Welcome

Dec. 4th, 2020 08:20 pm
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You can find more info on my userinfo page - but this is just here to say that I'm very happy to be friended by anyone that wants to read me. I rarely post friends-only, and that only tends to be about things that mention work, so if I don't friend you back you're not actually missing much...

If you do friend me, this would be a good place to leave a comment introducing yourself, and letting me know how you found me!

I have lots of awesome friends - if you want to make a few more then take a look at here for Dreamwidth and here for Livejournal, add a few people, and leave comment so people can add you too.

The links posts come from my page at Delicious and are posted to DW and LJ via a web app which I wrote, and you can use yourself here.


A note to Livejournal users:
You can easily leave comments using OpenID - this allows you to "sign in" using your LJ id, and that way I can tell you're you!

A note on correcting people's grammar in the comments.

Official Spoiler Policy.
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It seems a bit silly to review something that was only on for one night at the Edinburgh Festival. But I saw the orchestral version of Martyn Bennett's Grit, and it was one of those amazing moments that you need to share with everyone. So you get to be wibbled at.

The orchestra was amazing. And presumably quite unorthodox. Not just because half of them were wearing jeans and t-shirts. Or the way they teased the conductor while he was talking to the audience a couple of times. But while I'm used to having a drumkit in an orchestra occasionally, I've not seen one with bagpipes in it before. And the sheer level of enthusiasm and energy was fantastic.

The mixture of scottish traditional music, electronica, and orchestral instruments kept me on my toes the whole way through, and when they involved the whole audience in singing the refrain it was, frankly, magical.

It's not even my type of music - but if you get a chance to see the orchestra live then I recommend you leap on it with both hands.
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(2 seconds of spider, a third of the way in. And somehow I'd never heard the second half.)
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I got an email notification from LJ telling me that someone had unfriended me.

Who I've "known" for many years, but only met a couple of times. And I thought "Maybe they got bored of me. Or X, who we have in common, finally told them about that thing that I did. Or I offended him with my interminal posts about Jeremy Corbyn." And I got very nervous, and conflict averse, and considered leaving it there.

And then I stopped acting like an idiot, and messaged him. And it turned out that something weird and magical had happened with technology. As happens with technology fairly frequently. Particularly Livejournal. And he emailed me to tell me that everything was fine.

Which makes me very glad that I didn't just slink off into the night. Because I'd much rather risk having someone tell me "Yes, I did unfriend you, because you're an annoying arse." than lose someone who does think of me as a friend because of a glitch.
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I left for Devon on the 10:10 flight from Edinburgh, which meant being up at 7:30 to make sure rush hour was ok. Got there by midday, and settled in to chatting with my parents. Mum'd been pretty ill for the preceding week - which I discovered in the car when Dad picked me up - and her coming downstairs to have some lunch with us was the longest she'd been out of bed in five days. She seemed to get proceedingly better over the course of the weekend though, so I'm sure she'll be fine given another few days.

The weather was gorgeous, and I spent quite a lot of time like this:

or actually walking Uther in the woods at the top of the hill.
Many, many pictures. Including cats. And geekery. And art. And Brighton. And Sana. )
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I'm due in Guildord at 5:30 tomorrow, but otherwise have the whole day free to spend wandering around London.

Anyone about/free and fancy doing anything? Or is there an exhibition in town that I should wear myself out wandering around?

(I'll have a suitcase with me, so bonus points for anywhere that has a decent sized cloakroom.)

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