Relatable

21 May 2017 06:59 pm
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Claracantfindinternet

Why Mummy Drinks: Daddy the Gadget Twat decrees a programme of re-education is in order for Mummy.

(Yes I know where the internet it, but we too have a ridiculous amount of remotes...)
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So, I have lots of political links & stuff waiting to be posted, but right now I am going with something that's pure fluff:

26 British Food Quirks That Brits Don’t Realise Are Weird

My question is - are they really that weird? As in, are you unaware that British people eat this? Or do you find it odd that anyone would?

Like, chip butties. I had never come across this concept before moving here, but zomg they're wonderful!

(Basically a white bread sandwich/bread bun with chips. English chips, not french fries.)

So if there's anything that actually strikes you as odd and unknown (like, I presume everyone knows that British people love beans on toast), you are more than welcome to tell me so! :)

Also, I get to use the mood for 'curious' which is rare!

Random

5 January 2017 07:26 pm
elisi: (Black Books)
News Thump: Nigel Farage biopic casts horrible little slug that won’t fuck off in lead role

I'd watch it.

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And then a youtube mix played this song, and I had to stop what I was doing and check out what I was actually listening to. Best cover I have ever heard of Sound of Silence:



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And we're thinking of checking out a new sketch show, called Revolting (BBC2). This is the first sketch I came across. And here's another. I can cope with satire with bite. >:)
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14 Christmas Struggles That Are All Too Real For Expats In The UK
Turns out the British REALLY love Christmas.
These are amusing and very true. :)

We Visited A Syrian Refugee Family As They Prepared For Christmas In The UK
After fleeing from death threats in Syria, one Kurdish family tell BuzzFeed News about settling into a new home, their traditions and hopes for the future.

It may have seemed like the world fell apart in 2016. Steven Pinker is here to tell you it didn’t.
“The world continues to improve in just about every way.”

The most important part of 'Rogue One' was an unexpected and subtle one.
(Representation matters <3)
elisi: (Bill)
So, before I go off to the Cherub's sports day, a few nice things to make you smile:

- Undoubtedly the single best thing to happen on 23rd of June: Pearl's first day on location

(It may be that her radiant smile will be one of the only things pulling us through the dark times ahead.)

- Pope: Gays and Others Marginalized Deserve an Apology

- US military 'to lift transgender ban'

- Schoolboys allowed to wear skirts under new 'gender neutral' uniform rules (Move is part of a drive for schools to be more open to children questioning their gender identity)

- Celebrating a year of marriage equality: “Joy” – June 26, 2015 (PHOTOS) (This is a repost of piece Anne posted a year ago. ♥)
elisi: (Clara)
I know I've not been around much... Well, I've been reading my flist, but not really posting. Mostly I'm blaming January being January. I just want hibernate. Also I know I should be working on my 'Last Christmas' meta, except my brain has shut down completely and isn't co-operating. (I rewatched it, and it's a beautiful, wonderful, episode, I just can't get my head booted into whatever gear it needs to be in.)

Instead I'm working on something that's pretty much original fic - it's attached to my Alex 'verse by a thread, but you would not need to know anything about it (or even Doctor Who) to read it. It's about a boy called George and is basically a coming-out story. Still very much a WIP, but might try to start posting when I've pulled things together a little more.

In other news my parents are arriving this evening, so I have spent ALL DAY tidying/cleaning, and it's paying off nicely. But I shall be even more scarce next week.

[livejournal.com profile] kerkevik_2014 pointed me towards this vidder ([livejournal.com profile] maidavids on LJ). Have only checked out a couple of vids so far, but they look very nice.

Am also feeling a bit... morose? Melancholy? The Dish is closing down. I first found it in 2008, in the run-up to Obama's election, and it's been my go-to place for US politics/general news/thoughts on everything and anything. It'll leave a huge gap in my online life.

OK, must go continue cleaning, even though I'm sure there was something else I was going to say. Oh yes, meme (via my flist):

Ask me a question about one of my fics. It can be absolutely anything in any project and I will answer it the best I can -- even on current progress/plans.

If you'd prefer, you can also ask about my writing for a particular fandom, my writing as a whole, etc.

Not sure when I'd get time to reply, but will certainly do my best! :)
elisi: (Twelve drink)
Try to spend a few minutes writing fic, and instead end up trying to work out which whiskey your OC Time Lord prefers in his different regenerations.

1st - Bunnahabhain
The Bunnahabhain is one of the milder single malt Islay whiskies available and its taste varies greatly from other spirits to be found on the island of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland.

2nd - AnCnoc
anCnoc is a single malt Scotch whisky with a mind of its own. Even the name (pronounced ‘a-nock’), defies convention as it’s Gaelic for the nearby Knock Hill (this is unusual, as most whiskies are named after the Distillery).

3rd - Lagavulin
The connoisseurs choice when it comes to Islay whisky, with the Lagavulin 16 hailed as one of the finest whiskies available. Rich, smoky and elegant.

4th - Laphroaig
One of the most divisive Scotch whiskies, loved by those who enjoy its medicinal, smoky flavour and looked on in amazement by those who don't, it remains one of the most popular.

(And no, I have not yet written any 4th Seeker. But I have plans.)
elisi: (Eleven on a swing by othellia)
I say things like 'Shall we google 'Cats that look like Hitler' again?"

It was the 'again' that did it. Although to be fair, what I HAD googled was 'Graham Norton kitty phone' (because Darcy didn't remember it, and he was talking about how cats would make good phones), and this was one of the results:



(It's Graham Norton, I'm presuming you all know that this means it's NSFW.)

So...

21 October 2013 05:57 pm
elisi: (Eleven/Amy (foreheads) by meathiel)
Tomorrow is my birthday, and I've decided to celebrate in Hobbit fashion - that is, I'll post stuff for you guys! Esp since I have so many things sitting in folders that I've never managed to finish off properly. So there'll be a good bit of fic (and other stuff) coming tomorrow. I hope you enjoy! :)

(I have taken today and tomorrow off work. I feel so decadent I can't even. Am now off to in-laws for early birthday party!)
elisi: (River Song)
I really shouldn't post fic at the weekend. No one's around. Or maybe no one's reading me anymore...

Well, on the offchance anyone's still interested, I posted:

Chapter 3 of Divided Destiny. (Post-NFA epic quest thing.)

And on Friday I posted Chapter 24 (Interlude featuring the End of the World) of Dating. (DW AU with tons of OCs.)

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Also came across this earlier, and am still trying to wrap my head around it: Cute dictator. I think my brain broke.

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In other news, then the way to regain faith in humanity is to attend a (primary) school talent show. The Cherub was in the final, so we had to go, and omg it was amazing. The Cherub herself did rather well - she'd chosen Elton John's 'Your Song' (all on her own) and refused to let us help her practice, but she knew most of it, and has a really good voice. :) There were other singers (the very first act was a tiny little black girl - 5 years old probably - in a pink Darth Vader T-shirt who was not in the least shy. Although she jumped when the music started. ♥) There were other singers (I especially remember a girl in a princess outfit, with a sword, who sang a very long song about MARCHING), and dancers (including a little Indian boy doing a brilliant Bollywood routine), a girl doing baton twirling (she also had a proper routine, and was very good), and a girl playing the keyboard. But best of all were four girls playing violin. Because they were terrible. Every cliché you can think of, they ticked the boxes. They seemed to be playing four different tunes. All of which were out of tune. It made my evening, and possibly my week.
elisi: (Pimpin' by hauntes)
Unsteady Ground [multifandom] by [livejournal.com profile] loneraven. ('About a month ago, I said, "The world does not want a vid about land registration. But I PLAN TO GIVE IT ONE ANYWAY."' <- To which I think we can safely say: 'Yes, we do want it!' Seriously, go check it out.)

People Get Ready by [livejournal.com profile] kaydeefalls. ('summary: And we have all the love in the world to set alight. A Ponds vid.' <- I cannot be coherent about this. Pondssssss.)

And via my flist this essay:

A Closed Letter to Myself on Thievery, Heckling and Rape Jokes by Patton Oswalt. Very, very good.

Also, for those who like to chronicle LJ life, there's a new comm:

[livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday.

I've read my flist, and feel v. guilty that I've not commented more, but RL is becoming zomg busy. The next two weeks will be intense (in a good way - birthday (Impish Girl), parental visit, confirmation (Miss M)), so I probably won't be around much. Put up a new banner (that I made and it's all pretty and stuff!) and that's going to have to be enough for the foreseeable future...
elisi: (OT4 by kathyh)
Have spent the best part of the last two days tidying up the younger girls' bedroom. Am winning, if v. tired. They have so much stuff. (Tidied Miss M's bedroom Saturday. She was very grateful, although wondering what I had done with all her things... *g*)

So anyway, I've been sitting here, watching Pond-era vids and missing them. (Disclaimer: I like Clara, I think the Ponds had a lovely exit and had run their course, but... oh I miss them. Might also have something to do with the Cherub watching the Angel two-parter this afternoon and everyone was so young!) The thing is, that apart from the Pond era being, well, an era (a golden era, even, when the Doctor had a family), then I love my characters broken and complicated - and Amy came pre-broken. Which of course wasn't nice for her, but made her an awful lot more interesting for me right from the start. I mean, I like Rose, but I never really identify with 'ordinary' characters. Although of course it's far better for the characters not to get completely screwed up...

Thought I might as well turn this into a reccing post.

Blue Caravan. This is probably my favourite Amy vid of all time.

Call Me Uprising. Also Amy, but very different feel. This one is all action.

Nara. No words can describe how beautiful this vid is.

Howl. Pondsssssss. ('If you could only see/the beast you've made of me')

Space Oddity. Doctor Who + David Bowie. Also (IMHO) the best S6 vid out there.

The World Is Not Enough. "And if you're strong enough, together we can take the world apart, my love...". River and the Doctor's relationship, across time and space. My OTP, and this is why.

{you only} ("The ultimate no-win, tragic love story." Steven Moffat. Also the most beautiful.)


Have also got two posts almost ready - a Clara theory, and one about all the layers in Doctor Who. Which I ought to polish off & finish, but... zzz.

ETA: Also many thanks to whoever left kudos on 'Dating' on AO3. You made my day, wonderful stranger! ♥ ♥ ♥
elisi: (MLP)
Stuff I would never have seen if it weren't for my 14 year old...

Listen to the music and watch the gif. (What it says. I just. *hands*)

And Why you should be nervous for 2013. (Scroll down past the writing and read the bit posted by frozenfoods. I don't even know. I think my brain is now broken. Yet I can't stop giggling.)

(Neither of these things has anything to do with MLP. The icon just... seemed to fit.)
elisi: (Oswin)
I'm here. Have been the whole time, but omg I haven't had proper time off since the summer, so I've been spectacularly lazy (and happy). Also we've spent a lot of time with family.

A quick roundup of stuff.

Meta: The Memory of Snow: The Snowmen by [livejournal.com profile] lonewytch. I will write a post myself, but you should all read this first, as she's laid everything out beautifully. My post will be in addition to what she's written, so if you want to delve into the themes & imagery, her post is your port of call for now.

One Mississippi - vid by [livejournal.com profile] kaydeefalls. Summary: Can I only change your history for a day? Time travel, paradoxes, and breaking all the rules. (The Doctor and his Companions. Beautiful.)

Also we watched Brave (which was wonderful), the last half hour of Time Burton's Alice in Wonderland (which was so wrong, in so many ways, that I don't even know where to begin. Which is a shame, because it looks brilliant, and there are a ton of good female characters), and last night Tron, which is just amazing and one of the most stunning movies ever made. (No I haven't seen the new one.)

Hopefully will be posting fic (next chapter of Dating) and maybe even Snowmen meta later on. For now, have all my Merlin thoughts (well most of them) summed up in a single graphic:

Read more... )

ETA: Oh, and I think I will write a book. Basically I finally found a way of wrenching Alex out of Doctor Who, and I have done it so thoroughly that pretty much nothing will remain of that 'verse. For starters I turned him into a girl... (Although Allison will still be there, just as a BFF. Basically everything is currently world building and plotting and I'm having a blast living in the Maybe*.)

*See 'The Writers Tale' for an explanation of 'the Maybe' if you're not familiar
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Which means Doctor Who prologue/trailer. Yay!

To get in the mood I've changed my layout (you might need sunglasses) and thought I'd share this incredible thing. I can't even begin to do it justice, so just watch:


(Such a long week. And a busy weekend on top. But hey, everyone's healthy and we've got enough money to pay the bills (well, sorta *g*), so I'm not about to complain! *hugs everyone*)

ETA: This might be my favourite fund raiser ever (I love living in Yorkshire! It ain't all that grim, oh no... Might not be fancy, but it's pretty grand all the same.) There's lyrics on youtube, if you can't understand what they're sayin'. ;) (Should possibly be watched in tandem with Eton Style. I feel like these videos are sort of Britain in miniature? Vast differences, yet united by a great ability to take the piss out of ourselves.)

'Aye up! 'Appen 'ere's Tadcaster Grammar School's little offering for Children in Need:

Please donate generously by visiting the Just Giving site:
http://www.justgiving.com/tadgramstyle

Um.

9 November 2012 06:17 pm
elisi: (Time Love by kathyh)
Not really here, but ended up listening to George Michael, and the mother of all Doctor/River vids could be made to The Strangest Thing...

Give me something I can hold
Give me something to believe in
I am frightened for my soul, please, please
Make love to me, send love through me
Heal me with your crime
The only one who ever knew me,
We've wasted so much time
So much time

(Don't mind me. I'll be over here, remembering when 'Older' came out, feeling old and nostalgic...)
elisi: (Hair is apooft by obscuruslupa)
In between trying to sort out the (younger) girls' bedroom, I am working on my big Ten meta (the one with poetry - it's... complex. You'll see why). It is depressing as hell (not my fault, that's all Rusty!), so I've been watching this to cheer me up:



How are you?
elisi: (Hair is apooft by obscuruslupa)
In between trying to sort out the (younger) girls' bedroom, I am working on my big Ten meta (the one with poetry - it's... complex. You'll see why). It is depressing as hell (not my fault, that's all Rusty!), so I've been watching this to cheer me up:



How are you?
elisi: (River Song)
Well I've been back most of the week, but I've been busy...

We spent all of Monday travelling, and then I was straight back to work Tuesday morning, so it's been a bit hectic. It was the most blissful holiday ever though, so I'm nicely rested. :)

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Have been following all the news about the start of S7 [of DW] with great excitement, and am looking forward to more show very very much indeed. (Although I shall miss my Ponds more than I can express. *sniff*)

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This will be the cutest thing you see all day.

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Tried to keep up with the Olympics as much as possible considering that we were abroad, and rather loved the Closing Ceremony, because it was just fun. ♥ (Still wish I had the energy to write meta about the Opening, but alas. Although people should keep in mind that everything in the Opening Ceremony - trees and empire and fairy tales and magic etc etc - is all stuff that you need to keep in mind when watching DW. That's the stuff being referenced & drawn upon.)

Anyways, we've got tickets to the Paralympics (athletics!) so we'll get to see things for ourselves! \o/ (And we used to live in the East End when we were studying, and well remember the wasteland...)

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Also I MADE A THING. It's a banner for Dating, as I began considering how ridiculously long it is, and that it deserved a banner. As my graphic skills are not so much, it's pretty basic, but I'm happy with it:



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ETA: This is why I love the internet. Apparently Mitt Romney released an advert where he used a whiteboard. There are already two Tumblrs devoted to making fun of this! \o/ \o/ \o/

One with writing and one with drawings. Hysterical and awesome!
elisi: (River Song)
Well I've been back most of the week, but I've been busy...

We spent all of Monday travelling, and then I was straight back to work Tuesday morning, so it's been a bit hectic. It was the most blissful holiday ever though, so I'm nicely rested. :)

~~~

Have been following all the news about the start of S7 [of DW] with great excitement, and am looking forward to more show very very much indeed. (Although I shall miss my Ponds more than I can express. *sniff*)

~~~

This will be the cutest thing you see all day.

~~~

Tried to keep up with the Olympics as much as possible considering that we were abroad, and rather loved the Closing Ceremony, because it was just fun. ♥ (Still wish I had the energy to write meta about the Opening, but alas. Although people should keep in mind that everything in the Opening Ceremony - trees and empire and fairy tales and magic etc etc - is all stuff that you need to keep in mind when watching DW. That's the stuff being referenced & drawn upon.)

Anyways, we've got tickets to the Paralympics (athletics!) so we'll get to see things for ourselves! \o/ (And we used to live in the East End when we were studying, and well remember the wasteland...)

~~~

Also I MADE A THING. It's a banner for Dating, as I began considering how ridiculously long it is, and that it deserved a banner. As my graphic skills are not so much, it's pretty basic, but I'm happy with it:



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ETA: This is why I love the internet. Apparently Mitt Romney released an advert where he used a whiteboard. There are already two Tumblrs devoted to making fun of this! \o/ \o/ \o/

One with writing and one with drawings. Hysterical and awesome!

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