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Here We Go Round - Allan, Mabel Esther
Judith Teaches - Allan, Mabel Esther
According to Queeney - Bainbridge, Beryl
Happy Valley - Best, Nicholas
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend - Blvald, Katarina
After You With the Pistol - Bonfiglioli, Kyril
Kick: The True Story - Byrne, Paula
The Shooting Party - Colegate, Isabel
Little Beach Street Bakery - Colgan, Jenny
Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams - Colgan, Jenny
Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe - Colgan, Jenny
Operation Sunshine - Colgan, Jenny
The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris - Colgan, Jenny
Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe - Colgan, Jenny
Easily Distracted - Coogan, Steve
Apassionata - Cooper, Jilly
The Holiday - Crompton, Richmal
The Fishing Fleet: Husband-hunting in the Raj - De Courcy, Anne
The Peppered Moth - Drabble, Margaret
The Native Heath - Fair, Elizabeth
Seaview House - Fair, Elizabeth
The Mingham Air - Fair, Elizabeth
Landscape in Sunlight - Fair, Elizabeth
Bramton Wick - Fair, Elizabeth
A Winter Away - Fair, Elizabeth
The Dancing Bear - Faviell, Frances
A Harp in Lowndes Square - Ferguson, Rachel
The Princess Diarist - Fisher, Carrie
Offshore - Fitzgerald, Penelope
Love Plus One - Friday, PA
The Durrells of Corfu - Haag, Michael
Operation Tabarin - Haddelsey, Stephen & Carroll, Alan
To the Poles Without a Beard - Hartley, Catharine
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Honeyman, Gail
Something in Disguise - Howard, Elizabeth Jane
The Uninvited Guests - Jones, Sadie
Fear of Dying - Jong, Erica
Swimming - Keegan, Nicola
Diplomatic Baggage - Keenan, Brigid
My Not So Perfect Life - Kinsella, Sophie
The Nanny Returns - Kraus, Nicole & McLaughlin, Emma
Dedication - Kraus, Nicole & McLaughlin, Emma
West with the Night - Markham, Beryl
No Wonder I Take a Drink - Marney, Laura
Begin Again - Orange, Ursula
Tom Tiddler's Ground - Orange, Ursula
Travelling to Work 1988-98 - Palin, Michael
Sleeping Tiger - Pilcher, Rosamunde
Another View - Pilcher, Rosamunde
Anatomy of a Misfit - Portes, Andrea
Bonkers - Saunders, Jennifer
Britannia Mews - Sharp, Margery
Forever Geek - Smale, Holly
Mr Rosenbaum's List - Solomons, Natasha
And the Rest is History - Taylor, Jodi
Balancing Act - Trollope, Joanna
If You Ask Me - White, Betty

Books March to June. )
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When I shaved my head for the first time I noticed how much hair doesn't grow uniformly, with little bits poking out here and there. So I am not surprised that this holds true for hair on my body, but I am somewhat bemused that the hair on my crotch is inching its way slowly down my thigh... but only on one side. Encroachng hirsuitness - fine. Asymmetry - really irritating.
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THIS SOUNDS AMAZINGLY DREADFUL AND I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE IT:

Free Rein
A coming-of-age story about an American teenager, Zoe, and her summer of intrigue in the English countryside. During her stay at Bright Field Stables, 15-year-old Zoe's life changes forever when she meets the mysterious horse Raven, whose friendship gives Zoe the strength to deal with issues and explore new relationships. Faced with personal and physical challenges at every turn, Zoe's inspirational journey will show audiences that life is all about failing - and learning to pick yourself up again.

Teenagers! Americans discovering England! A possibly magic horse!!!!

Also, "summer of intrigue in the English countryside" = Midsomer Murders cross-over, surely?
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Stewart Lee sent out an email urging people not to vote Tory (though if anyone was preaching to the converted...), and then immediately followed it up with the same email as written by Pliny, a character from This Morning With Richard, Not Judy and it has made me swell with such happy mid-90s nostalgia.

I have just finished the third volume of Michael Palin's diaries (and realise I haven't done a book post for months). These cover 88-98, and the regular recording of the IRA bombs, especially in London, was very striking. I'd read the first volume a while ago, but skipped the second (not deliberately, I just found v3 on a library sale shelf so got that) and now very much want to get back to that.
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I am in Maputo and it os gorgeous and Natatlie and I jad FOUR bottles ofngoreen win e and we have been taling and I miss it so pmh and it's so vood.
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I don't think I'm leaving livejournal, just backing things up and probably crossposting at dreamwidth. But one thing is that I havent' read dw properly in the past because there was too much duplication with my flist. So if you could fill in this poll that would be very helpful:

[Poll #2066181]

I will probably start off in the category of "both, but lj preferred", and see how that goes.

My plan is that I will take people off my flist here, and move them to my dreamwidth list, but people who are staying or mostly staying at lj I won't add to my reading list at dw. So no-one will be left out, and I'll have different things to read in each place, and won't worry about what to do with my journal yet. Probably enable comments at both places and see how that works out.
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Hello, I'm trying to sort out things between here and lj, so if you could possibly click through to the poll below and let me know where to find you/which platform you want me to read your journal on, that would be very helpful indeed.

http://slemslempike.livejournal.com/832835.html

ETA: Felinitykat points out that people who have already deleted their journals on lj won't be able to take part, so if you can comment here if you want me to read you here on dw, that will work too!
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This article about Liam Fox, sorry, disgraced-former-cabinet-minister-and-curent-minister-Liam-Fox, coupled with the coverage of Tobias Ellwood helping at the stabbing at Westminster a few weeks ago, was making me wonder if Tory ministers are now initiating crises so that they can intervene and get better press, but then I remebered that the Conservative party has so little shame that they wouldn't see "appearing human" as worth their while.

Yesterday I bought a Duplo cargo plane for £3 in a charity shop. I cannot decide whether to give it to my nephew for his birthday or keep it with the toys at my parents' house where I'd be able to play with it more often.
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Well, of course they don't, that's why they're asking the questions. However, questions I was recently asked about how much they were "me" were so deeply not "me" that it made me laugh out loud in the office (where I should really be better at pretending that I haven't just given up on everything).

I rarely hold a grudge, even against people who have badly wronged me.

My attitude toward people who have treated me badly is “forgive and forget.”

If I want something from someone, I will laugh at that person’s worst jokes.

How likely are you to eat less than you want?


NOT LIKE ME AT ALL
EXTREMELY UNLIKELY

COULD NOT BE LESS LIKE ME IF IT TRIED
NO, EVEN MORE UNLIKELY THAN THAT

In addition to being barred from interesting research assignments for being variously too sober, insufficiently bisexual and encumbered with metal, I was recently unable to apply for a mystery shopping assignment because my boobs are too big. And this is an example of a grudge I will be holding for some time.
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Last night I dreamt that the Antarctica people had emailed me (in real life no news) and said that they would shortlist me on the proviso that I could show them some of my poetry that I'd apparently talked about in my application form. I tried to get away with giving them a short story I'd written when I was thirteen, but that wasn't recent enough.

Also last night I used hair removal cream on my bikini line (as I found some when I was going through a box to see what to pack and what to throw/donate and thought "ooh, I'll be doing some swimming when I'm back in Southampton, I could use this to get rid of what someone on Mumsnet amused me by calling "knicker spiders""), got slightly too enthusiastic and had to sleep with a hefty helping of savlon covering my anus as it was rather sore.
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Today I had a turkey be good to yourself ready meal thing from Sainsburys for lunch. I bought it in a fit of virtue (about healthier eating, natch, not spending), but have been rewarded with VILE SWEETCORN. I swear, when I saw it ont he shelf it didn't have any! It was just cabbage, mash, and then turkey in a brownish sauce with cheese on top. When I took it out of the microwave the cheese had MELTED and the sauce had SPREAD, revealing the dark (well, bright yellow) secret within. I tried to eat around it but you can't, you can't eat around sweetcorn, it gets everywhere and ruins every mouthful. Sadness.

I have been looking at research trials and focus groups that you get paid to take part in. I was startled to see one looking for heavy drinkers to be INJECTED WITH KETAMINE. Sadly I was not eligible to even sign up for that one - else I probably would have done just to see what it's like. I did sign up for one that was about looking at nudes on a computer in a lab, but they screened me out (just after asking me how many male partners and how many female partners I'd had, so I feel judged AGAIN for being insufficiently bisexual). So I had to look at nudes by mself without the legitimisation of research. I then found one that was about depression, and wanted to give people an MRI if they would refrain from strenuous exercise for 72 hours beforehand. I have spent my LIFE refraining from strenuous exercise! Surely this was for me! Alas, they couldn't take me because I have a copper coil and therefore they wouldn't put me in the machine. (I am a bit sceptical about this, surely they MRI people with coils all the time, but I suppose this one doesn't have any therapeutic value so I can see they might be more stringent.) PAH.
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I was already in a slightly manic moodswing about my future between fear and anxiety and hope and glee, and now I have to factor in moving back to Scotland to establish residency and voting rights for the next referendum.

(Well, probably. I mean, Sturgeon has called *for* a referendum, not called a referendum. And although May can't realistically/sensibly rule it out altogether, she could probably do some pushback on dates that could mean the SNP think it's better to wait. AND it has to get through the Scottish parliament where they don't have a majority (though with Greens and independent, is it overall for independence? Anyway. Exciting times.)
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Mount - Cooper, Jilly
Am I Normal Yet? - Bourne, Holly
The Pigeon Tunnel - Le Carre, John
Town in Bloom - Smith, Dodie
Emily - Cooper, Jilly
Blindfold - Wentworth, Patricia
Whats a Girl Gotta Do - Bourne, Holly
Truly Madly Guilty - Moriarty, Liane
August is a Wicked Month - O'Brien, Edna
American Housewife - Ellis, Helen
A Change of Heir - Innes, Michael
The Day of the Storm - Pilcher, Rosamunde
A Tale of Two Families - Smith, Dodie
Mistletoe and Murder - Stevens, Robin
Outrageous Fortune - Wentworth, Patricia
The Hope Family Calendar - Gayle, Mike
Wishful Drinking - Fisher, Carrie
Something Light - Sharp, Margery
The Flowering Thorn - Sharp, Margery

February Books. )
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On holiday I spent an annoying amount of time feeling sad because I might want a relationship and don't think that it is likely to happen, but just now I read about Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry splitting up and felt genuinely uplifted because it is nice he's single, so I wouldn't say I was entirely unoptomistic about my desirability. Delusional, yes.
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Found on the back of a packet of Frozen themed crisps of indeterminate flavour (picture suggests pasta and salami?):

20170304_175039

Does the QR code lead to Goatse?
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Recently (ish) I learnt that dutch cap and diaphragms are different things, not just a slang term for the proper name. Last year, through [livejournal.com profile] irrrtum, I learnt that foetuses don't live inside the placenta.

This musing brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte linking to the European contraception map, and noticing that they don't have information for caps or diaphragms, despite listing all the different kinds of pills, and indeed "lactational amenorrhea method", which has a super graphic: http://www.contraceptioninfo.eu/node/21. (Also fond of the two cycle-montitoring ones which are just a pair of pants.) They list "modern methods", so perhaps it's just that they're considered hopelessly retro nowadays. I have emailed the address on the site to ask, though it's just a general secretariat one so I can't imagine it will be a swift response, if at all.

I was surprised that Iceland was so low, and in fact that the UK, with free access to contraception for everyone, wasn't at the top, though I suppose I'm not very aware of how good/easily accessibly information about contraception is beyond the NHS.

Ah, apparently it's because we have an integrated website, not a standalone website - and although I've read (skimmed) their methodology document, I don't really understand why that's necessarily better. I think the fact you can easily find information about contraception on the general NHS pages is a good thing, rather than segregating it. Oh, and also that you can't get the pill without a prescription, which I would like to think more about because on the one hand its side effects might mean a doctor's knowledge is helpful, but on the other hand that is saying that women (and some others) need permission from a doctor (and the PATRIARCHY, am I right?) to manage their own bodies, and given that minoritised/vulnerable groups of people are more likely to be gatekept from medical needs, perhaps it would be better not to have that. ANYWAY.
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Sofie Hagen, a comedian I like a lot, revealed on her newsletter that she is Team Fitz on Scandal. It never occured to me that ANYONE could be on team Fitz, let alone someone who is a great intersectional feminist, and a very funny woman. My world is shaken.

What sites can I read now there's no The Toast? I am also sad that Nicole and Mallory don't have twitter any more. I generally read Ask a Manager, the Billfold, bits of Mumsnet, and Buzzfeed. I don't much like Captain Awkward any more. Generally a little bit of sage advice and thoughfulness is okay, but generally I am mostly interested in funny, silly things.
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One of my first acts upon becoming a dictator will be to make it compulsory that all online property listings must come with a floorplan.

Yesterday was a good shoe day. After collecting my Mongolian visa (hurrah) I found that it was very close to lots of outdoor type shops, so went to look at snowboots. After resigning myself to paying £100+ for something that would actually keep me warm I finally found Columbia, where they were having a small sale, and I found a pair of nice mid-boots that are perfect. Still £60, but they come off pretty well in online reviews, look not too much like work boots so I could conceivably wear them in a professional manner should that ever be necessary, and are certified (whatever that really means) to -32 degree celsius. These are they, but in a grey colour.

On the other end of the spectrum, I bought another pair of Ipanemas in TK Maxx, which will be of no use whatsoever in Mongolia, but I plan to be in Mozambique for a few months from May. And oh my goodness I've just found that the Ipanema UK website is having a sale and there are SO MANY beautiful flip flops I could have. These are the ones I bought (blue and gold if the link doesn't go to the right colour), but look: ombre, minimalist, and WINGS! And they have an ethics tab on their site which makes me feel good about my capitalist ways.
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A Chelsea Concerto Faviell, Frances
You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams Cumming, Alan
Why Not Me Kaling, Mindy
The Three Body Problem Liu, Cixin
Women of the Aftermath Smith, Helen Zenna
What Would Beyonce Do Omielan, Luisa
Notes to my Mother-in-Law & How Many Camels are there in Holland? Law, Phyllida
The Honourable Schoolboy Le Carre, John
Choristers' Cake Mayne, William
Cathedral Wednesday Mayne, William
Words and Music Mayne, William
Juniors of the Chalet School Bruce, Katherine
Smiley's People Le Carre, John
Augustus Carp Esq, by himself Bashford, Henry Howarth
We Need New Names Bulawayo, NoViolet

January Books. )
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I had a DELIGHTFUL night last night with [livejournal.com profile] tiniago. We met up years ago when I used to come down to London regularly to museums and theatre, and since I moved back have been playing an excellent game of "leave several weeks between responses so that the plans originally mooted are out of date", which I think we shall call a draw as we were both very committed to it before cracking and making yer actual arrangement.

We went to a life drawing class at a gallery in Haggerston. I could have done with a chair. )

Check out my nudes! )

After our escape at the break we boarded a bus to ToCoRo and went to Flatiron, where I had AMAZING steak. [livejournal.com profile] tiniago urged me to get the chips, saying they were great, but I wasn't feeling that hungry. Then she offered me one of hers, and it was clear I had made a dreadful mistake, as they were DELICIOUS and I ate the vast majority of what was in her serving, which is terrible manners about sharing food (that wasn't even supposed to be shared) but there was no helping it. Here is a picture of my steak with the brilliant knife we got to use.

steak

The man next to us had a large bone on his plate, so I don't know if there was a special offer for him, or if he had that particular cut, but the main menu is, in its entirety "steak, £10". Then there are sides you can add on, a single dessert, and what looked like some nice drinks. I plan to queue there to eat at every conceivable opportunity for the rest of my life.

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