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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.

David Brider [userpic]

Ooh look, Harry Pearce is back...

January 31st, 2015 (05:11 am)

No Ruth Evershed, though. :-(

Until recently I'd forgotten that this was happening. Having been recently reminded that it's happening, I'm really rather excited about it. :-)

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January 30th, 2015 (10:03 pm)

...I have absolutely no idea why I just started singing this to myself.

But, who needs reasons..?

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Blessed are the cheesemakers..?

January 30th, 2015 (09:12 pm)

So, Jerry has decided to start a business, hoping to turn his hobby - making cheese - into a lucrative profession. He goes to the bank manager with his exciting business plan.

"My parents, bless them, came from a village in Somerset," he says, "so I've decided to name my new enterprise in their honour: Cheddar Cheese."

The bank manager sighs and points out that, for a man so passionate about cheese, Jerry seems blissfully unaware that there already is a cheese called Cheddar. He suggests that Jerry go away and have a slight rethink.

Jerry comes back a few days later with his revised plan. "Well, the cheese I make has a definite scarlet tint to it, so I thought I'd combine that with my name..."

"Scarlet Jerry?" says the bank manager, thinking it's certainly an original name for a cheese, even if it won't necessarily sell well.

"No," says Jerry. "My surname. I think 'Red Lester' has a nice ring to it, don't you?"

The bank manager groans, points out the problem with this plan, and again suggests that Jerry have a rethink.

A few days later, Jerry is back and bouncing with enthusiasm.

"I've got it! A friend of mine lives out in a town in Israel, and he's suggested that he could source me all sorts of different milk from the animals out there - not just cow's milk, but goat's milk, sheep's milk...and there's so much variety of ways to make the's going to be brilliant!"

The bank manager agrees that this does, indeed, sound like a promising idea.

"And because there's so much variety...well, I think we'll keep the name fairly generic, and just name it after the town my friend lives in."

<wait for it...>

<wait a bit longer...>

<just a little bit longer...>

<drum roll...>

"We'll call it 'Cheeses of Nazareth'! What do you think?"

The bank manager groans...

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My tweets

January 30th, 2015 (12:03 pm)

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Still, quite possibly...

January 29th, 2015 (08:55 pm)

...the funniest song ever in the history of funny songs.

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January 29th, 2015 (05:24 pm)

...has been pretty rubbish. Didn't sleep terribly well last night - had my usual middle of the night insomnia sesh, as a result of which although I was able to push myself to get out of the house in good time for work, I felt pretty shattered. And then, despite setting off with an hour to spare, the journey (which should take 20 minutes, so sayeth the satnav) took an hour. It's always a bit grotty once you get off the M1 - roadworks on whatever local road it is that leads from the M1 into Luton - but today was worse than it's been the last few days.

On the bright side...yesterday, Sarah and I made arrangements with our respective mothers to visit the British Library's Magna Carta exhibition* in May - looking forward to that.

It started snowing pretty heavily at about 3:30pm, and one of my colleagues asked our boss (who was off site) if we could leave early because none of us wanted to be snowed in. Boss said yes, so we set off. And...I haven't seen a single flake of snow since! I'm kind ofbadly</i>.

Speaking of snow, how epic is this? Wonderful:

Got home to discover that in the time I'd been at work, the William Hartnell edition of Desert Island Discs (or at least a substantial chunk thereof) had been discovered after being missing presumed wiped for most of the past 50 years, posted on BBC iPlayer, and...according to one report, caused iPlayer to crash. At any rate, it's been taken down now. Rats. Oh well - link just in case it goes live again.

Digitising of old video tapes continues to go well. However, I might stop after the next couple and bung a few things from the Sky+ into the computer instead.

If the weather's not too bad, I'm kind of hoping I might make it out to the church fellowship group meeting tonight...

*Note to self: get the "poor Hungarian peasant girl" jokes out of your system before going...

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My tweets

January 29th, 2015 (12:03 pm)

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Gauda Prime.

January 28th, 2015 (10:57 pm)

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.


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