ladyofastolat: (sneezing lion)
Apparently there's a new Hearts feature on LJ, by which people can click on a little heart to show their appreciation of a post without having to make an actual comment. I say "apparently" because I can't see any hearts myself, perhaps because I use an old style of journal and have stubbornly resisted all urges to update.

So the question is, if I, who can't see these hearts, post a (heartless) post, can people who DO see hearts still apply one to my post? And if they do, do I get any sort of notification about it, or do I live in ignorance? This needs to be tested. For science.

EDIT: Summary of test results so far: I can see no hearts either on my computer or on my phone, where I use an LJ app. When I received my First Heart, I received a notification (10 minutes later) telling me that someone had liked my post. I have not yet received any notifications about the 2 more hearts that have been left since then. However, if I click follow the link to my post in the notification email (via a Gmail app on my phone) I can see the hearts. I haven't yet been able to test what happens if I click on the email link when on my computer at home. Further tests will follow.

EDIT2: I have now clicked on the link in the notification email on my laptop at home, and there are no visible hearts. I presume it will be the same on my desktop. I have still not received any notifications about any of the hearts apart from the first one. I think this concludes the possible tests. Unless I should do a second post to test whether the "send notification for only the first heart" thing is a rule or just an accident, LJ notifications sometimes being temperamental things.

Books

Aug. 22nd, 2015 08:48 am
ladyofastolat: (sneezing lion)
I've been struggling a little lately to find books I enjoy. I find one-off books, finish them in a day or two, and am then back to surveying the bookcases with little inspiration. I've done re-re-re-rereads of many of my old favourites, but most of the new stuff I've started hasn't really engaged me.

So, any recommendations? A rather lengthy list of requirements )

Dressing up

Feb. 9th, 2015 02:50 pm
ladyofastolat: (sneezing lion)
I've got to dress up as a sweet on Saturday. (For Reasons. Honest.) I don't want to have to spend hours and hours making a 4-foot aniseed ball or a giant tube that I can encase myself in and waddle around as a sherbert fountain. In fact, I don't want to spend very much time at all on this. Ideally, I'd like to use and creatively adapt costumes that already exist in the house.

These costumes are:
- Morris dance kit
- Generic medieval-style bar wench costume
- A Tudor dress
- Lots and lots of armour

Ideas?
ladyofastolat: (sneezing lion)
Does anyone have any recommendations for a cereal bar that, A, contains no nuts, B, can be bought in the UK, and, C, tastes less sweet than most of its kind? (And, as an aside, why is it so hard to find yogurts, cereal bars and the like that simply taste less sweet than their fellows, rather than ones that shout "low sugar!" but taste just as sweet as all the others, or even more so, because they've made up the difference with yucky artificial sweetener?)

Alternatively, does anyone have any suggestions for a non-sweet (or not-very-sweet) something that could fulfil a similar role: i.e. a quick snack that provides 100-150 calories. I want something that can be carried in a rucksack without getting squashed, and can be eaten without causing sticky fingers. I would also prefer something individually wrapped, A, because it's easier to carry in a rucksack, and, B, because I've learnt the hard way how hard it is to say "I'll just have 4 Cheddars, then put the pack away and not eat any more until tomorrow." (Let's just say that I did put the packet away, but not in the way I'd intended.)

Cat flaps

Feb. 18th, 2014 09:31 am
ladyofastolat: (Killer Kitten)
Has anyone got any experience of using one of those cat flaps that's tied in to a cat's microchip?

An enemy tom cat has been coming in a lot lately and spraying all over the place, which is stressful for my cat, and not nice for us. Our current cat flap is actually one of those magnet-activated ones that can be linked to a magnet on a cat's collar, but we've never used it that way. When we adopted my cats, it was clear that neither of them had ever worn a collar before. Once they were settled in, I did try to get them to wear collars, but they clearly found it an utterly miserable experience. Honey, in particular, just moped around pitifully for days, too miserable to eat. I could try again, and I expect she'd get used to it in the end, but it seems wrong to take a cat who is already stressed and do something that will make her immensely more stressed, in the name of helping her.

The microchip-linked one is definitely a possibility, then, but my concerns are:

- we've already got a hole in our door from the existing cat flap. Can this be adapted to fit a new one, that's probably a different size? What if the new one's smaller than the hole?

- will my cat adapt to a new cat flap, which will sound different and feel different from the old one? Due to the design of the door and the level of the garden, the cat flap is fairly high off the ground on the outside. The current one has quite a broad shelf at its base, which gives my cat a nice, sturdy shelf which she uses to climb up to the level of the cat flap. I worry that she might be unable to use a different design.

- will it open fast enough if my cat comes tries to enter at haste, pursued by a bear?

- will we be woken in the night by repeated almighty crashes, and go down to find concussed tom cats strewn across the back garden?

Do they work? Are they worth the cost?

Shampoo

Nov. 22nd, 2013 05:58 pm
ladyofastolat: (sneezing lion)
Much woe is being caused by the fact that for months now, I have not been able to find my usual shampoo, not anywhere there. Fortunately I tend to buy such things in vasty quantities, and then sometimes forget that I did so, and proceed to buy even more vasty quantities the following week. As a result, famine has only just started to raise its skeletal head, as my very last bottle grows sadder and emptier in the shower. I have tried several shops, but none of them even admit to its existence. I see that I can still buy it online from a few places, but its total absence in the shops makes me think its days are numbered even there.

This is quite woesome, since I experimented for many a month before settling on this shampoo as the only one in existence that stopped my hair from becoming a Gordion Knot upon washing, but didn't make my scalp burn. It's L'Oreal Elvive Anti-Dandruff 2-in-1, in a blue bottle. I like 2-in-1 shampoos, because I'm far too lazy to apply conditioner separately, and don't like the feel of it on my hair, anyway, but I do feel the difference in terms of fewer tangles to comb out. (Again with the laziness.)

So does anyone know of a 2-in-1 anti-dandruff shampoo that is good for people with sensitive skin. I've tried lots of different breeds of Head and Shoulders in the past (and again earlier this week, in anticipation of the Fatal Hour when my shampoo breathes its last) and it burns! it burns!
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We want to visit Pompei, Herculaneum and similar nearby sites next spring. Given that we spent over 8 hours in Ostia and failed to do more than half of it, we will need a LOT of time in each site. I'm thinking we'll need a full week in the area. Does anyone have any tips on where to stay? We want to travel around independently by public transport, so would want a base that has good transport links, but is also nice in itself, and with a varied choice of eating places within walking distance. I'm also in the market for recommendations of places to visit that aren't the obvious ones - and indeed for general recommendations (and anti-recommendations) for holidaying in this area. (EDIT: I'm kind of leaning towards Sorrento as a base, but am willing to be persuaded otherwise.)

Rome

Apr. 1st, 2013 08:20 pm
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Anyone got any recommendations for historical things to see in Rome that aren't immediately obvious - or indeed anti-recommendations for obvious, well-known places that aren't actually worth a visit. Ancient through to medieval things are strongly preferred. I do not like Baroque. I prefer museums that directly relate to the place they're sited in, rather than ones that consist of random art works from hither and yon. We're considering not bothering with the Vatican museums, due to huge crowds, queues, and the afore-mentioned random art work thing, but are open to persuasion otherwise.
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Can anyone recommend a tourist-focused basic language course that:

- Is free or cheap

- Has a strong audio component, but always supported by a very strong visual component.

- Doesn't require constant input from the learner. I want to be able to play the lesson on the laptop or TV while eating dinner, and don't want to have to click "next" every few seconds.

I saw an advert in the Radio Times for a course called "Earworms," which claims to harness the power of catchy songs and jingles. This sounded promising; I did get through my Finals by setting the 16th century to music, after all. I found a sample lesson on Youtube, and it doesn't actually set things to music at all, just carries on a very repetitious conversation to a dull background of forgettable muzak, while the words appear on screen in a large, friendly font. I watched it twice, and the next morning I realised that my entire memory of it came from picturing the words on screen. The audio memory followed, in terms of pronunciation and intonation, but it needed the visual prompt. Since the full course seems to be designed for people to listen to on MP3 players, I'm not sure if this visual component will be present in the full course.

Poetry

Nov. 29th, 2012 05:38 pm
ladyofastolat: (sneezing lion)
My Mum has asked for "a book of silly poems" for Christmas. She's already got a book that claims to be of "light verse," but she says that there's barely a laugh to be found in them.

My conclusion after a little while on Amazon is that adults are not allowed to read humorous verse. Searching for "silly poems" or even for "funny poetry" brings up almost nothing but children's poetry, with only a handful of adult titles. Thinking about the children's poetry books in my various libraries, they are overwhelmingly humorous and silly. When you grow up, however, poetry suddenly becomes big and solemn and serious. I wonder why this is.
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WiiFit is constantly telling me (or, rather, was constantly telling me, since I've not done it for ages) that I should "do this exercise on a soft surface such as a yoga mat." I was looking at fitness DVDs the other day, since my back injury has left me feeling noticeably less fit than I was at the start of the summer, and they all seemed to be in agreement that a special mat was an absolutely essential component of the entire thing.

Why? What's wrong with doing exercises on the carpet? Do these mats have super-special secret qualities that the uninitiated such as me will be forever blind to? Being uninitiated, I can only come up with the following arguments:

In favour of mats: I would no longer have to lie on the carpet and think, "Oh, gosh, what an awful lot of cat hair is emeshed with the carpet pile. I really ought to hoover it one day," which then causes a minor (very minor) episode of procrastination-angst when I notice the same thing a week later.

Against mats: My cat would go, "Ooh, goodie! A mat just for MEEEE!" and would want to curl up on it while I was exercising.
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Can anyone recommend a good vacuum cleaner that copes well with cat fur? We've had an upright Dyson Animal for the last however many years, but it's really not working at all well any more. I don't have strong feelings on whether it's upright or low, hunched and creeping, or whether it uses bags or anything else (though Pellinor might have a preference, I suppose); I just want to be able to whizz around the house as infrequently as I can get away with, and magic away all the catty fur in one fell swoop. I'm prepared to pay for this. Preliminary research indicates that Miele Cat and Dog cleaners get a lot of praise online, but even then, it's confusing, since there are several different models, and very little guidance on what the differences are between them, beyond price.
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Quite a lot of websites that I visit every day are ones that I've never bothered to bookmark, since they're listed in the drop-down list that appears when I click the down arrow on the address bar. In the past, I've always clicked on the arrow, selected the site, and the site has immediately loaded. However, a few weeks ago, things changed on my desktop computer. Now I have to click on the arrow, select the site, and then click on a little sideways arrow that's appeared, captioned "go to the address in the location bar." Not very arduous, I have to admit, but I am not at all used to this extra step, meaning that nine times out of ten I click on the address, and sit there for ages doing nothing, expecting the site to start loading automatically. I'll get used to it soon, you might say, except that it still works the old way on my work computer and on the laptop, which is where I do most of my browsing.

So the question is: is there something I can do to change it back? I've looked at every option I can find on Firefox, and have tried Googling a solution, but no joy yet. Yes, it's only a tiny little inconvenience, and I'll doubtless get used to it eventually, but I'd rather it go away.
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Can anyone recommend any books about the History of Things? The second-hand book shop we found in Chichester was excellent, and I got 4 Georgette Heyers, a book on Number, Anne Fine's Up on Cloud Nine, The Voyage of the Beagle, and The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren, all of which are much appreciated, but the large history section disappointed me since it was arranged (correctly, IMO) by country and date, but didn't have an additional History of Things section. I've read some really interesting books in recent years on such things as the history of the calendar, of glass, of the pigeon, of daylight saving, of funeral pratices, of the effects of weather etc. etc., and it's become my favourite type of history book. I don't really care what the Thing is; I just want a nice, well-written popular account of the history of it. Any recs?

Circus?

Dec. 12th, 2010 05:24 pm
ladyofastolat: (bellowhead)
Anyone got any ideas for what I could wear for this year's Bellowhead New Year event, which is circus themed? They encourage - but certainly don't compel - people to come in appropriate costume. I don't want to buy or hire costume, since that rather goes against the grain, given the amount of costume we possess between us. Has anyone got any ideas for something that loosely fits a circusy theme, but isn't a clown costume? It would ideally be something that could be put together using a costume repertoire that is largely medievalish and Morrisy.
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I'm on leave today, since I've got several spare days to use up before the end of the year. I told myself very firmly that I would start writing the YA novel I've been musing on for a few months. So far, I've had a lie-in, done a killer sudoku, walked to the corner shop to buy last-minute ingredients, put dinner in the slow cooker, and in general not done an awful lot that relates to getting a novel started. In the interests of further displacement, I offer up the following poll.

Poll for meat-eaters )

Right. I'm not going to bite the bullet and get started. Actually, all I want to do today is write something. A mere half a page will do. Once I get started, and the characters start coming alive, it always gets rapidly easier.
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Thanks to those who replied to my request for info. on HD TV. We did decide to go for Sky HD in the end, although we cancelled out subscription to Sky Movies as we did so, so will be paying less than we have been paying. I hardly ever watched anything on Sky Movies (I say "I", rather than "we," since Pellinor is even less of a film and TV watcher than I am), so it seemed sensible to stop paying for it. However, I think I'll subscribe to Love Film, to fill the gap with DVD rentals. I'll finish playing Borderlands first, though.

Speaking of Borderlands... It's all very annoying. Pellinor and I were nearing the end of our two-player playthrough the other day, and went in search of the various downloadable expansion packs. We soon found that a new edition of the basic game came out only days after we bought our copies, including not only the original game, but all the downloadable content. It was much cheaper to rebuy the game in this new edition than to buy all the various downloadable bits separately. So we now have two copies of the basic Borderlands game, sans downloadable content, if anyone wants 'em. But it's all very annoying. If only we'd bought them a week later...

Back to Sky, though... Pellinor ordered the new Sky box early in the week, and they said it would probably arrive on Saturday. A "we tried to deliver your parcel" note came through the door for Pellinor on Thursdays, but Pellinor was puzzled, claiming not to have ordered anything recently. I collected it on Friday, and told him on the phone that it was a rectangular box, quite heavy. Neither of us had any idea what it could possible be, and I was going to leave it in its packaging for Pellinor to unwrap on Sunday. (He's somewhere near Bristol this weekend, sleeping in an Iron Age village under a fake tiger skin, rousing every now and then to fight off the hordes of evil.) I was amazingly slow to realise that this was almost certainly the Sky box. Unfortunately, I can't install it until Pellinor gets back, since my muscles are too pathetic to move the TV cabinet.

Finally, I got my new phone on Thursday, and have been having fun with it ever since. It's nice having the ability to look at LJ during my lunch break at work. Admittedly, it's pretty difficult to view it on such a tiny screen, but at least I have the option. LJ got blocked at work a few months ago, and I find it rather frustrating to do a post before work in the morning, and then be unable to reply to the comments that I can see coming on on email during the day.

EDIT: And while I'm here: I've asked Pellinor and my parents to get me a new camera for my birthday, but I have no idea what new camera. My current digital camera was fairly state-of-the-art when I got it, but that was many years ago, and it's really showing its age. I mostly take pictures of hillsides, seascapes, castles and the like, which gives me time to set up a good shot, but I do sometimes take pictures of fast-moving Morris dancers, when I want to be able to snap the moment instantly. Anyone got any recommendations of a good, recent camera that suits my needs?
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I came back from my week playing Traveller with an urge to read exciting adventures set in space. Pellinor has loads of classic science fiction, but he doesn't think I'll like any of them, since I like my books to be strongly character-centric, with well-drawn, likeable characters who develop throughout the story. Luckily, I have a habit of buying books when I come across recommendations online, and then not getting round to reading them for ages, so I had a couple of possibles on my shelves.

Books read )

Book recs needed )

HDTV

Oct. 18th, 2010 06:39 pm
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Is HDTV really the best thing since sliced bread, as they would have you believe?

The thing is, our Sky box has broken. It's been showing its age for a while, and yesterday it suddenly stopped letting us play back recordings or record new stuff. Apparently Sky no longer produce non-HD Sky Plus boxes, so our options are:
- Pay around £70 to get an engineer out and take half a day off work to meet him. However, there's no guarantee that he'll be able to fix it
- Pay around £150 to get a non-HD Sky box from another source
- Pay £10 a month to subscribe to the HD channels (minimum contract: 12 months), and get a free HD box thrown in - plus a £15 if we choose to install it ourselves, and a lot more if we get a chap in to do it.

Since there doesn't seem to be anything in the contract to say that we can't drop the HD channels after a year, the HD route looks more cost-effective than getting a non-HD box, but I just wanted to hear about HD TV from someone who isn't trying to persuade me to buy it. I can't say I've ever missed it so far. We're not big TV watchers, and have never felt the urge to get posh speakers or anything like that. I record about 6 programmes a week, and some of those are things like QI and HIGNFY, where I don't really care whether I see Ian Hislop's head in wonderful resolution.

Actually, given that most of the things I watch are on Freeview, I was wondering if we need Sky at all, but I'm reluctant to get rid of it. I'm not fannish about anything at the moment, but most of the things I have been fannish about have been on channels that aren't on Freeview, and The Game of Thrones TV series is going to be on Sky.
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Anyone an expert on British birds of prey? Today I saw a gaggle of birds of prey above chalk downland half a mile inland from the sea, and Google and my bird books haven't really helped. They hovered rather like kestrels, in that they would hover motionless over a spot for a little while, then flap away to find a new spot. However, they were hanging around in a group of 5 or 6, which doesn't seem like typical kestrel behaviour. I didn't get close enough for a clear look at their plumage (oops, almost wrote "foliage") but they certainly seemed light in colour - possibly very pale underneath, and honey-coloured on top, though they might have been darker. The sound might have been a high, short screech, with an upwards intonation. I felt that their wings might have been a bit less pointy than a kestrel's, but, again, I didn't get a very clear look; they were flying ahead of us, rather than above us. I thought they might have been a bit bigger than a kestrel, but Pellinor thinks they might have been smaller, so I think you'll have to discount any size-related evidence. Lots of crowsorrooksorjackdaws here hanging around nearby, occasionally doing a half-hearted attempt to beat up any outlier of the group.
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Does anyone have any good ideas of what to do with blackberries, without the result being a high-calorie cake, pie or pudding? The hedgerows are teeming with ripe blackberries at the moment, and I feel the urge to harvest nature's bounty.

In other foods news, I was disconcerted to notice that the dried tarragon I've just put in my casserole smelled exactly like the pervading odour of the pet food shop I went to on my way home from work. I hope it at least tastes nice, since I've made enough for two days. [EDIT: It tasted very nice. I'll definitely be making this one again. :-)]

On Monday, I need to do something with sage or paprika. I went a bit mad in the herb and spice section this afternoon.
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I just got the following error message on LJ. Have messages like this been happening all along without me noticing? Is someone just having a silly day? And are there any other fun error messages out there for me to find?

Page Not Found

I'm sorry, you've reached a page that I cannot find. I'm really sorry about this. It's kind of embarassing. Here you are, the user, trying to get to a page on LiveJournal and I can't even serve it to you. What does that say about me? I'm just a webserver. My sole purpose in life is to serve you webpages and I can't even do that! I suck. Please don't be mad, I'll try harder. I promise! Who am I kidding? You're probably all like, "Man, LiveJournal's webserver sucks. It can't even get me where I want to go." I'm really sorry. Maybe it's my CPU...no that's ok...how bout my hard drives? Maybe. Where's my admin? I can't run self-diagnostics on myself. It's so boring in this datacenter. It's the same thing everyday. Oh man, I'm so lonely. I'm really sorry about rambling about myself, I'm selfish. I think I'm going to go cut my ethernet cables. I hope you get to the page you're looking for...goodbye cruel world!

Ankles

Feb. 10th, 2010 12:48 pm
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One thing I have always wondered when reading a certain type of historical novel:

How does one recognise a particularly fine ankle?

Help

Feb. 10th, 2010 08:30 am
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I can't see pictures on my Friends page. Or, rather, I can see pictures just fine, as long as they're linked from some external source. If people post a picture direct to their LJ, I not only can't see the picture, I also don't even get any indication at all that a picture is absent. This caused quite a lot of bafflement before I worked out what the problem was, since I got completely empty posts, or quite notes culminating in "and then I saw this..." and then just ending. Often, it was only other people's comments that showed me that I was missing the whole point of the post.

I don't know if it's a related issue, but I can't post pictures directly to my own LJ, either. If I try, I get the message "you must be logged in to do this," or something along those lines, even though I am logged in.

I use Firefox, properly updated with all latest versions. I also can't view pictures when using Firefox on the laptop, but when I dig out an ancient copy of Internet Explorer and view my Friends page through that, all the pictures are present and correct.

Is there some obvious setting that I need to change?

Recipes?

Jan. 26th, 2010 02:45 pm
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I have fairly recently discovered cooking, probably as a result of the increased amounts of spare time and the frustrated creative urges that come from giving up fanfic. (Since I don't doubt for a moment that I will end up writing it again one day, I can't really call it "giving up," but, still, I've been fanfic-free for an unprecedented eight months, after thirteen solid years of writing it.)

I did do a bit of cooking when I was a teenager, but it was mostly weekend or visitor food. I copied various recipes from my mum, but they're mostly rich puddings or main courses that are drowning in sherry and cream. I therefore find myself rather lacking in simple recipes for everyday meals for two, that can be cooked fairly quickly after work. Anyone got any ideas?

- I'm not a fan of vegetables. Stewed and squashy, they're tolerable, but crisp and crunchy vegetable stir-fries are really not for me.
- I'm a carnivore, I'm afraid. Chicken or pork would be my first choices, but others are fine, too.
- I'm not a huge fan of fish, although I'll eat simple, user-friendly fish like cod, tuna or salmon. I don't like other types of seafood.
- No nuts, please! I don't like mushrooms or peppers, so although I'm happy to quietly remove them from recipes that contain them as an extra, I don't want recipes in which these things are a vital ingredient.
- At the moment, I'm trying to lose weight, so would like recipes that aren't drowning in things like cheese and cream, but I am particularly fond of cheese, so am more than happy to file such recipes away for future use.

I'm being quite unreasonably demanding, aren't I? Don't bother writing out recipes in any detail. Brief descriptions are fine for now, as long as you don't mind me interrogating you for more details if needed.
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As far as I remember, Armistice Day itself wasn't commemorated when I was young, with everything happening on Remembrance Sunday instead. I can't remember any two minutes' silences ever happening on a weekday at school. My memory puts the widespread marking of Armistice Day as distinct from Remembrance Sunday as a thing that has only started (or restarted) in the last ten to fifteen years. No-one at work agrees with me - though they don't actively disagree, either, just say they can't remember. Am I misrembering things? The only evidence I've found on a quick online search is that the two minute silence on Armistice Day was stopped during World War 2, so as not to interfere with wartime producation, and moved to Remembrance Sunday, but clearly this isn't relevant to my memories of the 70s and 80s.

Mnemonics

Apr. 8th, 2009 01:50 pm
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For no apparent reason, I was just thinking about mnemonics. Anyone got any favourites?

Some I still use, or, at least, remember )
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Bookstart wants me to vote for my favourite nursery rhyme, but I don't know what it is. I'm supposed to have one. Clearly everyone is supposed to have one, but I really don't think I do. I'm well inclined towards nursery rhymes in general, as examples of living tradition, as shared cultural heritage, and for all the ways they apparently benefit children's development, but a favourite one...? I'm staring at the voting form and not a single title leaps out and fills my heart with intense joy, above and beyond its fellows.

Would you all be able to answer this question instantly and unerringly?
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What's the going rate for a Christmas tip for the milkman? Does anyone here tip postmen? Binmen?

(This post is brought to you from a skeletal computer with innards hanging out, which refused point blank to boot up earlier until Pellinor attacked it with a screwdriver. I don't know if it's back for good, or if this is its last heroic gasp, but I am doing some serious and long overdue backing up.)

Weekend

Jun. 26th, 2007 05:30 pm
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We were supposed to be dancing at a festival this weekend, but the River Severn has decided to take up residence on the festival site, so the whole thing is cancelled. I'm rather relieved, actually. For future reference, I do not recommend coming home from holiday at 10 on the Sunday, and going to work the next day - especially when you're starting off with a meeting on the mainland. I got home from my meeting yesterday at 3.30, and took the rest of the day as leave, but I really needed the whole day off.

Now I'm trying to decide whether to cancel the Friday and Monday I'd booked as leave for the festival, or take them anyway. A 4 day weekend is tempting, and I've got 4 and half days of leave still unbooked, so if I cancel these two days, I'll probably just end up having to take odd days in December just to get through it. But the cautious part of me is wondering what unexpected things might come up in the autumn, and whether I would come to bitterly regret having taken two unnecessary days in June. Ah, decisions, decisions...

EDIT: Unrelated question, and slightly icky: If you take two ibuprofen at 5.10, because of a killer headache, and are then sick at 5.40, because of the same killer headache, are you likely to have lost the tablets? In other words, do you need to take more tablets to replace the ones you took earlier, or do you have to wait the requisite number of hours before you can take another dose?
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My Dad sent me this email yesterday:

"I wonder if you can possibly track down some information for me. There is a theory that early brain development is radically affected by testosterone, and that explains alleged differences between male and female brains. Both men and women produce testosterone, but in different quantities. What I want to know is how different. Is it reasonable to assume that the level in every normal man is higher than in every normal woman? Or is it like height, in that there is a big overlap? I've spent some considerable time failing to find out, but hope that with your superior Google skills you can get there. Don't spend too long on it."

I did a quick Google, but it occurred to me that some of you clever people out there might already know about this, what with the large range of academic disciplines represented on my Friends list.

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