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So today has been a fun and interesting day. Got up, bought Xbox 360, went home, got changed, went to see Robert Lindsay in The Entertainer (bloody brilliant), came home, ate dinner, got my 360 onto my wireless network, onto Xbox live and connected to my laptop.

Now I'm going to go play with my new toy some more :-)

PS. Remember party at my place on 9th June
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For any of you who are interested, JMS (J. Michael Straczynski) will be doing a signing at Forbidden Planet on 12th May at 1pm. Pass it on to anyone who might be interested.
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Amazing how the simple act of just applying for jobs can make you feel so much better. :-)

Especially on a day where you went to buy a Mother's day card for your mother and remaining grandmother and suddenly realised you wouldn't be buying one for the recently deceased one. Felt like a big kick to the gut - which wasn't nice at 8am before I'd even had any coffee.

Even more so when I warned my colleagues I wasn't in a great mood because of this (seeing as apparently I've been an unreasonable bitch for the last month or so) - and the sort-of team lead reacted by laughing. Even if it was one of those nervous, "I don't know what to say to that" reactions, it's not quite the reaction I was expecting.


Mar. 2nd, 2007 03:10 pm
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So my new (and very shiny) laptop has arrived. Aside from booting it up and making sure any critical updates are loaded, I've managed to refrain from playing with it too much. It is now back in its box where it will stay until I get home this evening.

I am so looking forward to being able to sit on my sofa, watching tv and doing stuff on my computer :-D

New toy!

Mar. 1st, 2007 11:18 am
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So my laptop will be arriving tomorrow :-) Guess I know what I'm going to be doing this weekend ;-p

In other news, I will be at the pub tonight - I'm assuming the Railway is still preferred choice?
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I'm going to be conspicuous by my absence for the next few weeks. Life is being particularly shitty and I'm not really in any kind of sociable mood.


Jan. 8th, 2007 03:20 pm
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So today is my first day back at work after having done whatever the heck it is I have done to my elbow. (Medical opinion is divided on what I've done and I beginning to think it's a little more serious than a sprain).

My reaction to today is mainly "Owwwwww" followed by "Damn that hurts" and then "Bugger". This means I will be having a somewhat shorter day than normal (about 2 hours shorter at this rate) as I don't think driving home in the dark and wet during the rush hour is going to help much.

It also doesn't help that I can't use the mouse with my right hand for any period longer than an hour so am having to use my left hand. This is leading to some confusion (mainly my brain going "OK, I used to be left-handed, then I've been right-handed for 25 years and now I seem to be going back to being left-handed again. Huh?")

My advice is to not fracture your elbow - having a long period of time off work is nice but not being able to do much is a complete nightmare.
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Put a cross in any box that applies to you and add up the totals list the top 3 which apply to you. State which nationality you actually are.
Then tag some friends to see what they are.

[ ] You drink a lot of tea.
[x] You know what a 'cuppa chaa' is and you love it.
[x] You don't mind standing in a long line to get served.
[ ] You dislike Australians, Scottish and Germans.
[x] You know what a 'brolly' is.
[ ] "Deal or No Deal" is a good show.
[ ] This picture makes you want to cry.
[x] You use the word "bugger" or the phrase "bloody hell".
[x] Fish & chip shops rule the streets.
[x] You can eat a full english breakfast.
[x] You can't stand chavs.
[ ] Football is a religion to you.
[x] It's football, not soccer.
Total = 8/13

[ ] You call flip flops "thongs", not "flip flops".
[ ] You dislike Poms and Kiwis.
[ ] You love a backyard barbie.
[x] You know a barbie is not a doll.
[x] You love the beach.
[x] You love hot weather.
[ ] You're a sports fanatic.
[ ] You are tanned.
[ ] You're a bit of a bogan, huh?
[ ] Cricket is the greatest sport.
[ ] You have an Australian something (thongs, shirt, phone sock, etc.)
Total = 3/11

[x] "The Sopranos" is a great show.
[ ] Your last name ends in a vowel.
[ ] Your grandmother makes her own sauce.
[x] You know how a real meatball tastes.
[ ] You know where the nearest mob is.
[x] You know Italian songs.
[ ] You have dark hair and dark eyes.
[x] You speak/understand some Italian.
[x] You are under 5'10''.
[ ] Pizza/spaghetti is the best food in the world.
[x] You talk with your hands.
Total = 5/11

[ ] You say "'member" instead of "remember".
[ ] You speak Spanish or some.
[x] You like tacos.
[ ] YoU TyPe lIkE ThIs On Da CoMpUtEr.
[ ] You are dark-skinned.
[x] You know what a "puta" is.
[x] You talk fast occasionally.
[x] You have had highlights/dyed your hair.
Total= 4/8

[ ] You say "villain" as "VEE-lon".
[x] You get short-tempered.
[x] You know of somebody named "Natasha".
[ ] You speak Polish or know some.
[ ] Rain is fun for you.
[ ] You get into contests all the time.
[ ] You can easily make do with the cold weather.
[ ] At family get togethers, people are loud and drink a lot.
Total= 2/8

[ ] You think beer is the best.
[x] You can have a bad temper.
[x] You have blue or green eyes.
[x] You like the color green.
[ ] You have been to a St. Patrick's Day party.
[x] You have a family member from Ireland.
[ ] You have/had blonde hair.
[x] You have/had freckles.
[x] Your family get togethers always include drinking and singing.
Total = 6/9

African American:
[ ] You say nigga/nukka casually.
[ ] You have nappy hair.
[ ] You like rap.
[x] You think President George W. Bush is racist.
[x] You like chicken.
[x] You can dance.
[ ] You can sing gospel.
Total = 3/7

[ ] You have slanty/small eyes.
[ ] You like rice a lot.
[x] You are good at math.
[x] You have played the piano.
[ ] You have family from Asia.
[x] You cover your mouth when you laugh sometimes.
[ ] Most people think you're Chinese.
[ ] You call hurricanes "typhoons".
[ ] You go to Baulko.
Total = 3/9

[x] You like bread.
[ ] You think American chocolate is good.
[x] You speak German.
[ ] You know what Schnitzel is and you love it.
[ ] You hate it when stupid people call you a Nazi.
[ ] You went to pre-school.
[x] You're over 5'2".
[ ] You think Ballack is KING.
[ ] You have wore a pair of Lederhousens before.
Total = 3/9

[ ] You like/play/played hockey.
[x] You love beer.
[ ] You say "eh".
[x] You know what "poutine" is.
[x] You speak some French.
[ ] You love "Tim Horton's".
[ ] At one point you lived in a farm house.
[ ] You watch "Degrassi".
Total = 3/8

[ ] You hate foreigners.
[ ] You hate non-Christians.
[x] You're lazy.
[ ] You're not cultured/you fit in under NO social category.
[ ] You hate abortion.
[ ] You love the death penalty.
[ ] You don't read.
Total = 1/7

[ ] You sometimes say bach in a conversation
[x] You always talk too fast for others
[ ] "Mun" is such a useful word
[ ] You can speak welsh
[x] You know who Owain Glyndwr was
[x] You can understand "I'll be there in a minuate now"
[ ] You've been to an Eisteddfod
[x] You've sometimes been called crazy!
[ ] You KNOW the sheep jokes just AREN'T funny
[x] The celtic vibe is strong
Total = 5/10

[ ] YoU TyPz LikE DiZ
[ ] You play music aloud on your phone on public transport
[ ] You walk down the street with your hand down your pants
[ ] You ask for picture comments at least twice a day
[ ] You "flob" on the pavements
[ ] You don't indicate when going around roundabouts
[ ] You talk about/perform sexual acts in public
[ ] You use "fuck" frequently
[ ] You say "LOL" in msn conversations
[ ] You use your phone in the cinema
Total = 0/10

Top 3
1. Irish
2. English
3. Hispanic = Welsh
Actual Nationality: British - mainly Irish, Scottish and Welsh.  Lived in the US for a while
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So I went to the Fracture Clinic this morning to see exactly what I have to do (or not do) with my elbow.

According to the doctor (who looked like he wanted to be anywhere else but at the clinic), it's not actually a fracture (or if it is, it's so small that he can't actually see it on the x-ray) but is a really bad sprain.  So I have to keep taking the pain-killers and use the sling but I don't need to be off work for quite as long.  I can't drive the car this week but I should be able to again soon.
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Apparently so, but only very slowly.  The requirement for one-handed typing is because I have a suspected radial head fracture in my right elbow.  It's going to take 6-8 weeks to heal and I'm going to need about a month off work.  This also means I can't drive so won't be at the pub (or indeed anywhere that I can't get to easily by public transport).

And all because some prat spilt their drink onto the highly polished dance floor at the Grand last night and I lost my footing.  Amazing how painful such a small injury can be!

New Year

Dec. 11th, 2006 02:51 pm
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If I was to have a party at my flat for New Year, who would be interested in coming?

(I'm only going to do this if enough people say they're going to come)
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For those of you who remember me talking about a film crew being at one of the other blocks of flats in the complex I live in, I've actually found a synopsis of the show:

Time Of Your Life 2007, ITV1 – Comedy drama series starring Genevieve O'Reilly as Kate, who wakes at the age of 36 after 19 years in a coma to find everything has changed. With Robert Pugh, Geraldine James, Mark Bazeley and Jemima Roper. Written by Charlie Martin
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Yep, I've just got back from seeing Casino Royale.

When I first started watching the Bond films (way back as a young child) my order of preference for the 3 actors (that I knew of at that point) that had played Bond was Connery, Moore, Lazenby (there's a very big gap between Moore and Lazenby - similar in size to the Grand Canyon). 

Then Timothy Dalton was cast as the new Bond so that changed the order a little - Connery, Moore, Dalton, Lazenby. 

I started getting into the mythos a little more and actually sat through the entirety of the spoof Casino Royale (quite how I don't know but I did it) and decided that I really wasn't going to let that anywhere near my preference list :-).  Before Brosnan was cast, my father and I would have quite intense discussions about what order the Bonds should be put in (we agreed on the placing of Connery and Lazenby but argued about Dalton and Moore) with him eventually telling me I really should start reading the books and then I'd change my mind.

Then Brosnan was cast and the order changed again - Connery, Brosnan, Moore, Dalton, Lazenby. 

Then a couple of years later, I started reading the books (I've read all the Fleming Bond books and only have one short story to track down and I've read all of his.  I haven't decided on whether or not I want to start reading the non-Fleming books yet) and the order changed again - Connery, Brosnan, Dalton, Moore, Lazenby (I really hate it when my Dad's proved right).  Of course, by this point, I'm living in the US and have started getting all the Bond films on DVD - gotta love those special editions with loads of extras :-)  This means I'm watching and re-watching all the Bond films and confirms my order of preference.  I figure it's pretty much static at the top-end of the list - new Bonds will get added somewhere below Brosnan.

I was very open to the idea of Daniel Craig as Bond (if the worst thing you can say is his hair colour is wrong, then that really isn't an issue) but wasn't sure quite where he'd wind up going - I figured he'd probably go in somewhere around 3rd or so.  Turns out I was way wrong on that.  In a result that will probably be deemed sacrilege by other ardent Bond fans, I can't decide if he goes in above or below Connery - so for now the list is Connery / Craig, Brosnan, Dalton, Moore, Lazenby.

I absolutely love Casino Royale (except for the bit where the Aston Martin DBS is trashed - I almost shed a tear) and Daniel Craig is absolutely fantastic.  If you've read the book, you'll recognise the main elements and if you haven't, it's a very good Bond film to go see.  It's very dark and a lot more violent than I was expecting - this Bond kills because it's his job and doesn't lessen it with a quip (well, in a couple of places but not glaringly so).  He's the first Bond I've seen who actually has any kind of believable emotional response to killing someone and he does indeed grow as a character during the film - the Bond at the end of the film is a different animal to the one at the beginning.

So I recommend anyone who wants to go see an intelligent, entertaining film to go see this one (of course, it didn't hurt that you get to see quite a bit of Daniel Craig semi and completely nude - boy has he been working out).

Now I just need to decide when I want to go see it again - this will probably be one of the few films I go see more than twice in the cinema.

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Colorado (one of the biggest right-wing conservative states) has elected a Democrat as Governor and now has more Democratic representatives than Republicans.  I'm in shock

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There are times when it is absolutely fantastic to be proved right in your opinions of someone.


Colorado Springs, CO has the highest number of headquarters for evangelical Christian groups in the US. One of these is the New Life Church that was led by Reverend Ted Haggart. Having listened / read some of this guy's opinions both directly from him and through the filter of some of my colleagues, I came to the conclusion that this guy was a fairly typical leader of one of these groups - a bigoted hypocrite who was as far from the original teachings of Jesus as could possibly be imagined.

Current Situation

Turns out I was right. After preaching about the evils of gays and gay marriage and how drugs will ruin your life, turns out he's in the best position to know. Seems he's been having sex once a month with a gay masseur in Denver for the last 3 years and bought methamphetamines from him. Of course, he started out denying all of it, then admitted he had visited the guy but only for a massage and then admitted he had bought drugs from the guy but never actually taken them. Now, in a statement read out to the church in Colorado Springs after being fired for "sexually immoral conduct", he states that he's "a deceiver and a liar" and "there is a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark and I've been warring against it my entire adult life".

Bet that statement's been causing some interesting comments in the LSI office in Colorado Springs (seeing as quite a few of them are members of that particular church). There are times (increasingly rare I will admit) that it's a real shame I had to leave.

Of course, the even greater hilarity in all of this is that Colorado is about to vote on whether gay marriage should be legal or not - and this guy was one of the main advocates for making it illegal.
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LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

But this actually means that there are 348 other people in the US with my name, seeing as I've actually been counted in the U.S. census.
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As if having the entirety of the road structure around the flat dug up between the hours of 8pm to 6am wasn't enough this week, turns out there's going to be a crew here on Thursday and Friday filming interior and exterior shots at one of the flats in the complex.  They're going to be here between 12:30pm to 10:30pm with the vehicles etc arriving and leaving outside these times.  Guess I'm going to have fun trying to get in and out of the complex on Thursday.

So has anyone heard of this show?  It's called "The Time of Your Life". I've done a quick search for it but can't find anything that looks as though it would be relevant.
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'Cause I really need to speak to him about a small snafu with tickets. He doesn't seem to be answering his phone (I'm assuming it doesn't work in the US), I haven't seen him on LJ recently and I don't have any other way of getting hold of him.
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Flat-warming/ [livejournal.com profile] d_morff's birthday on August 5th (i.e. this Saturday).

Address: 17 Wheatcroft Court, Cleeve Way, Sutton, SM1 3TT (see here for a map).

For those of you attempting to get to my flat by public transport, it's not too bad:

From Egham direction, get to Wimbledon station and then take bus 164 to Rose Hill (it's final destination is Sutton).

From Vauxhall, either get to Wimbledon station and then take bus 164 to Rose Hill OR take the Northern Line to Morden and then either take bus 154 (from stops C or G) or bus 164 (from stops B and E).

For those of you driving to the flat, I'm assuming you'll be coming from the Egham direction. See under the cut for directions.
Directions from Egham )

If you want to bring other people, please let me know first. There is some crash space available, but if you have camping mats you might want to bring them 'cause the whole flat is wood-laminate flooring :-) If you need to get hold of me, send an email to turtledisc at gmail dot com


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