February 20th, 2009

Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

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Lord Stephen of Fry recently posted this link on his Twitter, which led to taurenova posting it on her LJ, which has now led to me posting it here.

Because quite frankly there can never be enough Fry and Laurie.

Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Book meme, nicked from sacred_sarcasm

The BBC allegedly believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here:

How do your reading habits stack up? [bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish]

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (and I'm probably going to be reading it again some time soon, thanks to huntingospray buying me a nice new not-falling-to-bits high-page-count low-words-per-page-count edition for Valentine's day)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - I think I studied it at school once, but didn't finish it.
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare - studied a few for school/A-level, but never read the whole lot.
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens - Well, I sat through Patrick Stewart's one-man performance of it, if that counts?
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams At least I don't think I ever finished it...
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

So, I've definitely done better than the BBC thinks. There are quite a few there on my "to be read" list, some of which I even own copies of. Actually, I'm going to indicate them with an underline...
Being Human - George

Oh, rats.

Have a headache. Forgot to take Citalopram yesterday, despite reminding myself to do so on several occasions. Don't feel too bad, thankfully, but quite frankly would rather be at home in bed rather than at work. Went out for a meal at The Hare with my mum last night, which was fun - had a good long chat about her progress with her family history research - she's managed to get one branch of her family back to the mid/late-1700s, when, at St George's, Hanover Square, a George Hardiman (an ancestor of mum's paternal grandfather) married a Jane Evans. Which, apart from being a surreally triggering mixture of the names of my ex- and my darling fiancée, led her to wonder if maybe my quest to find if I've got Welsh ancestry may be about to bear fruit after all.

I've worked out that I can just about, at a pinch, afford a ticket for the Pet Shop Boys O2 gig. If there are any still available when I get home, I might bite the bullet. Or I might leave it until next Monday, by which time there'll be only four days left until payday.

This weekend should be fun - Sarah's coming down to Chelmsford, where we're going to BSM to buy something - anything - to help me with the hazard perception thingy, and then popping to Clinton's to pick up an anniversary card for my grandparents (they celebrated 65 years yesterday. I hope Sarah and I get that far! Although if we do, I'll be 104, which seems...unlikely) and a birthday card for my brother-in-law, who is 40 tomorrow; then back to Bishop's Stortford where we'll be putting Sarah's bed together (so far she's been sleeping on a mattress on the floor).

The Sunday morning we'll be at The Community Church for the second of two preaches about building a strong marriage - we went to the first one last Sunday, since it seemed a sensible thing to do. Very welcoming bunch, and I'm looking forward to settling there when I'm based permanently in Bishop's Stortford. And on Sunday evening there's a little family gathering to celebrate my grandparents' wedding anniversary.

Hoping that some of the time on Saturday and Sunday will be spent either chilling at Sarah's watching DVDs (We're meaning to watch Wall-E at some point, I keep trying to tempt Sarah with Finding Nemo, and I'd love to show her a few episodes of Chuck - I just know she'll love Chuck versus Tom Sawyer, if nothing else...), or possibly going for a walk in the park.

Monday morning I'm staying at Sarah's 'cos she's expecting a delivery from John Lewis and she can't take the time off work herself. Whether I go in to work depends on how late the delivery is, although quite frankly I've booked the day off and it'd be useful to spend it productively at home.
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

I have...

...such a lovely fiancée.

And right now I'm feeling a bit uber-bouncy (maybe the meds I took have kicked in?).


Also, a work colleague has just got engaged, and she's full of cheer and joy. This is a Good Thing.