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These are all very first-world problems, but, on top of my not feeling 100% well with vague and intermittent symptoms that don't constitute me sick enough to get off work and existing commitments, aaaaarghsome.

I was not entirely prepossessed by the dermatology clinic at London Teaching Hospital last week, since, although it was no longer in a building large swathes of which were being closed down and echoing around it, it was in a really unwelcoming hole and corner space on the floor over the clap clinic, with the receptionist concealed behind the door, a queue across the doorway to see her, and everything seemed really disorganised. I will, however, concede that I did manage to get seen (by a doc who did not seem to have had prior access to my notes) within 15-20 minutes of arrival.

I am also in a 'financial transactions badly aspected' phase, and while none of this is actually critical and it is not as though I have the bailiffs at the door due to these various instances of inefficiency, it has involved more time than I like listening to hold music and please hang on messages, repetitive phone conversations, and naggy emails.

Would my dearios not have imagined that, two months late and counting, I would have had paid my expenses for being Guest Speaker at Ottawa conference? Ha!

There is new system at work whereby instead of minor sums coming out of petty cash with proferred receipts as necessary, all expense claims have to be put in the same way and signed off by line manager. Our LM is currently away so I got a minor matter of a taxi fare signed off by someone who used to be my LM before the reshuffle, who, it turns out, is not authorised to sign off on that account.

Also I am having Immense Faff with Financial Institution which already has Massive Incompetence Form, in which people give me the wrong information as to why they are calling me, are not giving me pertinent information, and signally failing to transfer my money that they happen to be holding to the place where I would like it.

Added unto which, I am trying to find a pillow that suits my requirements (non-down, fairly flat) and discover that the various purveyors of beds and bedding along Tottenham Court Road have masses of cushions and jolly throw pillows and snazzy pillowcases but are really coy about committing to just plain ol' pillows that you can then put your existing cases on, and seem to have very limited ranges.

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Nov. 25th, 2014 01:34 pm
selenak: (Breaking Bad by Wicked Signs)
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The assigned Yuletide story is posted, now to see whether I can manage the treat I want to write. Meanwhile, here are other people being creative:

Torchwood/Doctor Who:


The mind is its own place The on-going adventures of Toshiko Sato, because Missy never spotted the little things.

Tosh in the Nethersphere, poetically written, quietly saving the world. Absolutely canon compatible with both shows, and heartbreaking in the best way. Also the Owen cameo is perfect. (Err, spoilers for the most recent season of DW, of course.)



Breaking Bad/Frozen:

Do you want to build a meth lab? : one of the most hilarious vids ever, which I found via [personal profile] ffutures. I dare you to keep a straight face.

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Nov. 25th, 2014 07:59 am
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] ellen_fremedon, [personal profile] nja and [personal profile] truepenny!

Aaaaart

Nov. 24th, 2014 08:11 pm
oursin: Painting by Carrington of performing seals in a circus balancing coloured balls (Performing seals)
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I must really Make An Effort and try and do some arting and exhibitioning in the next few months.

While the Expotition to Dulwich for the Emily Carr exhibition is something that partner and I have marked down to do (maybe over the Xmas/New Year break?), there are a couple of other things on my own list.

Maggi Hambling, Walls of Water, at the National Gallery. A few weeks ago we went to a concert which included a piece inspired by these paintings, which were flashed up during the performance, and I strongly felt that I needed to see the actual works. Article in today's Guardian.

This one is partly for New Project Research Purposes: Spaces of Black Modernism: London 1919–39 explores the experiences and interactions of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds in London’s art world between the wars (Tate Britain). I heard one of the curators talk about this subject at a conference last year, and very much want to know more.

The Good Wife 6.10

Nov. 24th, 2014 07:49 pm
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
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In which I'm seriously starting to wimper about two characters.


Read more... )

Mockingjay I (Film Review)

Nov. 24th, 2014 11:09 am
selenak: (Katniss by Monanotlisa)
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Spoiler-free version, for anyone curious whether or not the decision to split the final volume of the trilogy in two would come across as "we want to milk this cash cow a bit longer" or would be justified by the end result, it's definitely the later. There is no "post" in Katniss' PTSD, so I'd rather describe her as shell shocked (come to think of it, Katniss really has a lot in common with the WWI soldiers for whom the term was coined, more below cut), and since this film doesn't have to cover as many events as the previous ones, it has the necessary breathing room to convey this - great performance by Jennifer Lawrence, too - and to show the effect Current Events are having on everyone else, too, again, more below the cut. Also, what I hoped for re: the movie using the liberty of not being stuck to the first person pov the books are a bit more was indeed the case. If Mockingjay had been filmed as one single movie, all of this - Katniss' state, Panem's state, the fleshing out by scenes where Katniss isn't present instead of, as in the book, having her learn the result of those via reports - would have gotten short shrift, and we'd have been the poorer for it. Now, on to spoilery reflections.

The revolution will be televised )

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Nov. 24th, 2014 08:00 am
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] claudine and [personal profile] littlered2!

Culinary

Nov. 23rd, 2014 09:33 pm
oursin: Frontispiece from C17th household manual (Accomplisht Lady)
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Saturday breakfast rolls: the adaptable soft roll recipe, 4:1 strong white/buckwheat flour, dried blueberries, dash of maple syrup.

Today's lunch: because of reasons, we went to the new local poncey fishmongers, and while they only had 2 very teeny specimens left of the advertised red mullet, they did sell us a whole brill, which I cooked according to Eliza Acton's recipe for soles and it was excellent; served with spinach stirfried with garlic, and padron peppers.

This week's bread: a brown oatmeal loaf: strong white and wholemeal flours, and a mixture of of coarse and medium oatmeal, and as this loaf tends to get a bit soggy in the middle, tried a suggested baking time of 30 mins in a fairly hot oven then 30 mins in a cool oven + an extra ten minutes turned over after removing it from the pan. Crusty and tasty, will see how it does.

Passing thorts

Nov. 23rd, 2014 08:36 pm
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Somehow (last week was a long rather draining week, I am still recuperating), although I could probably say more about these couple of things, I'm just flagging them up here.

O Mariella - might there be more possibilities there than 'bisexual', like, maybe, asexual but homoromantic? I can see that this might be a bit outwith the kinds of solution you are comfortable with. But if someone is 36 and never been in a sexual relationship (though maybe there is backstory, like having been a monk, or something)...?

But anyway, probably Orl Moar Complyk8ed.

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Is it just me, or does anyone else get the impression that Hari Kunzru is not quite such a massive Ursula Le Guin fanboy as he makes out (or that he was at one time but has just not kept up)? I suppose a case can be made for the first three volumes about Earthsea being a self-contained trilogy but I find it a bit odd that he doesn't at all mention the later volumes returning there, and that, in fact, all the detailed accounts given of her works are from the earlier parts of her oeuvre.

Why is it at all surprising that she doesn't care for Updike but is currently enjoying Arnold Bennett? (this makes sense in so many ways).

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