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Typical [Jun. 7th, 2014|09:59 am]
Ha ha, weather. Very funny. I start pressure washing, you start raining.
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Sigh [Jun. 4th, 2014|08:39 am]
Oh dear me...

It continues, and gets worse in the comments: "...the women who want to play writer, like they did princess when they were younger are the problem. Reading romance all your life doesn't make you a writer of it."

Also, note the difference between the headline title and the URL.
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The KT Bush Band [Mar. 28th, 2014|02:48 pm]
Despite the very best efforts of Lloyds Bank* it seems I'm going to see Kate Bush.

(Also any 'Sold out in 15 minutes' stories you might see are wrong, I got my tickets from the official seller almost two hours after tickets went on sale.)

*Which were annoying and stupid to the extent that I'm closing all my accounts and moving banks as soon as I can clear all my existing financial entanglements.
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Springsteen Ticket Going Spare [Jul. 11th, 2012|12:20 pm]
I have a spare ticket for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Hyde Park on Saturday (14 July). Plus support, inlcuding John Fogerty*, Lady Antebellum and Tom Morello (The Nighwatchman). Asking face value (£60) for it. Anybody interested? Know anybody who might be interested?

*I bet someone's going to sing 'Who'll Stop The Rain?'
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TUC Demo London Saturday [Mar. 24th, 2011|03:28 pm]
I had meant to ask around at the BSFA meeting last night, but had to leave very early. Is anyone planning on going to the anti-cuts march on Saturday?

This one, in case you weren't aware: http://marchforthealternative.org.uk/
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An Embarrassment of Riches [Jan. 5th, 2011|10:08 am]
Roasting the average goose, in my experience, yields at least a litre of goose fat. If the stuff is kept refrigerated, and sealed in a jar as far as possible, then previous experience indicates that it keeps about a year. Last Xmas we roasted two and finished using the fat in November. This year we roasted three, and so have a surplus.

It's a superb cooking fat, takes high temperatures very well, and is particularly well-suited for roasting potatoes (my particular favorite use is Yorkshire puddings).

So, do any of the foodies on my flist (with whom I could reasonably easily meet-up) want a pint or so in a jar?
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Moongate [Oct. 27th, 2010|03:19 pm]
There's a loose end to the whole Elizabeth Moon thing, so I'm wondering if I missed something somewhere.

Shortly after the whole thing blew up, Wiscon's other guest of Honour, Nisi Shawl, spoke briefly, by phone, to Elizabeth Moon (as reported here). That post was on 23 September. Because Shawl was just generally too busy to talk at the kind of length she wanted, they arranged to speak again "in about a month". Shawl gave the impression that she thought it might be possible to work the whole thing oout

The withdrawal of Moon's invitation to be guest of honour at Wiscon took place a couple of days before that month was up, but does anyone know whether that second conversation ever took place?
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Science is Vital [Oct. 6th, 2010|09:09 am]
Is anyone else planning to go to the Science is Vital demo in Westminster at 2pm on Saturday?

Details here: http://scienceisvital.org.uk/attend-the-demo/

Basically it's a campaign "to prevent destructive levels of cuts to science funding in the UK." Attendees are encouraged to wear or carry something that signifies science.

If you care about the issue, but can't make it, there's a petition you can sign: http://scienceisvital.org.uk/sign-the-petition/
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BBB: 30/7/10 [Jul. 30th, 2010|10:45 am]
Via The Guardian's live blogging of the cycle-hire launch day.

You're never quite sure if he's serious. This is a quote from Boris at some publicity thing he did this morning:

"In 1904, 20% of journeys were made by bicycle and in London. I want to see that kind of figure again. If you can't turn the clock back to 1904, ladies and gentlemen, what is the point of being a Conservative?"
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Ronnie James Dio [May. 17th, 2010|08:58 am]
[mood |sadsad]

I'm no longer the fan of heavy rock music I once was, but I still appreciate some of the finer moments of bands like Rainbow, so I felt a pang of sorrow upon learning that Ronnie James Dio has died. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8685851.stm

So it goes.
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