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Joules, trusted by... dozens... to make a drama out of your crisis...

Other sites:

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I live to write. It's not wise to get in my way.

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.

The Poppy Tales

(Transformers fanfiction!)

Transformers mini-comics here.











I'm a Member of 

UK Veg Gardeners!


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)

For later:

Earthian
Dragonball Z (season 2, part)
(Someone else beat me to it!)
Robotech (s2 ep14 Triumvirate)
BBC Lion, witch and wardrobe
BBC Caspian and Dawn Treader
BBC Silver Chair
Beauty and the Beast (part)
(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


Currently enjoying:
Muse
Transformers - IDW, Prime, Animated, Rescue Bots.

Currently reading:
Various Transformers books and graphic novels.



Currently working on:
Heart, The Poppy Tales

Currently chuffed with:
My garden

Currently miffed at:
Nestlé, Nonpres Tinyhands Fart, Toadface Farage

Currently maintaining:
BCHS
BCP


Blog Pics
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...



Kood, my new mp3 

player.

Soundwave! (Kood's still moving in...)


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...



I now have an Amazon wish list - find it here. But please be warned most of the things on it are yaoi. If you don't like yaoi, or don't know what it is, you probably won't want to take a look.




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 [>]
:: Fundies say the darnedest things [>]
(Warning. This site is likely to have you screaming with laughter, shaking your head in sheer disbelief, or weeping for the future of your species. Often all three at the same time. I disclaim any responsiblity for any harm suffered by anyone who visits...)
[::..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
:: MailWasher
Excellent anti-spam software
:: 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 the world!
:: 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...
:: 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...
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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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Things I forgot to add... 

In the garden: my ramsons have survived and are sprouting merrily under the hazel trees; the garlic I planted has also now sprouted and is looking good in the high raised bed, and there are the tiniest emerald slivers of shoots showing where I planted the first lot of carrots. Planted two different sorts of radishes yesterday. All the fruit trees we replanted seem to have survived and are budding, so that's a relief.

We have, as Kai said, "a genuine apocalypse of frogs" in Roeg's pool. You can't see the bottom of the pool for them, two deep everywhere. We seem to be hosting the entire frog population of Brislington... Kai's copse pool has huge amounts of spawn already.

RiD Starscream and IDW Ultra Magnus...


The little figure is his mincon (heh, shades of Armada!) Lancelon

The tiny figure is Minimus Ambus. He's the actual Cybertronian: the rest is his armour.

Did I mention I picked up the rebooted Fantastic Four DVD a little while back? I forget. Then again, the film is utterly forgettable. Dull and boring. Its low rating is deserved.

Reply to Ellel Bee, below: racial equality protests were a little before my time, and I may be a slacktivist now, but while at uni I went on the Anti-Nazi League march and rally, and later the Anti Corrie Bill march. Interesting times...

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Right, what have we been up to...?

The week went by pretty much as normal - no appts though, made a nice change! On Fri GoodTwin and Sue came over for my birthday visit: it was the usual enormous fun with much hilarity. And quizzes.


Another wonderful sign from Sue!

Card from Kai.

Card from Ken
   
Card from Sue. (She brought cupcakes too!)
   
Card from GoodTwin

Present wise - RiD Starscream, IDW Ultra Magnus (maybe photos later when I've had time to unpack them!), Swan Lake, Vampire Circus, and The Big Bus, which we watched last night: it's even funnier than I remembered after seeing it waaaaay back donkey's years ago, and I believe was the first of its kind (it was rebooted a few years later in Airplane! with pretty much the same plot, same characters, even similar jokes.) Loads of fun! Thank you both - it was a wonderful day!

Sat was shopping and garden stuff (of the three 50litre and one 75litre bags of potting compost GoodTwin drove back from Hurrans garden centre for me, the 75litre and one of the 50litre bags are now empty): greenhouse is now all ready for my tomatoes!

Yesterday Kai and I went to Hurrans, had coffee and cakes in the café - accompanied by the robin which haunts the place

   

And bought bamboo sticks to support the peas and beans, and a whole load of herbs and wild flowers on special for Kai's meadow.

All in all a fine weekend!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Long post is long... 

... 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:

"If we believe that humanity may transcend tooth & claw, if we believe divers races & creeds can share this world... peaceably..., if we believe leaders must be just, violence muzzled, power accountable & the riches of the Earth and Oceans shared equitably, such a world will come to pass. I am not deceived. It is the hardest of worlds to make real. Tortuous advances won over generations can be lost by a single stroke of a myopic president's pen..."

(Sound familiar?)

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...

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Blogger Sue said...

I read Cloud Atlas some years ago and don't remember any of the bits you quote. I don't think I'd read it again but I did enjoy it at the time. It took a bit of getting into but then I found I was really into each bit just as it switched to the next scenario. It was indeed very good writing.

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Ken's going to (try to) read it first. We watched the film tonight: it stays true to the spirit of the book, and of course the characters and basic storyline are about the same, but the two are also quite different experiences, both hugely satisfying in different ways. I love both.

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Blogger Ellel Bee said...

I am old enough to remember quite vividly the struggle for racial equality in the 1960s, and have been one of the "shrill" (and proud of it) women's libbers of the late 1960s/early 1970s. And now with the shitgibbon in office, it may be all to do over again! "[M]yopic president," indeed.

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Blogger Ellel Bee said...

And a belated (still flu-ey) birthday filled with happiness and joy to you. (Hey...that worked. May it persist through the year!)

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Well what a week (and a bit) it's been... 

News in brief...

That first splurge of vertigo eased off by Friday a.m, and hasn't yet come back, although my balance is off again and I can't look upwards without my head spinning. [grits teeth] I can cope...

Last Saturday Kai had his PIP assessment. (We got the letter today saying he's no longer eligible. Of course I am appealing against it.) Afterwards we went down to the Harbourside and took a ride on the Ferris wheel (which was a Yule attraction and should be gone by now, but I guess it's still making money!)

The water features in Millennium Square. Really lovely!

The Planetarium connected to @Bristol. We're planning to get down there one weekend very soon.

Walked a short way along the New Cut afterwards - and Kai spotted a fox down by the water!

So cute!

Then Kai went down with a rather nasty cold, and has had to take the week off. It didn't hit me until after my physio appt on Tuesday (she's referring me back to my dr for another steroid injection in my hip, as it seems nothing else is really working). Kai was too poorly to go to his counselling session on Wed too. And for once even Ken got hit with it (he's usually very good at fending them off) and is currently flopped out unable to do anything. Heh. Guess who has to keep everything together?

Though I don't feel too bad today. Yesterday was my PIP assessment: it will be very interesting to see the result, given the surprising number of things I found I couldn't do (and the sitting down, sideways movement of my left leg felt like it tore something down the inside of my thigh, which is painful even today). I want a new body!!

We've spent post-dinner flump time this last week and a half watching Fruits Basket, which is absolutely charming. Kai and I are currently reading the manga (we waited until we'd both read past book 8, which is where the anime ends) and enjoying that too.

Last night we finally watched Heartbeeps, which is a very very strange little film. Budget was 10 million dollars (in 1981: Kai asked how much of that they actually spent on the film!) I'm glad we have it, if only for the charming little bots, but I'm also glad I didn't pay much for it!

Also picked up Deepwater Horizon which is a damned fine film. Enjoy isn't quite the right word, but it's gripping and compelling. Well worth a watch.

And that's about it. Will try to post a little more frequently from now on!

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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Just a quick note.

The vertigo (BPPV) I was afflicted with Feb 25th 2014 - which lasted 10 months - is back as of yesterday, oh joy. Dr has prescribed some meds that are supposed to help with the dizziness and loss of balance - will try them tomorrow. Only good thing is that having suffered this before, at least I know how to cope with it.

Perhaps this time it will only last a few weeks...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keeping fingers crossed that it's temporary... :(

GoodTwin

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