Was on a chatty thread about bumping into celebrities. One person wrote they bumped into a glum-looking Terence Stamp on the Tube and they said hello and told him how much they loved his work. Stamp was instantly transformed by the compliment, he thanked the fan with a happy face and went away beaming.
Perhaps in that precise moment it was exactly what Stamp needed - a compliment, a reminder that he was appreciated - to turn a ordinary or bad day into a good one.
If you can compliment someone, even a stranger, nicely (don't be a fucking creep) and brighten their day it's a good thing to do.
Okay so there's this: http://pomonasprout.insanejournal.com/152425.html?style=mine
And then there's this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_u2WFTfbcg Stick with her, I know she's a bit of a privileged white chick, but she does have some interesting things to say about joy and the environments in which we are pushed to live. In particular, about where we stick poor people and expect them to live, work and go to school. I'm going to show you where I grew up. Some black and white pics but, when you see the colour ones, it's not like it fucking improves...
The first taken during the demolition - in the 1990s - when Birmingham Housing finally got the idea that Manzoni was a fucking arsehole.
This is taken from the actual block I lived in. Yes, you CAN see my house from here, one of the units on the right hand side. Looking towards the notorious Thames Tower (where, at one point, the residents hired their own security because they were sick of being assaulted and robbed in the building and neither the council or the police were doing anything).
A view of the blocks and shops being demoished in the first pic, from ground level. This must be in the 1990s as those colourful climbing frames were not there in the 70s/80s. We had some drab concrete and unpainted metal play areas instead.
Looking towards the block I lived in. This taken in the 60s I think, but it was still that colour (dark fucking brown) during the 70s. They eventually painted it beige.
The first of the three matching tower blocks in this one is Thames Tower again. If the housing looks crowded, it's because it fucking is.
One thing we could see out of the windows was this.
Yep, we could see gas towers and a power station. If we looked out of the other side we could see more gas towers and lots of factories.
This shit drains you when you have to look at it every day.
Oh, and this was my secondary school.
Which was just as cheerful inside...
Silently waiting for the fallout to happen.... I feel damn good regardless though.