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Saw Casablanca with [livejournal.com profile] wingsmith and [livejournal.com profile] queenspanky yesterday at the ICA. I'd never seen it before, and wanted the first time to be on the cinema screen. I'm so glad I waited, it's instantly become one of my favourite films.

I spent the rest of the day clearing out years' worth of accumulated clutter. Ten recycling and ten charity shop bags later, and I am... nowhere near finished. *sigh* At least there is now space for [livejournal.com profile] athena25 to move her stuff in this coming weekend.

I generally hate V-day, either because there are cards and messages (which makes me angry, see previous posts), or there aren't (which makes me depressed). This year, however, I was generally quite happy spending it with my friends and squeeing about Africa.

Next week looks something like this:
1. work work work work work
2. an assertive presentations course at Greenpeace, the mere concept of which never fails to crack me up.
3. final shopping - memory card for newly acquired digital camera (Canon, point-and-click, and yes, it's pink, sue me), anything else I've forgotten.
4. washing clothes, packing
5. flight.


For those curious on the continuing shenanigans of the Woman-Who-Would-Be-My-Boss, she recently had her ass kicked by my actual boss. I have a meeting with the two of them tomorrow, which should be hilarious. Will keep you posted.


In other news, one of my very dear friends had a baby yesterday. Yes, that's a right - a Valentine's Day baby. Audrey Kathryn is named after her grandparents, and is 7 pounds and some ounces, and 22 inches long. And a week and a half late, so there was some trauma with the emergency C-section, but both mother and baby are doing well and will be going home on Tuesday. I am very eager to see them, but given that they live in Oregon, this might not be any time soon. *sigh* Still, there will be pictures soon (they are still sequestered in the hospital), and I am very much looking forward to that.
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This video against homophobia made by Parisian kids made me very happy today.

Hat-tip: [livejournal.com profile] greenie_breizh
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Brilliant news!!

ScienceDaily (Jan. 9, 2008) — An extraordinary new scientific study, which for the first time documents marked improvement in Alzheimer’s disease within minutes of administration of a therapeutic molecule, has just been published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation.

Hat-tip: [livejournal.com profile] fastfwd.
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I am in a good mood, oh yes. No idea why (ok, lots of ideas why, but none I can divulge completely, merely hint at *grin*) but this whole week has been spent being happy. Also, I'm waking up 15 mins before my alarm goes off, at 6.45am, bright and bush-tailed. Stop it stop it you're scaring me.

ANYWAY. Nicked this off someone, don't remember who, and I intend to capitalise on my current joi de vivre by writing terrible, terrible things. Come help.

Name any number of fics you think I will never, ever, ever write. In return, I will attempt to write a snippet of (at least) one of them.

Make at least some of them Alias, Babylon 5, or one of the fandoms I haven't covered already, would you? *bats lashes* In return, you can be as twisted and filthy as you like. Go on, I don't mind. *beams*

(This does not invalidate NYR number... er, something, because I am not promising fic. I am merely... bequething it. You know, if bequests happened before the person died, and if they were for porn fics.)


(Oh, btw? [livejournal.com profile] ninebillion, for all your religious!fic needs. Which may or may not be related to my current state of uneffable joy. Go sign up.

You wouldn't want to miss out on the effing, would you?)
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I'm done!!! True, I may have to do resits, but I do not care, exams are over for at least 6 months, and if I'm very very lucky, forever, and I am so so so happy I am done!!! *dances*

In celebration, I did lots of dishes, swept the kitchen floor, wiped down the surfaces, cleaned the bathroom - it is now sparkly - did ten million rounds of washing and hoovered the upstairs. And changed my sheets.

Tomorrow, I have work. Work will consist of cake (10.30 - 1pm), then Christmas lunch (1pm-5pm), then Christmas party (5pm - midnight). I am quite happy about this.

I have ten million fannish things to do, including my [livejournal.com profile] fire_fic, my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic (ZOMG, must re-watch source, I cannot remember any of it), and to start work on the faith-a-thon. Which should be swell. *glows*

No more exams!
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I just got the news - I passed my MSc WITH MERIT!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy I could explode. Come 14 December, I'm going to be a MA MSc - with bells on!


ETA: Erm. I told my dad. He burst into tears. In, um, a good way. I guess I'm not the only one who's happy&relieved! *grin*


Mar. 1st, 2006 04:23 pm
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I am back from Germany!

I had a splendiferous time. I shall upload piccies at some point, just as soon as I figure out how to extract them from the damn machine (i.e. camera-phone).

Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa for putting up with me for four whole days, and also for patiently translating everything from German into English and back again. Danke, babe! *smooch*

Things I have discovered:

1. Big boots = double plus good;
2. Snow = pretty
3. Snow = cold
4. Chocolate = yummy
5. [livejournal.com profile] athena25 is always right. But, on the other hand, I behaved myself. Somewhat.

I also managed to order chai German at the airport, AND THEY ANSWERED ME IN GERMAN!! *glows* OK, it wasn't precisely rocket science, but I had despaired of retaining any of the German I learned as a wee nipper. So, yay!

I also hooked [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa on to The West Wing. Mwahahahahahaha!

Right, must go & prepare a gender seminar for my work. Because... because. Hey, more interesting than audit, right?

Will post fun piccies soon...


Jan. 17th, 2006 01:11 pm
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I have a new computer! She was delivered last night. Her name is Val, and she is very pretty, yes indeed! I have already loaded lots of Prettiness (TM) onto her, and will doubtless amuse myself by locating the latest versions of all my favourite programmes for a long while yet. Plus! Networking joy soon! Which means Val will soon have broadband, and my happiness will be complete.

(For those tech-minded among you, Val is a Dell, 80GB harddrive, Windows XP home, fast processor - not the fastest, but I'm not rendering anything! - beauuuuuutiful flatscreen monitor, DVD drive, CDRW drive, bells whistles etc etc. The only thing that is slightly irksome is that the keyboard is plugged in via a USB port, which means I need to get a USB divider-y thingy. But! She's so pretty! And smart! W00t!)


Jan. 5th, 2006 06:46 pm
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This actually made me happy, which fits in with my mood today. I am so happy I think my head might explode, and I have no reason for it, other than myself, [livejournal.com profile] athena25 and [livejournal.com profile] wingsmith had a really lovely day shopping for household stuff, cleaning and having tea and cake. And watching Doctor Who. And planning a trip to the Araki exhibition on at the Barbican tomorrow. And joining a gym. And going out for lunch. And... *glows*

Who is love? )
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2005 is over - good bloody riddance. Here's to a fabulous 2006!

To begin with, I had my hair cut. [livejournal.com profile] athena25 has described it as similar to Bianca's cut from "10 Things I Hate About You", but not twee. Which is good. I choose to think of it a a Bree-inspired flicky 50s cut, which I'm happy with.

For [livejournal.com profile] yuletide, now that the author names are revealed, I wrote:

Red Ribbon
Fandom: 28 Days Later
Rating: R
Summary: Henry West is a fucking hero.

I have to go and tend to the boys now. They're playing at zombies, and I am providing tea. It fills me with a great sense of personal fulfillment. *glows*
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I just found out -

- nice solid Pass for Gender Theories
- Merit for Human Rights of Women (law) and Complex Emergencies (development)
- Distinction for Geographical Perspectives (geography) - yes, the one I was convinced I'd failed!!

To date, I have completed 75% of my MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, and I have a solid Merit any which way you calculate it - providing I don't fail my dissertation (and by fail, I mean less than a Pass, which I managed for Gender Theories, despite writing complete bollocks).

I... need to celebrate.

Can I just say, my life has been very eventful these last three days or so?

More River

Aug. 24th, 2005 11:18 am
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The fun, the joy, the psychosis...

River Tam.

P.S. Going to see Serenity today!!

*yet another dance of joy*

My God, it's not even noon, I've already danced thrice!
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[livejournal.com profile] athena25 pwns me.

She just got in from work, and brought me an entire bag of goodies for sick people, including all the drugs and kleenex balsalm in the world, lots of vitamin-loaded fruit, three different kids of sweets & chocolate, and 'Glamour' magazine.

Bestest flatmate in the world, ever.

*eats all the bananas at once*
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Forgot to mention - I have preview tickets to Serenity for 24th August 2005, Leicester Square.


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We have a house.

It is large. And kooky. And pretty. And has a garden, and a shed, and a dining room, and a living room, and period features, and is oh so pretty. Yes. It is in Tooting. W00t, feloocity tea. yes.

*crawls off to bed*


Jul. 7th, 2005 06:42 pm
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I'm home and I'm alive and I'm safe and I'm even - dare I say it? - smiling. Or wearing a look of grim determination, at any rate. I left the office at around half past 3, and made it home for around 6 because waterloo station was open and trains were running out of London.

To get from my offices in New Cavendish Street to Waterloo Station, I walked along Regent Street, then Oxford Street, then the middle of Soho, then Shaftesbury Avenue, then Charing Cross Road, then through Trafalgar Square, then along the Strand, across the bridges and through the subway. It was bright and sunny, and I was surrounded by hundreds of people doing the same. And you know what? No one was panicked. No one was upset. I suspect that everyone had done their panic and upset thing immediately after hearing / feeling this, as I had done. By midday, judging the impact, there was simply a look at how to best manage the situation. No one wanted to make things worse by panicking, or flooding the streets. Offices started emptying out slowly, with people volunteering to stay late to make sure that the system wasn't flooded and others leaving early to see what exactly was available.

So, I set off, ready to brave traumatised crowds. Except that the crowds weren't actually crowds, per se, and not precisely traumatised. I mean, sure, there were people - and it was really odd to see empty shops and cafes all along Oxford Street - but they weren't in crowds. In fact, the number of people seemed perfectly proportional to the size of the road. There was no traffic, apart from emergency vehicles and people on bicycles and a couple of cabs, maybe. No one was running, or rushing. Instead the people sort of flowed towards the station, as if we were in some giant queue. Which I suppose we were. Once we got to the station, we filed quietly on the train, listened to the train guard assure us that they were doing everything possible to ensure our safety, and we travelled in peace and quiet, with complete strangers swapping stories and experiences in hushed voices.

People didn't look frightened, or cowed. They just looked... determined.

And you know what?

I'm going back to work tomorrow.

So there.

ETA: Some words from some fellow Londoners, collected from various LJs and webpages:




athena25 )

For those that want to help - some sensible suggestions


General love for Graeme who is a mate of mine and who, [livejournal.com profile] queenspanky tells me, was down the street, is a National Rail person with big arms and was shifting wreckage. He's getting a hug ASAP.

Finally, lots of love to lj in general. People have been wonderful and supportive, and, speaking as a Londoner with many friends overseas, I especially appreciated all the offers to contact people abroad once the phone networks came down. I dealt with many frantic overseas voicemail messages once the phones started working again.

I'm going to go to bed, now. Take care, people. I'll see you tomorrow.


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