Chapter 48: Dea ex Machina

Aug. 26th, 2016 08:25 pm
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When Lucy woke, the room was already light.


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I literally cannot remember the last time that happened, probably a Dr Who special from before I got fed up with Dr Who.  Years, anyway.

The occasion was the Great British Bake Off, which I have got sucked into because of a work sweepstake. There are 24 of us in it, 2 of us drawn for each GBBO contestant yesterday morning.  Each week after a contestant goes out, the two unlucky colleagues have to cook something on the week's theme and bring it in for everyone else to taste and fill out a scoresheet for a mini-contest.   (All the invention of one of my colleagues who likes to organise this kind of thing.)

Literally everyone signed up has made disclaimers about how they are not very good cooks and not to expect much, although in my case this is completely true.  Charles has volunteered to help me, and he is already a better cook than I am, so I won't turn it down!

Anyway, having signed up, I felt I should at least try an episode to see what the fuss is about ... and I can completely see why it's such a popular show.   Tony got sucked in too, and I might actually try to make a habit of this.  I have Val, so I was getting a bit worried last night, but thankfully I've been spared my cooking ordeal for another week.  (On the other hand, it might be nice to get it out of the way early, before expectations have been set too high.)

GBBO was followed by The Chronicles of Nadiya.  I had picked up on the wonderfulness of Nadiya Hussein, last year's GBBO winner, through fannish osmosis, and I really enjoyed this show following her from her home in Luton to the village her parents came from in Bangladesh, with a great deal of food and family interactions.  I completely see why everyone was enthusing about how lovely Nadiya is.  I think the Explaining My Culture To The Presumed-Ignorant Viewer was done with a great deal of grace and straightforwardness.  This week of all weeks I really appreciated the segment where two young articulate women (Nadiya and her cousin) talked about the importance to them of wearing hijab.

There is a second part next week after the GBBO.  I'm looking forward to it very much, if I can pull off being free to watch them both in time again.



Chapter 47: The Sky Suspended

Aug. 25th, 2016 08:59 pm
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When Hazel stamped, Dandelion leapt instinctively from the grass verge.


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Chapter 46: Bigwig Stands his Ground

Aug. 24th, 2016 10:41 pm
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Groundsel scrambled up the steep slope of the shaft and rejoined Woundwort in the pit at the top.



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Aug. 24th, 2016 05:18 pm
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Feeding decade-old (or older!) bank/CC statements, utility bills, etc. through a paper shredder is remarkably satisfying.

Chapter 45: Nuthanger Farm Again

Aug. 23rd, 2016 09:03 pm
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At that moment General Woundwort, out on the open grass below the bank, was facing Thistle and Ragwort in the chequered, yellow moonlight of the small hours.


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hasty Worldcon notes

Aug. 23rd, 2016 10:37 am
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Several things I recommended during Worldcon just now:

I had a very good time at Worldcon and am recovering now.

Office etiquette

Aug. 22nd, 2016 12:30 pm
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Poll #17637 Ring ring ring
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 38


Your colleague's mobile phone keeps ringing when they are away from their desk, from the depths of their bag.

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You dig the phone out, leave it on the desk, and pointedly turn it off.
5 (13.2%)

You grit your teeth and wish the forcefield preventing you rummaging in someone else's personal bag also blocked sound.
20 (52.6%)

Something else (see comments).
13 (34.2%)

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'They've stopped digging, Hazel-rah,' said Speedwell.


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Facebook and its uses

Aug. 20th, 2016 10:59 pm
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I joined Facebook a bit over a year ago, because there were two new babies in my extended family and that's where the baby photos were going to be.  I then mostly ignored it for months because of leukaemia but I've been cautiously getting the hang of it during this year.  I still don't much like it, but it is where a bunch of my family and friends talk about their lives (and share their baby family photos).  I don't friend people on it very much or very often, and am very unlikely to do so if I have any other way at all of keeping up with them that works better for me.

This morning I was feeling sad about having lost touch with all my friends from school.  I went to a friend's birthday party when Charles was a baby, and that was literally the last time I saw any of them and I don't even know if I've still got the right email addresses for the very few I managed to keep in touch with after university, and it's been so many years etc etc.  So after wallowing in feeling sad and useless for a bit, I thought to myself "you could at least try looking on Facebook, as you're there" ... and after some false starts I did indeed find several of them, and that has made me much happier.  

(Also I was doing the thing of looking through a friend's list of facebook friends and saw one of them flagged with "1 mutual friend" and I was a bit surprised because I knew I hadn't added anyone from school yet, how small can this world be!  But then I realised it was one of my brother's friends and we all grew up in the same village so it wasn't actually very surprising.)

I'm not expecting some great and grand reunion, especially as I'm about to turn back into a hermit for most of the next year.  Just to be in a bit better (any!) contact with my oldest friends, and with what's important in their lives.



Chapter 43: The Great Patrol

Aug. 20th, 2016 09:21 pm
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When the punt floated down the river in the rain, part of General Woundwort's authority went with it.


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Holiday things

Aug. 19th, 2016 10:21 pm
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We've been holidaying in York this week, just the four of us.  At some point I may post photos but right now I never want to move again.  What we did:
  • visited York's Chocolate Story
  • found a local playground for the children
  • found a man blowing enormous bubbles near the Minster
  • had lunch in the basement cafe of the Treasurer's House
  • found our way to Rowntree Park, and back again via the Millennium Bridge
  • took an evening boat tour
  • visited the National Railway Museum
  • took the bus to Castle Howard and spent a lovely day wandering the grounds
  • had a delicious meal at Mason's with an incredibly nice server
  • visited all three of the Barley Hall, Richard III Experience & Henry VII Experience, and walked around a large portion of the city walls
I couldn't help comparing with Bristol a year and two weeks earlier: short version is I was much less breathless, but much more easily tired.  However, I did at least have more stamina than in Llandudno 2.5 months ago.  I did crash one day mid-week and had to spend most of an afternoon and evening zonked out on the hotel bed.  Sadly that was the day we went to the NRM: I left early and got very little out of the time I did spend there, so I think I will need to go back again sometime.

I think that was the last time I will ever book all four of us into a single family room for more than one night; we all need more alone time than was possible to achieve, and I'm giving up on all but essential plans for the weekend as a result, plus it gets ever harder to get the children to sleep when we are still awake in the same room. (And they still wake up at least an hour before I want to.)  I think either adjoining hotel rooms or holiday cottages / apartments are the way to go, even if it does cost more.


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Aug. 19th, 2016 12:55 pm
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Northampton Partnership Homes' hold music is too loud.

Chapter 42: News at Sunset

Aug. 19th, 2016 08:57 am
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As he came to the end of his story, Dandelion remembered that he was supposed to be relieving Acorn as sentry.


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Worldcon

Aug. 16th, 2016 07:42 pm
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Starting tomorrow I'll be at MidAmericon II, and participating in several sessions. Perhaps I'll see you there!
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Now came the dog days - day after day of hot, still summer, where for hours at a time light seemed the only thing that moved; the sky - sun, clouds and breeze - awake above the drowsing downs.


I just became aware that the BBC and Netflix are making a new animated adaptation of Watership Down, to be screened next year.  I particularly look forward to John Boyega voicing Bigwig.


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Political fairy tales

Aug. 15th, 2016 08:25 pm

what to nominate for Yuletide?

Aug. 15th, 2016 05:52 pm
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I participated in Yuletide last year and really enjoyed it, so I'll probably participate again this year. Nominations: Friday 9 September to Friday 16 September. Thinking about what to nominate...

* I am about 3/4 of the way through Neal Stephenson's Seveneves -- I see one work about it on AO3 and I'll probably read that and more after I finish the novel.
* "As Good As New" by Charlie Jane Anders
* Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
* the miniseries Tanner '88

with more ideas to come, for sure.

Chapter 40: The Way Back

Aug. 15th, 2016 09:01 pm
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The first thing that Hazel learned the next morning was that Thrayonlosa had died during the night.


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