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same day [Feb. 14th, 2014|11:24 pm]
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yay [Dec. 28th, 2013|09:29 pm]
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but on the plus side, I put my festive xmas/nice party/go you! cards on a stall and sold 3!

And did a summer job that paid twice what I've ever been paid before in my life and, better than that, got fifteen students onto a uni course and they bought me a meal.

And did a drama group for three months that was tbh a tad boring but useful and warmed up at the end (everyone stood around at the wrap party saying 'oh we should have done this earlier')

And went to a club for disco dancing four times on my own and talked to people each time. It's ok if the place isn't too snobby.

And popped into a party with my neighbours, who were really sweet students. Only I have to be careful not to hang around too much, because I don't want to be one of *those* old people. Might pop into their NYE party though.
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next year: the beach [Dec. 28th, 2013|09:21 pm]
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Xmas same as last year only with more arguments about tv and 'comedy' naughty-old-man racism from pa. new bonus features include "I can't watch any BBC because it's communist propaganda" and demanding subtitles for anyone with any sort of foreign accent. Oh, and Alan Turing shouldn't have been pardoned because he did commit what was a crime at that time, even though pa has never been homophobic. Thing is, he doesn't really seriously believe all this stuff, he's just partly brainwashed by the Daily Mail and partly trying to get a rise out of people like a thirteen-year-old.

Also going to the pub instead of eating lunch and having no pudding, just like three sad old men, me included. Nobody's life is ever going to change.

(the tv thing was just as annoying in a different way. Nobody would commit to watching a particular show or even a copy of a film but simply bitched about other people's choices. So I spent xmas eve watching 'Midsomer Murders' and all of the next day fielding the DecisiveParadox ("Anyone got any ideas what to watch? You? But you always choose! Anyone? Anyone?" because I can either enjoy, metacrit or hatewatch *anything* and have never in my life said "There's nothing on!")

I think I've done my post-mother's-death duty and will take a year off from family fun to sit on a beach. Anywhere.
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ho and other garden implements [Dec. 24th, 2013|03:47 pm]
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spoilos [Nov. 23rd, 2013|09:06 pm]
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And this I found in my archives for a complete change
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hu? [Nov. 23rd, 2013|06:37 pm]
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Ok, so I pretty much left the fandom during the Great TGIF War and I like Steven "Mrs Williams ljdflajo;rfh;aosdfh" Moffat even less now, but OOOOH.

My brother (who took one look at Tennant's gurning and never watched again) even got back on the nostalgia wagon with that recent BBC3 doco although mostly talking about Peri's bosoms.

And it was one of the few interesting conversations I had with my mother, instead of those "What have you done with your hair?" talks. We spent ages in a cafe once discussing "Parting of the Ways" and how the dea-ex-pickup-truck was a fair ending.

And I am gladipoos that the BBC3 series of "Scary Monster Episodes from NuHu" ended with "Dalek" and not those sodding statues :DDDD

And Paul McGann looks amazing

Predictions: I guessed right about them ripping "Dax's secret MURDERER host" from DS9 and my brother had a sudden brainwave that the main plot will rip off "Crisis on Infinite Earths" and involve all the 8.5s 10s and 11s sacrificing themselves for THE FUTURE.

In other news I really <3 Kevin Clifton.
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(no subject) [Mar. 1st, 2013|11:46 pm]
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birthday! [Jan. 27th, 2013|11:40 pm]

for me!

And so far 2013 has been a good year where I haven't lost any insecure but much-loved jobs. So far a 200% improvement on last year :|
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happy holidays [Feb. 14th, 2012|10:32 pm]
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I RULE AT POKEMON [Jan. 18th, 2012|11:28 am]
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(actually, I invited my brother around for a battle and he beat me profoundly despite never having played before).


I now own a MEWTWO that I caught with some unspecial level 58 pokes and a Giratina I happened to 'lend' myself and 23 Ultraballs! OMG AWESOME.

btw, is it cheating to crank up Platinum again and give myself two Giratinas?

In gloomy leg news, I have the fun choice of either postponing the consultant visit or losing my fun three-week Austrian job coming up. Since the last consultancy lasted 4 minutes, I'm inclined to put him off till April and rely on my beautiful and godlike physiotherapist's advice. Still can't ride a bike and it's been 7 weeks :(
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ho and verily ho [Dec. 24th, 2011|08:26 am]
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And the old classic

Have a good Crimbo!
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hate, knees, delicious rage. [Dec. 17th, 2011|11:42 pm]
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That episode of Dr Who with the liquid-latex copypeople who were led by EVIL BOSSY WOMEN is about the last straw. I'm now enjoying reading as many moffatthate blogs as possible, which is huge fun, weirdly :D. Although I wish Jacob-from-TWOP was still serving up beautiful existential hateration. In a sick way, I'm glad people are coming round to my ancient 'Episode In The Fireplace' h8.

I still have to see the rest of S6, but GAAAAH if I see one more female alien in a position of power being WRONG and SHRILL, I will personally find moffatt and beat him to death with those SHOES that ALL WOMEN LOVE SO MUCH YES ALL OF THEM.
I'm going to watch 'The Key Of Tiems' over xmas, even the boring bits.

Also Tate and Tennant are chatting on Channel 4+1, both looking bootiful and charming. Oh Dave in your little tweed hoodie <3

Also I was RUN OVER by a CAR (a bit) and sprained my knee :(
Does anyone know where I should go in the 'rest it/exercise it' balance? It's been about 3 weeks and I can stand on it but not bend it much.

Also Harry Judd :D :D :D
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OldWho 1.02 [Nov. 4th, 2011|10:52 pm]
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"Yearometer"? Dear oh dear.

Also those cavemen look like the Kings of Leon at Glastonbury.
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an extra Unearthly thought [Nov. 2nd, 2011|06:42 pm]
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At first I was pretty impressed with the scriptwriters for having Susan say "Oh, of course you haven't got decimalisation yet" in 1963, but then I realised that the subject was probably discussed to death for years and years before it actually happened. I bet there are Hansard records of MPs having huge foaming rages about it for YEARS.

eta: For the Daily Fail, this is still fresh OUTRAGE:
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hmm [Oct. 8th, 2011|08:22 am]
for some reason I really want to blog again, but I don't want to write a novel about my life story. I wonder if there's a question meme around I can use? Also there's something about LJ that makes me afraid I'm going to do nothing but mope.

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austria [Sep. 13th, 2011|11:58 pm]
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I have been doing temp English teaching in random towns in Austria, including Horn and Enns. I have also seen a little bit of Wien (huge and groovy), Linz (kind of provincial) and Salzburg (so so so pretty).

I am off again next week! Ryanair are awful but BA are amazing and give you free drinks even on a 90-minute flight, as well as the staff being beeautiful.
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werk [May. 13th, 2011|12:55 am]
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I just finished some teaching work in Ireland, which was... a little quiet. I could have done with some colleagues to work with and slightly less cow :D

Dublin on a rented bike is nice, though.
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1st March [Mar. 1st, 2011|03:15 pm]
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(no subject) [Feb. 14th, 2011|08:54 pm]
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birthday! [Jan. 28th, 2011|12:05 am]
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Hi! Did a poetry reading yesterday that was a bit iffy, then went to see 'Black Swan' today, which had a strict colour palette, which I always like.

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*~*~* festive cards? *~*~* [Dec. 13th, 2010|05:24 pm]
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I know I haven't contacted you much in the last, erm, year. I've just been kind of off blogging and more into tweeting and moping woefully in my room and then there was the Insanely Good Temp Job and I'm sort of active in Communities rather than providing regular whines. Maybe I should try mini-updates.

Anyway, I would like to send you Festive Cards, so place your secret address here and receive a hand-designed card with personal colouring-in detail :D Also, if you're going to make festive mulled cider or fruit beer, don't go crazy with the lemon peel or it'll taste like cough medicine.

Is there anything more festive than daleks in a quarry?
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my beetles theory [Dec. 8th, 2010|08:27 pm]
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I ignored them for ages because they were So Overdone but got into them all of a sudden in about 1998 (I think I'd just seen 'A Hard Day's Night' on tv and fangirled John's attitude and awesome boots). I then did all the Getting Into Things stuff within about three months, which is stranger for old-canon than current-things.

I developed a theory that there are 3 types of Beatles fans: \(early stuff better), ^(mid-period best) and /(later stuff best) - and the basic J/P bloodgroups. I'm in the J^ group, because I prefer 'Revolver' and 'Rubber Soul' to the cheesy early stuff, but am not keen on some of the indulgent later stuff (I think 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' is one of the worst songs ever recorded). As a J^, my favourite songs are 'Ticket To Ride', 'Nowhere Man' and this:

I love that the still shot for this is the goddessic Eleanor Bron
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Poetry thing [Nov. 23rd, 2010|03:48 pm]
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"Bad Language will be launching their second anthology at the Castle Hotel on the 24th November. There will be guest stars! There will be books for sale! There will be an open mic slot!
The launch will be free to attend, and if you wish to partake in the open mic slot, please e-mail in order to book a place.
We hope to see you down there!"

I am going to the launch of this poetry anthology AS A CONTRIBUTOR and might read my effort during the evening. It's important to me, because the poem that got in is a tribute to my dead cousin, who was a really good poet. Anyway, the friend I was going with just cancelled 'because she just realised it was the same night as Weight Watchers' and I am a-rage. (I mean, she needs WW, but she's not an urgent case). Does anyone else want to come?
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cough [Nov. 20th, 2010|05:34 pm]
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Ok, bored of this cough now. But at least I found my wooden knitting needles.
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workness [Nov. 18th, 2010|07:39 pm]
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I was offered a temp part-time job eight miles away starting at 7am. If I got my 'in-work benefits' calculations right, after bus fare I'll make a profit of £4 a week over my unemployment. However, I can't take one minute's overtime over the 15 hours, or I'll start to make a loss in council tax and housing benefit. They had an 18-hour week as well, but that's not possible. I said I'd have to check that there was a 6am bus before I could take it and they didn't seem pleased, so it's probably gone already.

Now a question - theoretically, I could cycle there. It would be hellish before dawn at winter along some busy city roads, but it's just about manageable. However, the last time I cycled that sort of distance, I ate about £5 extra food (I went 22 round-trip miles to college, stopped at a supermarket on the way back and ate a whole pizza, a steamed pudding and two sausage rolls. And chips on the way there).

I think I would probably get through the £3.70 a day bus fare in extra cycling food - or would it taper off after a while? I'm not sure it would in winter, especially as I am small and have a metabolism disorder that makes me weaken easily. Even the 3 miles I normally cycle requires an extra egg for breakfast. I'd hate to think what 8 miles before dawn, three hours' work then another 8 back would do. Plus the fear and miserableness of such a ride.

(I also got an offer for a job in Tuscany in January, but I can't afford the plane fare for that. I was hoping to spend last few months temping and saving but there are no full-time temp jobs out there).
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hi! [Sep. 12th, 2010|03:30 pm]
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I might use DW instead for a while, to make a Fresh Start without flouncing. I recently deleted a lot of unfinished writing on my side-journal because it was 5 years old and still unfinished.
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why i am not much of a teacher [Jun. 30th, 2010|02:16 am]
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I just finished a course in FE teaching (English GCSE retake and A-Level mostly). Yay for finishing! Boo for signing on tomorrow, where I will certainly be given a basic literacy test. Still, I have much hope of summer work doing ESOL in Bournemouth or Twickenham (lol the randomness)

I still can't do discipline though. Not the 'throwing chairs and knifeplay' stuff, but just forcing people to work when they don't want to. I can quite see the point of someone wanting to fool around on their phone rather than read a dumb book or listen to me witter on about bad poetry.

It was the end of term today and I got my invisible moustache 'threaded'. I never knew I had one, but there it was. The girl doing it was a real expert and was dying to have a go at my giant Celt eyebrows, but I thought that lying flat on my back on a desk might seem a little unteacherish.
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thort for the day [May. 24th, 2010|12:35 am]
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I felt compelled to take this picture of a big blue bin full of rubbish with a little yellow lid on it...

...can't think why :D
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ideal vs reality [May. 12th, 2010|03:38 am]

"A rabbit has two ears; a rabbit has two eyes, two nostrils. Our two warrens ought to be like that. They ought to be together—not fighting. We ought to make other warrens between us—start one between here and Efrafa, with rabbits from both sides. You wouldn't lose by that, you'd gain. We both would. A lot of your rabbits are unhappy now and it's all you can do to control them, but with this plan you'd soon see a difference. Rabbits have enough enemies as it is. They ought not to make more among themselves. A mating between free, independent warrens—what do you say?"

"The rabbits became strange in many ways, different from other rabbits. They knew well enough what was happening. But even to themselves they pretended that all was well, for the food was good, they were protected, they had nothing to fear but the one fear; and that struck here and there, never enough at a time to drive them away. They forgot the ways of wild rabbits. They forgot El-ahrairah, for what use had they for tricks and cunning, living in the enemy's warren and paying his price?"
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