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I'm *definitely* in the 21st Century now...

... I've finally succumbed to the advertising, after years of saying I'd never even want one, and have bought.... very first MP3 player....

....a proper iPod nano smiley - biggrin.

It's very small and very silvery (smiley - drool aluminium finish), and is charging up as I'm typing. I haven't bought a gratuitous gadget for some time, and it's all quite exciting smiley - wow.

Now I just have to figure out how to use iTunes and put things on it smiley - laugh.

I should say that it's actually a shared iPod for me and Dave - bought with Christmas money we've been given. I don't think we'd have got one otherwise. And I'm fully expecting him to be just as smiley - wow about it when he gets home, too!

Apart from that, I haven't done much in the way of Christmas present shopping, and somehow I decided it would be nice to invite my parents down for Christmas.... and I've only just decided what I'm going to feed them, so I should probably start stocking up on food, too. This year is still going far too quickly....

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Latest reply: Nov 28, 2006

October already?!

Just a quick journal to say I'm going to be offline for 10 days or so while we visit friends and family.... in case anyone gets worried (probably not!). Nothing especially exciting planned, but it'll be a nice break from the norm smiley - biggrin.

Where's this year gone? It hardly seems like yesterday that I left work - but I've been out of work for just over 3 months already smiley - yikes.

Apparently the rumours back at work are that I'm pregnant, and Dave keeps getting people congratulating him on our "soon-to-arrive baby" smiley - laugh. He keeps having to scotch that particular rumour smiley - smiley.

But anyway, I should really do some packing and washing before we leave! Hope you all have fun smiley - biggrin.

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Latest reply: Oct 6, 2006

The Tempest... was brill!

Well, last night was Tempest night... smiley - biggrinsmiley - wow. I even wore a dress and Dave wore proper trousers and a shirt - the last time that happened, was the wedding we went to in March smiley - laugh.

It was *brilliant*. Patrick Stewart has an incredible stage presence; the theatre was full, and everyone was hanging on his every word. You really could have heard a pin drop in there. The remainder of the cast were also brilliant too, particularly Julian Bleach who played Ariel with just the right amount of chill, I think (although I'd always envisaged Ariel as a girl, this chap was amazing). The stage sets were imaginative and the audio-visual effects were also very impressive, yet somehow minimalistic at the same time.

There were also some fine moments of high comedy, particularly when Trinculo and then Stephano encounter Caliban. The actors had given these characters a slight northern accent, which somehow made it seem more modern and, I must admit, easier for me to understand (must be my northern-ness).

I realised how rusty I was with my Shakespeare as it took some concentration to follow it - but I loved it smiley - biggrin. Dave enjoyed the show, but admitted that he hadn't been able to understand half of it!

Would I go again? Oh yes! smiley - biggrin The whole experience was brilliant and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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Latest reply: Sep 23, 2006


I can't believe it! smiley - boingsmiley - wowsmiley - boing

After months of (occasionally) gentle persuasion, I've managed to get Dave to agree to go to the theatre with me....

.... to see a production of The Tempest at the RSC in Stratford....

.... starring PATRICK STEWART (yes, *the* Patrick Stewart!) as Prospero!!!!!

I think I'm going to faint, I'm so excited smiley - bigeyes. I've been a Patrick Stewart fan ever since I was a Trekkie in my teens (reformed now, though smiley - winkeye) and never thought I'd ever get the chance to see him perform live. Admittedly, the cost of the tickets probably makes it an early Christmas present (oh, yes - £32 each!) but I think it's going to be worth it smiley - biggrin.

We go two weeks on Friday and I really can't wait! smiley - boing

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Latest reply: Sep 5, 2006


I'm feeling a bit smiley - wah today. I settled down to work on my hootoo uni project - mainly to complete the Jaguar entry and put more meat in the BL entry - and the more I research all this, the more I keep wondering what on earth possessed me to start it all by myself smiley - doh.

I knew the British car industry was all pretty incestuous, but good grief - the histories are so entangled, I'm struggling to separate them out. I'd already planned a BL entry to cover all that, and it's increasingly looking like I'm going to need a BMC entry as well (BMC - British Motor Corporation, a merger of Austin and Morris in 1952) which I'd hope to cover separately in the Austin and Morris entries.

It's a gap in hootoo that I do want to fill, and having been involved with the car industry I want to make sure the histories are preserved... but I'm wondering just how long it's going to take me, given RL is being busy at the moment. Hey hp. The longer I sit here and whinge about it, the longer it's going to take...

Anyway, RL stuff... Silvia is needing loads of support at the moment as her sister passed away a few weeks ago, and we're helping Chris sort out his new house (Dave is there at the moment). I might be a lady of leisure, but I'm not entirely sure where all my time is going!!!

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Latest reply: Aug 11, 2006

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