Bitch on the Blog

June 6, 2010

Ode to the clog

Filed under: Culture,Fashion,Happiness — bitchontheblog @ 18:19
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A few days ago we established that gaelikaa does not wear tights and Bike Hike Babe does not wear stockings. So far I have not had word on the subject from Jean, Magpie and Looney – maybe all three of them just wear belts and braces.  Nick is busy NOT to beat his woman into submission so he may be excused. As to the ever silent GM and Conrad I can only make an educated guess which – since bitching is off the menu for the time being – I shall keep to myself. Ramana – evidenced by recent photos –  does not need to wear anything underneath his stylish outfits. Ashok is exempted from my assessment as, unlike Grannymar, I am not a cradle snatcher. Anyway, I guess he is a snappy dresser – come sock, sandal or high water.

Instead let’s talk wood. It does not pay to buy the Sunday papers allowing them to cut down trees to print such rubbish: One fashion editor has just slagged off my finest which apparently has finally made it to the British fashion scene. I love clogs as do the Dutch, the Swiss, the Germans, the Austrians, the Swedish – and any other nation which knows how to carve a spoon from scratch has done for time immemorial.

Clogs are great. They give you a firm solid connection with the earth you are walking on. People can hear you approaching well before you have reached their front door – thus giving them a chance to prepare for your unexpected arrival. Neither will you ever be lonely or frightened whilst listening to  the noise of crunching gravel down the alleyway. Clogs make you feel homely,  in a sort of Little Heidi on the Alm with Peter milking the goats and Grandfather carving large chunks of bread and cheese type of way. Which reminds me: When was the last time any of you smelt hay, indeed made hay?

Clink, clogging away,

U

PS and just in case: Clogs are best worn barefoot.

Addendum and responsible citizen that I am: Whatever you do DO NOT drive a car in any type of wooden footwear. Thus disaster lies.

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19 Comments »

  1. I wear feathers.

    Comment by Looney — June 7, 2010 @ 02:56 | Reply

    • Looney, please make sure you don’t fly too close to the sun.

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 7, 2010 @ 05:31 | Reply

  2. Clogs are many things. But they are not sexy.

    Comment by gaelikaa — June 7, 2010 @ 04:42 | Reply

    • gaelikaa, there are times when not looking sexy is positively desirable.

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 7, 2010 @ 05:22 | Reply

      • I won’t disagree with you there, Ursula.

        Comment by gaelikaa — June 7, 2010 @ 13:14 | Reply

  3. Oh & Ursula! You scrutinise Ramana’s words and photographs with the proverbial fine tooth comb. You seem to know more about the man than he does himself, intimate details and all. A case of the lady protesting too much, or what?

    Comment by gaelikaa — June 7, 2010 @ 04:45 | Reply

    • What have I done NOW? I am afraid I have no idea what you are talking about.

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 7, 2010 @ 05:30 | Reply

      • I don’t have an idea what gaelikaa means either— except maybe she’s a little embarrassed at the thought of Ramana not wearing anything under his outfits.

        Comment by bikehikebabe — June 7, 2010 @ 14:57 | Reply

        • Bike Hike Babe, I am so glad you are back.

          You are probably right that the thought of Ramana wearing nothing underneath his long Kaftan is one vision too far for gaelikaa. Why this should be so I do not know: We are all born naked and our bottoms wiped till we can find our own shithole in life.

          And, take it from Doctor Ursula, ventilation in the nether regions is good for you.

          U

          Comment by bitchontheblog — June 7, 2010 @ 17:58 | Reply

          • Gaelikka is an Irish lady, as is Grannymar. She doesn’t think about nakedness in the nether regions, nor those other wicked, though descriptive words you use.

            Comment by bikehikebabe — June 7, 2010 @ 18:36 | Reply

  4. Surely you’ve read the above post since you are actually the author of it? Not to mention the previous one!

    Comment by gaelikaa — June 7, 2010 @ 13:16 | Reply

    • gaelikaa, yes, I do tend to pay attention to my own prose. When I criticized Ramana on his notion to ENCOURAGE young men to join the armed forces I meant it, big time. Conrad was diplomatic in his response although I hazard a guess that, despite his measured words, he too does not exactly agree with Ramana either.

      gaelikaa, just because we like someone (as you clearly like Ramana, as Conrad does Ramana) does not mean that we can’t disagree with them on occasion. No one is asking you to take sides. I said it how I see it, you said it how you see it and Ramana will still go on counselling potential canon fodder. I have had worse arguments with truely close friends.

      U

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 7, 2010 @ 14:42 | Reply

      • In mixed company, some things are better left unsaid. Some decorum should be maintained. And it is no harm to take stock every so often.

        Well Ursula, I do apologise. My humour is perhaps a little subtle for you and BHB and clearly missed the mark.

        And please, BHB, my being a Celt has nothing whatsoever to do with what I said. No labels please, we all are human on this blog. At least I think so. I’m not a sheltered little nun. As a mother of four, I’ve seen my share of the stuff Ursula describes so graphically. I just prefer not to dwell on it, that’s all.

        Everyone has the right to their opinion Ursula – you to yours, Ramana to his. In some countries, you see, defending your nation is considered very honourable, especially when your country is surrounded by hostile enemies.

        Comment by gaelikaa — June 7, 2010 @ 20:05 | Reply

        • I’ve been reading (listening to} Three Cups of Tea about, among other things, the Pakistani & India border wars, so I understand the “surrounded by hostile enemies”.

          And I admit my decorum needs improvement. My mother wouldn’t recognize the new me if she were still alive, but I wouldn’t show her that side–the way people talk now.

          Comment by bikehikebabe — June 7, 2010 @ 20:51 | Reply

          • “…defending your nation is considered very honourable, especially when your country is surrounded by hostile enemies.”

            Nothing will be accomplished by bombing & killing each other (along with women & children). Education is the answer. The Taliban won’t go away until children are educated & they won’t join Taliban & fight. It will take time.

            Comment by bikehikebabe — June 7, 2010 @ 21:25 | Reply

            • ” … Education is the answer. The Taliban won’t go away until children are educated …”

              But they are educated! They are educated in Madrassahs where they learn Arabic and memorize the Qur’an. Foreign language, literature, poetry, discipline, values, history, … what more could you ask for?

              Comment by Looney — June 7, 2010 @ 21:33 | Reply

              • Not Taliban “education?” But the kind of schools the CAI (Central Asia Institute) provides–math, science etc. All the classes that teach skills to get a job, to get out of poverty, the cause of Taliban terrorists.

                Comment by bikehikebabe — June 7, 2010 @ 23:27 | Reply

  5. ” I love clogs as do the Dutch, the Swiss, the Germans, the Austrians, the Swedish – and any other nation which knows how to carve a spoon from scratch has done for time immemorial.”
    Yes, they are carved to fit a foot as regular shoes are not. I think you have to clinch your toes to keep them on, tho’ I’m not a clog wearer. But that is good for the foot.

    Comment by bikehikebabe — June 7, 2010 @ 15:04 | Reply

    • Bike Hike Babe, I am so in love with anything wood I should have qualified that, to me, clogs are just one of a variety of wooden footwear. Until recently I had a pair of theeeeeeeeee most enormously high heeled wooden stilettos. In fact I am scared of myself considering that I wore those towers without toppling once. Currently I sport a more modest pair – though still with a heel and (see gaelikaa) ‘sexy’ open toe – by, yes, Scholl, the company that makes ergonomically designed footwear. They are brilliant, I love them, the strap all flowery, matching my toe nail varnish and reminding me – for reasons I don’t know – of my childhood.

      Best greetings from the Alps,
      U

      PS Reminding me of your daughter in Sweden: When in hiking mode I wear “Ecco” (waterproof and no heels).

      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 7, 2010 @ 18:19 | Reply


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