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The weekend (plus a couple of days of the week)
Sunday 26th November 2006 8:48 pm

Thursday I had tickets to see the English National Ballet performing Alice in Wonderland. I've never been to the ballet before (I'm amazed at the number of people I know who have) and since I like Alice that seemed like a good combination. I did realise just how many people there were in the strings section, violin is definitely the instrument to learn. I did like the way they used the props with the doors moving about, the table that grew and the massive bottle that swung from the ceiling with a note on it saying 'Drink me'. The actual dancing was boring though. It just seemed like they'd go into a scene, go here are some characters, thean randomly dance around for ages after I'd got bored. It probably doesn't help that half the appeal of Alice is in the words but all the dancing just seemed to consist of spinning and jumping, and how is that interesting?

The evening didn't start off well because I was talking to someone at work about work, so was late for the bus the one time it was on time. So I was planning to go to Borders and The Noodle Bar as I know I can eat there. I did try to get some beans and jacket potato but that meant relying on Waitrose for some decent potatoes, which was a bit of a vain hope. Instead I got Chinese from the new take-away, which turned out to be a bad idea because they put some disgusting sauce on their chicken and cashew nuts, which I discovered on Friday, had wheat/gluten in.

I went to work Friday morning anyway as there was work to do, but I didn't attempt breakfast. I went home not long after lunch once I'd pretty much done everything. Just that morning Doctor Who series 2 arrived, so I opened that up and watched the Deleted Scenes and Outtakes. It was just as well I'd already asked how to get to this stuff on the series 1 disks, since these had the same menus and I couldn't be bothered to plug my DVD writer in. Then I watched the School Reunion commentary, which did have a bit of David Tennant squee, and Julie Gardner complaining about how good Lis Sladen looked.

This weekend I went to Emma's. I definitely don't want to get the bus to Reading anymore cos it's horrendously busy. As was the train station. And I'm still annoyed I couldn't get a return - why can't you get a non-day return for somewhere close to, it doesn't make sense. We watched The Pillow Book which had a fair bit of Ewan McGregor naked in it, but was in general a very weird film. We discovered Sainsburys shut at 8pm on a Saturday, which is just not on when you need chocolate at 8.30.

We also went for a bit of Moulin Rouge and watched half a dozen episodes of Smallville, finishing off series 5, which was rather like torture. They rip off films, hit you over the head with the plot and you need a sick bucket for most scenes with Lana in. It all ended on a cliffhanger, but frankly, I don't care any more. I only watched it till the end cos I wanted to get to a good point to stop.

I have posted the latest chapter of Doctor Who: The Soap Opera but mostly I just really, really need to sleep.


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I’m back
Tuesday 19th October 2004 11:46 pm

Well, kinda. In the sense that I got into a Harry Potter thing and couldn't get out of it. Which is not to say I wanted to necessarily. But, I wrote the first draft of my Elrond essay at the weekend (it's terrible, I need to re-write it) and now I have Elrond back in my head. Suddenly I care less about Sirius & Remus and more about Elrond & Arwen.

I also realised, the other week, that I quite liked Sirius & Remus not fancying the pants off each other when I read Mad Martha's One Week in Summer (which is really very good). Except that I went looking for such fics and couldn't cope with the idea that they're not going to get together. And then I realised what I liked about One Week in Summer was the mention of Remus's son, and Sirius & Remus's relationships with Harry.

Which is exactly the same stuff I like in Smallville (Clark's relationship with his parents) (apart from Clark/Lex and Clark/Chloe - I never said I was consistent) and LOTR (Elrond & Aragorn). So perhaps in some ways it doesn't matter what fandom I'm reading because I'm ultimately reading the same story.


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The Indispensable Person
Wednesday 13th August 2003 7:04 pm

This poem's been going round my head for a while now and I've finally remembered to look it up. I vaguely remember reading it when I was little, although I didn't know what indispensable meant at the time.

THE INDISPENSABLE PERSON

Sometimes when you're feeling important,
Sometime when your ego's in bloom,
Sometime when you take it for granted
You're the best qualified in the room,

Sometime when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple directions
And see how they humble your soul.

Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to your wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that's remaining
Is a measure of how you'll be missed.

You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you'll find in no time
It looks quite the same as before.

The moral in this quaint example
Is to do just the best that you can.
Be proud of yourself, but remember...
There's no indispensable person!

I watched an episode of Smallville (Nicodemus) the other day and it reminded me of something. In it, Clark walks in on his parents kissing, embarrassed, he turns round and says 'I didn't see that'. Which is what it's like in real life - you don't want to think about your parents doing that sort of thing. At least when you're old enough to know what it all means. And yet there are so many fan fics I've read where they've had kids quite happy - in fact loving - this sort of thing. Admittedly, the sort of fics I'm talking about tend to involve the Mary Sue kids of two characters the writer ships for. But still. I don't read them any more though.

I can't quite work out how I've ended up reading Josh/Donna West Wing fan fic either. There I was, happily working my way through Clark/Lex stuff. The silliest thing is though - I don't ship for them! I don't ship for any of the characters really. I just want to see all of them, except the Vice Pres who annoys me for some strange reason. I love CJ though, she's cool.

I'm not going to be in for The Bill tonight so I am going to have to tape it and convince myself to watch it before tomorrow's episode. This is bearing in mind I haven't seen Monday's Angel or Spooks yet (Angel I've seen before, plus I don't think it's that good an episode, but the last in the series of Spooks I have no excuse for) and I have five Smallville episodes sitting around waiting for me to watch. The trouble is, there just aren't enough hours in the day. Not least because I need an early night - I've been going to bed late because there just aren't enough hours in the day. I need a day off just to catch up.


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Stargate
Sunday 20th July 2003 10:44 pm

I've actually got round to doing the drabbles again this weekend. Wasn't inspired by Farscape Friday's, but the other two I wrote while waiting for the train. Almost handy, this waitiing for trains thing - gets a lot of things written.

Stargate 100 - Tefnut

TPM 100 - Heat

Sometimes I wonder why I bother with Stargate fandom. OK, so I am on a Jack/Daniel slash list, so I probably only have myself to blame 🙂 But what with all the politics going on, groups really shouldn't wind each other up. Although doing it on your own lists is fine but there were people pointing out that Sam/Jack fic abuses Daniel. Huh? I've never read any of it myself. Hell, it was reading Sam/Jack fic that made the character my favourite. Perhaps I've been lucky and only read the good stuff.

It took me a day and a half to watch the episode I'd downloaded because I couldn't work up the enthusiasm. Once I see them I remember why I like it but in between I wonder. I'm still in the fandom because I have friends in it. And it would be harder to keep in touch with them if I wasn't. But then I think - do I really want to go to SG7? I mean Paris is another country. If it was Blackpool then I definitely wouldn't but London. I'll have to think about it. Perhaps I'll see what SG6 is like - what I'll see of it before I jet off to America anyway. I think I have the better deal frankly.

No more Smallville for a while! How am I going to cope? By reading Clark/Lex fan fic I think. And trying to get hold of the other 30-odd episodes I've missed.


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Smallville
Sunday 13th July 2003 10:01 pm

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I got so pissed last night. Technically, I only had two drinks but they contained rather a lot of vodka and I definitely remember downing the equivalent of a shot. And some more. All in an hour and a half. At which point the world was spinning rather fast and I thought bed would be a good idea before I threw up. Then woke up at 8.30 and couldn't get back to sleep. Felt too ill to get up till 11am though. Am only just now waking up, which is typical. Really, really don't want to go back to work tomorrow.

I started watching Smallville two weeks ago. I've now seen seven episodes, thanks to Channel 4 showing two at a time. I just need to catch up on what's going on (it doesn't help that I've never seen any of the Superman films all the way through. I have seen the odd episode of Lois and Clark, but that doesn't really help). Now, Michael Rosenbaum looks much better with hair than without. If only they let him have hair in the series I wouldn't be trying desperately not to fancy Clark's dad. It's not good, it really isn't.

I'm still trying to work out what type of fanfic I want to read though. I'm not sure about some of the pairings. Well, most of them really. Lana is annoying because she's just perfect, and she and Clark and Chloe and Clark have so much less chemistry than Clark and Lex. *sigh*

I was going to do some writing this weekend, but couldn't be bothered yesterday before I went out and couldn't type earlier today. I don't think I'm going to be doing any drabbles this weekend or the HA list challenge. On discussing Jack/Daniel with someone else yesterday we were saying how FDAS tend to be into sex and not UST, and I like Sam/Jack UST. I have half a mind to write some Jack/Daniel UST just to prove a point, but that's quite hard to think about, never mind write. The only way I can read it is when I get to the point where there's feelings or something else going on, I have to stop thinking this is Jack and Daniel. I might get used to it though, I seem to remember doing something similar with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan at one point. It's actually getting quite hard to get back into TPM slash, but then there's only so much mushy child stuff you can take.


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