skylarking: (mr noisy)
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If the Lord of the Rings counts as one book it will be that. If not it's probably Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I have the hardback copy so is quite hard work.

The shortest was probably a children's book, the Mr Men stories perhaps.
skylarking: (john watson & his jumper of wonder)
Today has a strange vibe about it. Mercury must be retrograde or something.

~I arrived at work about 15 minutes earlier than I normal and I have no idea what I did differently.

~Conversation on the way to work:

Man with a large plastic bottle of what looked like cheap cider: Good morning

Me: Good morning


Me: That's nice, thank you.

MWALPBOWLLCC: Do you know why? *Dramatic pause* Because you don't wear make up. You don't have to.

Me: Aw thank you.

(I am actually wearing foundation but I didn't want to shatter his illusions.)

And it isn't even 9 o'clock yet. I'm not sure if I'm cogent enough to face whatever the day will bring.

Tea is required I think
skylarking: (freak out charlie)
Michael Vaughan was in the building today.

I would have been more excited if I followed cricket and knew who he is without having to Google him (he's an ex-cricket player apparently).

I only figured out that he was someone who is someone when a man came to my desk to ask if he could borrow a permanent marker so Michael Vaughan could sign a cricket bat. He said it in a way that suggested that I was supposed to be impressed and excited. I really wasn't. Having said that...I wonder if I could sell the pen on Ebay: "Michael Vaughan used this"; someone somewhere might care.

(I'm going to omit the rant about how it would be useful if I was actually told that an important person, a camera crew and a photographer were going to be in the building so when the camera crew and photographer arrive I can tell them where they need to be and not sit looking like a total moose who has no idea what's happening.)

I've finally worked out which song Jennifer Lopez's song On the Floor has ripped off sounds like. It's The Lambada.

I recognized the tune but could only remember a snippet of the songs video where a woman with a short yellow skirt on was twizzling around. You can't really Google 'song with a video where a woman in a short yellow skirt is spinning around'; well you can but you don't get any helpful results.

Thinking that new songs sound just like old songs is either a sign of getting old or a sign that people don’t bother with original ideas any more. I think both might be true in this case.
skylarking: (sue kitty cat)
The new Bruno Mars song, The Lazy Song was on the radio yesterday and prompted a conversation in the office about the vagaries of censorship.

There's a line in the song where he says that he is going to sit watching TV with his hand down his pants and the word 'pants' had been muted out. Later in the song there's a line that goes, "find a really nice girl, have some really nice sex" and the word sex was left in. How does that work then? The word pants is worse than the word sex and of the two words pants has to be removed to protect the masses (and the children of course, won't someone think of the children!)? Maybe because the having his hands down his pants line alluded to masturbation. So suggesting masturbation is worse than directly mentioning sex?

I don't understand the logic. Neither did anyone else in the office.

Things I have seen that have amused me
A lady on the training course I was on this morning had an Elvis Presley glasses case. I think I might like an Elvis Presley glasses case. Elvis during the early blue jeans, leather jacket, jailhouse rock years not the sequined jumpsuit, deep fired peanut butter and banana sandwiches years Elvis. Mercy!
skylarking: (sherlock wall)
I've booked onto a self employment workshop as part of the package offered by HR as part of the 'We are making you redundant so we're offering you some training' extravaganza.

They've sent me some pre-course information that includes an 'About Me' ticky list and you are only supposed to tick the ones that I'm sure about. I think self employment might not be the way for me to go, the ticky list includes things like 'I know the risks', 'I am ready to put in 7 days a week', 'I can make careful decisions', and 'I am self-disciplined and I do not let things drift'. . Hmmm.

Thing I have learnt
The song Volare, sung by the likes of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, was originally a Eurovision song contest entry for Italy in the 1958 competition. It came third


May. 17th, 2011 03:08 pm
skylarking: (swedish Chef)
I was tagged by [ profile] beebarf

The Rules:

1. People who have been tagged must write the answers on their blog and replace any question they dislike with a new, original question.
2. Tag six people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

Oh, now don't tell me what I can't do. it's tempting to not tag anyone just to be churlish. But okay...I tag:
[ profile] azur_infinie
[ profile] indigo_blind
[ profile] silverweave
[ profile] glorfinniel
[ profile] theshapeshifter

01. Make a list of 5 things you can see without getting up.
Cup of tea, monitor, the top of a plant, a window
Snip )
skylarking: (can't brain)
Today is not a good day for my brain. I just tried to spell immensely with an E. Twice.

I have mostly been doing a Coursework Box Re-Shuffle. Which is a lot like a cabinet reshuffle but with less Eaton educated white middle class men and more boxes full of marked essays; and women. Ha! A little bit of politics there!

Speaking of a little bit of politics, a park in London has started charging people to take their children there. There are times that I despair of my country. Then I swear a lot.

It is Friday though, and this is a good thing
skylarking: (mrs doyle)
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Maybe Pretty in Pink - but only if they changed the so that Andi ends up with Duckie.
skylarking: (dalek)
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Well if I could have a space ship then the answer is obvious: I'd have a Tardis. As for why, why wouldn't you have a Tardis - with a Tardis you could see the whole of time and space.

I'd like to see dinosaurs first, then maybe go to somewhere in the future to where medical science has advanced enough to fix my rubbish eyesight...

Fear me

May. 6th, 2011 11:33 am
skylarking: (dalek)
I've just had a thought.

When I'm at work and I'm looking at my computer or looking down to write I often see people walking past the desk in my peripheral vision. Sometimes I think I see someone waiting at the desk and I look up to talk to them but there's no one there. I've just realised: There was someone there but I just can't remember seeing them. It was The Silence!!!

I must have killed loads of them on sight then forgotten all about it. That must mean I'm actually a total badass. Who'da thunk?

Oh sh!t

May. 4th, 2011 02:01 pm
skylarking: (omgwtf scream)
I've just written a letter to a student with the same birthday as me; except he is 15 years younger.

That means I'm old enough to be his mother.

Hold me :P

Happy PJs

May. 3rd, 2011 10:57 am
skylarking: (err and arr)
I had a very jolly long weekend. Long weekends are brilliant and should happen more often. I didn't watch the Royal Wedding live but I did watch the highlights on catch up. My favourite bit was the little bridesmaid who stood on the balcony scowling with her hands over her ears because she didn't like the noise.

I went for a walk along the Sheffield Round Walk on Sunday (the map in the booklet is fairy crap but never mind). While I was tramping though the Fulwood part of town I came across Mayfield Alpaca Farm. It had a tea shop so I had to go in to investigate. I'll go anywhere that has a tea shop. It was really sweet. There were chickens, geese, dogs and cats running around, and as I sat in the tea room stoking the farm cats a lady rode past the window on a horse. I want to live there.

It probably isn't as lovely and idyllic as it seems. It's probably very hard work, the owners probably never get a day off and I'll bet its cold in the winter but it seemed pretty bloody good while I was there.

The only unfortunate thing about the day is that I managed to trip over the ground and hurt my arm. The path I was walking on changed from grass to concrete and when misjudged how high I needed to step up to get from one to the other and tripped over and landed in an undignified sprawl on my arm. It was a special moment.

Quote of the day
Hope is the gay skylarking pyjamas we wear over yesterday's bruises ~
De Casseres

I love the idea of gay skylarking pyjamas. I want a pair. They would be the most fabulous pyjamas in the world.
skylarking: (bookstore)
~ Do you know what I don't get? Kindles. Why would you spend £100 on something that is essentially a book when you can buy a novel from a charity shop for 50p? Books don't need batteries and you can drop them on the floor and accidently drip tea on them without worrying too much. Also, to quote Giles, computers don't smell.

I'm a grumpy old woman. But that's okay; I think being a grumpy old woman is the new being a bright young thing

~ I have a Yahoo email account that is 14 years old. My email address is old enough to be choosing its GCSE options. Bloody hell!

Thing I have learnt
The collective noun for a group of larks is an exaltation.

Words my mobile phone doesn't have

Quote of the day
Never read a book through merely because you have begun it.
~ John Witherspoon

Stephenie Meyer, I am looking at you. Or, to be precise, I am not looking at New Moon.
skylarking: (brown dog)
I've just stirred my coffee with a biro, is that gross?

My postal voting stuff arrived yesterday. That means I have to decide how I'm going to vote in the election and also for AV. I looked at the voting for the local election and thought, "I don't think I want to vote for any of those buggers."

I received some election bumf from the Lib Dems through the post the other day and their campaign strategy is very interesting. The letter was in a hand written in biro on a plain blue envelope and the letter inside was a copy of a hand written note. "Dear Friend", it started, "I have lived in this area for many years and have been touched by the kind welcome of all the local people, blah blah, working for the community, blah blah…against the cuts, blah blah" it didn't even mention that it was anything to do with a political party until half way down the letter and I had to read it twice to see which party it was from. No logos, no pictures, no mention of Nick Clegg…

Funny. The local Lib Dem candidate is trying very hard to promote himself as friendly neighbourhood councillor who doesn't reeeeeeally have anything to do with the rest of his party.

I'm still not going to vote for you pal.

Thing I have learnt
Today is the Queen's birthday, she's 85. Her real birthday not her Official birthday, which will be on 11 June this year.

The reason the Queen has two birthdays is because on the monarch's birthday they Troop the Colour. The Queen's father's birthday was in December and he decided that the weather in December wasn't good for Colour Trooping (sensible chap) so he arrange an official birthday for when the sun would be shining.

And, I think, because it would mean he could have two birthday cakes.
skylarking: (hyperbole)
Line from my current Mills & Boon book:
"The moment was molten."
Heh! Love it

I watched a More 4 documentary called Guilty Pleasures on Catch Up last night. It was great, it followed lady in Japan, one in India and another in England who were huge Mills & Boon fans, a male model who poses for the pictures on the front covers and an author called Gill Sanders. I was a bit worried at first that I had read a Gill Sanders book because it turned out the Gill was actually an old bloke called Roger. It transpired that Roger writes medical romances though and I don't read them, the medical ones have never really done anything for me.

The documentary followed Roger to the Romantic Novelists Association annual conference and I really want to go to one! It was full of bolshie, randy older ladies, it would be an absolute hoot.
skylarking: (gotta dance! hsm)
I watched a programme about the UK's Eurovision song on Saturday. It was really an excuse for an hour long show that took the Mickey out of people wearing ridiculous costumes and singing terrible songs. That's what Eurovision is all about for me so I enjoyed it.

Blue have reformed to sing the UK's entry this year and it's actually not too bad. It isn't really "good" by conventional standards, but it's pretty good Eurovision song. It has a catchy chorus and a big finish and it miles better than the song Pete Waterman wrote last year (to be fair, last year's song was so God awful that you would be hard pressed to find a worse one, although this is Eurovision, so anything is possible.)

The song was written by one of the Bee Gees, the skinny one with the little round glasses. They should get beloved song writings to do the Eurovision song, Gary Barlow or Paul McCartney or Elton John. Can you imagine how camp a Eurovision song by Elton John would be?

We might actually get some points this year. The UK won't win, obviously, because the rest of Europe a) hates us and b) votes for their neighbours but I think we have a good chance of avoiding getting Nil Points. I'm pleased, watching last years effort was embarrassing.

I Can - cue power grip and edgy boyband stance

(Does embedding a video occasionally not work for anyone or is it just me?)
skylarking: (ewan nom)
Dear People of the Internet
Light grey text on a white background is not a good look.
Please stop.

I have a catastrophe of galactic proportions. Someone in my office went to America on holiday last week and brought some chocolates back with her for everyone, which is great. But she's brought back Reeces peanut butter cup things. I HATE peanut butter. It tastes like evil. So there's chocolate here that I can't eat. I thought it was bad yesterday when I ran out of tea bags :(

The opposite of a catastrophe of galactic proportions is all the various Doctor Who preview videos that have been popping up and Peter Jackson's video blog from the set of The Hobbit. Watching them makes me do seal noises and silly clappy hand things.
skylarking: (bookstore)
Apparently the new thing in romance novels is steampunk romances.

Want. Want want WANT! A Steampunk Mills and Boon would be a beautiful thing.

Also, The trailer for Daniel Radcliffe's new film has been released. Is it wrong that I watched it going, "Oooh! Daniel Radcliffe in period costume"?


Apr. 11th, 2011 03:36 pm
skylarking: (can't brain)
During the night someone removed the right side of my brain and replaced it with cement. It's an interesting but unwelcome sensation.

I'm thinking about getting a tumblr account, I don't really know what I'd do with it but tumblr is shiny.

And now a bad pun:
The Grim Reaper came for me last night, and I beat him off with a vacuum cleaner. Talk about Dyson with death.
*Bah dum tish*
skylarking: (can't brain)
I took an anti-histamine this morning for my hay fever and I feel all looooopy now.

I think the problem is that I took one yesterday as well; they're not too bad if I take the one every now and then but if I have a them several days in a row there's a build up and I turn into a space cadet.

I hope no one asks me anything complicated, or expects me to be coherent, or efficient, or awake.

And the best part is that I haven't stopped sneezing.

More radio based office hilarity:
*Beyonce's Single Ladies is playing*
Cathy: Is she saying "All my cigarettes?"