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May 1st, 2014

(aka London earlier this week)



So Star Wars is happening. All the old stars have been seen in London (minus Lando), and a photo released showing a read-through.

The inner 5 year old kid that saw the first film back in the 70's and fell in love with it forever is jumping with glee and excitement. But this is tempered by my inner 20-something which remembers the bitter disappointment of Episode 1 in 1999. I recall all too well the same sense of happiness and abandon, the hype that almost exploded as I sat in the cinema to the 20th century fox fanfare and blasting of the Star wars theme as the setup text scrolled up the screen. Followed by a 2 hour toy advert.

I am sure I am not the only one. The saving grace here. Lucas is not directing. And we will be following Luke, Han, Leia and Chewie.

I am a little concerned about the age of the principles, last time I went to the cinema there was an advert for Sky Movies with Harrison Ford and quite frankly it took me a moment or too to recognise him, and the last Indy movie, mixing the original heroes with new, younger, hipper versions was hardly a raging success.

But I retain hope, I am just going to make sure I don't sign up to the hype. I would rather expect the worst deliberately and then I cannot possibly be disappointed. TBH if JJ Abrahms brings the same thinking to this project as he did with Trek with long lingering starship porn shots, frenetic action and jumping from location to location... If he can manage this then I reckon it will be good.

One issue remains. That of diversity.

There has been some dark mutterings about the sidelining of women and people of colour. And as already noted Billy Dee Williams (Lando) is an obvious omission from the original series casting. Now I admit if they are about to canonise the expanded universe with the Solo kids, that's still 2 boys and 1 girl, so at this time I do not see a massive problem, there is room for additional characters in supporting roles and even expanded characters in the future (although I would have liked to see Mara Jade, its difficult without her convoluted back-story). Just because the announced group and first photo doesn't show a hoard of ladies and a rainbow of people does not necessarily mean that this will be the finished product, and looking at the heroes being established their ethnicity and sexes are already fairly set in stone. So why not await the finished article before trying to destroy it.

Most important in all this, do they still retain the services of the Henson Workshop?

March 31st, 2014

Tick Tock...

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So this last weekend the clocks in the UK skipped forward an hour to British Summer Time. And over the weekend that was all fine... A minortantrum and over-excitement on Saturday turned an early night into a late one, but seemed to help st the kids up so that last night was cool and bedtime remained normal.

So far so good.

but that all crashed this morning. As far as I can tell the alarm went off with the clock radio just fine before 7am. but I slept right through s did the wife, and I awoke to find it was 8.10am. Which meant that my wife had misssed her bus and we only had 20 odd minutes to get bot kids up and about including breakkie for the one going to school. Talk about making it by the skin of our teeth. And with my dad dropping everything to come over and take the wife and littlest daughter while I took the eldest in the other direction to school.

Sabotaged by my own body clock. Thats never happened before.

Kudos to my eldest though, who jumped out of bed, and got ready for school with no arguement. Great going for a 4 year old.

March 16th, 2014

Its all about me y'know...

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1. Do you like blue cheese? Yes
2. Have you ever smoked heroin? No.
3. Do you own a gun? No (stupid american values...)
4. What flavor do you add to your drink at Starbucks? Usually I go Americano. I like Honey in it instead of sugar. If I am really pushing the boat out the perhaps Vinilla or Gingerbread Latte. Other Brands of Cofee usually apply.
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Nope.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? Usually I thinking about Cut-me-own Throat Dibbler in Ankh Morpork...
7. Favorite Christmas movie? Toss up between Patrick Stewarts Christmas Carol and Die Hard.
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Coffee.
9. Can you do push ups? yes. not many
10. What's your favorite piece of jewelery? Wedding ring and watches
11. Favorite hobby? Painting miniatures, dont do it any more.
12. Do you have A.D.D? No
13. What's one trait you hate about yourself? I wind myself up and getted stressed over stupid things.
14. Middle name? Lesley
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment: Why did I bother starting this? When is it the kids bedtime and am I going to watch a DVD or a film off TIVO when they do?
16. Name 3 things you bought yesterday? I only paid the Dyno Rod guy to cear and clean my drains... Thats buying something right?
17. Name 3 things you drink daily. Water, coffee, and alchohol
18. Current worry? Being made redundant at work in May.
19. Current Dislike? Stupid people
20. How did you bring in the New Year? I put the kids to bed watched Jules Holland with a couple of beers and complained about the midnight fireworks.
21. Where would you like to go? Travel the world. Who's paying?
22. Name three people who will complete this? Cant think of anyone. Especially in LJ land.
23. Do you own slippers? yes.
24. What shirt are you wearing? Grey Gap T-shirt
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? no.
26. Favorite color? Green
27. Could you be a pirate? Not really cannot speak Somalian
28. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don't.
29. Favorite food? depends on what meal.
30. What's in your pocket right now? nothing, the contects were recently emptied over on the sideboard.
31. Last thing that made you laugh? QI repeat
32. Favorite sheets? the blue ones? Stupid fecking questions. Really thinking about question 15 now...
33. Worst injury you have ever had? I had a particularly bad broken leg as a kid
34. Do you love where you live? yes.
35. How many TVs do you have in your house? 1 TV, but can also watch on 4 extra devices (Puters, phones etc).
36. Who is your loudest friend? I cant think of one, which probably means its me.
37. How many cats do you have? none.
38. Does someone have a crush on you? doubt it.
39. What is your favorite book(s) or author(s)? Neil Gaimen, Terry Pratchett and Bernard Cornwall
40. What is your favorite candy? Daim Bars or Sugared Almonds
41. Favorite Sports Team? nope. Drawing a blank.
42. What songs do you want sung at your funeral? Does it matter? Just pick something wildly inappropriate. Monty Python Always look on the bright side of life?
43. What were you doing at 12 AM last night? Watching the Adjustment Bureau.
44. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke this morning? I dont recall a cherant tought. probably 'please let me be'.
45. Favorite place to be? A pub with a free bar.

March 9th, 2014

While the rest of the country seems to be wallowing in floodwater (quite literally) we have had a minor lead in our front window only and blocked drain out back.

The window was discovered on Christmas Eve and just in time to stop it affecting the presents under the tree. So disaster averted. All I have been waiting for is the spring to start so that I can re-seal the outside and inside of the window frame. Although one of the double glazed panes is starting to fill up with water on the inside which isn't right. All things considered this is small fry and I know what to do to fix it back up. And now that we have some nice weather finally on its way... I may even be able to do it.

The blocked drain outside the kitchen is an older problem and a bit smelly. But its not intrusive to the house thankfully and I have the drain unblocker tool to hand although I think the high ground water isn't helping here either... did I mention the smell?

and as of yesterday, we are starting to see Ants. Yay Spring! I think I have ID'ed the entry point in the living room, so need to find a way to put and powder down that wont give the kids direct access to tasting poisonous substances... Cos thats not really ideal either.

Crisis averted!

March 7th, 2014

Desert Island Discs

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OK, so I have been thinking and idling around my top 5 tracks ever. And its taken me a few years to really narrow it down. However I think I have arrived at my (current) list of 5 songs that I could forsake all other music in favour of if stranded upon a desert island armed only with a gramaphone.

I reserve the right to change my mind.

So in no particular order;
1. Queen. Bohemian Rhapsody.
2. David Bowie. Space Oddity
3. Muse. Knights of Cydonia
4. Stevie Wonder. Superstition
5. ELO. Mr Blue Sky.

For my luxury I opt for a Luxury Yacht.

February 14th, 2014

Gotta get myself connected

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Ghost in the Shell


Well I am officially back in LJ Land, At least for the forseeable futre.

While I am here I may as well link up the connectivity to Facebook and Google+. That will keep me active there too.

Will add Twitter too if I can remember my original logins from before I got bored.

Dangerous ramblings of a demented mind ahead.

My Heart Bleeds...

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So happy valentines day, or singles awareness day, depending on your choice.

let me start with a short poem by my favourite Authour, Neil Gaiman.
http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2006/02/small-valentines-day-poem.html

Roses are red,
Violets are purple,
Which is a very hard word to rhyme
And makes me happy that on February the 14th we don't traditionally have to give each other oranges.


Top 10 weird facts about Valentines Day;

The roots of St. Valentine's Day can be traced back to the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia. On Lupercalia, a young man would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and would then keep the woman as a sexual companion for the year. (Super romatic that one)

The oldest surviving valentine dates from 1415. It is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife. At the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.

The Catholic Church struck St. Valentine’s Day from its official calendar in 1969.

According to the condom company Durex, condom sales are highest around Valentine's Day, which are 20 percent to 30 percent higher than usual.

Despite all those extra condoms. More at-home pregnancy tests are sold in March than in any other month.

Penicillin, a popular treatment for venereal diseases such as syphilis, was introduced to the world on February 14, 1929.

More than nine million pet owners are expected to buy gifts for their pets this Valentine's Day.

The phrase "Sweets for the sweet" is a line from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1.

Famous Valentine's Day weddings: The Captain and Tennille, Elton John and Renate Blauel, Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, Jerry Garcia and Deborah Koons, and Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. Wow. Thats a list of successful marriages...

"I love you" in German is "Ich liebe dich." As the old saying goes. one should say I love you everyday to make life bearable, but one should scream it in German as life also needs to be terrifying.

February 13th, 2014

The Accidental Vegitarian

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My wife accidentally bought Quorn / Fake meat. No kidding. She truely didn't realise that Quorn was a vegitarian alternative. TBH I know why, While the chinese eat TOFU, they do so mixed in with meat dishes, they dont really 'do' vegitarianism, something about a famine in living memory probably helps with arguement that you eat what your damn well given. She truely didn't realise these were not real meat.

Anyway we ended up with Quorn Falafel, Sausages and 'chicken' bits, all of which has now been consumed, as we eat a fair amount of Tofu (chinese style) this was the first Quorn I have tried. As you all know I will try anything once, and faced with a product I might have simply awalked past on the supermarket shelf, I just shrugged and gave it a go.

My thoughts.

What a waste of time. The chicken bits were OK in a Pasta Sauce with Bacon, but it was a bland tasteless bulking agent, barely noticable amongst the rest of the ingrediients, and as such fared better than the rest. I dont believe these could hold the meal together on their own. I had relatively high hope for the fake sausages, after all real sausages often use bulking agents to help the meat go further, and in the end we cooked both real and quorn sausages together. Taste was OK, but they were too dry. These definately suppered in a direct comparison to the real thing. Then there was teh Falafel. Oh dear. Dry, Bland... it was all the worst accusations laid against meat replacements in a handy bit-sized piece... Like eating sawdust of the bog floor.

If you are a vegitarian hankering after meat replacement then these are NOT going to do the job. Either lear to cook veggies well enough that you dont miss meat, of which there are recepies galore or accept that fact that we are Omnivores and eat meat rather than trying to replace it. Trying to replace meat with a vegitarian alternative seems a bit half arsed like you dont really believe in it yourself. But then I am not a vegitarian so whats my opinion worth...

February 12th, 2014

The Great Diary Project

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I was reading a Guardian article about new discoveries about the Mesopotamian Noah's Ark and the historian Irving Finkel;
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/feb/11/noahs-ark-round-ancient-british-museum-mesopotamian-clay-tablets-flood

Thats where I stumbled across The Great Diary Project hosted by the British Museum; http://www.thegreatdiaryproject.co.uk/

I personally think this is a great idea, but I never kept a personal diary. The closest I have is this LiveJournal which was fairly well kept between 2003 to 2011. I would be happy to share this with the project if they wanted it (but I do balk at the idea of printing out all those years of entries). I think social history is great, and seemingly meaningless trivia now may well be lost in the future amongst the volume of information overload.

I contacted them on their site to see if this is something they are interested.

Just in case, as a number of you guys are still about or shifted over to the games, photo's and frivolity of Facebook, you might be interested too.

Watch this space.

February 20th, 2013

Muzak of the Masses

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It might be in another language, but Chinese Pop Music sounds distressingly the same as the bland mindless droning back home. Up to and including X-Factor rip-off.

Fuck you Simon Cowell.
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