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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]
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!
Monday, February 20, 2017
... to catch up.
Where did we get to? Ah yes...
Ken took Mon and Tues off as annual leave. Monday we did a little gardening - tidied the front a little, moved two of the small shrubs to the back to make room for the larger ones we plan to put in, so the voyeur next door can't peer into my lounge (have seen a pretty silvery conifer at Almondsbury that reaches 3 metres and is a good 1.5 metre wide, which would do nicely), dead-headed the ice plants and lifted the magnolia, as it's continually attacked by something out there. Managed to get Kai a drs appt in the evening as he was running out of the citalopram meds: the sky was beautiful when we left the surgery...
Tuesday Ken and I headed off for Almondsbury, via B&Q and Wickes at Cribbs Causeway (all-day bus tickets are wonderful!). Found the paving slabs we want at a reasonable price for around the greenhouse and raised beds, and possibly to build a small flat platform for the telescope, and while we were there checked out the feasibility of sorting out the sink unit in the kitchen. DIY corner units are reasonably priced, and there are now umpteen different sinks and taps available. I need to take some photos and email to our plumber to see how much it would be to sort out the Heath-Robinson plumbing, but otherwise it's looking doable. And ye gods it needs doing!
Remember last June half a lower molar snapped off (the enamel, anyway) while I was eating cheese on a thin cracker? I was able to get an emergency appt then and the dentist filled it, but warned me that it was a very big filling and if it went again I'd need the tooth capped (£200+: I winced). On Wed the filling fell out. Managed to get an emergency appt for Thurs: resigned to having to fork out for the repair.
So you can imagine how pleased I was when she refilled it - stronger, tougher and white filling material! - and because the previous one hadn't been in place for a year, didn't charge me. Apparently our dentists now guarantee their work for a year... Dead chuffed!
Fri: Actually managed to get a little writing done! Have started the intro for the joint book (nicknamed Dystopia for now) that Lutra and I wrote a good few years ago, but which in the current global situation can be made into something potentially sellable. It needs MAJOR revision and rewrite, but the first draft is finished, so it's less work than starting something completely new, and given it's been so long I need that.
In the evening I had a meeting with the BCC's Neighbourhood Partnerships Liaison Officer about the BCP site. Given the Council's current almost complete embargo on providing funds for anything the site was due to lapse at the end of the current name and hosting sub, but it's been agreed that as it's a useful community resource, funds will be made available from other community groups to keep it going until 2019 at least. Which is great! It's not like we're talking a lot of money - £50.30 for two years. It usually takes just minutes to update (I've set up notes and mini-templates for myself all over the coding) so I'm lucky if my fee comes to £5 a year.
On Sat Kai and I thoroughly enjoyed our promised trip to Harbourside. First port of call was M-Shed to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. It's fabulous! We spent an hour there, and could quite happily have been longer. There's an associated book with all the photos in it, which I may pick up as a Yule pressie - £25 isn't too bad for a book crammed with gorgeous pics and info.
The Harbour steam train was running that weekend - end of the school half-term holiday, I guess - so we leapt on and rode to the SS Great Britain (there's a longer trip that goes to the Vauxhall Bridge not far from the Riverside Garden Centre, but they aren't running that one until April. We'll just have to go back then!)
Then it was over Pero's Bridge to @Bristol - lunch in the café, reasonably tasty filled ciabattas (I had minute steak with rocket, roasted tomatoes and cheese: Kai had goats cheese with courgettes and roasted peppers - both served with chips? didn't work!) but very expensive. Probably won't eat there again. @Bristol itself was heaving with children - half term, of course - but we quite enjoyed it. Our main reasons for going were the Luke Jerram Glass Microbiology exhibition - absolutely beautiful - and the Planetarium. Which was awe-inspiring. Very basic stuff - nothing new for either Kai and I - but damn near perfect 3D. We're planning to go back for the adult evening performance, Exploring the Galaxy as soon as is convenient.
Sunday was the usual Sunday - two lots of shopping, then Kai had venesection in the afternoon (his ferritin level is now 2,300, so plateauing again a bit. He may need to start going every three weeks instead of every month, will see at his next BMT clinic).
And in other news... We've started watching Legends of Tomorrow. It's OK, basically a daft romp, but it's fun to see Doctor Who's Rory in a rather different rôle (as Rip Hunter, the leader of the group). It's fun, but we're unlikely to get any more than the first season.
I've now finished reading Cloud Atlas (Link full of spoilers, so be warned.) I picked up the film a year or so ago and loved it: 'borrowed' the book from the BHOC 'library'. I've donated over 30 books to that in the past so didn't think anyone would object! Will return it when K&K have read it, assuming they do...
At one point, one of the protagonists asks 'three simple questions':
"How did he get that power? How is he using it? And how can it be taken off the sonofabitch?" (Cloud Atlas p 420)
I've seen this before...
(IDW transformers: Chaos Theory)
Is it a recognised meme? It gives that impression..
Of the book as a whole? What can I say? This is the level of writing to which I aspire. Took a little while to really get into it but then I was absolutely gripped. Funny in places, gob-smacking in others, with light touches of the profound scattered throughout:
Need to watch the film again now.
I watched the first ep SS GB last night (just me. Ken doesn't stay up late when he's working the next day, and Kai didn't fancy it from the trailers). The acting is terrific, the settings accurate (as far as I can tell), and the overall plot plausible. But oh, it's depressing. (Mind you, so is almost everything right now...) I'll carry on watching, but I don't think K&K would like it.
Up to date now. Later...