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March 2011: Working as a teacher, living with Alex, staying with A&T while hugely expensive extension is done to the house, missing Cassie and Charlie. Running Guides and Brownies. Learning Taekwondo. Err. What have I forgotten?

March 2001: Working for DrKW, living in London with Becks in Docklands. Bussing to Oxford to socialize. Long distance with Alex (sad-face). I think it's about then that I went to Pittsburg, actually. Might have been April. Pre LJ.

March 1991: Year 6 at primary school. Bespectecaled, musical and bookwormish. Going riding every week. Just started Guides. Not really close friends with anyone and genuinely didn't care, which confused all the adults around me.

March 1981: Brother born! Yay! (That was why I wanted to do this meme really - happy birthday, Steve!)
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Books I am currently reading:

The Truth, by Terry Pratchett. I know, but there are lots of Pratchetts just lying around here and it's making me want to read them again :) I still maintain that Pratchett is the Dickens of the late 20th/early 21st century.

Books I love most:

Time Travellers Wife. It's just beautiful in every way.

The last book I received as a gift:

There Are Cats In This Book. It was a present from Alex for Valentines day, and it's awful cute!

The last book I gave as a gift:

Err. I know I bought some for Christmas for people but I'm blanking on what, mostly because I tend to choose them from their wish lists rather than picking something I've liked to give them, tastes being as different as they are.

The nearest book on my desk:

Hmm. Well I'm not at my desk right now, I'm on the sofa. I guess the nearest book to me is Madhur Jaffrey's Step By Step Cookery, which was just the right size to rest my plate on while I was eating (I know, I'm a classy dame). On my desk at school it would be the Lives of Christopher Chant, which I'm reading to my class.

Last book I bought for myself:

Err. Probably a book for school. Timely Tasks for Fast Finishers, I think. I'm planning not to buy any until we are back in the house again. Oh, wait, no. E-book edition of Molesworth, that was it.
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I saw this on [livejournal.com profile] tortipede's journal and I have no idea where the list came from but I'd actually read a lot of them for a change so I figured what the hell and bolded the ones I'd read :)

book list )
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I completely forgot about these! As usual, you can comment and ask me for questions

1) What are you most likely to impulse buy on a shopping trip?

Hmmm. Probably a handbag. I am utterly addicted to handbags and shoes but work hard to keep my predelictions under control so that I don't end up with a wardrobe full. Or a book but you don't get those in department stores so often so it's less likely.

2) What thing did you picture about the future as a kid that hasn't happened yet?

I'm not really sure - I didn't picture the future much. I found it (and still do) impossible to imagine what it would be like and what I would be like. I did want to achieve something worthy of being invited onto Desert Island Discs though and that hasn't happened yet :)

3) What time of year is your favourite, and why?

Ooh, an easy one. Summer because SUN! SUN SUN SUN! Light! Warmth! Sandals! Dresses! Light! Summer is just the best time of year, particularly early and late summer.

4) What song would you say is or has been your most favourite song?

Hoo, tricky. This changes quite a bit. Probably Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers though. It just grabs you with that gorgeous bass line and it's just achingly lovely.

5) What are you having/did you have for dinner tonight? :)

Tonight we are going out to dinner at a French resturant to celebrate me getting my bonus :)
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Well, my memes are on a delayed "whenever I feel like it" schedule at the moment, so here is the userpics one, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] jinty working on the FIFO principle :)

7 userpics and when I use them )
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Well, I thought, what the hell, it can't be that hard to read and review a book in 6 weeks, plus, free book! So I signed up for Blog a Penguin Classic and have been assigned Another Day of Life. Sounds quite serious stuff, but the Amazon reviews are pretty positive (and indicate that it's only 144 pages) so I'm cautiously optimistic. Perhaps when I've read it I'll expand that Wikipedia article as well! It's first come first serve so if you want your freebie, sign up now!
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Have you felt that some of your favourite children's books have been ill-served by film adaptations? Well, [livejournal.com profile] lslaw has...

In response, I offer a modest proposal (no children need be consumed): We can not make people accept that the original is better than the homogenized, 'Pottered-up' version; we can not make children like the book better than the film. We can provide the option.

If you feel strongly about this, as I do, then:

1. Get thee to Amazon, or better yet to your friendly local bookseller.

2. Buy a copy of The Dark Is Rising, and any other book that you feel has been ill-served in a recent or forthcoming film version. Try to avoid tie-in editions.

3. In September, take these books to your friendly local junior or secondary school and present them as a gift to be place in school or class libraries.

4. Forward this proposal in any other appropriate journal, community or forum and encourage others to do the same.

Myself I plan to buy a copy of Howls Moving Castle for a start. I haven't seen the Dark is Rising trailer but I have a horrible suspicion that too might be on my list...


April 26th, 2007 09:30 am
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Well, I got a kind of a kittie...

my daemon )
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I'm quite curious about this one, actually...

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Also, just for [livejournal.com profile] idonotlikepeas, some pointless lyrics:

Its funny how you just break down
waiting on some sign
I pull up to the front of your driveway
with magic soaking my spine
Can you read my mind?

Read My Mind - The Killers

I am addicted to this song. It = awesome.
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The interview meme seems to be doing the rounds again and I have decided that I quite fancy doing a few again. I know I have thus far failed to comment with questions for people (because (a) I'm a lamer and (b) I mostly see the posts on my morning read of my FP when I am not awake enough to think of questions) but if you comment here with questions for me I promise faithfully I will reply with questions for you if you so desire.
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RULES: Each player of this game starts off with 10 weird things/habits/little known facts about yourself. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 10 weird habits/things/little known facts as well as state this rule clearly. At the end you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names.

So, 10 weird things about me, you say:

1) I find the concept of writing on one's hand (or indeed any other part of the body) squicky and yuck. It's gross, OK!
2) I make comments out loud about what I am watching on TV in a conversational style way when I am the only person watching and indeed the only person in the house.
3) When I am cycling along, my brain involves itself in thinking in detail about how I will cope in various tragic situations which will happen either during or at the end of my journey (e.g. getting home and getting a phonecall from the police to say my parents have both died in a fire). I wish it wouldn't. Sometimes it does good scenarios, e.g. getting home to a letter from the premium bond people saying I have won, which is much better.
4) I get weepy at bits of Dinnerladies. It's just so sweet.
5) I find hanging out with my parents both relaxing and fun. In particular, I love going on family holidays and family Christmases.
6) I have never broken a bone. As a kid, I kind of wanted to as people would help you with your bags and write on your cast and you got to skip games but despite a few heavy falls while riding, I never did. Actually, this probably isn't that unusual - I expect most people haven't actually broken a bone.
7) I have several times stayed on a rearing horse and calmed it - usually it doesn't take that long as rearing with the weight of a rider on is very tiring!
8) I never bit my nails but I did used to suck my thumb until I was about 12 or 13. I managed to transition this later on into being generally fiddly. I often chew things like pen lids (I've got a cable tie in my mouth right now) and I fiddle with my hair a lot too.
9) Before having my eyes lasered, I used to fantasise about being unable to take my lenses out for some reason and them fusing permanently to my eyes.
10) I don't find farting funny. Tiresome, yes, funny, no.

It's actually tricker than I thought to think of things after a while - I stalled on number 8 all morning. Anyway. I tag [livejournal.com profile] oxfordslacker, [livejournal.com profile] art_geek, [livejournal.com profile] white_hart, [livejournal.com profile] bekithewitch, [livejournal.com profile] idonotlikepeas and [livejournal.com profile] dyddgu
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Pulled from a bunch of people:

These stats show that the average LJ user is an 18-year-old girl. I have nothing against 18-year-old girls. But there are certain assumptions about teenaged girls, and what they want, and how to market to them. If you're worried about the potential MySpace-ization of LJ and concerned that Six Apart is ignoring the more mature portion of its userbase, here's what you can do:

1) Go here and specify your full date of birth, including your year of birth. If you don't want everyone to see how old you are, make sure the box that says "show your birthday to other users" is unchecked. The important thing is to get yourself into the database. Do this for any and all LJ accounts you have.

2) Re-post this.

Worth a shot...
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Haven't done one of these in a while but for some reason this piqued my fancy...

  1. caption 2002:
    Well, I helped to run it, so I was fairly interested at the time. I went through a phase of putting each Caption in my interests list but didn't keep it up. I should remove this really.
  2. cowley:
    Yay. Cowley road is cool. I've spent a lot of my time in Oxford living there and I love the feel of interesting and perhaps slightly weird things going on in the shops, pubs and homes.
  3. earl grey:
    Tea!!!!! My favourite type of tea.
  4. liberal democrats:
    Yeah. I'm a boring, middle of the road person (although practically a leftie these days, I suppose). I have a post in mind in fact about the merits of absorbing ideas from all sides of the spectrum and that's partly what I look for from the Lib Dems - a willingness to listen to ideas from either side
  5. mathematics:
    I did my degree in maths, you know. I still remember the sense of satisfaction and excitement I got from taking my Set theory and logic course (I know). It's the same base instinct that powers me to be interested in programming and in philosophy.
  6. oxford university:
    This is where I did my degree. It rocked.
  7. reading:
    Books, internet, stuff, it's all good. I enjoy absorbing a story via reading almost more than any other medium
  8. small press comics:
    I find that it's very rare that mainstream comics are writing about the sort of things I'm interested in, or indeed real people at all. Sometimes I'm in the mood for superheros but when I'm not, it's the small press I turn to.
  9. the zodiac:
    Not the signs, but the club. The Zodiac puts on good gigs and ... well, as I'm not much into clubbing, that's why it's there.
  10. ursula le guin:
    I came late to the Earthsea books but very much enjoyed them and they're still regular re-reads. As an aside, I really wish you could capitalize LJ interests.

Enter your LJ user name, and 10 interests will be selected from your interest list.

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How much do you know about this weeks news? I got 7/7 (but then, I listen to the 6pm news on R4 every night) :)
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You are most like Xerxes, devoured by mice!

Created by Thren.
Which Gashlycrumb Tiny are you?
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Yes, I found the "Which Jet Set Willy room are you?" test! I must download a C64 emulator so that I can download JSW and start making maps of it again (my fave part). I don't think I ever bothered with the picking up the rubbish bit - just tried to explore as many rooms as poss. Those were the days...

Sadly, I'm the boring back door )


February 19th, 2002 02:24 pm
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what D&D character am I? )


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Emptied of expectation. Relax.

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