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Blakes 7 and Harry Potter
Thursday 19th July 2007 9:19 pm

I'm giving a presentation to Rotary on 31st about my trip to Romania. So I actually got my arse in gear and wrote it tonight. Well, I wrote a few bullet points on slides and added some photos. I need to work out how long it's going to be and write myself some notes - I have to give it again on 17th September, when I'm more likely to have forgotten what happened.

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I listened to the Blakes 7 audio last night in the car. I'd listened to the first three episodes when they were first up, but got distracted during them. I listened again when a few more were up, hoping that might be the end of the episode. It wasn't, and it annoyed me that I had to get up every five minutes to start the next one (remembering what one I was on) and listen to the theme music at the start of every one.

It was much easier to listen to on CD. And it was good. It was strange to hear one of Avon's lines being given to someone else. But I recognised one of Vila's that he kept. And I did love that one of the prisoners had been accused of 217 counts of murder, at which point he pointed out he worked in administration 🙂

Of all the characters Avon hasn't made an impact on me. But then he hasn't had much to do yet.

I'm looking forward to listening to the next one, but I think I'll just skip the website and buy it off Judith again.

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There was an article in the paper today about the Harry Potter book leak (or possible leak - it might not be the right manuscript) and it mentioned security around the Harry Potter books:

Ahead of the launch books have been kept in guarded warehouses and delivered by vans tracked by satellites. Clays, printer of the British edition, installed barbed wire around its Suffolk plant and hired extra guards to search workers as they left the factory.

I was quite amused that at the end of Mock the Week they had 'Lines you'll never see in the final Harry Potter book', which with the exception of the owl postal strike, were all dirty, as you'd expect really.


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Website update
Saturday 7th July 2007 9:58 pm

I have updated my website, finally, which includes the diary I wrote while I was in Romania.


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Back from Romania
Sunday 17th June 2007 5:09 pm

I'm back from Romania. I'm really tired - I got used to going to bed when it got dark and getting up about 6.30am, and that's Romanian time too. And the travel sickness pills still haven't worn off yet - although they say on the packet 'may cause drowsiness' what they should actually say is 'will put you to sleep' - I feel asleep in Budapest airport.

Romania was a lovely place - very beautiful and all the people were very friendly. It was great to go with Habitat too, because you get to see the places tourists don't, meet the people, and see what a difference you make. We worked on houses for people with no running water, and they were so grateful for what we did. Coming back and watching the final of the Stella Artois I established I really need a new (bigger) telly because I can't see the ball properly from so far away, but that sort of thing seems so inconsequential when you've seen people who have very little and are grateful for it.

There are photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/paranoidangel/tags/romania/

I wish someone would turn the heat up on the weather though - it's colder now than at nighttime where I was. Last Tuesday my arms tanned (and nearly burnt) even through putting factor 50+ on every half an hour.

I am caught up on Doctor Who - I really liked Blink, which really scared me. It'll take me all week, if not longer, to catch up on the rest of my viewing and my RSS Feeds, though (even though I just marked most of them as read).

I also need to remember how to type, it seems so hard after two weeks without doing it.


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Last post before I go
Thursday 31st May 2007 10:06 pm

In what can only be described as a minor miracle, I have fitted all my stuff into my suitcase. Although I realised later that I have packed my travel alarm clock somewhere. But it could be anywhere. So Saturday morning I will probably be getting up with the aid of a phone call from the hotel, unless it turns out to be somewhere easy to get to.

Watching Doctor Who and Confidential when I get back is going to be fun as I can't tell what time they'll be on three Saturdays from now, so I have taped them both for three hours. So I should definitely get them in there somewhere. But my fast forwarding options are 2x, 4x, 6x and skip 3 mins, 1 min, 30 secs. It would be so much easier if the BBC had started up their player then I needn't have bothered taping anything.

This is my last post before I go - it is not too late to donate money though!

(it would be so nice if LJ would just accept this rather than making me go back and edit it before the crossposter works properly)


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Postcard results
Wednesday 23rd May 2007 8:12 pm

Remember I was getting people to send me postcards and guess how many to raise money for my trip to Romania? No, well, the original post is here.

Some postcard statistics:

  • outside of this country I had postcards from Dublin, Madrid, Geneva, America, Japan and Australia
  • I had two from the town I live in
  • Six were from Eastbourne (see here for the reason why)
  • Others I had were from The Cotswalds, Devon, Newbury, Dorset, Dartford and Paddington

The total number I received is 21. So the winner is Andy, who guessed 22. Emma came second, twice, with guesses of 14 and 28. I laid them out on the floor and took a photo of all of them.

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who sponsored me. I've raised about £600, which is over the minimum of £350, which is great. It's not too late to donate still at my justgiving page. In theory it sends me an email when people donate but in practice it seems to take around two weeks, or when it gets round to it. You'd almost think it was a person.


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Romania
Thursday 17th May 2007 9:42 pm

Even though I had the 'turning up at the airport only to find I've forgotten my travel sickness pills' nightmare last night, I am getting quite excited about Romania. Although scared it's only two weeks away - it was months away not so long ago!

We have to buy certain bits of safety gear, so I got mine off ebay which was nice and cheap. And all new stuff as well. My hard hat is red. They come in one size fits all and you adjust the band inside. In my case, you adjust it as small as it goes. I have a small head.

Steel cap toe boots generally come in black and occasionally tan, based on my ebay searches. Except that I found a pink pair. And they're fab! They fit as well, which is good, I just need to wear them in a bit so they're more comfortable. They'll clash horribly with the hard hat, but go with the t-shirt, which is still pink. I might just leave it that way - it'll be unique.


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Weekend
Sunday 13th May 2007 10:07 pm

I've had a relaxing and productive weekend. Probably because Sel was coming over I got up and got on on Saturday, so I had tidied and cleaned by 11am. We went out for Chinese for dinner and managed to make it during a time when it wasn't raining! I discovered there's a shop in town that sells Really Useful Boxes and looks like it has more than Staples in Oxford, who are a bit crap for them (Staples in Poole are much better) and we met a cat in the castle gardens. My chocolate mousse turned out nice again, which was good.

We watched Frontios, a Fifth Doctor story which neither of us had seen, and had Jeff Rawle (George Dent from Drop the Dead Donkey) looking really young. I had forgotten he did this over ten years before he did Drop the Dead Donkey. It turned out to be a very good story, we were gripped. It was a bit surreal when we watched Thursday's episode of The Last Detective and Jeff Rawle was in it again. The Last Detective seems to attract lots of well-known names because this one also had Celia Imrie and some bloke I recognise (he was married to Celia Imrie's character - where do I know him from?) and last week's had Jackie Tyler and Peter Davison's daughter. And of course every week it has Peter Davison, Shaun Hughes and one of the wives from the 40s thing that the bloke who played Rodney in Only Fools and Horses was in. And I've entirely forgotten the relevant names and titles now.

We also watched a couple of good episodes of The Avengers. From looking at the backs of my DVDs I think I have about three Emma Peel DVDs to go. I must get on and watch them - I leave it so long in between watching The Avengers that I'm surprised how good it is every time I do.

Now I have watched every Fifth Doctor story! (Also every Seventh and Third Doctor stories). So I feel justified in working my way through One due to loving Ian. He's so great.

I also bought some stuff for my Romania trip (and Robot on DVD to watch when I get back, along with the three episodes I'll have missed). One of the things we have to have are steel cap toe boots. I was quite impressed to find a pink pair. So they'll go with the t-shirt, which is still pink after one wash.


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3 drabbles and a hobbit birthday present
Monday 30th April 2007 8:06 pm

Back in March I mentioned that I was offering to write drabbles in return for a donation to Habitat for Humanity for me to go to Romania.

Since WP only lets you do one cut I'll come back to the drabbles themselves. But I enjoyed myself writing them, I had forgotten how much, since it's been a while since I wrote any. As my birthday is coming up (Saturday, so I am allowed to get excited tomorrow) I'm going to do it Hobbit-style again, and offer to write drabbles for any requests.

The drabbles: Read more...


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I’ve found a use for Google Documents
Wednesday 18th April 2007 9:16 pm

There's a link on the side too, but I've put all the postcard guesses I've had so far in a Google Document. It's quite nifty, as long as I remember to republish when I save it.

I've been having fun with NationStates recently. You set up your own country and then vote on various issues they give you. The next day (day seems to be a bit fluid, mind you, since it seems to be mid-afternoon as far as I can tell) your country's bio changes to reflect it. So far I've banned smoking, arts students and religion. And legalised drugs and prostitution. It's great! My fantastic country is the The Most Serene Republic of 42 Paranoidangel Drive


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University Challenge
Monday 26th March 2007 8:16 pm

Wow, we're in the semi-finals, I can't believe it! And interestingly, there's no Oxbridge in the semis at all. I thought we were shit in University Challenge. And it means I have to go through that knuckle-biting tension again in two weeks.

And I'm entirely behind on this, but thank you so much to Ann, Lady Branwyn, Aervir, Tanaqui and Hilary for donating to my Romania fundraising.

I will manage a B2MEM post before the end of March, really I will.


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Some fundraising
Monday 19th March 2007 9:39 pm

I mentioned a month ago that I was going to Romania with Habitat for Humanity and that I needed to raise £350 for it.

Now that I'm back from America and can think about Romania instead of America I have some (hopefully!) fun things for you all to participate in and raise money at the same time.

Sponsored Drabbles
The first thing I'm going to do is some sponsored drabble writing. So the idea is that you suggest a topic/person/pairing/whatever and give me a £1. In return, I'll write the drabble. I'll certainly write Doctor Who/Torchwood/SJA, Stargate/Atlantis, Lord of the Rings, TPM, Farscape, Harry Potter, although you can suggest any other fandom as long as I know it. If I get inspired and it ends up being a double drabble or longer it doesn't cost you any more money. I reserve the right to ask for another prompt if I think I really can't write yours. I'm going to make this an April thing, so I won't post any before April and I won't write any prompts posted after April.

Postcards (from an idea by Avon)
There are two parts to this. The first is that you send me a postcard (email me for my address). The second is that you pay £1 to guess how many postcards I'll receive by 20th May (so that's in two months time). I'll take photos to prove how many I've had, so this is your chance to find something crazy. Or just really pretty. In tradition of guessing the number of something, you win the postcards. And the kudos of being good at guessing. So you can either send a postcard, guess the number, or do both.

Now you may be asking yourself just how to go about giving me this money. Well, if you see me in person you can just give it to me. Or if you live in the same country, send a cheque. Or, I have a page at justgiving.

And if you want, there's nothing to stop you giving me money without requiring me to do anything, I'm not going to stop you.


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Building houses in Romania
Tuesday 20th February 2007 9:45 pm

I meant to post about this yesterday but I was busy getting annoyed at youtube instead. I went through finding good stuff I had bookmarked and added it to my favourites, but no-one else can see it. Which is a bit crap. I'll quickly mention College Sage though, which is a very funny game parody.

I got the stuff through yesterday morning confirming I am going to Romania in June with Habitat for Humanity to build a house. Which is exciting and scary. I keep thinking of silly things I need to do, like buy some cheap small t-shirts, as it'll be hot there and that way it doesn't matter if they end up horrid. They did make it look, in the stuff, like I'd need a visa, but fortunately Romania joined the EU last month, so as dad pointed out, I can also live and vote there if I wanted.

Only thing now is I have to find £700 of my own money to pay for flights and stuff. The first half of this year is going to be really expensive, I'm going to have to be frugal later in the year. But I also have to fundraise £350. I do have a few things I can do. I am planning to do a sort of sponsored drabble writing thing, but more on that after I get back from America. But if anyone has any ideas for anything sponsored I can do, specially if it's slightly unusual.


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