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Mister Mat just came upstairs with the cake, and sliced off a delicate sliver. Mildly disappointed at being thus rationed, I enquired I am only to be allowed a little bit of cake? Mister Mat took the delicate sliver of cake over to his desk and left the entire rest of the cake with me.



I am going to London in March, straight after spring conference. I am going to be participating in a bloggers' interview of Vince Cable. Six weeks to go and I am already crapping myself. I had no such feelings about the Nick Clegg interview I was meant to go to at Yorkshire regional conference, mainly because Clegg strikes me (having been in his presence) as a complete onanist, and thus I'm not bothered if I offend the self-important Glorious Leader; Vince, having been in his presence, is utterly, utterly lovely as well as amazing in a political sense, and I will be mortified and want to throw myself off Westminster Bridge if I offend him. Which, of course, I am almost certain to do, and the more worked up about this I get, the more certain it becomes - you steer towards where you're looking and all that.

Short of filling my hipflask with the old Remy and hoping like hell, any suggestions from the peanut gallery on how to deal with debilitating nervousness? I came very very close to saying no to the whole thing on the grounds that I am bound to make a complete arse of myself, but several people have moved heaven and earth to make it possible for me to be there, and it would have been really ungrateful to hide in a corner wibbling uncontrollably like I want to...

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cordite.livejournal.com
BPAL's Water of Notre Dame, slap some on the night before you do something utterly terrifying and get yourself to bed early. Worked for me :)

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
I haven't tried that one. I was going to Nanshe myself the night before, because if I am really stressed it's the only thing that will get me to sleep, but...

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cordite.livejournal.com
Oooh, Nanshe's good too! I must admit I've taken to wearing Embalming Fluid most nights though because the boy said he liked it. Nauseating eh?

If I've still got an imp of Water of Notre Dame left (pretty sure I've seen one but I wouldn't swear to it) then I'll pop it in the post for you :)

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
Mr Nancy works wonders on Mr Mat ;)

Also, that would be extremely cool and lovely of you.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cordite.livejournal.com
I'd love Mr. Nancy if it didn't have the tobacco in it. Since the smell of the stuff makes my tummy do backflips, it's the only thing I can smell (same with hemp, I can't touch Sonic Death Monkey because of it).

I'm not sure I could get Joost into the BPAL/Lushie habit though, much as he loves the smells he hasn't quite recovered from when he mistakenly used my Snow Fairy and spent the day twinkling.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
Oh, Mat is definitely Lushie, although BPAL is harder because he doesn't have much sense of smell. Still, he is even more irresistible than usual in Tell Tale Heart...

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ihavecake.livejournal.com
Do you actively want to make a good/impressive impression, or do you just want to get through unscathed?

Either way, definitely get sleep because it will help you relax a bit better.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
Making a good impression would be nice, but I'll settle for not completely embarrassing myself.

Sleep is probably not going to be an option. It's the day after conference. Sleep is a luxury at conference.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ihavecake.livejournal.com
Really try. I find Night Nurse to be the most comforting.

Mmmm, is there an issue on which you basically agree with him, but can debate about? Something that won't get you combative but will show off how eloquent you are?

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
Oh, I mean the opportunity for sleep won't happen; I shall try to take any opportunity that comes up, but Conference is 8 am - midnight for four days.

I don't know. I hope so. My brain isn't throwing anythign up, though. And besides, I probably won't be eloquent in front of him. I'll probably be all tongue-tied.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ihavecake.livejournal.com
But are going to get some sleep, yes? Try to make it as comfortable as you can.

You will be eloquent, because intelligent people can't help it. How many other people are there? How much chance will you get to speak? If more than one, have a very safe thing to say first. Then you've spoken to him so that's not really a big deal and you can go in with something more important, your nerves settled a bit.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
There are eight people and one elephant.

Millennium (http://millenniumelephant.blogspot.com/) (the elephant) and Daddy Richard
Helen Duffett (http://helenduffett.blogspot.com/)
Jo Crispy Strips (http://jochristiesmith.blogspot.com/)
The Award-winning Alix Mortimer (http://fabulousblueporcupine.wordpress.com/) (aka [livejournal.com profile] blue_porcupine)
The Honourable Lady Mark (http://liberalbureaucracy.blogspot.com/) (aka [livejournal.com profile] ld_bureaucrat)
Fragrant Mary Reid (http://www.readmyday.co.uk/maryreid/persons/aboutMe)
and Andy Hinton (http://mindrobber.blogspot.com/)

I had already considered asking to definitely not be first.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] steerpikelet.livejournal.com
You're in London in March! Come and see meeeeee!
Ahem.
Also, JQP and you would get on stormingly. Come to London! Stay the night! We have all the crashspace!

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
I am in London for one night only, Monday 9th March, and that night will be spent initially with Vince and then after I shall be crashing at my Mistress's pad. However, I suspect that there will be time for pub in between the one and t'other.

ETA: not too much pub, though, I have to get the 8.10 train home from Kings X to make work on time.

Date: Saturday, January 24th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purplecthulhu.livejournal.com
If there is to be pub let me know. I can't promise to be there, but will try.

Date: Saturday, January 24th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
ext_28046: (Default)
From: [identity profile] prolificdiarist.livejournal.com
Cake cake cake cake cake!

Mat is full of win. YAYNESS!

CAKE!!!

Kx

Date: Saturday, January 24th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caseytalk.livejournal.com
Every day between now and then, get thee to a place where you can be alone for ten minutes.

If you'd like a focus object like a candle, fine, but just close your eyes if you don't.

Visualize the encounter in the way you WANT it to go. If you find this moment impossible, then stop, write down what you would love to be able to blog afterwards, read it over, edit as necessary, then start again, visualizing what you'd written.

Ten minutes a day -- five if it's all you can spare -- and you'll change the point you keep looking at and therefore the point where you will go.

And before you tell me that visualization or meditation doesn't work. . .

Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. However, it certainly does no harm and it does serve to help you to relax when the time comes and given the state you're working yourself up to, that can't be bad.

Date: Saturday, January 24th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
I can give it a go, I guess. I tend to find that having something to do with my hands helps - hence my dabbling with Tarot cards. I might play with a deck more regularly.

Date: Monday, January 26th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/dimmy_/
When I was told I would be interviewing Nick Cave, you can imagine I turned into a giddy idiot before commenting "I wonder if he'll sleep with me?".

I had no nerves interviewing Clegg - I anticipated the opposite would happen but it did not. I forgot my questions list too so had to create and remember an entirely new set (and since I didn't have a pen or paper I had to do all of this from memory).

I quickly came to the conclusion that, since taking over as leader, I cannot think of a single policy initiative that Clegg has actually thought up. The wellspring of tax and social policy in the Lib Dems at the moment is a combination of Cable's reflections and what Clegg has inherited from the enormously underrated Ming Campbell.

There is really no cure for nerves, aside from beta blockers. These politicians have a way of making you feel more at ease in their presence than you might anticipate and you quickly accept, on some subconscious level, that they are just ordinary people with extraordinary responsibilities. I suspect you won't be as nervous on the day as you're anticipating. Just do your homework, get your research and facts in order and the rest will likely fall into place x

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cordite.livejournal.com
BPAL's Water of Notre Dame, slap some on the night before you do something utterly terrifying and get yourself to bed early. Worked for me :)

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
I haven't tried that one. I was going to Nanshe myself the night before, because if I am really stressed it's the only thing that will get me to sleep, but...

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cordite.livejournal.com
Oooh, Nanshe's good too! I must admit I've taken to wearing Embalming Fluid most nights though because the boy said he liked it. Nauseating eh?

If I've still got an imp of Water of Notre Dame left (pretty sure I've seen one but I wouldn't swear to it) then I'll pop it in the post for you :)

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
Mr Nancy works wonders on Mr Mat ;)

Also, that would be extremely cool and lovely of you.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cordite.livejournal.com
I'd love Mr. Nancy if it didn't have the tobacco in it. Since the smell of the stuff makes my tummy do backflips, it's the only thing I can smell (same with hemp, I can't touch Sonic Death Monkey because of it).

I'm not sure I could get Joost into the BPAL/Lushie habit though, much as he loves the smells he hasn't quite recovered from when he mistakenly used my Snow Fairy and spent the day twinkling.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
Oh, Mat is definitely Lushie, although BPAL is harder because he doesn't have much sense of smell. Still, he is even more irresistible than usual in Tell Tale Heart...

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ihavecake.livejournal.com
Do you actively want to make a good/impressive impression, or do you just want to get through unscathed?

Either way, definitely get sleep because it will help you relax a bit better.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
Making a good impression would be nice, but I'll settle for not completely embarrassing myself.

Sleep is probably not going to be an option. It's the day after conference. Sleep is a luxury at conference.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ihavecake.livejournal.com
Really try. I find Night Nurse to be the most comforting.

Mmmm, is there an issue on which you basically agree with him, but can debate about? Something that won't get you combative but will show off how eloquent you are?

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
Oh, I mean the opportunity for sleep won't happen; I shall try to take any opportunity that comes up, but Conference is 8 am - midnight for four days.

I don't know. I hope so. My brain isn't throwing anythign up, though. And besides, I probably won't be eloquent in front of him. I'll probably be all tongue-tied.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ihavecake.livejournal.com
But are going to get some sleep, yes? Try to make it as comfortable as you can.

You will be eloquent, because intelligent people can't help it. How many other people are there? How much chance will you get to speak? If more than one, have a very safe thing to say first. Then you've spoken to him so that's not really a big deal and you can go in with something more important, your nerves settled a bit.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
There are eight people and one elephant.

Millennium (http://millenniumelephant.blogspot.com/) (the elephant) and Daddy Richard
Helen Duffett (http://helenduffett.blogspot.com/)
Jo Crispy Strips (http://jochristiesmith.blogspot.com/)
The Award-winning Alix Mortimer (http://fabulousblueporcupine.wordpress.com/) (aka [livejournal.com profile] blue_porcupine)
The Honourable Lady Mark (http://liberalbureaucracy.blogspot.com/) (aka [livejournal.com profile] ld_bureaucrat)
Fragrant Mary Reid (http://www.readmyday.co.uk/maryreid/persons/aboutMe)
and Andy Hinton (http://mindrobber.blogspot.com/)

I had already considered asking to definitely not be first.

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] steerpikelet.livejournal.com
You're in London in March! Come and see meeeeee!
Ahem.
Also, JQP and you would get on stormingly. Come to London! Stay the night! We have all the crashspace!

Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
I am in London for one night only, Monday 9th March, and that night will be spent initially with Vince and then after I shall be crashing at my Mistress's pad. However, I suspect that there will be time for pub in between the one and t'other.

ETA: not too much pub, though, I have to get the 8.10 train home from Kings X to make work on time.

Date: Saturday, January 24th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purplecthulhu.livejournal.com
If there is to be pub let me know. I can't promise to be there, but will try.

Date: Saturday, January 24th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
ext_28046: (Default)
From: [identity profile] prolificdiarist.livejournal.com
Cake cake cake cake cake!

Mat is full of win. YAYNESS!

CAKE!!!

Kx

Date: Saturday, January 24th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caseytalk.livejournal.com
Every day between now and then, get thee to a place where you can be alone for ten minutes.

If you'd like a focus object like a candle, fine, but just close your eyes if you don't.

Visualize the encounter in the way you WANT it to go. If you find this moment impossible, then stop, write down what you would love to be able to blog afterwards, read it over, edit as necessary, then start again, visualizing what you'd written.

Ten minutes a day -- five if it's all you can spare -- and you'll change the point you keep looking at and therefore the point where you will go.

And before you tell me that visualization or meditation doesn't work. . .

Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. However, it certainly does no harm and it does serve to help you to relax when the time comes and given the state you're working yourself up to, that can't be bad.

Date: Saturday, January 24th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
I can give it a go, I guess. I tend to find that having something to do with my hands helps - hence my dabbling with Tarot cards. I might play with a deck more regularly.

Date: Monday, January 26th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/dimmy_/
When I was told I would be interviewing Nick Cave, you can imagine I turned into a giddy idiot before commenting "I wonder if he'll sleep with me?".

I had no nerves interviewing Clegg - I anticipated the opposite would happen but it did not. I forgot my questions list too so had to create and remember an entirely new set (and since I didn't have a pen or paper I had to do all of this from memory).

I quickly came to the conclusion that, since taking over as leader, I cannot think of a single policy initiative that Clegg has actually thought up. The wellspring of tax and social policy in the Lib Dems at the moment is a combination of Cable's reflections and what Clegg has inherited from the enormously underrated Ming Campbell.

There is really no cure for nerves, aside from beta blockers. These politicians have a way of making you feel more at ease in their presence than you might anticipate and you quickly accept, on some subconscious level, that they are just ordinary people with extraordinary responsibilities. I suspect you won't be as nervous on the day as you're anticipating. Just do your homework, get your research and facts in order and the rest will likely fall into place x

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