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Well, it's that time of year again. Off on the holiday trail for a week. Past expeditions have been described as "Withnail & I without the witty dialogue", and who knows, we may hit those heady heights again. We shall see.

One disadvantage of the timing of this trip, venturing as we are to a neck of the woods deeply unlikely to be blessed with much in the way of 21st Century information technology, is that I'm not going to be able to take part in the no-doubt strenuous interwebz-based debates that will take place following the announcement of the actor playing the Twelfth Doctor this coming Sunday. The excitement, the angst, the cheers, the tears, the jeers, all will be denied to me. I will no doubt more than make up for this when I am back online a week or so from now. ;)

In the meantime, I will leave you with this, a pic from my last jaunt. It's a sheep, looking at me over Hadrian's Wall.

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Another one taken during my holidays in July this year. This one is basically testimony to my ability to be amazed by actually not-all-that-amazing things and to make up stories about things I'm unfamiliar with.

Apologies for the quality of the photos; they were taken through the windscreen of a car parked behind Carlisle Castle:

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Yeah, so basically the railway lines run not a stone's throw from the back wall of the castle. We were just getting ready to get out of the car and go and have a look at said castle when this train started rumbling past. It drew my attention because it had about three or four locomotives all coupled together at the front end to pull it and a lot - a lot - of these big boxy weird-looking carriages of a sort I didn't recognise. I don't know how many exactly, I lost count at about twenty, but it was more than that. So naturally, faced with something I couldn't identify off the top of my head (and bear in mind I know next to nothing about modern day rail transport), I said to my stalwart companions, "do you reckon they're full of nuclear waste or something?" Once said, of course, this could not be unsaid and it naturally became our favoured Fox Mulder-esque explanation for the whole troubling incident. So we took photos. You know, for evidence.

So when I got back to somewhere that had internet access, I of course set out to make it my business to discover the true, shocking nature of the mysterious train cars. And now, here for the the first time, I can reveal the Awful Truth...


The Truth - If You Can Handle It! )

So, er...mystery solved. You can stop laughing at me any time now.
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Another post of the What I Did On My Summer Holidays variety. Here's Hadrian's Wall, or what's left of it:

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Ramblings Ensue (in more ways than one)... )

Anyway, that's enough about that. ;)
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Well, I have returned and, to be honest, despite my dire expectations the weather last week in the vicinity of Penrith and Keswick was much better than we could have hoped for; grey but dry last Saturday, Sunday, Monday, admittedly peeing down on Tuesday, but really rather bright and sunny for the rest of the week (although on Thursday I was trudging along an extremely exposed ridge on the Cumbria-Northumbria border following a mostly-surviving section of Hadrian's Wall, which while sunny proved to be blimmin' cold too).

Anyway, sights were seen, ale was quaffed and photos were taken, so I reckon I'm counting that one as a result. To get back on-topic, anyway:

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Read All About the Violent and Interesting History of Pencils! )

I will just leave you with a book rec. I am currently reading State of Emergency by Dominic Sandbrook, a social and political history of Britain between 1970 and 1974. The author is perhaps a bit softer than I would like on the Conservative Party in general and on then-Education Secretary Margaret Thatcher in particular (but then again, looking at the newspapers he writes for as a day job, this might not be wholly surprising), but not to the point where I'd say it was a one-sided view of the period. The stuff about contemporary popular culture is pure gold, and very interesting for the Doctor Who fan. The chapter about the rise in popularity of environmentalism during the period is even entitled "The Green Death", and features a detailed analysis of said Who story and a couple of others in the context of the period. I haven't got to the chapter about what many people at the time called "women's lib" yet, but a quick flick forward reveals repeated mentions of Sarah Jane Smith in the first couple of pages. ;D Good stuff.
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Well, I'm off to the Lake District for a week's holiday - I'll be incommunicado for that time (and possibly under water depending on how the severe weather warnings pan out), so I'll leave you with this picture I took the last time I was up there, back in 2010. This is the very southern tip of Lake Windermere, and I don't know, I just like the view with the grey lake, the shadowy hills in the distance and the big sky with the looming clouds and so on. See you all when I get back, maybe with some new photos to share. :)

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Back in the summer of 2007, myself and a couple of like-minded associates, still flushed with the success of our epic daytrip to the Imperial War Museum site at Duxford the previous year (Liverpool to Cambridgeshire and back again in one day, by road - don't try it!) decided that the next obvious step was an expedition to Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset. It ended up being a week-long "experience", a sort of nightmarish, occasionally drunken, parody of the British holidaymaking paradigm. A bit like Withnail & I but without the sparkling dialogue. Or the cake. Or not one, but two Doctors.

I may (or may not) share some tales about it as I post about some of the photographs I took during this week (all I can say is, I hope you all like looking at tanks). For now, get a load of this, taken in the heart of the good old New Forest:




Read more... )
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"Thing" is probably a bit harsh, but anyway...

I know what it is to live in fear. I know what it is to live under the harsh iron jackboot of oppression, to be the servant - although "servant" implies free labour as opposed to possibly the more descriptive word which is slave - of a violent and capricious tyrant with a mile-wide streak of pure sadism running through her black heart. Although she is not above the most blatant emotional manipulation when that's what seems to be required to ensure my complete and unquestioning obedience to her Will...

What I'm trying to say is, I own, or more precisely am owned by, a representative of the species Felis catus.

And yet, I love her. ;)


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For [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook, we open with a picture of Rhuddlan Castle, in northeastern Wales, taken iirc sometime during the summer of 2010:




READ ON...! )
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Hello there. Just to say - I've finally decided on a subject for the 100 Things challenge I signed up to back in April, and plan to start posting very soon. After toying with a couple of ideas (I've got a couple of half-finished meta things about Doctor Who that I might post on here anyway if I ever complete them), I've decided to go with something a bit different.

100 Things I've Taken Photos Of...!

Because I recently sorted out a few years worth of photographs I've taken on various daytrips/escapades/one honest-to-gawd holiday going back to 2007, and I thought some of them might be interesting. Quite a lot from various (mainly military) museums and at least one zoo, as well as a couple of Welsh castles and bits of English and Welsh countryside. And I'll no doubt spin various personal anecdotes and/or witty, erudite (?!) yarns about the things in the pictures as and when seems appropriate.

So watch this space.
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Taken from my flist member [livejournal.com profile] clocketpatch:




{Take the 100 Things challenge!}


The originators of this meme state that they see it as a good way of encouraging livejournal users to improve the quantity and quality of their posting in response to a perceived drop-off in activity and interest. I couldn't agree more - it seems like an excellent undertaking. The idea is to commit to posting 100 lj posts (at your own pace), all on a single subject or theme (although I'm sure you can define your subjects/themes as broadly as you like). Click on the above banner for more info.

Anyway, having said it's an excellent idea, I'm now trying to think of a subject. I'm thinking that I'm going to post reviews/commentary/analysis etc on old Doctor Who stories (not necessarily, but mainly classic Who I'm thinking right now, but not whatever's showing right now), just because it's not something I've ever really done much on my journal apart from in response to memes etc. And I'm sure I've got lots of pretentious, beside-the-point and just plain strange thoughts, "insights" and ideas to offer. Could wander off-topic into posting about things that are almost like Doctor Who as and when the fancy takes me. Anyway, that's my thinking right now.

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