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Monday, 16 July 2012

RNA Conference, I make another very odd speech, lots of people are very kind (or, at least, drunk with style) and cats.

Ah good, you're still here.  I must apologise for my tardiness in the blogitude this week, but I was attending the Great RNA Conference in Penrith, (no, it's not in Wales.  No, it's not in Cornwall either.  Just - I don't know, look it up or something).

And truly it was a marvellous thing.  So many old friends!  Some of them are old whilst remaining quite young, in a trick previously unknown to physicists, and some of them are new friends whose age remains indeterminate because it always seems impolite to accost a new acquaintance with the phrase "how old are you, because I need to know where to file you on the friendship-timeline', don't you think?  Anyway.  There I was.  And whilst there, I received The Rosebowl.  It has joined my other trophies in the land of cat-inaccessibility.  Look. 

Is this not a delicious sight?  It was previously much dustier, but I blew quite hard.
I don't have any roses though, which is a drawback. I'm thinking of filling it with Maltesers, but this may be a short-lived activity, plus there's some quite nice decoration on that bowl which might never look the same again if subjected to the briefest touch of a chocolatey ball.

You know who you are...
There were also moments of quiet fun.  Like this.  Those bottles are, in fact, stunt bottles, the chocolate is artificial and the grins are sponsored by M&S.  Not S&M.  And my lips are sealed on the 'fisting' debacle...

The most wonderful time was had by all and sundry, the people were, as ever, brilliantly tolerant of my inability to tell the difference between 'appropriate' and 'inappropriate' comments, Kate Johnson will never, ever discuss Fifty Shades of Grey with me again, and many other people will wince ever time that rosebowl is on public display - suffice it to say, for those of you who weren't there, my 'wee' comments during my previous speech were NOTHING compared to what I said this time...

And now, for those who were mentally scarred by the whole 'Jane Makes a Speech' event, here's a picture of cute cats.


Abraxus and Cal asleep on the sofa.  Yes, it does look uncomfortable, doesn't it?  But they are already planning how this pose will look when performed in a rosebowl.

15 comments:

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

Sounds like everyone had a great time! I am jealous...

Margaret James said...

Bless, you make me laugh so much I nearly - okay, we won't go there. But you make the world a happier place! I'm sure the cats will show the utmost respect for the rosebowl. They won't dream of - well, you know.

R F Long said...

Have not laughed so hard in quite a while as I did at that speech! ;)

Jane Lovering said...

Yes Pat, you missed an absolute treat! Margaret and Ruth, let us never speak of That Speech again... Although I'm glad it made you..um, laugh.

Barbara said...

Hi Margaret and Ruth, do either of you have blogs that just might happen to report on Jane's speech? Oh well, just a thought ...

(Sorry Jane,but on the plus side I have actually been to Penrith (though obviously not on the best day) - oops, too many brackets)

Chris Stovell said...

Damn it!!!! I missed it - next year, I shall go to the Ball!

D.J. Kirkby said...

Being drunk with style is a skill I am still trying to perfect. Your Rosebowl award is utterly gorgeous, congratulations!

Jude said...

Great speech, I nearly choked :D

Catherine Miller said...

Thank you for the fluffy kittens. I like to think I'm one of the young innocents scarred by this event. The cat picture may save me!

Sarah Callejo said...

I'm rushing off to youtube to see if I can find your speech...

kate johnson said...

In my defence, I did tell you NOT to mention the topic in question. And then you told everyone what it was I'd told you not to mention... How about if I just don't talk to you before these things, eh? We could develop some kind of sign language. Which, now I think of it, would probably also turn out to be obscene...

Jane Lovering said...

Barbara, Sarah and Chris - I feel that the speech may well go unreported for reasons of not bringing the RNA into disrepute. Jude, I am glad you didn't choke.
DJ Kirkby - yes it is a beautiful rosebowl, although it will be far more beautiful when stuffed with Maltesers. Catherine, I never meant to scar anyone with my talk of ...alternative sexual practices, so keep staring at the kittens, dear. Kate - I can see you doing those gestures from here...

Maggi Sherwin said...

Jane, your blog should carry a health warning for people recovering from gall bladder surgery, ie me. Doesn't do to be in stitches when you're in stitches.
And the photo of me in our kitchen? I'm sure that would indeed have been my expression if I'd been conscious when the surgeon was extracting my super-large gallstone through my belly button.
Maggi

Maggi Sherwin said...

Jane, your blog should carry a health warning for people recovering from gall bladder surgery, ie me. Doesn't do to be in stitches when you're in stitches.
And the photo of me in our kitchen? I'm sure that would indeed have been my expression if I'd been conscious when the surgeon was extracting my super-large gallstone through my belly button.
Maggi

Jane Lovering said...

Thanks, Maggi! And glad to hear you're recovering nicely (from the operation, not from the blog!)