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Steps to clean out hamster wee
Saturday 16th January 2021 9:02 pm
  1. Change water
  2. Shake sand bath/hamster bathroom and pick out lumps
  3. Open food box
  4. When hamster appears at door of his house, offer him some food. When he sniffs it, but turns his nose up at it offer him the piece of veg you've been saving for him from dinner and is right by his cage so he can smell it
  5. Open lid of house and watch as hamster takes veg to his ensuite and sits there to eat it
  6. Wait for hamster to move
  7. Pick up handfuls of substrate, put it to your nose and sniff it to see if it smells of wee
  8. Regret it
  9. Remember that you made a mental note last time not to sniff so hard or put it so close to nose
  10. Make mental note not to do that next time
  11. Fill nappy sack with smelly/wet substrate
  12. Wash hands
  13. Return to find hamster sitting in space where en suite was
  14. Throw fresh substrate on hamster
  15. Watch hamster go to bed
  16. Go to put lid on
  17. Find hamster has got out of bed and is sitting on edge of house walls
  18. Offer hamster food
  19. Hamster takes food
  20. Hamster wants more food
  21. Give hamster an entire day's worth of food
  22. Watch hamster add food to pantry/en suite
  23. Put house lid back on
  24. Put everything away and wash hands again
  25. Return to find hamster has investigated the food that magically appeared in his bowl and is now disappearing down the top entrance of his house, giving you a good view of his balls

Merry in his house

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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 30th December 2020 4:46 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
The Chalet School and Guernsey by Katherine Bruce. When I started this book I had been assuming it would involve them leaving Guernsey, established that maybe it wasn't and was a bit disappointed. Then we had a few chapters of just ordinary school stuff and I decided that actually that was what I wanted in the book. So then it immediately turned into them deciding to leave Guernsey now, actually, which I was reading at the same time as the government were bringing in stricter measures in some parts of the country, and it then I really wanted to be reading just a school story. I finished it anyway, since there were only a couple of chapters to go, but it was a bit of an odd book, feeling like neither one thing nor the other.

What I'm Currently Reading
How Was It For You? by Virginia Nicholson. This is about women in the 1960s. It goes by year and themes and I'm currently on 1964. There are just so many things starting that we recognise as modern - it's such a different decade from the 1950s. It's been particularly interesting having read Shopgirls, so I can relate it to the changes in shopping and consumerism that happen around that time. I thought I was mostly interested in the 20s-50s, but there's loads here that I'd like to know more about. Handily there are some footnotes suggesting books that go into more detail about some of these things - one of which I already own!

What I'm Reading Next
Funny You Should Ask by QI Elves. This is explanations of ordinary things you don't (necessarily) think to ask, inspired by the questions asked at the Why Workshop on Zoe Ball's breakfast program. I've enjoyed the Why Workshop and the elves have been publicising this a lot with extracts, so I know I'll like it and find it interesting.

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Live comedy in 2020
Wednesday 23rd December 2020 8:02 pm

I like to go and see live comedy. I had quite a bit in the diary for this year, which quickly got cancelled from March. Although then I saw more than I thought, as they included live screenings. Here's all the ones I 'went to' that required a ticket:

Ardal O'Hanlan
Infinite Monkey Cage
Jack Dee
Mark Watson
Mock the Week
The News Quiz
No Such Thing as a Fish
Sandi Toksvig

Technically I went to No Such Thing as a Fish twice, but one of them clashed with something else, so I watched it later. But I still paid for it.

Last year I went to 12 things, so two-thirds of that isn't bad. I liked being able to go over Zoom because then it doesn't matter where they are in relation to where I am.

I currently have three in the diary for next year, all of which have moved date at least once. And one for 2022.

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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 16th December 2020 7:31 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
The Secret by Lorna Hill. I was very excited when GGBP re-published this. It's 14th in the Sadlers Wells series, of which I own the first twelve. The last two are pretty much impossible to find and when you do find them they're about £100. So I was excited to read this one. It's pretty much the same as the others, which is not a surprise, but I enjoyed it. There's an afterword where Lorna Hill's daughter Vicki talks about what they discussed would be in the next book, to resolve this one. Which sounds like it would have been a good book.

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenburg. I thought from the blurb on the back that this was a sci-fi murder mystery and I was sort of right. It starts off in the present with Anna being tried for murder and then goes back to the past, from Anna's point of view, leading up to the trial - with some of it interspersed with the past narrative. What's really interesting is that she's a hybrid - looks human but is robot, ish - and lives as a Disney Princess in Disneyland (just without the word Disney). I really enjoyed it and went looking for more by the same author, but she's a new author and has only written one other book and that's a YA romance. I will be keeping a look out for more by her in the future.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Chalet School in Guernsey by Katherine Bruce. This arrived and work's been crazy busy, so it's just the right amount of don't need a brain to read now. I have only just started it, but it's standard Chalet School stuff. I'm just waiting for the Chalet School to need to move off Guernsey. Which I assume will happen in this book - right near the start they're talking about whether France will fall.

What I'm Reading Next
How Was it For You? by Virginia Nicholson. My Chanukah present about women in the 1960s. I am looking forward to it, despite it being a big, thick book.

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Merry in my lounge
Thursday 26th November 2020 7:08 pm

This is Merry telling me he wants to come out and play

Merry on the bars

Theoretically it would allow me to get better photos of him because he's not always in a dark corner, but that does require him to stay still, which doesn't happen a lot. He likes running around very fast and trying to climb things, even if they're unclimbable (like the wall).

Merry with a crocheted cat

He has not yet learnt that if he gets up earlier he can run around for longer. I've tried convincing him, but he really likes his bed in the evenings. He does a very good puppy dog expression when I put him back in his cage so I can go to bed.

Merry sad

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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 18th November 2020 8:14 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Shopgirls by Pamela Cox and Annabel Hobley. I really enjoyed it. It was interesting to see how things changed over the decades. You can gradually see how we got to where we are today. I was particularly interested in the bit where it talked about people working in the shops dealing with ration cards during the war, because I've only had heard it from the consumer's perspective before.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Bettany Twins and the Chalet School by Helen Barber. Which is mainly about Maeve and Maurice, but also about the Bettany family. It's pretty standard Chalet School stuff, but there's also something nefarious that Dick's involved with and I'm looking forward to finding out what that's all about.

What I'm Reading Next
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenburg. My library did a thing where you can tell them what sort of things you like and they pick out some books for you. I interpreted that as they'll find me things in the genres I like, similar to the authors I like, that is new to me. They interpreted it as they'll give me books by the authors I like. But I ticked the box to get a surprise, so that's this book. From the blurb on the back it looks like a sci-fi murder mystery, which sounds like my sort of thing. So I'm looking forward to reading it (and not looking at any other information about it in case I put myself off the idea of reading something new).

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Cutting my hair
Wednesday 11th November 2020 8:54 pm

I hate going to hairdressers. This is why I have long hair - I only have to get it cut every six months (plus the hairdresser said that in order to get my hair looking good and suiting me while short I'd have to put stuff in it, thus negating the time-saver of having short hair). I hate that I have to sit still for ten minutes and then it costs me the best part of £20 (and I go to the cheap hairdressers where you queue rather than make appointments). And it annoys me that it's cheaper for men, regardless of the length of their hair.

And getting it cut in the summer would have been tricky with a mask on (they can't usually cut my hair with my glasses on). Fortunately, I had mine cut in February, so it didn't get to the point where it was getting too long to deal with until August. At which point I watched a load of videos on YouTube. And then didn't cut it until October.

At first I thought hairdressers were the people to watch, but they're focussed on doing it perfectly, which I'm never going to be able to do (they can always tell I cut my own fringe). And they're less about how to cut your own hair.

But there are people who already cut their own hair and they were the best people to go to for that. And I now understand why you have to have your hair really well combed and why hairdressers do some cutting vertically.

The mistake I made was trying it after I'd washed my hair and showered. By the time I was dressed my hair was too curly to tell if it was straight before I cut it. But on the plus side, I couldn't tell if it wasn't straight after I cut it. The idea is that you cut it, then finesse it. I did the cutting part, it looked just as good as before I cut it, just shorter, so I left it at that.

At least it was easy and free. And definitely something I'm going to do more (I'll need to cut it again before spring, for a start). Maybe I'll have to go to the hairdresser sometime, but I like this cutting it myself lark.

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The OC
Thursday 5th November 2020 9:29 pm

Back when I finished watching all of Whose Line Is it Anyway? and considering what to watch, I came across the OC, thought, "I can't remember how it started", watched the first episode and then all the rest. All 92 (42 minutes) episodes.

I would describe it as being about a teenager from the poor part of California who ends up living with his lawyer in the rich part of California, and becomes part of the lawyer's family. Except it's really about a lot of other things and not enough of that.

I saw it when it was originally on, in the early 2000s. I definitely have a different perspective on it now. I'm now closer to the age of the adults in it, and am much more interested in what's going on with them and a lot less interested in what's going on with the kids.

It also really doesn't require a brain. In fact, removal of brain improves it no end. I ended up watching a lot of it during the heatwave - at that point I had exactly the right amount of brain required.

However, I still had enough brain to catch the glaring continuity errors. Like the main child characters are definitely 16 in season 1 and they're in their junior year at high school. In season 3, two years later, they're in their senior year and one character turns 18. Season 2 has prom. I've watched enough American TV to know how the years are numbered and there isn't a junior and a half.

Another character is stated to be 11 years old, two years previously. And then she turns 15. And drives a car. Also played by a different actor, but not the first character to have more than one actor.

It does have more gay characters than I remember US TV having in that time period (three, one of whom is in more than two episodes). But it does have terrible mental health. Which is probably also how things were in those days.

But season 4 has a rabbit.

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What I am reading Wednesday… on a Thursday
Thursday 29th October 2020 6:14 pm

I was going to post this last night, but my RSS feeds had gone off the idea of updating. As a result I spent the evening installing a new version and then working through every feed's ~25 new feeds to work out which ones I'd actually read. And deleting some feeds I'd forgotten I had because they hadn't been updated in years.

What I Just Finished Reading
Doctor Who: The Day She Saved the Doctor. I read the first three stories in this so long ago that I can't remember anything about it. I'd got to the last one, struggled with the first page and read something else. My Kobo told me I only had about 15 minutes left to read on it, so I thought I might as well read it and then it's read.

And I don't know why I struggled with the first page before because I read the whole story in one go. It was an interesting one about Bill buying a jacket and then crazy things happen.

What I'm Currently Reading
Shopgirls by Pamela Cox and Annabel Hobley. I'm currently still pretty much at the start of women working in shops. They're still doing 10 hours a day, all standing up, for very little pay, and society is scandalized by the idea of people enjoying shopping. I already knew about their terrible working conditions at the start, in the Victorian era, but I don't know about it changing, other than it obviously does. So I'm looking forward to discovering more about that as I go through the book.

What I'm Reading Next
The Bettany Twins and the Chalet School by Helen Barber, which arrived through my letterbox recently. Although every time I see the title I think it's about Madge and Dick and am disappointed to remember it's actually about Peggy & Rix and Meave & Maurice. Which didn't stop me buying it and won't stop me enjoying it either, I expect.

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The washing machine saga
Wednesday 21st October 2020 7:35 pm

A year later, I'm finally writing about my washing machine and why it took three weeks to get it.


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Wednesday 14th October 2020 5:18 pm

I've been neglecting this blog a bit. I realised since I post at [info]tardis-library every week (ish) I could post here every week too. And I've been very remiss on not introducing you to Merry, since I've have him for four weeks.

Merry in travel cage

He loves running on his wheel - it's pretty much the first thing he does when he gets up at night - he only goes and looks for the food that's magically appeared around his cage later.

He's used to be handled, so I can pick him up and stroke him, but he lumps it rather than likes it. He's happy to take treats (and food, but he prefers treats) off my hand. But unless I'm feeding him or sorting out his wee, he's scared of me being around - if he gets up for a drink and I talk to him or move, he freezes. He's a silly boy (as I tell him often).

Merry on the sofa

Hopefully he'll be up for coming out to play a bit more, so then there will be more photos of him. Photos of just his head don't come out well after dark, and in a dark corner of my lounge/

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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 23rd September 2020 5:21 pm

What I Didn't Read
Carry On Jeeves by PG Wodehouse. I've been borrowing the Jeeves and Wooster books from my sister and she told me she had a system where she left a space for the book I had, so when I took one back and borrowed another she'd know what was next. When I got this one she told me she didn't know what was next. I picked this one up, noticed it was a collection of short stories, which therefore must be next because the only collection of short stories I've read was the first book she gave me.

And before I'd finished the first page I realised this was the first one she gave me. I still read the first story, since I'd started it, but not the rest.

What I Just Finished Reading
It's Not Me, It's You! by Jon Richardson. This is all about why he can't get a girlfriend. Which is a bit weird because it was published a while ago and he's got married since! But it was still an interesting book about all his foibles and odd ways of thinking.

What I'm Currently Reading
Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes by Virginia Nicholson. I've returned to this - I handily stopped at the end of a chapter. I'm remembering how interesting this book is. The chapter I'm currently reading is all about marriage and there are a couple of quotes about how to have a happy marriage that show how it's all about the man:

Love him, feed him, sympathise with him, stimulate him, admire him.

Always have his meals ready, nice clean house and home, listen to all his troubles about what a horrid day he's had, even if yours has been dreadful. Above all, look clean and attractive yourself.

The divorce rate was going up at the time because women weren't satisfied with this. I can't think why...

What I'm Reading Next
While reading Perfect Wives I realised Virginia Nicholson has written about women in the 20s and during the war and this one was the 50s. I wondered if she would write one about women in the 60s. I just look and turns out it came out in March! But I will not be reading it next, I'll be saving it for my Chanukah list instead, and reading one of the three books on my bedside table that I've started or one of the two books on my Kobo that I've started or one of the books on a bookshelf that need reading or one of the books on my Kobo that I haven't read yet.

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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 9th September 2020 7:35 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Theodora and the Chalet School by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer. This was a re-read because I got the GGBP version. And I needed something easy to read. And then right at the start I got so annoyed with Joey for deciding what name Theodora should go by. I wanted Theodora to refuse to go by Ted and insist on Dora or something else that Joey didn't suggest. And then after the beginning being about how she'd been expelled from three schools, nothing really happened with her at the Chalet School and it was really all about Margot with a side-order of too much Mary-Lou. I think me mostly reading it at a chapter a day before bed didn't help because it seemed like the longest Chalet School book ever.

What I'm Currently Reading
Death on the Nile by Robin Stevens. I discovered there was another Murder Most Unladylike book recently. It was reasonably priced on kobo, so I bought it. And I'm not reading it very fast because although I'm liking the characters and the plot, right at the start there was a "horrible thing will happen" and either it will or it'll be a "ha ha fooled you" moment, both of which will annoy me when one of them happens. So I'm not in a rush to get the being annoyed part of reading the book.

What I'm Reading Next
Carry On Jeeves by PG Wodehouse. Because I visited my sister and did an exchange for the last one I read.

Also, Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes by Virginia Nicholson. I stopped reading it during the heatwave because it was just too hot to concentrate on anything. And since then I got distracted b y other easy-reading books, but I must get back to this one.

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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – pay at the pump
Monday 24th August 2020 7:36 pm

Last week I paid for my petrol at the pump. I've never done it before, I've always gone into pay. But I thought this would be easier, no need to interact with people and since I have a small tank and I fill it up when it's half full, then I could just wave my card at it.

Except that wasn't the case.

I went to Tesco, where I never usually get petrol. Every other pump has a system where if you lift the pump it assumes you're paying inside. If you want to pay at the pump you press a button before you lift it. Tesco is different - you have to press a button first to tell it which you want to do. I automatically lift the pump first, get in a mess and end up being shouted at over the tannoy. So I don't get my petrol at Tesco, it's just too complicated.

But this time I was there to pick up a prescription, I needed petrol and there was no one there. Since I was paying at the pump I knew I'd have to press a button first.

After you press the button it asks for your clubcard and Debit/credit card. You wave the clubcard beneath the scanner, as you do when you get the scanner to go round the shop with. I also find it takes quite a bit of waving for it to recognise the card. With the pump I gave up or I'd have been there all night waving the card at it.

And then I had to stick my debit card in the slot and type in my pin number in order to authorise the pump for £99. You can tell it you want a specific amount, but since I knew I needed about half a tank that wasn't that helpful. It only charged for what I used in the end, but it meant I couldn't use the chip and pin which was the whole point of trying pay at the pump in the first place.

I suppose it makes sense because then people can't drive off without paying. But it was disconcerting and since I was the only car there it would have been far quicker to have gone inside and waved my card at the card reader. At least it wasn't cold or raining while I was playing around pressing buttons and waving cards. But I won't do it again, it's just not worth it.

I'll give it 3/10.

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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 22nd July 2020 4:57 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
A whole lot of fanfic. I put a load on my ebook reader and worked through it. In the meantime I've bookmarked more, but at least my AO3 reading later page is only one page. Because I've been catching up on stuff from a while ago, it's been interesting to see who replies to comments. Some authors reply to all, some reply to none, some reply for a while and then stop (sometimes that's years sometimes that one day of replying and then stop). I know there are lots of reasons authors don't always reply to all comments, but when I see that none have been replied to and I'm not sure I liked it or it was just ok I tend to veer on the side of just ok and not leaving a comment.

What I'm Currently Reading
Back on the non-fiction: Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes by Virginia Nicholson. I've enjoyed two of her other books, on women after WWI and during WWII. This one is about women in the 50s. It's strange because it's so recent but so different. We had two world wars where women worked and the 'surplus women' after WWI meant marriage wasn't the be all and end all for women. And yet the 1950s might as well be the 1900s for all that's changed. At least so far, we're only on the early 1950s.

There was a chapter on the queen's coronation and I knew it rained that day but I didn't know it had only been 12C! And to think I thought this June had some cold weather, it wasn't that bad during the day.

What I'm Reading Next
The book I'm currently reading is 500 pages, and heavy to read in bed, so it's going to take me a while. I don't know, I'll see what I fancy off my to read shelf.

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Whose Line is it Anyway?
Sunday 12th July 2020 12:17 pm

Back in December, when I was ill, I started watching Whose Line is it Anyway? on All4. Earlier this year I got into a pattern of watching it at lunchtimes when I worked from home. This week I finished all 136 episodes.

I did enjoy it, but sometimes it got samey. Watching a lot in a short time would expose the times they repeated a joke. Authors was good for being able to make lunch while watching it, because there wasn't much to see, but I often wouldn't know the authors they were spoofing and it was only really funny when someone did a silly author. And Film and Theatre Styles got old quickly, especially when they did it twice per episode. That was also not helped by me not knowing some of the styles. Hoedown/Gospel/March gets old after a while too.

My favourites when I watched when it was first on were Josie Lawrence, Tony Slattery and Ryan Stiles. They're still my favourites, but to that list I add Sandi Toksvig, who is really funny and really quick. I was pleasantly surprised this week to find her in an episode I watched, because I thought I'd seen them all (she wasn't in many).

There was a surreal point where I watch the What's the Matter with Tony Slattery? documentary and they showed some Whose Line clips, all of which were from the first series, which I'd just been watching that week.

During this time I also saw The Comedy Store Players, who had an hour's worth of one evening's performance that you could pay to watch in a 3 day window. All but one of those had been in at least one episode of Whose Line. That made me laugh so much it set my asthma off. It helps that they've been doing it a long time so they keep getting better at it and also that I'm not struggling for 20-30 year old references. And they had different games, so it felt more interesting.

As to what I'm going to watch during my lunchtimes now, I don't know. I've reduced them to 30 minutes, so I can just about get Whose Line in, but anything longer is trickier. Although I could made my lunchtimes however long I want at the moment, as long as I get 7.5 hours of work in each day. Or I could watch half of something at lunchtime and the other half after work when I need a lie down before starting on something else (watching something helps better than reading). I don't know.

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Yes, Minister
Wednesday 8th July 2020 7:49 pm

I've been thinking about Yes, Minster recently.

Yesterday I read a headline that said one-sixth of British people wouldn't take the Covid vaccine when we have one. At first I thought this is just clickbait, but it was The Guardian and I was curious, so I read it. And it was all about how people who get their news from social media rather than traditional channels are the ones who won't have the vaccine. It told me how many people the survey asked, but not anything else. Like what question did they actually ask.

It reminds me of a scene from Yes, Prime Minster where Humphrey demonstrates how to get specific answers out of people in surveys.

Leading questions

I've also been rewatching The West Wing. I got through series 1-3 and then stopped three and a half years ago. I re-started from the beginning of series 4 and am now halfway through series 5. There was recently an episode talking about the muclear threat. Which reminds me of this scene where we prove that Hacker would never press the button (it's the way he says "Picadilly?!" towards the end that really gets me)

"Would you press the button?"

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Titles meme
Tuesday 30th June 2020 8:22 pm

Look at your most recent 20 fanwork titles and answer the questions.

1. How many are you happy with?
One of them came from another fic, so doesn't count (You, Me, Red Wine, and the Edinburgh Night Sky). But of the remaining 19, I'm happy with 12 (which is a pretty good ratio):
Teatime Stories
Baby, Baby (Between You and Me)
Banned Books
More Trouble Than They're Worth
Willing to Walk Away
Runaway Colleague
The Thing's the Play
But for the Grace
Strictly Romance
The Time Lady and the Lamp
Love Me, Love Me Not
Bloomin' Aliens

2. How many are... not great?
Giselle's Honeymoon I really struggled for a title for and then pretty much gave up. It really wanted a Rocky-style title and it turns out that that's really hard.

3. How many did you scramble for at the last minute?
Amazingly, the answer is not all of them! But the last 20 go back three years so I don't remember how many. It's probably all of the ones not listed in the next question, though.

4. How many did you know before you started writing/creating, or near the beginning?
This is unusual for me. But it's two!
Baby, Baby (Between You and Me)
Strictly Romance

5. How many are quotes from songs or poems?
Just one, Bed of Roses.

6. How many are other quotes?
A whole lot - or at least variations on quotes:
Banned Books
More Trouble Than They're Worth
Willing to Walk Away
The Thing's The Play
But For the Grace
A Last Supper
The Time Lady and the Lamp
Love Me, Love Me Not

7. Which best reflects the plot of the story/content of the fanwork?
Giselle's Honeymoon does what it says on the tin. As does Ghost in the Bathroom. Baby, Baby (Between You and Me) is reflects the plot and how it was remixed. Strictly Romance is a romance set during a time when one half of the couple is on Strictly Come Dancing.

8. Which best reflects the theme of the story/fanwork?
Memories of Home tells you it's nostalgic. I think that's the only one, really, it's hard to tell.

9. Which best reflects the character voice of the story/POV of the fanwork?
I think Bloomin' Aliens gives you a clue that it's Gita.

10. Which is your favourite?
Baby, Baby (Between You and Me). I did think 'If I do the remix like this I can use this title' because it was just so good. Second favourite is Strictly Romance.

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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 17th June 2020 5:38 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Peace Comes to the Chalet School by Katherine Bruce. It's typical Chalet School stuff, so not much to say about it really. Although the author chose not to focus on just one girl/form, which makes sense since it's about the end of the war, but it does feel more like I've read a selection of short stories rather than a whole book. Which is not to say that it's a bad thing, it just makes it different from other Chalet School books.

What I'm Currently Reading
Funny Ha, Ha by Paul Merton. I'm more than two-thirds into my library borrowing period and less than halfway through the stories. I've not been reading them in order - I've mostly been going backwards through the authors. The trouble is that some of them are just a bit dull and it always seems to be the longest ones! But then there are also some gems. Like all of Victoria Wood's ones and one of Oscar Wilde's ones. I'm currently enjoying one by Jincy Willett, who I've never previously heard of.

When I'm reading a good one then I'm keen to read it. But when I'm reading a dull one, more so if it's a run of dull ones, then I struggle to motivate myself to get through it. Overall I think the book would be better off having a few really good stories rather than lots of stories that include some really good. When I have to return it to the library I will probably read something else, then get this out again and read some more.

What I'm Reading Next
Some fanfic. Which counts as a book because they're on my Kobo. I had loads of catching up to do because I was too busy to read any from October to mid-December. Then I got ill and couldn't look at a screen (or read much at all, to start with). I finally managed to get my AO3 to read later down to one page, and had a few long stories left in the SGA Secret Santa collection. So I've put everything that's left onto my Kobo so I can finish them off.

And I keep doing my (virtual) choir recordings in front of my to read shelf and therefore keep thinking about how much I want to read them. So I will probably one of those next - maybe some non-fiction.

And maybe also one of the three books on my bedside table that I'm currently reading...

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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 3rd June 2020 6:35 pm

I discovered that the crossposter didn't crosspost any entries for May to Dreamwidth. Because DW crossposts to LiveJournal it didn't crosspost to LJ either. It didn't occur to me that when DW said you had to use an API key now, rather than a password, that it would apply to the crossposter too. I've now crossposted all (four) posts from May, and am crossposting directly to DW and LJ so if one fails it won't take the other down with it.

What I Just Finished Reading
The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross. I wanted to read this because I watch a 2019 Demon Headmaster series on the iPlayer and thought I really don't remember the book (or the original TV series). It turns out that I do remember the book, there's just not as much in it as is hinted at in the new TV series. But I do have a big problem with it - I assumed it just had a new cover, but it's not just a re-print, they've actually changed things to update them. So at one point Dinah tries to record what happens during assembly using a phone on video mode. When I read this a phone was plugged into a wall in the house and you could only move as far as the cord let you. I don't know what the original had instead - a dictaphone perhaps - but a) if you're going to update the text you should say so (if I'd known I wouldn't have bothered with this version) and b) why? It's no wonder kids today can't conceive of a time before smartphones if all the books written last century contain them!

What I'm Currently Reading
Funny Ha, Ha by Paul Merton after [info]liadtbunny talked about it. I read the introduction where he was talking about not being familiar with some of the authors before he put the anthology together (of 80 short, funny stories) and some authors have three stories in. It could be easily cut down right there! So far I've read the Margaret Atwood one and the three Victoria Wood ones and they are funny. I'm thinking I won't get through all 80 before the library takes it back, but I could always borrow it again some other time, just as long as I can remember what I've read (unhelpfully the chapter listing only includes titles and not authors).

Peace Comes to the Chalet School by Katherine Bruce. Despite what this post looks like, I've been reading a lot of non-fiction recently and I really wanted some fiction that didn't take much effort. Which this is. I am enjoying it, it's typical Chalet School stuff really.

What I'm Reading Next
One of the books I've started and not finishing would be a good idea...

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