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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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June 24th, 2016 (12:00 pm)
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June 23rd, 2016 (08:25 pm)

Stuff from Brighton Film & Comic Con (mostly), which I attended a couple of weeks ago...

Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club - The Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club is an international STAR WARS™ costuming organization dedicated to celebrating the STAR WARS™ universe through the creation, display, and wearing of quality character costumes that represent the Mandalorian characters and culture from the STAR WARS™ sagas. i.e., Boba Fett cosplayers. Darned impressive ones too.

Mostly Harmless - The Art of Barry D Bulsara.

The Galloway Fudge Company. They sell Scottish Tablet. Other stuff as well. But Tablet is the important thing.

The Zero Room. Some lovely prints based on a variety of TV programmes and films. I got the Paul Darrow Blake's 7 print, and got it signed. See also Tempus 31.

SuperShan's Creations - A little craft business run by creative teenager, Shannon. Everything sold is made by SuperShan and commissions/custom items are being taken at any time!

SwanStar Designs - My art and jewellery is available to buy from various online shops, from prints & tshirts to cards, pillows, bags, shower curtains, duvets, rugs, mugs and more! See below for the links to each shop, with a summary of items available (each link opens in a new window).

The Tintin shop. There's a whole shop dedicated to Tintin. It's in Covent Garden. I have to go there some time.

And a couple not from Brighton Film & Comic Con.

Seigo neckwear. Tie shop in New York. Visited there to buy a tie when I was in NYC with Sarah a couple of months ago, so I could have something smart to wear to the opera.

Shoreline of Infinity. Science fiction magazine. New stories, art, poetry, comics, book reviews, features and more.

(Anything in italics is taken from the website or from the card/flyer I've taken the address from...)

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June 13th, 2016 (07:48 pm)
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Bit of politics there, my name's Ben Elton...

June 8th, 2016 (06:35 pm)

Okay, bit of a question. The whole EU referendum thing. I know which way I'll be voting, it's the same way I'd've voted if we'd had the referendum 30 years ago (except, caveat, I wasn't technically eligible to vote 30 years ago) - basically, for all my adult life I've long been a supporter of the notion of a united Europe - and, indeed, united world. Yes, there may be issues with the way the EU works in practice, but better (if that's the case) to be on the inside and work to change it from within. Yes, a united world may be hopelessly idealistic, but I'd rather be an idealist than a cynic. Depression's bad enough, without making it worse.

And I genuinely believe that everyone over 18 has a responsibility to vote. If you don't vote you have no right to complain that all politicians are just as bad as each other. If you genuinely can't find any candidate standing in your area who stands for your values and beliefs, then the short term answer is - spoil your ballot paper. Clearly write "none of the above". The long term answer is - get involved. Petition your local MP. Join the local branch of a party you support - help them out in some way. If it comes to it, stand for a position yourself. But at least, get out there and vote.

But I'm a bit confused, and I'd like an answer to a simple question. The EU referendum is being painted as the most important election we'll ever take part in. Which kind of makes it seem like it's some sort of irreversible decision.

Is it? I mean, I'd kind of assume that the state of international diplomacy in the 21st century is such that if a country's government makes a bad decision (such as deciding to be in the EU, and subsequently realising it should have decided to be out, or vice versa), it can actually, further down the line, decide to reverse that decision.

Or am I hopelessly wrong?

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June 4th, 2016 (03:52 pm)
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June 4th, 2016 (09:50 am)
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May 29th, 2016 (12:00 pm)
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May 26th, 2016 (12:00 pm)
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