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Distracted by sport
Wednesday 24th August 2016 7:51 pm

I might have been a bit distracted by the Olympics and not posted. And by might I mean was. And still am - since it finished I've watched the men's triathlon, diving, BMX. I still have plenty to catch up on - I should be finished by the time the Paralympics start...

I have managed some non-Olympics things in the past couple of weeks. The weekend before last I went to the Nine Worlds convention. Last year I generally wasn't impressed with it, but loved the Whedon Singalong enough to go back. This time they only sang a selection of songs in the Whedon Singalong, which didn't include my favourites. And I liked the rest of the con less. So next year I might just be going to the Whedon Singalong, if they return to singing all the songs.

While I was there, Missy was having a holiday with my sister. They both enjoyed it, except for when my sister had her in-laws round and Missy wasn't happy that there were people in the house and she wasn't being played with.

I went through a whole load of my cards. Back in uni, when we had Wednesday afternoons off for sport, I spent it playing the Star Trek customisable card game. I haven't played it since I left, but I have a lot of cards. Also, quite a few Magic cards, Young Jedi (which I don't even remember playing), Attack of the Clones cards, the Dilbert card game (which at least is just a normal card game), a pack of Original Series Star Trek cards. And a booster pack of Harry Potter cards. The TOS cards are confusing because they're in a box that states it contains 65 cards including Kirk, Spock, McCoy & Enterprise + a rulebook. It actually contains more than 65 cards, none of which are Kirk, Spock or McCoy and no rulebook. I don't remember playing this one either.

Going through my Star Trek cards brought back memories of playing it. I'm pretty sure in one of the boxes was the deck I last played at a tournament where I assimilated Earth. Which is pretty much all I remember of how to play it. I just have to decide, with all of these cards, whether to sell/get rid of them, keep them as a collection (and get rid of the duplicates) or keep them and play them. But right now I'm enjoying cataloguing them and putting them in order. And trying to convince myself that I don't need to buy any more...

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Sunday 7th August 2016 2:31 pm

It's the Olympics! Although annoyingly, so far Kyle Edmund's first match was not on the TV or BBC Sport website anywhere. And the only way to find out who is playing when for tennis is on the official website - the rest will either just tell you the country and/or try and tell you the time. I want to know who from what country is playing and work out for myself when they might be playing. Although the answer to today's interesting matches is 'at the same time as everything else I want to watch' (ie gymnastics and fencing).

It hasn't all been about tennis. Tennis is a bit of an odd sport at the Olympics because tennis is rarely about which country you play for and matches go on for such a long time you could just watch tennis and never see anything else.

There is also swimming. The finals are annoyingly in the middle of the night, due to American broadcasters. But it is at least on the website (and repeated in the mornings). This morning I saw Adam Peaty's 100m breastroke semi-final three times, so I am sure I can manage to watch the final before work. As long as I can also avoid knowing the result...

And there's fencing. Which is never on TV outside of the Olympics. And was never on TV before the last Olympics. Last time it made it to BBC3 (which no longer exists). This time it is on the red button and we have male foilists who are actually good. Who knew? So it's possible some of their fights could make it to BBC4 later, you never know.*

The trouble is there are so many sports it's sometimes hard to know what to watch. Day 2 has only just started and so far I've seen swimming, tennis, fencing, gymnastics, cycling, water polo and beach volleyball. I'm loving it. I only wish I didn't have to work during it (listening on the radio isn't quite the same).

*Edit: And then it was on BBC1. BBC1! They were pretending it was live, 45 minutes after it actually happened, but still. BBC1!

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Olympic tennis at Wimbledon
Wednesday 15th August 2012 9:06 pm

On the final day of the Olympic tennis I went to Wimbledon. On Court 1 while Murray was playing Federer in the gold medal match on Centre, but still. I did get to see Djokovic vs Del Potro, which I was excited about. I think I've seen Del Potro play once, the first year the ATP Tour Final was in London and I've never seen Djokovic play. I have photos of the green and pinky purple clashing colour scheme, not to mention some of the players at on my flickr account.


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Sunday 12th August 2012 7:50 pm

I have really enjoyed the Olympics. I've spent most of my time the past two weeks either watching it or working (in which case I've either also been watching it or listening to it on the radio). I don't quite know what to do with myself now. Well, except for all the things I haven't done the past two weeks...

On the BBC's list of Olympic sports I counted and established that I've seen all but 8 out of the 36. And those 8 were the ones I've tried before and know I don't like.

Mostly I liked the first week better, but I remembered the same thing happened at Beijing. The most exciting thing to happen all Olympics was fencing on TV. I never thought I'd see it on TV and it even made BBC3. Even my parents thought it was exciting. It reminded me that I want to go back to it, but I'm not well enough yet (it's on too late in the evening), but even if I was it clashes with choir so I'd have to pick one.

I really liked being able to watch all the sports on the website. There was no point in guessing what channel anything was going to be on, so you couldn't tape anything you were missing. It was good to choose what to watch and when, and to watch two things at once. It was a pain when the videos were slow, though - I saw a few dives where the diver went from the diving board to the water with nothing in between.

Needless to say I'm looking forward to the Paralympics in three weeks. I'll probably be spending quite a bit of time catching up on that as I'll be there for four days out of the nine at the swimming, tennis and fencing...

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Paralympics and cats
Tuesday 8th November 2011 7:39 pm

Very excitingly today, I found out we got loads of Paralympic tickets. We were allowed to put in for ten session, so we went for all of the swimming at the weekends (six in total), all of the wheelchair tennis at the weekends (three in total) and then a wheelchair fencing. We got but one of the wheelchair tennis! So we're going to be going to the Olympic Park in September next year and seeing quite a lot of swimming. Which is good because we're not going to anything at the Olympic Park for the Olympics and not seeing any swimming.

One of my neighbours across the way has a black and white cat. After the first time it saw me it's been really friendly and bashing its head against my hand, wanting to be stroked. Today, when I got home I found it sitting outside my back door. Which wasn't that much of a surprise because there's quite a big gap under the back fence. But then it meowed to be let in! So I let it in and it wandered around my lounge and purred when I stroked it. When I decided I really ought to put the dinner and opened the back door it happily went out. It was a very good cat.

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No more curling
Monday 1st March 2010 8:29 pm

There is no more curling and I am sad. I watched about six games at the weekend and we lost most of them which was depressing. Especially as we didn't get to the semis, despite the men being the top team in the world and two of them being full time curlers. Rubbish. There'll be no more curling for four years now - I can't imagine the BBC will show the wheelchair curling at the Paralympics. If there's some International curling in Scotland at some point in the future I make go on holiday and watch some curling while I'm there, though.

On the plus side, I now have time to do things other than watch curling and ice skating. I just have two weeks worth of TV to watch instead. Which actually won't take me a week - there's not really much on at the moment.

Saturday night I helped run the bar at the annual Welsh evening (it being St David's Day today). It consisted of quite a bit of singing in Welsh... We had a whole load of beer left over that we couldn't take back to Tescos, so I took it into work because I know people there would go mad for free beer. And, I brought it all home again. The reason: they'd have to get it out of my boot. Despite my car being parked a whole two minutes walk away, it was a sunny day and I was parked in the same place everyone else parks. I knew people at work were apathetic, but not being able to get off your arse for free beer is something else. So I'll be throwing that away now.

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Nothing but Olympics
Friday 19th February 2010 7:41 pm

I am so behind on the Olympics - I have a PVR full of curling. I did discover that team GB will play 18 matches between then and that's if they don't get to the semis... I think it's safe to say I'm not going to be watching all those in a week. So after spending Tuesday and Wednesday night (around pancakes in the case of Tuesday) watching the first men and women's matches, I swapped back to skating. So now I've seen the pairs and the men's short program and I'm all skated out. So this morning's skating will just have to wait until tomorrow.

The rest of the curling will wait until after the Olympics - I'll just wait and see if we get into the semis and watch that.

Because of this I haven't watched any TV all week and I have a whole load of RSS feeds marked as unread that I just haven't read/commented on. And a whole load of other things to do. And other sports I'd quite like to see some of. I really could do without having to work...

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Monday 15th February 2010 8:26 pm

I don't know how I'm going to watch all the Olympics. I saw bits yesterday morning in their extended highlights, which was just the right amount of all the sports that look crazy enough to watch but get samey pretty quickly.

Tonight I managed to get the pair short program into about an hour but cutting out anything that wasn't the actual skating. But tonight's the free program which has more skating, then tomorrow there's a GB curling match and I'm going out for pancakes in the evening.

And there's only so much Olympics you can watch in an evening. Fortunately I have nothing planned for the weekend, so it might involve watching a lot of ice skating and curling and a bit of other sports...

I forgot to mention in yesterday's post that various people have been posting their TV series for the meme at [info]isurrendered and there's some really interesting stuff there. I think I have the smallest cast...

Copper won the prize for guessing the connection between the actors in mine: they've all played policemen/women:

  • Peter Davison was DC 'Dangerous' Davies in The Last Detective
  • Ben Peyton was PC Ben Haywood in The Bill
  • Philip Glenister was DCI Gene Hunt in Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes and also DCI William Bell in State of Play
  • Jaye Griffiths was DI Sally Johnson in The Bill

Georgia Moffett only played a policewoman's daughter: she was Abi Nixon, DS/DI Sam Nixon's daughter in The Bill.

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More sport
Sunday 7th September 2008 11:08 am

I got up this morning, put the telly on and there was Paralympics. I enjoyed the swimming and now I'm even watching wheelchair basketball, which is far more interesting than normal basketball.

And Andy Murray & Rafa Nadal have to finish their semi-final this evening, hurricane permitting.

So that's me not getting anything done for another week and a half.

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Sunday 24th August 2008 4:00 pm

So that's the Olympics done for another four years (except for the Paralympics in a couple of weeks).

What am I going to do with myself now?

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It really is Friday
Friday 15th August 2008 11:52 pm

I think I've been very confused this week. I knew it was Thursday yesterday but I didn't quite grasp the fact that it's Thursday. To me Thursday means fencing, even though I haven't been for a long time, but it's also the day I buy the paper because that's when it has the Online section. Even though they've changed the name of it and what's in it.

It only occurred to me this morning that buying Thursday's paper at lunchtime would be a bit tricky, seeing as how it's actually Friday today. I'll have to go and read it on the website instead, which is never the same.

It was only this evening that I realised I also have no TV guide for next week because I usually buy that at the same time as the paper. Admittedly, I've usually forgotten what I found in there that I wanted to watch, but the thought is there.

Although it's probably not that much of a problem really, since all that's on next week is Olympics. I haven't watched last week's TV or the DVD I've had from Lovefilm for the past week, so I don't think I really need to worry that much about what might be on next week.

Except that there will be no more swimming. I was forced to watch some athletics in between the swimming and gymnastics on 302 tonight (or as the BBC website calls it, Freeview 2) and all I could think about was that they were just running. And 800m was a lot shorter race.

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Mostly water based
Monday 11th August 2008 10:48 pm

This evening I've enjoyed watching the diving and swimming. Now there's some horses running and jumping. I don't know how they get the horses to do that - in my experience horses generally do exactly what they want. It is quite amusing that when they fall off the horses carry on.

It's annoying that all the tennis has been on during the day when I'm at work. Although it is something that's harder to show highlights of, as opposed to swimming, where a race might only last a minute. And the fencing highlights really are highlights, ie bits of fights. With the results listed on the right of the video. So I'll live without seeing the stuff in the week, and concentrate on watching the fencing this weekend.

Tonight I bought myself a new laptop! It's the Acer Aspire One, which they promised would be available in red, but it turns out my choices are white and blue. So I picked blue. Although it isn't out till next Monday because I wanted one with 1Gb RAM (rather than 512Mb) with Linux. I ordered myself a wireless keyboard with a touchpad, so I can plug the baby laptop (it weighs just over 1kg) into the 26inch TV and type on a laptop-size keyboard, while sitting on the sofa.

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Sunday 10th August 2008 8:20 pm

I am enjoying the Olympics. I've seen fencing on TV for the first time. Although, to be fair, it was fencing on the internet with a computer plugged into the TV. But still. It's annoying that most of it goes on overnight and during the day, which is fine for weekends, but less good for the week, when I'm at work. I'll have to go and find the fencing highlights when I get home, especially tomorrow when it's women's foil.

But I am liking having Freeview. So far this evening I've watched lots of swimming from earlier today. Last night we watched lots of rowing from earlier today, which was also good.

I like how the Olympics allows you to see sports you wouldn't usually on terrestrial and sports you'd never usually watch too.

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My weekend
Monday 20th March 2006 9:38 am

I'm so used to my ridiculously big resolution this looks so big, I almost don't know how mum copes! I'm down for the Rotary District Conference, which was in Bournemouth this weekend, so I've taken a long weekend off and am staying with my parents.

I had a good time at the Conference - they had some good guest speakers. We could see Rotarians being entirely confused by us sitting at the foot of the stage eating bacon butties, though, as the District Chairman didn't tell them until the end of his talk. I had fun with the Rotaractors too, and we did come up with some publicity stunt and fund raising ideas in the pub! I'll be posting more about the conference on the Wallingford Rotaract website once I've got home and got my photos of my camera.

I've enjoyed watching the Commonwealth Games as well. I was quite amazed to see swimmers representing Jersey and Guernsey - there's probably more athletes from Australia taking part than live in the whole of Guernsey! But I heard last night that the Isle of Man had won their first medal in something like 20 years, so good on them.

I've discovered the Commonwealth fencing is in Belfast in September. I was thinking about having a holiday round about then anyway, so I'm going to go to that. I will have to get myself an England flag during the World Cup though, it won't do to have a Union Jack. I'm very tempted to go to the next winter games in Vancouver, too.

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Call me shallow but…
Monday 20th February 2006 7:53 pm

...the skip of the GB men's curling team is very good looking. And is only a year older than me, which made me feel a bit better for watching large amount of men's curling, and not really being bothered about the women's. Just don't tell me if he's married, I'm quite happy in my fantasy world.

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Interactive Olympics
Sunday 19th February 2006 6:42 pm

I'm currently watching Curling on one of the BBC Interactive channels, which is very cool. I've only got half an eye on it because they're only on the third end but it's better than the Ice Hockey they're showing on BBC2 and the other interactive channel. Plus it's the first time I've actually used it, so that's quite exciting. I've also discovered why all our curlers are Scottish: the only rink in England is in Kent.

I visisted Sel this weekend and we went to a little second hand bookshop, that despite its size has masses of books in it. And ended up wth £7 worth of children's books that I wasn't planning on buying. Um. They'll make a nice contrast to the thick history one mum's lent me.

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Throwing yourself down a hill on a tea tray
Wednesday 15th February 2006 10:05 pm

I gave myself a deadline of 10pm to finish my Remix first draft. It's now 10 to and I have 2500 words! Not terribly good ones, and I did find I had to rejig things because I had one character in one place when he can't possibly have been there. But at least I have something to work from now.

I was entirely unsurprised to find the whole of the Mens Curling team are Scottish. I'm enjoying all sorts of weird and wonderful sports in the evenings. The doubles luge is definitely insane, though. Hurling yourself down a track on a tea tray is mad enough, but strapped to someone else? I am looking forward to the skeleton tomorrow, though.

It's quite nice to just watch be able to admire the impressive skiing/skating/insanity/whatever, without thinking about GB getting any medals (except in the curling). It's good to see people getting excited about coming in 14th, for example, because that's still 14th in the Olympics, which is pretty amazing, when you think about it.

I had entirely forgotten about the top 5 meme a while back. Avon asked me for my top 5 senior officers in The Bill:


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Floppy disks!
Tuesday 14th February 2006 11:07 pm

I remember Bugs being really cutting edge at the time - it was the first time I'd seen a writeable CD. It was made in 1995-99 and set in the near future. So their various gadgets and gizmos still look pretty cool. It's the computers that really date it. One of the characters didn't know what a mouse was (at the time, it was funny but not so unusual). But one thing really got me with the third episode. A guy has written a top program for flying planes, that incidentally, can be controlled from elsewhere with a computer (and a mouse). It fits on a floppy. In fact he pulled a copy from a pile of floppies - I don't remember the last time I saw that many, never mind used one!

Tonight's Olympics were a bit boring, partly because they gave us a few results, showed us the men's skating, then showed some skiing, luge and curling - the results of which they'd previous told us! The commentators annoyed me a bit in the skating as well by continually repeating what their eight required elements are - despite having gone through it at the beginning. Even though it was just the short program it basically ended up being who had screwed up least.

I had a sudden fright when I looked at the calendar today and realised that the Jack/Liz fic is due in two weeks. And as I'm going to the Rotary District Conference in the middle of March, my Remix fic is actually going to be due in four weeks. Um. It has nine paragraphs. So now I'm off to force myself to write some more even though I'm still not entirely sure what I'm doing with it.

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A little bit of nostalgia
Saturday 11th February 2006 9:38 pm

I feel as if I've been good today because I've tidied and cleaned my room. I bought some more CD boxes and transferred some of my CDs into them from DVD boxes. And put some DVDs into those boxes. So now not only do I have space for all my DVDs, I even have room for more! I really don't have space for any more books, though.

I watched a bit of the Olympics today. It's the only time you can actually see any skating any more. They cut down so much on the BBC that it took a couple of years to notice they'd stopped showing it at all. It's also an opportunity to watch sports you don't usually see. Like Luge - otherwise known as throwing yourself down an icy track on a tea tray. It was interesting to see a view of it from the competitor - it looked scary. I'm looking forward to the Skeleton - throw yourself down an icy track on a tea tray with your chin just above the ground. I'm looking forward to seeing some skiing as well, which mum used to watch regularly when I was little. It was years before I found out the program was called Ski Sunday, though, because she called it Ski Splats.

I actually started on my Bugs DVDs last night. I bought myself a box set of all of them, which is 40 episodes. It was my first fandom and I remember watching it because Jaye Griffiths had just left The Bill when it started. I loved it at the time (although I wasn't entirely convinced by season 4) but I was a bit hesitant about rewatching in case it didn't live up to what I remembered (which is very little). I needn't have worried because I'm loving it just as much, ten years later.

Tomorrow I will do some writing. Although I found a Kakuro book, so I'm distracted with that and the Hanjie, now I've finished the last Sudoku in the Christmas G2 puzzles.

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