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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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!
Labels: busyness, Derpy, gardening
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...
Labels: astronomy, comet
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...
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...
Labels: BND, films, medical matters, Tyjer