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25 August 2012 @ 02:24 pm
So a group of wealthy socialites use their money, position and celebrity to attract a gaggle of bikini clad, Barbie brained, plastic titted teenagers to their Vegas hotel room and then claim to be betrayed when one of said girls sells the photos to TMZ?

Then the newspapers protest that the publication of these photos is an invasion of privacy, whilst linking to some paparazzi shots of an A-lister out with their young toddler, or some long lens snaps of a topless model taken from a bush near the private beach where she's holidaying?

Ah, hypocrisy, thy spokesperson is the British media.
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
04 August 2012 @ 07:04 pm
Driving lessons would be a lot easier if it were not for:

- road bumps
- roadworks
- traffic lights
- suicidal squirrels
- suicidal kids
- people parking their cars on corners
- people parking their cars in parallel to each other on very narrow roads
- other cars in general.

Then again, maybe the problem is my driving...
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy
02 August 2012 @ 10:04 pm

Lordy, am I sick of the Olympics already.


Fair play to those involved or watching, but I'm not interested. I've always hated sport and the only ones I enjoy watching are the Worlds Strongest Man and roller derby, so unless someone starts hauling atlas stones or elbowing each other in the face, I think I'll give it a miss.


Just wish the various news outlets remembered that there is other stuff going on. There's also something galling about seeing posters for 'London 2012' being put up all over Manchester.


At least the badminton is interesting. A competition in which both teams try their best to lose? It's a Monty Python sketch!

31 July 2012 @ 11:04 pm
Godaddy sent me a hosting expiration reminder, which sent me here, which led me to this.


New job (hectic, mad, bonkers), New House, same Boy, attempting to drive a few years/decades too late, re-reading the Hobbit, haven't written anything for months, completely broke (thanks a lot, New House!), started learning Chinese, gave up learning Chinese, same old friends, some new friends, new fandoms, no new fanfic, but happy.

How are you, people?

I've missed you LJ.
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
09 August 2011 @ 09:20 pm
The 'rioting' (just thuggery really) is taking place on the street round the corner from my old flat. They've smashed up Dawsons, a Manchester music shop that has been there for as long as I can remember. There's something sacred about pianos that makes it more shocking than seeing Miss Selfridges burn.

It's all just an extension of what has been happening increasingly in Britain - a couldn't give a crap attitude from young people, people who expect respect despite having done nothing to deserve it, people who have no concept of morality or what impact/harm their acts can have on other people. I've had abuse shouted at me by kids, I've sat on a bus when two teenagers through a rock at the window next to my head. Everyone I know can recite anecdotes of experiencing anti-social behaviour. The looting and violence in the streets now is just an extension of that.

Worse still, I don't know what the answer is. More police, more prisons, harsher sentences? More community projects, investment in schools and education, parenting classes? Britain is broke, and I don't know how the problem can be fixed without the cash to pay for it.
Current Mood: depresseddepressed
26 July 2011 @ 08:36 pm
Had an email from GoDaddy, reminding me to renew my hosting with them. Which prompted me to wonder whether I needed to pay for hosting, given I have only one, very dusty little website hiding in a corner of the interwebs with all the dust bunnies. But then I remembered that GoDaddy also provides remote hosting for all the images I use here, and that reminded me that Facebook really is quite rubbish, and since I'm getting into new habits (trying not to bite my nails - couple of millimetres in a week, quite an achievement; diet starts tomorrow; first trip to the gym today) then writing here should be another Mid-Year resolution.

In other news, by Friday I may be a house-owner, with a Boy, which is a Very Big Thing but for some reason doesn't really feel like it. Wonder if he'll carry me over the threshold?

Probably not. He'd put his back out.
Current Mood: determineddetermined
27 January 2010 @ 12:53 pm
It's been a while.

Okay, so, update on me. Am still with The Boy, and now we're living together, renting a very swish city centre apartment. I am unbelievably happy, having never really believed in love, but now being head over heels (hurray for online dating!). The reshuffle at my place has sent me back to the job I started at four years ago (albeit at a higher grade than when I started, although a lower grade than I was at six months ago), and even to the same seat. The team are lovely, but the work is incredibly dull and I'm itching to get out. I went to Hong Kong and China (again) and had an amazing time, although I do not intend to go back to Beijing. As many interesting things as there are to do, once you've done all those things you realise that the city itself is actually pretty crappy. And big. And noisy. And often very smelly. I'm doing Chinese lessons again, this time with the aim of actually getting a qualification. Um... that's about it really.

What about you, friends list? What are you up to?
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
10 January 2010 @ 11:39 am


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02 February 2009 @ 08:10 pm
Still haven't watched the SGA finale. I'm just not inspired. Sorry SGA. You should have been better than you were. I'll get around to watching it eventually, but life is hectic, and I struggle to watch the two shows that are still being screened (NCIS and Hustle).

I have quit the job at the library. I feel weird - I like working there, but at the same time, I miss my weekends, hate having to get up early on a Saturday, having to chuck The Boy out of bed at the same time, and the work itself is actually... pretty dull. And frustrating. Another librarian and I were considering putting up big 'DON'T TOUCH' signs in each section after we had tidied it. Do you know how pissing annoying it is to have spent a good hour tidying up junior fiction, only for some bored kid to go up to the shelves and pull out handfuls of books? AARGH!

I watched the Super Bowl. I don't get it. It's a bit too stop-starty for me. I fell asleep before Bruce appeared. Plus there is something very English in me which makes me shudder and grimace when I see people being so patriotic. And Americans can be very patriotic. I can't imagine tearing up at the British national anthem. Hell, I don't even know the words. And it's not like I'm in the minority, either.

It has snowed. And contrary to the BBC's opinion, the entire country has not ground to a standstill. The entire country contains quite a lot that exists north of Bristol. My home town has never, not once, been snowed in. My school was never closed. (Not even when they found asbestos when they were refurbishing the science labs.) Public transport continues to run, only it's more crowded and slower. And, weirdly, smells a bit. The closest I got to snow today was wandering to a section of the city where the Roman fort used to be, and finding someone had built a small snowman in a bit of waste ground.

I'm hoping for a miracle tomorrow. Open the door to three foot of snow.

Am going to see a screening of Singin' in the Rain on Friday at our local cinema. I can't wait. Not just because I get to see my favourite movie on the big screen, but also because the cinema is very old-school, with intervals, ladies selling ice-cream from trays, red curtains, and even an organ that comes up from out of the floor.

The snow had better stop for that.
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful