The Book of Na'Lon

or rather, Inane Ramblings of an Expatriot

Friendslist
mesmall
na_lon
Hello folks, I am reducing my friendslist a little. If you have been 'defriended', this is purely because I haven't seen/read any posts from you in ages, don't usually exchange comments with you and don't think that we really have much to say to each other. If I'm wrong, and you do want to read my journal, please leave a comment and I'll put you straight back on the list!

Another Psyperiment
mesmall
na_lon
Hello readers,

My friend Berry is looking for another few participants, and writes:

"If you have 10-15 minutes to spare and would like to take part in a new questionnaire that we're developing we'd be very grateful. Do pass it on too to anyone you know who may help us out by doing it:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/522661/Investment-Decision-Making

If you wouldn't mind sharing this link far and wide, too, that would surely be appreciated.
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Psychology Experiment
mesmall
na_lon
My friend and colleague Berry needs a lot of data for a study she is carrying out at the moment. If you have finve minutes to spare to have a go yourself and / or wouldn't mind linking to this post, that would be wonderful.

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/387740/a36c07b73eae

Books on offer
mesmall
na_lon
Hi folks,

We have a few books that we are removing from our collection - to make some space! The titles are under the cut. If you are interested in any of them, please leave a comment.

The booksCollapse )

I am not really 'selling' these - with the exception of the Tolkien Biography, which I'd be willing to negotiate a price for. Instead, I'd ask for you to pay postage, and any donation you'd be willing to add to that will go to na_quis's (my four months old daughter's) savings account.
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Hooray!
Silver
na_lon
I just managed to catch up on Doctor Who, which I'd missed for the last two weeks. Intriguing story.

St George again
mesmall
na_lon
Take a look at google.co.uk today, if you haven't yet. :-D

Midwinter
Sunspark
na_lon
Happy Midwinter. The light will be starting to return to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere after tonight. :-)

For information of the flists
mesmall
na_lon
The Marquis and my internet connection at home appears to have suffered a fatal something or other and since we don't know when we'll be able to get back online, we thought we'd mention here our digitally deprived state.
If we don't 'see' you before then: Have a good yuletide!

... and from me
Swimming
na_lon

Happy Birthday, shanith.


Happy Birthday!
Bartholomew
na_lon
Have some godmotherly birthday greetings, prince_eldarion!

Birthday Greetings!
mesmall
na_lon
Happy Birthday, wryelle!

TDIR film
mesmall
na_lon
Have pretty much decided I'll not bother. Might write something for the scrapbook Ashkitty suggested and which Jane Somebody pimped on her lj.

Here's what just popped into my head:

"Have you seen this?! It's bloody outrageous." Bran flung a newspaper onto the table in front of Will who looked up mildly from under his fringe. It was a review of a certain film that had amused him greatly. "Is this supposed to be about you?" Bran growled. "It bears no resemblance to... to the original. And... weren't you eleven?"

Will raised his eyebrows and shrugged.

"Aren't you the tiniest bit annoyed? Gah! There are times I wonder if anything ever moves you at all!"

"Some things do. But this nobody will remember about in a couple of years' time."

"Huh."

"Trust me."

"Yeah, yeah, yeah. Checked have you?"

"Of course."

"Not so indifferent after all."

"Perhaps. But talking about resemblance to the original... you were supposed to have forgotten about everything, weren't you?"

"Well, I never liked that part of the books much anyway."

Will laughed.

Birthday Greetings!
mesmall
na_lon

Happy Birthday, beckyc.


Birthday Greetings!
Bartholomew
na_lon

Happy Birthday, pellegrina and emperor.


Happy birthday!
mesmall
na_lon

Happy birthday, darael.


Squirrel-proof, no; bird-proof, partially
Swimming
na_lon
So this morning brought much bird watching. The blue tits worked it out. The sparrows, finches and great tits are bewildered.

So along comes a squirrel and jumps on the feeder. He doesn't like it much and goes to sit on top of the bracket holding the feeder, twitching his tail in agitation. He tries a few times to lower himself along the feeder, but it doesn't bring the tasty grains closer. So he climbs back to the top to think, tail twitching.

Eventually another attempt. Then he figures out that he needs to take a different approach...

... and manages to get the lid off!

Credit where credit's due.

Bloody hell, those little tree rats are smart!

Squirrel-proof?
Bartholomew
na_lon
The Marquis bought a new bird feeder today. It's supposedly squirrel-proof.

Somehow I would be less surprised to see a pair of squirrels with an acetyline cutting torch in the not too distant future than for it to actually be squirrel-proof.

Happy Birthday!
mesmall
na_lon
All the best wishes and hope you had a lovely day, jane_somebody.

It's midsummer!
mesmall
na_lon
Happy solstice!

One part effects and three parts tosh
mesmall
na_lon
Well, well, well. That's 99 minutes of my life I could have spent better.

The Marquis and I just watched Eragon on DVD. I had borrowed the film from a colleague who is one of those strange half-muggles that are fairly common these days: people who are into Harry Potter and the LotR movies, and are convinced that these are high art. The are an uncritical sort of fans. Don't get me wrong - I do not look down on these people - the opposite rather - I envy them a little and I am chuffed that fantasy has entered the mainstream a little... The fact that my colleague was a half-muggle alone should have warned me. As should the fact that she said the film could have been great.

Understatement!

It had Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich and Robert Carlyle and a few dishy young actors: a cheekboney elf-girl and a couple of bit parts (one of which should have been more than a bit part if they'd stuck to the story). It also had Alun Armstrong whose performances in New Tricks I enjoy... It had beautiful landscapes. It had a dragon with some insanely cute scenes.

Pity it didn't have a script. Never again shall I scoff at Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh's adaptation of LotR. It is high art in comparison.

The Marquis' comment that sums it up really was: "I'm not drunk enough to watch this movie."

All that said... I enjoyed reading the book, derivative though it was in places (it was also rather 'written by a seventeen year old') - Let's just say I felt very unsophisticated for liking the book. Even so, I might reread it and I'd certainly like to read Eldest now. Maybe I am also turning into a half-muggle. Or a quarter-muggle.
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Minor spending spree
Bartholomew
na_lon
My mobile phone 'new' as of Christmas did it's usual 'fully charged, no wait, make that emergency only' thing one time too many today. So I charged out at lunchtime and bought a new phone. It is fairly basic and pink and it cost 35 quid including a £10 pay as you go card. It had better work. I'll probably give the old phone to a friend who's got a battery that should work with it.

The rest of the spending spree was to sponsor a couple of friends for the Race for Life and another one from the 3 peaks challenge in August. I am not doing Race for Life this year. The thought of trying to get sponsorship again made me feel too stressed. But I do want to get back into running.

An historic moment
Silver
na_lon
I have tonight at last finished the frock-coat I started working on before I became a lecturer. It has shiny buttons, lots of hand-finished button-holes and the lining (the fabric was the main reason for the creation of the coat) shows only in a couple of places - strategically, I shall claim. I shall make a picture at the weekend, and post it if I can get myself organised. :-)

Frohe Ostern
Sunspark
na_lon
Der Herr ist auferstanden!

Stage Beauty
Silver
na_lon
This evening there was nothing on television that the Marquis and I wanted to watch (we had been watching the Ray Mears stuff previously on Wednesdays) and so I thought that perhaps we should watch another of our films on DVD which we haven't yet seen since we bought it.

Since it was lying next to the television, I decided to propose we watch Stage Beauty. We'd bought this one very cheap in a sale, because it sounded intriguing to me from the text on the back of the box.

Going behind a cut, because I want to talk about the plot a bit without regard for potential spoilers.Collapse )

Invasion
Swimming
na_lon
Earlier on the Marquis and I watched a programme we recorded of television yonks ago. It was about attempted invasions of Britain, and therefore, of course, involved quite a bit of stuff about Napoleon Bonaparte. Dan Cruickshank described Boney as a military genius - and we all know he was short. And probably had a stomach ulcer. As a result of all this I now think of him as Vorcorsican.

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