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)
Missing Earthian ep
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 [>]
|:: Watchismo Times [>]
|:: 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.
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...
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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Saturday, November 26, 2016
Finally. Next!Poppy - book 7, chapter 25, Advances - now posted in The Poppy Tales (link above). Enjoy!
Another quick catch up...
Picked up Ghostbusters and Star Trek Beyond at Tesco on Mon, and we watched the former after dinner (thought it would be a light-hearted way to end a bit of a grim, wet Monday). It's great fun! Follows the format of the original enough to be familiar, but with enough differences to be interesting. And Chris Hemsworth is hysterical in it! We all thoroughly enjoyed it, and I really hope it has at least one sequel. Star Trek, however...
I'd heard the aim was to have it feel more like an original episode this time around. It succeeded - but I want more than that these days. The tired old format left me yawning. The best thing about it is the Yorktown space station (why the hell didn't I think of that?!) which is glorious. The rest - meh.
Tuesday's Kabuki/Ukiyo-e ('pictures of the floating world') lecture was great, intriguing and informative. Ken and I both enjoyed it. I rather hope the lecturer will produce a book based on the new hand scroll (and that it's a bit cheaper than her others!) as I'd love to take a closer look.
Kai's haematology clinic appt on Wed went well. His bloods are normal, his health good (well, there's the endless winter bugs but these days that goes without saying. They're damned persistent this year, mine hasn't gone yet) and all in all they're very pleased. As are we all, needless to say.
Yesterday was my carers' meeting at the Vassall Centre - this time on Carers' Rights (10 - 3: a long day with free lunch included). Useful and interesting, and I'm still strongly tempted to volunteer as a Carers Rep. Will rethink come next year and see if I have any more time to commit to it (it looks like Ken's new meds are working, and Kai is slowly becoming more independent, so signs are good). I booked myself in for a 10 minute reflexology free taster session (Sensory Heaven - "Sensory Heaven specialises in holistic treatments including Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Indian head massage, Baby massage, facials, manicures and pedicures, and waxing. Its therapists are expert in providing group work within day centres and residential homes, as well as private referrals. Sensory Heaven will be in Spur 8, where special dark and light ‘mood’ rooms are being created, along with a massage room and reception area") which was completely wonderful. I have a money-off voucher for a half hour carers' session (every third Monday of the month) which I might very well treat myself to in the New Year...
Then it was back into town to suffer the Black Friday crowds to find a couple of Yule presents, then Sain to pick up dinner (in-store made pizza last night, followed up by the 1978 version of Dr Strange, which I found cheap on amazon while trying to check when the new one will be available to buy. Adrian had transferred my ancient VCR tape of the film to disc for me, but the tape had been so old and overused the quality was poor. The official film was only released this Oct - presumably to take advantage of the interest the new film has garnered, I guess - and is still fun).
And so to today. Ken has gone to Westbury-on-Trym to photograph the tomb of an ancestor (I think!): Kai is getting some homework done (I hope!), and I'm about to get stuck into next!Poppy. I'd really like to post it this weekend...
Labels: busyness, films, medical matters, meetings, writing
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Brief catchup while I continue searching for my will to live, which went AWOL after recent events (I am disgusted by and seriously ashamed of certain swathes of my adopted species...)
In no particular order: Gods of Egypt came up on Filmflex. Kai had I had seen the trailer and thought it looked like fun, so we hired it on Friday evening. It's not a great film, but it is loads of fun, very pretty, nice CGI, fun characters, reasonable story. Most enjoyable - we ended up watching it three times in the 48 hours we had it available and will pick up the DVD when it's cheap. Then Independence Day: Resurgence showed up unannounced at Sains. I suggested we catch it first on Filmflex then buy it when it came down in price (they all do, eventually), but Ken said since we would buy it anyway, and the cost would be about the same, let's buy it now...
It's dreadful. Really horrible. Hugely disappointing. I can't think of a single redeeming feature (well, maybe the CGI...)
Kai and I also watched Exposed (found it, unopened, in a charity shop for £1.50 and since I like Keanu Reeves...) Hm. Kai liked it a lot more than I did. Strange film.
Last venesection was quick and easy, though left him feeling more tired than usual (they took 500 mls instead of 450 - might have had something to do with it). His ferritin level is now down to 2013 - we're getting there!
I have a nasty cold and have lost my voice...
There's also been more gardening, more tidying up of cupboards, more shopping (Sains closed last Tues for its final bit of the refit, so Ive had to shop at Tesco. Sains should be open again this Tues, fingers crossed. Both supermarkets are about the same distance from us, but I much prefer Sains for quality and choice). Yesterday Ken and I went out: crickets for Rosa, Crystal Clear to arrange a visit to have the windows measured and quoted for, so we can see which we can have replaced first, Hurrans for new secateurs, then Toys R Us, where I found the figure of IDW Ultra Magnus (Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord) that I've been lusting after at nearly half price (£29.99 instead of the original £55) so he's now put away for my birthday. Or maybe Yule next year...
That's about it. I am still trying to get next!Poppy finished, but as I say, will to live diminished right now. I shall be ending The Poppy Tales in the current 'book' though. Gone off writing about humans.
(I've now set the blog to the recommended https settings, so if anyone has any problems viewing it, please let me know.)
Labels: busyness, films, medical matters, pissed off, political stuff
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Well, needless to say it's been busy. The weekend 29th/30th saw us all in the garden at some point, with more tidying up/organising happening. On Mon I picked up the bike and walked him home: on Tues Kai had his first counselling session (went OK, enough that he's going again) and I did a little shopping during it (now have bike lock): Wed... I forget. Thurs too. Probably more housekeeping. Fri we watched Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and enjoyed it - it's quite amusing! Sat and Sun were in the garden again: the second raised bed is now built, though not filled yet, and K&K had a bonfire in the incinerator to get rid of all the old wood. It's a lot tidier and easier to get to things now.
Yesterday was a lot of shopping, and I picked up X-Men: Apocalypse, just out on DVD. Kai and I saw it at the cinema, but Ken hadn't , so we watched it after dinner. Fun stuff. Looking forward to the next now.
(Should probably also mention that over the last week we've watched season 2 of Dead Like Me and loved it! Ken found it and the later film, Dead Like Me: Life after Death which is loads of fun, dirt cheap in a charity shop. It's nice having complete sets of things.)
And today Kai and I went to see Doctor Strange. Lutra knows I've been havering about this, as the original comic book chara is one of my all-time favourite superheroes, but I find BC's face to be perhaps the creepiest I've ever seen. I haven't been able to bring myself to watch him in anything except the second Star Trek movie, which was hugely disappointing. I know I must be the only person in the world to feel this way, but I can't help it.
So it was with some trepidation I bought the tickets, sat down, and shoved on the 3D glasses...
Heh. I needn't have worried. While his face is still creepy (I think it's the eyes?) the film itself is a damn-near perfect retelling of the Doctor Strange story. And he plays the character perfectly. After a while I forgot about his face and just enjoyed it. Fabulous sfx of course, and wonderful characters. It's a fantastic ride and I can't wait for the sequel! (If anyone reading this is planning to go see it, make sure you sit through all the credits. There's a scene just after the main credits, as usual, to set things up for the sequel (probably!), but at the very end of the film there's another one that sets up a second story arc. Most intriguing!
Will try not to take so long updating next time. Main problem is when I have time to do it, I'm usually too tired...
Labels: busyness, domesticity, films, garden, sheeeeeep