Hello, welcome to my fortnightly column. I’m now a columnist, I can add that to my Twitter bio but I won’t as I don’t want to clutter it up.
I’ll just tell you what I’ve been up to…
Street Harassment Update
More F*** Off!
This new year I’m going to try to tell more people to f*** off like Helen Mirren. Like when a B&B doesn’t serve breakfast, F*** off!! You’re a disgrace to the profession, you’re just a ‘B’. That reminds me to use Trip Advisor more – the people need to know. I listened to Bridget Christie on An Irishman Abroad with Jarlath Regan while scrubbing the mold off my window; very satisfying to get enraged by the system whilst plucking scum out of a crevice with a hair clip. I want to tell the patriarchy to F*** off.
Thank god there is a new book ‘The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F***‘ by Sarah Knight. I was asked to review this for Breakfast Republic on 2fm. I was so afraid of saying the F-word on air, it’s on in the morning – children are eating their Cheerios sweetly while their loving parents watch on with protective gaze shielding them from the dark, dark truth – I’m not the person to tell them and this wasn’t the time so I used substitute words: fig and feck. It was too close to the edge, I couldn’t risk it. I couldn’t do the sharp intake of breath like I’ve burnt my tongue that I do to rap songs:
You know what the Midwest is? Young and restless
Where restless WHISHT might snatch your necklace
And next these WHISHT might jack your Lexus
Somebody tell these WHISHT who Kanye West is
It just works, so here is my review:
The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Don Conroy by Sarah Knight
THE ART OF CARING LESS AND GETTING MORE
Are you stressed out, overbooked, and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? It’s time to stop giving a Don Conroy.Sarah reveals why giving a Don Conroy about what other people think, is your worst enemy – and how to stop doing it; how to sort your Don Conroys into four essential categories; simple criteria for whether or not you should give a Don Conroy (i.e. “Does this affect anyone other than me?”); and the two keys to successfully not giving a Don Conroy without also being an asshole. So, get rid of the mental clutter, ditch the perfectionism and create the life you want – for good.
Alison plays the Laughter Lounge this weekend 28th-30th. She is also getting a lift off her mam on the Friday to headline the Final Fence in Mullingar. The Alison Spittle Show with Mark O’Halloran and Louise McSharry, records in the Workmans’ on the 26th of February.