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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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
On Friday things were relatively quiet - well, the hammering from next door continued (sounded like a sledgehammer, not too loud but the vibrations from the thud thud thud can be felt right through the house), and the Super Mario Brothers DVD arrived and was duly watched after dinner. I'd forgotten quite how funny it is, and we all ended up chuckling. Great fun, and Kai enjoyed it too. Rather a pity a follow-up was never made, it could have been good!
On Saturday Ken and I left Kai to get homework and revision done and went to Street/Glastonbury/Wells. Got a nice haul from the charity shops, and the herb stall was back at Wells market: bought oregano and they had ramsons, so picked up three of those too. Got back to find the crew had gone, most of the work finished (just a little tidying up to do) and everything quiet.
Sunday as usual, major Sains shop then Kai's third venesection session at the BHOC in the afternoon. Nice peaceful day. Then, coming in from closing up the greenhouse in the evening, I heard disgruntled mutterings from next door - and his wife's thoroughly pissed-off sounding reply - and knew exactly what was going to happen.
Sure enough, 7.30 yesterday morning the team were back. I had to get into town to try to find a birthday present for DiL so went in with Kai at 9, then met Ken for lunch. We tried this place, which a friend had recommended: they do a lunchtime special - £4.99, we both had the spicy version, which was extremely spicy but delicious, and the best falafel I've ever tasted! - and got home around 2 p.m. to find all the bricks that had been carefully arranged into a pattern on his patio in piles on his lawn, and the flower bed at the front being dug up again...
They were still using an angle-grinder at the front at 9 (turning it off at 12 minutes past) last night.
This morning everything started at 7.45, with the impactor on at 9 - fortunately at the back, where it's less likely to disturb Kai, who's resting/working at home today. I have to say, the crew are not looking at all happy, and there's none of the friendly (Polish, I think) banter and laughter there was last week. I wish 'em luck: it took the security camera crew 9(? 10? I'd have to check back) visits before he was happy.
Labels: AAARRGGHH, days out, old films
Thursday, April 21, 2016
10.30 on Tuesday a digger arrived next door, closely followed by at least one pneumatic drill. By 5.30 the hardstanding, driveway and patio were (noisily) reduced to rubble. Kai and I turned the TV volume up to 40% and watched Mad Max: Fury Rd during the worst of the noise (no way I could work through that).
Yesterday part of the front wall was removed to enlarge the entrance (surprisingly quietly. Credit where it's due, the team are fast and efficient and not making any unnecessary noise).
This morning I was woken at 8.10 by drilling. At 9 the impactor started up...
Kai was hoping for a sleep in: he's still exhausted and doesn't have to be in until 2. Ken has a day off and is out to deliver copies of The holy well and the Chapel of St Anne in the Wood, Brislington, Bristol to the local schools. I'm trying to get some work started, but the noise is pretty dreadful...
Monday, April 18, 2016
It's been manically busy, but the shed is finally done, and most of the junk has gone to the tip. There's just one more trip needed, hopefully this week. I have my room back, which is great!
Kai has exams now coming up - first one this morning - then on the 13th of June the summer holiday starts. He's back to uni on 23rd September. That's a good long holiday for him, and we're planning all sorts of trips and days out in the hopes that the rest and distraction will help his recovery, which is still dragging on. The fatigue he's coping with reasonably well: it's the endless constant aching that's getting him down.
We've taken advantage of the Sky films freebie and watched Fast and Furious 7 (OK I guess. Nothing much new), Apollo 13 (brilliant), The Black Hole (hmm... well, it's a classic we can now say we've seen), Exodus: Gods and Kings (don't bother), The Lion King (Kai had never seen it), and The Nut Job. Yesterday it was Pixels (great fun! Peter Dinklage is very funny!), and that reminded me of the old Super Mario Brothers, which I had on tape way back. I remembered enjoying it, so I've ordered it from amazon (all of £2.26!). It'll be fun to see it again, and Kai never has. The freebie ends this Fri: Kai wants to watch Mad Max: Fury Rd again before it ends, so will have to factor that in somewhere.
Time to get back to IMDb summaries. Time Trumpet next, I think...
Labels: busyness, films, garden, old films
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Quick update before I make dinner...
Kai was thinking about going out last Sat - lovely weather again - but woke up feeling too rough (he has a particularly nasty cold at the moment, on its way out now but the weekend was ropey...) so Ken and I went to Pets@Home for crickets for Rosa (they were out), then to Hurrans for a couple of bird feeders (I had a money off voucher) and coffee and cakes (well, luxury hot choc for me, skooshy cream, marshmallows and a dusting of cocoa, wonderful!), then came back via Benson's for Beds - I'm absolutely sick and tired of being woken up by the pain in my back, neck and shoulders and wanted to ask for advice.
We spoke to Spencer (hat tip as he was extremely helpful, and very funny!) I tried several options before he brought out one of these...
I tried it. And was immediately - I'm having one of these!!
Right away it felt like everything was aligned along my spine. It's deep enough that my lower shoulder isn't scrunched up, and despite being solidly firm (it's really heavy!) it felt like my head was resting on a cloud. No IDEA how it works, but it's absolutely fantastic. They call it Bliss, and it is. I can't remember the last time I slept so well.
I winced at the price, but thinking about it, I usually have to buy new pillows every three months or so, and I don't buy cheap ones any more, so in the long term (it has a two year guarantee) I'll be saving money.
And waking up happy each morning! Gotta be a big plus.
To match it, and see if I can sort out the niggling pain in my lower back, I also ordered one of these, as using normal pillows, as ordered by my physio, isn't working. It arrived this morning, will try it tonight and see how we go.
In other news... More tidying. More recycling. Another bookcase in Ken's room emptied, which means we can much more easily get to the cupboard where our overflow clothes are stored. Seedlings potted on, and new ones started - and I've finally got the bonsai attempts into their proper little pots. The garden is full of birds - we have jays, our magpies are back, and a couple of days ago we had a crow catch a frog in Roeg's Pool... was rather unnerving to watch. It let the frog go twice and re-caught it as it hopped off, then flew away with it.
Lutra and I are currently editing Dystopia: going to see if we can place it with a publisher.
Right - sea bream, creamed spuds, broccoli and peas for dinner. Off to fry!
Labels: books, domesticity, garden, medical matters, sheeeeeep
Friday, April 01, 2016
Can't remember what happened on Monday (am I subconsciously blocking Mondays out of my memory? I wonder why?) but on Tuesday Wendy came up for a visit. We had a good look around St. Nick's Market, something I usually don't have time to do, and I couldn't resist this...
It's a planetary Rover fridge magnet.
Wind it up and it roves up and down the fridge!!
I'm still on the lookout for a Saboo hat - you can see the feathers a little better here - but I don't want to pay a lot for it as it's quite possible I'll only wear it once at most. The market, alas, didn't have what I was looking for...
But it was a wonderful day, with much catching up and chatting. [Glomps Wendy] Great to see you!
Wed was Kai's appt with the haematology unit. All fine, no sign of any nasties virus wise, but he does have another cold, which prevented us going any further than the Callington Rd Nature Reserve on Thurs. Good news is he only needs to see BMT and haematology, alternating, every three months now, which is great! His ferritin level is lower after the venesection, which is also good. Still a bit of a way to go before it reaches anything like normal though.
Today I have reams of client site stuff to get done, and later we'll watch the last ep of Chidlhood's End - would have watched it yesterday but K&K went to a BCHS meeting - "The Coal Mines Of Brislington: Talk by David Hardwick of South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group and Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society on the history of coal mining in Brislington which flourished from the 16th to 18th centuries". They both enjoyed it, and Kai now has some archaeological sites he wants to visit!
Better get moving on the client stuff if I want some time for my own work this weekend!
Labels: days out, friends, medical matters