of the polls but is soldiering on though I think she let all the air out of her campaign with that mysterious tyre blow-out story. She’s had her tyres forensically examined for any evidence of sabotage, but there was nothing to give the media anything to write home about. Certainly nothing to blow out of proportion and overshadow the Danagate sex scandal.
And talking of bad-mouthing… There’s an ad on the tele – a supermarket chain in the UK is offering life cover to the over 50s… a woman (done up (down?) to look like Wendolene from Wallace and Gromit) is pushing her trolley around the said supermarket (clue: anagram of SADA) and chatting happily about the benefits…la la la… don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the inside of her mouth looks black! Like she’s been stuffing liquorice allsorts. Very strange.
Anyhow, have posted three different font sets of 2012 calendar brushes for you. All high res and can be used with PS, PSE and possibly other packages. They’ll give you a chance to make little Christmas giveaways of calendars quickly and easily. You can dress them up with pretty swirly brushes and stamps to make your gifts extra special.
Download here – they’re free – just register to download:
I hope they’re useful to you.
Bye for now, Hel x