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Cat Hellisen

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Eddie Izzard, Performance, And Typos.

Last night The Boy took me out to go see Eddie Izzard on the Cape Town leg of his Force Majeure tour. Was a fantastic night out, with much fun had.

But it got me thinking a little about performers and artists who produce live shows. I can write my little books and then hole up when they go out into the world. Sure, I can get shitty reviews that make me want to slit my own throat, but I don’t have to know about them if I don’t go looking for them. I can, if I choose, live in a little Bubble of Happy.

Performers don’t have that luxury. They are in the face of your love, your boredom, your contempt, your adulation. They have to be “on” at all times.

I get tired just from socialising at a party and being in extrovert mode for a few hours every month or so. These people are on for two solid hours at a go, with no-one else to pick up the slack if they get bored or tired or are just having a shit night. And they’re doing it in front of thousands of people.

Massive respect.

I’m supposed to be working but I have a headache (there is news about this, but it makes me sad so I’m burying it here where no-one will read it: optometrist says I am left with 50% vision, so I’m kinda depressed about it but oh well such is life.)

So instead of working I doodled about Tyops, who live in your manuscripts and eat your vowels and steal your plot threads to line their nests.

TYOP

 

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  • <a href="http://tiahbeautement.typepad.com/quotidian/" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    tiah
    June 19th, 2013 @15:25 #
     
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    I need a copy of that for my office wall.

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  • <a href="http://www.cathellisen.com/" rel="nofollow">Cat Hellisen</a>
    Cat Hellisen
    June 19th, 2013 @16:39 #
     
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    Heh, I should make it writerly postcards.

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  • <a href="http://rachelzadok.bookslive.co.za" rel="nofollow">Rachel Zadok</a>
    Rachel Zadok
    June 19th, 2013 @16:59 #
     
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    Ah, sorry about the vision. That sucks big time.

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  • <a href="http://www.cathellisen.com/" rel="nofollow">Cat Hellisen</a>
    Cat Hellisen
    June 19th, 2013 @17:01 #
     
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    Thanks :) it's all good, at least I'm in a position where I have the finances to get new spectacles and stuff.

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  • <a href="http://tiahbeautement.typepad.com/quotidian/" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    tiah
    June 19th, 2013 @19:06 #
     
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    Now I'm being nosy - what's 50% vision? As in even with glasses you can't see?

    I'm -9.5 on the contacts. Can not see my whole face in focus without my contacts. With glasses the lenses are so thick that they are distorted all by the center. So I have to move my head like an owl.

    My greatest claim to surfing was being able to put a contact back in while in the sea, sitting on the board, as waves were knocking me around. (Wasn't out far enough to avoid the splashies.)

    Um, that's about my only claim to surfing before I had to give it up.

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  • <a href="http://www.cathellisen.com/" rel="nofollow">Cat Hellisen</a>
    Cat Hellisen
    June 21st, 2013 @12:28 #
     
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    Very bad myopia, I'm at -12 in my right eye, around -11 in the left.

    I can wear contacts, but now only for limited times, and I'm getting new specs made with special thinner glass. (Because otherwise I would have the same issue you have with yours).

    And that’s a fairly impressive surfing anecdote. :D

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