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Post 1621

SashaQ - happysad

Well done on your successful Pancake Day! I didn't have pancakes yesterday because I thought I was going out in the evening, so I ate quick dinner and then the event was cancelled, but never mind - I found other stuff to do smiley - ok

Pancakes are a type of food that I'm not sure of, and I'm in the middle of another 'red traffic light' problem at the moment as I got too many food-based Christmas presents smiley - facepalm so I didn't feel like pancakes anyway - I put some of my red traffic light food in the box for you as between the four of you you should be able to make use of them before they go off and hopefully save you smiley - 2cents too smiley - ok

It seems the television series is getting there - a trailer of upcoming BBC dramas included mention of it, but the actual start date hasn't yet been decided...

Ah, that's good thinking about novels - there have been a few adaptations of 'Emma' and 'Jane Eyre'. Only one TV adaptation of 'Agnes Grey', though, so far, I see.

I don't envy you reading that book... It is fascinating about reviews - I once was persuaded to buy 'Half of a Yellow Sun' from a second hand stall by a person who gave it a great review. It is a fairly famous book but it was much more graphic and violent than I was led to expect so I didn't read it all and just skipped to the end... (I've seen her on the stall a few times since, and she doesn't make recommendations any more!)

I hope the Lecture Theatre is well attended, and I hope all goes well with the performance! There are a few other Theatre varieties that might need songs somewhen - I could imagine you all performing in an Auricula Theatre to serenade the plants smiley - laugh


SQ and BB

Post 1622

Bluebottle

Happy British World Mental Book Pie Health Weekday!

Are you doing anything special to celebrate Britishsmiley - earth Mental smiley - book Pie smiley - doctor Weekday? Were any of the food-based smiley - xmastreesmiley - gift British Pies? I do love a good pie – but it has to be a real pie, none of this in a dish and no pastry down the sides nonsense smiley - wah

As for World smiley - book Day, in the end my son went in his puppetry clothes which look suitably spooky while when I left my daughter was going to wear normal clothes and then was going to decide which contemporary heroine she would be, whether 'Matilda' or a character in a David Walliams or other recent smiley - book.

I was discussing the topic with my wife who suggested that I could compare the 'Tomb Raider' films – not a bad idea, with only two drawbacks I thought of. We don't own any 'Tomb Raider' films and I've never played any 'Tomb Raider' games. Lara Croft is an iconic character and deserves to be written about by someone who cares about her, and that ain't me.

I very much doubt that the lecture theatre will be busy – it is in the basement of the Spark and the VC is giving a speech beforehand that will really put people off coming along. Still it is always fun to sing. But now we've sung in Mayflower Theatre and soon a Lecture Theatre, so the next step is surely singing in an Operating Theatre, possibly while the smiley - doctorsmiley - nurse are doing something complicated like heart surgery. We could sing 'Find Me', which contains these lyrics repeated over and over:
smiley - whistlesmiley - musicalnoteI see you here in the darkness, blinding light right where your smiley - love is
smiley - whistlesmiley - musicalnoteIf you're ready, smiley - love is open, I’ll be waiting, come and find me.

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SQ and BB

Post 1623

SashaQ - happysad

Happy British World Mental Book Pie Health Weekday to you, too!

Nothing particular going on for those events over here today, but I did enjoy smiley - cake yesterday for Networking Day and then it is just my own personal Mental Health day today to make a dent in clearing up the hoard of food I found from before last smiley - xmastree that has gone off smiley - flustered Sadly for you there are no British Pies in the box even though they are red traffic light food - I doubt they would transport well in the mail, anyway... I more often eat Cottage Pie or Fish Pie but they are even further away from the definition of 'Real Pie' as there's not even any pastry on top never mind the sides smiley - laugh

That's a good idea of your daughter's - I always worried on fancy dress days at school that I'd made a mistake and would turn up looking funny and everyone else would be in school uniform, so I always chose characters from school-based books just in case! smiley - laugh Glad your son was able to make a costume out of clothes he already had, too smiley - ok

The 'Tomb Raider' series has a strong female protagonist indeed smiley - ok The portrayal of women in video games is a whole other topic from the Bechdel Test (she was rather unnecessarily well-endowed at the front, but there were some... educational... features in the original game - it was fascinating for smiley - geek me to be able to stand right next to her and watch her breathing... Much better than trying to get her to kill a bear, imho...) The prequel 'Tomb Raider' film was very good but I don't think I saw any with Angelina Jolie although I have heard of them.

In relation to proposed Entries I have had an idea for April Fools Day smiley - evilgrin so I need to get started on that soon smiley - ok Have you had any ideas yet?

Ah, a cunning plan to link a speech in with the singing... I hope the VC doesn't overrun too badly so that there is plenty of time for people to listen to you all as well... Yes, the next step in the choir's career is surely Operating Theatre - 'Find Me' would be a superb song choice smiley - rofl


SQ and BB

Post 1624

Bluebottle

Ah – we normally have shepherd's pie rather than cottage pie, although we’ve not had either for ages. Not since the oven broke anyway. I still reckon Lemon Meringue Pie is the best and never did understand the expression 'As American as apple smiley - apple pie' when Chaucer was writing about apple pies before the discovery of America, and apples aren't native to America anyway.smiley - huh

I don't really remember dressing up days at school apart from Red Nose Day. I hated the very first Red Nose Day as my Mum – not really understanding - dressed me up as a clown. There were occasional mufti days but they were generally annoying.

I've never really been one to spend much time playing computer games and have usually been a console or two behind everyone else anyway. The games I did play on my PC were generally real-time strategy games, such as 'Dune 2' (1992), 'Command and Conquer' (1995), 'Age of Empires' (1997), 'Command and Conquer: Red Alert' (1997), 'Dune 2000' (1998), 'Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings' (1999), 'Red Alert 2' (2000), 'Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun' (2000) and 'Emperor: Battle for Dune' (2001). Oh, and 'Discworld Noir' (1999). Did killing bears feature much in the 'Tomb Raider' games?

I've not really thought about April Fool's Day yet this year. I'll have to give it a though…

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SQ and BB

Post 1625

SashaQ - happysad

So shepherd's pie is with lamb mince? I'm not too sure of the technical definitions of those sorts of pies, as my cottage pies have tended to have lentils in them recently anyway smiley - laugh

I hadn't heard the expression 'As American as Apple Pie' before, but maybe it means dating to when the first smiley - apple pies arrived on that continent smiley - huh

Ah smiley - flustered I can imagine you hated the first Red Nose Day indeed - that is the nightmare scenario... Yes mufti days could be annoying as it was easy just to go with school uniform...

No, I haven't really played many computer games, either - a neighbour let me borrow a Sega during one school holiday so I got quite good at 'Footbag' and 'Tennis'. On my Amiga I *nearly* got to the end of the Aladdin computer game, but just could not get past the final boss... I played Bubble Bobble to the end, though, in a team with my mum when we had a working joystick smiley - ok I played Football Manager 1996 for quite a while, too, as that was an interesting strategy game. I'm enjoying the console I got for Christmas - there's tennis on that, and also the dancing game featuring A87882970, which is still hilarious!

In relation to Tomb Raider, killing bears did feature very much in my experience of it - the one and only time I managed to get Lara to dispose of the bear in the first room, she went through to the second room and found another bear that disposed of her, so that was the end of that...

I cleared the kitchen counter of stuff best-before 2017 last night, so that was progress smiley - ok I plan to do a bit more work on the hoard at the weekend, but I also have another Raptorwatch to look forward to (I think the weather is not going to be pleasant, again, but we shall see). I hope you all have a great weekend smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 1626

Bluebottle

Have you not heard an smiley - apple pie referred to as 'American pie'? Mind you, that is now also the title of a Don McLean song covered by America about the death of Buddy Holly, as well as a teen sex-comedy film series involving teenagers engaging in questionable behaviour with a said 'American pie', so perhaps it is best not to dwell…

Moving swiftly on. The kids still enjoy playing with red noses, but this year we've bought five and got three gnomes and two jesters, which is disappointing. What console did you get for Christmas? I had a Football Manager game for my Sinclair QL. I wonder whether the QL still works. Probably not as it was sadly stored in a damp environment a few years ago.

I believe it'll be another largely uneventful weekend ahead, but I've volunteered to do token sorting at parkrun which will be a new parkrun volunteer task and badge for me. I hope you get to spot a good lot of birds.

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SQ and BB

Post 1627

SashaQ - happysad

I hadn't heard of smiley - apple pie being referred to as 'American Pie' but some pies in the USA (as with Lemon Meringue Pie) are also different types of pie! Best not to dwell on pie films indeed...

That was disappointing about your batch of red noses - in other ways it is your lucky month, though, as MumQ saw some red noses at the weekend and bet herself that Wirral ones would be different from Southampton ones and she was right smiley - rofl

I have a Nintendo Switch - I like it because it is a bit like the Wii (gameplay involves more moving around) but it doesn't need plugging into the TV and the controllers are much lighter so I can play tennis or dance to more than two songs without straining my arms. That would be interesting to test the Sinclair QL after having been in a damp environment, but it doesn't sound hopeful... My Amigas didn't even get as far as storage, as the motherboards melted following rather too exuberant gameplay... All classic machines, though - I'm glad to have known them smiley - ok

I hope you had a good weekend and the token sorting went well for you smiley - ok My weekend was not quite as expected - I did well tackling the hoard and ate some good fresh food instead, but I didn't find the Raptorwatch... The weather was indeed horrible smiley - brr but thankfully I managed to dodge the hailstones and sleet by watching the clouds and going inside when the sky turned ominous - at other times it was sunny but windy! By myself I did see some harriers and possibly a peregrine and some owls, so it was pleasing, but without the help of the RSPB I'm not sure I can add anything to my list... Never mind - I'm sure there will be more Raptorwatches later in the year smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 1628

Bluebottle

Thank for the parcel on Saturday, that was a delightful surprise. Though the snacks did not last long at all. Everyone was delighted, except possibly smiley - cat whose attitude was probably 'of course someone I've never met has sent me food, I'm wonderful', smiley - winkeye

Ah, I've not played the Switch but have seen the adverts on the telly and it looks fun. Do you have many games for it, and does it charge or eat batteries for breakfast?

The token sorting went well, although someone had stolen number 15, which is disappointing. So I had to make a new 15 by putting a special barcoded sticker on a blank token – the other numbers are pre-printed and they have 'Property of parkrun' in large friendly letters on them to tell people not to take them. It was a very muddy run and I slipped over on a corner, but fortunately the mud was very soft so no harm done. Numbers were down, although whether that was because of the mud or possible impact of a new run in Romsey, I'm not sure.

The weather all weekend was very changeable here too, from extremely windy, calm and sunny and heavy rain. A fair few branches are down which always makes the journey interesting, but it is light in the evenings now so not a worry. We stayed indoors for most of the weekend though as my wife was feeling smiley - ill. Sorry to hear that you didn't find the raptorwatch – do you know anyone who goes or have done it before?

It is a very hectic day today as Options have opened this morning, so we're being bombarded. My favourite e-mail today simply said: 'I wish to do alcohol drugs and crime.' It should be explained that 'Alcohol, Drugs and Crime' is the name of an option on the Criminology course, which this student is on – honest!smiley - handcuffssmiley - alesmiley - thief

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SQ and BB

Post 1629

SashaQ - happysad

Glad the snacks went down well smiley - biggrin and of course smiley - cat is a smiley - catsmiley - ok

I have Mario Tennis, Mario Kart and Just Dance for the Switch smiley - ok The battery seems quite good - I charge it about once a week, after using it for about 30 minutes a day, and it charges quickly.

What are the tokens for? That is strange that 15 went, but that made your volunteering job worthwhile so you could get it sorted out smiley - ok Glad you weren't injured by slipping on the mud - I hope it didn't take you too long to get cleaned up afterwards...

I found out afterwards that Raptorwatch had been cancelled because of the weather, so it was no wonder I couldn't find it smiley - doh but it was worth my while going out even so - my honorary brother in law looked at my photos and found I had seen a Hen Harrier, so I can add that to my list smiley - ok

That was a great e-mail smiley - rofl Good job you know the context behind it, otherwise it could be worrying! smiley - thief I hope everything goes as smoothly as possible for you with the Options. I looked after someone else's smiley - mammoth task last week, but mine should be ready for me to pick up again by the end of today, and hopefully it didn't turn into a Brontosaurus task while it was away smiley - laugh


SQ and BB

Post 1630

Bluebottle

Ah, you can't beat a classic like 'Mario Kart'. smiley - ok

At parkrun everyone has their own barcode which identifies who they are and at the finish funnel they are given a finish token. The tokens are numbered so that the first person through the finish funnel is given token 1, the tenth token 10, the hundredth token 100 and so on. Meanwhile the timekeepers (usually two) press the stopwatches each time someone reaches the finish funnel so that they know finisher 1 had a time of, say, 16 minutes, person 2 finished in 16 minutes 5 seconds and so on. Having finished and collected your token you head to the barcode scanners, who then scan your barcode and then the finish token so that they know that you finished in position, say, 99. The scanners are then hooked to the laptop along with the timers where the info is all put together so that the times people finish in match the data with who finished in which position. And around 10:30am I get a text telling me my official position and time.

The person who didn't hand token 15 in hasn't had the time recorded against their profile and it is listed as 'person unknown', so they've lost out. (Incidentally if you forget your barcode but hand the token in then it still lists the runner as 'unknown'.)

I've just remembered something wonderful and frustrating: A25645331 Historical and Historiographical Implications of Filmic Treatments of Elizabeth I
One of the brilliant h2g2 entries that got away and sadly it is ticked 'not for review' and never been in a review forum, so two reasons why it isn't eligible for <./>writing-fleamarket</.>smiley - wah. It does mean I probably can't write about films about Elizabeth I.

I did think Cleopatra was a good candidate of a character to write about. I already own four films with her as a titular character: 'Cleopatra' (1963), 'Carry On Cleo' (1964), 'Asterix and Cleopatra' (1968), 'Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra' (2002). At present the balance is off as only one is a serious look at her life, but you've potentially got adaptations of Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra' as well as other films. An idea for the future anyway.

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SQ and BB

Post 1631

SashaQ - happysad

Ah, that is interesting about the tokens etc - so that is how the parkrun tables are constructed of the times people got and the order they finished in smiley - ok A good system, especially as it updates so quickly smiley - ok

Wow - that is a good Entry, and a shame indeed that it is Not For Review. The author has some Edited Entries, so it is an Entry That Got Away indeed... Yes, Cleopatra is another historical person whose film treatments have been important in shaping her image smiley - ok

I got my smiley - mammoth back and it hadn't grown in any way but it was still the same smiley - mammoth that can't catch tortoises smiley - laugh I'll try again tomorrow...

I hope the weather wasn't too windy for you today - we had gusts, so it was a bit difficult but could have been worse (the wind blew me up hill after I had been out to a lunchtime lecture so that was helpful! smiley - laugh).


SQ and BB

Post 1632

Bluebottle

The parkrun table is indeed a good system – and bizarrely completely illegal in Francesmiley - huh To get around the French laws that ban races and to emphasise that it is a run that happens to be timed, every week all results in French parkruns are arranged in alphabetical order.

I did realise that I have four different films in which the central, female character is played by a different actress each time: 'Annie'. So she's doable but there's not much variety to the adaptations or depth to the character. I enjoyed writing about Moses, but may as well wait a while before writing anything else.

It certainly has been windy here too! A few trees down, scattered branches and twigs all over the place.

We've not had smiley - mammoth or tortoises but there were alpacas, smiley - pony, , smiley - sheep, donkey and goats yesterday.

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Post 1633

SashaQ - happysad

That is interesting the differences in different countries, but good that parkrun is flexible enough to accommodate that smiley - ok

Yes, Annie is a character that has seen a variety of adaptations, but perhaps it is because the storyline is relatively straightforward there aren't many changes like with eg Robin Hood... I could tell you enjoyed writing the Moses Entry - great humour, especially in the translations of passages from the Bible! smiley - laugh Particularly interesting about the similarities and differences between the Cecil B Demille adaptations smiley - ok Any Post Entries you may have will be gratefully received by Dmitri.

That was funny about the pop-up petting zoo you encountered! Goats are more cunning than one might think, it seems... They certainly have an appetite, too - one time I was in a petting zoo a goat had a good old chew of my wheelchair brake handle (perhaps because it looked like a crabapple, being round and red) and put teeth marks into it smiley - rofl It still feels like Groundhog Day here, as I'm doing the same smiley - mammoth thing again but I'm more than half way through it already so I am hopeful of finishing it this time...

I hope you have a good weekend. As usual I'm not sure what I'll be doing, but I hope to see some new birds - there are some 'easy' ones I haven't photographed yet this year, like feral pigeons, so I should be able to add something to the list! smiley - biggrin


SQ and BB

Post 1634

Bluebottle

'feral pigeons' I've got the image of pigeons raised by wolves smiley - fullmoon in my mind now… smiley - winkeye

This weekend after parkrun we've got the inlaws visiting as it is the weekend before my son's birthday, though they'll be dashing off at the crack of dawn on Sunday morning. Yet we might actually go out for a family meal. Legoland is open now, so we'll be going there on Sunday after they've gone to make the most of it before our annual passes expire in June. The new ride isn't due to open until late-April but it is possible that the train is open again, and they may well have new models in Miniland. We'll see!

Now that I've finished watching 'Moses' I might pick up a pen again… smiley - biro

Good luck with the bird spotting. smiley - biggrin

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SQ and BB

Post 1635

SashaQ - happysad

smiley - laugh Thank you for putting the image of pigeons raised by wolves smiley - fullmoon in my mind now, too smiley - rofl I did indeed manage to add Feral Pigeon to my bird list, so that was pleasing.

Apart from that, it was quite a quiet weekend, with nothing in particular... I got a few little jobs done, anyway, and went out for smiley - fish with smiley - tomato soup again, which was good! I did get my smiley - orib out again, though, as you mentioned it, and also made another Discord video so that was productive smiley - evilgrin

I hope your weekend went well - I hope Legoland was not too busy so you could make the most of everything that was open smiley - ok

I didn't quite finish with my smiley - mammoth on Friday but I was 7/8ths there, so it caught the correct tortoise this morning smiley - ok I can't guarantee I won't have to start again from the beginning and redo the work next week, but for now it is satisfactory smiley - zen


SQ and BB

Post 1636

Bluebottle

Glad you had a productive weekend and managed to catch the pigeon, catch the pigeon, catch the pigeon.

It was our busiest weekend for a while, what with inlaws and theme parks – still made time for parkrun, though smiley - winkeye

And we did go to Legoland for the first time this year – not all the rides were open, with the new ride not due to open until next year and the train still closed while the new ride (which is being built next to the train track) is being completed, but that was okay. They had a 'hunt the models of Lego Movie 2 Characters' in Miniland so we did that and all won a Lego Movie 2 badge. I think that's the only time we're able to go this month. As few restaurants or rides were open, those that were were quite busy, but it wasn't too bad as we weren't too fussed about the rides. I did see a pigeon on the smiley - dragon ride, even if no pigeons raised by smiley - fullmoon.

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SQ and BB

Post 1637

SashaQ - happysad

"catch the pigeon, catch the pigeon, catch the pigeon."

smiley - laugh Yes indeed!

Well done on winning the Lego Movie 2 badges - that sounds like a fun quest!

I hope you were able to see my latest two cartoons in smiley - facepalmsmiley - book - I couldn't find them last night, even though it was me that uploaded them... smiley - doh I didn't look very hard, though, as I went out to another smiley - petunias lecture so wasn't online for long. It was a pleasant warm evening for a walk, and today is very spring-like too smiley - biggrin


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Post 1638

Bluebottle

Today is my son's birthday, I can't believe he is 11 already. smiley - biggrin

That's one good thing about having the annual pass, we can relax and enjoy the small quizzes and competitions without being in a hurry to pack as many rides into a day as possible. We also saw the latest puppet show, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I now have two badges and the children both have five – they don't always like giving them to adults.

I did indeed see your latest cartoons, with the shock redundancy endingsmiley - yikes I was online trying to download a copy of a ride photo but it is showing only squiggles insteadsmiley - shrug

Today nothing seems to be working smiley - dontpanic – we're getting lots of e-mails because of two different computer errors. Our student record computer system is called 'Quercus' and we have access to that, and the academics use a timetabling system called 'Planera' which we don't have access to, but we change stuff on Quercus and it updates on Planera. Except that it hasn't since 25th Feb and we're being bombarded by academics demanding why we've not done what we asked them, which we did weeks ago – but they don't want the fact the snazzy, new, all-singing all-dancing timetable system doesn't ackle to be known.

And the options process which we oversee has overwhelmed the servers. Students have to go online to choose options for next year but for some reason when they finish, the system isn't logging them off. This means that it now thinks that thousands of students are in the system at the moment and consequently crashes, preventing new students from using the system.

Still, I get to go home a whole hour early to be with my family and hopefully we'll enjoy smiley - cake!

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SQ and BB

Post 1639

SashaQ - happysad

Wow, yes - I hope your son had a great day yesterday! smiley - cake (and that his Red Nose arrived in time).

Your celebratory parkrun cartoon was excellent! I found my cartoons last night as they showed up on my page eventually. I was pleased with how the last page turned out - the party scene worked well with the introduction of a table to hide people's legs smiley - laugh

Yikes, that is a nasty issue that the systems aren't speaking to each other... Funny but not funny that the other system thinks thousands of people are trying to use it, too - we had that problem here a while ago, but then the system managed to be updated so it automatically logs everyone out after 30 minutes of inactivity, so that fixed it.

Good luck with it all smiley - goodluck


SQ and BB

Post 1640

Bluebottle

Yes, the nose arrived on time – I took a photo of our noses too and will get around to uploading that one day. He did indeed enjoy himself and is looking forward to this weekend when he's having a party with friends on Saturday and my dad's visiting on Sunday. He originally asked if he could have a laser tag game with his friends, but when we looked into it we concluded that it was too expensive, so we've borrowed some Nerf guns from various friends and will be taking him and some kids to the grassy bit around the corner from our house where they can run around shooting rubber darts at each other.

Glad you enjoyed his cartoon – there will be one just for my daughter to balance things out. And one of my parkrun friends currently has changed her profile picture to be a picture of her that I drew, which is flattering. (The fact that she likes my picture of her enough to have it as her profile picture is flattering, I'm not a good enough smiley - artist to be able to draw a flattering picture of someone).

And yes, nothing like having a strategically-placed table to avoid having to draw people's legs. Drawing knees and elbows are over-rated smiley - winkeye

Still having systems errors here again todaysmiley - sigh At least tomorrow is my last Friday I'm working 'til 26th April.

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