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A set of questions apparently doing the rounds:

What are you currently reading?

Tad Williams: Shadowplay (or whichever one is actually the second one in that series - I get the names mixed up). I'm quite enjoying it, and liked the first, but left rather a long time between them (due to waiting for the rest of the series to be finished) and I'm not making as much time to read as I used to, so it's slow going.

Also reading The Mysteries of Udolpho via the Great Reads app on my iPod - but that's definitely stalled.

And Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things as a set of shorts to dip into.

What have you recently finished?

Terry Pratchett: Where's my cow? I've read quite a bit of Pratchett so far this year (Dodger, Snuff, Unseen Academicals and I Shall Wear Midnight). Plus Spares (Michael Marshall Smith), Impakto (Richard Calder), On the Black Hill (Bruce Chatwin), The Light of Day (Graham Swift), and The Athenian murders (José Carlos Somoza). Not a huge number of books for a whole year!

What do you think you'll read next?

A Memory of Light (the last in the Wheel of Time series) by Jordan/Sanderson will probably be here in time to start that next - but I do have the to-read pile of doom. So possibly I'll pick one of those instead - there's the rest of the Tad Williams series of course, and some Iain (M) Banks, plus a fab box set of the books True Blood is based on which Emily got me for my birthday.

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The book I am reading: Diaboliquement votre by Christopher Pike. I believe the English title was Scavenger Hunt. Edit: Oh, and I'm also reading Mrs Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho on the Great Books app on my iPod.

The book I love most: I love a lot of books, I can't pick just one, so here's a selection. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Cops and Robbers by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

The last book I received as a gift: Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy, from Steph for Christmas

The last book I gave as a gift: The City and the City, China Mieville, for Steph for her birthday.

The nearest book: As it so often is, Programming Perl, 3rd Edition by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen and Jon Orwant.

[With apologies for being a day late!]

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Rules: Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real . . . nothing made up! If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice and you can't use your name for the boy/girl name question.

There's nothing to say you can't use it in any other answer though :)

  1. Your name: Eleanor
  2. A four-letter word: Even
  3. A boy's name: Elvis
  4. A girl's name: Emma
  5. An occupation: Engineer
  6. A color: Ebony
  7. Something you wear: 
  8. A food: 
  9. Something found in the bathroom: Earwigs
  10. A place: England
  11. A reason for being late: - oops, missed this one: Excuse
  12. Something you shout: 
  13. A movie title: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  14. Something you drink: Eggnog
  15. A musical group: 
  16. An animal: Elephant
  17. A street name: Elm Street :)
  18. The title of a song: Eleanor's Cake Which Ate Her

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] k425

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"When you read this you're tagged. Take a picture of you in your current state, no changing your clothes or quickly putting on makeup. NO PHOTOSHOP. Show your F-List the real you!"

I look like I'm trying to hug the whole world, but especially [livejournal.com profile] j4 who I got this from :) I admit I did put the camera in self-portrait mode, but I didn't even have to get up to go find it, so this is me exactly as I was when I read Jan's post.

Over my shoulder on the day bed you can just see the top of the pile of books I've been writing up on librarything this afternoon. I spent the morning reading, and yesterday evening watching Back to the Future and playing silly games on my iPod in bed :) Hopefully Mike has had a good stag do in the meantime, but I'll be glad when he gets home.

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Comment here if you'd like me to tell you one thing I like about you. Not necessarily the thing I like best, or the thing I think other people will like best, just something. If you like the idea then pass it on in your own journal or Facebook :)

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"List the towns or cities where you spent at least a night away from home during 2009. Mark with a star if you had multiple non-consecutive stays."

  • Home (in Shelford)
  • Oxford (for Jan and Owen's wedding)
  • Mirfield (visiting parents, and staying at parents when visiting sister and new nephew)*
  • Cardiff (for Rae's hen and visiting Rae and Adam)*
  • Exeter (in two different hotels)
  • Bath (for Rae and Adam's wedding)
  • Lydney (visiting Mike's parents)

and about to head back to Mirfield. I think that's it for this year.


Jan. 19th, 2009 11:17 am
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The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me. It will be about or tailored to those five lucky "victims."

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

  • I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
  • what I create will be just for you.
  • it'll be done this year
  • you have no clue what it's going to be. It may be a poem or story. I may make something all craft-y like.
  • I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to put this in your journal as well, if you expect me to do something for you!

Edit: Right, that's five of you. I will see what I can come up with.

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A desk, a bed covered in a blanket, with another blanket and 3 cushions on top, 2 chairs, a filing cabinet. Four walls, a ceiling, a floor with beige carpet, a door with a handle and hooks on the back and a set of blue curtains and the rail holding them up. A lampshade, and the light coming from the bulb inside it, a lightswitch. A 2008 calendar still open to December. My computer, 2 monitors, 2 keyboards, 2 mice, four speakers, one volume control widget, camera dock with camera in it, iAudio dock and iAudio not in it, cordless phone in its charger/base station. A cuddly snake, a notebook, a file card box with dividers and cards and a book of stamps, and some loose cards on the desk and computer, 2 pens (one black, one purple) a pencil, a pad of heart-shaped post-it notes, a pair of sunglasses, a Nationwide banking widget, a knitting pattern and a plastic bag with a darning needle and a tiny rubber band in it, a crochet hook, a caffe uno loyalty card and the save the date card for Jan and Owen's wedding, a computer game in its box, and the instruction manual for our AOL internet (which includes where we wrote down the wireless network key), and the manual for the phone. A desk tray with some filing in it, including a thankyou note from my cousins, and the latest phone bill, plus the sock I'm currently knitting. A copy of Yarn Forward. Two empty ring binders, a bookcase with computer books and CDs and DVDs with assorted software on them and another rather elderly keyboard. A pile of cuddly toys, the number 52 on a sticker for our front door, and the instructions for attaching it, and a bright green post-it note with the times of the last trains. Mike playing WoW in his dressing gown, and me typing LJ in makeshift pyjamas.

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40 questions )

Previous years: 2007 (ish), 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003.

Also this year I have been keeping lists of books I've read (with brief reviews) and bike rides we've taken (with maps). Lots of the former and not quite enough of the latter.

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With thanks to [livejournal.com profile] atommickbrane:

Me-Me )

Oh dear, I wasn't supposed to post it here, maybe it's OK if I use this icon.

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1999 was the year I moved to Cambridge. Moving into the house on Gilbert Road known as Relativity with Ian and Mobbsy and Richard one weekend near the end of January and starting work in my first real job at for the Physiological Society on the following Monday.

--More-- )

If you'd like to do this meme yourself ask me to pick a year for you. If I don't know you well you may need to give me an idea of how far back you're likely to remember.

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Meme: list all the places you've stayed overnight in 2007.

  • Arden Road, Cambridge (my old house)
  • Elizabeth Way, Cambridge (Mike's old house)
  • Oxford (crashed at Chris and Kathryn's after Jan and Owen's housewarming)
  • Cardiff (crashed at Rae's)
  • Newcastle (hotel, 2 nights, Steph's Hen Night)
  • Bray, Cambridge (our house, still yay!)
  • Mirfield (my mum and dad's house - more than once)
  • Headingley (hotel, after Steph's wedding)
  • Lydney (Mike's mum and dad's house - for Mike's birthday)
  • London (crashed at Si and Nesta's before London-Cambridge ride)
  • Great Yarmouth (B&B, cycle holiday night 1)
  • Northrepps (B&B, near Cromer, cycle holiday nights 2&3)
  • Wells-next-the-Sea (B&B, cycle holiday night 4)
  • Hull (Emily's house - for my birthday)
  • London (Hotel, 2 nights for a show and a gig)
  • Leeds (Hotel, 1 night after Cathie's party)

So that's 3 homes, 3 sets of relatives, 3 sets of friends, and 10 nights in assorted hotels, travelling by bike, bus and train.

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This one came from [livejournal.com profile] atommickbrane. I know I've not done much other than memes lately but somehow this appealed more than the top 100 unread books one. I've read all the Jane Austen OK, and some of the rest, but not War and Peace.

This is Acclaimed Music's aggregate list of the top 107 albums of the 1990s (as of now). Put any that you own in bold. Put any that you have heard all through or used to own in italics. Put a strikethrough any that you hate (whether you've heard them or not!). Underline any you want to hear. And put an asterisk by any that you would count as one of your own favourite albums of the 90s.

107 albums )

Actually I used the * more for things I thought were defining albums of the 1990s rather than specifically my favourites.

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In accordance with the repeating Questions meme [livejournal.com profile] ingi has asked me five questions, which I will answer below. If you would like me to ask you five questions in turn please ask in the comments and I will do my best.

  1. Oxford v Cambridge things are a bit crap but, you know both really well and wondered if you are more at home in one place or the other?
  2. I come from a long line of Yorkshire women, missing the pragmatic humour, do you hide it or use it to your advantage in Cambridge?
  3. I notice on your profile we share an interest in trees. Tell me more?
  4. How do you do the pink in your hair? Is it difficult?
  5. Roast beef - what's the best way to make it happen?

The answers )

Phew, that got a bit long!

A gig meme

Sep. 21st, 2007 01:04 pm
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from BlackMetalBaz )

Addendum: who (apart from Mike) has got the greatest crossover? Plus an actual prize to anyone who has seen Preacher Boy.

image meme

Jul. 30th, 2007 10:08 am
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I cut this down quite a bit, since it had a lot of repeats of the same themes (food and cycling :-)

What I've been journaling about )


Jun. 5th, 2007 09:47 am
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So it's a while since I've done any memes. Here's one on what your livejournal interests, friends-list and recent entries say about you:

Read more... )


Mar. 13th, 2007 04:20 pm
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OK, the original had me post just the questions, and y'all answer in comments. But having answered them elsewhere I figure I may as well put the answers here too. Feel free to answer for yourself either here or in your own journal, or not at all - whatever you prefer.

32 questions )

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