Thursday, 2 October 2014

Confessions of a bumbling DIYer

I have heard it said that confession is good for the soul.  I'm not entirely sure I agree with the idea but, well, it might just amuse a bear with very little brain.  But before I do bare my soul (this is starting to get confusing) I really should clear up what seems to be a misunderstanding arising from my burblings yesterday.  Perhaps I should also go on to finish what I started.

I did not mean to imply (as some people might have inferred) that neither Mr Clooney nor his marriage are unromantic.  Nor was I saying that I am unromantic - although that is true.  I failed to make clear that it was the city of Venice that I found unromantic, despite the assertion of a friend that it is the most romantic city in the world.  Not for me, it isn't.  But then, nor is Paris, which many people would rate highly for romance.  I have strolled the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in both daylight and lamplight.  I have wandered along the bank of the Seine, visited the Place de Théatre in Montmartre and done all the usual things - or most of them - but none struck me as being any more romantic than London or New York.  And even Detroit has its river walk!

Venice, I think, is a city of crumbling palazzos with rip-'em-off restaurants along the Grand Canal.. Paris has grand, imposing architecture.  But Amsterdam . . .  Wander along the tree-lined canals by lamplight, canals crossed sometimes by narrow bridges, the merchants' houses neither crumbling nor grandiose but built on a much more intimate scale than the buildings of either Venice or Paris.  Amsterdam, a city much more romantic then either Venice or Paris.

And now I haven't got time to start on my confessions.  I've got to go and do some DIY while there are still several hours of daylight - just in case, you understand.  Maybe I'll tell you about it tomorrow, assuming I haven't electrocuted myself by then.


1 comment:

(not necessarily your) Uncle Skip, said...

Yeah... I didn't get too excited about the wedding, either.

I did see a headline to the affect that a very prominent human rights lawyer married an actor.