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Yesterday La Princesse was taken from her resting place on the side of the building and transported down to the Albert Dock for scientific study.

This morning she awoke and was barely restrained from escaping before she could be lulled back to sleep.

Here is a record of what happened.

Pictures of the event )
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It first appeared at dawn on the 3rd of September.

It was rumoured that preparations to demolish the tower block had driven it out of it's hiding place and into the cold, wet Liverpool daylight.

Was it an ancient species of spider, coming to light after millenia hidden away from prying eyes?

Was it the steam-punk invention of a mad genius?

Was it just looking for Ziggy?
 
Or was it just the latest part of Liverpool's Capital of Culture fun and games.

More pics . . . )
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I should have known that as soon as I wrote that I'll update this coming weekend, there would be absolutely no chance what so ever that I would. So sorry about that.

I'll begin with the promised news. On the 7th of September I will be getting my long hair (which hasn't been cut since 2000) cut off and the beard that I've had since the age of 18 shaved off, all in the name of charity!





The cause in question is to raise funds towards building schools for the Dalit people in India. I have set up a Facebook group with more details about my temporary madness and which will contain many pictures of my hairless state after the event. Details for sponsorship are on the Facebook pages as are details of where I'll be doing this, so any visitors are welcome. If you want to know anything more about the event or more about why I'm doing this then please comment  here or e-mail me.

On other news, yesterday was the Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool which I've finally managed to get along to see. It usually seems to happen that I'm working when its on and so can't get to it. Technically,  I was working yesterday but finished at 08.00 so I was able to stay up and after a quick shower and change of clothes head back into Liverpool with Anna.
Our first port of call was the Tate Gallery on the Albert Dock for the Gustav Klimt exhibition. Really enjoyed the exhibition even if some of his more famous pieces (such as 'The Kiss') are not there because they never leave Vienna due to their fragile condition.

After the exhibition we wandered up into the centre of Liverpool to see some of the festival and to look for some more of the Superlambanana sculptures dotted around the city. The weather was perfect, so wandering from music stage to music stage amidst the crowds of people was incredibly pleasant and relaxing. It also helped that our route took us past the my favourite comics shop which meant that I could pick up the 'Brief Lives' Sandman graphic novel as my anniversary present from Anna.
On the way home, we dropped in on my sister and got to see her wedding video and look through the official photographers pictures of the day. I was horrified to see that on the video, during the ceremony, you can see me over Claires shoulder grinning like a loon. Ok, it was a very proud moment seeing my little sister getting wed but even so I could have held a little decorum, surely ;)

And so then back home and an evening catching up on tv which having been up since 4pm the previous day really was all I had the energy for.
Definitely a day very well spent.

And to finish, a meme pinched from greygirlbeast.

Go here (UK) or here (US) and see what was on the top of the charts on the day you were born and every birthday thereafter. Learn just how astrologically-musically lame your life has been. If you want, add in your own favorite No. 1 hit single of that year, wishing that your birthday had been cool enough to have that song be #1. Share your findings with your unsuspecting friendslist. Put it behind a cut.

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Firstly, an addendum to the last post.

When I said "It's very Harry Potter in it's set up with the exception of the main character being female, but it doesn't really suffer for that." I meant that it doesn't suffer for borrowing from Harry Potter not that it might have suffered from having the main character being female. No-one took me to task over this and so I'm guessing those as read the post knew what I meant and not what my mind saw when I re-read it, but I felt the need to clarify all the same.

There was going to be a secondly, but it's getting later than I intended and I need to be up reasonably early for my sisters wedding tomorrow later today.

I have news to share which some of you will already know but for those that don't then you'll have to wait till I post next, which may be Saturday but more likely Sunday. Till then, a hint in picture form ;)

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. . . but then it is an internet quiz and so it must be true ;)




Have to go get tea on soon but first a quick link to a new webcomic I started reading last weekend called Gunnerkrigg Court. It's very Harry Potter in it's set up with the exception of the main character being female, but it doesn't really suffer for that. J.K.Rowling borrowed from all over the place for her and it's not as though 'orphan child of power with a great destiny' is an original concept anyway.
That aside I'm enjoying the way the story is progressing with the occasional plot point reveal and character development amidst the  general storyline.  The art work is good with a simple style of clean lines and strong colours (I say simple, in that it's not going for a realistic look rather than it being basic because it's far better than I could ever dream of doing). the characters have something of a manga look to them but not so much that it's overdone. The overall style reminds me of one of the artists who worked on Neil Gaimans Sandman comics but of course I can't figure out which one. Should I work it out (I may have to mine Wikipedia for the answer) I'll post it here, although that would probably by for my benefit rather than yours as I guess you're not overly worried about it, are you dear reader ;)

Anyway, go take a look at Gunnerkrigg Court, it's good.

 

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Pinched (as so many things are) from [personal profile] trixie_chick

Ask me seven questions. Not just any seven questions though. No, to keep it interesting, use the seven questions as per below - just copy and paste the following, replace the blanks with something you want to know/ask (e.g., 3. Donkeys or sandcastles and why?), anything you want, personal, silly, surreal or deep, comment away and I'll answer honestly as I can! Then post this in your own LJ and see what kind of things people want to ask you!

1. What do you think of _____________ ?

2. When did you last ____________?

3. __________ or ___________ and why?

4. What did you ______________?

5. What's your favourite ______________?

6. How would you ______________?

7. Who would you most like to ________ ?
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Looking quite good. 
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I've been meaning to do this for a while but tonight I finally got around to putting together a video of some of my best pictures from this last year. It's a little frustrating that in the WMV format the lose a fair bit of sharpness but I guess I can work with that.

So here it is, hope you enjoy it and all comments gratefully received.

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Pinched from [personal profile] trixie_chick

Vampire Quiz
Vampire Quiz by QuizRocket.com Personality Quizzes!
MySpace Quizzes | Love Quiz | Online Quizes.

Sounds fun ;) And as Trixie says

 the quiz pretends that you need to give it your name and address to get the result, but if you close the window, it'll give up and give it to you. ^_~

I always liked 'The Lost Boys' tagline,

Sleep all day, party all night, never grow old, never die.

It's fun to be a vampire
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Just a link on this one to a news story about a woman who should be celebrated.
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 . . . and I still have nothing really profound to say. Not so much of a surprise there I guess but a little disappointing none the less.

Yes, I've managed to miss my Journals birthday by two weeks, although to be honest this is actually quite good compared to some of the distances I've managed to miss other peoples birthdays by (Sorry Haylea) and they are rather more important.

So, what has happened to me over the last  (quickly checks) 3 and a bit months then. I had originally  meant to do a nice long post covering things in detail but I doubt that would really benefit you or me, so if there is anything you would like to know more about then please remember that e-mail / snail mail / the phone / walking up to me in the street and saying "Hi" is your friend.

Items in no real order of importance, except for this first one.


And so that this post has something else to it, here are two meme's for you. The first by way of [personal profile] greygirlbeast



 And this one, thanks to [personal profile] trixie_chick

Travels

Jan. 31st, 2008 06:31 am
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Well, the intention of seeing the Terracotta Warriors at the British Museum didn't quite come off on Tuesday but then I hadn't really expected it too. The back up plan though of going to see the newly reopened St Pancras Station, the Photographers gallery and The National Portrait Gallery was more successful however.

I'd heard a few things on the radio about the newly refurbished St Pancras Station, and so since the Tube could drop me there I though i would go take a look. The big glass roof does make for a wonderfully light and open feel to the station but then it is a very large open area anyway. There are (at least)  two statues in the  upper platform area, the one of John Betjaman admiring the roof and this one, which I think I prefer of the two purely for the size of it (apparently they were originally going to be kissing but this was vetoed, by who and why I have no idea but the information comes from a very trusted source). All in all, it is a beautiful station and has definitely been worth whatever they've paid for the restoration work on it.

Next stop was the National Portrait Gallery to see the entrants and winners in the fifth annual Photographic Portrait Prize. I had actually seen them on the website but really fancied seeing them at their proper viewing size. Portrait photography is something I haven't had much experience of (people tend to either hide or make threats when I point my camera at them) and so was hoping to get some ideas about what makes a good portrait. From seeing these I do think I prefer the more formal head and shoulders shots, they seem to be more of what portrait is about to me but then this exhibition runs the full range from that to just having the subject in the bottom of the frame and their environment informing the rest of the picture and all points in-between.
Then on to the Photographers Gallery which unfortunately wasn't showing anything in their main gallery space but I still got to mooch around their bookshop but as I wasn't looking for anything particular, I just got totally overwhelmed and came out empty-handed.
And so back to the tube to meet up with Anna and head back to our hosts just outside St Albans for a fun, relaxing evening together.

Was pointed towards this last week by one of the comments on this Making Light thread. I'm sure that a nominally 'censored' version of something shouldn't be more suggestive than the 'regular' version of it. Before anyone else says it though, yes it probably is just my mucky mind ;) That aside, it is very funny.
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Because I need to break the inertia that has become my blogging life and post something, anything, here is a meme pinched from [personal profile] docbrite who's latest book, Antediluvian Tales , should be arriving on my doorstep any day now. Admittedly, it will have to go on the 'to be read' pile, but it will be going to the top of said pile. But still on to the meme . . .

Not too many amusing coincidences, although answer 16 is a bit worrying (and I have to admit, a bit funny).

Since I'm typing already, I'll continue.

Since I manages to forget to mention this last post, I'll mention it now. Seeing Crowded house in the  Birmingham Arena at the start of December has to have been one of the highlights of last year, they were incredible!

Christmas was not too bad a time, in spite of working both Christmas day and Boxing Day. My nan was well enough (just about) to come out of hospital to spend the day with us, which hadn't been expected. We all had a good feed, courtesy of my mum and dad, and many presents were handed out, so I was well pleased ;)

New Year was spent with Anna's family down in Suffolk. The edited highlights include the evil delight gained by pipping an in-law to the finish line of Mariocart on 3 wireless DS's, seeing 'I Am Legend' with Jesse while Anna and her sister watched Enchanted in the next screen, seeing wild deer while walking (and being walked by) Lexies donkey's, getting woken by Chipmunk Surround Sound far too early in the morning, watching us all try to play bowling on the Wii.

All in all, a good fun time.
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Here's a question for you all (as originally asked here at Making Light where it caught my attention), what is the earliest major news event that you can remember?

The earliest news item I can recall would be either seeing the the first Space Shuttle travelling on the back of an adapted 747 on the news or Margaret Thatcher winning the 1979 General Election. These would have been about 1979/80 (definitely '79 for the election) which would fit the trend that seems to have been emerging in the Making Light comments thread. A lot of the people's first memories tend to have been from about the age of 6. More personal memories are usually earlier than that but for news events it does seem that 6 is the age we become aware of the outside world that bit more.

So I have to ask, What age was your earliest news memory?
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I'm not really sure how I've not heard of these before but now I've seen them my life is complete, enjoy ;)



peck72: (Cyborg smiley)
I'm not really sure how I've not heard of these before but now I've seen them my life is complete, enjoy ;)



peck72: (Books rule)
This story has to be one of the most romantically geeky things ever, and more proof if any was needed that Neil Gaiman is a truly wonderful human being :)
peck72: (Books rule)
A quick note to anyone who loves good stories. Neil Gaimans 'Anansi Boys' has been adapted for radio and can be found here (link courtesy of Mr Gaimans journal). The listen again option should be on the site for a week, give or take, and while I haven't listened to all of it yet what I've heard is good with a great cast (Lenny Henry and Matt Lucas to name but two).

Edited to say - "A quick warning to mention that Anasi Boys contains swearing, just discovered it as I'm listening to it"

Windermere

Nov. 12th, 2007 07:49 pm
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As annoying as it can be waking up at 07.00 while on holiday in the Lake District, it can provide the opportunity to grab pictures like these.


The holiday went mostly to plan except that my sister and her fiancee should have joined us on the Saturday but unfortunately went down with a nasty bug that's been doing the rounds. My parents managed to make it for some of the time that they had planned and we did manage to get my Dad out to the 4x4 centre for his birthday present of playing in the mud (and very steep slopes) with a Land Rover.
We both enjoyed it a great deal ;)

Comments and opinions gratefully received.
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Meme pinched from [profile] bwinter 

Name...

* Three books that have marked your childhood...


+ The Mr.Men series by Roger Hargreaves
+ The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
+ The Warlock of Firetop Mountain by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone

* ... and your teenagehood:

+ Dracula by Bram Stoker
+ Night Shift by Stephen King (although this could have been any of a number of his books)
+ The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

* Your three favourite books (only 3, even if it's hard!):

+ The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
+ Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
+ Enigma by Robert Harris

* Three books you could read again and again without growing weary of it:

+ Mort by Terry Pratchett
+ The War of the Worlds by H G Wells
+ Batman: The Killing Joke by Moore, Bolland & Higgins

* Three books you've read or are reading recently:

+ Diaries 1969 - 1979, The Python Years by Michael Palin
+ J Hudson Taylor: A Man in Christ by Roger Steer
+ To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

* Three books that you'll read soon:

+ Stardust by Neil Gaiman
+ Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
+ Making Money by Terry Pratchett

* And one special, fetish book that you'd keep with yourself all the time:

+ A Gideons New Testament


Well, that was harder than I'd expected.

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