late! and the basic laws of physics #31

she coughs and i wake up.

she coughs TO wake me up, i’m sure of it!

she knows i don’t like to be woken up.

it’s a basic law of physics that for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction.  upon pressured into waking i want to sleep y’know?

so against my better judgement, i’m now going to be late because i refuse to wake up when i’ve been woken up.

a minute or two later i hear the sound of the teapot lid to clamp shut.  i creep downstairs and pour myself a cup of tea and make a bowl of cereal and i creep back upstairs.  i get back into bed and i switch on the tv:

South Korea says it will retaliate with missile strikes against the North if faced with “further provocations”, after an exchange of fire in which two South Korean marines were killed when dozens of artillery shells landed on the island – most of them hitting a military base. Both soldiers and civilians were wounded.  The South fired back some 80 shells. Casualties on the northern side are unknown.

i switch over and discover that Lorraine Kelly is outraged enough to call for Gillian Mckeith to be kicked out of ‘I’m A Celebrity’ after she “fainted” a third time.  Lorraine is very distressed.

and then:

At least 345 people have been killed in a stampede during festival celebrations in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, Prime Minister Hun Sen has said.  Hun Sen described the stampede as the “biggest tragedy” to hit Cambodia since the mass killings carried out by the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s.  Authorities had estimated that more than two million people would attend the three-day festival.  “Panic started and at least 50 people jumped in the river. People tried to climb on to the bridge, grabbing and pulling [electric] cables which came loose and electrical shock caused more deaths.”

i leave to catch my bus for work.

it’s a back of the bus day today.  the physics and the news have taken their toll on me.  someone has left behind a copy of the metro on my seat:

Simon Cowell was presented with an International Emmy founders award at a ceremony in New York last night. “When I think back over 10 years, I can genuinely say I’ve had the best time I’ve ever had in my life,” said Cowell, who was presented with his award by media mogul Rupert Murdoch.  Cowell, 51, who earlier this year quit as a judge of US talent show American Idol – aired on Murdoch-owned TV channel Fox – added: “Whoever said fame, money, success will destroy you is completely wrong.”

a few pages later:

Irish Republic ‘to get 85bn-euro EU and IMF bail-out.  The EU and IMF have extended 85bn euros of emergency loans to the Republic of Ireland, according to reports on Irish state television.  The widely anticipated bail-out package comes after a day of sharp falls in global share prices and the euro.  Markets are concerned that despite the rescue package, the debt crisis could spread to other European countries.  Dublin is also expected to publish a four-year austerity plan on Wednesday amid fears the government could fall.

i’m not sure if it’s the context in which the news was presented to me but ‘ugh’, i thought.. what a world.

i walk into work, late.


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