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2011-04-05 09:12 pm


In work til 7pm. Went to Waitrose. Did stuff like cut my nails and pluck my eyebrows (due to few spoons left at end of day this requires planning). Now doing books. Have work call at 9.30pm but can at least do this from my bed.

Jokes about working from my bed go here.

I'd make a boring escort though as I'd just fall asleep on them zzzzzzz.
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2011-04-03 12:55 am
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Writer's Block: Soul together

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No. I have enough problems getting my own thoughts to behave. And I really don't want to know about EVERY aspect of any other human being's taste in porn, thanks.
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2011-04-02 10:38 am

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Paradise Lost last night TOTALLY ROCKED.

gig report )
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2011-03-30 11:32 pm
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Writer's Block: You're a shining star

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The one where St Peter asks you about your favourite deserts and albums to ensure you get an eternal supply. Chorus of angels watching. Seated on clouds. Harp music for the interludes. No-one gets fat in heaven btw.

(I'm not religious. I'm just influence by A Matter Of Life and Death).
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2011-03-27 07:30 pm
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Writer's Block: School days

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This reminded me of the Sex Ed scene in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life....
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2011-03-27 05:51 pm


Dammit, we took out the model train set to play with today, but we couldn't make it go. After about half an hour, between shining the contacts with steel wool, tweaking the connector cables between the contact unit and the power unit, and messing with the loco, we got it to work.

However our floor is not 100% level and this caused a lot of problems. We couldn't get carriages to attach to the loco for any length of time for example. This was probably just as well due to sustained feline interest in the moving thingie.

Luckily there were no fatalities although the driver (DH) was quite amused.

In future though we have to find some way of levelling the ground under the track - the dining table isn't wide enough as the layout is roughly square. I mean, James May managed this outdoors for 4 miles, so it can't be that hard. We did get a paper layout backing thing with the set but it's spectacularly ugly....

Any ideas?

(Yes, I put the set away carefully afterwards. DH says, remember to put your toys away when you have finished playing with them!)
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2011-03-27 02:11 am

Where have all the flowers gone

One of the things I got rid of today was a large plastic and cloth sunflower. I bought this in 1993 or so, and then when I ended up ill and in hospital over and over the sunflower always came with me. Mainly because it was the symbol of one of the main Irish depression charities for a while. Hospitals disapprove of you bringing too much crap in but the staff all LOVED the sunflower.

But for years now it has languished in my bedroom and is falling to bits. I decided - I can keep my memories, but I don't need a physical reminder. And I'm not that ill any more, and am unlikely to be again. I don't need something to grab and hold on to to keep going, literally.

So bye bye sunflower. Thanks for the inspiration and help.
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2011-03-26 01:22 pm
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Writer's Block: Around the world

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A month doing the Trans-Siberian railway and all the wonderful places along it. Complete with guide/interpreter, and tour operator who has already paid off all the mafioso/racketteers/arseholes who would try and con dosh out of me at every opportunity as otherwise that would spoil it. We can also skip the foul tempered old woman manning each carriage handing out tea and screeching at passengers who won't give her money.

But yes, Ulan Bator, Lake Baikal, the Taiga - I want to see them.
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2011-03-20 11:17 pm

Emerald Isle really is

I haz a new desktop background. I love aerial photography. Isn't this beautiful? I never really believed the green thing before...

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2011-03-17 10:03 pm

Nuclear Power in Japamn

Nuclear engineer tells us all to stop panicking about the nuclear plant in Japan and concentrate on helping those who have lost their homes and loved ones (not to mention people in Christchurch in the same situation):

I hadn't actually realised this was one of the 10 most powerful earthquakes EVER RECORDED. Jesus. If that article is true, I am really impressed with the engineers who built the thing. To be that robust is downright amazing.

What do the engineers (and non-engineers) think? I agree that comparisons with Chernobyl are insulting, given that the latter resulted from extremely negligent and stupid behaviour followed by downright criminal concealment of what was going on...
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2011-03-16 08:39 pm

x-posted from my facebook

I made a comment on my status a few days ago that I loathed WW and everything they stood for, and a few of you asked me to explain why. It's a bit long for a comment so I'm writing it here.

weight and diet stuff, mostly slagging off the diet industry )
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2011-03-13 10:28 pm

Senate election

Ah, that most arcane of institutions, the Irish Senate (Seanad) has an election a month or two after every parliamentary election. This is mostly because the Seanad is a talking shop with little power designed to bring specialist views to legislation to complement the generalist views of the lower house. That's the theory anyway. Anyway for anachronistic reasons there are "University seats". Trinity (my alma mater) gets 3 while the NUI, which has 4 universities, gets 3 as well. of candidates is rather interesting.

more here )
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2011-03-10 08:34 pm

What's going on?

LJ is refusing to give me anything but the lo-bandwidth version of the main page or update page - even after I purged my cache, cookies and browsing history and rebooted my machine.

Friends page is fine, just as normal.

This has happened before but it just went away - anyone else ever have this problem and what did you do to fix?
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2011-03-09 08:27 pm

Good day, and yet more ranting about Irish politics, mental health, this time

Had a good day today. Met [ profile] valkyriekaren for lunch, which was great - although we've kept up contact via LJ, we hadn't met in person for almost 8 years! Sorry if I spoke too fast or too much btw, I was a bit overexcited at seeing you again after so long!

work, monsoon returns, Peter Gabriel and Irish Political Ranting )
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2011-03-04 12:41 pm
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Writer's Block: Life's lessons

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Is tell him how his nasty, pedophile ass should have landed him in jail in 1963. Of course, he knew this, and didn't give a rats ass. So I think id tell him that 40 of us had been to the police station and a nice officer is waiting to come in an arrest him now. Cunt.
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2011-03-03 12:12 am

Oh and....

DH came home today to find both cats staring VERY hard at one corner of the kitchen.

Later, he released a very frightened mouse from ginger kitty's paw and put it outside.

The cold snap is driving the mice indoors, sadly, the reception at ours is..... turbulent.
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2011-02-27 10:33 pm
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Writer's Block: Art imitating life

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The Wire. Depressing, but accurate. Since most of humanity lives in 3rd world slums run by organised crime.
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2011-02-27 10:19 pm

More London Tourism

Tourist day deux. Today we went across the Millennium Bridge (pretend to be on Spooks! No sign of Harry Pearce) and into the Tate Modern. The Tate was great as usual - instead of trying to hang the entire collection in a humongous space so you get museum fatigue seeing it all, they only have 2 floors of their permanent collection and they rotate it around a lot. I was happy though as they had some Francis Bacon paintings on show. On the subject of the sunflower seeds -I have a lot of time for conceptual art, and am not one of those ignorant idiots who complain that modern art" is "shite" - but the sunflower seeds seem rather pointless to me. I guess the idea was for people to run around in them, but they aren't letting people do that any more.

Then we walked to Borough Market to discover it was closed. Southwark, btw, has become hipster central. However hipsters like to eat well. We ended up having lunch in a very unhipster pub called the Shipwright's Arms. Then we walked across Tower Bridge (in the rain at this point) and walked back to the flat.

Later we went into the West End. Found a row of Korean restaurants just behind Centre Point and had a very tasty and relatively inexpensive dinner (25 quid for 2). Then we had some slightly expensive ice cream in Soho, Speculoos flavour mmmmm.

Being a tourist in London is fun.