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General purpose rules of engagement and intro post

December 31st, 2020 (10:00 pm)

  • If you've found my journal, hello! Pull up a virtual chair, put your feet up, have a cup of tea (or drink of your choice). You are very very welcome!

  • I was Friends-only for a while. I'm not any more, but quite a lot of my posts before about mid-2007 are still Friends-only. Generally speaking, unless I'm making posts that are really only for me (lists of things to do) or for specific friends ('phone number or "this is what I look like for when we meet up" posts), my posts tend to be public.

  • That said, I compensate for being rather shy and introverted IRL by being very eager to make new friends on line. If I've Friended you, it's unlikely to be entirely random - either we share a few interests, or some mutual LJ friends, or we know each other IRL, or I've noticed you commenting in a community or on an LJ friends' post and I think you seem interesting or worth knowing. Obviously, you don't have to Friend me back, but I'd certainly appreciate it. Who wouldn't?

  • If you decide to Friend me, please say "hi" by adding a comment to this post.

  • I can be a bit tactless myself, but I tend to start out from a position of trying to be nice and polite to everyone. If I inadvertantly manage to offend or upset you, please bear that in mind. Likewise, if you accidentally offend or upset me, I'll be more than ready to forgive and forget ('cos life's too short, frankly). But if you're deliberately unpleasant or rude or jerk me around...well, I might take exception to that.

  • There are a few things about me that you may consider it worth knowing before you decide to Friend me:

  • I'm married to a wonderful lady by the name of Sarah. We've been together since October 2004 and married in September 2009. Sarah can also be found here on LJ (her user name is huntingospray. Pop over and say "hi" to her - she doesn't bite.

  • We've recently (well, September 2010) moved into Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire. Still kind of finding our feet there, but we're happy there. We have some lovely neighbours.

  • I'm bisexual. That doesn't mean that I'm sexually promiscuous or anything like that - there are a few men that I think are rather attractive, and indeed a few women that I find rather attractive, but I'm entirely monogamous and utterly faithful to Sarah. If you have a problem with me being bisexual, Friending me may not be a terribly good idea.

  • I write and read slash fiction, both fanfic and original - again, if you have a problem with that, you may want to think twice about Friending me. Generally speaking, any fic I write (which is pretty infrequent, I've got to admit) is hidden underneath an LJ cut, so you don't have to read it if you don't want to. I try to tag my entries, but more of them are untagged than are tagged. That said, if you actually want to read my fiction, there is a tag for it, and also I tend to add it to my Memories. Also, I have a goal of wanting to write a novel.

  • Generally, I'm pretty pro-gay rights and pro-gay marriage, and all told a bit of a liberal. Indeed, I'm fairly left-leaning politically.

  • I'm also a Christian. Sarah and I have yet to properly settle at a church in Hemel, but we'll probably settle at the local Methodist church.

  • Anything else you need to know about me, you can probably get from my LJ User Info.

  • I'm not sure where my default Userpic came from. When I find out, I'll post a link.

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November 26th, 2014 (12:03 pm)

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Random stuff.

November 26th, 2014 (08:32 am)

I can only assume that it's because of Thanksgiving that there's no new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this week. In which case, I won't be giving thanks for that, thanks.

Speaking of which, I don't know if it's particularly widespread, but I've noticed both Tesco and the UK branch of Amazon advertising Black Friday sales. Which seems a bit odd, as Black Friday is directly related to Thanksgiving, and...well, we don't have Thanksgiving in the UK. Obviously. Wonder why that's happening? Anyone know? Sarah suggested that it might be to appeal to American expats living over here, which I guess is feasible.

Also speaking of which, why is it that Americans refer to the toilet as the bathroom? I mean, okay, some bathrooms have toilets in them, but Americans seem to use the word to refer to the room even if it's just got a toilet in it (for example public toilets). I presume there's some cultural reason for it, but it seems odd.

Last night, I woke up with some extreme back pain. Sarah, bless her, rubbed some Tiger Balm in, and also suggested (very sensibly) that painkillers might help. Which they certainly did. When I woke up properly the pain had gone. Possibly a trapped nerve? But anyway, thanks to Sarah for being a proper angel.

As I may have mentioned, Sarah and I were at this on Sunday. Lots of good music, played loudly and exuberantly by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with singing by the London Philharmonic Choir, and a lively and engaging conductor in John Rigby. I'm pretty sure we'll be going to the next one! It did occur to me, though, that it's fascinating how much classical music can be described by The Friends Principle. So, we had The One From the Old Spice ads, The One from Monty Python's Flying Circus (it's very difficult to take that one at all seriously), The One from 2001: A Space Odyssey (The Blue Danube, although I'm sure they'd have performed Daisy Bell if we'd asked nicely...*), The One from Torvill and Dean's Ice Dance, The One from The Last Night at the Proms (very pleasant and lively piece of music in its own right, but there's something more than a little sinister about a hall full of people singing patriotic music and waving national flags...). And that was just in the first half. The second half also brought us The One from The Barber of Seville (damned impressive tenor in Jonathan Antoine, apparently a former winner of Britain's Got Talent - maybe that show title does have some truth in it after all..), The girl's got a 'phone (Sarah's affectionate nickname for La donna è mobile), Jerusalem (lovely music, lousy theology - "and did those feet in ancient times/walk upon England's mountains green?" "No," is the answer you're looking for...), The One from the 1990 World Cup ("quid in the Nessun Dorma box, Henry..."**), and closing with a rousing performance of The One from the 1812 Overture, with fireworks and, as advertised, thundering cannon. Wonderful evening out.

That was preceded by heading down to Shenfield for a mini family gathering - visiting grandma, my aunt Lynn and her hubby Roger, and joined by my sisters Jessica and Emma, their mum Joan, and Emma's fella Jeremy and his two daughters, as a slightly belated celebration of grandma's birthday. Very pleasant to get a large chunk of the clan together again. There was, naturally, much reminiscing about dad. Grandma hadn't been able to make it to the funeral (she's more or less housebound nowadays), so Emma was able to give her printouts of the various tributes people paid him during the service, as well as a recording of most of the service (made on an iPhone and sounding really rather good quality...but then as Emma and Jeremy both work professionally in sound design, that shouldn't be too much of a surprise...). Also, I downloaded onto Lynn's computer that picture of me, Antonia, dad and Joan that I posted here a few weeks back, as well as a couple of me, Antonia and grandma from the '70s that hopefully grandma will find pleasantly nostalgic. :-)

So yeah, that was a nice Sunday!

* Or they might have just said, "I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that..."
** Any Drop the Dead Donkey fans will hopefully get that reference...

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November 25th, 2014 (03:49 pm)

I need spoons.

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Oh, how wonderful is this?

November 25th, 2014 (07:47 am)

An machine for writing Latin verse. In hexameter.

And of course, the fact that it writes in hexameter - not to mention the fact that it's basically a bit of awesome steampunk kit - is making me think of Hex, the Unseen University computer.

I wonder if it ever has an "Out of cheese" error..?

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Last Christmas...

November 25th, 2014 (07:33 am)

...I gave you my heart. And the very next day, you said, "oh, you utter cheapskate! You could have got me anything from my Amazon wishlist, but instead you gave me a secondhand used piece of your anatomy. What kind of a gift is that?" But I didn't care, because I was too busy being dead from not having a heart any more.

Last Christmas has also been announced as the title of the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas special (one month to go, folks. Not that I'm counting, or, um, anything...). Slightly anticlimactic (I'd have preferred Santa and the Doctor, but hopefully there might be a Wham! tie-in somewhere in the episode. Perhaps Nick Frost can be seen singing it during the episode and then record a full version for the BBC website..?

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Dear potential employers...

November 25th, 2014 (07:24 am)

No, I do not have a "bubbly outgoing lively personality."

I can, indeed, be a bit of a grouch at times. I am, however, more than capable of getting the blumming job done, and that's got to count for something, right??!


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November 24th, 2014 (08:54 am)

One of the people who paid tribute to dad at the funeral was Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord's Taverners. I found his tribute particularly moving. Here's the text of it:

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The big problem I have...

November 23rd, 2014 (12:16 pm)

...with the story of the feeding of the 5000 (or 4000) is that it gives me a major craving for bread and fish...

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