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Oh dear. I seem to have spent far too much time over the last few days doing nice things or falling asleep on sofas (also a Nice Thing) to write on live journal. Let's see now:

Christmas presents: an excellent haul, aided in no small measure by the gentle introduction of parents to Amazon wish-list. I got:
  • DVDs - Life of Brian, a particularly gripping performance of Handel's Giulio Cesare.
  • Books - Architectural Guide to Leeds, Terry Pratchett's Wintersmith, enormous Collins English Dictionary (now all language is mine! Ha-ha-ha!), Andrew Lintott's Imperium Romanum (handy for teaching), C. Steven Larue's Handel and His Singers and The Quest for the Wicker Man.
  • Chocolate - enormous raspberry truffle, box of dark chocolates.
  • Tokens - £10 book token from paternal aunt (today converted into Plutarch, The Age of Alexander) and £15 Waterstone's token from maternal uncle (today converted into Ancient Cities by Charles Gates).
  • Other - notebook with pictures from the House of the Vettii on it, facsimile Roman oil-lamp which by an amazing coincidence happens to have the exact goddess I am going to the Dark Masquerade Ball as on it (name withheld for the present to preserve a suitable sense of Mystery), sandalwood incense sticks, ticket for ice-skating on the outdoor rink currently operating in Birmingham town centre, incredibly cute K-9 key-ring, Guinea-pig calendar, L'Oreal lipstick.
Christmas dinner: we did goose, which very nearly didn't fit into the oven, but eventually was squeezed in diagonally. It was really nice, and I think the first time I've ever had goose at all. But I prefer the taste of duck. Just a pity that one duck doesn't quite provide enough for four people.

Boxing day: went over to the Waltons', as we usually do. Chatted, caught up, and marvelled at the cuteness of little Holly. Came home and watched lots of TV. On which note:

Doctor Who: I gather a lot of people have been all snide and grumpy about this episode online. But I really enjoyed it, so I don't care what the cynics say. I was impressed that Catherine Tate managed to make her character so sympathetic (especially given that I usually can't stand her), and the Empress of Racnoss reminded me a lot of Echidna, the Mother of all Monsters from Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, both in appearance and characterisation. (The real character looked a lot more like the Empress than that action figure, but I can't seem to find a picture of her). Looking forward to the next series.

The Hogfather: I did enjoy this, especially each time I got the same thrill I remember getting from Rivendell in Lord of the Rings of 'recognising' a place I'd only seen before in my imagination. And seeing Pterry himself in the toyshop at the end was particularly groovy! But somehow it wasn't quite what I'd hoped. I think the problem is that Pterry doesn't actually write stories as such, but rather narrative explorations of abstract concepts. And so the storyline wobbled, flailed and dragged, failing to impart the significance written deep into the book, and yet I suspect also confusing those who hadn't read it. Oh well - I appreciated the fact that it was made at all, though.

Today: La Sistrella and I used our ice-rink tickets to swish and glide around in central Birmingham, enjoying watching people's rosy laughing faces, misty breath and children falling over as we did so. Then we went shopping to spend our tokens, and returned home to eat party left-overs and indulge in more nodding off on the sofa. A most satisfactory way to spend the day, except that my groin muscles are killing me now. Apparently I only ever use them when ice-skating.

And that would appear to bring me back up to date.


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Dec. 27th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
I drove past the Ice Rink thingy in Brum today and hoped to see someone go for a tumble. Sady no-one did but I did see a fat kid desperately struggling to keep his balance. That was amusing enough for me. :)
Dec. 27th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
No way! What time? We were there from 11-12. There was a fat kid on the ice during our session, but then again I expect there is during every session...
Dec. 27th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
I drove past some time around 12:30 ish.

I had intended to go round the outside of the city when I went between Sutton Coldfield and Stourbridge but when I saw the traffic on the M42 I did a quick diversion on the M6 and through the centre of town. No traffic at all that way. Woo!

Dec. 27th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
Ooh, and from Brum to Mexico: The Hen and I are going to Subculture on NYE - I'm getting my Sombrero tomorrow! Hurrah!

You still going?
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)
Yes, definitely! Do you know where we can get advanced tickets from, BTW? I don't have a sombrero or anything, either - but I think my Mum does have a poncho, which I might try borrowing!
Dec. 28th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
I'm going to call the Orangie Sue shortly to find out how to get tickets and hopefully get a couple. If you like I could try and get you one too.
Dec. 28th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
Sorry not to have replied earlier - have been out at great-aunt's funeral all day. But if I'm not too late, yes please.
Dec. 28th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
No probs - odered you one too. I've only just got my arse into gear and sent an email to Orangie Sue a few minutes ago.
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
Brilliant, thank you! Let me know what your pre-subculture plans are when you've decided, so that I can meet up with you and give you the money. I'll be back in Leeds from about 1pm on the 30th.
Dec. 29th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
Will let you know my plan as soon as I know it.

Anyway, ticket was £9
Plus the following:

Sam the evil capitalist bastard handling fee: £48
Sam the evil capitalist bastard paypal fee: £8
Sam the evil capitalist bastard "letting you know his plans" fee: £96
Sam the evil capitalist bastard random fee: £3.20
Sam the evil capitalist bastard "inflation since starting this post fee" fee: £0.07

All fees negotiable.

Dec. 29th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
Soooo - in total, I make that £9 and a pint. Right? ;)
Dec. 27th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
The Leeds Pevsner Guide is a mine of information- I've lived here the best part of four decades and it still made me think "well fancy that" lots. I'm sure you'll find it interesting :-)
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
Well, that's certainly a recommendation! I thought it would be the sort of thing that was right up your street. :)
Dec. 28th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
the Empress of Racnoss reminded me a lot of Echidna, the Mother of all Monsters from Hercules: the Legendary Journeys

*that*'s who it reminded me of

I knew it was someone

man I'm tempted to go hunting for proper kevin sorbo hercules now.......
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:47 am (UTC)
Glad you can see the resemblence too. It was her teeth mainly that did it for me, but also when she was writhing and wailing, "My children! My children!"
Dec. 28th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
yeah it was the "my children" bit that made me think i'd seen her before - i wondered if she was an update of a who villian of yore who'd i'd seen in my youth, but yeah it was the herc one I was thinking of
Dec. 28th, 2006 10:37 am (UTC)
Got my mum the Wintersmith a couple of months ago, It's pretty good, I love the 'wee free men' series. They're brilliant.

I was pretty impressed with the Hogfather actually - given that most of pratchett's books are unfilmable even in animation, I thought it was laudable they even tried it in live action. Mr Teatime was a brilliant piece of casting and I thought David Jason did a good job as Albert too.

As for christmas dr who - better than last years definitely.
Dec. 28th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Wintersmith
I've not read the previous 'Wee Free Men' books, and I can tell from Wintersmith that I'm missing out on a bit of Tiffany Aching's back-story as a result. But never mind - it seems to work as it is anyway.

Have you seen either of the animated Pratchett films? Wyrd Sisters is one, and I can't remember the other. I keep thinking I ought to, as a least one of them has Christopher Lee in it as Death, and I'm a big Lee fan!
Dec. 29th, 2006 09:32 am (UTC)
Re: Wintersmith
well if you want to borrow - hat full of sky and the wee free men, you're very welcome. They're both very funny.

I've seen two of the animated films - wyrd sisters and soul music - (my mum has them she loves terry pratchett) but as far i know there aren't any more. They're both pretty good attempts at the books, but as i say I think the books must be incedibly difficult to film, because of the intracacies of the storylines.

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