I make a point of not reading the papers I work with, it takes too much time and the news is old by the time it is dyed and dried. Generally I have never found reading newspapers an uplifting experience and I feel the world would be a happier place if we humans limited our daily news intake.
Sometimes, however, I become distracted by the headlines and something will jump out at me. Others slide in surreptitiously through my peripheral vision and after a few minutes I find myself frowning and thinking… “what??”
From this weeks' random selection of distracting phrases, which are now woven into the hair of a woman diving out of the sky in a work titled "Killing the Dragon", I get stuck on lines like:
"Good for the groin" and "Bump, blow and bong your way to the dream life" (no, actually, this was an article on tax).
Afrikaans headlines also do a particularly interesting dance in my mind: "Is daar n vasgestelde salaris vir n koster?" (a what? a beadle or clerk of the church my Afrikaans husband informs me). "Rompslomp veroorsaak lang gewag" and "My wiele en ek".
These arbitrary word and titles tend to catch me when my mind is somewhere deep in the latest audio book I happen to be listening to. This is currently "14" by Peter Clines, a world of mystery, much strangeness and a good dose of space and alien monsters.
Put all these images together and the world becomes more than a little surreal. To friends and family - please be patient if it takes me a little while to ground myself after a day's work.