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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][20/03/2019 - giving up. I don't have enough time to update the blog atm, let alone edit old entries!]

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!

The Poppy Tales

(Transformers fanfiction!)

Transformers mini-comics here.














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)
The Café

For later:

Missing Earthian ep
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:
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Transformers - IDW, Prime, Animated, Rescue Bots.

Currently reading:
Various Transformers books and graphic novels.



Currently working on:
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Currently chuffed with:
My garden

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

Currently maintaining:
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BCW


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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...



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...



The Zone Plant from
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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 [>]
:: Watchismo Times [>]
[::..Fun Places..::]
::HubbleSite
Stunning...
::PALEOMAP Project
Absolutely fascinating.
:: Carol's Place
My GoodTwin's Homepage!
:: Skymap
Check out the night sky where you are!
[::..Useful Sites..::]
:: GreenNet
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.
:: 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...

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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Friday, July 31, 2020

It's been manic...

So, Derpy wouldn't start, but three hours recharging the battery did the trick and I took her down to Sainsbury's to get petrol: brake discs had a light covering of rust (Kai says) but using her again seems to have sorted that out. Anyway, she's now taxed and booked in for service and MOT 10th Aug.

Drove out to Whitchurch garden centre for thyme and oregano, potting compost, bamboo and steel cable (2.5mm) for supporting the wisteria - we want to train it (finally! been meaning to get it done for years...) along the front of the house at two levels, just below the bedroom windows and just above the downstairs ones. It will look gorgeous and smell wonderful. Ian, the guy who sorted out our redundant cables at the side of the house end of last year, is coming round next week to have a look and see if he thinks he can do the work for us. Fingers crossed!

Kai's first Sunday driving lesson in six months was... interesting. And a little hair-raising, but that was partly my fault for opting for right turns after such a long break. We went to the Temple Meads Showcase Cinema's car park for a quick midweek lesson last Wed, and he tried reversing. Not too bad, but there were a number of other people there - a girl taking an instructed lesson (both wearing masks, instructor had gloves on too) and driving slowly and carefully, a guy moving slightly faster, a nutcase going far too fast (there are speedbumps there) and a red van man, also driving a little erratically and speedily. So not the best place, but Kai managed OK. Aiming to get back to the industrial estate this Sunday.

I've had my appointment for the ultrasound for my foot!! Sat 8th Aug! Really quick. I'm pleased, although getting out to Hengrove on a Sat is going to be a pain.

Kai and I have started tackling the garden... not done too badly, although there's an awful lot more to do.

Media: we're about half way through Legends of Tomorrow season 3. It's completely bonkers but a lot of fun. Except for John Constantine, who is a pain in the arse. I was looking forward to his guest starring too. Alas, he's going to be a regular in season 4...


© Kai Taylor July 2020

Kai's photo of Saturn, taken through the telescope using my little point and click camera. Going to price up adapters - so he can use his own camera and get better definition - for Yule present.

There's more, but it's too hot (28° today, washing dried in 45 mins) and I'm tired after starting on the bramble pruning yesterday afternoon. More later. Stay safe, everyone!

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Just back in from an hour sky gazing with the telescope. Jupiter is magnificent, two dark cloud bands and four moons visible, Saturn looks like an eye (the rings are VERY clear tonight, and tilted towards earth) and two moons are visible - and we can see Comet Neowise (photos at the bottom of that page), which is what we went out for! Kai's first comet: he's dead chuffed! (My third, but all comets are special: this is the first through a proper scope.) It's faint, but you can see the tail with both bins and scope. Magical...

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Later edit. Again.

Dr thinks the problem with my foot is morton's neuroma. Bussed - masked the whole time of course - over to South Bristol Community Hospital for an x-ray last Mon, just to make sure it's nothing skeletal - it isn't, all that showed up was the healed metatarsal I broke dancing barefoot at a disco at Uni - so now have to wait for another ultrasound scan, which could take months as they're backed up with everything else that's happening. In the meantime picked up a pack of supports (expensive given I only need the one, but they do work and I can wear them with sandals, so that's a big plus). Good news is I can, just, get on my driving shoes, so can restart Kai's driving lessons hopefully this weekend. He's now very keen to start driving properly, so will make it a weekly thing (if not more often if I can find somewhere safe for him to practise...)

Forgot to say we also watched Kung Fu Panda 1, 2 and 3, all of them amazing, inclusive, and with wonderful lessons to (unconsciously) teach the watcher. Very glad I bought them!

And I treated Tyjer to one of these after reading that cats are reluctant to drink out of bowls as in the wild it means the water is stagnant... or summin... Anyway, although we haven't seen him use it, from the number of times I've had to top it up, and the contents of his litter tray, it looks like he's enjoying it!

Oh dear, it's getting longer and longer between posts...

Sorry about that. I guess I'm still trying to recover.

Anyway... It's all much the same as it was before - Ken's still working from home, and may well be into next year if the warning of a second winter spike of Covid-19 comes true, Kai's working on projects and helping me weed, when my back permits it. Front's not too bad, but the back garden... I shall be seeing about getting a couple of guys from the Neighbourhood Group to come help in a month or so, it's beyond us now. If we can get it down to a copable level - and block the foxes from coming back - Kai and I between us should be able to keep it under control, certainly over the winter.

We've been watching a lot of stuff...

The Jungle Book - the 1967 film, a lot of fun, and the 2016 Jungle Book, also a lot of fun. It's difficult to compare the two as they're quite different, but both are enjoyable.

Moon 44, which is... bearable, I suppose. Didn't help that the sound cut out at minute 30 and didn't resume until minute 32, which meant we missed a vitally important bit of conversation, but ah well...

Carousel, which, quite frankly, we all found instantly forgettable - with the obvious exception of "You'll never Walk Alone" (didn't know it came from this!). Pity, but there we go. There weren't even any particularly likeable characters in it.

Revolt, which despite feeling like a pilot to a series, was actually not at all bad.

Possession... interesting. OK. Quite a good plot. OK watch.

High Life, which is absolutely extraordinary. Not an easy watch, but a damn fine film.

Ken and I have been working our way through Legends of Tomorrow; we're about to finish season 1. Kai has opted out, as he remembers most of the first two seasons, which is all we had until I bought season 3 and 4. He'll watch the end of season 2 with us before we start season 3. By the time we've finished (and I still need to pick up season 5) it'll be time to start Deep Space 9 (now have all seven seasons. Should keep us going 'til Yule...)

You remember last August we had Anglian replace the soffits, fascia and guttering (to stop the black mould spreading into the house)? They did a fantastic job. Even through last winter's storms it stood fast, no leaks, not even drips. Well, since then BND has had workmen on at least two occasions working up ladders at the back of the house, and now, suddenly, the space between his gutter and ours is leaking. And he's accusing us/Anglian. It's obvious his cowboys have caused the damage. He could have had it fixed - I clearly heard the last workman say he could seal it with some mastic, but noooo, the toxic old bugger wants to blame us. As it happens, it's less than a year since the work was done, so Anglian will probably repair it for us, but I have made a third complaint to the police anyway, as I don't see why he should get away with his appalling behaviour (he's also taken to standing up on the slope at the top of his garden glaring at Kai and I while we're working, I assume as an attempt at intimidation. I just ignore him, but it disturbs Kai). We have a PC Ayers calling at some point. In the meantime I've moved the voice recorder app on my phone to make it easier to record him - with due warning, of course - if he starts anything. I think it's about time to find out the costs involved with taking legal action against him. We've had six years of his crap and I've had enough.

On a lighter level...


2020 fission... uh, vision... uh, fashion...

Mask by Kirsteen Wythe on Etsy. Hair hasn't been cut since last Yule - will see if I can get an appointment before 2021!

Hopefully there'll be an update sooner next time...

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3 Comments:

Blogger GoodTwin said...

I think I have the same problem with my foot caused by an ill-fitting lining in my shoe a while ago. I quite literally feel your pain... :) But good to hear they're looking into it, even if it does take a while.

I'm sure Anglian will fix your problem (if only they could fix the source of your problem!) and might be able to tell you what went wrong - i.e., was it sabotage? Good luck with that - and why, pray, do you need to tell him if you record him? Abuse directed at you in your own property should be good enough reason.

I'm having to look into masks now (not very happy about it). Work will provide for me while I'm there, but if we want to go anywhere else we'll need our own. Shops were disappointingly empty today but I've got some material with the intent of making my own :)

6:20 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Ow symps!! Not at all nice.

Unfortunately, recording someone without their knowledge, unless you're a spy or undercover cop, is borderline illegal and cannot be used for legal purposes. But he now has a third complaint against him in his police record, and I'm very tempted to cancel Anglian and make him fix it it himself, since his effing cowboys caused the damage. I'm certainly not paying for anything.

You can get used to masks surprisingly quickly, but always carry plenty of tissues as they do get a bit hot underneath. Ours are double thickness and we put triple thickness washable filters inside, which makes them hotter but gives us better protection. Haven't come this far to be careless now.

Fingers crossed for the Oxford vaccine...

9:27 pm  
Blogger Sue said...

Symps to both of you for foot issues. Not nice. Good luck with the guttering, whatever you decide to do.

9:28 am  

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