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Post 1841

Bluebottle

Getting to Guildford for my 42nd course went smoothly – 6:42am train to Woking following by the train to Guildford with no waiting, and I found the park easily enough after a 20-minute walk, even though someone had put a Battersea smiley - dog Show in the way. Why they can't batter smiley - dogs into the sea in London and have to do it in Guildford is beyond me?smiley - huh

Getting home from Guildford, alas, was a completely different matter. I'd told my wife I'd be home for nammet and didn't take my phone with me (obviously I didn't want to take anything that I could lose when running as I don't carry anything then). I caught the train to Woking easily enough but just missed one train heading south, the doors were closed for the minute before it pulled away. So I waited 30 minutes for the next one and got on it, and sat on it.

And sat


And sat.


And eventually we were told that due to a 'emergency service incident' at Hook, the southwest mainline was completely closed and would be for some time. So I waited for the next train back to Guildford where I caught a train to Havant. After half an hour's wait I caught a train to Southampton Central and after waiting there I caught a train back to Eastleigh, arriving not in time for nammet at 12 but after 3pm.smiley - dontpanic

The course itself was an undulating, and very busy, two-lapper. I didn't see Charlotte decorated with rainbows when I arrived at Eastleigh and there was nothing at the station to imply anything was happening anywhere, but I didn't go to the recreation ground to see as by that time I just wanted to go home.

(When I got home I discovered that my wife had acquired two more children who had been left with us by their parents, and we had to take them swimming. Which didn't work at all well.) Yesterday I just wanted to stay home and not really go out.

So I hope your weekend plans involving sisters, elephants and preemie/knitting meets worked out much better.

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Post 1842

SashaQ - happysad

This week is somewhat epic so far - lunchtime is an illusion and tasks have bunched up after the quiet week waiting, but we're getting there...

My weekend didn't go according to plan, but things were easily rearranged, unlike your epic journey... No sister and no elephants, but the preemie/knitting meet was good fun, and I added a new bird to my 2019 year list smiley - ok I've also arranged to enjoy elephants with my sister next weekend instead smiley - ok

That was good that you were on the train at 6.42 and managed to get past the smiley - dog Show that had strayed from Battersea! You got a good time, especially as it was a busy run smiley - ok

That was a nasty incident - a bit like the film Sliding Doors - if you had not missed the train from Woking, you might have been on the train that was involved in the incident... Well done for working your way round to get back home safely, albeit 3 hours later than expected... Typical when you haven't got a means of communication with you, though, that it is difficult for the people who don't know what's going on. I was lucky when D didn't have her phone with her once that she was only delayed by 1 hour, but it was a very long hour for me pacing up and down in the station trying to work out how to find out what was going on and whether there was something I needed to do... Not fun that the swimming didn't go well after all that, either... Not surprised you needed a rest day on Sunday...

I hope your working week has been OK so far, to help you recover from all the exertion at the weekend...


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Post 1843

Bluebottle

Still normal level of busy here – never quiet, but not at full-blown smiley - bluelightsmiley - dontpanicsmiley - bluelight just yet…

Ah, sorry to hear you didn't get to enjoy elephantssmiley - mammoth and/or meet your sister in the end, but good to hear you enjoyed meeting up and spotting birds, and have elephant enjoying to look forward to this week.

I finally managed to catch up and finish watching 'Gentleman Jack' yesterday. I'll be honest, although I liked Suranne Jones' portrayal of Anne, I found Ann Walker to frequently be less engaging and not be given as much to actually do. And I really was put off by the daft smiley - flyingpig sequence, which I felt really jumped the shark, thus:

smiley - spacesmiley - boing
smiley - shark

Hopefully the next series will get a better balance between being a drama and trying to be a soap opera, with Anne and Ann splitting up at the end of every episode except the grand finale. Definitely a series with potential when it keeps focussed.

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Post 1844

SashaQ - happysad

Glad you're at normal level of busy for now smiley - dontpanic

That was a shame that there was no advertisement of Pride at the station, so Charlotte was not decorated as I thought she might have been smiley - rainbow Sounds like the event was more of a community gathering than a wider event - not even much on social media about it.

Well done for finishing Gentleman Jack - I haven't watched the final episode yet because I was reading Anne's diary and got to the bit where Anne did send the letter to offer Ann a ring and it was a difficult decision for Ann to make, but instead of it being a soap opera, as you say, Anne just went abroad for a few weeks and when she came back Ann was ready to decide. Excellent illustration of 'jumping the shark' - yes indeed! smiley - laugh "Definitely a series with potential when it keeps focussed." smiley - ok

I also got distracted from the series because I got to the bit in the diaries where Anne Lister visited the Ladies of Llangollen smiley - biggrin Very pleasing to know, so I did more reading about the Ladies and their Library smiley - biggrin

I need to try to finish some things again - I only read journal articles about the Ladies, so they were quick to finish, but I'm still reading Anne's diaries, plus I am in the middle of Charlotte's retelling of myths and legends (which is heavy going in places because Charlotte doesn't allow herself to fully enjoy the stories) and I'm reading a historical novel about Julius Caesar as well! I got a little cartoon book by Edward Monkton about a dinosaur love story from the charity shop recently, as it reminded me a bit of your cartoon, but that shouldn't take me too long to read smiley - biggrin


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Post 1845

Bluebottle

I don't know how big the Eastleigh Pride is when compared to bigger events such as Southampton, where they even repaint the Isle of Wight ferry in rainbow colours. (You don't see anything that size painted 'We're Homophobic!' do you, so progress is definitely being made). I'd've thought it makes sense to have events of different sizes and feels – rather than big parades everywhere, why not have smaller, more intimate events elsewhere, for those who would be put off by crowds and noise? The organisers seem to have been pleased with the event in any case, so as long as the people who went got what they wanted out of it.

Ah, the poor, unmodern Ladies of Llangoellen who tend to be ignored, so good to know it mentioned them – they've been left out of the television series so far, but as it implies there'll be at least one more series who knows what will happen. It should give you time to catch up with the reading. I don't suppose there's been any murders so far? How about dangerous driving leading to the amputation of children's limbs?

I had book club on Monday – my suggestion had been 'The Heir of Redclyffe' but no-one read it. Instead the smiley - book will be 'The Light Between Oceans' smiley - lighthouse which has also been adapted into a film, but not one I've seen.

Hope you're surviving the week and it is getting a bit calmer for you!

<BB<


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Post 1846

Bluebottle

I've been thinking all day, 'I've heard the name Edward Monckton, where've I heard the name Edward Monckton…smiley - huh' and it has just come to me – Blue Ronnie!smiley - eureka (I'm colour-blind and can't see purple smiley - silly)

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Post 1847

SashaQ - happysad

Ah smiley - eureka Thank you - I also was wondering about the name Edward Monkton as the artist is Giles Andreae. Well remembered about Purple/Blue/White Ronnie - I wouldn’t have made that connection... smiley - ok


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Post 1848

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, it sounded like Eastleigh Pride was quite small, especially compared to Southampton. Yes indeed more variety is good - I enjoyed Chester Pride a couple of years ago because it was quite small and friendly and not too intimidating, but last year it was twice as busy so I found it very intimidating and noisy smiley - headhurts That’s very good that the organisers of Eastleigh Pride were pleased with the event smiley - ok

I think Anne’s meeting with the Ladies occurred before the events of the tv series, so that explains a bit, but they didn’t get a mention in the earlier tv film, either which was a shame... No indeed I have not read about any murders or children’s limbs in the diaries so far!

That was a shame nobody read The Heir of Redclyffe for the Book Club - reminds me of the session in my book club that was supposed to be about The Left Hand of Darkness, but wasn’t smiley - blue

Today was also busy, but in a good way - a meeting went on longer than expected but it was productive. Tomorrow I should have time to catch up on things ready for next week smiley - ok

I hope the building works round you have settled down. I heard today that an artwork resembling the mother of the turnip foetus has been purchased, but fortunately it is not being installed in my building! I might get a photo of it, though smiley - yikessmiley - laugh


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Post 1849

Bluebottle

Here's a question for you – should statues always be decorated, regardless of the beliefs of the person whose statue is concerned? So let's say that the statue was of Enid Blyton, who recently was revealed as having been ruled out for appearing on a coin due to her being 'racist, sexist and homophobic'. Should her statue be bedecked with smiley - rainbow when she personally opposed it, which seems to be contradictory? Or just given a traffic cone instead? Is there a difference to, say, giving a prominent Conservative politician statue a Labour rosette to wear? Or a statue of an Everton player Liverpool kit to wear? If a statue is a personification of someone and what they stood for and believed in, should their personal beliefs be respected and the statue only be used to represent things they believed in?

With Charlotte Yonge I don't know what her personal beliefs were. I do find it intriguing that her personal biographer decided to burn her personal diaries, so you could potentially speculate that there may have been another side of her that was felt to be too shocking for the period, a 'Secret Diary of Charlotte Yonge' if you were. We will never know smiley - shrug

Still surrounded by building works – the bubble wrap is spreading and cutting off the stairs to the corridor now, as well as the lift. So I'll have to remember to go the long way round to get to the office for the next couple of weeks. The journey home over the bridge is a tad awkward at the moment too as that's all fenced off and being dug up again, with a very unhelpful narrow gap in the builders' fences to access the cycle path and pavement, that requires you to cycle along the road, slam on your brakes for a sheer 90 degree turn up the narrow path which is only possible if no-one is waiting to cross the road. Yesterday there was a pushchair trying to cross the road and that couldn't fit through the gap. And the temporary traffic lights are so ridiculously placed so that cars at the crossing don't know that the lights – positioned several yards behind them – have turned red and keep going.

Almost the weekend – been a long one this week!

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Post 1850

SashaQ - happysad

Good question - I think decorating statues is potentially a political act (with a small p) that it is taking the visibility of the statue and using it for another message, so eg putting rainbows or a traffic cone on a statue of Enid Blyton would make a statement. There are differences in statues, too, that people would make a different sort of statement if they were able to decorate Nelson atop Nelson's Column than decorating statues that are standing on the ground, or sitting on benches, where people can get close to them and take photos with them.

Yes, that was a shame that Charlotte Yonge's diaries were burned by Christabel Coleridge - Charlotte was someone who didn't conform to the most common expectations of her time, so Christabel may have found something that she thought would have made Charlotte appear even more transgressive, but that could have been something relatively mild from a 21st Century point of view... Very lucky that Anne Lister's relative didn't burn her diaries, even though he found them uncomfortable reading, so that they survived to a different time...

Wow, that isn't good that there is so much bubblewrap around still, and that it is spreading - certainly gets your step count up going the long way round, though! That is smiley - grr about the access to the cycle path and pavement. Is there a dropped kerb there, or is it just the dreaded blob of tarmac? Rubbish at any rate if it isn't big enough for a pushchair, or even for a bike to get through if someone is waiting to cross the road, making a ridiculously tight corner... Good luck with it all...

Yes it has been a long week - I managed to catch up on things today smiley - puff It was intense, as I also had an urgent task to deal with when someone asked me for 'that thing that needs to be finished today' - I asked what thing, but they didn't know, so I had to find someone who knew someone who knew what was needed smiley - laugh Got there in the end! Good luck with your work smiley - goodluck

I hope you have an excellent weekend when it arrives. I'm looking forward to going to the zoo again, to see how the Monsoon Forest is getting on, and seeing the new attractions since last year smiley - biggrin


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Post 1851

Bluebottle

Hurray – we're getting to the end of another week. smiley - biggrin
If we're lucky I'll be able to cross the bridge again without the dreaded narrow blob of tarmac fenced off on all sides…

We had an information evening for parents at school smiley - prof yesterday where we were told which homework children had to do online and which should be done in their homework books – lots of different web addresses and login details to remembersmiley - headhurts Oh well, I'm sure it'll make sense once we get used to it.

Enjoy revisiting the zoo, zoo, zoo! I started writing a h2g2 entry about Marwell but am trying to work out how much to write about the individual animals as I've realised that each guide book I've bought has completely different animals in as they seem to move them round or get involved in different breeding programmes, so while there are some constants, many animals come and go or move round.smiley - shrug

I've also started writing another film series entry. This time when I did a search to see if there was an existing entry on the series, I found A457724. That entry is quite detailed and the Researcher clearly intended it to be submitted for the Guide but didn't seem to know how to do so, having created a conversation attached to the entry asking for it to be added to the Guide. So the question would be, would that be enough to justify it being included to the <./>Writing-Fleamarket</.> and, if it is, having started my own entry, would I want to turn what I've done so far into a Flea Market Rescue? Mind you, I've not done a Rescue for a while…

Sounds like you'll have a more exciting weekend than me – a nice quiet one that doesn't involve going far is what I have in mind. There's been a lot of traffic chaos lately – the other day there was a smiley - football match – an international one, if you'd believe it, actually in Southampton for the first time I've ever heard of – but the M27 was closed due to an oil spill and fire that required the whole carriageway needing to be dug up and replaced, which brought all traffic around for miles to a standstill. That made cycling home a challenge with cars and lorries parked on the road everywhere, but at least only cyclists and pedestrians were moving. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-49653901

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Post 1852

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, let's hope the bridge is properly open again so you don't have to traverse the dreaded blob of tarmac smiley - goodluck

Wow, that is quite a difference in relation to homework than in my day smiley - senior so I can imagine it is a lot for you all to get used to, but in this day and age it is good for students to formally learn those skills smiley - ok

I see there aren't very many Entries about Zoos in the Guide, apart from the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, so that is a challenge, but would be very valuable if you can do it. Chester Zoo has a huge history, so I haven't managed to tackle it yet - my mum has the book, but from what she's told me it is a bit 'red in tooth and claw', as is the TV series, so I'd struggle to approach it from that angle, I think... I wonder if the guidebooks you have will give you the angle you need - eg you can say 'in the [years] Marwell was known for x, y, z animals, and in [2010s] it is renowned for Amur Leopards. Other animals might have links already in the Guide so they could be included too. Good luck! smiley - ok

Ah, that Entry you found is an interesting case - it looks like it dates to the era when Peer Review was just starting, and/or it would have been a candidate for the Sin Bin... Looks to me like a clear statement of intention by the author, though, so it would be suitable for the Flea Market smiley - ok It wouldn't necessarily be one you'd want to incorporate into your Entry that you've already started, though, I agree, and there would be a lot of overlap... I wonder if that one would serve as the overview, and then your Entry could serve as a set of short Entries, one on each of the films, in a University Project... Lots to think about, there smiley - ok

I heard about the international smiley - football match the other day, and was surprised to hear it was in Southampton! I didn't hear about the traffic chaos around it, though - smiley - yikes that was a nasty van fire to do so much damage on the road... (the spontaneous combustion of a parked car that I witnessed a few years ago scorched a tree and melted a patch of tarmac under the car, but there was no spillage so the damage was localised). Glad you were able to get through OK even though it was busy with cars and lorries queuing everywhere around.

I'm sure you'll enjoy your relaxing weekend smiley - teasmiley - biggrin and I shall enjoy elephants smiley - teasmiley - biggrinsmiley - mammoth


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