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Hastings Battleaxe reads her poems - a bit scary

Hastings Battleaxe has done poetry readings on two occasions recently: at the WI Literary Lunch, and at a combined choir/music poetry concert at St Clement's Church in Hastings Old Town. It surprises me a bit that I attempt to do readings at all - it is bad enough having to share stuff you have written, never mind reading it out loud to a load of strangers.     However, I think one advantage of getting older is that you no longer care so much about what people thiink of you. I have no trouble with standing up to speak, and with projecting enough volume - years and years of shouting at groups and now, leading WI meetings have seen to that. Hell, I even used to train managers in Presentation Skills. I do get nervous though, and worry about breathing, and the pace/timing of poetry readings. Some of my poet colleagues memorise their poems - I don't know if I could ever do that.

    The Literary Lunch was held in the very genteel surroundings of the English Wine Centre in Alfriston…

Paula Rego at the Jerwood Gallery - Battleaxe reviews

It is ages since I 'reviewed' an exhibition at the Jerwood. On Sunday Philosopher and I went - his first visit to the gallery since his hip operation - he won't go back to his duties there until after the New Year.  He told me that we had contributed some money to bring the exhibition, Paula Rego, The Boy Who Loved the Sea and Other Stories, to Hastings - first I'd heard of it, so was interested to see what we had helped to put on.       I say 'review' because Battleaxe is scarcely a serious art critic. Some of the offerings at the Jerwood I find a mixture of confusing and irritating, and have slagged off accordingly. Also, the day I start writing in 'art-speak' is the day I give up this blog for ever.
     To start with, look at this review from the Independent.  I love this description of Hastings:

'It is good to see works, paintings and prints by Paula Rego beside the sea in Hastings, with its ear-jangling brawl of drunkenly wind-buffeted gull…

Thoughts on the WI - our Annual Meeting

At the moment, I can't drag my thoughts much beyond the WI - it was our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, and on Saturday it is our Winter Bazaar.  I've written about our Bazaars before - I hope this year's  effort is as positive and life-affirming as our previous ones.  After the Annual Meeting, yet again I am President for another year....      As President, I find this time of year very stressful. Fortunately, we have an efficient Secretary (Hello Angela!) and an equally efficient Treasurer (Hello Jan!), and the rest of the Committee also get stuck in and work their socks off, which is a great relief.  Even so, I do inevitably feel the weight of responsibility, and it also feels a bit lonely and thankless sometimes. But hey, I am Battleaxe. It's what I do.... and between you me and the internet, I always enjoy Being In Charge.... When I was young, nobody would have thought for a single second that I could do this sort of thing.... 
     For the Annual Meeting, there are s…

Hastings Battleaxe goes to IKEA

What, you may say, a whole post about an outing to IKEA in Croydon? What a dull life that woman must lead... Well, for us Hastingas, where the most happening interiors stores are the over-priced vanity projects in the Old Town, or Dunelm Mill, IKEA is pretty darn exciting. We had an excellent time!      Croydon is our nearest store, and it still took over 1.5 hours to get there. Why IKEA? A while ago our WI Reading Group read 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' (which I had read before and hated) so we decided to have a Swedish-themed outing. Meatballs were compulsory. So cheap, too £3.95 for 10 meatballs, chips and lingonberry jam. Funny, I remember the meatballs being served with mashed potatoes.... Then we had apple cake as well, but you needed it for the walk to follow.
     The Croydon cafe is absolutely huge - interestingly, we noticed a few people who looked like Social Services homeless cases, lying on the sofas and getting endless free refills of hot drinks - I guess i…

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