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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
10:03 pm
So that's what a gossiwor sounds like!
As part of the BBC's "Ursula Le Guin at 85" season, they have dramatised 'The Left Hand of Darkness' - an amazing book (in my view) and surely one of the landmark science fiction books.  Sadly only in 2 episodes but I was impressed with episode 1. If anyone hasn't caught it and would like to, it's on iplayer here. Episode 2 is on Sunday - then a new dramatisation of Earthsea to follow I believe.

And if anyone is asking "what's a gossiwor", they are played only in the presence of the King of Karhide, producing "a preposterous, disconsolate bellow" - now to be heard on the radio for the first time!

Current Mood: Joyful
Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
4:24 pm
Monday, June 11th, 2012
8:25 pm
We went on holiday
It went like this:

Saturday - Netley Abbey (Southampton) with in-laws. Overnight ship to France.
Sunday - Crepes for breakfast. Walked round the walls of St-Malo. Then drove to campsite near Blois.
Monday - Walked round Blois. Saw the magic museum.
Tuesday - Chateau de Cheverny (a.k.a. Marlinspike Hall from Tintin). Also, saw Tintin exhibition. Back to caravan for Jubilee tea party.
Wednesday - Saw Beaugency.  That evening: Son et Lumiere show at Blois Chateau.
Thursday - Limestone mine at Roches. Saw many kinds of mushrooms, also underground village carved from stone.
Friday - Chateau de Chambord.
Saturday - Crepes for breakfast in Vendome. Drove to Caen. Ferry back to Portsmouth. Drove home.

I'd like to add more details but it requires more time than I've got right now!

Current Mood: refreshed
Sunday, August 14th, 2011
6:11 pm
AKKICOLJ - (All Kindle Knowledge Is Contained on Live Journal) - 3G or not 3G - that is the question
I'd really like some advice from Kindle owners and other e-book reader experts. I'd like to get an e-reader; the Kindle seems to be best value (though I started off with a strong prejudice for something non-Kindle...)  But as you experts no doubt know, the Kindle comes in two flavours, the £111 Wi-Fi one, and the £152 3G one that connects to the mobile network for the purpose of downloading books, and with some internet access too.

I don't need to download books on the move, I'm happy to do that at home over Wi-Fi or at a hotspot.  But I'd like to know what sort of internet capability you get with the 3G model.  What kind of sites can you visit?  Is it really free or do you get hit by a usage charge? What's the coverage like? What's the browser like?  In short is there £41 or more worth of 3G goodness to be had to justify the more expensive model?  Any advice gratefully received!

Current Mood: grateful
Saturday, December 25th, 2010
5:05 pm
Merry Christmas Everyone!
I hope everyone is having a peaceful day. We are having a good Christmas after some pre-Christmas health problems.

1) prince_eldarion got the 'flu, was off from school for a week, then got better.

2) frodo_lad got the 'flu, was off from nursery, given antibiotics for an ear infection, then got better.

3) I got the 'flu, was off from work, given antibiotics for a chest infection, then got better.

4) jane_somebody got the 'flu, given antibiotics for a chest infection, is somewhat better but still not feeling great and has been prescribed a second course of antibiotics in case the chest gets worse again.

We have coped with a lot of help from our parents, who luckily had all had the 'flu jab and didn't get flu. We made it up to my parents in Wakefield yesterday. The boys were restrained this morning and it was 07.30 before El got up to open his stocking. We went for a walk this morning round the lake at Newmillerdam, absolutely beautiful in ice and snow, involving much zooming about by the boys, poking at the ice with sticks, etc.... followed by much riding in the pushchair swathed in blankets (one after the other, not both together on this occasion).

Christmas dinner was unconventional - mainly consisting (for the boys at least) of curly fries. Pudding for the little ones consisted of a gingerbread house the size of a breadbox made for them by my parents, decorated with Smarties, chocolate buttons and gingerbread creatures. Despite a sustained attack on the house's gingerbread and chocolate components by the lads, there is still almost as much left as when they started and I suspect this will keep their sugar rush going for days!

Due to health issues - arriving after being disorganised - we haven't managed to send Christmas cards this year - so apologies for that - and apologies in advance for sending you all out of date cards next year!  Merry Christmas all!

Current Mood: Christmassy
Monday, April 26th, 2010
10:04 pm
Social contact survey

I took part in the social contact survey!

I took part in the Social contact survey, which said that if I were a pop song, then I would be a The View from the Afternoon (Arctic Monkeys)! Go here to find your contact type, and help with scientific research.

My network:

contact network
Home<10 mins
Work/School11-30 mins
Travel31-60 mins
Other>60 mins

My contact numbers are:






  Extremely High

Sunday, April 4th, 2010
10:06 am
Happy Easter!

Current Mood: happy
Friday, January 1st, 2010
8:45 pm
Thursday, December 25th, 2008
11:26 pm
Merry Christmas Everyone!
I hope eveyone has been enjoying a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Brief account of ours followsCollapse )

All the best for the rest of the festive season & the New Year!

Current Mood: Christmassy
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
12:11 am
Not that naughty, considering
Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Saturday I broke phina_v's X-Box (-12 points). Last Thursday I helped elenopa across the street (6 points). Last Tuesday I bought porn for tovaglia (-10 points). Last Monday I pulled stueytunes's hair (-5 points). In August I ate my brussel sprouts (1 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-20 points). For Christmas I deserve a spanking!


Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:

Hmm. Santa might be a bit busy. I think I'll side copy this to jane_somebody...

Current Mood: naughty
Thursday, August 28th, 2008
10:47 pm
According to this, I am 100% unique and 0% herdlike. But surely I only did the meme in the first place because of my herdlike nature?

So, skordh, your LiveJournal reveals...

You are... 100% unique (blame, for example, your interest in pennypaperbrain) and 0% herdlike. When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is conventional.

Your overall weirdness is: 104

(The average level of weirdness is: 28.
You are weirder than 98% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

Yay for weirdness!

Current Mood: weird
Sunday, June 8th, 2008
10:43 pm
You know your two year old has watched 'The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe' too many times when..
.. on walking past Buckingham Palace and being told that it looks as if the Queen is at home, he says: "Is she turning people to stone?"

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, March 27th, 2008
10:25 pm
Some naturally occuring amusement
I've been meaning for some time to record some recent conversations in and around the Skordh household. Well, they entertained me (but then I am easily amused...)

(1) Time to rationalise our stuff prior to the new arrival...

skordh: Look, I've been through these bookcases and made a pile of all the books we might want to get rid of.
jane_somebody: Careful! You've left them on my Celtic Needlepoint book. We don't want that getting mixed up in the pile.
skordh: Er... that is part of the pile... (to howls of outrage)

(2) El leaps on his mummy in an affectionate way...

prince_eldarion: Mummy, I love you, I love you, I love you!
jane_somebody (touched): I love you too, El! Very much!
prince_eldarion (thoughtfully): I don't. I love you ... a little bit!

(3) After I took El out to look at one of the local sights...

prince_eldarion (pointing at something off to the side): What's that?
skordh (trying to work out what is indicated): I think it's a lamp post, for lighting up the playing fields.
prince_eldarion: No, I meant the windmill!
skordh Gah! But if you *knew already*....

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, February 7th, 2008
9:12 pm
Thought for the day...
You Can't Hurry Toast.

Current Mood: philosophical
Tuesday, December 25th, 2007
12:38 am
Merry Christmas!
Can I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas. Have a great day!

Current Mood: jubilant
Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
5:06 pm
You Should Have a Purple Christmas Tree

For you, the holidays represent a time of creativity and expression.
There's no way you'd do something bland simply for tradition's sake.

You are an independent person, and you definitely do the holidays your own way.
And you're decadent enough to go way over the top with any unusual holiday ideas you have.

Your purple tree would look great with: Purple lights and ornaments

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: A Christmas Story

What you should bake for Santa: "Kitchen sink" cookies - with a ton of things in them

Actually, I already have a purple tree. Or rather Polly does, on our bedroom windowsill. Sorted.
Monday, November 26th, 2007
10:57 pm
OK bowing to peer pressure...
In 2007, skordh resolves to...
Start a pennypaperbrain fund.
Learn to play the foradan.
Cut down to ten malaheeds a day.
Backup my jezzidue regularly.
Connect with my inner gaspodex.
Eat more chainmailmaidens.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Current Mood: freaked
Saturday, September 29th, 2007
2:34 pm
I hoped we'd be able to say this in person, but failing that:

Happy Birthday becky_c!!!
Monday, May 7th, 2007
12:40 am
An applepost
I was just reading one of Neuromancer's excellent email updates and realised how fast life is going by and how little of it I've been recording on LJ.

One thing have I particularly been meaning to relate was how our appleboy prince_eldarion got a bit confused about words a few weeks ago.

We have been pretty strict about just giving him water as his main drink with food (in addition to lots of breast milk of course). Anyway a couple of times for a treat & for extra sustenance we gave him water mixed with apple juice, which we explained was applewater.

El obviously liked this very much - he clearly preferred it to ordinary water - and he asked for more applewater, in fact he still does. However it turned out that he had made a perfectly logical - but incorrect - deduction about the meaning of the 'apple' prefix. We could tell because he suddenly wanted:

- not just milk but applemilk
- not just ordinary corned beef but applebeef
- etc.. including once not just his regular mummy but his applemummy.

This applephase lasted quite a while despite our explaining that an applesomething was not in fact a really good something but a something with apple in it... and he has just about moved on, fingers crossed. But he was a particularly endearing applebaby while it lasted.

Current Mood: paternal
Monday, November 13th, 2006
10:46 pm
End of booklessness
7 days later and I've finished my experimental week without books. I was fairly successful in sticking to this. I didn't read a book for pleasure but I did end up stretching some of my other rules. I spent longer reading LJ, and I also read more of the BBC News site than I really should have done (no newspaper columnists though - I don't think I missed much there). I did spend a lot of time reading adverts on the tube, glancing at the front pages of other people's papers, and I did find myself last night, after 6 nights of withdrawal, watching a few minutes of a movie instead of reading a book before going to bed! I managed to restrict myself to music and music radio rather than audio books and talk radio. But there's music and music. Mine had lyrics and often a story - kind of cheating? And is music radio still different from talk radio when most of it is the DJ talking?

So not a perfect experiment perhaps. But what do I conclude?

1) I think I probably *am* more 'effective' in life without books. I think it's mostly just the time saved - I did do much more on the train than I otherwise would have done and went to sleep more promptly at night. There is, perhaps, another effect which is about my attention and my brain being less cluttered: spending more time with my mind freewheeling helps a little bit perhaps in thinking about things more - making links - and thinking ahead to future problems / issues.

2) I still have a tendency to get very involved in particular things in the way that I would in a book e.g. in a work task, or a home task (that requires the brain) and focus on it to the exclusion of other things - using it as an 'escape' perhaps. So if that's a problem, it remains a problem. Not reading books doesn't help it!

3) Life without books is less fun! It did have a cumulative grinding down effect. I missed reading considerably even though I was far less deprived of text, stories, and suchlike than when I ended up bookless in the Western Isles in the 1980s. It's just nice to have a good book on the go!

So I will happily go back to reading, but I will try and keep it more disciplined than before (hard when it's a good new Diana Wynne Jones though, which was part of my problem last week). On with the show. So I first need to get back to the closing chapters of 'Friday' by Robert A. Heinlein, and then I think it's time to re-read 'Dune' again. Very appropriate for moving house:

'Thufir, what're you thinking?' Paul asked.
Hawat looked at the boy. 'I was thinking we'll all be out of here soon and never likely to see the place again.'
'Does that make you sad?'
'Sad? Nonsense. Parting from friends is a sadness. A place is only a place.'

Current Mood: relieved
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