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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad' Posted Jun 7, 2019
Yes, that's good that Reading is (relatively) easy to get to by train so it offers you more parkrun tourism options I hope the RR10 went well.
Lunchtime was an illusion yesterday as I was in meetings all over the place, but quite a lot of work got done Today is waiting for other people to finish their parts first
Sorry to hear your anniversary wasn't the most romantic day - blood, effluvia and tears are challenging ingredients indeed - but that's good that it was a family day and I hope everyone got cleaned up OK and feels better today
I'm not sure what I'll be doing at the weekend yet, apart from food shopping. I'm looking forward to the break, though - it has been a long week as I had enjoyed 4 day weeks myself in May, so 5 whole days was a challenge! I mustn't forget to watch Gentleman Jack, though, as I haven't caught up yet (I've been watching the Isle of Man TT ).
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jun 7, 2019
Reading is easy to get to by train, but the station is confusing when you're there. I had a last minute platform change from platform 5, who could have guessed that platform 3 was the one next to platform 7?
The RR10 went well, I finished right at the back again but it was still fun. The running club sports day was great fun there was skipping, egg and spoon and the three-legged race – I held onto my Adult Sack Race Winner status. In the children's races they had two categories; under 10s and 10-15-year-olds. My daughter, despite being 8, didn't want to race alone and decided to join the 10-15 year olds. So she didn't win anything but came a very close second in the skipping. My son won the sack race, and we won a badminton and cricket set as well as a bottle of and the children had great fun, especially playing with other children afterwards.
I've not had a chance to watch anything this week either as I can't get the children to go to bed. That's the trouble with lighter evenings, the children go to sleep much later and are extra tired in the mornings…
This week we've had no or brought in by the ! My wife decided that what needed was to have more hunting-based games at home rather than simply being stroked and cuddled, and so has made a concerted effort to involve her with games in which she chases, pounces and searches for her toys at home indoors. The theory is that when goes outside she won't feel so strong an urge to hunt and might even be tired out. And I put a second, louder, bell on her collar. Hopefully one, other or a combination of both approaches will work.
I think this weekend will be a quiet one, which is good as next weekend we're off camping! A family tent would really be useful at this stage…
Hope you have a great weekend!
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad' Posted Jun 10, 2019
That is confusing about platforms 3, 5 and 7! That's even worse than the time I was told to go to Platform 4 - I could only find 4a and 4b, so I picked 4b, and the train arrived at 4a There was at least some logic, though - 4a was next to 4b, as one might expect...
Congratulations on your sack race success! Congratulations to your children, too - very pleasing that your son followed in your sacksteps That's a shame that there was no prize for second place, but that is an achievement for your daughter indeed Glad the RR10 was fun, too
I caught up with Gentleman Jack on Saturday - some nice tender moments, but also some gratuitous violence, so that was a bit strange... I attempted to buy the 2010 book as an e-book, but didn't succeed, so I'll have to try again tonight... I did successfully buy 'Last Chance to See' from a charity shop, though, so that was pleasing! Amazing what we find when we're not looking for anything in particular
That is a good idea of your wife to encourage indoor rather than outdoor hunting Upgrading the sound of the collar should also be helpful, just in case - that is good news that you haven't had any fresh catches for a few days
Good luck with your camping preparations - I hope you'll all have an excellent time
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jun 10, 2019
Southampton Central has the platforms divided into A and B. Normally if it is, say, a London train, which may have up to 12 carriages then the train uses the whole platform so it is just Platform 1. If, though, they have a local service such as the 2-carriage stopping service to Romsey via Eastleigh at the same time as the 2-carriage stopping service to Brighton then they put both on the same platform, with the Eastleigh train in front (on 2A) of the Brighton one (on 2B) as they only have 4 platforms in use. They don't use platform 5 largely because it isn't a through-platform, but a bay platform facing the 'wrong' side to be useful.
I would be intrigued to see how much of the story is based on fact – the relationship with Anne Walker is quite different to how it was portrayed in the 2010 adaptation, particularly with regards who is making the first move. Doesn't necessarily mean one is fictional as they could potentially have combined descriptions of different romantic partners to create what they thought would be the most dramatic relationship. But no mention of Anne Walker being a mining investor so far…
Also, is the tenant murder based on real events or a real ? Did it happen and/or be mentioned in the diaries, or is it something that happened in Halifax era at around the right time that they thought they'd include? Or complete fiction? Gratuitous indeed – while I quite like the people Lister knows having relationships and the little romance between the housemaid and footman.
We now own a family tent! The children have also been delighted with their sleeping bags and have slept in them the last couple of nights, so that gets them used to them in time. It's been a quiet weekend here, and very much a wet one. Hopefully all the rain will fall now and it'll be nice and dry next weekend when we're out in a field.
How was your weekend? Did you get to go out and about (you didn't specify the date of your purchasing trip to the charity shop ) and escape the rain? Did you see any birds, or visit a gallery or museum? (Do they have trains and dinosaurs in the same museum building in Liverpool, or different ones?)
I've almost finished my story, just a few scenes left to draw. That'll start appearing in in hopefully 3 weeks. So do I upload it onto first, or wait for it to appear in first?
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad' Posted Jun 10, 2019
Ah, that is interesting about Southampton Central - I can visualise that It was a London train that was at Platform 4 in Chester, but it was only a diddy one so it didn't stretch as far as 4B
Yes, I'm very much wondering what in the diaries inspired the scenes in the two different adaptations, because there are intriguing similarities and differences... I'm thinking the 'crying on the legs/in the forest' scene must be made up, because if the reaction had been documented, then it could have been the same in both adaptations... In 'Gentleman Jack' I'm impressed by how Eugenie can understand the housekeeper's 'French' and that Ann W was a good kisser without being an embarrassment at first like some novices are If the son gets away with the murder, then it wouldn't have been mentioned in the diaries because Anne wouldn't have known about it, but it remains to be seen what happens next, given that the father won't have turned up to the meeting...
"We now own a family tent! "
Yay! That's good news - excellent idea to get the children used to the sleeping bags, too Yes, let's hope the rain rains now indeed so that you have a good dry time next weekend
I bought on Saturday, but I did get out and about on Sunday, too - I went to the coast and managed to avoid the rain as I was on the dry side of the cloud! The birds put on a good display - no new species, I don't think, but I was pleased to spot Egrets, a Reed Bunting and a Marsh Harrier all by myself, so I'm honing my skills gradually A fly bit my lip while I was concentrating on taking photos, so that was funny but not funny at the same time, but luckily the swelling went down quite quickly so I'm OK today!
Trains and dinosaurs are in different museums in Liverpool, I think - the former in The Museum of Liverpool and the latter in World Museum Liverpool
That is an excellent question about your story... Waiting will build the anticipation for h2g2ers, but your story might like to be appreciated sooner by your friends who are not on h2g2
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jun 10, 2019
Without reading the diaries it is hard to know. If Anne Lister (I can never remember whether the Annes have Es at the end or not) recorded multiple relationships then there is no reason why adaptors might not combine the events of different points of her life into the one relationship, so while all the events may have happened to Lister, they may not have happened to her during the relationship with Walker. Also, there's no reason why someone wouldn't grieve more than once, so it is possible for her to have grieved on her own on one occasion and in company on another? Or she may have written about the same event on more than one occasion and given a different perspective each time that changes the nature of events. Only one way to find out.
Ah – an annoying consequence of bird spotting, but good to hear it wasn't prolonged or serious.
If I put my drawings on , chances are would hide it and no-one would be able to spot it anyway…
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad' Posted Jun 11, 2019
"If I put my drawings on , chances are would hide it and no-one would be able to spot it anyway…"
I successfully downloaded the 2010 book last night - interesting reading so far indeed... In particular, the diaries for the period when Mariana announced her marriage are lost, so Anne's emotional reaction to that event is not known.
Difficult to understand someone's gender identity from an external historical perspective as there is a lot of difference between eg a woman who likes to dress as a man and a trans man even though outwardly they might look the same, and even in a diary it is dependent on having a vocabulary - Anne contemplated dressing as a man to get a job as a clerk when she needed some money, but she didn't do that, and wore 'petticoats' but with men's braces and a 'waistcoat'. This means I'm now thinking that the old blue plaque with 'gender non-conforming' on it was not strong enough to describe her, so the new one is somewhat better, but I'll see if my thoughts change as I read more...
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jun 11, 2019
We've a few bedraggled disappointed members of staff in the office today who had booked yesterday off, hoping to see the Cricket World Cup match in Southampton that was called off due to the constant rain.
Hopefully it'll stop raining by next week…
I've not seen this week's 'Gentleman Jack' yet, but I believe that no-one is ever going to have their life adequately described in a few words on a blue plaque – but I believe there's a huge difference between inadvertently using vague or potentially misleading wording and deliberately erasing someone from history. With the 2010 edition, who decided how to edit the diaries and what was excised? What side and experiences of her life story is being emphasised? How much of her childhood is revealed? And how much of the events around her does she describe?
Yesterday was book club – next month's is 'The Heir of Redclyffe', and today was choir and we started learning our 60th song, though I think I'm the only one to have spotted that so far.
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad' Posted Jun 12, 2019
That is a shame about the cricket Chester was lucky that cricket matches were able to go ahead because it was on the edge of the cloud, but the cloud had its revenge last night... The railway line flooded so all the rush hour trains were cancelled, and the road route into the city was bad, too - my poor little car had to drive through three new lakes It could have been worse, because it wasn't as bad as places that have been on TV, but it was scary... I was glad to get into the office safely and have a cup of tea
At this rate you'd be at 'Camp Granada' for your holiday, but Saturday looks better, which is a relief - need chance for the drainage to catch up with the water...
Congratulations on adding the 60th song to your repertoire I hope it's a good one
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jun 12, 2019
Ah, there's nothing quite like the words 'Widespread Flood Warning' to make you really anticipate a weekend of camping. It's at times like these that I wish I had more than one pair of running shoes… Oh well, I'll look forward to having dry feet again on Monday.
We're heading off on Friday afternoon after the children have finished school, though I'm working Friday morning. Tonight I'll have a damp RR10 – it is a new course that's not been tried before.
Other than that, and playing 'Sub Terra' at Board Game Club it has been a quiet day really… How about you?
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad' Posted Jun 13, 2019
I had a rather busy day yesterday because everything I was waiting for appeared at the same time I'm getting through it quite well, but I'm feeling the pressure as I'm on annual leave next week too so I have to get it all done in three days instead of ten...
I hope the RR10 wasn't too much of a quagmire... The road with the three new lakes was closed last night, unsurprisingly, so I went on a diversion but it was OK.
Two of the lakes had gone this morning, so I thought the route would be clear, but the third lake was still there so the road was closed again. There was no diversion, though, so I went on a bit of a magical mystery tour - somehow I found myself at the front of a queue of traffic all following me as they thought I knew where I was going I ended up on a dual carriageway with no option but to travel away from the city, which was challenging, but I found a place to turn and find out where I was so I could get back to where I needed to be. Not as bad as yesterday, but was still the priority when I got to the office...
I watched last Sunday's Gentleman Jack last night, and found it a bit strange again in terms of people's reactions, possibly because the outcomes, eg the tenancy, were focused on rather than the process, eg the expected meeting with the tenant, so I missed a bit...
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jun 13, 2019
Ah, I know that feeling – everything I wait for tends to appear at the same time too, largely because with my main role, I can't do anything until it has all been officially approved by a committee or panel, which in order to ensure the academics concerned have enough time to get everything ready for the panel is always held at the last minute, which doesn't give enough time to do things like create the course, and I get constantly nagged that the course hasn't been created yet by Admissions, who can't officially offer it to students until I've created it even though Marketing advertises the unvalidated courses like mad.
I hope you are able to get home okay! Has it stopped raining there? It was still chucking it down here all morning but appears to have stopped for now. Can you remember your route home yesterday?
The RR10 was definitely quite muddy, and had a narrow start with bottlenecks, which meant there was a lot of walking to begin with before people were able to get away. I felt I had my best run of the year so far, though. I wasn't in the bottom ten, and actually beat people who have regularly been ahead of me. So that was good. And my shoes didn't get too muddy, which is handy as I only have one pair of running shoes not held together with superglue (which doesn't work well in wet weather) and I need them this weekend. We could afford to buy either a tent or a new pair of shoes and went for the tent (but I may well end up wishing I'd made the other choice ).
I've not seen this week's 'Gentleman Jack' yet – not sure if I'll get a chance too before the weekend so I'll probably be two episodes behind next week.
Next week we may have a second sofa! My wife's fed up of being squished when sitting down, as we have a two-seater which was fine when the children were young, but now they're adult sized is getting increasingly awkward. She's hoping to find a free second-hand one from one of those 'freecycle' type websites. Cue memories of Dave Gorman discussion of the snobbiness of the freecycle discussion.
Nammettime was spent in the pub at a leaving do saying farewell to the Head of Music, who is leaving after 12 years. I used to work with him when I did all the admin for the Music courses in the old faculty days, so it was sad to say goodbye.
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad' Posted Jun 14, 2019
Yeah, difficult with bunched up workloads, but at least we can occupy ourselves during the troughs, and the peaks exercise our transferable skills so it's good for us
The route home was easy two days ago, because diversion signs had been put in place (but that made it very puzzling that there was no diversion in place from the opposite direction yesterday morning). The journey home last night was even easier as there was only half a lake, so the road had been reopened and the path around the semicircle of water was controlled by temporary traffic lights. The half a lake was still there this morning, but the traffic lights kept everyone moving
Congratulations on a good RR10 - seems you're a mud specialist so you can beat your dry-weather competitors Glad you had a good nammettime, although that was sad that another of your former colleagues left...
Good luck with the sofa hunt! I've not used any of the freecycle-type websites myself, but they are a great idea to save good items that would otherwise be too expensive to collect/deliver going to waste
I hope you all have a good weekend and don't get too wet
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jun 18, 2019
I only worked a half day on Friday and got to leave early to pack up and get everything reading for camping. Which we did – and it went quite well, except we discovered that our brand new family tent doesn't retain the warmth at night and also leaks. Other than clothes only one thing got drenched through, but sadly it was my SLR which has now stopped working. I went out for a 5-mile lap, got back and found it right in the middle of a puddle. All it does now is have the words 'Error – please turn off and on again' on the screen.
The cross-country course was largely gravel but the trail sections got increasingly muddy, slippery and treacherous as the event went on.
It was also cold at night, so I'm not sure to what extent my family wish to repeat the camping experience. I enjoyed it, though, and the children both participated in the fun run, with Stick Man from 'Stick Man' by Julia Donaldson bizarrely the race's mascot. I think they were also raising money for a children's charity…?
After saying that I wanted yesterday to be a day in which I didn't move in order to recover, our 'new' sofa arrived yesterday. It is one which has legrests, so yesterday afternoon I ended up disassembling the sofa and taking the back off to be then able to fit it through the front door and lift it up the narrow staircase and into the lounge, where I had to screw the back back on. I'm not sure where I'll be able to have room enough to do the ironing at home now, but we won't all be squished if we sit down together. Which I must admit I'll sometimes miss as it is often quite nice to cuddle up to the family, but if the children are tired and getting on each other's nerves at least we can have an option to separate them.
I wonder whether people give away SLR cameras on Freecycle? Probably not…
It's Results Week now , which means the students are phoning everyone across the university, whether they have anything to do with results or not, saying 'I got a 3rd class degree but I think I deserve a first, change my results now, please?'
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad' Posted Jun 18, 2019
Oh no, that is bad news about the tent leaking... I hope you can get a refund or something on it, as that is not what you would expect a brand new tent to be like... Fundamental properties are being watertight and hence keeping the warmth in... Even ye olde bell tents managed that (except the one time when I was directly opposite the door and got the full benefit of a cold breeze).
Sorry to hear about your SLR, too that is very sad news... Let's hope it recovers after drying out for a few more days There may be SLRs on Freecycle, but they are likely to be in a similar state...
My weekend was pretty much the opposite - my sister visited for Father's Day, and we all went out for a meal and stayed dry, so that was very good.
Well done on getting the sofa into the house, especially after the race - quite the rigmarole, but that sounds good that it has footrests so it will be comfortable now it is rebuilt
Fascinating phonecalls indeed
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jun 19, 2019
I had great fun yesterday trying to get to work and back as my bike's still broke and there's a rail strike, which means I'll miss today's RR10, alas. Mind you I was quite shocked at the last one when a female runner started shouting at me that I was 'horrible' because I was whistling. There are very strange people in the world.
When I was in the BB we had old canvas ridge tents, the traditional /\ _\ shaped ones and they always were fine (provided you didn't touch the canvas, and if you did you could trace a line down to the bottom of the tent so the water wouldn't seep through).
My only concern with the sofa's pop-out footrests is that I worry when they're out will want to explore the nook and cranny and get squished when the footrests are retracted back into the sofa.
Yesterday at choir we started learning our 60th song, so to celebrate I wrote a little missing words quiz. I might put it on my home page if you fancy a go, although if you don't know the songs it will be very much like the last one.
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad' Posted Jun 20, 2019
Ah, that isn't good about the bike and the rail strike
The female runner mustn't have been listening to you, to shout about the whistling - very strange people indeed...
Yes, that was the good thing about canvas, the ability to trace the line to direct the water away. I was generally lucky with my camping that it was good weather overall - just the last one that was a complete washout...
Ah, yes that is important to make sure isn't under the sofa when the footrests are retracted...
Thanks for posting the Quiz - I was able to use what I learned from the last one to have a go at it, so I'm enjoying it very much
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jun 20, 2019
Happy National Clean Air Day!
I didn't know it was National Clean Air Day until nammettime, but as Southampton is in the top ten worst cities for air pollution in the UK, it is good that they held an event today to promote the issue. I was walking with my bike to the bikeshop to get it fixed when I got as far as Guildhall Square, where they had a few stalls from organisations like 'Greenpeace' and 'Friends of the ', representatives of the local companies (First and Blue Star ), MyJourney, a charity that promotes public and sustainable transport as well as the Bike Doctor , people from the bike shop I go to who do free basic bike servicing and minor maintenance (cables, inner tubes, brake blocks – that sort of thing, nothing complicated). So I showed them my bike's shredded rear chain set and though they didn't have the equipment or parts there, they agreed it was under warranty and would fix it for free if I take my bike in tomorrow.
And I also grabbed leaflets, a bike bell, reflective stuff, a new reflective bag cover which will come in handy as my last one blew off in a storm, and s. The pen I'd been using to draw borders was a MyJourney one I picked up at a previous bike event but has been running out, so by grabbing another today I hope to be able to replace it.
Glad you enjoyed the quiz even though it was intended for people who actually have sung the songs and should recognise them and know the words
The weekend is getting closer – although I'm just looking forward to an end to the rain… Do you have plans to go -spotting this weekend?
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad' Posted Jun 21, 2019
Glad you enjoyed National Clean Air Day - that is good news about the bike. That's good that you got some handy merchandise, too
Yes, I enjoyed the quiz, but it was definitely difficult given that I don't even know the words to platinum-selling singles ... I did better than I thought I would, anyway, so I'm pleased with that
I hope the weather has been better for you today - it is lovely here at the moment Hopefully that means the ground will be drier at the weekend so we won't be mud-monsters by Monday... I hope you have a good parkrun, etc. I do plan to go wildlife spotting, and hope to see more birds than fish indeed!
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jun 21, 2019
I did indeed enjoy National Clean Air Day, and I look forward to hopefully enjoying clean air one day…
Today is the first day in at least a fortnight I've not been rained on! Mind you, there's still time…
This weekend we're off to the cinema (although my daughter has an exciting birthday party trip to A87930994)! Our local cinema had been charging up to £14:99 per ticket and a family ticket was £45, but now they've announced their dropping all ticket prices to £4:99 to bring them in line with their other cinemas (http://www.thesun.co.uk/money/5514465/vue-is-slashing-film-scrreening-prices-to-4-99-but-only-at-these-22-cinemas/). So hopefully we'll be able to see more films, especially with 'Toy Story 4' and 'The Secret Life of Pets 2' out at the moment. I've already planned to head to the cinema today for the 4:15pm showing of the last 'X-Men' film before it vanishes with a former work mate. Hmm – I'd better finish my and dash off!
Have a great weekend!
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