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Doctor Who anniversary aka Australia
Thursday 26th March 2015 6:12 pm

Today is the 10th anniversary of New Who. Or for me, it tells me it was ten years ago that I went to Australia (where did the time go?). The fact that there's been no way I could get on a plane for the past six years that makes it more poignant.

I left on Maundy Thursday and arrived early on Easter Saturday, after travelling for about 24 hours. I spent Saturday trying to stay awake, playing with my aunt's dog and marvelling at how quiet the city centre was on a Saturday (Adelaide is a small city). So I was asleep (just about - the unfamiliar dawn chorus was hard to sleep through) on Sunday morning when Doctor Who was on, on the other side of the world. When I spoke to my parents in the evening they told me it was funny and they'd keep watching.

I was in Australia for three weeks, so I had four episodes to watch by the time I got home.

I want to go back one day, but I get travel sick on planes at the best of times, so I don't know. However, some investigation of the Eurostar website tells me that I can get to most of Western Europe in the same time I can get to Scotland by train. From here, Paris and Brussels are only about three hours away, and Munich (where I have two friends living) involves changing twice (not including London) and only takes about seven hours. Which ok, is a long time to be travelling, but if you have to change trains, you might as well stop off.

The Eurostar website gives you train times to France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. They included non-Eurostar trains, so even from there you could change and go somewhere else. Plus being able to get on a train and get off in another country is a novelty when you live on an island.

My passport runs out this year, having not been used for nearly six and a half years. But it turns out there are reasons to renew it.


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Hello from Australia
Friday 8th April 2005 1:43 am

Just a quick hello from Melbourne. I am having a fantastic time and am definitely going to have to come back, do the bits I didn't get time to do this time round. I am looking forward to going home to see the new Doctor Who but definitely not looking forward to going back to real life.

My photos, should anyone be interested are at www.flickr.com/photos/paranoidangel and I currently have 98 there.


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Last post before I go
Wednesday 23rd March 2005 10:38 pm

Of course, this week has been stressful with sorting out my meal on the plane. Monday lunchtime I rang STA Travel because it seemed easier to get them to do than ringing the airline. You have to ring the branch, so of course the person I spoke to was with a customer and promised to ring me back. Although he did say 'is that vegan?' I said no, they would have an option for lactose free/intolerant.

At the end of the day I realised he hadn't but it was too late to do anything about it.

Meanwhile, I had emailed the people I am getting a coach with from Adelaide to Melbourne on Sunday and they replied on Monday to let me know it was changed.

So I range STA Travel up Tuesday first thing, so they wouldn't have any customers. This guy said he would do it. I sat and wondered whether it really had been done this time and planned to ring back Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Tuesday night I tried to check into my flight online but it didn't work. The airline was closed at that point, but said they opened at 8am. So I rang them this morning at 8.30 and the lady I spoke to said the reason I couldn't check in was they didn't have my passport number (I'm sure they should!). And incidentally, I was booked in as a gluten-free meal. She changed it to lactose free.

I tried a few times in the morning to check in, but with no results. So I rang them again at lunchtime the lady I spoke to then had no idea why it wasn't working. But she could book me a seat. So I now have window seats on my flights there and back.

And hopefully, I won't have to queue for ages before I check in so there will be time for dinner.

On the plus side, everything fits into my suitcase with some room to spare.

And on a majorly exciting note: I'm going to be in the same room as Ewan McGregor! He said on Parkinson on Saturday that he's going to be in Guys and Dolls in the West End, so we are going in July. I'm more excited about that than Oz, but then I think it's because I've been planning this for ages, so it doesn't seem quite real yet.


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Australia
Tuesday 8th March 2005 10:18 pm
You scored as atheism. You are... an atheist, though you probably already knew this. Also, you probably have several people praying daily for your soul.

atheism

83%

agnosticism

79%

Buddhism

54%

paganism

50%

Islam

42%

Satanism

42%

Judaism

38%

Hinduism

25%

Christianity

13%

Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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Which is really not a surprise give that I am an atheist, albeit a Jewish one (I don't believe in god but still get to eat nice food at passover).

Last night I booked my hostels and coaches etc for Australia. It's getting scarily real. But I am glad I'm starting off at my aunt and uncle's so it won't be so scary, before I have to go off on my own.

I had terrible trouble getting a coach from Melbourne to Sydney though. There's one that used to go but isn't for Summer 2004 (which goes up till the end of April), there's one that only goes on a Monday (I want to go on a Thursday) and then there's OzExperience. They don't quite go on a Thursday but worse than that it seems that you book to tell them you're turning up - but not when. So the stories I've heard of people not getting seats suddenly seems more true.

So, I'm flying from Melbourne to Canberra, staying there for about 24 hours, then getting the Greyhound bus to Sydney. Which all works out cheaper as well.

I also found out why I can't get hold of this guidebook - it's not being published till April now. Blackwell's Online told me and the website confirmed it. So why could no-one tell me before now? I will be getting the 2004 edition instead.

I also noticed it was Fanfic Author Appreciation Week (well, from Sunday). I will have to sort my list out when I have time and appreciate them on later on in the week. Anyone I have recced on my site, or Sel's or reviewed is appreciated though 🙂

I borrowed Queer as Folk on DVD off a friend of mine at the weekend - must go and watch another episode.


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Redemption and Rotaract
Saturday 5th March 2005 11:57 pm

I can tell what I've been doing this week - Thursday night I had a strange dream mixing Redemption and Rotaract. When I woke up at 4.30am I honestly couldn't tell whether it was real or not. The cold light of day sorted it out a bit though.

Someone at Redemption suggested going as Ace for Conference, which looks doable, actually.

Since that time, my mother has diagnosed me as being lactose intolerant. On the basis that she decided she was, a few years ago, and her mother has recently decided she was too. And when I think back to times I've felt it, it's either involved milk products, or I can't remember - but there must have been something causing those. I obviously have a higher tolerance than she does as I'm mostly okay, but I've been madly reading the ingredients of food since then, so I have a better idea of how much I've been eating.

A side-effect is that I think I am almost taking more drugs to Australia than clothes.

I've also been having fun with STA Travel and Amazon this week. I ordered my Australian VISA online at the beginning of February. I knew it was all electronic, so I wasn't certain whether to expect anything other than an order confirmation. It was just as well I checked though, because they had no record of my order! I ended up having to do it all over again, this time over the phone. The receipt for it turned up this morning, so they will definitely let me into the country.

I also ordered a guidebook that came out on 1st February. Although that's not what Amazon said when I ordered it, I had it on the four to six week delivery. They assured me they were going to change the site, but hadn't, so I wrote them a pissed off email yesterday (after spending ten minutes trying to find a phone number - the only way to get it is to email them, then follow the link at the bottom to say it wasn't very helpful. I've since written it down). They've now dispatched the other two books I ordered, which I don't need quite so much, and the guidebook changed to an estimated delivery date of 5th-19th April. Helpful, given that I'm getting back here on the 16th. I got them to cancel that book.

Onto Tescos, who have free delivery if you spend over �20, and are actually quite cheap. I also have �1.50 worth of e-vouchers, so they looked like a good bet. Except that their help is not very helpful and the book was listed as special delivery and I couldn't find out what that meant. So I ordered it and found it meant 30 days. So I emailed to cancel, they replied to say they were busy and I should ring up to cancel. So I did.

Next, I went to Blackwell's Online, who, at the beginning of February had it more expensive because of the difficulty of getting hold of it. It's back at the normal price now, so I ordered it with an estimated delivery date of 17th March. Seven days before I fly out.

Then I went into town and found the 2004 edition in Waterstones, which I might end up getting at this rate. I ordered it from them as well, they say it will take an average of 7-10 working days.

I had stress with booking a coach from Melbourne to Sydney as well, so that's not booked. I still haven't decided which one to get from Adelaide to Melbourne, so I also haven't booked my hostels, or told my aunt exactly when I will be there.

I do have walking shoes, as Manchester set off the RSI in my knee - no idea what given that I've walked further than that recently with no ill effects. These shoes cost a small fortune, I just hope they're worth it. I also had to order my foreign money. So I didn't really achieve a great deal today. And I'm really tired, so should have been in bed ages ago.


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America and Australia
Sunday 9th May 2004 9:32 pm

They sent round a recruitment e-mail at work and talked about the American office (which currently consists of one person) and said it could be as big as the one here, meaning there could be opportunities to work over there. Which all assumes rather a lot, mind you, but before I went to America last year I would have jumped at the chance. Which only goes to show it's a good idea to recce a place before you consider living there.

I was there just under a week and after that time I was desperate to get out. The whole country was driving me crazy. And yet I want to go back, which is even more crazy. I don't think I'd survive longer than a week though. I'm hoping Australia won't be so bad being as it's a bit more like here and the accents don't drive me mad. Not yet, anyway.

I'm almost in two minds about Australia. I keep thinking it would be better if I went with someone else, then I'd have someone to talk to. But going on holiday with other people is a pain if you want to be doing different things. There's probably less to do in the evenings but then I could just go to bed earlier and get up earlier to do stuff in the daylight. And I can do what I want when I want, once I've decided what that is. It's also a bit complicated going with someone else being as I want to see my family and meet up with my friends out there.

Barn Dance was last night and it went well. We made a profit, which was very good, and everyone looked like they were having a good time. Which means we'll do another one next year, which I'll be organising, which is scary. The Rotaract year starts in July, so hopefully I'll be more confident by then. I'm not growing up for the purposes of responsibility though. What a horrible thought.


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WHSmith
Sunday 11th January 2004 11:14 pm

Smiths is doing my head in. I have a �15 gift voucher for them from work. So, since I don't buy much there as its cheaper elsewhere, I thought I'd get Two Towers extended DVD, like I did last year with Fellowship. So I go into Poole before Christmas and every shop has it exept for Smiths. So then I went to Reading yesterday and every shop had it except Smiths. Next weekend I'll try Oxford - they'd better have it!

I did a bit of research into Australia. I have to go to Borders though and read some guidebooks. I have to decide where I want to go and how to get there. Or pick a few options that I can take to STA Travel and find out prices. If they can cope with anything that far ahead anyway.

I did buy Fellowship game though, since it was cheap. I was doing quite well until I died. Haven't made it out of the Shire though... On the plus side I died just before Stargate so it was well-timed in the end.

Since fileg and undonne have done it, I'll do the LJ meme as well. Why not?

1. your live journal "user name" & what it means?

Now here's a long story. It starts in my first year at uni when we'd play Quake all night. I needed to come up with a name for that and thought of Paranoid Android. Sadly, unless I took the space out, Quake wouldn't let me have a name that long. So I went with Paranoid which did describe me well. It went with the Garbage song, I Think I'm Paranoid as well.

So far, so good. Then I got a computer of my own (which I still have, old as it is) and a freeserve account to connect to the internet with. They operated a system where you have an e-mail address which is name@something.freeserve.co.uk. I thought I'd use nic as the name and paranoid as the something. Except that someone already had it. So I can up with the angel part from Angel (who was still in Buffy at the time).

Someone else got to paranoidangel on lj before me though. I don't have to explain where the 42 comes from do I?

2. on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest) how well does your livejournal represent who you are?

Bollox knows. I don't do 1-10 scales, I have enough of that at work.

3. how much about your life do you post to lj?

Not at that much really. I'll post stuff that I'll tell friends, but not stuff I would only tell really close friends.

4. Is there anything you refuse to post about?

Oh, yes. But I refuse to say what it is because that would contradict my answer.

5. on a scale of 1-10 how interesting do you think your own journal is to others?

1? See answer to 2.

6. from who/how did you find out about lj?

From bored.com, many years ago. I didn't join at the time because someone already had paranoidangel.

7. has anyone ever joined lj because of you?

I don't think so.

8. what proportion of your posts are friends only?

None so far. But then I've only just started putting my posts on lj as well, so that may change in the future.

9. what is your favourite interest on lj?

All of them. Else why would they be there?

10. Has anything on lj ever caused you to establish, rethink, or even change your belief or position on something?

I don't think so. Can't remember where I read half of the stuff I do anyway.

11. how often do you respond / comment on other peoples journals?

Sometimes. Usually if I know them from elsewhere and I have something to say.

12. do you prefer to write in your journal, read other journals?

Read others, I suppose. I do more reading than writing anyway.

13. have you ever had something mean said to you or been stalked, harassed, or got into an argument/flame war on lj?

Nope.

14. have you ever banned someone from your journal?

No.

15. who are your favourite lj friend(s) and why?

All of them. Otherwise why would I have friended them?

16. how many of your LJ friends have you actually met?

One. But to be fair, most of them are in another country.

17. of all of the people on lj you know of, who is the most like you?

Nic has a name most like mine 🙂

18. why are you most likely to add someone to your friends list?

Because I know them from elsewhere or I am interested in what they have to say.

19. do you automatically add friends to your journal if they add you first?

Yes. I figure that if they find what I have to say interesting I'll also be interested in what they say.

20. what is the most likely reason you wouldn't add someone to your friends list?

They bored the pants off me?

21. is your "significant other" on lj?

You mean Orlando Bloom? 🙂

22. have you ever wanted to meet someone on lj?

Yes. All the ones on my friends list I haven't met.

Edit: They're playing Mandy on the radio at the moment. I can't quite get over the real thing - I keep expecting Angel to sing it badly 🙂


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