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Is there a song that your MP3 play or iPod always plays on random?

Mine is clearly Australian as it manages to play "Advance Australia Fair" almost every journey whilst studiously ignoring numerous tracks that I haven't heard in ages.


What tune does your system insist on selecting for you?    (This is the first meme I've actually started off myself - let's see if people like it)

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[livejournal.com profile] queenortart   asked me to talk about these icons:



This is me dancing with my morris side, the Quayside Cloggies.  They're a great bunch and we have a really good band as well.  New dancers always welcome if you live in the Poole/Bournemouth area. 

 
[personal profile] sallymn  makes some lovely icons and often posts them in her journal for others to use.  I took this one and usually use it for sad or reflective posts.  The flowers seem to indicate mourning to me.
made by [personal profile] kalypso_v - I've been a fan of Hitchkikers for a very long time - since I was a student. Arthur Dent's bewildered approach to the mad galaxy makes a great icon.
Hug by baby sloth - I forget where I originally saw this picture, but it was too cute for words. I use it as an occasional alternative to my other 'hug' icon. It's River from Firefly by [personal profile] kalypso_v  and I usually use it when talking about my math pupils. It usually only appears in friend-locked posts, as it's only courteous to my pupils to not talk about them in public. If you'd like to try the meme, ask me to pick five of your icons for you to explain.


watervole: (dalek inquisition)
It's well established (seriously, they've done the research) that one of the things that will reduce your stress levels is to think at the end of each day about five things that you have to be happy about.

So, in an effort to counter all the doom and gloom on much of my flist, here are my personal reasons to be happy today.

1.  After 28 years, I'm still happily married to a cuddly man with a beard who is kind and loving and sexy and a good cook and a dab hand at gardening and DIY and a great person to play board games with and good in bed and just generally nice all round!

2.  I have two amazingly gorgeous sons who have managed to beat all the statistics about how horrible the youth of today are by being intelligent, helpful, kind and loving.

3.  We own the house we live in.  No mortgage to hang around our necks.

4.  We have a garden and an allotment.  Both causes for relaxation and fresh food.

5.  I have lot of books.  Books, my Precious....  We reads them, we does.

Consider this a meme and post your own reasons, no matter how trivial for being happy.

(If I were adding number 6, I would quote from  a Heinlein book that I can't recall properly, which says words to the effect that any world that contains little girls and butterflies cannot possibly be all bad)

Poi

May. 14th, 2007 02:56 pm
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As the observent will notice, I didn't actually get around to poi in my previous entry!  I got carried away by corals.

So, what are poi?  They originate in New Zeeland where the Maori used them to teach warriors co-ordination.  Think of two strings with a ball on the end of each.  Hold one string in each hand and whirl the balls around in complex patterns without getting the strings tangled up or hitting yourself with the balls (or in the balls, if you're a bloke).

The results can look quite impressive.

I first discovered poi at a folk festival and bought a cheap pair.  I still use that pair, though I have a few other sets as well.  If you really want to go cheap, put a couple of tennis balls in the end of a pair of stockings - they'll do perfectly okay.

I find it a useful hobby when I need to unwind mentally.  You have to focus when using poi.  If you're concentrating on anything other than where the balls are going, then you'll get whacked by one of them!  In other words, you really can't think about your problems.

It can take a week of hard work to learn a new move, but the results are very rewarding.

This is a good web site for anyone wanting to learn more about poi or find out how to do some of the moves.

If anyone wants to continue the meme, ask me about an interest/icon or invite me to ask about one of yours.
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[profile] nhw asked me:  Tell me about your interest in marine conservation, and explain your  poi icon!

The interest in marine conservation is something that has gradually build up over time.
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To do this meme you need to be given a letter. When you've been given a letter, you must list ten things you like that begin with that letter. If anyone comments, give them a letter and tell them to do this meme, preferably to the letter.

I have F )

A-Z meme

Jan. 12th, 2006 10:08 pm
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A - Accent: Manchester 'stockbroker belt'. The nearest the north of England has to a BBC accent. Means I still say 'path' rather than 'parth' in spite of 25 years down south.
B - Breakfast Item: porrige or muesli with fresh fruit and a helping of pre-soaked linseeds.
C - Chore you hate: driving.
D - Dad's Name: Charles - our family had many generations of Charles - you could track them back in the Lincolnshire parish records. The family name is Lindsey and Lindsey is one of the three parts of Lincolnshire, so no prizes for guessing the origin of the name.
E - Essential everyday item: asthma inhaler
F - Flavor ice cream: hardly touched the stuff this last year or two, but possibly rum and raisen at Wimborne Folk Festival in the little shop by the Minster.
G - Gold or Silver?: I've always preferred the look of silver. The only gold item I own is my wedding ring.
H - Hometown: Corfe Mullen (near Poole)
I - Insomnia: it always takes me a while to fall asleep, but cross-stitch for the last half hour before going to bed and 5-10 mins meditation help a lot.
J - Job Title: tutor/editor/fanzine agent/occasional recruiter
K - Kids: [livejournal.com profile] micavity and [livejournal.com profile] exalted_mugwump - the only things in my life more important than trying to save the planet.
L - Living arrangements: Me, [livejournal.com profile] waveney (almost as important as the planet, and far more cuddly) and 30 sparrows.
M - Mom's birthplace: somewhere in Somerset
N - Number of significant others you’ve ever had: Not many, but I'm not about to give details.
O - Overnight hospital stays: excluding being born: appendix (necessary), tonsils (not necessary - there seemed to be a fashion for having them out when I was young), two births, and operation on my feet, staying with [livejournal.com profile] micavity when he was in with a bad asthma attack as a child.
P - Phobia: Something bad happening to someone I love. Politicians acting too late to prevent the Gulf Stream reversing and too late to prevent mass extinction of lots of lovely, interesting and valuable species.
Q - Queer?: No much. 98% heterosexual. 80% monosexual. 50% kinky.
R - Religious Affiliation: devout agnostic, with leanings to Church of England and Buddhism and Taoism and Paganism and several other branches of Christianity and Islam. (I don't understand it either)
S - Siblings: two living sisters. My youngest sister died of cancer a couple of years ago. My brother is estranged from half the family including me.
T - Time you wake up: 8 ish, plus or minus and hour. I can't oversleep for long, it makes me stiff and cranky.
U - Unnatural hair colors you've worn: none.
V - Vegetable you refuse to eat: There's none that I won't eat, though if they've been on my mother's hot tray for ten mins and dried to a tasteless mush - then it's a pretty close call.
W - Worst habit: Letting stuff pile up on my desk.
X - X-rays you’ve had: mostly for dental work. In spite of eating all the right things and brushing and flossing regularly, I still have a lot of dental problems.
Y - Yummy: Christmas pudding
Z - Zodiac: a load of nonsense which isn't backed by any decent statistical study that I've ever seen.
watervole: (Fontmell Down)
Here's the five questions I was asked by [livejournal.com profile] dougs. If you want me to interview you, leave a note in the comments.

1. Often, when something good happens, some group of worthy people gets casually omitted when the credit gets handed out. Pick one such good thing, one such uncredited group, and praise them.

2. Default behaviour on this meme is to ask questions which draw the victim out on their favoured topics. In this case, the strong temptation is to ask questions about the environment. Which questions do you often itch to be asked, but which never arise because people ask you questions about the environment instead?

3. Intermittent voice trouble, intermittent shoulder trouble. You have to choose -- you could pick a complete and permanent cure for one of them, in exchange for constant serious problems with the other. Which way round do you make the choice?

4. Imagine you'd had two daughters instead of two sons. Describe your life.

5. You're well known for your activities in B7 and SG fandoms. What are your other fannish obsessions? Any other shows you'd eagerly recommend to someone with time on their hands?

my answers )
watervole: (Captain Jack kissing the Doctor)
Make a list of all the characters in your icons. (Although you may have more than one icon of a single character, they only go on the list once.) Alphabetize it. Take the first two people on the list; that's your first pairing. Second two people; second pairing. Etc. Read more... )

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