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|Thursday, December 19th, 2013|
I got two cards at once today! Thankee Haaaaazel und Marianne! 8) Current Mood: happy
|Tuesday, December 17th, 2013|
|Josh Groban Backstage
LOOOOL, Josh Groban guest stars in Kid Snippets!
(This also reminds me of that Zoo Radio sketch with B.P. Fallon - "I don't need a laminate, I'm with the band! ...I'm like, the LV!" Haha.)
Btw, if you haven't seen the Kid Movie Trailer from the other week, it might just be the funniest thing they've done all year: Current Mood: amused
|Monday, December 16th, 2013|
|Sunday, December 15th, 2013|
|Top 10 music survey revisited!
I had an idea to mix it up a bit... this survey originally asked me to list my Top 10 Bands and then answer the questions, which I've already done, but I thought it'd be interesting to try it with a pre-existing list of artists, such as the Top 10 best sellers in the UK (based on singles):
1. The Beatles
2. Elvis Presley
3. Cliff Richard
5. Michael Jackson
6. Elton John
9. David Bowie
10. Rihanna( The questions...Collapse ) Current Mood: thoughtful
|Throw another article on the fire...
This is an article I wrote for Knightmare.com, but it turned out rather long so I'm probably not going to submit it now, for fear of it being edited. (Already had one Christmas ruined that way - would rather not go through that again.) Not sure where it would fit on the website anyway, being neither news nor commentary nor fan project.( Cut for lengthCollapse )
On the subject of KM.com articles, I think someone should write one about what an amazing year it's been for fans of the show, what with Old Skool Weekend, Challenge, Geek Week, Knightmare Live, David Rowe's art book, The Satellite Game etc etc! (It won't be me that writes it, though, obviously.) Current Mood: blah
|Saturday, December 14th, 2013|
Yaaaaay, my first card of the year! Thank you Zed! 8) Current Mood: happy
|Wednesday, December 11th, 2013|
Christmas tree is DONE! And it only took me *counts* six hours....
Sugar-free cream soda from Tesco not only lacks the sweetness that is the whole point of cream soda, it also has a rather vile bacon-y aftertaste, for some mysterious reason. 8\ Back to the shops to find a non-diet version somewhere. Current Mood: tired
|Tuesday, December 10th, 2013|
|The final Zooniversary, and things that make you go "Huh?"
It's 20 years since the last ever ZooTV concert! Moop. MacPhisto tried to phone his "closest friend", Madonna, after she had tried to have the U2 shows rescheduled so they wouldn't interrupt her own run at the venue. I bet nobody imagined that 20 years later they'd be sharing a manager!
One of the local charity shops has a sign in the window advertising half-price "animal stools", LOL! (They are literally seats with animal designs, you'll be relieved to hear.)
From the Radio Times summary of this weekend's Countryfile: "The team is in Cornwall,
[...] and Adam Henson is across the border in Dorset
". Ah yes, that little-known Cornwall-Dorset border, sometimes referred to as "Devon". :P Current Mood: amused
|Monday, December 9th, 2013|
Oh, I know what we do in December!First sentence/idea of the first entry of each month.JANUARY
Up late doing random crosswords with Mum!FEBRUARY
I've been waiting soooooo long to see one of Salman Rushdie's wonderful novels on the big screen.MARCH
Oh my goodness
, what a nostalgia attack this is
My mother claims not to understand the game Rock, Paper, Scissors.MAY
Sunburnt to a crisp.JUNE
Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who?JULYThis story
about a colouring book for adults has got me thinking about the subject.AUGUSTThis
is a really good programme.SEPTEMBER
I saw this article: 40 Signs You Are Middle AgedOCTOBER
Just a few comments to make about recent stuff on TV:NOVEMBER
Day 15 - Favourite song from All That You Can't Leave BehindDECEMBER
I was listening to the John Miles song 'Music' and thinking how much the instrumental section reminded me of The Alan Parsons Project.
Well, at least some of these posts were thoughtful or amusing (to me, anyway). It seems I did a lot of linking to stuff this year. :p Will have to skim through all my posts and do the traditional survey of the year soon... Current Mood: okay
|Sunday, December 8th, 2013|
|Surprised By Joy
Am currently reading C.S. Lewis' autobiography, Surprised By Joy
, which I acquired some years ago but never got round to reading, for some reason. (I keep having weird bouts of insomnia lately, and my other book-in-progress was downstairs so I started this one, having watched a documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of his death the other week.) So anyway, two interesting passages I've come across so far. In the preface, he says he's writing the book because:
"...I notice that a man seldom mentions what he had supposed to be his most idiosyncratic sensations without receiving from at least one (often more) of those present the reply, 'What! Have
you felt that too? I always thought I was the only one.
Ha! So true!
And then, fascinatingly, he explains why he was "desperately anxious to get rid of my religion
" during his schooldays. See if anything here rings a bell:
"By a sheer mistake - and I still believe it to have been an honest mistake - in spiritual technique I had rendered my private practice of that religion a quite intolerable burden. It came about in this way. Like everyone else I had been told as a child that one must not only say one's prayers but think about what one was saying. Accordingly, when (at Oldie's) I came to a serious belief, I tried to put this into practice. At first it seemed plain sailing. But soon the false conscience (St Paul's 'Law', Herbert's 'prattler') came into play. One had no sooner reached 'Amen' than it whispered, 'Yes. But are you sure you were really thinking about what you said?'; then, more subtly, 'Were you, for example, thinking about it as well as you did last night?' The answer, for reasons I did not then understand, was nearly always No. 'Very well,' said the voice, 'hadn't you, then, better try it over again?' And one obeyed; but of course with no assurance that the second attempt would be any better.
To these nagging suggestions my reaction was, on the whole, the most foolish I could have adopted. I set myself a standard. No clause of my prayer was to be allowed to pass muster unless it was accompanied by what I called a 'realisation', by which I meant a certain vividness of the imagination and the affections. My nightly task was to produce by sheer will-power a phenomenon which will-power could never produce, which was so ill-defined that I could never say with absolute confidence whether it had occurred, and which, even when it did occur, was of very mediocre spiritual value. If only someone had read to me old Walter Hilton's warning that we must never in prayer strive to extort 'by maistry' what God does not give! But no one did; and night after night, dizzy with desire for sleep and often in a kind of despair, I endeavoured to pump up my 'realisations'. The thing threatened to become an infinite regress. One began of course by praying for good 'realisations'. But had that preliminary prayer itself been 'realised'? This question I think I still had enough sense to dismiss; otherwise it might have been as difficult to begin my prayers as to end them. How it all comes back! The cold oil-cloth, the quarters chiming, the night slipping past, the sickening, hopeless weariness. This was the burden from which I longed with soul and body to escape. It had already brought me to such a pass that the nightly torment projected its gloom over the whole evening, and I dreaded bedtime as if I were a chronic sufferer from insomnia. Had I pursued the same road much further I think I should have gone mad.
.....Ummmm, what he's describing here is textbook OCD! Did no-one ever realise this? I don't think I've ever seen it acknowledged that Lewis was a sufferer, but he clearly was, if only for a time. I was never encouraged to say prayers, but the above is immediately recognisable from any OCD ritual you care to mention. The nagging voice of doubt that leads to endless repetition. The superstitious fear of getting it wrong. The futile struggle for that feeling of getting it right. The way ritual is added to ritual until - if you're not careful - you have a chain of rituals spiralling out of control. The hatred of bedtime with all its tedious routines before you can think of settling down to sleep. I FEEL YOUR PAIN, LEWIS! And the worst thing is that he obviously has no idea what's behind all this. (Oh, irony: if he'd only mentioned this idiosyncrasy in the right company, someone totally would have gone "What! Have you
felt that too?", and he would have realised he wasn't alone in the madness.) He blames it on himself ("an honest mistake
"), and he blames it on the Devil ("the Enemy did this in me
"), and he remains completely unaware that it's a frigging anxiety disorder that can affect *anyone*, religious or otherwise! Ugh, the poor guy. :( Current Mood: sympathetic
|Saturday, December 7th, 2013|
I witnessed my own death again in a dream last night. (Doesn't happen very often, so it seems worth mentioning when it does.) This time I and my family had the skin burnt off our backs whilst running / diving from an unexpected atomic bomb blast. Cheery stuff, eh? I also dreamt I was hanging out with former Doctor Who actor Arthur Darvill, which was equally random but rather more pleasant! Too many other dreams to remember them all now. Current Mood: weird
|Wednesday, December 4th, 2013|
I was listening to the John Miles song 'Music' and thinking how much the instrumental section reminded me of The Alan Parsons Project. So I Googled to see if anyone else had thought the same thing, and it turns out Alan Parsons actually produced that song. Ha! (John Miles even sings on the Tales of Mystery album, which I didn't realise.) Current Mood: amused
|Saturday, November 30th, 2013|
|Steam roller dream
I had many weird dreams last night, one of which was incredibly disturbing and I have no idea what inspired it. I was outdoors with two friends; not sure who one was supposed to be (they didn't have much of a role in the dream so remained rather blurry), and the other was a girl with dark hair and glasses, perhaps a combination of some people I've known online. Anyway, the pair of them were trying to persuade me to stand in front of a steam roller and let myself be run over. Supposedly no harm would come to me, and it would just be some sort of cool trick (a bit like in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, I guess, when Christopher Lloyd miraculously survives because he turns out to be a cartoon) - either the machine or the road surface had been modified to make it totally safe. So I tried to do it a couple of times, but I kept bottling it and running off at the last second, because it just doesn't feel right to let yourself be steamrollered! We still had to go ahead with it for some reason (maybe it was being filmed?), so eventually the girl with the glasses decided to just do it herself. But it went horribly wrong as we stood there watching - as soon as the thing drove over her, she started *screaming* in agony, which was one of the most chilling moments I've ever experienced in a dream. Afterwards she was able to stand, but she was totally mangled up and in terrible pain - I particularly noticed that her hand was all swollen up and her broken fingers were bent in various directions. While I was helping her to walk so we could get her to a hospital, I felt really conflicted; part of me was horrified and upset for her, but at the same time I was just so relieved that I'd had the sense to back out of the stunt, otherwise it would have been me in that state! Ugh, it seemed so real and I'm very glad it wasn't. Current Mood: disturbed
|Wednesday, November 27th, 2013|
|Tuesday, November 26th, 2013|
Icon says it all.
Also, does it NEVER occur to Bono to learn the words to a song before he covers it? :P
ZooTV Mysterious Ways reference is a nice touch though... Current Mood: tired
|Monday, November 25th, 2013|
|We're one, but we're not the same...
A little belatedly, I stumbled across this video which is a rather fitting tribute for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary (though it's actually almost two years old):
Pretty amazing how they found so many matching clips from different eras! The music ain't bad either. ;p Current Mood: impressed
|Sunday, November 24th, 2013|
|Saturday, November 23rd, 2013|
I was cleaning and found an interesting-looking spider in the living room. It had a big fat arse that looked like it was made of chocolate, with white chocolate markings on the top. I took a few photos and then put it outside. Just been on the web (...no pun intended) to see if I could identify it, and... er... it appears to have been a false widow
. 8| OK, *really* not keen on having those in the house. I hope it was the only one, but it should be noted that I also found and caught two baby spiders in the same area (too small to tell if they were the same species). Erk...! Current Mood: worried