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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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Meanwhile, procrastination on t'internet leads me to discover that some people are improbably angry about the possibility that a priest might use anti-bacterial hand gel before celebrating Mass.

Some people are very strange.

Back to work.
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Gosh, there's a lot of rubbish reboot Trekfic on the AO3 these days. Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be inadvertently to blame for some of it, as there is the usual rash of badly-written Sherlock crossovers*, but even discounting that, the quality seems to have gone down dramatically.

Also, I wish people wouldn't tag slashfics with 'gay sex'.


* Stupid though Martin Crieff/ John Watson or Martin Crieff/ Moriarty is as a premise, it's surely topped by Khan Noonien Singh/ Molly Hooper?
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] liseuse! With best wishes for a better year.
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Is anyone else watching Deutschland 83? I'm rather enjoying it.

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