I'm *definitely* in the 21st Century now...
Posted Nov 28, 2006
... I've finally succumbed to the advertising, after years of saying I'd never even want one, and have bought....
....my very first MP3 player....
....a proper iPod nano .
It's very small and very silvery ( 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 .
Now I just have to figure out how to use iTunes and put things on it .
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 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....
Posted Oct 6, 2006
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 .
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 .
Apparently the rumours back at work are that I'm pregnant, and Dave keeps getting people congratulating him on our "soon-to-arrive baby" . He keeps having to scotch that particular rumour .
But anyway, I should really do some packing and washing before we leave! Hope you all have fun .
The Tempest... was brill!
Posted Sep 23, 2006
Well, last night was Tempest night... . 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 .
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 . Dave enjoyed the show, but admitted that he hadn't been able to understand half of it!
Would I go again? Oh yes! The whole experience was brilliant and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Posted Sep 5, 2006
I can't believe it!
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 . I've been a Patrick Stewart fan ever since I was a Trekkie in my teens (reformed now, though ) 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 .
We go two weeks on Friday and I really can't wait!
Posted Aug 11, 2006
I'm feeling a bit 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 .
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!!!
Rains - Wondering where time's going and why it's in so much of a hurry!