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alicephilippa: (Default)
Saturday, August 27th, 2011 11:40 am
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Hmm. I'd change nothing about his intellect or personality.

What I would change is his health. It pains me to see him the way he is and when I'm apart from him I do cry about it knowing that there is nothing I can do to change it and I just have to watch him getting worse week by week. I want him whole and healthy, heck I want me whole and healthy, but I know that that isn't going to happen. It really really hurts seeing him and knowing that there is nothing I can do to change things. I do what I can when I can, but it never feels like enough.
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Monday, August 22nd, 2011 08:36 pm
"Umm," thinks Alice, "I want a bacon sandwich."
"Stupid girl. You are already full of cake." The voice in the back of the head whispers in reply.

That's apart from the fact that there is!no!bacon.
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Sunday, August 21st, 2011 12:50 pm
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I'd hope neither of those options befall the writer of the blimmin' stupid question.

Both options are beyond horrific, and not something to wish on one's worst enemy let alone on yourself as a free choice.
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Saturday, August 20th, 2011 03:11 pm
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Biology saw to it that I was never capable to produce my own children (and that applies to many people). So it's a terrible assumption that all LJers would be in a position to read stories to the own offspring.

As for my nieces, nephews and godchildren they are all grown up beyond the need for stories to be read to them. The oldest is now a lawyer and about to turn me into a rather disreputable Great Aunt.
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Saturday, July 30th, 2011 06:40 pm
Take Which Doctor Who companion are you? (girls) today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator.
You're Romana!

Silly Doctor. It's adorable, really, how hard he tries. And he is pretty brilliant, you'll give him that. But he always seems to overlook the obvious--including the fact that he's not the only Gallifreyan onboard, thank you very much. You are always calm and collected, and more often than not wonderfully witty, in the face of adversity. The Doctor knows he can count on you, even when you infuriate him!
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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 07:13 am
Still can't post/comment via the main site and even the mobile site is hit and miss.

2 days of this it not now to keep paying customers.
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Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 06:18 pm
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Nope. Don't watch TV wether late night or not. Except when with the b/f, even then there are better things to watch than infomercials.

Anyway what is it with the assumption that folks actually watch TV?
alicephilippa: (dragon_tat)
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 06:13 am
Still can't comment to posts or post via the website. Which, surprise, surprise, means I can't raise a ticket with support, although I'm sure they have their hands full of similar tickets.

EDIT 15:00Hrs BST

Still can't comment to posts, or post via the website. This is now somewhat less than amusing. There have been more than a few posts I'd have liked to ave commented on but the moment is past. As is more than a days paid time...
alicephilippa: (black_sheep)
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 10:34 am
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Oh there was the time in Patterdale Youth Hostel when we decided to use up all the dregs of our dried food box. THis box was frequently restocked with packet stuff like Savoury Rice and carted off on camping/hostelling weekends and by the autumn usually had all kinds of weird stuff left in it. This evening whatever was left just got chucked in a pan and cooked. Looked absolutely disgusting but tasted ok. It's exact ingredients are now lost in the mists of time. Thankfully.

Other than that there's just the usual like pigs brain, brawn, liver, kidney, tongue, heart…

Oh, and cheese and chocolate spread sandwiches.
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Sunday, June 26th, 2011 09:03 am
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Mmm… tasty blood.

Vampire naturally, heck I already have the fangs.
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Monday, May 16th, 2011 11:04 am
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I think most of my wardrobe shocks the fashion police.

Until recently it might have been the harem pants, but they are seemingly back in fashion. Likewise the playsuit. Both comfy round the house, but I'd not be seen out in them.
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Sunday, May 15th, 2011 11:53 pm
That's twice tonight that FireFox 4.0.1 has completely reset its navigation bar and bookmarks bar to totally blank.

The more I use it the more I'm convinced it's an utter pile of dingoes kidneys.

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Thursday, May 5th, 2011 11:48 pm
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ION, I've a massive headache and have spent most of the evening unexpectedly dozing.
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Monday, April 25th, 2011 04:16 pm
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I've already had to give up skiing. Hiking over rough and remote terrain is pretty much out of the question. Cycling is pretty dodgy too. So that really just leaves me with swimming.

So, out of the above that I can safely take part in I'm not going to give up anything as I'd be giving up the only one I can do. I'd actually love to go skiing again, climb some more of the Scottish Munroes, or go for a long bike ride.
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Monday, April 18th, 2011 10:10 am
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Apart from consecutive not meaning quite what the questioner thought it means.

Reading: not unusual for me to spend 12+ hours
RPG: longest continuous time was around 18 hours playing Stormbringer
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 12:18 pm
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Well. Like a vast majority of the world's population I don't live in a city. I live in a small post-industrial rural town. The beautiful parts tend to be outside of town, and beauty is in, as the old saw puts it, the eye of the beholder.

For me the most beautiful place nearby has to be Marbury woods at this time of year when the Bluebells are coming into flower. It's not just how it looks it's the scent on still early mornings before hardly a soul has disturbed the air.
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Friday, April 1st, 2011 12:07 pm
Just looked out the front windows and the two cars parked directly over the road from me had side windows broken at some point over night.

It's sort of worrying that I was asleep with the window open and it disturbed me not. I did sleep solidly for 9 hours until my phone rang though.

Oh yes that's another thing. It rang, woke me up and it was an anonymous silent call. It's not rung since and there's wasn't a voicemail left, So, meh, obviously not important.
alicephilippa: (pippa)
Monday, March 21st, 2011 09:50 pm
As part of some fun and to raise money for Cancer Research some of the fans (including myself) of Blue Gillespie pledged to do various things, mine was to dye my hair red. This I duly did at the weekend. If you want to donate please can you make a donation at the appropriate page.


Click to embiggen, if you want to scare yourself with a 3000x4000 picture of me, and munch on my bandwidth. ;)

A red haired me!

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Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 11:22 pm

You were born during a Waxing Gibbous moon

This phase occurs right before a full moon.

- what it says about you -

You like to question things and have issues settled before going to work on a problem. You appreciate art, elegant forms, and efficient designs. You seek deeper meanings in things that you see and want your actions to make the world a better place.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at Spacefem.com

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Monday, March 14th, 2011 09:29 pm

  1. Make a list of 5 things that you can see without getting up.
    Candles, teddy bear, iPod, Eeyore coffee mug, silk kimono

  2. How do you style your hair?
    Wash, brush, tie back in pony tail

  3. What are you wearing now?
    PJ bottoms, rugby shirt

  4. What's your occupation?
    Layabout. Well some class me as that – actually long term sick. Medically we are starting to get things sorted, but my body keeps throwing other things in my path.

  5. Name a favorite something (flower, rock, food, film, song, etc.) that you think no one knows?

  6. Who was the last person you hugged?
    The b/f

  7. What is/was for dinner?
    Pork steak, peas and a baked potato.

  8. What did you do today?
    Did a bit of housework, including a load of laundry, replaced one of my geocaches down by the river, called in at the docs to collect a script for my pain meds, and went to the supermarket

  9. Favourite cupcake flavour?
    Lemon with vanilla topping

  10. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
    I've changed my name once and I've no plan t change it again.

  11. What was the last item that you bought (that wasn't food)?
    That would be a couple of frozen weaner rats for the snake. If that counts as food, then a book.

  12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Oz, and Machu Picchhu

  13. Favourite type of music?
    Argh! Depends on mood. Might be Goth, might be classical, might be blues, might be folk.

  14. Favourite novel?
    Toss up between The Lord of the Rings and Jane Eyre

  15. Your favorite pair of pajamas?
    The silk ones given me by the b/f

  16. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?
    Bass guitar

  17. Who do you want to bitchslap the most?
    I'm not generally violent, but probably Pete for the last time he did a bit of victim blaming

  18. If you could read a loved one's mind for 24 hours, would you?

  19. What are you looking forward to the most?
    Getting to the bottom of the seizures and getting them under control
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 11:47 pm
2011 – Living in Northwich, on other side of town to [livejournal.com profile] frostfox have company in the form of Epona a cornsnake, who has a habit of hiding on or under a bookcase if I forget to lock her vivarium. Not working as a result of health issues, including seizures, severe chronic social anxiety (my middle name is not Philippa it's Panic), and arthritis. Currently in a 2 year old open relationship.

2001 – Living in Northwich, different house but still a rented Victorian terrace. House has a leaky bathroom roof and sheds slates in high winds. Owners constantly fail to deal with repairs to roof. Working for Motorola, heading towards alcoholism (didn't quite get there thankfully) as a means of coping. not long broken up from a 4 year relationship.

1991 – Living in Castle Bromwich, part time carerer for ailing Grandmother whilst holding down full time job at a pro audio-mixer manufacturer.

1981 – same 2 bed flat, not employed having not long moved to the area, but working as a volunteer at Tyseley Locomotive Works (as it is now).

1971 – Living in Gosforth, this year saw me finish primary school and start at Gosforth Grammar, where I became the target of bullying for being different.

1961 – Living in Benwell not far south of the course Hadrian's Wall. Parents were soon to split leaving me and my older sister in the care of our maternal Grandmother.
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Friday, March 4th, 2011 12:08 am
The book(s) I am reading:
My 'on the move' book - 'Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft' by Sir Walter Scott.
My home book - just finished 'Oath of Gold' by Elizabeth Moon.

The book I love most:
'The Lord of the Rings' by J.R.R Tolkien, the book that introduced me to fantasy, first read it about 1974.

The last book I received as a gift:
'Tale of Two Cities' by Charles Dickens from Liz was bought for me when I was due to go into hospital for major surgery.

The last book I gave as a gift: 'The Unadulterated Cat' by Terry Pratchett. Essential reading (and giggling) for cat owners.

The nearest book on my desk: I'm in bed so no at the desk, but the nearest book to hand is 'Speeches of Oliver Cromwell'. Certain folks here abouts know of my favourite period of English History.

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Saturday, February 12th, 2011 08:15 pm

Your Dark Element is Earth

You are well grounded. You nurture and comfort everyone that you know.

You are naturally diplomatic, but it isn't easy. You can be indecisive and contradictory at times.

You work hard, but you also get discouraged. You can be withdrawn and moody.

You tend to give so much to others that you forget to take care of yourself.

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Monday, January 31st, 2011 12:33 pm
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It's my names. I'm not sure I would change it to something else I'm happy with it as is as it is part of me.
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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 12:51 am
On the twelfth day of Christmas, alicephilippa sent to me...
Twelve museums walking
Eleven tubes dilating
Ten pagans a-camping
Nine computers spanking
Eight trains a-geocaching
Seven afpers a-reading
Six books a-piercing
Five ri-i-i-iding crops
Four alternative lifestyles
Three old books
Two steam trains
...and a chocolate in a herpetology.
Get your own Twelve Days:
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Sunday, December 19th, 2010 08:29 pm
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As and when. This year apart from Xmyth dinner itself its all done.
alicephilippa: (River Dane)
Sunday, December 12th, 2010 05:54 pm
In 2004 a footbridge (built in 1888) providing a convenient link and walking route across the Weaver navigation was closed as it was deemed to be no longer safe. It was estimated that there were roughly 1000 crossings per day (Northwich population in 2001 census 19,259). For several years there was much wrangling between British Waterways and the council as to who was responsible for the maintenance and replacement happened. Then, as the bridge also forms a link on National Cycle Route 5 Sustrans became involved and replacement of the bridge became one of the projects put forwards for the Connect 2 scheme. Happily, it was adopted and Lottery funding was made available. Work started early this year and on December 3rd the new bridge was opened.

Pics behint cut )
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Thursday, December 9th, 2010 11:26 am
meme behint choppage )
alicephilippa: (River Dane)
Saturday, December 4th, 2010 06:37 pm
The cause of much dampness in the house today:

Oh and the house will likely need re-roofing in the summer. It is 115 years old, and has of course no felt under the slates.
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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 05:31 pm
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Roast lamb, roast potatoes and parsnips, sprouts, cauliflower. With rhubarb crumble and custard for pudding.

Still a favourite, even if the price of lamb (and indeed any meat) is rather silly.
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 09:05 am
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I'd just curl up with music and good books, if the weather was good then I'd probably outside as normal. Whilst, to me, the 'net is important neither the TV nor a mobile phone is, so I doubt I'd need bribing.
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Monday, November 15th, 2010 09:28 pm
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Long car rides? What are they? I take the train instead where I can actually work and be productive.
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Saturday, November 13th, 2010 12:17 am
A is for age: One should never ask a lady her age. But Harold MacMillan was prime Minister and Dwight D. Eisenhower was US President when I was born.
B is for beer of choice: Not supposed to drink as it doesn't play well with my meds.
C is for career right now: Trying to plan for a return to work, depending on what the medics find over then next couple of months.
D is for your dog's name: Don't have a dog.
E is for essential item you use everyday: Kettle.
F is for favorite TV show at the moment: House
G is for favorite game: Magic: the Gathering.
H is for home town: Newcastle upon Tyne.
I is for instruments you play: None.
J is for favorite juice: Apple.
K is for whose butt you'd like to kick: The locum doc who refused to renew my valium script.
L is for last place you ate: Sat on the bed.
M is for marriage: Yes, if I find the right person.
N is for your full name: Alice Philippa Cxxxxxx. And no you're not getting my full surname.
O is for overnight hospital stays: four times in the last 18 months. Once for 7 nights, twice for one night, and the last time was for two nights
P is for people you were with today: Doctor.
Q is for quote: "Force has no place where there is need of skill." -- Herodotus
R is for Biggest Regret: I don't do regrets.
S is for status: In a relationship
T is for time you woke up today: 10:30am.
U is for underwear you have on now: High leg knickers.
V is for vegetable you love: Sprouts
W is for worst habit: Scratching my skin off without realising it when deep in thought.
X is for x-rays you've had: Teeth, neck, spine, head.
Y is for yummy food you ate today: jacket potato with melted brie.
Z is for zodiac sign: Aquarius.
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Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 12:19 pm
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If we are allowed to choose fictional characters then The Doctor, if not then it would have to be Stephen Fry.
alicephilippa: (minimuth)
Friday, November 5th, 2010 06:00 pm
Rules: Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real . . . nothing made up! If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice and you can't use your name for the boy/girl name question.

1. Your name: Alice
2. A four-letter word: Adze
3. A boy's name: Andrew
4. A girl's name: Alison
5. An occupation: Architect
6. A color: Apricot
7. Something you wear: Anorak
8. A food: Almonds
9. Something found in the bathroom: Aftershave
10. A place: Andover
11. A reason for being late: Apathy
12. Something you shout: Argh!
13. A movie title: Avatar
14. Something you drink: Absinthe
15. A musical group: Anathema
16. An animal: Armadillo
17. A street name: Acacia Avenue
18. The title of a song: Arabian Knights
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 06:18 pm
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I celebrate Samhain.
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Saturday, October 16th, 2010 07:33 pm
He's no longer teaching math at Yale

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Friday, October 8th, 2010 12:37 pm
I should
  • put the bedding in to wash
  • logically that also means put fresh bedding on the bed
  • cook lunch
  • deal with escaped snake
  • tidy the lounge, so it looks like a lounge and not an electronics workshop
  • hoover the stairs
  • bathe
  • tidy the bathroom
  • have tea and toast
  • do the washing up
  • dress
  • make up (maybe)
all before 6pm, so I'd best get a move on…

6pm: done and ready on time. :D
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Thursday, October 7th, 2010 08:55 am
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That I need far more bookshelves, that I'm an eclectic reader and have some odd interests, as sitting next to a shelf full of Pratchett hardbacks are books like a copy of a 1950s RCA Radiotron Designers Handbook, and a book on Equine Clinical Neonatology. Let's not forget the books on witchcraft and the cookbooks (none of which seem to have recipes for long pig).

There is also the 'to read pile' which isn't so much a pile but a couple of double stacked shelves which includes books on the English Civil Wars, vampire fiction, Victorian England (from the perspective of social reform).