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The phrase "UK PLC". At first I thought it was a way of moaning about the way the country is run like a business instead of a country (sort of like people saying Bliar instead of Blair), and then I got the impression that UK PLC was an actual thing, like the business arm of the UK, and now I am just confused. It's not a real thing, is it? Googling says that UK PLC is a company that specialises in web domains. I would like to know what people mean when they say it, and also the sort of people that do say it so I can form ill-judged opinions more readily.


Dec. 12th, 2010 06:11 pm
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I can't remember who it was, but recently I assumed someone was into the Mitfords, and it turned out that they weren't at all. I have to learn not to assume that people I like also like the things I like. I only do it with things I think are widespread anyway - I don't automatically think that people will like either Keira Knightley OR Peter Deluise, much as they should.

Anyway - to ease my troubled mind, do YOU like the Mitfords?


Aug. 25th, 2010 11:13 am
slemslempike: (girlsown: end of term)
I found a piece of a quiz thing I was going to do a while ago in honour of [ profile] alltheleaves, and then completely forgot about. Better late than never, eh? And hopefully it might entertain some people. Or at the very least, me, as I like comments but can't be bothered to earn them right now. Answer as many or as few questions as you choose in preferably more than one word where applicable.

Which school do Pat and Isobel O'Sullivan attend? (correct spelling please!)

What are the middle names of the Maynard triplets?

Joey Maynard produces triplets and two sets of twins over about a decade. Rosamund Kentisbury produces two sets of twins within one year. Which is the greater achievement?

You awake to find yourself in bed surrounded by incredibly posh women in country dancing frocks. Apparently you have had the temerity to be injured by some psychopathic twins, and now as a penance you are expected to stay in some sort of ruins and work unpaid.
a) How were you injured?
b) How will you escape your fate? Please pay particular attention to the correct use of gentlemen's titles.

Nicola and Lawrie Marlow are identical twins. You have captured one of them but can't work out which. What are some tests you might set to discover their identity?

What is the best ever set of twins you have ever encountered in fiction?

What is the worst ever set of twins you have ever encountered in fiction?

Which twin set would you most like to be one of?
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Could someone please explain to me the difference between colleges and universities in Canada? I am under the impression that colleges are more vocational and universities are more academic in focus. Can you get degrees from colleges, or is it different qualifications altogether? This is just for a footnote, so I do not need too much detail, but I am befuddled by what I find on google.
slemslempike: (snooker: maguire's face)
39 people answered the quiz, of whom 6 were American. Other nationalities were British (most people), Irish, Australian and New Zealand. Not enough for proper statistics, but I've put in the numbers of people getting each question right.

Book Lovers Triv answers. )

So, the conclusion is that it is VERY HARD even if you are American, and we can all stop feeling bad about our lack of knowledge and BLAME THE GAME. Ordinarily I would never criticise Triv, but in this case it seems justified. The Farley Mowatt and Pearl Buck questions were the ones where there was the clearest connection between knowing the answer and being American.

Joint winners, with 7 points each, are [ profile] oursin and [ profile] ramblingfancy. Well done!

I won't put names for the rest of them, as people expressed embarrassment in the previous post (you shouldn't! it was really hard!) but here are the scores, so you can check out what you got and place yourselves.

6 (two people)
5 (four people)
4 (five people)
3 (eight people)
2 (nine people)
1 (eight people)
0 (one person)

(but really, this person should get a recognition for taking part, instead of all the people who shirked the challenge because they thought they wouldn't get anything right.)

So feel free to come and claim your rank in comments, though I do have the spreadsheet open so if anyone gets TOO creative with their claims I may raise a private eyebrow. I didn't fill in the poll, but I got three, though I might have been able to think of The Stone Diaries at a push.
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One of the versions of Trivial Pursuit that I own is the "Book Lovers" game, which is American, and very very difficult. I am not sure whether it's difficult because I am not American, or whether it's really rather tough. I mentioned this to [ profile] zoje_george, and she said I should post some questions, so I have. There are the questions from two cards (grammar is all Triv's). The first card I pulled out was actually comparatively easy from my point of view, but I thought it would be cheating to change it, so I didn't. The second card is much more like the general level of questions.

CH: Children's
CL: Classics
NF: Non-fiction
BC: Book Club
AU: Authors
BB: Book Bag

[Poll #1517185]
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I have questions I have been idly pondering for a little while. I haven't really tried to research them, I'm sorry. Think of it as a quiz! Or ignore me and I will eventually find some bothered to be and hie me to google. Or post in the book-finding comms, but for now, some specifics and some vagues:

Which YA book is it where the character goes to a museum and sees a sign for "the most dangerous animal in the world" and is scared to look behind it, but then it turns out to be humans? I think maybe a BSC book? Or the Paula Danziger one where Matthew Martin's class has a sleepover in a museum?

Has anyone read a children's book where they are trying to think of a name for their school, and the character wants it to be a suffragette she's done research on, and the school governors think that her militancy means she shouldn't?

What is a computer game from the early nineties or before, that I think wasn't on a PC though I can't remember what system it was on, where you might have been going around an Aztec place and there were puzzles sometimes?

What is a compter game that I'm fairly sure was on a PC, that I played in the early/mid nineties, where everything was ice, and there were blocks of mazes you had to get through to get to the different levels, and sometimes there was a boat? It turns out that this is "Arctic Adventure", from apogee, and I have now downloaded it and DOSBox, and it is GREAT. It is everything I remembered.

Windows 7

Nov. 30th, 2009 05:22 pm
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I'm thinking of getting Windows 7. Anyone know whether I'd be better with "home premium" or "professional"? They're the same price with the student offer. I'm not bothered about having to do a clean install.

I am very much looking forward to hearing David Mitchell sing.


Sep. 22nd, 2009 08:06 pm
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You know catechism? Is that a current thing for Christians, the question and answer things? If it's not a current thing, when did it stop?

(Have been reading The Best of Myles and the cliche catechism made me wonder.)


Sep. 4th, 2009 11:56 am
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I am trying to book flights to the US for after Christmas - London- Dallas, Chicago-Manchester (or London if it's a ridiculous request). I'm checking Travelocity, Expedia, STA and BA. Anywhere else I should be looking?

Thank you very much! I went with travelocity in the end, because I started to develop a conviction that by the time I'd checked everywhere the flights I wanted would be sold out. I had also tried the student travel agent on campus, but they offered me two non-direct flights for about £50 more than I eventually booked three direct flights (with no nasty early morning starts) for.

39 Steps

Mar. 9th, 2009 08:35 pm
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Has anyone seen The 39 Steps, as in the play that's 4 actors playing 150 roles and was best comedy? If so, how much of it is dependent on having seen the film? I actually haven't read the book either, but could do so in time.


Feb. 18th, 2009 05:55 pm
slemslempike: (girlsown: seven sisters)
1) Hilary McKay (who wrote The Exiles and Casson family books) is bringing out a sequel to The Little Princess. I am...interested, is probably the word. I am not generally convinced by sequels to classics, and I am very disappointed that it's not either another Casson book, or some new original fiction. (And now I've found her website, where she states very firmly that there will not be any more Casson or Exiles books, which is very sad. She doesn't rule out a Casson prequel, but that is Not The Same Thing.) But it is better than nothing, and if someone had to write a sequel to The Little Princess, I am quite pleased that it's Hilary McKay. And, having read the Amazon description, it is esentially going to be a school story, so that's ACE.

2) We came second in our pub quiz again yesterday, after a three week hiatus. This was good because it was the largest amount of teams they've had in ages (second prize was £40, and there've been weeks where first place only got you £30), and also much more difficult than usual. The logic/lateral thing we found particularly hard. (For those who wish to prove me wrong with their braininess - find the next number in this sequence: 2, 6, 8, 5, 7, 1, 4, 4, ?)

3) Rose Casson has a blog!

4) So far today people have associated me with boots-not-shoes, long hair, piercings, Santa Cruz, gay cop lovers, quizzes, the female body, teaching, trainers, and making people laugh.

5) I am tickled by the icons people have made of my interests drawings.
slemslempike: (x: Red Flag)
When you go for a smear test (or similar), are there stirrups?

I've usually heard Americans talking about stirrups for such incidents, while I'm under the impression that I've only heard British women refer to them for ante-natal use. When I go, I just have to do that frogs' legs thing (which is awkward if the table is against the wall on one side).

I was watching Jo Brand on Live at the Apollo, and she talked about stirrups as if they would of course be used for a smear. Have I just always had lo-tech medical care? I don't feel like I have had a particularly sheltered outlook, at least four medical professionals have investigated my nethers.
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I have been trying to remember where I found the link to this story for ages, and in the absence of any sort of inspiration whatsoever, I thought I would ask if anyone can help.

It's a back-in-England Narnia story where cut for people who like their childhood memories rather less tragic. )

The Radio Times website says that it was the Buzzcocks I saw being recorded tonight, but I haven't watched it because I was at home with my mamma who I didn't think would like it very much at all.

I have a cough. This is not good. I don't want to be ill on the weekend - still less do I want to disturb other people's sleep when I myself make such a babyish fuss about noise.
slemslempike: (x: underwater penguin)
I just took a survey that asked me whether I was married/co-habiting, divorced/separated, or PRE-MARRIAGE. For fuck's sake.

I also got pissed off (this is a HILARIOUS pun that won't become apparent until a later paragraph) with a question I had to answer this morning about whether or not I had used a condom the last time I had sex. There was not a box for "there really wasn't anywhere to put it", so I ticked no and then pointed out to the person that the question was distinctly lacking. And now I think I should have left it blank, because I suspect that it's going to get used to say "omg these stupid women don't even use contraception". Anyway.

These questions were on a form to get tested for Chlamydia. I went because I was attracted by the word "free", by the fact that it was the only non-sporting activity in the graduate email, and really it's better to know. Also I am a bit of a hypochondriac, and sometimes think that I have Munchausen's syndrome. I had an AIDS test a few years ago because it was free. It was a scraper thing in your cheek.

It was only when I got to the graduate common room today that I realised that I didn't actually know how they tested for chlamydia, but it turned out to be urine, and may I just say that I absolutely aced the weeing into the tube thing. She said half full, and half full it duly was. They are going to send me a letter to tell me if I have it. I also got a badge with an elephant and "don't forget" on it, but it doesn't really say what it is that you shouldn't forget. I don't think that it's particularly effective advertising.

Ebay update - red boots now at £16.51 with 11 watchers. Don't just watch, join in! Bid higher and higher!


Jul. 30th, 2008 04:49 pm
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1. Of all the things not to write in Comic Sans (although really I can think of very few things that one should), I think a report on Domestic Violence would be quite high up the list. And yet here I am, reading one.

2. More Notes and Queries:

Whatever happened to Rick Astley?

I went to school with Rick, although I didn't really know him as he was a couple of years younger than me. On a recent Xmas night out at a local Indian restaurant, me and some friends spotted Rick sitting on his own at a table near the kitchen. He looked very miserable until his meal arrived. He wolfed it down and then spent the rest of the night drinking and making angry phone calls on his mobile. Anyone else spotted him around the area recently?

Further to my earlier answer - I have since seen Rick Astley again -in the same restaurant near my home. This time he seemed much more cheerful.

3. Fringe previews tonight, hurrah.

4. I saw Dark Knight last night, which I wasn't terribly impressed with. I can't take Christian Bale seriously when he's doing his Batman voice. Heath Ledger was quite good. Mostly I am looking forward to seeing Wild Child.
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[Poll #1123308]

Explantation of my interest... )

So now we know.


Sep. 18th, 2007 04:34 pm
slemslempike: (qi: looking things up)
[Poll #1057240]

Also, scatalogical questions. )

Today I bought lots of brightly coloured biros and gel pens from Sainsburys. Frustratingly, the lids do not fit on the base of the biros. This is annoying, but the perky pink ink assuages my anger.

My mum is awake again after her operation and seems to be doing okay. I am a bad daughter as I forgot it was today until my dad texted.

I want to go home, but I can't until I have finished copying the notes for Undoing Gender and written 200 words of my own. I may miss Gladiators at this rate.


May. 25th, 2007 03:27 pm
slemslempike: (x: Red Flag)
I did the completion survey for the skirted tampon recently. I was almost entirely negative about its many facets, though they didn't give me a write-in box so I couldn't fully unleash my venom. This was my favourite question:

"How would you rate the Tampax's applicator for each of the following characteristics?"

Its appearance before using

They then had a further option to rate it on how sleek it looked. The APPLICATOR. Unfortunately I did actually have an opinion on the applicator on account of the top looking a bit like a space ship docking bay, but they didn't have an option for that.

Then, rearing its ugly head again:

"Benefits and feelings you may have experienced from the product you received from us."

"Does not make me feel embarrassed or insecure"

"Helps me to forget I am having my period"

I have to say that I had entirely forgotten about tampons during using the mooncup. But no, tampons don't make me forget I'm having my period. Having to remember to take tampons to the toilet with me, and thinking about whether it might need changing is a complete pain. And I don't like the feeling of the tampon sliding out, and I especially don't like the feeling of the tampon not sliding out, and all round hurrah for the mooncup, say I.

Then I did a survey on mobile phones, and it asked me to think about the following points:

"It is important to me that the look of my mobile phone reflects my masculinity or my femininity"

"I would have fewer friends if I did not have a mobile phone"

For the second one, I sincerely hope not. I don't think any of you would shun me? I get what they're saying, but really. Internet on the other hand - not having that would be drastic. I told them that my gender identity wasn't really related to my mobile phone, and they retorted that in that case they didn't want to talk to me and didn't even give me ten points for my time.
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Quiz here, taken from Bookish. Having taken all of them in a fit of boredom, I find that I am a sorry excuse for an English graduate. Some of the questions were quite easy to guess at though.

72% - Twentieth Century
64% - Victorians
66% - Romatic Period
64% - Restoration & Eighteenth Century
60% - Early 17th Century
60% - 16th Century
20% - Middle Ages

In my defense, the last category was never included in any of my courses, so it was completely guesswork.

To assuage my feelings of inadequacy, I'm going to pretend that they're being graded on an average UK university scale. Woo-hoo! Discard the lowest marked module and I get an upper second overall. (Of course, if we're grading on American terms, I failed. Not even scraping a D. Let's not grade on American terms.) It's a very American style quiz. Quite a few of the things in the questions were mentioned in passing in my literature lectures, but we weren't marked on them. All English assesment was through essay questions, 3 essays in three hours.

Go on then. Take the quiz, ace every cateogry and then post about it here to make sure I feel really dumb. Or, better yet, take it, fail even more dismally and then make me feel better!


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