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In the News... [Aug. 17th, 2007|07:27 am]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Nice story seen on Yahoo!

Apparently Stephen King was mistaken for a vandal at an Australian outback bookstore recently.

A customer saw a man walk in off the street and start writing in some of the books and reported it to the store owner. When they got to the books the man had gone but he'd left his famous signature behind...

The store owner then saw King in the veg shop across the road and went to thank him. 5 of the 6 books he'd signed have gone for fund raising auctions for local community groups - the 6th was bought by the customer who never recognised it was Stephen King...

Kind of liked that.
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Bex in LAH [Jul. 13th, 2007|07:40 pm]
[mood |confusedconfused]

So brand Beckham hits the US today...God help them. The US that is...

Is it just me that thinks the Beckham Two are just awful? They're a pair of shop window mannequins. She's a has been pop star with a perma-pout and he's a bloke who kicks a football around and gets daft haircuts. I've no idea if he's a good footballer or not - that's not my thing. I just can't understand why they are adored so much. OK, he's got a nice bod (if he had a hairy bod, now that would be special, but there are hundreds of great looking men with the same gym bods...) I find Mrs.B quite repellent to look at - stick thin is not a good look, the sour fish lips and the dodgy sunglasses everywhere she goes is way over the top. This is not style because it has no substance. They don't DO anything but pose a lot and have celebrity friends. And yet they are idolised. Mystifying.

Reading that back, it's a bit of a rant. Maybe they are exceptionally nice people. My Mum likes them. But I'm still deeply confused about their appeal.

But maybe I'm weird.
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(no subject) [Jul. 6th, 2007|07:49 pm]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Sadly I'm back from San Francisco. Got back on Monday but the jet-lag wiped me out a bit for a couple of days. It's really weird, its like a wave of such intense tiredness you can hardly sit up. Well, it was for me anyway.

San Francisco was fantastic. It's such a beautiful city, the people were friendly, the men were awesome... Gay Pride was fun, vast numbers of gayfolk just having a great time together, it did feel quite emotional at times but also invigorating and empowering. I've walked miles and miles and been a total tourist, I've walked across the Golden Gate Bridge and took a cable car... Sometimes I had to stop for a minute and silently remind myself where I was ("You're walking across the Golden Gate Bridge. Remember this, you might never do it again.") The Castro is incredible, it's like a big gay bubble in the world, with handsome men who'll chat you up while crossing the road, and the rainbow flag flies high above it all. I've never been anywhere like it.

I think the only downside (and unfortunately it's quite a big one) was the number of homeless people begging on the streets, wandering around talking to themselves, laying drunk in the middle of the footpath. They shamble and weave about like the living dead. The only thing to do is to try to ignore them, but its hard sometimes. There is obviously a lot of mental health problems among these people, as well as alcohol and drug abuse. I found it very hard to understand how such a big city with such a lot of wealth could just ignore this problem.

Beyond that San Francisco was a real joy. I was only there for two weeks but it's easy to start fantasising about what life would be like there. I've now been to San Francisco and New York, very different but both amazing and unforgettable. I love going to America. You can keep Europe, if I spend the rest of my days visiting America as often as I can I'll be happy.

So back in England. Flew into Manchester and it was grey and raining. Soon heard the bad news about the major flooding that has occurred in my home city of Hull (thankfully my house was undamaged). The only good thing was seeing my cat again. Magic apparently settled into the cattery really well but she was happy to be home, walked around complaining for a bit then she was fine. She's been very loved up since she got back, follows me around everywhere. And now I'm back to work too, it's as if I'd never been away...

And thanks to bullchef for tagging me with his 7 random things. Nothing too startling I'm afraid but here goes:

1. Children make my skin crawl. Sorry but it's true, really can't cope with them at all. Prefer cats. Especially mine...

2. I'm 45 this year!

3. I've never had sex with a woman. And don't plan on changing that anytime soon.

4. I don't own an ipod, and probably will never own an iphone either. That's ok. I'll live...

5. I've been single for 6 years - and its OK.

6. I'm very close to deciding I could live in America.

7. My current favourite quote: "Normal is a cycle on a washing machine." - Emmylou Harris.

(I know I was supposed to tag 7 others, but they've probably all done it by now...)
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(no subject) [Jun. 11th, 2007|07:59 pm]
[mood |pleasedpleased]

Saw my friend yesterday and he seems to be ok, very bruised and battered of course, but not in bits like I would be.

Today I went on an Epilepsy training course, through my work. I have daily contact with a number of people with Epilepsy, and although I'm pretty confident and I've seen many many different kinds of seizure, it's still good to have refresher training like this. A good day, and only three more working days this week then I'm on holiday!!!
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(no subject) [Jun. 10th, 2007|07:36 am]
[mood |aggravatedaggravated]

Had some bad and shocking news yesterday. Heard from my straight male friend that he'd been attacked on Friday night. I've not seen him yet but he tells me there were 10 of them and they beat him up pretty badly. Broken nose, cut and swollen lips, he's going to have whopping black eye and loads of bruising to his face. He's with his girlfriend now but I hope to see him this week, I don't think he's up to seeing anyone else yet. He's reported it to the Police of course, and he tells me it made the local papers. I hope they catch the cowardly bastards that did it...but this being England they'll probably get away with it, we've lost all capability for justice.

On the flip side, there's only one week left to San Francisco...
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(no subject) [Jun. 3rd, 2007|09:36 am]
Successfully managing to avoid the new series of 'Big Brother' - the all female version (unless the rumour of the guy going in on Friday was true)... It's so sexist, they would NEVER do an all male version (but I can dream)...

Also started re-reading the 'Tales Of The City' books in prep for San Francisco - only a staggering 14 days away!

Magic is all ready for the Hilltop Cattery, although she doesn't know it yet of course. Just have to remind my sister that she promised to take us...

(Also half managed to convince myself that the expense of the boiler can wait till after my holiday. After all it's turning a bit warmer now, the shower heats the water itself, so does the washing machine...so what's the rush...?)
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(no subject) [Apr. 29th, 2007|10:11 am]
[mood |pissed offpissed off]

Just discovered my boiler has broken down...so no hot water, which is a pain in the ass. And it's Sunday. And it's not that warm today so no central heating either...

Could really have done without this so close to my holiday. Hate to think what this is going to cost me...
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(no subject) [Apr. 28th, 2007|11:30 am]
Apparently there was an earthquake in England early this morning. It struck 7.5 miles off the Dorset coast, between 4.7 and 5.0 magnitude. Knowing nothing about earthquakes I don't know if this is a big or small quake. Can't help thinking this is very rare for England...


SKY News and BBC put it at 4.3 on the Richter Scale. Just a wobble then... :o)
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(no subject) [Apr. 27th, 2007|07:44 pm]
[mood |relievedrelieved]

Took Magic to the vet today, she's had the first round of her vaccinations and we have to go back in three weeks for a booster jab. Magic completely hated being in the cat carrier-box, but apart from that she's been fine, hissed at the cute hairy vet but didn't make too much fuss. I think I've been in a worse state than she was. Once we got home she had some food and went to sleep. Cute hairy vet did say she was healthy for an older cat (she's 10) so that was good to hear. Now I've got to find a place for her in a cattery... my job for tomorrow...

Listening to Mika 'Life In Cartoon Motion' - very good, sounds a Scissor Sisters at times (which is good...)
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(no subject) [Apr. 22nd, 2007|02:54 pm]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

On the countdown to San Francisco now...7 weeks and 6 days to go! Just a few more things to do then I can try to relax and just wait for it to happen...

Today I made an appointment for Magic at the vets to get her vaccinations done, a cattery wont accept her without them. I guess I should have done this before but she's never really mixed with other cats, or even wanted to go out that much - if she goes outside I have to leave a door open for her so she can get back in! She is going to hate it of course and no doubt I will be made to feel guilty. Then I've got to find a good cattery for her, which she will also hate no doubt, but this has got to happen...

Yesterday I bought some US dollars. It all seems more real when you've got currency in your hands, the smell and feel of them is even different to ours. And the exchange rate is pretty good at the moment, so I'll be getting some more before the week is out.

So now it's more waiting, some planning, then more waiting...
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