The Book of Na'Lon

or rather, Inane Ramblings of an Expatriot

Torchwood - some thoughts
Stargate
na_lon
The Marquis and I watched the finale of Torchwood yesterday, and I thought it might be about time to put some of my thoughts about the show's first season down in writing.

Na'Lon's TorchwoodCollapse )

Festive greetings
mesmall
na_lon
Fröhliche Weihnachten!

A meme, a meme!
Bartholomew
na_lon
This one from romancinger.

Which mythological creature am I?Collapse )

Because I want to say it, too!
Sunspark
na_lon
Somewhat belated. ;-)

Congratulations on your recent wedding, wryelle and chris_maslen!



May you have many happy years together!

More felicitations!
Bartholomew
na_lon

Happy Birthday, parrot_knight.


Happy wishes
mesmall
na_lon

Happy birthday, ladyofastolat.


To the junior godson ;-)
mesmall
na_lon

Happy Birthday, prince_eldarion.


Greetings!
Bartholomew
na_lon

Happy Birthday, Neuromancer!


The Possibility of 'No'
cricket
na_lon
Various people in my life - some of the flist and some off it - have been arguing about a variety of things. I haven't paid over much attention, because I don't have the energy to get involved.

But one thing that has crystallised for me today is that these 'arguments' or 'issues' or whatever have one type of flash-points in common: that of how to respond to a request from someone else, be it a professional or a friend.

My feeling is that a request needs to be treated as simply that. It is not an order, and the requester needs to be aware of the possibility that the answer to the request is 'No'.

No doubt that such a 'No' can upset or cause further problems, but it ought to be possible to say it. This can be done sensitively - no need to be defensive or rude about it. E.g. "I am afraid that I am not comfortable with [doing x]." Such an answer says, to my mind, "Please don't push me. Give me breathing space."

It might surprise me, or annoy me to get a 'No', and I think I would be entitled to such feelings, but I also ought to respect the answer - especially if a friend gave me that 'No' or a client. If I pushed beyond the 'No', I would be creating a barrier between me and my friend/client/student.

So - what am I saying? I guess what I am getting at is that some things might seem like a small deal to me, but to someone else they may be a big deal. But since I can't secondguess another's response, I need to be allowed to ask. And accept if the answer is not what I like to hear.

{Exits stage left, calls: "Marquis, could you please get me a drink?" Answer: "No." Thinks: "Shouldn't have posted all that..." Goes to fetch drink.}

Birthday greetings
Silver
na_lon

Happy birthday, beckyc.


Birthday time!
Silver
na_lon

Happy Birthday, pellegrina.



Happy Birthday, emperor.



Hope you both have a nice day to celebrate!

The little things in life
Bartholomew
na_lon
I have been somewhat zombified in the mornings of late, which tends to mean no packing of lunch before I lurch out of the front door, and thus that I have to buy lunch at work. So I just went and bought a sandwich which sounded intriguing. And as I went to pay, the lady behind the counter asks me: "Do you want an apple with that? It's free."

Yes, please. :-) The free apple's making me feel all chuffed. I hope it tastes nice, too.

Fun!
Silver
na_lon
This lj Talk like a Pirate malarky (which I have no idea how to spell, so don't give me any grief over it, ye scurvy dogs) is fun. Check out Frank the Seagoat on the lj homepage, me hearties.

More celebrations!
Bartholomew
na_lon

Happy Birthday, kargicq.


On making an effort
Stargate
na_lon
Recently I asked my flist how they felt about parties. The results of a poll were quite mixed, and most of the comments about the poll suggested that people often stick with people they already know and that enjoyment of parties depended on the situation and upon how much one is willing to put in.

Musings on 'making efforts'Collapse )

City Meme
Swimming
na_lon
via wryelle.

You Belong in Dublin

Friendly and down to earth, you want to enjoy Europe without snobbery or pretensions.
You're the perfect person to go wild on a pub crawl... or enjoy a quiet bike ride through the old part of town.


Boggles.

Birthdays galore
Bartholomew
na_lon

Happy Birthday, pennypaperbrain.


More greetings
Bartholomew
na_lon

Happy Birthday, malaheed.


And, of course!
Silver
na_lon

Happy Birthday, tovaglia.


Any suggestions?
mesmall
na_lon
Slugs are eating my hosta. Any thoughts?

Quote of the day
mesmall
na_lon
"If I am not back in five minutes, just wait longer."

Less than two weeks!
mesmall
na_lon
Hey B5 gamers! It's less than two weeks now until the next session. So I thought I'd post this here in case anyone that was not sure about whether they wanted to join us or that has changed their mind about attending can let me know.

So please comment to confirm or put right my current understanding...

Attending from 18th to 20th August for a B5 session will be: Pellegrina, the Marquis, Viala and I.

Not attending will be Wryelle.

Probably not attending but not finally confirmed will be Epidemiological.

Long live the Marquis
Swimming
na_lon

Happy Birthday to the_marquis.



May you have a splendid day!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of CGI
Bartholomew
na_lon
We just watched the 4th Harry Potter movie. I wasn't disappointed. I wasn't impressed either. It just seemed to try and cover too much of the book while not trying to cover enough of the plot.

Hm...

It was quite enjoyable, though.

Another one!
mesmall
na_lon

Happy Birthday, foradan.


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