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|Saturday, June 17th, 2006|
Just dropping in for a brief visit...
I went to a wonderful concert yesterday evening: It was by a group called The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
and if you
get a chance to attend one of their shows then I REALLY encourage you to do so. They're a group of eight talented
musicians, seven of them playing ukuleles (proper ones, not the hybrid
'banjoleles' that sometimes get called by that name...)
with the eighth on bass guitar, and all of them singing at various points in the show as well, who play songs from a wide variety of styles & sources... sometimes, even, ones from several different styles & sources simultaneously!
Very musical, and very funny... :-)
(They've got a website, at www.ukuleleorchestra.com , that I've been told includes access to the video of a live performance but haven't yet had the time to check for myself...) Current Mood: cheerful
|Thursday, April 13th, 2006|
My mother had another fall, on Sunday morning, and strained a muscle in her back which meant that she couldn't do much for herself for a while. She's spent the last few days in hospital, under observation (and having some tests that were already scheduled for this week carried out), but they're planning on sending her home today if the early-morning & late-evening carers whom she'd had since the previous Monday (who might now be supplemented by a visit around the middle of the day, to help with her main meal) can be booked again this quickly. I'm off to see her now, and helping her settle back in at home -- combined with the fact that the library where I use the internet will be shut for the holiday anyway -- means that I'll be offline from now until [at least] sometime on Tuesday. Sorry I haven't been around much lately...
"Happy Easter" to all of you.
|Saturday, April 8th, 2006|
| (Yoinked from pickwick...)
Go to Wikipedia and search for your birthdate (not including the year) and then list three interesting events, two births and a death.
Mine's the 18th of March _
37 - The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius' will and proclaims Caligula emperor.
1965 - Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
1967 - Supertanker Torrey Canyon Runs aground off the Cornish coast.
1844 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (d. 1908)
1858 - Rudolf Diesel, German inventor (d. 1913)
1584 - Tsar Ivan IV of Russia (b. 1530)
Oh, and in the USA it's 'National Biodiesel Day'... ;-)
|Thursday, April 6th, 2006|
(yoinked from mylescorcoran...)
You scored 55% Pride, 70% Envy, 50% Ambition, and 60% Deceitfulness!
|You are Cain, the world’s first murderer and one of the Bible’s first villains. You murdered your brother in cold blood just because God liked your brother’s offering more than He liked yours. Only an envious/cruel person could commit such a horrible act for a reason that, quite frankly, was incredibly stupid. To make matters worse, you even tried to lie to God about it afterwards. I guess you couldn’t help yourself; you like to deceive people and you are probably somewhat good at it. When God decided that your offering was unacceptable, your countenance immediately fell and you became exceeding wroth. In other words, you lost your composure and got pissed off. This is because you are a rather prideful person, and can't stand criticism from God or anybody else. Of course, all of this could have been avoided if you just gave God a decent offering. Seeing that you are not much of a hard worker, let alone an overachiever, you figured that you’d give God a "just enough to get by" offering. Unfortunately, you failed. Maybe in the future you’ll learn from this mistake and try not to be so lazy. |
Current Mood: amused
|My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
||You scored higher than 61% on Pride|
||You scored higher than 89% on Envy|
||You scored higher than 43% on Ambition|
||You scored higher than 81% on Deceitfulness|
|Tuesday, April 4th, 2006|
|Hello, hello, here we are again...
It's the Easter holidays. :)
The weather's good. :)
I've just been into a local bookshop & collected a book (that I'd had on order) which should be a good read. :)
And the library's public-access computers, which had been playing up very badly for the last few days (which is why I'd unfortunately only been able to catch up with
a few of you in the last couple of days, rather than with
everybody on my list, despite having been away from work since Thursday evening...)
, seem to be behaving themselves again. :) Current Mood: cheerful
|Saturday, March 25th, 2006|
Yesterday was the end of term
at the college: I still have to work for a few days next week, but that'll be without the kids (or, hopefully, the teachers) around which is a lot easier... and then I'll have about 2½ weeks off...
And I didn't have to work this morning. :)
Yesterday was also payday. :)
Yesterday was when the dry spell that we've been having locally ended, and the rains began (as one would expect at the start of a holiday... ) :-(
Today was the fourth Saturday of the month, so the Farmers' Market
that I've mentioned before was back, and I was able to pick up some delicacies including several jars of the tamarind 'pachadi'
that I mentioned after the last time when I could get to the market: I could
use all of this myself, but if any of you are [still] interested then let me know & the first two of you to respond can have a jar of it each... Current Mood: happy
|Saturday, March 18th, 2006|
|Apologies for absence
I'm sorry about having hardly been around here during the last few weeks: This was partly because of spending more time visiting my mother (who has basically recovered from the immediate results of the bad fall that she had back in January, but is getting wobblier & frailer almost by the day... :-( )
than in most previous months, partly because various other circumstances meant that I simply couldn't spend as long online as I "needed" to do, and largely -- I must admit -- because when I could
get online I usually started by checking what was new in the 'Nationstates' game (@ www.nationstates.net) that I've mentioned before and found that my time on the computer had run out before I finished that & switched over to looking at LJ... and I guess that maybe, with all that, I simply got out of the habit of looking here... :-(
That game's just so
addictive: I've got involved in its political side, largely through its version of the UN (where my UN member-nation,
'The Kingdom of St Edmund
' has recently managed to get a resolution passed :-)
and the 'National Sovereignty Organisation' (a group of nations who work together -- most of the time, anyway -- to try & limit the UN's intrusion into those fields of policy that [we think] really
should be handled at the national level instead...)
, and also in its roleplaying side through events in the UN Building's Strangers' Bar
(from page 234 of that thread, @ http://forums.jolt.co.uk/showthread.php?t=310853&page=234
, onwards) and other threads in the 'UN forum' such as this one (http://forums.jolt.co.uk/showthread.php?t=458995
I really will
try to spend more time around here during the next
UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTION #148Meteorological Cooperation
A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.
Category: Free Trade
Proposed by: St Edmund
Description: The United Nations,
NOTING that accurate forecasting of the weather and of changes in the climate can be very useful for the agriculture, fishing, tourism and transport industries, as well as for nations’ populations in general;
NOTING that weather patterns are unlikely to fit neatly within national borders, especially when types of weather with potentially serious effects are involved, and that climate changes can have world-wide effects; NOTING that the more information is available the more accurately weather-forecasting models can be designed and used;
REALISING that nations may be reluctant to share information about their current and predicted weather when they are at war, because that information might be of use to their enemies;
ESTABLISHES the ‘International Meteorological Organisation’ [or ‘IMO’] to collect information about weather, climate changes, and methods for forecasting these; to help develop better forecasting methods; and to disseminate this information to any cooperating UN member-nations whose governments request it;
STRONGLY URGES the governments of UN member-nations to cooperate with the IMO by supplying it with all of the relevant information that they possess;
STRONGLY URGES any governments of UN member-nations who choose to restrict the spread of relevant information during wartime to cooperate with the IMO by saving that information so that it can be sent to the IMO for research purposes after those hostilities have ended;
INSTRUCTS the IMO to cooperate with any other UN agencies that might also have an interest in the subject, such as [for example] the Natural Disaster Assessment Organisation or the Tsunami Emergency Warning Centre, within any limits set by the resolutions which created those agencies;
OFFERS the services of the IMO to any nations that are not members of the UN, if their governments are willing to pay a negotiated contribution towards its expenses and to send it all relevant information that they possess, except for any such nations that are at war with any UN member-nations;
REQUIRES that any information that the IMO has supplied to national governments shall only be passed to any subsequent users free of charge, rather than sold either by those governments or by anybody else.
Votes For: 9,727
Votes Against: 2,459 (i.e. only a fraction less than 80% of the votes cast were in favour, which is the best that any resolution's managed for quite a while... :-)
Implemented: Sun Mar 12 2006 Current Mood: busy
|Wednesday, February 15th, 2006|
(yoinked from scaree...)
|You ARE a cat!|
Your catability index is 91%
|Okay - get off the humans' computer. Nice try, but actual cats are disqualified from taking this test, due to their inside knowledge of the subject. |
Current Mood: amused
|My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
||You scored higher than 75% on catability|
(Monday I was catching up on various matters, including sleep; Tuesday I could only get online briefly, in the morning, because I spent most of the day visiting my mother [Who is almost recovered from her fall, but still a bit wobbly on her feet...]
; and when I got online earlier today I was mainly catching up with the 'Nationstates' game [in which one of
my nations is currently trying to bring a proposed Resolution before the UN, which requires spending time on active campaigning ...]
: I'll probably spend rather more of my time here during the next
three days...) Current Mood: cheerful
|Saturday, January 28th, 2006|
My mother returned home from hospital on the 25th of January, after being kept there for a couple of days longer than had previously been forecast because she’d picked up a mild infection (which has responded satisfactorily to antibiotics), and is continuing to recover from her fall. She now has a carer coming in to help her get washed & dressed each morning, and various other forms of help supplied too. So far, so [relatively] good...
|Thursday, January 19th, 2006|
I went to see Mum again this evening. They've taken the bandage off of her forehead, to reveal the site of the cut (just a bit above & to the outside of her right eye) -- where she's had 5 stitches -- as well as more bruising. She was well enough to walk around the [small] ward for a bit earlier today, using a walking frame, to introduce herself to the other four patients who are in her room. They're talking about sending her home on Tuesday, if all goes well: She's been promised some home-care, although I don't know how long that would be for this time (as it was only for a few months when she had it after her heart-attack back in the '90s), and says that she's being assessed for various forms of assistance...
They have some sort of rota to determine which of the patients can choose what to watch on the room's television, and Mum managed to get control of the set for two consecutive hours yesterday evening: When I spoke with her yesterday she said that, whether they wanted it or not, her room-mates would be getting two hours of football... but as as it happened the rest of them were already asleep by 7.30 when her chosen programme started anyway.
Mum notices that another patient has been fitted with a drip from not one bottle but two; she observes the shapes & relative sizes of those bottles... and then, politely, enquires
"Gin and tonic?" ;-)
|Wednesday, January 18th, 2006|
Mum is continuing to recover (the swelling around her right eye has almost completely gone down by now, although she still can't see very clearly through it) and has been moved from the Emergencies Assessement Unit to another ward (in the other fairly local hospital) to convalesce.
My thanks to all of you who expressed concern about her, and hoped that she'd recover fully...
Unfortunately the fall was because she's been getting increasingly wobbly on her feet due to Parkinson's Disease, and as far as I know that doesn't get
better, so there's real reason to worry about further falls after she eventually gets home. :-(
|Tuesday, January 17th, 2006|
My mother's in hospital again. She had a bad fall shortly after getting up this morning, and hit her head on a doorframe. She's conscious & talking normally, but they're keeping her in for a while for observation. This means that I almost certainly won't be online much for at least the next week & probably longer, because I'll be visiting her instead of coming to the library.
|Saturday, January 14th, 2006|
| (yoinked from roobarb...) (Re #9: I did specify that I'm a 'him' not a 'her', but evidently the meme's lists aren't sorted properly...) Current Mood: amused
- If the annual Australian Simreeve crop was laid end to end, it would stretch around the world seven times.
- Worldwide, Simreeve is the most important natural enemy of night-flying insects.
- During World War II, Americans tried to train Simreeve to drop bombs.
- Simreeveicide is the killing of Simreeve.
- All of the roles in Shakespeare's plays - including the female roles - were originally played by Simreeve.
- Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are Simreeve.
- Abraham Lincoln, who invented Simreeve, was the only US president ever granted a patent!
- Simreeve can be very poisonous if injected intravenously.
- Simreeve will give a higher yield if milked when listening to music!
- Some people in Malaysia bathe their babies in beer to protect them from Simreeve.
|Thursday, January 5th, 2006|
(yoinked from megamole...)
Current Mood: chipper
My pirate name is:
Mad Sam Kidd
Get your own pirate name from fidius.org.
Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. Even though you're not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a fine, reliable pirate. Arr!
|Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006|
(Yoinked from carrie2004...)
You scored 86% Subtlety, 15% Leadership, and 75% Forethought!
|My personal congrats on choosing the path of subtlety, but you've got a long way to go. Just because you don't like working with others, doesn't mean you can make it on your own completely. Trust may be for the naive, but until you show enough independance, it's what you're going to have to do. That in mind, don't get too reliant on someone. The world is a mean and nasty place. |
Ideal Targets: Houses, low to mid class.
Ideal Heists: Break and Enter, Buglary.
Movies: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.
Please rate this well.
Current Mood: accomplished
|My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
||You scored higher than 82% on Subtlety|
||You scored higher than 29% on Leadership|
||You scored higher than 48% on Forethought|
You two would probably really get along!
|Founder of Islam Out of respect to Muslims, there is no picture of Mohammed on this page. "The greatest Jihad is to say the truth in front of the king” |
Current Mood: indescribable
|My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
||You scored higher than 8% on Intuitive|
||You scored higher than 75% on Structured|
||You scored higher than 25% on Mildness|
||You scored higher than 91% on Traditional|
|Saturday, December 31st, 2005|
| "Happy New Year!"
to all of you...
(I should be back online on Tuesday.)
*******************************(yoinked from fairy_empyreal...)
Current Mood: amused
|Your New Year's Resolutions|
1) Get a pet wallaby
2) Eat more cotton candy
3) Travel to China
4) Study forensics
5) Get in shape with bowling
|Friday, December 30th, 2005|
Well, here I am again...
I had a fairly quiet Christmas, and spent most of Christmas Day & Boxing Day visiting my mother, who lives just a few miles away: Good food, conversation, listening to music that we both like, and hardly any television (just a couple of programmes on Boxing Day evening, the first of them about ex-politician Michael Hesseltine's garden and the other about comedian Tony Hancock). Mum can't get around the shops very easily nowadays, so she gave me some cash that notionally went towards a batch of CDs that I'd ordered online from 'Britannia' (JS Bach, CPE Bach, Corelli, Torelli, and some others...): I gave Mum a calendar [as requested, as usual], some 'violet cream' chocolates which I know she likes, and -- as she refuses to get a CD player -- a tape that I'd made of some Baroque & Classical music (by Telemann, and by one of Mozart's contemporaries who went by the the name of Johann Baptist Vanhal, respectively...).
On the day after Boxing Day I went to visit my friends Kevan & Irene, who live a couple of miles further out of town: Irene had to work that night, and consequently had to spend most of the afternoon asleep, so Kevan and I spent most of the time playing games on their computers... and after that, having been invited to spend the night there instead of going home in the cold, I played a game of 'Civilization 4'
that took me through from just after midnight until almost breakfast-time (and at which I beat the computer, although only on points rather than by meeting any of the more decisive victory-conditions...)
Home again shortly after noon on the Wednesday, and out again to the library for a couple of hours online although I didn't feel quite awake enough to post anything here then.
Yesterday to the library again, and to catching up a bit on what I'd missed online during the previous days although I just couldn't find enough time to update this journal whilst doing so.
And when I got home yesterday evening it was to find a very pleasant surprise awaiting me: another Christmas present, which had only just got through the postal service... This was from the fantabulous firynze
and contained a number of CDs, not just the ones by Vermont-based 'Folk' group The Woods Tea Company
which she'd already promised to send at some point (and which were REALLY marvellous, as she'd said they would be:
Kat, when I listened to them I found myself tapping my feet to the rhythms -- clapping along with the live audience, when appropriate -- laughing out loud in places -- and even joining in on a couple of the choruses! Oh, and one of the songs featured was
'The Cat Came Back', which I'd really liked when I heard somebody or other singing it on the wireless years ago but hadn't found on any discs since I started buying music....
*Purrrr* Thank You! :-)
but several others [of various genres] as well... and although I haven't found the time in which to listen to any of those others yet they all look like stuff that I should like, but none of them were ones that I already had copies of (Well, I
do have a
different recording of the Purcell, but it'll be interesting to compare them)
. MANY THANKS! :-) Current Mood: relaxed
|Thursday, December 29th, 2005|
| (yoinked from scaree...)
|The Movie Of Your Life Is A Cult Classic|
Quirky, offbeat, and even a little campy - your life appeals to a select few.
But if someone's obsessed with you, look out! Your fans are downright freaky.
Your best movie matches: Office Space, Showgirls, The Big Lebowski