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5th March, 2014. 11:57 pm. Did I ever mention 'A Redtail's Dream' here?

I'm not sure I ever did, which is a huge oversight...

It was (past tense, as it finished last year) a webcomic that I can only describe as being a sort of Finnish mythology-meets-Quantum Leap tale of one man and his dog who become trapped in a kind of limbo through the meddling of a spirit fox, and their journey back to normality.

It's one of the most beautiful webcomics I've had the good fortune to follow (you can still read the whole shebang, all 573 pages, here), and even more impressive given that a) this was updated six days a week for the most part, and b) the artist considers this her 'practice' comic. Her current webcomic 'Stand Still, Stay Silent', a post-apocalyptic tale set in the Nordic countries, has just finished its prologue and can be seen here. I highly recommend it.

But why mention this now?

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Current mood: happy.

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23rd January, 2013. 11:18 pm.

One more in the very occasional series 'Neopets Caption Competitions I Won't Win'...



Bori "Uhh... this is embarassing... are you sure you don't accept Neopian Express?"

Waitress: "We could take your Puppyblew... though there's not much meat on it."


Spotted a little while ago, on a Neopian theme: the gas company is currently causing havoc around the town by digging up the roads to replace the old gas mains with new plastic pipes. They do this by running the new pipe inside of the existing cast iron pipes. While driving past some of their roadworks I noticed the machine they were using to pull the new pipes in was a...



I guess they use these on Kreludor?


And speaking of gas, I was worried we had a gas leak until I heard on the news about the mercaptan leak... if you're going to have a harmless chemical drifting across the country, it really doesn't want to be the stuff they add to natural gas to make it smell.. apparently the gas leak co-ordination centre had over 100,000 phone calls yesterday when normally they'd expect 8,000.

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1st January, 2013. 12:31 am.

I assume that a lot of people around here had a lot of fireworks knocking about that they had bought for Guy Fawkes night and then didn't use because of the dire weather - half a hour after midnight and it still sounds like World War 3. Here's to 2013!

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27th December, 2012. 11:38 pm. A very short list

Reasons to ditch my decrepid CRT TV and replace it with an uber-massive 3D LED television instead:

1: Avatar.

NEW ENTRY! 2: How To Train Your Dragon.   So. Damn. Pretty!

That is all.

Current mood: impressed.

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16th December, 2012. 12:34 am.

Spent a good chunk of this evening aimlessly wandering the paths of random people's friend-lists in search of something interesting to read. Decided it might be a good idea to actually update mine since I haven't for over half a year (blimey!) and have thus failed to comment on everything from the Olympics to the death of Patrick Moore. Given that my own flist is pretty much deader than a can of spam I guess that's no big deal.


Hard to believe it's been 4 months since the Olympics (and nearly 6 since Euro 2012... anyone remember that? It did get rather overshadowed).  I was fortunate enough to be a spectator at one of the morning athletics sessions in the Olympic Stadium, what a spectacular day! The weather was mostly kind (a couple of short showers interrupted an otherwise dry day), got to see Jessica Ennis competing in the heptathlon, and Oscar Pistorius and Usain Bolt qualifying for their respective races - and got in a good look round the Olympic Park too. The previous week I'd been able to watch some of the Women's cycling road race which I'm also glad to have done, despite the appaling weather - the thunderstorms seemed to be following the cyclists around at one point.

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Sad to hear about the loss of Sir Patrick Moore - astronomer, presenter,  xylophone player, local(ish) legend, and (possibly best remembered by my generation) computer game show co-host. I'd hazard a guess that he was at least part of the inspiration for Neopets' Games Master Challenge (AAA has those very expressive eyebrows... hmmm.) Unfortunately any sort of tribute like the commemorative Lenny Conundrum following the death of Richard Whiteley in 2005 is extremely unlikely these days.

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Speaking of Neopets...
Yet Another Caption Contest I Won't Win...



"And all because the lady loves Milk Tray..."

I seem to be heavily influenced by 90's chocolate advertising slogans.

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I must have more to write... about changes to LJ... the continuing utter crapulence of itunes (I thought Apple stuff was supposed to just work - isn't that the whole point of paying over-the-odds for it?)... Gangnam Style (because everyobdy's talking about Gangnam Style)... fracking... my continuing inability to achieve anything useful with my life, etc, etc. But that's for another day.

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25th May, 2012. 11:39 pm. Nigerian 419 scams and the Charge of Joy

I had a slew of spam in my inbox today, I tend to read these when bored as they occasionally raise a chuckle but this one was a pretty poor effort all round:

Subject: Hello

I need you to help me claim  some money $19 000 000.Please reply for details


No, no, no... you guys just aren't trying any more.

This one was much 'better'...Collapse )

1. The IMF (or possibly the UN, the World Bank, or someone) want to give little old me a cool $10.3m for doing absolutely nothing. Whoopee! This must be what Mark Zuckerberg feels like.

2. HSBC are going to be very upset to discover their US operation is now just a subsidiary of the Federal Bank Reserve of America, but things must be tough there - they've had to send this from an address registered at a free email service based in Turkey.

3. 'Sir Nelson Haggin' is far and away the best made-up name I've seen in ages. Top marks for effort. I'll be nicking that one to use somewhere.



And finally;

Subject: The Charge Of Joy

Hello! I am looking for a good man with good intentions!
[Well, that's me - I'm full of good intentions] In my imagination he has sense of humor [SNAP! In my imagination I have a sense of humour too!], he likes to enjoy life and really want to be happy with such woman like me.
I want to love and to be L0VED. I hope to meet a favorite male who needs my devotion and love.
I'm charming and very open-minded girl. I'm smart, I have a good sense of humor.
Here you can meet me http://
[I-think-I'll-pass-on-your-kind-offer-all-the-same-thanks].html Thank you for your consideration.






Current mood: warm.

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9th May, 2012. 12:08 am.

Really enjoying 'Foxes Live' on Channel 4 (does what it says on the tin)... Although one and a half hours of programming daily solely on urban foxes is possibly a little too much even for me :-P The 24/7 streaming video footage of foxcubs in dens is kinda like Big Brother but interesting and usually very cute. They've also been using some very clever GPS logging collars to track some foxes around Brighton which has been fascinating. Tonight we discovered that Brian May (of Queen fame) is an expert on the rescue and rehabilitation of foxes, whodathunkit? And yesterday that the guy I mentioned.. ooh... three years ago who kept a fox in a flat above his pet shop, still does and she's now over 9 years old. And the moment you start a live interview with a quietly-spoken young lady will be the exact moment an extremely loud diesel freight train will pass by barely 200m away.

Current mood: sleepy.

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17th March, 2012. 11:54 pm. I don't really listen to Radio 1 any more...

And when I do, a lot of it seems to fall into one of two camps - either instantly-forgettable boyband sludge, or generic rap/hiphop from any number of UK/US artists.

This happens with age, I understand. However maybe a more reliable indicator of the state of the music industry is that the current UK no.1 (it's third week at the top), and biggest hit of 2012 so far, is basically just 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' played on the xylophone. Not to say that 'Somebody That I Used To Know' isn't a good track (I could listen to it all day long, seriously) but it's the only number one of the year I could name, or even hum the tune of.

I'm listening more to Radio 2 or 6 these days. But I still try to catch Annie Mac's show on Fridays if possible.

Current mood: amused.

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12th March, 2012. 11:29 pm.

I really, really, really want to like Dirk Gently but can't shake the feeling that it's all just a little bit underwhelming. Cast: fantastic. Production values: very good. Plot: so far, so good. It's entertaining enough but it's just missing a certain something.

I was so bored on Saturday that I joined twitter. I am there as 'Kantarrrk' because 'Kantark' was taken :-( I followed a few people because it told me to, just random stuff really.
But I think I'm over it already :-P

Still, at least the weather's been beautiful this past couple of days.

Current mood: sleepy.

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26th February, 2012. 10:28 pm.

Well, it's been a while...

What's happened since I last updated is the question I'm sure just about all of you* are not asking. Let's see... two pantomimes, two weddings and a funeral, in no particular order. (Or, in order, one pantomime, a wedding, another pantomime, a funeral then another wedding.) I think I currently own more pairs of shoes than all those I've owned before put together.

(* if there is anyone left on LJ... this place, and the few others I frequent, is becoming quieter than the inside of an anechoic chamber after the heat death of the universe. Where does everyone hang out online nowadays? Facebook (mutter)? Twitter? I refuse to believe that everyone's just spending their online time playing games on FB or the iPhone)

I've had a minor falling out with the BBC who, after cancelling Don't Scare The Hare (see a good proportion of last year's entries), have now neutered their Formula 1 coverage by selling most of the rights to Sky. I expect I'll lose interest in it now that I can only watch every other race on the Beeb (and I don't have, nor do I have any intention of getting, a Sky subscription). So that's 20 years of following a sport potentially at an end, nice work.

Also they've declined to commision a new series of Mongrels - a rather odd, occasionally wide of the mark but often amusing series shown on BBC3. Viewing figures not great, apparently. Well I liked it. Since Dr.Who Confidential isn't coming back there doesn't seem to be too much going for BBC3 at the moment... almost a shame they couldn't've bumped it off and kept the F1 rights instead :-P

I'm at least partially made up with Auntie, however, as I see that a whole new series of Dirk Gently is just over a week away. This is Exciting.

Aaaand, Katie Melua's new single 'Better Than A Dream' is on the Radio 2 playlist which means I tend to hear it at least once a day at the moment. It had a former life (sung by its composer, Mike Batt) as the theme tune to an early 90's ITV cartoon series ('The Dreamstone') that nobody remembers, which I am reminded of every time I hear it. On this basis presumably her next single will be 'Remember You're A Womble'.



So.. to sum up, I've been busy but I'm still no further to working out what I want to do with my life. See you again in a nother few months for more of the same!




Current mood: weird.

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