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We are claiming it back!

Independent's Day - encouraging people across Britain to buy at local shops today

http://barkingside21.blogspot.com/2011/06/independents-day.html
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oh definitey vampire, but agree with [livejournal.com profile] vashtan - I'd LEARN from all the stupid mistakes. No rotting curtains with the ability to be torn down at a moment's notice, and I'd be fuck-off rich too. It baffled me that Spike and Angelus (and most others) didn't have the foresight to put a few quid in the Bank of England and step back and forget about it.
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Good Lord No.

Not that I like smoking and smoke, but it's a bit of a huge jump. Who owns "the streets" ? Unless you make smoking altogether an offence, I can't see how you could ban it -- and would that mean everywhere, like "in the desert" "in the wood" "in international waters" - where would you stop.

i tend to smoke after sex, but then I do go at it a bit over enthusiatically.

Boom boom!




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Yes - of course!!!

Don't know who'd take me though--no-one's been there yet.

Yes, I'm one of those loonies.

:)
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Wouldn't bother me--live in a country which is loaded down with history and most houses that I'd consider the house of my dreams would have had some kind of brutal murder happen in them. If ghosts could really come back, we'd be knee deep in them over here.

on a slighly related note--did you know that there have been more assassinations in assassin's creed brotherhood online than there have ever been people alive?  slightly mind boggling. I have contributed a big fat zero to this, i have to say, although as a death statistic more times than i can mention....
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castle on deserted irish island with helicopter delivery + broadband


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The Clangers (in fact, anything by Oliver Postgate, because he had such a sense of ironic humour.

but mostly the Clangers. I used to worry that I could understand what they could say, and then recently found out that all the episodes were scripted in English and THEN transferred to the swanee whistle.



and as you can, Major Clanger didn't care what he said!




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Lucius used to run away on a regular basis. He disappeared three times in a year, and each time he was gone for three months, almost to the day and then returned, tired and hungry but not in a bad way, so he'd OBVIOUSLY been living somewhere else, but I never found out where.  He would come back for two weeks, and then he'd be gone again.
However, since I stopped working, he never strayed away again, not even for a day - so it was clearly comfort he was after.
One day I plan to do a children's book about the things he got up to.
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 I would hire a great bit chalet or six in somewhere like the Austrian alps and I'd pay for anyone I knew to come with me - enolabloodygay, gehayi, alex Beecroft, Lee, Charlie, Chris smith, tigg - and as many others as we can squash in. It would be a mix of drinking games, chocolate and cheese binging, flirting with ski instructors, ski ing and other exhausting stuffs for those wot wanted it, although I'd be happy just riding up and down the ski lift with bottles of Bollinger.

Silly wooly hats would be involved, as would dog sledding. 

I think I should start doing the lottery so I can do this one day!  Who's with me?
     
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That I don't look after my books. They are horrifically treated and they've pretty much all been in the bath with me. Even if I don't drop them in - a rarity - then they get water damage, and books that I will re-read and re-read like Pratchett and Butcher just fall to bits.

I was lent a book by a friend a while back and she'd had it for years and it looked BRAND NEW.

As to WHAT books I have, they'll probably think I'm a bit infantile because I have all of my favourite kid's books, which I have gradually tracked down until I have all of them that I can remember - from Mary Poppins to Narnia to adventure classics.  I have a lot of books which are on the top 100 of "books everyone should read" and I tend to wallow in the classics when I'm down. but I do have a lot of different stuff, from sci-fi to swords and fantasy to gay romance (no ordinary romance thank you) and a shed load of gay text books. People will probably think i have a short attention--SHINY!
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Very much Country Mouse.  I've lived in cities, and towns. Lived in London for many years (and never really took advantage of living there, never had the money to do so, and never even went to the tourist resorts unless we had visitors) and escaped late 80's to a town, and then in early 90s to Ireland and after that decided never ever to live in a place with streets again if I can avoid it. I was born near the sea and can't bear to be too far away from it. (four miles now, and that's a bit too far, but the nearest Broad is only half a mile away.

Filby Broad

The weather is absolutely perfect today, warm and sunny with a nice cool breeze. Delicious.Adopt one today! 

Adopt one today! - Adopt one today! - Adopt one today! - Adopt one today! - Adopt one today!

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Venice. I've only been there once, and that was in March, so I missed out on the humidity, the heat, the smells, the endless tourists but it got hold of me in a way I hear India does with other people and hasn't let me go for over 20 years now. We stayed in a cheap little hotel (which was still expensive for us, as we were doing "Europe on a dollar a day") and we ate at the university because you got a massive pasta nosh up there for next to nothing. But it was the buildings and the canals that captured me entirely. And you get a better - and cheaper - tour of the Grand Canal by bus than you ever do by gondole.

I'd love to live there. A few years ago I looked into houses (well ok, very small flats) prices and found that I could JUST afford a tiny cupboard size thing with the price i'd get for this and my parents house, but then - what would I live ON? I'd need to be self sufficient. It's a nice dream and I shall continue to have it, because you never know. But that's where I'll be if the writing ever does support me. Look me up! (Just not more than one at a time because - tiny!

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LOL - I couldn't care less. If I knew them personally I'd have an opinion-but otherwise...

I'm not the sort of person who reads magazines, you can tell, right?
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It's disgustingly dull of me, but I'd want to be English again. Nota Bene: English. I've travelled extensively - and although I've found a couple of places I'd quite like to have second/third/fourth homes in (New York, New Zealand, Venice) I wouldn't want to be a citizen of those countries-- most particularly the USA.  England just makes me go all weak at the knees, really. I'm a huge "this house was built before Christopher Columbus was born" snob. :)
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I don't prefer cats, contrary to the evidence. I have 3 cats (an accident, I assure you, I think 3 is excessive, but the boys had to come as a unit) but I only have cats in preference to dogs because I was (up to the moment that Steeles dumped me) working - and I don't think it's fair to leave a dog alone all day.  We always had dogs (and cats) when I was growing up, but my dad was on shift work and my mother was a teacher so the dogs were never left for more than about three hours at a time.  It's that "animals comfort first" I got from my parents I suppose.

I would dearly love a dog - it would make me more active for a start, but while I'm not working I simply can't afford it, and I may return to work at any time, and then I couldn't leave it at home. Somewhere that would allow me to take a dog into work would be ideal, but sadly that's not going to happen.

If I had the space time and money I'd have a dalmatian, a basset (ALWAYS wanted a basset) several dachshunds some ferrets and a parrot. And cats, obviously.

As for the second question - no, definitely not.  No anti-cat lodger would want to move in with the freedom the cats have (no door is closed to them, no chair, bed or patch of sunlight is out of bounds) and I wouldn't tolerate a partner who wasn't VERY pet friendly.
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Can't I stay in bed and have it?  As much as I love breakfast - probably my favourite meal of the day - and a good hotel breakfast is to die for - I wouldn't get up at dawn for Sean Bean covered in buttery scrambled eggs.
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Who would be offering this?  I mean, if someone could definitely offer this and prove he could do it before he did it, then I wouldn't need to do it, would I?  And really, even listening to him/her would invoke my nihilist status on religion wouldn't it? Daft, I call it.
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[Error: unknown template qotd] Well I think everyone knows the answer to that. If I had the money I'd probably go and live in Austria on a mountain for the Winter.  I don't actually like being cold, but I love the snow so much--and all the fun that comes with it, like sledging, ski-ing etc that I forgive it. Perhaps it's the way that it makes everything lighter and brighter in these dark days or the way it whitewashes everything and even places like London are made icing-beautiful for a few minutes. I'd hate to live somewhere where there were no seasons.  My parents lived in Spain for several years but got bored with waking up to blue skies every single day... The tropics have never interested me, just going to a tropical island to lie on a beach is dullsville.
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If you live in an older house, it's likely something horrible has happened in there. Doesn't have to be murder.

And OF COURSE I'd live there rent free.

Ghosts are nothing to be scared about. It's the living you have to watch out for.  Specially those neighbours. *shifty*

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I am rather of the opinion of "How do I know that I don't only have one night to live?"

so live for today. Do it now. Don't find out on your last day that there's stuff you left doing.

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[Error: unknown template qotd]As those of you who follow this blog, I was entirely disenfranchised from the ... um... franchise after book four which was nonsensical, and although read five six and seven I saw it plummet into ghastliness.  Book Three (Prisoner of Azkaban) was the little nugget of the series.  Putting slash entirely to one side for a moment (because I hadn't heard of slash and fanfiction when I read the first 3 books) the saga built nicely from humble beginnings, and by book three had its most promise, with the introduction of Sirius as it became obviously a more layered and complicated world than the first two books had shown.

However it all went downhill from there.  Although PoA is the best of the series, I'd actually not even be able to say it was NOW the most satisfying - because now it's the one with the most potential lost.

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They signify the moon moving in front of the sun, what on earth else?

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finale beckons like death
but draws no nearer

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What?! What???

I'm English. I'm ALLOWED.

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Both of them muttering
:  "not a couple, not a couple"

Shut up, boys!

ps - who the hell is Chuck and Blair? I thought Chuck was dating Sarah!

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[Error: unknown template qotd]There's no doubt about that.  Troy Tempest.

He still makes me sigh.



Mere Mortals just hit 31,000 words *beams *
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Well this is embarrassing.

(I'm only posting these Writer's Block things coz I'm still snuffly...)

"Just a perfect day... Drinks and gravy in the park, then later when it gets dark, we'd go home."

I thought it was odd, but then, Americans ARE odd. Hell, they have biscuits with gravy, so perhaps it was something like that. I only found out what it really said about three years ago. I still sing my version.

I think the best one (not my version, but a version I saw on "Never Mind the Buzzcocks" was Phil Jupitus' version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

"With the lights down, it's Las Vegas
Here we are now entertainers
I keep two pigs, in containers,
Here we are now, entertainers."


You'll never sing the right version again.

Talking of singing - the best lyrics to The Trumpet Voluntary are: (learn 'em because you'll love to sing them when you know them.)

"Moses supposes his toeses are Roses,
But Moses supposes Erroneously,
Moses he knowses his toeses aren't roses,
As Moses supposes his toeses to be!"
  AH. It's not the trumpet voluntary. What is it? ETA: Mozart: Horn Concert #4, K495 -- Mvt 3 hurrah!!!!
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Oh come, on  -- surely it was the same for everyone!?

DALEKS!

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Today is the anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Short, also known as the Black Dahlia. What real-life murder story are you most fascinated by?


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I wouldn't say "fascinated" but The Princes in the Tower intrigues me and also the death of Christopher Marlowe. Don't suppose most of these mysteries will ever be cleared up.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Hmmm.

I don't think I can choose one:

When I was a child I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking because she lived alone, travelled all over the place, had been a queen, and didn't have to worry about brushing her hair or what she wore.

Although I loved CS Lewis, I didn't want to be any of the kids. I wouldn't have minded being Tirian as he was obviously gay and in love with his unicorn, which is hot rather disturbing. And he got to spend eternity with his friend, who I'm sure was actually under a spell or something.

I DEFINITELY wanted to be a Borrower. probably not Arriety, as she was pretty damned stupid.

Oh and Jill. Of course
. But then, I pretty much WAS Jill. Although I never had a Perfect Pony

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[Error: unknown template qotd]Petrol please, petrol. And PLEASE don't let me get started on how cheap American petrol is compared to here (but then, shoulder to shoulder, notwithstanding we don't COUNT...)  i'm paying £1.20 PER LITRE BTW.

Anyway, back to the question...

1. Drive less. Use your bike to nip to the shop
2. Car Share/Car pool for work, picking up the kids
3. BUY A SMALLER CAR. You can buy cars that do 40 miles to the gallon and more.
4. Drive slower - I've dropped to a maximum of 50 miles an hour now, and it's really made a big difference
5. Shop online.  I buy just about everything online - and a tesco delivery deliveies 100s of orders with just one truck.  I also order my library books online which means I don't have to drive 20 miles to the big library hoping they'll have the book I want. for 55p I can have any book I want delivered to my local library.
6. Shop more efficiently. Buy everything you need at once so it's only a weekly thing. Bulk buy.
7. Encourage the kids to use their bikes a lot more
8. Get rid of the extra cars - do you really need 2 or 3?
9. Keep your tyres pumped up, flat tyres use more petrrol
10. Keep your car serviced
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[Error: unknown template qotd]There's no real mystery to "Erastes" - I simply wanted a penname which described what I wrote, and I thought Erastes would "do exactly what it said on the tin" - e.g. people would even know what it was, or might go and look it up.  Being the name for the top in a Greek relationship might give a clue.  Even though Greek men are called that even now, but I think it's in the same way that English girls are being called Clymidia or Chardonnay.

I do admit to choosing a gender neutral or a masculine name - and (probably mistakenly) putting my bio up as male for a while, but I always admitted I was female if anyone wrote to me saying "dear sir..."!  I really didn't think that it would be an issue - it isn't in ANY other genre, just about, so I (naively) thought it would be OK in m/m.  However I learned differently and now state that I'm female out front.

As to my real name - which I'm not prepared to give out - I was named after my godmother who was French, both in my first name and my second name which I tell no-one.

If I'd been a boy, I would have been Hayden Maxwell [surname] which would have been really cool.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]It's a small village so I'm hoping I could take out most of them (kids and the elderly shouldn't be a problem,) There's a gamekeeper in the next row of houses so he'll have plenty of weaponry (learned from Resident Evil you aim, then angle up slightly to blow their heads off)

After that we should be ok, because it's a five mile stagger to the next village.

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