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I have deleted my live journal. End of an era etc, but I stopped actually using it some time ago.

(Pro tip: if you want to delete your journal without agreeing to the TOS, turn off Javascript and you won't be prompted to do so. You can log in as normal. Thanks to the various people that pointed this out!)
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I have bought a breadmaker! (One of Lakeland's, for those interested).

I wonder if any of you have recipes you'd recommend, or useful do's and don't's? And are any of the ready made mixes any use?
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It's nearly Lent, which means that I am seeking recommendations for good vegetarian recipes! I'd love any suggestions you might have.
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This has been a trying couple of days (mostly for reasons too tiresome to get into, including a bad cold), but it would be rude and remiss of me not to note that they have been cheered by a kind gift of delicious tea from [personal profile] nanila! Thank you.
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Peter Grant fans may be pleased to discover this list of acronyms in use by the Met. I am gratified to discover that HOLMES is real, and that the real Met is as besotted with unhelpful acronyms as the fictional one.

(If you want the IC numbers, though, you have to go to wiki)
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Auld Year's Night, so we have been watching "Dinner For One" surrounded by boxes.

Under the cut, Books read this year )
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So much turkey.

(But it was delicious, and the company was good, and I am thankful).
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On an unrelated note: the current political situation in both the UK and the US, and the demands from Leavers and the Right in general that Remain supporters/ Democrats just shut up and accept the new status quo, I am reminded of this excellent song from the Dixie Chicks:


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Following on from my post about Cohen's death - the Grauniad has a reactions live blog (I know, I know), but it's producing an excellent compilations of links to covers of his work. Some really good stuff there.
https://www.theguardian.com/music/live/2016/nov/11/leonard-cohen-death-tributes-singer-songwriter-live
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Leonard Cohen dead, too. May his memory be a blessing.
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I have written a fic for the first time in ages, courtesy of not being able to sleep properly last night. Smut, without any excuse, really...

And grows erect as that comes home
Fandom: Vorkosiverse.
Characters: Miles Vorkosigan, Ekaterin Miles Vorkosigan
Length: 1010 words.
Link to AO3 post
In which Miles is slow on the uptake, and Ekaterin is keen to experience things from a different perspective.. )
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I appear to have taken up crochet. I wanted to learn how to do it mostly because there are certain knitting techniques that require a bit of crochet, but I'm enjoying it in its own right, though I have to say that I prefer the look of knitted fabric. On the other hand, it is great for mats and the like - I'm making a set of placemats for a friend at the moment.

I found it easy to pick up - I basically taught myself with the aid of Simply Crochet magazine's recent special "Granny Square Collection" (our local newsagent is great...), and some youTube videos. Occasionally I found the patterns a bit confusing, but I figured it out quickly enough, and the advantage of crochet over knitting is that the fabric grows quickly enough that pulling back and redoing is much less soul destroying.

I found cotton yarn MUCH easier to work with than wool, in direct contrast to knitting.

Side note: it is important to realise that US and UK terminology is completely different, much more so than in knitting, where the differences at least don't create ambiguity. Crochet is another matter. A UK double crochet is a US single crochet, and a UK treble is a US double, etc. This could lead to fairly serious confusion....(actually, to be honest, I think the US terms are more logical, but that's by the by)
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Today is the anniversary of the Hamilton-Burr duel, which makes me speculate about which of our politicians, given the last three weeks events, should be most glad that no-one fights duels any more.

(Gove, probably! Though I like Hamilton, and am reluctant to thus implicitly cast Johnson for his part).
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I was thinking - mid washing-up - about Voyage to Venus, specifically about the way in which the plot requires Ransom to kill Weston, or at least to kill his body if we assume that Weston's soul really is gone and not capable of being restored.

Why isn't some kind of exorcism a possible solution, and why doesn't it even occur to Ransom that it might be?

I mean, yes, the series is full of plot holes, even if you prefer to pretend that That Hideous Strength didn't happen, or alternatively that the Director isn't actually Ransom at all given that he isn't actually all that much like him, Symbolic Wounds aside*, and could have benefited from a rigorous beta reader. But that one seems particularly odd.


* In the immortal words of Dorothy L Sayers, "I liked Ransom better before he took to lying on sofas like the Heir of Redclyffe", though I think she was actually being a little unfair to Yonge there.
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Happy birthday/ belated birthday to [personal profile] ankaret and [personal profile] mme_hardy!

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