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Hopefully you can see these pictures if I post this link, if not, then comment here and I'll play around with it to see if I can get it to work.

Our long weekend in Brussels and Bruges was a much needed time away and even though it was only a few days we were able to see quite a lot as well as having time just to relax and read. I managed to start and finish Terry Pratchett's 'I shall wear Midnight' while we were away. It's an excellent book and, if it is the last Tiffany Aching book, a good way to conclude the series. Anna read Phillippa Gregory's 'The Red Queen' and also enjoyed it a great deal. She's read quite a few of her historical novels and seems to have enjoyed them pretty consistently.

It's late now so I may talk more about Belgium another time or I may not (I'm still feeling my way back into this blogging lark), but if you do want to know more about what we did, then please ask and I'll tell you.
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It's been so long since I posted anything here I almost wasn't sure that it would let me still.

Just a quick something to show a little of what I got up to this summer. Hope you enjoy, if your still listening that is.

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create your personalized map of europe or check out our Barcelona travel guide

Looking at this, there really is so much more to see of Europe. I've been through a couple more countries (while driving to Albania) but it wouldn't feel right to include them since I didn't really stay there.
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First and foremost, a very happy birthday to [profile] astarise, hope you have a great day and that you've had a good time on your travels :)

A couple of years ago I took a holiday in Vancouver. I'd always wanted to go to Canada and so decided it was something I should do before I turned 30. So I went into the travel agent on the friday and flew out of Manchester on the following Wednesday.
Vancouver in January was absolutely gorgeous (I imagine it's good the rest of the year too). I've always prefered cold weather and most of the time I was there the days were crisp, cold frosty days, so I was in heaven. I stayed in a hostel just outside Vancouver proper, at a place called Jerico beach, which was a two minute walk from the beach which was again just beautiful.

And I'll stop there since I'm gushing far too much. Needless to say, I've wanted to go back again ever since but (and here comes the reason for all this) have had to console myself with viewing it through a web-cam called the Kat Kam (which looks out into English Bay towards Jericho Beach) and now someone has taken images from the cam and made a time lapse film of a day in Vancouver which just makes me want to go back all the more.
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Not sure how come I've not been blogging much recently, just got myself out of the habit I guess. I spend far too long reading web-comics and other peoples journals to actually get around to writing my own.

But the quick catch up on things is,
travels )

Films )
Hmm, I had intended to say more but time has beaten me and my shift is over in about half an hour. Further updates to follow soon, probably.
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My weekend away in the deep Welsh valleys went really well. There was much fun had gorge walking (photo's to follow), Project gotham racing and Halo deathmatching on the X-box (I got soundly whupped on both), target shooting with an air rifle (I won! Huzzah!) and just in spending time with friends and relaxing in each others company.

The spiritual side was provided by Phil with a look at the life of King David in both his strengths and his weaknesses, which was excellently suited to the tone of the weekend. All together a very sucsessfull weekend.

Dont forget, please leave me quotes or a starting point for your Christmas Present story. I'm still nervous about my ability to write a good story on demand but [ profile] trixie_chick's kind comments have encouraged me loads. So please, ask away.

Good news on equality in the UK. At the very least it will provide a great deal of legal security for those involved and ends some of the
discrimination against long term gay relationships.[profile]

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First, a little amusement.

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

A focused advisor whose actions are dictated by almost pure logic, you believe in exploring the fascinating possibilities around you.
Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

Spock is a character in the Star Trek universe. His biography is available at (Actually, it isn't. It just goes to one of those annoying ads link sites, but then cut and paste is as cut and paste does)

Wouldn't have said I was like him myself but then if the internet says it it must be true ;)

I really ought to update this much more regularly than I do. Because if I did, I wouldn't need to cram in that we've recently

  • been up to Edinburgh for the week, where we went to Roslyn Chapel  (made famous once again thanks to 'The Da Vinci Code')  and to an exhibition of photographs by  Henri Cartier Bresson who is the photographer that I most admire and who's work I love the most. We also met up with Anna's sister, Elspeth who's living there, and oh yes, Anna was there working at the Christian Resources Exhibition

  • had two blow-outs of tyres on Anna's car (only damage done was to the tyres, thankfully)
  • been to see 'Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-rabbit', which is an absolutely, hysterically, wonderful film which should be seen by everyone at their first opportunity (as well as their second, third and fourth)

  • also been to see Tim Burton's 'The Corpse Bride', which is a beautiful piece of stop motion animation, with a great line up of voice talent (Christopher Lee is his usual excellently scary self) and a good fairy tale story, although the songs tend to hamper the flow in places.

  • recieved my copy of 'To Charles Fort, with  love' by Caitlin.R.Kiernan from Subterranean Press. All I need to do now though is to finish Alec Guiness's biography and I can start it. Have to say that I am really enjoying the biography, even if it does seem to overstress some areas of his life (ie. his homosexuality, not a problem in itself but when it is mentioned and alluded to several times in practically every chapter then I think that the author is trying to make his point too heavy handedly) and skip past others (his work for Ealing studios is covered in a couple of paragraphs). It is encouraging to know that someone as talented as him was at times troubled with self doubt and was a very human person. It does give hope to the rest of us.
  • had numerous people round for a meal or staying with us, and this coming week we have Anna's god-daughter (and her parents) staying with us. The house has been made safe to a two and a half year old (hopefully) and my vasectomy appointment has been pencilled in for the start of November.
Also is begining to take shape. Well, we've got a couple of pages up that work (mostly) but ut's a start considering how long we've had the name. So if you want to go see the webcomics I read on a regular basis then the page is there.


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