Monthly Archives: July 2005

Starting something new…………….

Until one is committed
There is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one element of truth
The ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
That the moment one definitly commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occured
A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favour all
Manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which
No man could have dreamed would have come his way.
whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now.
– Goethe

This is a quote from the front of a book that I never thought that I’d ever get (either buy or borrow) but I have, which sort of makes it that much more serious…….

A sudden moment of stillness………………….

I’m, as I’ve said before, a big fan of Harry Potter, I’ve read all the books (and waiting for my copy of Book six to be returned so I can read it again…..), I read the occasional fanfiction, I have my own ideas about what might happen and that sort of thing. And in the case reading, I impose my own ideas of what I imagined the charactors look like with how they turn out in the films.

Someone like Hagrid, in my imagination looked like he did in the film, on the other hand, my Lupin did not. In other cases, where there are similarities, I’ve superimosed actual people I know as charactors. One of these in Tonks (Nymphadora Tonks) who appears in books five and six (and therefore not in any films, as of yet).

As might happen when you personalise a charactor in such a way they and what they do, become important to you. Hence my horror when I discovered that two of the actresses who’ve been named as possibles are Keira Knightly and Rosamund Pike………. oh no………..!!!!!

Then last night, while watching the film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral‘ I saw the perfect actress to play Tonks. A miss Charlotte Coleman (plays Scarlet, Hugh Grant’s flatmate), fantastic. And then I discovered that she died of an asthma attack aged thirty-three a couple of years ago……. which in itself is a terrible thing, the lose of any life so young, but when you realise that she died in her flat, along and was only discovered when friends were unable to get in touch, it just make’s it seem that much worse.

Why guys like girls……………………

This was sent to me as a “happy” chain letter… normally I just deleate them, but I liked this one so thought I’d share it with you. minus the chain bit at the end!!!

why guys like girls:

1. They will always smell good even if its just shampoo
2. The way their heads always find the right spot on our shoulder
3. How cute they look when they sleep
4. The ease in which they fit into our arms
5. The way they kiss you and all of a sudden everything is right in the world
6. How cute they are when they eat
7. The way they take hours to get dressed but in the end it makes it all worth while
8. Because they are always warm even when its minus 30 outside
9. The way they look good no matter what they wear
10. The way they fish for compliments even though you both know that you think she’s the most beautiful thing on this earth
11. How cute they are when they argue
12. The way her hand always finds yours
13. The way they smile
14. The way you feel when you see their name on the caller ID after you just had a big fight
15. The way she says “lets not fight anymore” even though you know that an hour later….
16. The way they kiss when you do something nice for them
17. The way they kiss you when you say “I love you”
18. Actually … just the way they kiss you…
19. The way they fall into your arms when they cry
20. Then the way they apologize for crying over something that silly
21. The way they hit you and expect it to hurt
22. Then the way they apologize when it does hurt. (even though we don’t admit it)!
23. The way they say “I miss you”
24. The way you miss them
25.The way their tears make you want to change the world so that it doesn’t hurt her anymore….. Yet regardless if you love them, hate them, wish they would die or know that you would die without them … it matters not. Because once in your life, whatever they were to the world they become everything to you. When you look them in the eyes, traveling to the depths of their souls and you say a million things without trace of a sound, you know that your own life is inevitable consumed within the rhythmic beatings of her very heart.We love them for a million reasons, No paper would do it justice. It is a thing not of the mind but of the heart. A feeling. Only felt.

Not sure about that last one…… it’s so long I sort of gloss over it……

T minus forty minutes………

Yes, in about forty minutes (everything going to plan) the Space Shuttle Discovery with lift off from Kennedy Space Center with it’s crew of seven on the first shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster in ’03. May everything go well. (for those interested there is NASA TV so you can watch everything on the internet!!!)

I will admit, as I should, there was more than one reason for me to dedicate this to Yip’s Champagne B-day….. I sort of got the impression that the card I sent her wasn’t going to get there on time. This would be partly because she lives in Canada and partly because I only posted it on Sunday. Whoops!!!

That, and as I’m evil, I think it’s going to be slightly embarrasing…. but only if someone else reads it……

Now, I’ve watch a couple of movies in the last couple of days. One, a big action epic, lots of fighting, etc, and was rubbish. Don’t see it. King Arthur is one of the worst films I’ve ever seen!!! I really mean it. King Arthur, as you all know, is of course a Roman. The Knights of the Round Table are Sumarian Knights brought over by the Romans…… Merlin is a Pict, fighting the Romans, having had many battles against Arthur….. just don’t see it. It wouldn’t have been too bad it it wasn’t for the fact they’ve tried to tag on the Arthurian legend. That’s what’s spoilt the film!!!

The other was a smaller, lower budget sporting romantic comedy from Canada starting and directed by Paul Gross (he of Due South fame) called Men With Brooms. And it’s brilliant. I really enjoyed it. Even though you knew it goes like most of these sporting romantic comedies. The team (in this case Curling) is brought back together by the death of their old coach and enter in a competition that he never managed to win. Just happening to up against some of the best curlers in the world. And the captain of the team gets the girl. (or more accuratly, she gets him!!!)

This is a nice and bright cheery background, which I do like, I may keep it. Though I’ll probably go back to the Pork Pie symbol……. cause I like that!!!!

Happy Champagne Birthday!!!!!!

For those of you who are wondering about the change in style here, worry not, it shall return to it’s slightly more standard format, but in celebration of Yip’s Champagne Birthday today I thought a change was in order!!

Now, I’m sure that there might be a few of you who aren’t sure of what a Champagne Birthday is…. well, it’s simple. Today is the 25th. It’s Yip’s 25th Birthday. The dates match, Champagne!!!!!! And yes, it does go in cycles for those that have missed thier first (or even second!!!). As July has 31 days, we cycle through so Yip’s next Champagne B.day will be her 56th….. So in the year 2056, more Champagne!!!!!!

(Thanks to those about the house, it’s a nice house and we’re all looking forward to moving in, in a few weeks time…. what’s more, there’ll be room for a house-warming party!!!! Yay!!!!)

The Holy See………

Now, for anyone who’s looking for a new job, travel, and State Banquets, you might be interested in this job over at the foriegn Office. For Her Majesty’s Ambassador – Holy See look here….. or there….. or best, wait till they put the info back up again, and then look!!

And I have good news!!! We’ve found a house!!! Yay!!!! And we’d only seen about half of it when we decided that it was going to be good, and it is. We have a really lovely house!!! Yay!!!!

The silly things we do………

which I’m sure is a saying from a film, or a film title, but I can’t find it!!!

But why I hear you ask do you bring this up….??? Well, I wouldn’t want to suggest that I advocate the act of silliness, but I have been known to do the odd silly thing. Every now and again…….

For instance, I got two pieces of post today (YES!!!!!) which brings my yearly total up to about twelve pieces, which is less than the fortnightly postal arrivals for MrG. The second piece was a magazine that I (now seem) to be getting. There are only two editions per year, and the second edition is different depending on if you’ve been accepted…… Yes, the Official Magazine of the Flora London Marathon Run Hard which contains the entry form for 2006 has come out. I know it’s going to hurt, I know that I only have a 1-3 chance of getting a place. But I’m going to enter anyway…….

Other (slightly) foolish things might be, for example, when I wandered up Crib Goch last month on my birthday. As you can see on the map the map it’s a nice simple path going up the south-west ridge to the top. Then along a two-hundred yard knife-edge ridge which is quite scary. I didn’t follow this path…….. I sort of driffed north and came up the west face of Crib Goch (the bit with 921) which was very steep…… and by the time I realised this I wasn’t in a position to try and get back down….. Now as I was planning on being out all day, if I had fallen, chances are I wouldn’t have been found till the next morning. By Mountain Rescue….. well, let’s say it was a little bit on the scary side. But when I got to the top, well….. I certainly felt that I’d climbed it!!! Then I headed on, waiting for the knife-edge ridge and was most confused when I got to the end and hadn’t found it….. then realised that I’d been so scared by the climb I hadn’t noticed the ridge!!!! It also explained the really confused looks from the two lads I passed as I walked quite happily along this ridge they’d just done!!!

I promise to not do such silly things again….. *hangs head in shame* or at least not on purpose…… ummmmm, is that better…???

And to finish….. cause I can’t remember whom I was having the conversation with, J. K. Rowling is Joanne Kathleen Rowling….

To Keats……………….

Now back, many, many years ago, when I was doing my GCSE’s I came across these evil things called poems. I didn’t like them, but in an effort to pass my GCSE english I got a tutor who taught about poetry. So I’m one of these people whom can read and understand poetry, but not necessarily like it.

A few months ago, in one of my many piles of books bought from the library (I have bought more books than I’ve borrowed from there) I happened to bring back a book called “The Illustrated Poetry of Keats” which had lain unread till last night. Not that there was any particular reason for me to start reading it, I just happed to pick it up and flick through it.

One of the ones that resonated with me was “O Solitude! if I must with thee dwell,

O solitude! if I must with thee dwell,
Let it not be among the jumbled heap
Of murky buildings: climb with me the steep,-
Nature’s observatory-whence the dell,
In flowery slopes, it’s river’s crystal swell,
May seem a span; let me thy vigils keep
‘Mongst boughs pavilion’d, where the deer’s swift leap
Startles the wild bee from foxglove bell.
But though I’ll gladly trace these scenes with thee,
Yet the sweet converse of an innocent mind,
Whose words are images of thoughts refinded,
Is my soul’s pleasure; and it sure must be
Almost the highest bliss of human-kind,
When to thy haunts two kindred spirits flee.

I don’t know what it is, but I just empathize with this poem. I think it’s probably the imagery that is suggested, but I thik it’s great. I’m sure I shall share a few more over the next few days!!!

I would also like to appologise to Geneuvive who graduated yesterday, I tried to find you, but couldn’t see you…. 🙁 sorry!!!! welldone!!!!

Let me be the first to congratuate…………..

actually, there are a number of things to which I’d like to be the first to do.

I would like to congratulate all those who are graduating this week, well done on finishing your degrees!!!

I would also like to congratulate J.K.Rowling on her book. I’ve now finished it and it was great. It’s already out on it’s first loan. (don’t worry, she is going to buy it, jus the paper-back version!!!)

I also feel that The dullest blog in the world deserves a moment’s respect, for appearing in the Independent on Sunday’s “Blog Of The Week”!!! Well done Dull!!!! (nb – I did see if they put it up on the website so I could link, but they don’t seem to…..)

I was also impressed when I opened my email account and had sixteen emails in there, fifteen of which were actually emails!!! Admittedly twelve of them were from Yip, who after a slight pause (of a little under six weeks) caught up with all the emails I’d sent. So now I have a giant email to go back through all this stuff!!!

I also have house-hunting news!!! We’ve looked at a few places, and they weren’t very good. The italian place I mentioned before was terrible, and I’ve been a student for some time, I’ve seen bad places!!!! On the up side the place we’re seeing on Thursday is a mansion. Front garden, back garden, study, car port, and all for less than £50p/w!!!! If it’s as nice inside as out we’re saying yes then and there!!! Which is good as we only have another forty-three days before we are thrown out of the house we are in at the moment!!!

Right, now I’m going to clear up my links a bit and add a few more!!!! Take care!!!!