Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Liquorice Allsorts and Wodehouse

In the latest issue of The Gloss, Polly Devlin has a round-up of coping strategies used by people in stressful or anxious circumstances. My favourite method mentioned is that given by the actress Frances Tomelty: a bag of Liquorice Allsorts, a few chapters of 'Just William' or a dip into Wodehouse.



I've turned to Wodehouse (or O. Henry or Saki, others of his ilk) in the past for that same purpose, and although I've abandoned Liquorice Allsorts since I had the misfortune one day to catch a glimpse of their calorie-count and salt-content, 70% chocolate has an inexplicable allure after a day of work, housework and playing with Pink & Blue Daughters, so that I frequently find myself in front of the baking ingredient cupboard on the way to the wine rack, even though it's not on the way to the wine rack.

Not that I drink, or eat anything with sugar in it.

And then there is blog-reading, of course. The breathless excitement of the giveaways isn't good for my weak heart, but, those aside, the waves of images and opinions and fascinations wash over me like a soothing sea. It's a wonder Polly Devlin didn't ring me and I'd have told her that.

20 comments:

  1. I adore Wodehouse - always laugh-out-loud stuff....anyway I digress - I actually popped in to say thank you SO MUCH for supporting my little shop.

    I squeaked with excitement when I received your order! Your postage has been duly refunded, and your package will be winging its way to you tomorrow. Really hope you like them :) x

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  2. Okay. I have quite a few things to say. The first is that I like your new picture. The second is that I love Wodehouse. He helps me to understand the English. The third is that even the word licorice makes me feel sick. When my father was 6 (70 years ago) he loved licorice so much he thought he would make licorice water. He put licorice in a glass of water, stuck in a little space under his house and drank it about 3 weeks later. Obviously he is lucky to have survived this and he did get really quite sick! Yuck. I always think of that. But I am otherwise fully supportive of licorice lovers. xoxo

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  3. I generally go for ice-cream after a long day. Has to be something sweet. I love your new picture too!

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  4. Thank you for your well wishes you left on my blog the other day. I do like your new photo!

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  5. no matter how far the wine rack is away from the chocolate....its the best !
    ~ laura

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  6. Can I just pretend to be in a stressful situation, being that I am currently blog-reading, while drinking wine, and wondering who pinched the 70% dark I had hidden in the pantry for just such a stressful situation.
    P.S Nice new photo. You have such long hair!

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  7. Chocolate, wine, The Daily Show...and of course, reading your hilarious blog. If only I could just open my laptop whenever I was feeling anxious. Ha!

    xo,
    -maria

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  8. Sounds good to me, Mise..... although, I don't need any excuse to eat chocolate or licorice allsorts or any kind of sweets, or any kind of food or drink any kind of wine or reading a Wodehouse !
    Love your new picture, Mise. You look gorgeous and really happy. XXXX

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  9. I love your new profile pic too, Mise!! {Doesn't look like the dark choc and wine are catching up with you at all.} My mum put her dark cooking choc in the freezer to stop herself snacking on it. Then she discovered she loves frozen chocolate...

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  10. Frozen chocolate? Suddenly my day is filled with purpose.

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  11. Theres nothing like nairns mixed berry oat biscuits dunked into a cup of lyons tea to sooth the soul Dunking must be timed to perfection though. A second too long and it's a whole other anxiety

    ps your hilarious comment on mine could bring that breathless excitement of the giveawy a bit closer to your door...go have a look at comments section.

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  12. Ah, so nearly true, jaboopee. If only it were Nairns Ginger dunked in a cup of Earl Grey.

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  13. oh mise ,thank you... you are the mr. higgins to my eliza . I can learn a lot here.

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  14. I only ever liked the pink and blue bobbly ones anyway - and they're not actually licorice but some weird aniseed jelly shite.

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  15. You know, I spend a ton of time googling things after I read your blog and then there are the links which lead to other links and you are just feeding my addiction here.

    Have you checked out the frenchie and flea giveaways... they have 10 more to go. Also, I don't drink or eat sweets either. Its like we're twins!

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  16. Your new picture is so lovely! I am not so much for the liquorice, but I can never say no to a cookie, especially under times of stress.

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  17. comfort food my only diet.
    dying to see you at lucys d

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  18. i love your new photo its very welcoming

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  19. I can understand the soothing nature of reading other peoples blogs. I find clicking thrugh my RSS feeds is facinating, occasionally mildly daunting, but all together inspiring, a lovely distraction if the day is gloomy.

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  20. You are my Licorice Allsorts and Wodehouse Mise. Oh dear. actually if that were true i'd be two dress sizes smaller. hmm, okay, from now I will replace my Calming Sweets Binges with stealing a peak at prettyfarwest. i'll report back on the health benefits next month.

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You're looking particularly well.

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