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Things

I have totally got out of the habit of posting and commenting. I must try and get back in it. So here are some things I've had going on recently.

1. I had a flu jab at the start of the month. Usually it just makes me feel like I've been punched in the arm. This time my arm swelled up and was hot to the touch and hurt so much that I really didn't want to be using or moving it at all. It also made me feel really ill, so I spent some time catching up on TV. I caught up on Midsomer Murders, which included an episode about a small pet show and was all about the rabbits. Obviously I loved it, aside from the rabbit cages being too small, and for some reason they were kept in a tent on site overnight, which makes no sense. But now I am being stalked by the murderer - he popped up in Doctor Who and then in Johnny English. He's everywhere!

2. I've been watching a lot of hamster videos and got into the crafty DIY side. It's possible to make nearly everything in a cage with wood and lolly sticks - and if you're good with DIY you can even make a cage. I'm not quite that good, but I did make a log cabin (out of 15 toilet roll tubes), a small rainbow bridge (that isn't rainbow because I couldn't be bothered to pain it) and a climbing frame. Now I've got the hang of the glue, and a lot more lolly sticks in three sizes, I might try making more things.

Log cabin
Log cabin
Climbing frame
Climbing frame
Bridge
Bridge

3. Sammy is still cute. He'll happily put two feet on my hand (even if there's no food) but won't put a third on (even for a treat). I've got into the habit of giving him some of my boiled egg at breakfast at weekends (sometimes in bed, sometimes he gets out of bed for it).
Sammy

4. I had the last big thing done on my house (where big means getting workmen in to do things). All(!) I have left is getting rid of stuff and deciding which cross stitches to put on the walls where.

5. Dancing - but I've been meaning to write a whole post about that for the past couple of months, so I will save all of that for its own post.

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Dear Yuletide Writer

Dear Yuletide Writer,

This year this letter is just a copy of my sign up, in case it helps to have it in this format. Fandoms I have requested are:
Belinda Blinked (Any: Belinda Blumenthal, Bella, Giselle)
Daisy Dalrymple (Any: Daisy Dalrymple, Alec Fletcher)
The Avengers (John Steed, Emma Peel)
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (Any: Jeff Randall, Marty Hopkirk, Jeannie Hopkirk)

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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars September wrap-up

This month I've been watching Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Last time when I watched something for Never Seen Star Wars I watched one episode and decide that was enough. This time I watched an episode of the original and an episode of the Vic & Bob remake, bought both sets of DVDs and watched all 26 episodes of the original and 13 episodes of the new. This, and work being crazy, is the reason I haven't posted much this month.

In other words, I liked it. I liked both, in fact.

Going between them, it was obvious how much more dizzying camera movement is in the remake. I think it's more obvious when going from old TV to new, but is also something my dizziness makes more obvious.

There's all sorts about the famous people in the remake, but there are some really famous people in the original too. I knew David Jason was in one, but failed to recognise him at first. He looked the same, just younger, but was doing an RP accent, which I was not expecting. I also failed to recognise Brian Blessed. I had to look up the name of his character and then pay attention to see who he was. Even then, I could sort of agree it was him only when his character started shouting, and I paid attention to the sound and not how he looked.

Nicholas Courtney and Roger Delgado were easy to spot. I spent most of an episode (When the Spirit Moves You) thinking one of the characters looked familiar. And when I looked him up on imdb I found he was Anton Rodgers - who I know from Fresh Fields/French Fields and May to December. Although these were twenty years later, and I haven't seen either since they were on TV, there was still something about him that was recognisable.

And then there's Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave. Wikipedia tells me exactly who Andrew Sachs plays, but he's just so different from Manuel that I wouldn't be surprised if that wasn't Andrew Sachs. And the gardener turns out to be Onslow from Keeping Up Appearances. Once I knew I could see a resemblance, but he doesn't look different in a shirt.

Famous people aside, I just generally enjoyed it. Quite a few of the plots were a bit samey and I liked when Marty got Jeff out of trouble by some means other than finding someone who could hear him. I liked that the remake did more interesting things with the whole ghost idea. Of course, it helped that by then they could do more special effects. I liked that the remake went a bit silly with the plots - but I also liked that the original was more sensible.

I found the friendship between Jeff and Marty was easier to believe at first in the remake, but that's because I know Vic & Bob are friends. I've seen them do Shooting Stars together. But I could see it in the original too, after a while.

I like that the remake gave Jeannie more to do (in the making of, Annette Andre does point out that The Avengers was the exception in those days). At first, I disliked having the whole thing about whether she'll get together with Jeff. But then I was reminded of something in the first episode of the original, where Jeannie says she doesn't see Jeff because Marty gets jealous (it sounds to me like Jeff and Jeannie are friends outside of their relationship with Marty). That would be really iffy in 2000, so I don't mind that they kept Marty's jealous side, but gave him a respectable 21st century reason for it.

In common with everyone else, it seems, I also really love the music.

So, 10/10. I wish I'd seen the original earlier.

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Tennis

I haven't recovered from the US open yet. I stayed up late watching/listening to the tennis on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and my body hates me so has been waking me early for weeks. I am tired. I was tired by the time the men's and women's finals started, never mind after two sets!

I dislike commentators generally, and the rubbish they spout. I like the 5 Live ones better because they talk about interesting things. Plus I think I've just got used to listening to a lot of tennis while I'm at work. So for the US open I watched on Amazon Prime and listened on 5 Live. When I listened on the radio the radio was a point ahead. When I listened on the internet, the radio was a point behind. It only occurred to me in the middle of the second set of Djokovic vs Del Potro that I could have tried listening on the telly - and if was head, but not close enough, taping it so I could listen on a short time delay.

I should point out that at 3-4 in the second set I thought I'd go to bed after that game, and finish the set in bed. That was a 20 minute later bedtime than I was expecting...

Most of my viewing was some early Murray and Edmund matches and then the men's and women's finals, mixed doubles final and Nadal vs Del Potro semi-final. The latter was an expectedly short experience. I watched the first set, then went to bed, assuming I'd be spending quite a bit of Saturday getting it in before the mixed doubles final. I opened the replay part A and found that was just set 1. B only appeared to be 52 minutes long. I assumed that either I hadn't noticed there was a part C (and D and E) or someone was horribly injured during the second set. The commentators were talking about Nadal's knee, but I thought his leg would have to fall off before he retired. So it must have been really bad.

The mixed doubles final was fun. Jamie is now well ahead of Andy in grand slam wins - as it should be, since he's the eldest.

The women's final of course is still being talked about. The terrible thing is how sorry I felt for Naomi Osaka on the stage, in tears and not because she was happy to have won. You shouldn't be feeling sorry for the champion. What particularly annoyed me was Pat Cash and Jeff Tarango in the commentary complaining that the umpire was just doing it all to draw attention to himself. Okay, so you're entitled to believe that and maybe it was true, I don't know, I've never interacted with any tennis umpires. But it didn't feel like the right place to sat it.

And the most tacky part of the whole thing was announcing they were giving a cheque for $3.8 million to the champion. But I think that's the difference between Brits and Americans. Also, surely they pay by bank transfer?

The men's final was pretty close. Although once Djokovic won two sets I knew I just needed to watch the third set on Monday and that would be it. Although it turned out that Amazon would only let me watch from 3-4 in the second set and not fast forward. So I ended up listening to it through the iPlayer instead. Which probably worked out better given that this was while I was getting dressed and breakfasted etc. At least it meant I knew the result before I went to work - the year Andy Murray won I had to avoid everything until I finished the match on Monday evening. It worked - I had no idea he'd won - but it was hard work.

I would have watched Alfie Hewett's final, but they kept updating me on the score during the men's final.

This weekend is the Davis Cup. It should have been our World Group qualifying tie, but they changed the system and now we're in the World Group, it's just a question of whether we're going to be seeded or not. But it will be good to see Cam Norrie play, and Dan Evans back again, and some doubles.

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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – August wrap-up

This month I did something I hadn't even considered at the beginning of the month: I tried out hair styles.

While it was really hot I was putting my hair up every day and I got bored with doing the same old thing all the time. So I searched about on YouTube, found some hair tutorials and gave them a go. They were always harder to do than they looked and some of them I found didn't suit my hair. Some of them I had to practise. When it got less hot I looked up styles where you didn't have all your hair up.

I really enjoyed it. I don't think I've gone with the same style twice, except for practise. Doing my hair differently has made me feel different. And I've finally learnt how to do a french plait, which I always wanted to do when I was younger and never could.

So I'm giving it 10/10.

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Not summer any more

While it was summer and hot I got used to not doing lots of things, including posting here. It got less hot, but then I did some of the things I intended to do over summer, but it was too hot to do. Except for when I was too busy working - we had a couple of weeks of it being crazy busy.

But it really feels like it's not summer any more. It's nearly September, the weather is very autumnal and the things I do in the evenings are about to start up again. So I should get used to posting here again.

I bought two amazing things this month: a shower head and a fidget ring.

My old shower was a bit like a dribble. I did some research and came up with one that most people said was more powerful than what they had before. And bought a new shower hose as well, as the old one looks old and dirty, plus one of the rings is coming off, which made me wonder how long it would be before it sprouted a leak. It turned out to be a good decision because when I took the old shower hose off, green stuff came out... And the new shower head is so much more powerful. I can't believe how much cleaner my hair is. I possibly don't need to wash it as often any more. I should have done this years ago!

Fidget jewellery was something I learnt about on Ask a Manager, of all places. I am incapable of sitting still. I used to have Russian wedding ring type rings, but then it became impossible to find new ones cheaply (because I always lost them) and I just had ordinary rings, which I couldn't play with as much. Now I have a fidget ring from etsy. It's just two beads on a band, which doesn't seem like it's that exciting, but I very quickly found there were an awful lot of things you can do with two beads that really keep my hands occupied. It is great.

In non-buying things, Sammy continues to very slowly mostly get less scared of things. I am still on step 1 of hamster taming, which is putting food on your hand, so they have to put their feet on your hand to get at it. He does it quite happily and is really interested in sniffing my hand, but the slightest hint of any movement and he's off. He was toilet trained, then he moved his bed and now doesn't wee in his toilet. He is anti-toilet trained...

In a new record for me, within the space of a week I managed to injure both big toes, bruise both knees and burn two fingers and a thumb. Plus plenty of other bruises. Housework is bad for you.

And that's pretty much the highlights of my news.

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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars July wrap-up

This month I watched The Americans. It's a series that was recommended to me years ago, back when there wasn't too much of it. Now there's loads of it.

It's about two Russian spies who have been living in America as Americans for years. They have children who have no idea their parents are not who they saw they are. I only saw the first episode and as far as I can tell these spies are sometimes amazingly good at their job and sometimes so awful I wonder how they've got away with it. I read somewhere that it's not about the spying, it's about their relationship, which was more interesting than the spying aspect.

I found it was all right, but I could take it or leave it really. I wasn't desperate to watch another episode. I saw a vague summary somewhere about some of what happens with their relationship in future series and that seemed like enough information really. I think knowing that there was a lot of it was part of what made it easier to not be bothered about watching more.

I'll give it 6 out of 10.

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Still hot

I haven't posted or commented much or done much at all the past few weeks. It's just been too hot, most of the time. Plus there was Wimbledon and then I got a bad cold afterwards. This weekend has been 'cold' (low 20sC) so I'm getting everything in now before going back to mostly just watching TV and reading because that's all I have the energy for (plus being on a hot laptop is hot).

I did go to Wimbledon (probably where I got the cold from) for the first time in five years. Our seats on Court One were really far forward - usually we're at the back. Of course the back was in the shade and we weren't. Fortunately it was a less hot day ('only' about 25C) and cloudy, so the sun did keep going in. But I struggled in the sun and had to miss some because I couldn't concentrate.

We did less than I expected because Federer vs Anderson went on so long. After that we had dinner and a walk and then got Centre Court tickets to see the last set of Nadal vs Del Potro. That was a very good set of tennis and we were even closer to the court! At least by this point the sun had gone down enough that I needed to wear a jumper. Although it was annoyingly on the side, so I had to move my eyes to follow the ball, but managed to move them as little as possible. I was on TV, because I found me on the iPlayer, but it was in the background as the camera panned across. We weren't sitting far from where Nadal ended up in the first row of the stands or from where someone caught a ball that he mishit up into the air.

I have nearly 90 photos on Flickr, although it's helpfully put them in a slightly random order. I can see it's random based on how bright the photos are.

I am going to post about Never Seen Star Wars for this month, while it's not so hot. I'm just skipping the saying what I'm doing part first. I had a plan for August, because I have less going on, but it's not something I want to do in the heat, so what I do for August depends on the weather. So I might well not be announcing that beforehand either.

I umm'ed and ah'ed about signing up for [info]remixrevival because I really like Remix, but if the weather stays hot all summer I don't want to have to write something during that time. So I decided not to, but if it cools down and something strikes me in Madness, then I might do that.

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Too hot for this

I was fine with the hot weather when I didn't need to go out in it (we have air con at work) and the worst part was my seatbelt getting hotter than the sun on my drive home. I'd be cold in the mornings before work and the house would be not too warm when I got back. Until today. It was particularly hot and humid today and not cold last night. And I was so tired I went to bed early and then slept late. So at no point when I was awake was it colder outside than it was in. I am tired of the hot weather.

I have been procrastinating on my Unconventional Courtship fic, which is why I haven't done anything else. I sit down in the evening, intending to write it, dick around in the internet and go to bed having achieved absolutely nothing. I have been listening to some First Doctor audios in the car in the mornings and it's been good to re-listen to them (and justify having kept the CDs).

But tomorrow Wimbledon starts. I'm looking forward to not quite wall-to-wall tennis due to the football. But I am glad I have a digital radio, as 5 Live Sports Extra is pretty much constant Wimbledon. But I have my Fantasy Wimbledon team sorted and my finalists prediction in: Federer vs Djokovic in the final. I'm not feeling terribly confident about that, but all the people I thought could get to the final are in Federer's half of the draw.

Sammy has been fine in the heat. I still don't see much of him and he's still unsure of me when he realises I'm in the room. But when he surprises me, he's much better, coming to the front of the cage for food. Although he only takes a few bits before going back to his bed and store/eat them.

I need to post about Never Seen Star Wars for July, but since I'm not doing anything for it until after Wimbledon, it can wait.

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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – June wrap-up

This month I was listening to The Greatest Showman soundtrack. Which I ended up listening to twice. I listened to what I thought was the first few songs earlier in the month, then finally got round to listening to the rest this week. And it turned out I'd listened to all but three. By the time I'd listened to those I couldn't remember how the rest went, so I listened to the whole thing again today.

And I quite like it. I certainly didn't mind listening to it all twice. I have heard one song before: Rewrite the Stars. I liked the last song best: From Now On, mostly because it didn't sound the same as all the others, at least at the start.

Listening to it today I discovered the playlist I'd bookmarked on YouTube included videos with two of the songs. So it gave me a bit of an idea what was going on in the film - the song themselves gave me no idea. And I didn't realise until then that it was a film - I'd thought it was a stage musical. Despite it saying it's the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which you'd have thought would be a clue.

I want to see the film now, to see how these songs all fit in. Although I feel like it's really popular among teenagers (I don't know where I got this impression). Maybe next year's Never Seen Star Wars should just be a film every month.

Overall I give it 8 out of 10. I would listen to those songs again.

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Fandom 5k

Fandom 5k happened. I waited to talk about my gift until I could talk about what I wrote because they are very related.

First, I got this lovely Will Riker/Beverly Crusher fic:
the love that lies beneath your skin (5073 words) by A Magiluna Stormwriter
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Beverly Crusher/William Riker
Characters: Beverly Crusher, Deanna Troi, William Riker, Jean-Luc Picard
Summary: "I got a communique a couple of days ago from the Trill home world." He stiffens ever so slightly at that one word, but she can tell he's trying to play it off.

And then I wrote the other TNG fic in the collection... for the person who wrote for me:
The Thing's The Play (5992 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Beverly Crusher/William Riker
Characters: Beverly Crusher, William Riker, Deanna Troi
Summary: After Frame of Mind Will Riker is learning what is real, Beverly Crusher is figuring out what her feelings for him are, both while debating a 22nd century play.

If they seem a bit similar there's a reason for that, My recipient pretty much said they'd like anything and I initially had an idea. And then once I'd plotted it I realised it would be too long for me to write in the time. So I mined my prompts for something that I could write that would be about 5000 words. Since my writer also used my prompts I also got something I liked with the same ship, so win-win (for me - my recipient also liked their fic). And although you could summarise both fics the same way, they are different in the way they do the thing.

At some point I hope to write the longer fic I had plotted out for this.

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Fandom Questions Meme

The last set!

43. What ship do you feel needs more attention?
I want to say, all the really tiny ones that have very few fics, but I have a tendency to get into ships because they're tiny and have very few fics. So perhaps the answer should be none of them

46. Archive Of Our Own, Dreamwidth, LiveJournal, Fanfiction.net or Tumblr - where do you prefer to post and why?
My website, for everything. Stories of Arda for LOTR stuff, Teaspoon for Doctor Who stuff, Wraithbait for Stargate Atlantis stuff, Archive of Our Own for exchange stuff because I have to, and rare stuff which people are unlikely to look anywhere else for. I stopped posting on fanfiction.net a very long time ago because it meant having to format everything differently and I seem to remember you had to upload a whole file, you couldn't just paste in the text.

I stopped crossposting from my site to LJ and DW a while back, when DW went https and the crossposter stopped working, on the basis that the only people following the LJ one don't use LJ any more and no one was following the DW one. So it was the simplest way to fix the crossposting problem.

I have a Tumblr account, but I don't log into it, it's just a copy of the Tumblrs I'm reading by RSS. And my Tumblrs, I mean Clients From Hell.

47. Do you leave reviews when you read fanfiction? Why/Why not?
I'm assuming that by reviews it means comments. In which case, I do. For everything that I get to the end of and like. I started doing this years ago, when I was in LOTR fandom, then got out of the habit when AO3 made it easier to just press the kudos button instead. I got back into writing comments instead a year and a half ago.

I don't remember why I did originally, but I remember being persuaded by some reasoning, I forget which. When stuff was posted on LJ it was good for getting a conversation going (sometimes - fics didn't always lead to that). But AO3 is an archive not a discussion (at least that's how it feels to me). It just feels normal to me, that if I liked a fic I read, I say so.

48. Do you care if people comment/reblog your writing? Why/why not?
I'm interpreting this question on people commenting on my fic. If they're reblogging it something has gone wrong somewhere. I like people to comment - if they liked it. If they hated everything about it then I'm happy for them to keep it to themselves. It's just nice to know that someone other than me has read it and liked it.

49. How did you get into reading and/or writing fanfiction?
I don't really remember. I remember being in the Bugs fandom and I feel like I must have written fic, but I don't think I did. I just remember wishing I was interested enough in the post-series 4 fanfics to read them because I'd have liked the cliffhanger resolved. Whether I read anything in it before then I don't know. I mostly just visited the locations and took photos.

I think it was in the Star Wars TPM fandom, in the day of mailing lists seeing other people's fic and reading a lot of it that made me think I could write it too.

50. Rant or Gush about one thing you love or hate in the world of fanfiction! Go!
Not a massive rant, really, but I hate that exchanges have got so big and there isn't much in the way of fests, where you can sign up to write whatever you like, rather than for someone else. I feel like there used to be more prompt fests. But, of course, it's always possible that they're going on elsewhere and if they're not advertised on Fandom Calendar then I wouldn't know they exist.

To balance it out, on the love side, I like that fanfiction can give you more of the thing you like. Because there's never enough of the thing I like! And it can go places where the original canon couldn't. You can kill people off, you can resurrect them, you can change an event and explore the consequences.

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Various things

All the things I've been meaning to post and haven't got round to.

1. There was an interesting episode of Timeless this series where they went back to 1919 and it was all about women's suffrage. Which was interesting because there's been so much about a hundred years of women's suffrage in this country. I never considered what it was like in America. The answer, when I looked it up, was complicated, because different states had different things going on. But Alice Paul, who was in the episode, really existed.

2. In May my morris side started dancing out one evening a week. Although due to illness and holiday and a clash with choir, I've only made it to three so far. Given that I don't hate driving to places I don't know, it's been a bit nerve-wracking. Especially to one pub in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, and I only knew the first five minutes of the route. I am very glad of my sat nav and Google Street View, so I can do the route the night before and know what I'm looking for. Although Google's directions were a bit interesting one week when they told me it was right by the dual carriageway, so all I had to do was to turn off it. Completely ignoring that I can only come off it at a junction.

We dance in clogs, which made things interesting to start with. There's a lot going on underneath, so it's a bit like walking in platforms, which I've never done before. At first I felt like I was going to fall over just walking, never mind dancing. But now I've got used to them and my only problem is going too excited and ending up on tiptoes. And dancing on ground that turns out to be uneven, which can make things a bit interesting.

3. After looking through a load of summaries for [info]unconventionalcourtship, when I came to sign up I picked the first one I have saved. I have 800 words on it so far and I know where it ends, just not quite so sure on how to get there yet. Some of the wording still might change a bit, but the summary is:
Coming home to the country offered Barbara Wright the chance to make a settled, secure life for herself. But there was a complication – in the shape of her ex-fiancé, millionaire ex-colleague Ian Chesterton. He was still the gorgeous man who had swept her off her feet before – and the attraction between them was electric!
It would have been easy for Barbara to let Ian seduce her seduce Ian. But not so simple to explain the secret she'd kept hidden for years she was keeping hidden. If Ian learned the truth, would he be so keen to reclaim his runaway bride colleague?

4. I have a hamster - his name is Sammy. I've actually had him for three weeks, but he's scared of everything. It's only in the past week when he's started to take food from me. Although that can take a while because he's scared of the rustle of the bag of treats and scared of the noise the box of food makes... The cage is in a bit of a dark corner, but I managed to take a photo one morning, when he got out of bed when I was having breakfast.

Sammy

Sammy

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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – June

June is a busy month, so I'm going to listen to an album. Last year I chose the one that was top of the album chart. This year I considered the album that was top when I was born, but that would give away my date of birth. And I didn't much fancy it. But the current top of the album charts sounds interesting: it's The Greatest Showman soundtrack.

I've never heard of it, but I like songs from musicals. But I'd never thought of sitting down and listening to one, unless I knew the songs from it. So this will be different for me.

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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars May wrap-up

This month I was reading Jeeves and Wooster. My sister gave me Carry On, Jeeves. It turns out it's actually a short story collection, the first of which is when Jeeves first starts working for Wooster.

The trouble with it was that each story was very similar: One of Wooster's friend's has a problem, Wooster can't solve it, but Jeeves always can. It meant I could only really read a chapter at a time because otherwise it got quite samey.

The good thing about it was that I could just sit down and read a chapter and that was a whole story. Also, I enjoyed them. I liked all the slang that Wooster used (and Jeeves didn't). It gave a good sense of his character.

I am going to read more. My plan is to take one back and borrow another every time I visit my nephew. And also watch the series with Fry and Laurie because it's impossible to read without picturing them.

I'll give it 10/10.

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What I am reading Wednesday

What I Just Finished Reading
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. It's about a bloke who spends his nights reading flagged emails at a company, and after reading two women's emails he falls in love with one of them. Which sounds iffy and the characters know it's iffy and it was better than I expected. But I struggled to distinguish the two women, since we only ever get to know them through their emails. And there was just something about the ending that I didn't like, but I can't put my finger on what.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Prodigal Tongue by Lynne Murphy. I'm only a couple of chapters in, but it's really interesting. It's about the differences between British and American English. But she talks about how complicated things are as there are regional differences and how words go across the Atlantic (and change). And how they've ended up different - not just words, but grammar and pronunciation and there the slang comes from.

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens. [info]aralias mentioned these books, I found the library had an ebook omnibus of the first three books. Handily I'm enjoying this so I can carry on and read the next two. It's about two girls at a boarding school in the 1930s who have a Detective Society and they're purposely emulating Holmes and Watson. In the first one their teacher is murdered and it's interesting to see how they go about finding the killer.

What I'm Reading Next
Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens, the next one in the series. Also three Chalet School books I got recently from GGBP and a few books I bought in Edinburgh (the money you spend on books doesn't count when you're on holiday).

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Long weekend

The weather forecast said it was going to be hot this weekend and I needed to clean the house, so I got most of the cleaning done in the week and just had a bit to finish off on Saturday morning. Which was good, but it's been chilly in the mornings and hot (if not as hot as forecast on Wednesday) in the afternoons and evenings (not to mention hayfevery).

With all that time I finished off my Fandom 5k fic. And then didn't quite know what to do with myself. I have started collecting possible Unconventional Courtship summaries for a few pairings. Although there are only so many Mills & Boon summaries I can read before I can't deal with all the clicheness any more. And why do so many of the 'Classic' ones involve Amish?

I did make a start on the mess of the spare room. I realised if I freecycled one pile, charitied another, and took a third to the tip that would be much of the stuff gone. And then I could put away the stuff I'm keeping but can't get to where it needs to live. And go through all the crap in the wardrobe because there's stuff in there I could also get rid of, if only I could get to it. Of course now I need to go to the charity shop and the tip. Since I didn't start this until Jo Konta's match was on the radio on Sunday it was after the charity shops were closed for the weekend and I'm not going to tip on a bank holiday weekend, it'll be too busy. And too hot to sit in a car in the sun, roasting.

Speaking of tennis, the French Open started yesterday. With a re-designed website where it's impossible to find the order of play. At least the BBC have it. They had Jo Konta's match on 5 Live Sports Extra, but then switched over to 5 Live. Except there was a gap where the news was. So I was listening on the BBC website, which had all the sound from the court, but no commentary. Which is fine on TV, but not as useful on radio. Unless you know who is serving, the scores during the games are particularly unhelpful. I know I could have watched it on ITV whatever number it's on, but it involves adverts, Jim Courier and a love of swirling around the crowd and zooming into the court. So I'll save that for the final because that's probably as much of all three of things I can take.

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