My IMDb ep summaries
Arthur of the Britons
The Sentinel (part: seasons 2 and 3)
Swamp Thing (part: season 3)
Transformers: Cybertron (part)
Misfits of Science (four eps)
Transformers: Beast Wars (part: seasons 2 and 3)
Transformers: Beast Machines (part)
Vampire Princess Miyu
Undermind (3 eps)
Will Shakespeare (Tim Curry version)
Trigun (ep 8)
Hyperdrive (season 2 ep 3)
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...)
"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)
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
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
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
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
17.03.09 - Argent
25.07.08 - Raptor
18.12.07 - Quyn
02.12.06 - Ryme
Transformers - IDW, Prime, Animated, Rescue Bots.
Various Transformers books and graphic novels.
Currently working on:
Heart, The Poppy Tales
Currently chuffed with:
Currently miffed at:
Nestlé, Nonpres Tinyhands Fart, Toadface Farage
I've gathered some of my pages of photos together: the page of links is here. I'll be adding more as time goes
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
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
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
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
when they were flying high, the light from the setting sun seemingly turning their wings to flames. Lovely little birds. We
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
Fingerials - (pr. fin GEEE ree yalls) noun, fingers that will not type what you want
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
The place to stay notified of WaveWrights' Fiction updates: Zone, Darkside, DarkRealm, Matrix, Vault, Safehouse
Butch, my computer gremlin. Click the pic for larger version, and read his
A gift for me! Butch by the very talented Sylverthorne. Click pic
for larger image.
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 - a gift for me from
Another gorgeous Valkyrie gift for me - Benten the Albino
thumbnail for larger image.
Oekai by Bakayaro Onna - Radittsu at his sexiest...
The Zone Plant from
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 [>]
|::The Hacker Dictionary
Hackers with Humour!
|:: Carol's Place
My GoodTwin's Homepage!
Check out the night sky where you are!
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.
|:: ZSPC Colour Chart
Check how your text and background colours look together
before releasing them on
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...
|:: Union of Concerned Scientists
Exactly what it says. Fascinating - and worrying...
|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...
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
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
My Half-Life in the Haddock
Normally I wouldn't, but these
were just irresistible...
were adopted from
Page (which appears to have disappeared, alas...)
Fabulous anime figures
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|
Dj: June Special
|Cyber City Oedo 808|
All 3 eps on Video, dubbed
Dj: Cyberage 1-3
Illustrated Book 2 (Benten's) in Japanese
|From Eroica with Love|
Manga Vols 1, 9, 11
|Mirage of Blaze|
DVD Vol 1 (eps 1-4)
English Manga: Vol 1
Japanese Manga: Vol 1-7 complete
Anime Vol 1-12: complete
|Under the Glass Moon|
Manga Vol 1, 2
Vol 3 needed
|Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust|
Vampire Hunter D Book 1
|New Vampire Miyu|
(Studio Ironcat) Manga Vols 1 -5 (complete)
|Yami no Matsuei|
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.
... this is Terra? How the hell'd I end up here...?
(Thanks, Lutra, for the quote!)
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Friday, February 27, 2015
Yesterday was very nice - quiet and relaxed, with lots of Transformers, both films and figures.
Mix 'n' match Starscream - he comes apart and you can swap his various limbs with other tfs in the same series. Which I won't be doing, as I don't like any of them, but it's an interesting idea.
And I now have Masterpiece Starscream, the Emperor of Destruction, from the 1984 film. (Alas, in that, thirty seconds after being crowned he was terminated. But only his frame. Starscream, as we know, has an immortal, indestructible spark...)
I call him Mothscream.
The design is beautiful - even his fingers are articulated! Mind you, at that price it should be. He's the most expensive one so far, even on e-bay.
The only problem now is that I have all the Starscreams. Unless new ones are created, or someone actually produces the TransTech version, I now have no more to collect.
That's... rather sad...
Today was fun. Kim drove us, first, to the B&Q at Cribbs Causeway (I need a large pot to transplant one of my large plants), then to Almondsbury Garden Centre, who - horror of horrors - no longer keep crickets and frozen rats in stock: you have to order in advance and collect. So we went to the Reptile Emporium at Westbury-on-Trym and bought them there (Feather is now on small rats: large rat weaners aren't enough for her).
Tomorrow GoodTwin and Sue come to visit... [g]
Labels: birthdays, garden centres
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Into BHOC for Kai to have a tacrolimus level review (the Prof increased the dose last time we were in) - and then walked up to Clifton, across the suspension bridge, and around the first part of the Downs. Of course I forgot my camera... Wonderful though, fabulous views, beautiful sunny day, and now I'm completely shattered and just want an early night.
Hoping to do it again - with camera this time - the next appt next month!
Labels: medical matters, walks
Monday, February 23, 2015
Woke up to brilliant sunshine. Half an hour later it absolutely pissed down - then we had heavy hail. Then sun with gusty wind, then it snowed for half an hour, big soft fluffy flakes that failed to settle. Then it rained again, then it was sunny again, then it hailed so hard I thought it was going to chip the greenhouse glass. And we just had a peal of thunder that rattled the windows (but no rain). We had all the weather in a single day.
This is why we talk about it so much.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
There was a heron on the roof when we went shopping...
Then the seagulls spotted it and drove it away...
The usual manic Sunday...
Saturday, February 21, 2015
It's been a busy few days. Yesterday we went for the longest walk yet, to and around Whitchurch and back. The village is small and not particularly pretty, but it has a couple of streams running through it, which is nice.
Legs and back really aching today though, so haven't done much. Little bit of shopping at Sainsbury's (<- this was in the car park)
and then Kai helped me in the garden. We want to clear the space behind Wendy's hazels and turn it into a little bowl, with lots of moss and ramsons, and later maybe a seat.
Crocuses at the top:
Irises in the rockery:
Labels: garden, Transformers, walks
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Can you hear the shouting and cheering and bouncing up and down?
BMT clinic today. Blood results were very good, and Prof Marks says OK, time for Kai to come off the omeprazole (he'll start cutting down on the aciclovir at the next appt in two months!! but he'll need to keep taking the tacrolimus for another nine months) and start getting back into normal life. He can now associate with people again (unless they're obviously ill) and GO OUT ON BUSES!!
(Oh, the trips we have planned...)
He's very pleased indeed, says everything is going splendidly, and he has every hope for the continued success and (fingers tightly crossed) no recurrence. Kai has come through this much faster and better than anyone expected.
Tomorrow we tell the Uni to expect him in October. Today, we went down to check out the fog bridge before his pentamidine, to celebrate.
(Lots of large photos coming up...)
From the Centre...
Not easy to get photos on the bridge as too many people, and there was a bit of a breeze wafting the cloud away. It was delightfully cold and damp though.
Great fun! I hope we have more art installations throughout Bristol's Green Capital year - I'll try to get to as many as I can.
So - time to start trying to get my own work done again...
Labels: Art, Bristol life, Kai, medical matters, YAY
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Aiming to get into town to see this next week...
Watched The Maze Runner on Filmflex last night. Predictable, and too much indistinct dark/night action, but it was good enough that I want to see the sequel. Oddly, it reminded me of Lord of the Flies...
Going to try to pick up Dracula Untold later, to watch tonight.
Labels: films, strangeness and charm
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Meeting this morning to decide the fate of the BCP website (the organisation doesn't actually exist anymore, but our BCC liaison wants to keep the site going under a new banner - the Greater Brislington Neighbourhood Partnership, which exists but doesn't have a website, and covers the whole ward). We met at the café in Arno's Vale Cemetery (pot of green tea and a slice of very nice lemon and poppy seed cake for me!) a very pleasant location. Should know the decision soon.
My second favourite scarf has a slightly annoying manufacturer's tag on it. I was going to cut it off - until I took a closer look and read the inscription...
Faith and Robot?! [g] Actually, I believe it translates as Faith and Work (or Drudgery or Servitude, depending on which language you choose to take it from), but Robots will do for me. Needless to say the tag is staying.
Sounds like Kai is finally awake. Better start thinking brunch...
Labels: BCP, clothes, meetings
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Apparently it's a foxy day today...
Finally sewed the foxes and finished Kai's advent calender:
The foxes aren't perfect but Kai seems happy with them.
And our outdoor foxes bought us a pair of socks.
Yes, a pair. In good nick too - I think they may have pinched them off someone's line!
Not sure what they're suggesting. 'Here's a pressie - please feed us tonight?' (I put out a bowl of dogfood when the temp is below freezing, but it hasn't been the last two nights and I really don't want them becoming dependent on us. I think they missed it...) 'Here mum, we know your feet are cold, have these on us?' (my machine really chucks out a lot of cold air...) Cute, at any rate!
We're watching the next BatB shortly.
Labels: Beauty and the Beast, foxes
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Catch up, again. I really need to get back into the habit of updating every day...
The weekend was busy as usual: Kai started getting a sore throat, which is not unusual, but by Tuesday it was worse, and when I took a look his throat was red and his uvula enlarged, so I rang for advice and took him in to the day unit, where they took blood for virology and throat swabs, and he was prescribed a short course of anti-bios. By yesterday, his uvula was so big it was resting on the back of his tongue and making him gag, so we're currently on lots of cold water and spoonfuls of honey (and hot honey and lemon drinks) to try to combat it. The advice is to not worry unless it affects his breathing: the condition is very common, it seems. He hates it, and I'm letting him sleep as long as he wants so he doesn't have to put up with it any more than he has to.
T&M were offering Forest Pansy at half price, so we treated ourself to one as a long-term anniversary present (thanks Wendy!) It was going to go in the front garden, as I thought it grew to around 10 ft high - but I misread and it's actually 10 metres, which is too tall for the front. It'll be planted at the back, up at the top, where the roots won't damage anything. Looking forward to seeing how it does!
In other garden news, all the bulbs I've planted (except for the fritillarias, alas) are all coming up: there are some irises already in flower in the rockery. I'll post some photos once I have more to show.
We've finished Sky and Kai and I are now watching Beauty and the Beast - from the beginning, so I won't be posting any ep summaries for a few weeks. But there are almost no ep summaries for any of the Unicron Trilogy, so I'm now rewatching Transformers: Armada (all 52 eps of it), enjoying the action and cringing at the dreadful dialogue. The IMDb haven't actually posted any yet, but they can sometimes take several days...
Better go wake childe, it's nearly time for afternoon meds. Then I have some client stuff to do...
Labels: Beauty and the Beast, catch-up, client sites, garden, medical matters