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|Thursday, September 16th, 2010|
I just managed to reset my password. When I tried before, it wasn't accepting my "I am a human" entries.
So. Hi! How are you all doing? Had a nice three years?
|Thursday, June 29th, 2006|
I escaped from the Dungeon of Crystal Claire!
I killed Editor the floating eye, Jiggery Pokery the kobold, Ippola the orc, Simont the fire elemental, Rowan Leigh the minotaur, Verlaine the kobold, Triskellian the giant spider, Kauket the giant spider, Onebyone the goblin, Kent the zombie, Clarisinda the mind flayer, Argyraspid the kobold, Spurious Fellow the rat, Absinthecity the leprechaun, Hatmandu the leprechaun, Ciaweth the owlbear and Tackline the minotaur.
I looted the Axe of Mono, the Armour of Thecesspit, a Figurine of Philipstorry, the Sword of Mistersleepless, the Wand of Music, the Axe of Eponymousarchon, the Wand of Music, a Figurine of Arosoff, the Amulet of Kyte, the Sceptre of Harry Potter and 281 gold pieces.
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|Thursday, May 11th, 2006|
|Tuesday, February 7th, 2006|
The entity to be known as Lamus and Sheani is now created!
Had a lot of fun, copious splishy, and it was so good to see everyone - doesn't happen often enough. :)
And, of course, we invented one of the most exciting food products evarrrrrr.
Fancy a delicious snack?
P-P-Pick up yer Tip-Top Toffee Poppy Popcorn today!
Not got room for a large packet?
P-P-Pick up a Pocket Tip-Top Toffee Poppy Popcorn packet today!
In other news, I have to go to Germany for three days now. Bah.
|Monday, June 6th, 2005|
|Wednesday, May 25th, 2005|
1. Who is #8 going out with? Me, I hope - on Saturday, to drink beer. :)
2. Is #9 a boy or a girl? Very girl.
3. Would #11 and #2 make a cute couple? I'm not sure how good the sex would be, but the arguments would be THE BEST!
4. What is #6's favourite band? Interesting... and I'm afraid I don't have any idea, but I should ask him. Or Stairsdangerous, who I'm more likely to see!
5. Does #1 have any siblings? Hmmm. I think so. Maybe one. A sister.
6. Would you ever date #7? Very unlikely, but it's possible we could bribe our boyfriends with the possibility.
7. What's #10's middle name? I don't know. If I had to guess, I would guess that it started with a J.
8. What's #5's favourite thing to do? Theatre? Kites? Travelling? I think probably spending time with Gavin.
9. Tell me a random fact about #11? Got rose wine in to the South London Theatre bar specially for the girlz.
10. And #1: She helped to build a prosperous and ludicrously bureaucratic civilisation in Verlaine's Ergo-Nomics
11. And #3: Regularly receives so many comments to his live journal entries that I am persistently surprised that he ever manages to read or write anything else ever at all.
12. Where does #9 live? London
13. What's #4's favourite color? Black
14. How did you meet #2? At a mono meet
15. Does #10 have any pets? He has a cat.
16. Who on the list have you known the longest? In real life, Bluedevi. Online, it's close between several.
17. Who on the list lives furthest away from you? I think it's Abigailb
18. Who on the list owes you a mix CD? Nobody, but I think I'm going to proclaim that Dakeyras owes me one. Just for giggles.
|Tuesday, September 28th, 2004|
|Monday, August 2nd, 2004|
|Answer me these questions three! If you would. :)
1. What are your three favourite words? (at the moment, on whim, use three as an approximate guide, off the top of your head)
2. If you have any kind of interest or preference, who would you like to win Big Brother 5?
3. What would you most like to be doing today? (and, if appropriate, with whom and where!)
|Friday, July 30th, 2004|
|Thursday, July 15th, 2004|
|Friends, lend me your years
I'd like your views on something please.
Take this year: 2004
Read it out loud. How did you say it?
Most of you, I imagine, said "two thousand and four". Nothing wrong with that, of course; I have just been wondering when it was going to change.
Clearly 2000 lends itself to "two thousand" more than "twenty hundred". 2001? Well, what chance was there, what with the film an' all. But even though "twenty oh one" was unlikely, I'm surprised it didn't make an appearance at all.
But after that... why not "twenty oh two", "twenty oh three"? When we get a few years down the line, are we really going to carry on? Will it be "two thousand and twenty four", rather than "twenty twenty-four"? Will it be "two thousand, one hundred and seventeen", rather than "twenty-one seventeen"? I really doubt it, unless the two thousand format is so automatic by then that people can't get out of it! Might we lose the "two thousand" bit all together instead?
My feeling is that people (a) are in a rut from the year two thousand, and just went onto "two thousand and one", "...and two" etc without thinking about it very much, and (b) the "oh" part of "twenty oh two" probably feels slightly awkward. So. My guess is that by 2010 the general spoken version should move to "twenty ten", and continue from there in that format.
Interestingly (or not, if you have a more exciting life than I do) BBC Radio 4 has recently started saying the years as "twenty oh three", "twenty oh four". I didn't know if this was a policy decision, or just an individual newsreader's / editor's style. I wondered partly if the station had decided that if they didn't start getting people into the "twenty" format soon, the "two thousand" would be permanently ingrained, and in a few years time, they will be wasting valuable syllables (and therefore airtime) every time they have to read out a year.
What d'you think then?
|Monday, May 17th, 2004|
|Ack and ick
Having to stay in hospital unexpectedly*, and waking up disoriented and a bit unnerved in the middle of the night, I switched on the television, just to get my mind back closer to reality.
And do you know who was there to cheer me in the night? The very lovely lunaviola
telling me all about Van Gogh and Gauguin.
Thank you, sweetie, for serendipitously being there when I needed it!
*(nothing serious, but bad recovery from surgery, will be fine given time)
|Wednesday, April 28th, 2004|
|Saturday, January 10th, 2004|
We had a lovely drink and meal with friends last night, and really enjoyed ourselves.
What made it perfect was that it wasn't just excellent company and a nice time, but they came out of London to see us, so it was easier for us to get there and back (London on a Friday is always a bit of a rush to make) - and that was very kind and we appreciated it lots. I hope their journey home wasn't too much of an ordeal!
Thanks and hugs to you both. :-)
|Similar minds thingummy
So I'm most similar to Arachne (I wish!), and most compatible with Shermarama, SkorpionUK, _Kent and Eldar! :-)
|Wednesday, January 7th, 2004|
Some time before Christmas, we exchanged a couple of quick-fire rounds of "Off the top of your head, name three things that should be put into Room 101". Try it, and see what you come up with. Being initially flustered by this demand, I was surprised how quickly the answers came to me. Banished to the pits of hell are:
1. People who spit in public (and particularly those who spit chewing gum).
2. Turkey (the country, not the bird).
3. Television adverts for intimate feminine products.
The first one is reasonably self-explanatory, I hope. The second is perhaps less so, but I'm not keen to get into a serious political, ethical or geographical debate here. The third item, though, is the one that fired my imagination.
I'm sure it's not very enlightened of me, but I don't enjoy having my rare but pleasurable viewing hours interrupted by scenes of happy shiny tampon-inserting actresses. Consider the old Tampax advert. Actress inserts tampon, dons white clothing and rollerskates around town. What kind of freak is SHE? [Slight deviation as I'm reminded that I always loved the Victoria Wood sketch, where Celia Imrie is walking round an office saying things like "I want a towel that I can use as a mobile phone. I want a towel that stays dry no matter how many pictures of ink I point at". Sorry. On with the regular programming.] Next the TenaLady lady: she sits prim and smiling on a settee, clears her throat, and with a happy beam pronounces "Oh golly, I just wet myself, but I don't mind at all because I'm wearing one of these discreet stress incontinence pads in my panties", and proudly displays one of the objects, taken from a pile on the coffee table, where bemused guests often mistake them for novelty drinks coasters.
My main gripes with these adverts (and believe me, there isn't room on LiveJournal for me to include the smaller auxilliary gripes) are based on the lack of realism in the adverts. That rollerskating girl: she was a white-wearing, max-factored, sports-loving freak well before she inserted that tampon, and don't you try to pretend any different. Most of the advert is pretty much a Special K advert - use this product and you will become healthy, beautiful, fit and energetic. Yeah, right. Let's see some honesty in tampon adverts, please.
"TAMPONS. Won't make you feel any less crap, but at least they soak the glop up. Don't wear white, though."
Because I don't feel healthy, happy and glowing at the start of my period. I could stick a whole mixed-size multipack of tampons up there, and I would not want to go rollerskating. I feel crampy, bloated and dreadful, and I want to be buying a product that actually makes me feel better. Ibuprofen and beer have special powers. Tampons do not.
And the stress incontinence pads? I certainly applaud the attempt to reassure sufferers that this is a normal and not uncommon complaint, and that there are products available to make life easier. But it shouldn't sound so delightful, or it'll encourage people towards it, like the old adverts that said smoking was cool. TenaLady adverts should run more along the lines of:
"For the love of God, girls, do your pelvic floor exercises while you still can, or you'll be leaving suspect marks on the sofa by the time you're 40. If it's already too late, you can use these pads. Don't wear white, though."
I also think they should stop using attractive and healthy people in these adverts. I've been thinking of alternative castings for tampon adverts.
Tampon advert 1 : starring The Osbournes
[Jack and Ozzy sit on the edge of the bath, giggling in a school-boy manner over a box of Lil-lets that has just fallen out of the cupboard]
Ozzy: Nooooo, nooooo, put them back before she notices...
Jack: No way, man. These are cool.
[Ozzy examines one, musing]
Ozzy: Think we could use these as plugs for the f**king dogs, eh?
Jack: ew, you're sick.
Ozzy: just wondering...
Jack: hey, Dad...
Jack: you know the different colours of tampons... d'you reckon you can tell what size a girl's... you know.... thingummy... is by what colour she uses?
Ozzy: I dunno... Can't do, surely. Ugh.
Jack: Would be cool.
[Kelly enters the room]
Kelly: What are you doing? OH MY GOD! Put those down and get out. I hate you! MUM!
Tampon advert 2 : starring Stephen Fry
Stephen sits in a leather armchair, relaxed and elegant.
"These", he says, displaying one "are called tampons. Not to put too fine a point on it (and one shouldn't put too fine a point on it, because I believe that might hurt) these are for intimate use when a lady's monthly concerns intrude. I don't want to spell it out here, but they claim to be adequately absorbent for intended purpose, and are suitably shaped for their target location, wheresoever that might be. Ghastly and unpleasant, I know, and I'm sorry to bring such a delicate subject to your attention, but someone's got to do it, and you have to admit that it does rather improve on the old boiling-the-cotton-towels-in-the-copper situation."
Tampon advert 3, starring the Anchor spreadable cowbots was axed for being far too damnably silly.
|Wednesday, August 20th, 2003|
|Thursday, August 14th, 2003|
June Brides were one of my favourite bands - a distressingly brief flash of supreme brilliance in the mid-eighties. Their album "There are eight million stories" remains on my Top Five Absolutely Best Ever Albums Bar None... Ever!!! list. Probably. Up there, anyway, definitely in the Top 10 version, and not least because I still get the same immediate soul-wired-in feeling listening to it that I got when I first heard it. Beautiful jangly indie gorgeousness.
Anyway, for years I have been moaning, because the only version of the album I had was a rather chewed-up cassette, and I couldn't find another copy. But now, on a whim, because I had one of their songs playing in my head, I had another look, and I've found a CD released earlier this year (including all the 8 million stories tracks). And I am going to buy it. And I am going to listen to it at work. And I am going to dance and skip and be happy. Tra-la. Current Mood: Spoinky
|Wednesday, July 30th, 2003|
I have such lovely colleagues at work.
I was trying to get some information, and one colleague/friend that I spoke to had no suggestions, and recommended to me that I ask Mike, another colleague/friend.
I went to Mike and said "Sara suggested that I come to you, because you're a bit of an expert on this subject."
Before I could expand, and without a blink, he responded "Well, if the subject in question is pubic shaving, then she has greatly overstated my expertise."
I love my friends! Current Mood: giggerty-geggerty
|Tuesday, July 29th, 2003|
|World's Easiest Quiz
Apologies for the (no-doubt) majority of you who have seen this "World's Easiest Quiz" before, but it amused me.
You require four correct answers to pass. Let me know how you do!
1) How long did the Hundred Years War last?
2) Which country makes Panama hats?
3) From which animal do we get cat gut?
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?
6) The Canary Islands in the Atlantic are named after what animal?
7) What was King George VI's first name?
8) What colour is a purple finch?
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?
10) What is the colour of the black box in a commercial aeroplane? ( Answers hereCollapse )
And yes, I did pass. Couldn't possibly divulge how small the margin was, though. :-) Current Mood: Jittery
|Thursday, June 26th, 2003|