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Monday, 9 November 2015

Day 1317 - Astraea - All Seeing. Never Believing. Still Searching

(This blog entry was originally published on Thursday April 23rd, but for some reason I 'unpublished' it along with a number of other entries, and now it shows as being published on nov 9th 2015!)

I feel that I haven't written enough about Astra lately, so here is a brief blog entry to put that right.

Astra reappeared in The Twitterdilly Arms on March 30th - just after Broken had declared that MW was finished forever - and our resident star maiden has remained propping up the bar ever since; happily interacting with anyone who chooses to talk to her. Astra NEVER seems to fall out with anyone, and is always perfectly well mannered. She is friends with EVERYONE..... although she isn't a fan of Cheryl Cole!

For the past four weeks, Astra has been posting photos of beautiful film/pop stars, including BB, Alain De-loin, Sacha Distel, Charlotte Rampling, JB, James Dean, Marianne Faithfull, Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Elvis, Ann-Margret and Roberto Bolle. Astra has also played a few songs on the Twit Arms jukebox, but nowhere near enough!

Here are some of Astra's highlights from the past four weeks:

"Blonde demi-god manservants and dark haired demigod man servants can do an equally good job of fanning. I'm sure."

"Existence is only a game."

"Love always loves loss best, and love loss last. Follow art."

"@MozFiend Your beautiful blue roses are unretweetable. Forever locked in time. Try again, try again."

"Thieves' hours and velvet."

"I did everything I shouldn't do tonight. And then went back to do it all twice."

"Eyes can be windows to the soul. Or they can be beautiful, swirling, captivating lies."

"All thighs lead to Rome."

"Samuel Beckett, you had an excellent head of hair. And a very good forehead."

"Impatience is my only virtue. I've checked."

"Twitter is the circus without a tent. Or a ringmaster. But we will all, always have my legs. And BB's. So count yourselves doubly lucky."

"I'm taking up songwriting. 'If You've Got the Legs, I've Got the Time'."

"LOITERING. With my intent. Always with my intent. My intent is nefarious but captivating. I am un-arrestable."

"Too many Morrisseys ruin the soup. And people are so easily led astray. A subject I may know something about."

"Goodbyes are always heartbreaking. But ruined soup is worse."

"Octopus are not starfish. Break the heart, break the leg, nothing ever grows back."

"Questions of the heart are always left unanswered with me. A smile deflects bullets. My only armour. My only answer."

"I like to stretch out!"

"Anyone seen my heliotrope?"

"No time for sleeping. Napping never got Cheryl Cole anywhere. We can only dream of her quiet and immobile, instead of singing."

"If all dictators in this world could kiss a dove like BB would we have world peace?

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And finally - I mentioned to Astra that Morrissey should re-insert BB back into the pre-concert footage. She replied, "I've retweeted. But will the message get to the right Morrissey? So many Morrisseys, so little time."

We shall have to wait and see.


  1. Thank you for writing a piece about Astraea. She is a very inspiring personality. I prefer the name Astraea over just plain Astra. The last sounds too much like a type of ugly scrap metal German car with a general motor. And just for the record, that last tweet was mine.

  2. I could wax lyrical about Astra all day. She is a delightful soul, full of heart, depth &, spirit. She radiates such warmth & compassion. And her humour always tickles me.
    She has offered us beauty in so many ways .
    A real treasure in my books.

  3. It is very pleasing to see our lovely Star Maiden, Astraea, featured on todays blog. Her prose, pictures and musical selections are always alluring. She treats all of us mere mortals with grace and touches us with her gentle soul.
    Her interactions with Alf are epic. As this journey continues, I look forward to what new enlightenment Astraea will bestow upon us. There is no doubt FTM soars to new heights when our Star Maiden is highlighted.

  4. My pictures look absolutely fantastic on your blog. We should all do this together more often, non? Oh, I forgot – we already do!

    Well, well, mon petit Monsieur le Mouse. All eyes on me tonight? You're shining the lights on me now. (So how do I look?). But no one should ever forget – lights shining on me or not, as I've said before, the only thing I am is the emergency airplane lights. Except for when I'm a star.

    A sweet little blog entry that made me smile, at the end of what was otherwise a day that didn't manage to make me smile enough at all.

    I said to the apple of my tentacles earlier tonight to consider me charmed. I'll be repetitive for the sake of repetition and repeat myself with the same thing to you now apropos of this blog entry. Consider me completely, lovingly, and most graciously charmed.

    My gold leaf was always fading, before I ever even began here. But you took such a very heartfelt and whiskery shine to me. Who could ever resist you? My favourite little mouse, dressed as rat. You're a sweet little thing, and I always love that you always love all of the legs that I always love to always post. Always.

    So where do we all stand now? I think what it comes down to is this. We'll always have some Veuve (well, I always will anyway), we'll always have Brigitte's legs, we'll always have my legs, and we'll all always have each other.

    Actually, on second thought, I think we very clearly won't always have each other.

    But we'll definitely still have Brigitte's legs.
    We'll definitely still have my legs.
    And I'll definitely still always have some Veuve. At least enough for me.

    Do you think I should redraft this?

    NON. Je crois que c'est absolument PARFAIT, comme ça.

    Bonne nuit for now. Dream of me. Dream of legs.

    And never listen to a single word I say.


    And forever and a day, I will be all of yours here, and no one's else's anywhere. Because we wouldn't even want me any other way.


    1. Dearest Astra, our beloved star maiden, you shine brighter than the brightest star. Thanks for saying that you'll be ours forever and just for being you. Je crois que VOUS êtes absolument parfaite. Merci beaucoup.

  5. I see that there are remnants of a conversation in the Twitty Arms last night involving Rat, Astraea and AlfsButton. Unfortunately I missed it, so could someone please fill us in?

    Thank you

    K A K

    1. Don't worry, Alf was on twitter about half an hour ago, so I was able to read his tweets. It's bad news for you, Rat, "the blogs are dead boys".

      K A K

  6. Wonderful pics Ratty! Have a nice week end!


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