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Things
Monday 10th April 2017 9:37 pm

This weekend we managed to have a rare combination of nice weather, time and energy, so I could do gardening. Of all chores it's the most annoying because it always seems to be nice when I'm busy or don't have the energy, and as soon as it's a good time to garden it's blowing a gale or raining. But yesterday was good and my garden now has fewer weeds, which is always an improvement.

After that I spent the afternoon in the traditional manner of Sunday afternoons when it's nice weather: lazing around reading.

Missy is an idiot. She's an intelligent hamster, but useless at finding food. Hamsters are supposed to be good at finding food using their sense of smell, which is really good. She can't find food when it's right under her nose - she just looks in places where she's used to finding it. Then when she does find it, after I've hidden it among her toys, she sticks it in the sofa. I dread to think how much food is in there.

My hoover died, so I bought a new one. It took me forever to get it out of the box. I ended up having to open it at both ends, remove the vast amount of cardboard that wasn't doing anything (except preventing me from getting the hoover out) and then managed to pull it out. At one point I thought I was going to have to cut the box vertically. I piled the cardboard up, as I thought Missy would like something new to investigate. But she wasn't interested. She's quite keen on the hoover box, though.

My RSS feeds went from silence about LJ to lots of drama the past few days. I still much prefer commenting on LJ because the email notifications tell you the post title in the subject, unlike on Dreamwidth. But if anyone has strong feelings about preferring me to comment on DW rather than LJ*, let me know and I can change my RSS feed.

*Assuming I currently comment on LJ, obviously.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – April
Tuesday 4th April 2017 8:00 pm

This month I'm going to go to Rock Choir.

I've been a member of a local community choir for a few years (I've completely lost track of how many), but it's recently shut down. For now I'm going to enjoy having an extra evening in, and hopefully therefore have the energy to get some more swimming in. And do all those million other things that always seem to need doing.

All sorts of people are very keen to tell me how terrible Rock Choir is, and I have a whole load of other things I could do on that evening, so I am very unlikely to join. However, you can go once for free. So I am going to go on their first rehearsal back after Easter, and then I can see for myself what it's like. Because I'm curious what other adult choirs are like.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars March wrap up
Monday 3rd April 2017 7:48 pm

In March I went to Aldi. It ended up being towards the end of the month, as that's when I had the most time, but I knew that when I set it.

I purposely went on my way to somewhere else, so I could justify seeing what the car park is like. The minute you turn off the main road, half of this side of the road is a cycle lane. Except that the road is narrow and only fits two cars (one in either direction). So who thought putting a cycle lane that couldn't possibly ever by a cycle lane is a good idea, I don't know.

Whenever I go anywhere I generally park as far away as possible so I can drive straight through two spaces and therefore don't have to reverse. The car park was tiny and didn't have any spaces you could drive straight through. Which came as a bit of a shock.

The actual shop smelt of something I couldn't put my finger on - it wasn't food. Which might be something to do with half the shop selling non-food items. Which would be fine, except that it's only a small shop. It's also the third supermarket of four in this town (and it's not a big town) and most of the rest of the shops are cheap ones. Some of the non-food things were strange (paint, children's shoes, backpacks, car things) so I'm not quite sure what market they're trying to capture here. I didn't see anything you couldn't get elsewhere.

What with food only in half the shop there were only a few half-aisles of it. The only one I found at all interesting was the chocolate aisle, where I found some ridiculously dark chocolate for my sister (she likes it dark) and some (dairy free) minty thins for me and Mum. Otherwise there were a few things I could probably get cheaper than elsewhere, but the amount it would cost me to drive there would negate the cost saving. There was no free from section, so I definitely couldn't do my normal grocery shop in there.

It was interesting that they had a shelf at the back where you could go and finish packing, which I thought was a good idea. But the tills were odd - they were designed for trolleys and meant there was no where for the checkout person to put stuff after they scanned it. There might have been basket only tills, but it was busy and I just went to the shortest queue.

I also have big problems with where they built it - I'm pretty sure it's not helping the traffic problems when I'm trying to get home after work. So I am feeling justified in never needing to go there again.

As an experience I give it 5 out of 10 - it was interesting, but not one I need to repeat.


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Getting out of the habit
Sunday 2nd April 2017 7:35 pm

I've got out of the habit of quite a few things over the last few weeks. Work has been busy and I've been out a lot of week nights, so I haven't had energy to do anything at the weekends. So I have got out of the habit of blogging and fic writing and TV watching (evenings in involve playing with Missy).

But now I have a few weeks off going out for Easter (aside from a few nights) so hopefully I will get back into these habits.

But this weekend I've had energy, which has made a nice change. The weather being sunny and warm helps. I went swimming this morning - and purposely didn't do many lengths because I knew I had to come home and hoover.

I did manage to get my [info]dw-guestfest done on time this year! Although it's not the fic I meant to write. I meant to write one that would fill a square on my Gen Prompt Bingo card and cross off a WIP from my list. Except when I opened it I realised I'd left a gap between the end of the previous Tenth Doctor & John Chesterton fic and the beginning of the this, so I wrote the bit that goes in between (this time without a Press Gang title*).

*Although a "write a fic for every Press Gang episode title" would be a good (if big) challenge.


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Things
Sunday 12th March 2017 1:50 pm

I've been busy, no surprises there. But after being out three nights, playing with Missy when I've got back and not going to bed until late, then waking up annoyingly early on Friday, I ended up too tired to do anything yesterday (and Friday). So I did the two things I had to get done this weekend and then just read, watched some TV and dicked about on the internet. It was nice. I'm looking forward to two weeks time when I have four weeks off where I only go out twice on weekday nights. Of course I'm then busier at the weekends, but that's not nearly as tiring. Although on the nights I'm in Missy gets up after dinner (if I'm lucky, sometimes it's during) and that's my evening gone.

Although Missy hasn't forgotten about her desire to live in the sofa. She's just got more crafty about it. She doesn't fill her pouches up so much before attempting to run to the sofa and avoid me catching her. I have got similarly crafty and wait until she's busy stuffing her pouch (rather than chewing) and attempt to catch her. I am amazed what big pieces of cardboard she can fit in there. In her cage she absolutely stuffs her pouches full of bedding, so then I don't let her out. After a while she empties one and I still don't let her out. She gets to come out when both are empty. At some point in this process she throws a strop because I'm not letting her do what she wants.

It wasn't just tiredness that led to me not doing much yesterday - I've also hurt my feet, so I'm spending the weekend resting them. I think what I've been doing is wrapping my feet around the legs of my wheely chair at work (even though I have a footrest). And then I went to ballet, which finished them off. After standing up quite a lot at choir, I then attempted to limp on both feet on my way back to the car.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – March
Saturday 4th March 2017 5:32 pm

This month for I've Never Seen Star Wars I'm going to Aldi. I've never been to an Aldi or Lidl, because I've never lived near one. Until recently (where recently is a couple of years ago now...) when an Aldi opened up nearby. We're already fully stocked with a range of supermarkets and cheap shops, so I wasn't exactly desperate for another one. And it's in a really annoying place that's made the traffic jams worse.

But having never been, but learnt a bit about what sort of things they sell, I'm intrigued to know what's it like. I know the search on their website is crap because I looked for chocolate spread and it returned over 100 items, most of which had nothing to do with either chocolate or spread.


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Where did the week go?
Sunday 19th February 2017 5:26 pm

This week was half term, which meant I had nothing on in the evenings. I felt sure this would mean I'd be able to get lots of writing and TV watching done. On Monday I did some work on my hetswap fic and watched the earliest of the four Cats Countdown episodes on my PVR. And then it all went to pot.

Missy was ill. She's fine now, but she was sleeping a lot. So theoretically I had more time to get stuff done, but in reality I was too busy worrying about her. And being distracted by the internet.

And then once she was better I decided that I'd do some of the house cleaning in the evenings so I wouldn't have to do it all at the weekend. So between playing with her and cleaning that was my whole evening.

And then work was busy and I didn't have enough sleep so of course I then kept waking up before my alarm. And not much later today and yesterday. So even though I've had a quiet week, I am tired.

This week I'm out every night. But it's fine that I have four weeks of TV recorded, plus stuff from Christmas I haven't watched. And writing deadlines are for watching them whoosh by...


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Busy
Sunday 12th February 2017 3:17 pm

This week has been busy. I had one of those weeks where I was out Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Monday I went food shopping and Wednesday I played with Missy until I was struggling to keep my eyes closed. So Friday I watched TV and played with Missy and that was pretty much all I had the energy for.

I have three more of those weeks between now and Easter. But this week is half term, so I have nothing at all on any evening.

An I have my hetswap fic to write. I started late because I had Chocolate Box treats to finish. I now have three first drafts of my hetswap fic - I hope the third time is the charm because if I don't get it finished this week I'll be back to having no time to do it in.

And after that, no more exchanges for a bit. I want to be able to write for myself, talk about what I'm writing and not have to have this unbreakable deadline. And work on my WIPs. I have signed up for the Doctor Who Minor Characters Ficathon, but I am writing one of my WIPs for it and it's not the end of the world if I miss the deadline - as evidence by last year when I finished my fic about six months after the deadline.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – February
Saturday 4th February 2017 11:50 am

This post is a bit later than intended due to being dead of work.

This month I'm going to read The Martian by Andy Weir. I first heard about this book on an unrelated forum where someone was asking for SF book suggestions. Amazon had the read inside bit on this, so I read it, thought it sounded good and intended to read it sometime.

And then the film came out.

I have trouble reading anything or watching anything that everyone is into. I am so bad with it that after I'd read A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and it felt like everyone had read it, I wished I hadn't. Even though I'd liked it. And intend to read the sequel (once it's out in paperback).

So with The Martian it felt like everyone had seen the film, so I lost all desire to read the book. Or see the film. So I am using I've Never Seen Star Wars to actually read it, given that I wanted to once. It's handily available as an ebook from my library, so I will be reading it later this month when I have a long train journey.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars Jan wrap-up
Wednesday 1st February 2017 9:34 pm

This is not about the films, it's about trying one new thing a month. In January I tried Instagram.

When I set up my account I had to find people to follow. It suggested some and when anyone on Twitter posted anything from Instagram or mentioned they'd just got an Instagram, I followed them. I think whether it's interesting to depends a lot on who you follow. On Twitter I follow a lot of comedians who make jokes and tell you when they're on telly or on tour. On Instagram they're not as interesting or as funny. It's fine, but I'm not really missing anything by not following them.

I got lucky because two weeks of my trial included the Australian Open and the Tennis Podcast posted lots of related things that I found interesting. I briefly followed the Australian Open and then had to unfollow them after a day because it was a lot of random photos of players in the night. And it's not like on Twitter where I can have a column just for that sort of thing and therefore either read it or mark it as read depending on time.

It took me a little while to work out that the new posts were the ones above the suggestions of people to follow. But I found the website easier to use than the app because it showed you the whole of the comment related to the photo or video.

I posted 11 photos or videos overall. Although I started with it set to private, mainly because my Twitter is, it seemed silly when I'm just posting the same Missy photos that I post in public to Flickr. So you can see all the things I posted at https://www.instagram.com/paranoidangel42.

I wanted to try out all the things, so I posted photos and videos and a set of photos and I used the filters. The filters are not easy to use because their names are completely random. They might as well have just numbered them, for all the good the names are. You can add additional filters, but since there's no way to tell what they do that's not very useful. Initially I thought they were pretty useless, but I did use one to brighten up my snow photo, taken on a bit of a dark morning. And looking at the one of Missy I put a filter on, it does really bring out the colour of the floor.

I liked the odd thing (probably as many posts as I've liked on Twitter, and I've been on Twitter for years). I wanted to comment on something, but couldn't find anything where I had something worth saying.

I tried using IFTTT to cross post my Instagram posts to Twitter - just doing it from Instagram posts a link to Instagram, so you have to go to Instagram anyway, which is a bit pointless. But I couldn't get it to work, I don't know why. Admittedly, I couldn't quite be bothered spending a lot of time on it. I feel like I should post more Missy photos to Twitter and I could do that via Instagram if IFTTT cross-posted to it. Except that posting photos to Twitter is the same amount of work.

So overall, I don't know. This is why I put off writing this post for a day because I just don't know if I like it. I've still been looking at it today. And I did get excited about the QI Elves getting Instagram because the two things they posted were Quite Interesting. So how much I'll post to it I don't know, but I'll continue to read it from time to time, and maybe put some more effort into working out who I really want to follow.

Since people on the series had to give everything a mark out of ten, I'm going to say 6/10.

Tomorrow (ish) I'll post about what I'm going to try in February.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars
Monday 2nd January 2017 1:24 pm

I have seen Star Wars, this is the title of a radio series (and one TV series). The idea is that they get celebrities to try something they've never tried but lots of people have. So it can be a book, a TV series, a film, an album or an experience. So the experiences I can remember are: camping, drinking coffee, baking a cake, buying jeans, playing a video game.

If it's an experience then they film/record them doing it. For whatever it is they report back afterwards how much they enjoyed it (or didn't).

I've decided that this year I'm going to try one new thing a month. This month is going to be instagram. I'm paranoidangel42 on it, if anyone is interested in following me/looking at it. I have set it to private, so if you're not following me you can't see them.


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Ugh
Saturday 31st December 2016 5:49 pm

2016 has been characterised by me getting ill every time I have some time off work and can get some things done. Christmas was no exception. Theoretically it's a cold, but I've had asthma for over a week, a cough for nearly two weeks and a blocked up nose for a week and a half. I only (ha!) felt really crap for most of a week.

As a result I spent Christmas Day and Boxing Day watching The West Wing and reading Yuletide (I got through a third of a series of The West Wing and most of the Yuletide archive I have any interest in). I'll post about Yuletide (what I got and what I wrote) in a separate post on another day. And post about all the other things I was thinking of posting about but didn't really have the energy to do.

I have seen one episode of The Grand Tour. It was funny, but laughing makes me cough, so I can't watch too much of it.

I have also read Five on Brexit Island and Five Go on a Strategy Away Day. The latter was funnier. They told me I remembered very little of the Famous Five (it has been a long time since I read any of it).


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Busy week
Sunday 11th December 2016 2:20 pm

This week has been busy:
Monday I spent part of the evening sorting out sending out things I'd sold on eBay and Christmas presents to go overseas. All while Missy complained and carried on because I should have been playing with her. As soon as I'd finished she went for a nap.
Tuesday was Rotary Christmas dinner.
Wednesday was ballet.
Thursday I went shopping, and tried to get as much as possible that I might need this month so I don't have to go too much more.
Friday I left work and got to my car to see one of my tyres was flat. So I got home late after that.
Saturday I got up early to get my tyre fixed (driving on the spare is horrible). I spent the rest of the day alternating cleaning the house and working. In the evening I drove into the city.
Today is my day for relaxing, catching up on TV, catching up SGA Santa reading, since that's started posting this week. And maybe attempting to write some Yuletide Treats.


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Things
Sunday 20th November 2016 4:29 pm

On Wednesday I sneezed and made my pulled muscle worse. And then on Friday it was suddenly so much better. At first I thought switching from paracetamol to ibuprofen had made the difference, but then it never got more painful after that.

I have had a busy weekend, getting lots of things done. I learnt that hoovering with my left hand hurts just as much as hoovering with my right, but hoovering with both was better. I went to the pet shop and wanted to take all the rabbits home. Especially one that came to see me when I spoke to them, and then licked the glass.

I bought Missy a toy that hangs up and has wooden things on it. It's the sort of wood she likes chewing, but she's spent most of her time with it on the string - she doesn't like hanging things, she always takes them down. It's safety pinned to the sofa, so it'll take her a little while as she can't spend the whole night working on it.

I got my Public Call fic done, which was just as well given that the deadline is this evening. I've also finished my Yuletide fic, for a given value of finished, given that I keep tinkering with it.

And I've started rewatching The West Wing. Since my pulled muscle means it hurts to laugh I had to find something that wasn't funny. And since I've been watching a lot of funny stuff on catch up, I keep using up my internet, so it had to be something I didn't need to stream. I've been wanting to rewatch The West Wing since I introduced my parents to it a few years ago and then caught an episode when I was home one weekend. I keep racing through it, partly because there's not a lot on at the moment, partly because I want to get to the bits I vaguely remember, but don't know when they are (and I am avoiding episode guides because I don't want to know in advance).

It was only after I started that I looked at my DVDs and thought that I should have considered The Bill - I have quite a few DVDs of half hour episodes from the 80s that I haven't watched. Or The Avengers - I have all the Emma Peel episodes and I've seen all the ones 'in color' but I can't remember which black & white ones I've seen. But now I've started The West Wing, I'll finish it first.

Of course this week has been tennis. I am disappointed that they won't show the doubles (of course) or the evening matches, and that Jamie and Bruno got knocked out in the semi-finals. But it is exciting that they're the number one doubles team this year. And Andy is the number one singles player this year. There's just the match in a couple of hours to decide who ends up number one in the rankings. I am hoping for a Murray victory of course, but I'd like either a decisive Murray win or a very close match with either winning. And come February there'll be another round of Murray vs Raonic when we play Canada (away) in the Davis Cup.


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Cabin fever
Wednesday 9th November 2016 8:51 pm

After being out four nights last week it was good to have a weekend in. Since then I've only been out of the house to go to Sainburys (and Tesco since Sainsburys never seem to have any bread). This is because I've pulled a muscle coughing. Something I've previously heard of, but didn't think could really happen. Nor did I realise how painful it is. I mean, the muscle hurts if you use it, obviously, and also if I touch it. But there are a lot of things you use it for, it turns out. It hurts if I turn over in bed, lie wrong in bed, get out of bed, sit wrong, yawn, blow my nose, cough, breathe too deeply, take my inhaler, reach up to anything (unless I use my left hand, which it turns out I don't do by default). In summary, pretty much everything. Which is why I'm writing this now and am not getting sweaty in a dance studio doing ballet.

The NHS website's advice on strained muscles is to rest it (tricky), elevate it (it probably is my default) and put ice on it (not fun in the winter, plus touching it hurts it). So, in summary, not a lot of use. Paracetemol helps, but as I already knew, it takes an hour to kick in, then only works for two hours, and you can only take it every four hours. I could take twice the amount, but experience with other painkillers tells me that it won't lessen the pain at all, but will make me feel sick. So I'm not going to try that.

On the plus side, it is definitely getting better. It feels more like an ordinary hurt than being stabbed. And I am getting better at not doing some of the things that make it hurt.

Of course the annoying thing is that it's fine sitting up in a chair at a computer, which means I can still work...


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Still not gone out
Sunday 23rd October 2016 5:31 pm

I think my cold might finally be getting better. Although this might be because last night I felt awful. And this morning I don't feel like my face is going to explode from the pressure.

It's been frustrating - I thought this week I'd get lots of things done around the house. Maybe even get the spare room cleared so I can get to things. I did drop off a load of stuff at the charity shops, so I can now get to the curtains even with washing drying on the airers in there, which is a definitely improvement. But that's about all I've had the energy to do really. The house needs cleaning and that's not done, but since I'm the only one who'll see it, it can wait.

I had thought about going swimming this weekend, but obviously that's not something you can do with a cold (even if I had the energy to).

But it has been nice to just sit on the sofa, play on the internet, watch TV and read, and have it feel like it was endless. It's not though: I have to go back to work tomorrow.

In amongst that I've been enjoying writing. It makes a change not to be trying to fit it in around everything. The evenings that I'm in I only have about an hour free, in between dinner and Missy. So I can either write or watch TV or read forums or reply to emails etc. It's pretty much just one of those and not all. Then at weekends I try to get a lot of other stuff done. I used to sit down in the evenings and write then, but that doesn't work so well now I have Missy.

Although it doesn't feel like I've been productive, because I'm still living in a bit of a mess, I have got myself ahead on Public Call and Yuletide. If I can get them (mostly) done before things get busy in the evenings (the week after next - everything stops for half term next week) and before things get busy at work (late November, probably) then I won't have to worry about them when I don't have time to do them. And will maybe have more time for treats when things calm down (about a week before Christmas).


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Not going out
Friday 21st October 2016 7:23 pm

This week I am on holiday from work. I haven't gone away anywhere, the plan was to go out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and stay home and recover/get things done the other days.

It started out well: Monday we went to Windsor Castle, which was good, but tiring. Tuesday I got a cold, but was still going. Wednesday we got up early to do a tour of the Bodleian Library (very interesting) and Oxford Castle (fun!).

Thursday my cold was worse, today it's even worse and since my friend is also ill, we ended up not going anywhere today. Being ill on holiday is crap because I'm not going anywhere and I'm not getting a lot done. But it beats working, which would just wear me out more.

Being in today meant I got some writing done. I have more words on my Yuletide fic, although some of them are: stuff goes here. I did some canon review for my Public Call fic and have written the first draft. And I finished off my DW Minor Characters ficathon fic:
At Last a Dragon (983 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Chesterton, Tenth Doctor
Summary: John Chesterton doesn't believe in Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy or the Doctor.

(And yes, I did steal the title from an episode of Press Gang)


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Unintentional radio silence
Tuesday 27th September 2016 7:51 pm

I didn't mean not to post (or comment) for so long, there were just too many other things going on. First there was the Paralympics (and US Open tennis and Davis Cup). Then once that was all over and I was wondering what to do now there wasn't any sport on I ended up going out four nights in a row and Saturday. And getting into a pattern of staying up late watching the Paralympics and waking up early and just getting tireder. Missy also got used to playing late, especially when I didn't get in until 10pm most evenings last week.

Much as I enjoyed the Paralympics, Channel 4's coverage was just not as good as the BBC's with the Olympics. There was half an hour in the evenings where there was no Paralympics on any channel. There was so much chat: even on the final day I ended up needing to watch the Wheelchair Rugby online because they were too busy recapping everything to show any actual sport. To say nothing of the marathons that I was looking forward to and they barely showed. There were a lot of sports that barely got shown - it was mostly swimming, athletics and cycling. Much as I enjoyed the swimming (especially as it wasn't on as late at night as the Olympic swimming). It didn't help that there was tennis on at the same time. Much as I got used to the adverts, I am glad not to have to watch any any more. They got very samey very quickly.

I went swimming on the last day of the Paralympics. I had a morning free, so I went. Last summer I tried the first day of the couch to 5K where, in 30 minutes, you run for 8 minutes in total, a minute at a time. I hadn't been swimming since before I got dizzy (nearly eight years ago) and I spent most of 30 minutes swimming. Very slowly, but I enjoyed it far more. I didn't half ache after that. I thought I'd got better by the time ballet went back, but then I discovered I hadn't really. And then I went out stewarding for a sponsored walk and bits of my legs have really not recovered at all.

In some spare minutes I have managed to write a first draft of my [info]femslashex fic. It is terrible, but it is above the word limit at least. I have managed not to sign up for the Stargate Atlantis secret santa this year. But I am thinking of signing up to [info]public_call instead. I worked out my Yuletide requests some time ago, now I just need to narrow down my offers. But I am glad two (or more) people nominated SJA - I thought about it, but having worked out what three fandoms I wanted I nominated those in order to make sure they were there.

Of course, it being September, lots of TV started up, even though there was still a lot of sport on TV. The only thing I'm up-to-date on is Red Dwarf XI. In fact, more than up-to-date because I've been watching it on UKTV Play. I liked the second episode better than the first. I am still taping them, so I can watch them again, although I'll be asking for the DVD for Christmas or buying it myself anyway. It is Red Dwarf, after all.


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Paralympics
Tuesday 13th September 2016 7:52 pm

The Paralympics is on, which is why I don't really have the time for anything else. Despite there not being as much to watch as the Olympics all the good stuff is late at night, which has meant I've been staying up later than I intend to. The adverts are a pain, although I am getting used to them. But not so much that I will watch them any time before the next Paralympics.

Technically this weekend is my only free weekend this month, but since it's also the Davis Cup, I don't know how I'm going to fit all this sport in, even without going anywhere. To say nothing of needing to clean the house and do some gardening.

In other news, I got the exact fandom and pairing I was hoping I'd get for femslash. I have some ideas, I'm just waiting for the sport to stop so I have some time to write. I also did well in my assignment - there weren't many people I could have matched with but all the others had no prompt and/or letter.

There is so much on TV now it's September. I haven't watched most of it, what with there being sport on TV. But I am more used to watching TV around Missy playing in the evening (largely because her idea of playing consists of sitting in her cornflake box, but still), so maybe I'll actually catch up with some on weekdays I'm in. But since next week is my first week of going out three nights, I don't know if that'll happen...


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Representation in fiction
Tuesday 26th July 2016 8:19 pm

I've seen various things in various places about people who are members of minorities talking about how important it is to them to see their minority on TV/in films etc. Which has never really applied to me because I'm not a minority. And then I remembered I am.

I got very excited when Big Finish's UNIT box set arrived. But because I was ill I didn't get a chance to listen to it before Counter-Measures arrived. Which I listened to first because I was more excited about Counter-Measures than UNIT (much as I love Kate, I love Rachel, Allison & Gilmore more). In it was a scene that reminded me Rachel was Jewish. In fact the scene suggested that her parents were really religious, but she doesn't seem to be. It reminded me that you don't get many Jewish people in books/TV etc in this country (you do in American series, but then there are more Jews in America).

Of course, you have no way of knowing what most people's religions are since most people in this country are not religious. There's a default assumption that everyone's Church of England, where churches are for baptisms, marriages and funerals, Christmas is for presents and arguing with your relatives and Easter is for eating chocolate. And the religious make-up of the country says that you'd probably be right if that's what you assume. There are just non-religious people of other religions about and it was nice to realise I was listening to one on audio.

A side-note about minorities, because this amused me at the time and I never said anything about it then. But last year (I think) I was looking at a ficathon about women and one of the criteria for characters you could nominate mentioned the women in question considering themselves a minority. I thought that rules out Lynda Day...


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