Telly, Part Two

9 Mar

So, continuing on from yesterday’s post…

Apologies for the weak Six Word Saturday.

The phone rang.  It was Bella magazine, a woman’s weekly.  They wanted to interview us about our greendom!

That was my moment of entelechy, or realisation – we no longer had the potential to be freaks, we were actually freaks.  But newsworthy freaks.

A reporter came and talked to us about our green habits.  I didn’t know at that point that she was facinorous.  Even when a photographer arrived, primed by what the reporter had told him, I didn’t get it.

Amongst others, these were the kinds of photos he wanted to take:

  • Me hanging tea bags on the washing line
  • Me pouring the water from vegetables cooked on the stove into plant pots
  • All of us sitting in the dark, huddled under blankets

I was a little uneasy and the Hub told me I didn’t have to do anything if I was uncomfortable, but the photographer assured us it was a lighthearted piece.  You know me and fun…what a silly girl I was.

I let the photographer take the pictures, all the while assuring him I didn’t keep my family in the dark, use vegetable water on my two plants (I use it for gravy) or hang tea bags on my washing line.  Think of the stains – and the flies.  Eurggh.


Bella (Photo credit: Houstonian) Nothing to do with that horrible magazine.  I’m trying to replace the images in my head when I hear the word ‘Bella’.  Even a crying vampire groupie is better than the red mist which usually appears.

The article duly appeared.  We were made to look like stingy idiots.  The reporter used half-truths and exaggeration.  I was upset but resigned; I resolved to forget it – even the charming photo of me, smiling as I hung dirty, wet tea bags on my washing line.  I was done with reporters.

Then a national Sunday newspaper called, having picked it up from wherever national newspapers pick up stories, and asked to interview us. I thought it would be a chance to set the record straight after the Bella debacle.  I shouldn’t be allowed to think.

I won’t tell you the name of the paper because it is not allowed to be mentioned in this house any more. I did begin to tell you the details of the many, many, many facts they distorted or outright lied about (they even re-used the Bella tea bag photo when I refused to pose in a similar way for them), but I don’t think a bitter diatribe sits well with a Laughing Housewife ethos, so I scrubbed it.  Suffice it to say that the following week they ran a whole letters page in response to our article, the gist of it being that our children were unfortunate in their mean and hateful parents.

I was done with all media.  

Then came a knock on the door…which I will tell you about tomorrow (I said it was a long story).

34 Responses to “Telly, Part Two”

  1. sharechair March 9, 2013 at 13:38 #

    Oh, my. That had to be so frustrating to be manipulated and distorted like that. I can’t wait for part three.


  2. idiosyncratic eye March 9, 2013 at 13:43 #

    The media is always your friend. Until it bites you. Hard. ;(


  3. mairedubhtx March 9, 2013 at 14:00 #

    I guess it IS a long story. I wonder how you get your cool throughout all this. I wouldn’t have been so civil, I think. The word is facinorous. Spell-check doesn’t know it, of course. Thanks for the definition of entelechy.


    • vivinfrance March 9, 2013 at 15:58 #

      Wikki-dicky does: I will not defile the pages of my friend’s blog with the definition.


  4. Jim March 9, 2013 at 14:15 #

    I hope the knock was for the better. At least Bella got some good press. She is soooo cute. 🙂 Did the Houstonian people come to London for their article? They are new here, running a subscritption newspaper.


  5. Brenda March 9, 2013 at 15:28 #

    wow…that is about the only word that springs to mind….. and by the way…why would anyone hang tea bags on the line???


  6. McGuffyAnn March 9, 2013 at 15:56 #

    You are a hoot!


  7. vivinfrance March 9, 2013 at 15:59 #

    we just put them in a saucer to re-use for those who don’t like the strength of our builders’ tea. No need to dry them.


  8. laurieanichols March 9, 2013 at 16:17 #

    You are brilliant, everyone should be reusing their vegetable water for gravy, it enhances the flavor. Don’t these people realize? I would be so upset, you think that you are going a wonderful thing and barbaric people come around just to poke fun. It isn’t right. I can’t wait for part three. How dare they, my poor Tilly.


  9. Elaine - I used to be indecisive March 9, 2013 at 16:31 #

    That just goes to prove that we shouldn’t always believe (or, ever believe) what we read/hear in the media. What a terrible thing to happen to you, and your family.


  10. robincoyle March 9, 2013 at 17:00 #

    As they say, never believe what you read in the press.


  11. restlessjo March 9, 2013 at 17:03 #

    My Aunt Isa used to do the same as Viv. I can’t abide tea, but I also use my veg water in the gravy. Brownie points? Please don’t set Bella on me, Tilly.


  12. slpmartin March 9, 2013 at 17:22 #

    Oh my…there’s more? You are reinforcing my policy of never doing interviews or being photographed. 🙂


  13. SchmidleysScribbling March 9, 2013 at 17:44 #

    I suppose it was inevitable, we all get our 30 seconds of fame. My daughter got her for having a Flu shot.

    I hate to reuse tea bags. Do we have to?? Dianne


  14. Rorybore March 9, 2013 at 17:45 #

    I don’t know what is says that this is the more riveting than what’s currently ON my telly. (except for perhaps The Following. intense!). and why do tea bags need to hang on a line to dry? I just peel mine off the top of the counter to either re-use, or put in compost?


  15. ladyinredagain March 9, 2013 at 18:04 #

    They should have been holding you up as an example of responsible citizens not vilifying you in this facinorus way (does that work?)


  16. misswhiplash March 9, 2013 at 18:07 #

    you and your long ..I am just a simple girl….
    Well would you believe it….you should never believe what you read in newspapers….but if it gets the sales figures up that is really all they care about

    dying to read tomorrow’s thrilling episode…better than all the soaps on TV


  17. Linda March 9, 2013 at 18:16 #

    Can’t wait to hear the rest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Happy Saturday!



  18. AJ March 9, 2013 at 18:37 #

    I… don’t understand why the tea bags were being hung on the drying line..?? Who would even think to do that..?
    Totally not a weak 6WS, btw. It was a good lead-in to pt 2 of the story. I hope pt 3 brings better news!


  19. viveka March 9, 2013 at 18:45 #

    Star hood has price, no wonder the rich & famous are suing the newspapers. I would have been raving mad and I guess that is what you were too. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s part.


  20. lanceleuven March 9, 2013 at 19:31 #

    Now there’s a third part!? Arrgghh! I’m clearly too damn organised for my own good. I’m only one day behind when I should have been two…

    (Jokes aside, I sympathise completely with your story. I’ve been led to believe that the media are generally scumbags)


  21. Tom (Aquatom1968) March 9, 2013 at 19:54 #

    They can be cruel, Tilly, journalists. From what I’ve read, I mean.


  22. adinparadise March 9, 2013 at 22:09 #

    Never trust a journalist. 😆


  23. Xiomara Maldonado March 10, 2013 at 00:41 #

    Oh my gosh, what an upsetting experience! I can’t wait to hear the rest of the story.


  24. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) March 10, 2013 at 01:10 #

    Ye gods! But don’t stop thinking about go to save the planet. We need all that kind of thinking we can get – especially when short-sighted idiots lampoon it.


  25. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) March 10, 2013 at 01:10 #

    OH, my typing! I mean ‘how to save the planet’.


  26. Maddie Cochere March 10, 2013 at 04:24 #

    I am loving this soap opera and hoping for a happy ending (because I felt a twinge of livid inside me as I read this). Thank you for making me look up facinorous. Wonderful word!


  27. benzeknees March 10, 2013 at 07:37 #

    Is facinorous anything like facile?


  28. Three Well Beings March 10, 2013 at 08:38 #

    It gives you a little taste of what celebrities and politicians are up against. The half-quote. I am sitting here very eager to hear the rest of the story!


  29. kateshrewsday March 10, 2013 at 23:10 #

    That would put me off talking to the media for life, Tilly!


  30. bluebee March 16, 2013 at 03:06 #

    Ooooo, my blood is beginning to boil…

    PS – I use vegetable water on my plants



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