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the list )

A song you never get tired of. I was looking for something with a lot of range, to keep my interest up. Something a bit meaty, by a band I love. So I give you Astronomy by the Brain Surgeons. It was actually written for Blue Öyster Cult but is one of the BÖC songs that the Brain Surgeons, formed by Al Bouchard after leaving BÖC, kept playing. Al is now in a Blue Öyster Cult/Alice Cooper covers bande, Blue Coupe, with Dennis Dunaway from Alice Cooper.

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thelist )
A song about drugs or alcohol.

This is absolutely as close to the drug itself as I ever want to get. Heroin by Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground.

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The list )

I was just saying that I don't tend to do the 'oh, this song!' *cranks volume* thing, then the next day I was listening to Hawkwind and Hassan i Sabbah came on. And I leant over and turned up the volume.

ghoti_mhic_uait: (Three-quarters of George Washington's he)
It just occurred to me that the reason for keeping the whole list in the post might be so I can add links to the relevant posts. So I'll start doing that.

The list, now with linking )

4. A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget.

It was the mid 90s when I first became aware of this person. I was sceptical at first, wary of them, so kept my distance. In 1997, however, I was losing some of my scepticism, enough that this song at the time was a sign of hope, of a good future, which was to be dashed over the next decade.

The song, of course, is Things can only get better by D:Ream
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Last night, I made some nice rice which I thought I should share. Fry garlic and onions (I used spring onions because they needed up but you get the idea), add some rice and harissa powder until translucent, then add veg stock, raisins, flaked almonds, saffron and a tin of chickpeas.

The list )
2. A song you like with a number in it.

The first song that comes up whenever I press 'random play' is 1,2,3,4 by 이하이 (Lee Hi) so I listen to it a lot. It's a nice bouncy pop song, I hope you like it too.

Music meme

May. 16th, 2017 01:58 pm
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I've been enjoying [personal profile] gwendraith posting a music meme, daily or so, so I thought some of y'all might appreciate if I did that too.


the list )
The first is 'a song with a colour in the title'.

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue by Bob Dylan.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Ghoti)
There's a meme over at Facebook and I thought it was ripe for moving over here: Ask me my top 5 [blanks].

Anything which I might have five favourites of, fill I the blank however you want, and I'll endeavour to answer.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Ghoti)
Not so much exactly what I've been reading as what kind of thing I've been reading.

13 in total.

6 written by women
7 written by men

(I think)
3 written by authors of colour,
10 written by white authors

4 fantasy
4 non fiction
3 slice of life
1 poetry

Actually, right now I'm reading Oz Reimagined which Colin gave me, a set of short stories inspired by The Wizard of Oz.
Knitting my Alice gloves still, photo when I'm done
Watching The Secret World of Alex Mack with Judith (90s Nickelodeon show about a girl who gets caught in a chemical accident and has to hide that she has resulting superpowers - I loved it then, and I'm enjoying introducing the rest of the family to it)
Playing, well, I got dragged into a Skylanders game yesterday but mostly
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Ghoti)
This meme has been going around, and I did it over at FB, but I'm doing it here too because I'm not at full quota yet.

Comment here if you would like me to send you A Thing during this year. I won't commit to the nature of The Thing, but it will be intended to be something to make you happy. It may be home-made, and will likely not be high-value

Depending on take-up rate, I might not get through everyone. First come, first served, and I'll promise to do at least six*.

Comment if you'd like A Thing, and if possible please post a similar offer on your journal. Also include in your comment if you are averse to surprises and would prefer to negotiate your Thing, or if you would prefer to have a non-tangible thing so that I don't need your address!

*I have two takers already over on FB but if six of you want a thing, that's OK!
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Vinyl)
So, over on facebook they're doing a meme where you name a band for each letter of your name.

I did one better, and made a playlist.
I like music memes almost as much as book ones :)

So, here it is, music from Garbage, Half Man Half Biscuit, Orange Goblin, Type O Negative, Inner City Unit, Motorhead, Hawkwind, Iggy Pop, Clawfinger, Unshine, Anthrax, Iron Maiden and Terrorvision. http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Ghoti+Mhic+Uait/104559321

(I nearly put Girlschool in instead of Garbage.)
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Meerkat)
This one I saw from [livejournal.com profile] gailcarriger; if you are at all inclined to enjoy her writing style, whether or not you like steampunk/urban fantasy, I'd recommend her blog.

What was the last sf/f/h book you finished reading? Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie. I liked it well enough but not as much as the first.

What was the last sf/f/h book you did not finish reading? I didn't finish the Silmarillion yet because I put it down somewhere and I don't remember where. I don't normally give up on books, and I can't think of a genre book I did.

What was the last sf/f/h book you read that you liked but most people didn’t? Hmm. I'm sure there was an urban fantasy/fairy tale book which hadn't made it into the sff scene yet, but I can't quite remember. Colin might? Other than that, big love for the John Christopher Swords of the Spirits trilogy which is I think unusual in my acquaintanceship. Oh, I liked The Ocean at the End of the Lane and I don't think I saw a good review of that.

What was the last sf/f/h book you read that you disliked? I didn't like Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers which I found rather boring - too formulaic, maybe? I wanted to like it, nun assassins sounds like it could be great, but she was a Phèdre nó Delaunay clone in a red dress, with more misandry & hang ups and less personality.

How long do your 1-sitting reading sessions usually last? Until someone needs something - dinner, attention, me to go to sleep. Could be a page, could be a whole novel.

What are you currently reading? Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

Do you like it so far? I really want to, and it was lent to me by someone whose recommendations are normally good for me, but I'm still on the fence.

How long ago did you buy the book you are currently reading? Borrowed book - it's been waiting a while.

What was the last physical sf/f/h book you bought?
Preorder of Prudence by Gail Carriger. If you mean, which was the one I actually received most recently, Symbiont by Mira Grant (which I haven't actually read yet).

What is the sf/f/h sub-genre you like to read the most? I'm in a bit of an urban fantasy phase at the moment, but I go through phases of all of them sometimes, I think.

What is the sf/f/h sub-genre you dislike the most and why? I haven't been on a horror kick for a while, possibly because I spent the entire period from 16-20 in one, and possibly because it's not really [livejournal.com profile] cjwatson's thing?

What is your favorite electronic reading device? I like to read on either my phone or tablet because I find e-ink hard on my eyes (I'm weird, I know). Phone is good because it's easier to hold, tablet because I can easier have bigger print.

What was the last sf/f/h eBook you bought? Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal. Jane Austen with magic. Nicely done, and I'll get round to the rest of the series sometime.

Do you read books exclusively in 1 format (physical/electronic)? No,I read whichever is more convenient.

Do you read eBooks exclusively on a single device? No, I go between phone and tablet.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Sparkler)
Yesterday was Thanksgiving in Canada. I used to do a '5 things to be thankful for' semi-regularly, well I think this is the opportunity.

1) My lovely husband, so patient and kind and handsomw
2) Three beautiful healthy children. I'm somewhat fixated on viability for number 3, but at the moment, it's doing well.
3) You guys. I have the best friends, and am very, very grateful
4) Pumpkin pie. I'm having massive pumpkin cravings, and every time I think they're subsiding, along comes another wave. I'm also wanting mac and cheese right now, but that's because one of you posted a picture of Phineas and Ferb mac and cheese, and I am suggestible.
5) My new trike. It really does seem to make things better.

Film quiz

Mar. 4th, 2011 03:59 pm
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Sin City)
Three years ago, I posted a film quote quiz.

There were 15 quotes, and between you, you got the answers to 14.

Here is the quote you missed:

2.When you're born in the gutter you end up in the port. (Apparently I only posted the translation. The film is originally in French)

Do you think it's time I posted the answer? )
ghoti_mhic_uait: (MY book)
The book I am reading: Rulers and Ruled in Frontier Catalonia, 880-1010 by Jonathan Jarrett.
The book I love most: This is an insanely difficult question. I don't have a consistent favourite author, either.
The last book I received as a gift: Jon's book :) Also Historical Tweets by Alan Beard and Alec McNayr
The last book I gave as a gift: Mortal Remains by Kathy Reichs (Valentines' day present for Colin)
The nearest book: Nonsense Books by Edward Lear/A Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne (both in same volume)
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[livejournal.com profile] firinel did a meme where you ask for a colour she associates with you, and you post ten things that you like that are that colour. If you ask me, I'll give you a colour that I associate with you as well.

She gave me 'something between slate blue and dove grey. It's difficult to even think of 10 things that colour, let alone 10 things I like, but in no particular order...

1. The sea
2. The sky
3. Judith's eyes (but they're sometimes greener)
4. Colin's eyes (but they're often bluer)
5. Opals
6. The shawl my secret pal made for Kirsten, before I even got her (but that's purpler)
7. Heather
8. The long knitted cardi that Lorelai Gilmore wears in the pilot episode of the Gilmore Girls.
9. Pretty beach pebbles
10. The Yorkshire moors

(I considered 'the yarn in the reference picture' but decided that was a cop out)
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the first line of the first LJ post of each month this year.

January: Judith's favourite library book for a long time has been "My doll Keshia" by Eloise Springfield.
February: People post pictures of the food they make for it, and there were loads of guys wearing dresses, some kind of New Orlean thing?
March: We went to Madame Tussauds at half term, and Benedict was asking why Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, as he thought she was one of the good guys.
April: (Picture of my greengage tree) Yesterday it was buds only, but this morning, all the buds had opened.
May: I took part in the Social contact survey, which said that if I were a childrens' TV character, then I would be a Ludwig!
June: The one I wanted to take is seated only (it's a sleeper train, so I want to be able to lie down).
July: I am actually glad of the weather.
August: We got home after a wonderful holiday, to discover that Deta was ill (and my house looks like even more of a tip compared to the beautiful houses I've been staying in).
September: I know some of you are in IL, and maybe can look out for this girl, the 16 year old daughter of a friend of a friend.
October: I told Judith we were going to a party, and I wasn't quite sure what we'd do at the party, but maybe there would be games or dancing.
November: Still here, still doing flylady.
December: Benedict (and his class)will be singing at the switching on of the Arbury Court Christmas tree lights, Tuesday at 4pm.

My flylady mission yesterday was to make cookies, and I forgot, so J and I will be doing that today. We're probably going to use the first of these recipes and make stained-glass window cookies.
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Here's a list of food. Ones I've eaten are bolded, ones I wouldn't eat are struck through, and ones I've eaten and wouldn't again, both. The rest are foods you should make an effort to feed me :)

text )
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Rings)
My favourite of our wedding pictures isn't actually online; if you got or saw a thank-you card, it's that one.

Photos taken by [livejournal.com profile] ashuranahano and available here (check out in particular the cute matching pics of [livejournal.com profile] shermarama and Jon)

without further ado )

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