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August 2011: the earlier posts in this blog are a mess, the result of me changing the format some time ago. I'm working to edit the entire blog from the beginning, but with over 4K posts and sodall time for such luxuries it's going to take a while... [02/09/16 - Now reached 09/10/2004][20/03/2019 - giving up. I don't have enough time to update the blog atm, let alone edit old entries!]

If you come across any words you don't recognise in this blog, take a look at the Taylorspeke Glossary in the left-hand infopane, you'll usually find a definition there.

First, a recommendation. Dive over to The Jonathan Day Fiction Site and try some of the stories. I love this author's writing - it's funny, bitingly witty, dryly incisive, chilling, and deliciously subversive by turns. Absolutely well worth a look!

The Poppy Tales

(Transformers fanfiction!)

Transformers mini-comics here.














My IMDb ep summaries

(completed)
Arthur of the Britons
Sky
Star Maidens
The Starlost
Space Rangers
The Sentinel (part: seasons 2 and 3)
Swamp Thing (part: season 3)
Gravedale High
Transformers: Armada
Transformers: Energon
Transformers: Cybertron (part)
Misfits of Science (four eps)
Zoo Gang
Zodiac
Jupiter Moon
Transformers: Beast Wars (part: seasons 2 and 3)
Transformers: Beast Machines (part)
Vampire Princess Miyu
Starhyke
Nathan Barley
No Heroics
Undermind (3 eps)
Will Shakespeare (Tim Curry version)
Nightwalker
12 Kingdoms
Trigun (ep 8)
Rayearth
Hyperdrive (season 2 ep 3)
The Café

For later:

Earthian
BBC Lion, witch and wardrobe
BBC Caspian and Dawn Treader
BBC Silver Chair
(Missing Excel Saga eps)
(Missing Haibane Renme eps)
(And possibly Marine Boy...)


Silver birch at Eastwood 

Farm

"Autumnal - nothing to do with leaves. It is to do with a certain brownness at the edges of the day... Brown is creeping up on us, take my word for it... Russets and tangerine shades of old gold flushing the very outside edge of the senses... deep shining ochres, burnt umber and parchments of baked earth - reflecting on itself and through itself, filtering the light. At such times, perhaps, coincidentally, the leaves might fall, somewhere..."

(Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Act 2: Tom Stoppard)

Autumn...

I love this time of year. I love the colours, the sharp slant of sunlight on the trees, mosaics of acid-yellow and harts- blood, velvet and darkness and a haze of mist-grey over the hills. I love its immanence, its mellowness, the tang of frost just around the corner of the year...

Watching the little birds in the goat-willow in my garden, I realised something more.

I love this land with a fierce, possessive love, deep-rooted in two thousand years of history. From the frosted beaches and cloud-brushing peaks of the north to the wind-haunted meanderings of the rivers of the east, from the sensuous rolling patchworked hills of the south to the demanding dark moors of the west, this land seeps into bone and blood and synapse, mother of motley nobility, culture, individual freedoms. It can be known. It can be understood. It can be felt deep inside.

I love its effortless eccentricities, its vigour and vibrancy, its flawed perfections, its silent strength and tenacious resilience, its hard-won tolerances and intense and variable beauty, the profound energy in its sacred mythical landscape.

Home and more-than-home, the forces that shape and protect and bind, in me, as I am in the land. Love returning love in the stillness for those who'll only take the time to listen...

(Joules, Autumn 2004)


All photographs taken by Joules unless otherwise specified. All photographs © Joules A Taylor or other specified individual.


In Memoriam

17.03.09 - Argent

25.07.08 - Raptor

18.12.07 - Quyn

02.12.06 - Ryme


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Currently reading:
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Currently miffed at:
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I've gathered some of my pages of photos together: the page of links is here. I'll be adding more as time goes by!




Evil Squid
A Little Glossary of Taylorspeke
(in no particular order)

plit popints - n. Typo for 'plot points' typed on a keyboard with more than half the characters worn off...

[PING] (alt [ping]) - n. A brainwave. The text equivalent of a lightbulb going on blindingly over someone's head. Usually mine. And usually at the most inconvenient of times. [sigh]

TPTB - The Powers That Be.

wulmet - n. A person of little or no talent who somehow inveigles himself into a position where he is in power over other, far more talented people and uses his position to downplay them in order to try to make himself feel superior.

biteable - referring to an anatomical part vb, tasty.

Flatterfed - vb. 27.02.08: my typo for flattered, but since it's so cutely apt I thought it would fit nicely here. Lutra defined it as "the lovely warm feeling of satisfaction resulting from enthusiastic reviews..." (which I've been getting for my MB fics).

Composted - vb, 'compos mentis', mentally capable of working. Contrast with uncomposted or non- composted, not 'compos mentis', not capable of working, hungover...

Cumbles - n, cucumbers.

Kewp - how Ken says 'thank you'. We rather like Lutra's 'nanx', too...

Musekick - noun, music, without which I cannot work.

'feinne - noun, caffeine, essential for correct mental functioning, especially first thing in the morning. I prefer mine in the form of SodaStream Diet Coke. And on that subject...

Skoosh - verb, noun. To skoosh - to add CO2 to a sodastream bottle filled with water to make it fizzy, prior to adding Diet Coke syrup (or just drinking as sparkling water). A skoosh - a bottle of water that has been skooshed. Skooshy - something that has been skooshed, water, or that whipped cream that comes in tins you have to shake then upend and press the nozzle...

Shoogle - verb. To shake gently, for example, of roast potatoes in a roasting tin to ensure they're covered with oil. I have vague memories of this being a real Scottish colloquialism...

Stegasaurus - n, spider of the genus tegenaria. Why? No idea. I just find it easier, that's all...
Edit 08.09.07: Lutra thinks that Brian is a good name for a mini-stegasaurus. From now on, any 'Brian's in the posts may be assumed to be a tegenaria. Except where otherwise specified.

Viterals - noun, vitamins + minerals. Also a pun on victuals.

Splish - verb. A combination of slosh and splash.

Parrots - noun, paracetemol (from the old joke "Why are there no aspirin tablets in the jungle? Because the parrots eat 'em all...")

Maggles - noun, magpies. As opposed to non-magical people.

Flamewings - noun. Swifts. So called because the first time we became aware of them was an early summer evening when they were flying high, the light from the setting sun seemingly turning their wings to flames. Lovely little birds. We always know summer's arrived when we hear their high-pitched squeeing.

Murfs - noun, moths.

Peasant cut - noun, roughly cut up into big chunks, e.g. vegetables chopped in a hurry for a hearty stew or soup. By extension, anything prepared in a hurry - haircut, material, even a first draft of a story...

Giraffe - noun, a carafe (of wine, coffee or water, for example).

Shrumps - noun, mushrooms.

Splings - noun, Kai's spelling homework: by extension, any spelling.

Tyops - noun, typos. var toyps, typso, psyto, psoyt, etc. Usual result of a dose of the fingerials (see next entry).

Fingerials - (pr. fin GEEE ree yalls) noun, fingers that will not type what you want them to.

Haddock - noun, time, of which I never have enough. (Origin of this term here.)

Sleep - noun? vb? a.k.a. sheeeeeeeeep.... I used to know what this word meant...


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my computer gremlin Butch. click the pic to see the larger image

Butch, my computer gremlin. Click the pic for larger version, and read his adventures here...

Butch by the talented 

Sylverthorne

A gift for me! Butch by the very talented Sylverthorne. Click pic for larger image.

Joules' 

Haddock

This is MY haddock. It was caught exclusively for me by Talon. No, you can't have any. I need all the haddock I can get!!



A'lestrel by Valkyrie.

A'lestrel - a gift for me from Valkyrie...



Albino Alsatian Benten (c) MEBird 

2004

Another gorgeous Valkyrie gift for me - Benten the Albino Alsatian! Click thumbnail for larger image.

Radittsu, an oekaki for my birthday 04 

by 

Onna

Oekai by Bakayaro Onna - Radittsu at his sexiest...



The Zone Plant from
The Zone 

blog 

plant

OrganicHTML (which alas no longer seems to exist...)
[::..My Regular Reads..::]
:: Astronomical Pic of the Day [>]
:: What is Space... [>]
:: Dark Roasted Blend [>]
:: BLDG [>]
:: Pruned [>]
:: Watchismo Times [>]
[::..Fun Places..::]
::HubbleSite
Stunning...
::PALEOMAP Project
Absolutely fascinating.
::The Hacker Dictionary
Hackers with Humour!
:: Carol's Place
My GoodTwin's Homepage!
:: Skymap
Check out the night sky where you are!
[::..Useful Sites..::]
:: GreenNet
First stop for environmental matters
:: About Bristol
The essential guide - and beautifully user-friendly too!
:: The Forest of Avon
Our local community forest and places to visit
:: The Guardian
Online Guardian Newspaper.
:: Symbols
Exactly what it says
:: World Timeserver
For checking the current time around this world
:: Universal Currency Converter
Actually it's just a terran-global currency converter, not universal, but it's still useful...

So what is it with the haddock? Am I some kind of fish freak?

I'll leave that to others to decide.

The tale (or tail if you prefer) harks back to October 2000, when my GoodTwin and I, ably assisted by Sue, ran the first UK Professionals convention...
It's common knowledge that I never have enough time, and I was determined not to bewail the fact that weekend: hence I promised not to use the 'T' word...
Of course, that didn't really work (if nothing else I had to let the trainees know what times things were supposed to be happening!) so we decided a substitute word would be employed instead. There were several suggestions. Banana came very close to being chosen. However, I eventually decided that 'haddock' fitted the bill nicely. Ever since, haddock=time. Hence the title of my forthcoming autobiography,
My Half-Life in the Haddock Space Continuum....


Normally I wouldn't, but these were just irresistible...

How could I resist?

Just too adorable...

and to complete the rainbow...

These Too-Kawaii Kitties
were adopted from
Ghost's Anime Page (which appears to have disappeared, alas...)

[::..Anime/Manga..::]
Useful sites:

Yamato -
Fabulous anime figures

Anime Lyrics
A huge selection... evil popups

Anime still needed to complete series' I'm collecting... Many thanks to everyone who has helped me acquire the collection!
Ai no Kusabi

Owned:
   DVD
   Dj: June Special
   CD: Ambivalence

Cyber City Oedo 808

Owned:
   DVD
   All 3 eps on Video, dubbed
   Dj: Cyberage 1-3
   Illustrated Book 2 (Benten's) in Japanese

From Eroica with Love

Owned:
   Manga Vols 1, 9, 11

Mirage of Blaze

Owned:
   DVD Vol 1 (eps 1-4)

R.G. Veda

Owned:
   English Manga: Vol 1
   Japanese Manga: Vol 1-7 complete
   Tarot Pack
   R.G.Veda video

Twelve Kingdoms

Owned:
   Anime Vol 1-12: complete

Under the Glass Moon

Owned:
   Manga Vol 1, 2
Vol 3 needed

Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust

Owned:
   DVD

   Vampire Hunter D Book 1



New Vampire Miyu

Owned:
   (Studio Ironcat) Manga Vols 1 -5 (complete)


Yami no Matsuei

Owned:
   Viz Manga: English translation, Vols 1 - 11 (complete: I believe vol 12 is only available online)
   Japanese 3-DVD set
   Central Park Media: Descendants of Darkness Vol. 1, English/Japanese subbed.
   Sketchbook


[::..Joules SPfied..::]


... this is Terra? How the hell'd I end up here...?

(Thanks, Lutra, for the quote!)

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Sooooo....
(Please note - the following photographs might take a wee while to load!)
[Wednesday 3rd] We had a pleasant run down to Devon - although going over the Avonmouth bridge was as hair-raising as ever... (I think my problem with driving over it is because I have wide peripheral vision and I was always very aware of the very high drop to either side of me. It's not so bad when someone else is doing the driving!) Exeter bus-station is about five minutes walk from the folk's place, so getting there was easy.
After lunch dad asked if we'd like to go anywhere. Being in a generally nostalgic mood, and since Kai has never been there, I asked if we could go to Woodbury Common - specifically, the 2,500 year old hill fort on Woodbury Common. When we were sprogs we used to drive down to Exmouth almost every summer Saturday to spend the day at the seaside, and usually stopped off at 'the castle', as it was generally known, on the way back to run around inside (and sometimes have a last ice-cream from the van that used to park there - and probably still does in the summer!)
Woodbury Common hill fort
Inside the hill fort, looking west.

The road runs through the middle of the hill fort, and the bit most people visit is on the south side of the road (on the left on the map, link above.) Despite the erosion caused by a couple of thousand years of weather - and latterly walkers, horses and children playing - the two ramparts with the ditch between them are still impressive -
Woodbury Common hill fort
Kai in the ditch between the ramparts, south side.

Kai loved the place and wants to go back there.
Dad then drove us on to Exmouth... Ye gods the place has changed! Not just the town, which I always liked anyway, but the beach. Apparently there was a severe storm some years back that 'redesigned' the sand, washing away great swathes of it and building up the dunes that you can see in the first photo:
On Maer Rocks, looking back towards the estuary.
Half-way out on Maer Rocks, looking back towards the estuary and across to Dawlish Warren. The dunes are to the right; the tiny yellow thing you might be able to make out half-way up the hill left of centre is actually a kiteboarder's whacking great kite.

Maer Rocks are one of the most memorable features of my childhood. When the tide was out, they seemed to stretch out forever into the sea, full of pools with crabs and tiny shrimp, and even little fish if you were very lucky. The sun dried the seaweed and made it safe to walk on, and out at the end all you could hear was the surf and the wind.
Maer Rocks
Kai on the smaller of the old 'ramps', only about half-way out as the tide was coming in at a fair old pace. You can see the waves breaking over the submerged rocks beyond him.

The sea here has always seemed to be higher than the beach to me (and Kai said the same when I mentioned it), creating a very odd optical illusion, as though gravity is twisted here. It added to the magic of the place...
Looking towards Orcombe Point
Looking east, away from the estuary: Orcombe Point in the background.

We used to swim in the still water to the west of Maer Rocks as the tide was coming in - the sun had warmed the sand by then and the water was warm and silky. There's now a new 'ramp' (actually and far less romantically the outer covering of a pipeline) running along the west side of the Rocks: what the effect has been on the swimming I don't know...
new ramp waves
The waves hit the 'ramp' slantwise, creating a very pretty waterfall effect.










We would have loved to have stayed a little longer, but the wind was blowing a gale and sandblasting our faces, and it started spitting with rain, so - very reluctantly - we made our way back...
We had a dreadful night and got very little sleep (first was someone clattering keys in the lock to our room, not realising she was supposed to be in the other guest room, then starting a very loud conversation with someone on her mobile. After I'd sorted that out, we were far too hot and opened the windows - which made it incredibly noisy (exactly why do the buses start running in Exeter at 4.30 am? I mean, who the hell would be up to use them?!) And the bed creaked, which kept Kai awake. And my mattress made my back ache something fierce... Heh, I ended up just sitting listening to Kood until 8.30...)

[Thursday 4th] I left Kai snuggled up dozing on the folk's settee while I went up to the town centre. It was a bit of a shock: Wendy had said Princesshay wasn't there any more but I wasn't prepared for all the building work! Popped into Harlequins shopping mall, which was just being built the last time I was there, and found the excellent Cook's Shop - which had a grapefruit spoon! I've been looking for a grapefruit spoon for years, you can't find them anywhere these days (not ones I can afford, anyway!)
yew tree
After lunch I took Kai to Heavitree Park - via the Heavitree Yew in St Michael and All Angels churchyard. It's listed on the Ancient Yews site, but they don't have a photo, so I took a whole load, one of which Ken thinks they may be able to use.
Kai enjoyed the park, but he was still tired, and it started to rain, so we didn't stay very long.
Arrived back in Bristol in the dark, by far the best and prettiest way to experience the Avonmouth bridge - and we both slept very well last night! All told we had a great time, thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Although I really didn't much like getting stuck in the lift at the folk's place. Fortunately the warden was still there - she was supposed to have gone off duty - and was able to come and sort out the problem without calling for the fire brigade...
My new geta arrived yesterday (I'd ordered them on ebay) and they're great!
Today Ken's taking Kai into town to look for ballast for his railway. And I'm going to try to get some work done!
GoodTwin, thanks for the squid reminder. Ken taped it - I shall watch it this afternoon.
Later...





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