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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Monday, August 27, 2018
Well THAT was manic!
But good. Over and above the usual busyness I'm currently meeting Kim every Tues for swimming (have dropped my goal from 36 to 24 lengths. I know I can do the 36, but it leaves me knackered for the rest of the day, while 24 is more relaxing and nothing like as tiring), and GoodTwin and Adrian came to visit last Friday and check out Derpy. She gets their seal of approval - seems I unwittingly got a really good deal, as well as that old stereotype, a nice little car with just one previous lady owner! (Service history shows she was Welsh and obviously looked after the car really well.) [GLOMPS] to you both, and many many thanks for all the advice and help. It was lovely to see you again.
Bought a Derpy figure on ebay as a celebratory mascot...
Now I need to make the time to take her out!
Kai had venesection yesterday, and YAY!! his ferritin level is finally below 1,000. This is fantastic news. He has a big BMT clinic next week - exactly four years post bone marrow transplant - so it'll be interesting to hear what Prof Marks has to say (he was going to reassess the venesection schedule once Kai reached this level.) Will report back later.
We have a vixen and cubs regularly visiting/playing in the garden (they tipped over the recycling boxes last week, presumably climbing on them. Nothing broke so that was OK.) Ken managed to take a photo of mum on the PDSA wall, yawning while the cubs were playing down below.
© Ken Taylor
Ken's on annual leave this week: will probably be off out with Kai later on, once Kai's recovered from the venesection. We're also visiting Mum T - we were going to anyway but late last week she had a blackout (probably caused by her BP meds, they think, though the doctors are mooting surgery in the spring) and managed to fall on her face. She's back from hospital and managing OK, though she may have damaged a few teeth. Luckily her neighbours are fantastic and looked after the flat and her dogs while she was away.
Watching... Starhunter is dreadful. There have been two vaguely interesting episodes so far (and we're on disc 3 of 4), the rest have sent us to sleep. It's so frustrating - the overall story should be intriguing, but the execution is dire.
By contrast, Ready Player One is wonderful, an absolute triumph. We all loved it. Last night it was Rampage, which surprised us with the complexity of the plot. It's a gem too - rollicking good fun and a subtly strong message. Great stuff!
Kai and I are on season 4 of Lexx, and I'm enjoying it more this time around. It still doesn't beat the stunning season 3, but it's certainly 'spot the meme' anarchic fun!
Right - lunch!
Labels: busyness, car, films, medical matters, SF
Friday, August 17, 2018
Here she is, newly MOTed, insured as of one minute past midnight today, and taxed a couple of hours before she arrived.
Wave hello to Derpy
... don't ask...
Taking her out after the weekend!
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
We haz a car!
Well, we will have on Friday when I've sorted out the insurance and tax, paid the balance and driven it home. Same make as the one I drove for my refresher lessons and it's wonderful.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Can I actually remember what's happened this last week?
We've watched Blade Runner 2049... Well, it's good, but soooo sloooooow... I kept falling asleep but Ken assures me I didn't miss anything important.
Went swimming with Kim last week - still managing 36 lengths, though it doesn't give us much time to talk!
Tyjer is much better now, back eating and his stomach is back to normal, which is a relief.
My hibiscus plants have survived being sprayed with paint and replanted during the hottest summer in years: -
And I take a Renault Clio for a test drive tomorrow morning. Wish me luck!
Monday, August 06, 2018
[Peeps over the battlements, sees no-one around, scuttles to update while it's quiet...]
So what's been happening? Well, K&K have carried on moving earth from front to back:
Back (what was the 'rockery')
It's been generally busy, as usual. Kai and Dawn went out for a day to the Kennet and Avon Canal (that was the Bath-wards trip mentioned in the last post) and then last Thurs they went to Chepstow. Lots of walking both days. Ken and Dawn went to a postcard fair yesterday, which I gather was quite successful.
Wed before last I met Kim at the pool: she can get there every other week, so we're seeing if we can make it a regular thing. I found I was having trouble keeping track of the lengths I was swimming (I have to count back crawl strokes (31) so I don't crash into the pool edge, and it throws me off) so have treated myself to a clicky thing that does it for me. Used it last Tues and it's great. Only managed 32 lengths though - not my fault, bus was late then got stuck behind a garbage lorry so I was 10 mins late into the pool.
Kai had venesection Sun 29th: his ferritin is now down to 1,325, which is fine - it's slowly going down, and his energy is slowly going up accordingly.
I've found hedgehog signs in the garden, so we've started putting out a small bowl of water (although I've filled the pools from the main waterbutt after the rains, it would be difficult for a hedgehog to climb out if it fell in any of them) and food tucked among the stones waiting to be used. It's really good news, as they're becoming scarce down here.
And our fox is still haunting the garden, so we're putting a bowl of food out every now and then, just to help. Oh, and we now have a flock of magpies as regular visitors, so I've started putting out the ground feeder with meal worms, sultanas and suet nuggets around lunch time every day (it stops them trying to eat from the hanging bird feeders). Nature reserve, we haz it.
On a slightly more worrying note, Tyjer's not himself at the moment. He's not ill, as far as I can tell, just off his food and his stomach's been upset the last couple of days. Going to see how we do the next few days and if necessary I'll get him up to Pets@Home (they have in-store vets). It may just be age (he's 14 now, and beginning to look old) and the heat: fingers crossed, anyway.
STILL haven't finished painting in the hall. Hoping to get that done this week.
Ken found a copy of the Finnish version of Vampires: used international BACS to buy it (it seems Finland doesn't have Paypal) and they've just confirmed the book is in the post!
Watching: picked up Pacific Rim: Uprising and had a Sat evening matinee. Thoroughly enjoyed it - great fun, fine acting, wonderful sfx! Fingers crossed for a third one. Kai fancied re-watching Lexx, and since I like the idea too we're now onto season 3 (Fire and Water), one of the eeriest and most effective s-f productions ever, as far as I'm concerned. My favourite, anyway. Last night we saw the first ep of StarHunter... Oh dear. Well, I'll watch a few more and see if it picks up, but K&K aren't keen. Maybe we should have gone with the ReduX version...
We've now settled in to having the main grocery shop delivered from Waitrose: their organic produce is mostly grown on the Duchy of Cornwall estate (I think - pretty local anyway) and delivery is free any day of the week if the order is over £60. The quality is great!
Though BND has apparently taken to moving his car off his drive and parking on the road whenever I latch our gate open for the grocery delivery vans - I assume to make it more difficult for them to park. Half the time they have to stop across his drive in order to make the delivery, so it seems pointless. Unless that's what he wants - another (self-inflicted) reason to whinge. Typical of his pettiness. Tempted to perhaps latch the gate randomly, regardless of whether we have a delivery scheduled or not, to see what happens...
Right. Off to feed the maggles, then make lunch, then I have to trawl through old photographs for an hour or so. Later!
Labels: busyness, days out, drama, films, garden, swimming