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June 19th, 2013

09:14 pm - Who do I write like...

I write like
Vladimir Nabokov

I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

Er... really? I must try a different piece of creative writing next :)

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July 11th, 2012

04:31 pm - what is a tragedy?
On the Atos Miracles FB page (created for people to discuss the miracle cures ATOS produce for the incurable or terminally ill) this was posted by Thoughtland Fitzburger, made me laugh so I decided to share it (I don't "do" FB as a rule) :

David Cameron was visiting a Glasgow primary school and the class was in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.

The teacher asked Mr Cameron if he would like to lead the discussion on the word 'Tragedy'.

So our illustrious leader asked the class for an example of a 'Tragedy'.

A little boy stood up and offered:

'If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing' in the field and a tractor runs over him and kills him, that would be a tragedy.'

'Incorrect,' said Cameron. 'That would be an accident.'

A little girl raised her hand: 'If a school bus carrying fifty children drove over a cliff, killing everybody inside, that would be a tragedy.'

'I'm afraid not', explained Cameron, 'that's what we would refer to as a great loss'.

The room went silent.

No other children volunteered.

Cameron searched the room.

'Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?'

Finally, at the back of the room, little Johnny raised his hand and said:

'If a plane carrying you and Mr. Clegg was struck by a 'friendly fire' missile & blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy.'

'Fantastic' exclaimed Cameron, 'and can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?'

'Well', said Johnny,'It has to be a tragedy, because it certainly wouldn't be a great loss and it probably wouldn't be a fucking accident either.

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September 1st, 2011

11:40 am - I am leaving Google+
Earlier today I made what will be my last post on Google+. As I will delete that post along with all the rest later today, I decided to put a copy on LJ and DW. I was using my legal name on G+. I was unlikely to get flagged or suspended, but it's not all about me.

My Last Post To Google+
Later today I shall be deleting all posts that I have made on Google's new Identity Service (really? really?). I gave it what I consider to be sufficient time for the idiots behind the WASP names policy to get their act together and realise that the world is a substantial amount larger than they seem to think.

I'm going back to LJ and Dreamwidth (I don't do FB or Twitter) - if you know who I am, then you'll know my name over there.

FWIW (absolutely nothing, given I am just one person) this idiocy has convinced me to:

a) go IPhone again with my next phone upgrade in the next couple of months, not touching Android with a bargepole
b) find alternative hosting for everything currently covered by google (email, photos ... I think that's it really)
c) tell friends and family to avoid Google+ and to be very wary about which products they use and how to lock down any profile demanded and help those that want it to find alternatives.

This could have been so good. But it has been completely fucked up. Google, take it back to the drawing board and start all over again... again.
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Current Music: Radio 4Xtra

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April 13th, 2011

02:22 pm - Discworld Convention 2012 is now open for membership sales
Go! Buy your membership! Remember, we have sold out of memberships at least six months prior to the convention the last couple of times, so don't leave it too late.

Go! Now! Browse the site. Be tempted. We only launched at 2pm and we've already got several members signed up.

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January 5th, 2011

09:47 am - More Steampunk and chainmail jewellery
More from my lovely daughter on eBay again. (

As usual, please feel free to pass the link on to anyone who might be looking for an unusual gift or even something for themselves. She's got some really cute pieces with silver wolf charms and I'm sure she'd be happy to make things to order as well.

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December 22nd, 2010

09:23 pm - Talented relative
My cousin, Ford, used to be a jeweller (served a five year apprenticeship to become a fully qualified goldsmith). But in the mid-80s he struck out in a new direction and now is the only non-native artist to have been adopted into Japan’s ancient decorative metalworking tradition. He is insanely talented (as is his younger brother) and he is very well paid for his talents. The following links are to parts one and two of a documentary that was made last year following him as he recreated a, now missing, tsuba[1] by Hagia Katsuhira, an Edo period[2] master.

Part 1 here and part 2 is here. Each part is around 13 minutes long.


edited to add a bit I missed.

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November 29th, 2010

08:51 pm - Jewellery for sale - blatant advertising
In an effort to bring in a little extra cash while she's at Uni, K has taken over my jewellery making, as I'm not able to do any of it right now. She is listing her creations (and, probably, some of my pieces that I gave her along with all of my tools and stock) on eBay. If you are looking for anything, she is currently specialising in sterling silver chainmail designs and steampunk along with some gemstone stuff, take a look here. She's adding new stuff every week, so check regularly :)

Edit: Please feel free to pass the link around to anyone else who may be interested :)

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October 23rd, 2010

07:34 pm - Starting with the eBay thing again
Am going to start listing things as and when I can get motivated to either take photos (or prod someone else to take photos) of stuff. At the moment I have listed some display boxes for jewellery and The Four Seasons sculptures by Michael Talbot from Clarecraft - I have listed them individually rather than as a set. All can be found here.

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September 2nd, 2009

02:10 pm - Credit card fraud
Got my monthly c/card statement today. Glance at the total, as usual, seems about right. Quick skim down the payments made....


Both on the same day. I'm not with O2. Neither is anyone else in the family. All our phones are Voda. Google happens. Lots of similar stories. Oh, fun.

Ring bank, dispute transactions. They immediately refunded the money and told me to call the Lost/Stolen line to get card replaced. And to call them again if I have any concerns about any other transactions. I told them that there's another one that I don't recall to EA Games for 26.99, but that could easily be me paying for a game for D and him paying me back from his allowance/birthday money. I have to wait until he gets home from school and see if his memory is better than mine. Thing is, there's no corresponding email in either my mailbox or D's for any purchase on the date concerned :/

Random browsing of the things Google threw up suggest that the fraudulent Top-Up transactions are used to confirm an account is active before hitting it with bigger purchases/withdrawals.

Leaving this public for the moment so that others can see it and be warned.

Edit to add: the EA Games one was as I suspected, me paying for games for D - it came up in the email with the name of the website rather than EA Games who own the site.
Current Mood: crankycranky

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May 24th, 2008

02:19 pm - Feathered Dragon II
I've re-done the background - watercolour wash (using brush, cotton buds and paper towels) - I think it works much better with a different colour and this has more depth and texture to the background now.

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