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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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September 20th, 2018 (12:00 pm)
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September 19th, 2018 (12:00 pm)
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  • Tue, 17:07: @nosuchthing are there plans for any more series of “No Such Thing as the News”? I really miss it, it was great fun.

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September 14th, 2018 (12:00 pm)
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State of the me...

September 13th, 2018 (07:32 pm)

A follow on from the previous entry. Anybody who only follows me on LJ and not on Facebook won't be aware that Quite A Lot Of Stuff has been happening to me over the past year. Please find below a modified version of a Facebook post I wrote back in April which attempts to sum up some of what has happened...

So yeah. Stuff. Brief cut-type thing for talk of nausea/vomiting, amputation, and just general ill health.Collapse )

Thanks for reading this far. I've probably missed out important stuff. Feel free to ask me questions.

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September 13th, 2018 (06:53 pm)
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Periodic listing - mainly for my own convenience, but also may be of interest to other folks - of various tabs that I've currently got open in Firefox...

The Pulling Report - Fascinating piece by Michael Stackpole covering Patricia Pulling and her crusade against Dungeons and Dragons (and roleplaying games in general), part of the "Satanic panic" in the 1980s.

Quatermass and the Mithraeum - I haven't actually read this yet, just putting it here as a reminder to read it at some point in the future...

Chris Orton - Star Cops - Chris Orton's page of Star Cops inspired designs over at Redbubble. I have one of these.

Unskippable - on which note, Clayton Hickman's Unskippable design at Redbubble. Any Doctor Who fan who's watched some of the classic series DVDs will understand exactly what this means...

It won't be easy - Clayton's Star Cops t-shirt. I've got one...

Talons again - article by my friend Mel over at Dreamwidth about how Doctor Who - The Talons of Weng-Chiang really is racist and you shouldn't really make excuses for it...

The Crisis Actors Guild - A site debunking the frankly ludicrous claims that the Sandy Hook shooting, which took place in the USA in December 2012, was staged by the US government to increase demands for gun control and that nobody waa actually killed in the shooting...

On which note, Myles Power's excellent video "Debunking Alex Jones and Wolfgang Halbig's ludicrous Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories". Seriously, why does Alex Jones even exist??!



Whooverville - possibly the best Doctor Who convention around. This year's was on Saturday 1st September, and it was great fun. The countdown to next year's has begun, with the first announced guest being Mr Paul McGann.

What is cricket - the teatowel factor/an explanation of cricket - I first saw the famous teatowel explaining cricket when I were a wee bairn, and I loved it. It is now on t'interwebz. And despite posting the link, I'll also copy and paste the explanation here. Aren't I kind?

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.

When both sides have been in and all the men have out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

The Changing Face of Doctor Who - a useful, but incomplete - guide to the actors who have played the Doctor over the years. But probably not the ones you were expecting.

On which note, the thing that the above article was useful for - a video I prepared a few weeks ago - The Forgotten Doctors, looking at the various stuntmen, body doubles, and other people who played the Doctor. This is part one, covering the years 1963 - 1966. I need to work on part two.



Doctor Who photonovels - another page that was useful in preparing the video, as it contains nice little telesnaps of the missing episodes...

Right, I think that's it for now.

To any friends who are still using Livejournal - I rarely use it nowadays, although I keep promising to get back to it. You'll find me far more active over on Facebook. If you'd like to add me as a Friend over there, that'll be great. This is me.

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My tweets

September 13th, 2018 (12:00 pm)
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  • Wed, 20:39: Decided to randomly watch the first Jonathan Creek episode as it’s on Netflix. Loving @SawbonesHex’s ponytail...

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September 8th, 2018 (12:00 pm)
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September 7th, 2018 (12:00 pm)
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