Tradiational Cotswold at its best.

Oct. 22nd, 2017 07:52 pm
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This is Nonesuch Morris, whom I've only just come across. They're a mixed team from Bristol and do traditional Cotswold morris that is truly excellent.

Just look at the precision of the teamwork and the leaps and the crisp hanky work.

Poor hanky work can look terrible, which is why Border morris sides shy away from hanky dances, but when they're done to this standard, they can look fantastic.



 

I'm just about to email them and ask if they'd like to come to Wimborne Minster Folk Festival next year.  I'm dance director of the festival and I'd love it if they could come.

One of the reasons I'm posting so little here is that festival work is taking up a lot of my time at the moment.  The festival isn't until next June, but this is the time when lot of dance teams make their decisions about where they are performing next summer.  Thus, a heavy correspondence load.




Birthday swords

Oct. 22nd, 2017 07:00 pm
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On my birthday, my family and I started playing around with my longswords.  I set my husband and daughter a challenge to see how many locks they could find using six swords.  In the process, they invented one new one and created an improved version of one that I've seen in a book.  Here's some of what we came up with. 


This is the Mohr lock - I learnt it from an American Rapper dancer









Black Joker lock (or you can call it a farm gate if you prefer.) This is a more rigid version of a known lock.

I found a good way of making it quickly, too.










Lindsey's lock. She found this one that I hadn't seen before.







Richard's Yacht lock.  This may actually be one that nobody else had before.

If you want to play yourselves, just cut out some strips of cardboard from a cereal packet or similar, and interweave them.

You'll probably manage to fins the six pointed start before long, but there are others, as well, that I've not shown here...





due south series 1

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:32 pm
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a while ago i wrote some very quick thoughts about every episode of star trek TNG. this is that... but with dS. interestingly, despite star trek being the classic, and being super awesome (obviously), due south is more consistent. there haven't really been any episodes that out right suck. at all. most episodes rock.

so why isn't this show a super classic that we are currently talking about rebooting? it's got everything! heroism, friendship, moral dilemmas, mounties, magical realism - EVERYTHING.

series 1 - in which our hero arrives in the windy city )

Femslashex

Oct. 22nd, 2017 02:46 pm
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Well, that was fun!

I got two really lovely gifts. We Could Be Heroes, a Jessica Jones role reversal AU (I effing love role reversal AUs) where Trish is the one with powers, and Jessica is, well, Jessica. And obloquy, a Game of Thrones story where Yara and Ellaria, who were very much hard done by in S7, get the happy ending they deserve, frequenting brothels and scandalising the lords of Westeros. I am a very lucky girl!

And it wasn't written for me, but the Pride and Prejudice Mary/OFC fic The Part of Her Hair is one of those fics that just makes fandom a richer place.

I have been trying to do more exchanges this year, and the results have been, em, hit and miss. My fault, not that of anyone who's written anything for me. This has just not been a year of me doing my best work. That said, I think the fic I wrote for this is a bit good.

I got a request for Root/Shaw fic without any particular prompts, so I decided to write the finale fixit that I'd been meaning to write since last year. The lion's share of post finale Root/Shaw fics seem to go the route of the Machine and Root having faked Root's death in order to goad Harold into action; a fanon I can never get behind because 1) that's stupid, and 2) Root would never, not after what Shaw went through with Samaritan. So I went with the more traditional fixit: that obviously fatal gunshot wasn't nearly as bad as it looked, la la la. Also, I killed Harold, not because I don't like Harold, but because Reese and Finch dying together had been set up since the pilot, and what were they playing at not following through on that?

Schrodinger's Simulation
So, Schrodinger's simulation, it's simple: if Root lives, this is real; if she dies, it isn't.

Or,

Root survives, Shaw is a terrible nurse, and the Machine has some identity issues.

costumes, due south, near and far

Oct. 22nd, 2017 12:43 pm
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having one of the low writing moments of the year. currently trying to put together some words for the new edition of 'the way forward', but even as i'm writing stuff like 'this is so exciting - it's not too late for me to part of a literal apa that comes through the literal post', i'm also thinking - it is too late but because of me, rather than because of the zine. if this was a year ago, or two years ago, i'd be writing you LOADS of stuff about what roj blake thinks about his life, etc. what i have written about instead is fandom, but it's been hard going.

writing this post because i thought there should be some posts on my livejournal. maybe i will write some more thoughts about due south, but in a separate post. we're about mid series 2. it's still good, though paul haggis has stopped writing. a thing that i did not expect at all has happened - but there's less fall out than i would have expected from this show as well.

about a month ago we went to the RSC costume jumble sale in stratford upon avon. if you like the thrill of the chase, shakespeare, and accumulating useless tat, and you get the opportunity to go, you should DEFINITELY go. it was very exciting. three massive rooms of period and modern costumes, all incredibly cheap. we bought three bin bags of stuff (i love accumulating useless tat) and had to lug it around stratford for the rest of the day until the cloak room for the midday matinee blessedly opened. our swag included a doublet, several pairs of shoes (period, and modern), a dress worn by guenievere in a production of the morte d'arthur (although alas, only an under dress - but i was like: i love arthur! i must have), a silk tudor-style dress, some silly hats, and some jumpers. i started to write about this right now, because i am currently wearing one of the jumpers while i sit here, still in my pyjamas, typing this post to you from sunday morning. it's this one from arden of faversham. very sexy, obviously. cleaning lady chic. it's quite nice though.

i only know where it's from, btw, as all the costumes have tags inside them, which is another nice feature. i haven't seen this play.

i've been playing lots of board games, obviously. in the maths trade we received: kingdom builder, brass, lords of xidit, and mottanai. unfortunately brass and xidit need LOTS of people, so not only have i not played them, i dont think we're likely to play them soon.

also - if you are interested in spending money to acquire semi-useful tat (by which i mean board games) you might like to take a look at the near and far: amber mines kickstarter - which closes on the 4th november. i LOVE 'near and far' (my favourite game of the moment) AND 'above and below' and quickly pledged to get all the extras, which includes new stories and cool stuff for both games. tonnes of stretch goals have been unlocked already, including co-op mode, which we've been sent as a print and play to play now! you can also buy the original game through the kickstarter, but then you'd have to WAIT.

anyway - i recommend it.
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So I made a thing

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:02 pm
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... mainly because I never can quite stop myself, even when I remind myself how many comms I already have:

[community profile] mystery_mansion






It is a comm for all things mystery, crime and detective-related! News, reviews, discussion, links, promotions, fests, fanworks of all kinds etc. etc. You know the drill. (Fictionally speaking, whether TV, book or other.)

I wondered if there was one when I wrote my Daisy Dalrymple ficlet and went looking, and found that, technically yes, but not only had it not been updated in 4 years, it had rules that didn't make it clear what it did and didn't cover, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a (hopefully) more general and open one anyway.

I will promote it presently. In the meantime you can feel free to join, and also please tell me obvious authors/detectives/shows I left off the profile (although I can't have them all). Also above is a handy banner for promoting in your own journals and communities (as appropriate).

If anyone is interesting in co-modding, that would be great.


Also there is a new prompt up at [community profile] b7friday! It is the inevitable spooky one, but spooky is good, right?
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Joanne K. Rowling – Life and Books:
• BBC Documentary A Look into the History of Magic to air on October 28 on BBC Two.
• J.K. Rowling previews 'Harry Potter: A History of Magic Exhibit. (video)
• Harry Potter: The Exhibition: Nimbus 2000 on display in Madrid, Spain to mark the November 18 opening.

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) – Happy Belatedly Birthday.(October 19)
• Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) comments on whether he'd appear in Fantastic Beasts series if asked.
• Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter): new film Jungle and more.
• Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart), Donhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) and others in the Weekly Cast Round-up.
The Art of Harry Potter on the design process of the HP movies to be released next month on November 21.
• Big Draw 2017, an interactive exhibition, is coming to Gloucester Cathedral. (BIG Cathedral Draw, October 21-29

Pottermore News
• Pottermore releases e-book editions of Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through the History of Magic.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
• Cursed Child at Broadway: First Tickets Fly Faster Than a Firebolt.

Communities:
[livejournal.com profile] hp_halloween posted a Reminder that drabbles are due in one week on October 28.
[livejournal.com profile] femmefest posted new banners!
[livejournal.com profile] sirius_black made a mod post: Submissions are due today. The fest is looking for pinch-hitters!
[livejournal.com profile] snapecase Sign-ups are ongoing.
[livejournal.com profile] one_bad_man: Weekly Sign-up Post. At the time of posting Monday is still open.

Fandom Recs:
[livejournal.com profile] madeleone recced Hermione Granger/Severus Snape art (G).
[livejournal.com profile] reynardo recced a beautiful HG/SS craft work (G).
[livejournal.com profile] nearlyconscious recced Tonks, Hermione, Fleur, Luna, Ginny art (G).
[livejournal.com profile] nearlyconscious recced Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter at (G).
[livejournal.com profile] nearlyconscious recced a Alicia Spinnet/Katie Bell fic (NC-17).
[livejournal.com profile] nearlyconscious recced Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter art (G).
[livejournal.com profile] nearlyconscious recced a Daphne Greengrass/Harry Potter fic (PG-13).
[livejournal.com profile] nearlyconscious recced Luna Lovegood/Pansy Parkinson art (G).
[livejournal.com profile] nearlyconscious recced a Daphne Greengrass/Hermione Granger fic (R).

Archive News:
• The OTW says Thank you.

Essay/Meta:
• @fansplaining Podcast: Episode 59: Fandom Histories. (all fandoms)
• Lucy wrote Muggle Magic and "Harry Potter" Collide at the British Library (going through eight subjects studied at Hogwarts)

Nifty:
• Warner Bros Opposuits launch first ever Harry Potter themed Hogwarts House blazer. (currently only a Gryffindor blazer is available)

Searches:
[livejournal.com profile] accio_hd_fics posted a search for Drarry fics with Hermione cheating (on Ron) or being homophobic. (Drarry only)
[community profile] daily_snitch is looking for your recs (fic, art, podfic, meta ...) for the Special Edition: Newt Scamander.

Community Spotlight:
[livejournal.com profile] hp_drizzle – a weather-themed Harry Potter fest
The Harry Potter Weather Fest is an anonymous prompt fest for weather-themed Harry Potter fanfiction and fanart. All ratings, all pairings, all genres are welcome. [livejournal.com profile] hp_drizzle has been running since 2013; currently Round 5 is posting.

Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

Friday Five

Oct. 20th, 2017 05:49 pm
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From [community profile] thefridayfive:

1. What book frightened you as a young person?
I don't know. I can think of TV things that did, and books I didn't like, or that left an unpleasant taste behind, one way or another, but I don't remember being terrified of anything in a book. I was always on the wimpish side in my reading, just in case something would scare me.

ETA: If it counts, when I was 11, our class tutor read us a Sweeney Todd story, and that definitely scared me!


2. If you had to become a ‘living book (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
I would prefer not to become a living book, as that sounds very uncomfortable for me and everyone else around me, so I'll go for Love That Dog because it's about the shortest book I know. (It's also good, though, and contains bonus poetry.)


3. What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?
The BBC Miss Marple (Nemesis in particular), and I do mean Joan Hickson. She sprayed somebody in the face with insecticide. Also some random thing where a cake was poisoned that I saw when I was four, that I think was some old b&w film comedy and was the worst/scariest thing ever. Also when I was about four, I was scared of the theme music to Doctor Who and when it came on would stick my head under a cushion and yell for someone to turn it off. So, ironically, I put an end to DW-watching in my house for about six or seven years, until I got into it myself. (It only ever scared me in the good way after that.) Also probably, as it turns out, Assignment Six of S&S, and that episode of Bergerac where Alfred Burke was so good he had to murder people. And Fraggles! Fraggle Rock was pure nightmare fuel. I still shudder if I see or hear of a Fraggle. The weasels in the (stop-motion) Wind in the Willows! TV was full of terrifying things when I was small.


4. What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?
I am very wimpish about horror! It would be quicker to give a list of things I would watch, although that would still be far too long for a meme. But nothing that's primarily a gore-fest, anyway, unless I had to for some reason. I've been learning lately to be a little less wimpish in my watching, although only a little so far, and it's paid off.


5. Do you have any phobias?
Nothing at the level of a phobia, but I am scared of the future, fish, and over-eating (and poisoned cake, see above). And shop-window dummies.

[Check-In]

Oct. 19th, 2017 10:03 pm
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b&w updates

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:14 pm
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Since I was complaining a few posts ago about the lack of James Maxwell in Subway in the Sky, I should say:

a) That paid off - [personal profile] swordznsorcery pointed me to this Design for Loving campaign sheet from eBay, which has a large pic of Mr Maxwell, plus a synopsis and cast list, and then [personal profile] liadtbunny pointed out that it is up on the BFIplayer here (although only for rental, and I'd have to watch it online and not keep it and rip it and cap it, but still; if lack of JM overcomes me anytime, I could do that). Plus, bonus pic!* (It was 1962, though. I can't remember why I had 1958 in my head. I should know by now there is no 1950s JM, however much I want to make that not be true.)

And b) my other film, The Third Secret, which I will have to talk about properly sometime (it was very pretty and complicated) coughed up a satisfactory cameo. Cut for pictorial proof )


* I don't know why James Maxwell looks like he's in a threesome there, though. Don't these people know that he only ever makes worshipful love to people's hands and would be tragically in the way?
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Suddenly, it's fall! Nice long evenings for reading.

What I Just Finished Reading

The Language of Thorns, a short-story collection by Leigh Bardugo. I wasn't really feeling the love for this until I got to the last two stories: a disquieting re-imagining of The Nutcracker (inspired, says the author, by The Velveteen Rabbit!) and a retelling of The Little Mermaid as an unexpected origin story. Those two alone were worth it! Really wondrous illustrations, too.

The Genius Plague, by David Walton, a techno-thriller with an interesting less-techno twist. I pretty much raced through this (and found the resolution a bit of a let-down.) It was an engaging read, but I doubt iif I'll read the inevitable sequels.

What I Am Currently Reading

Still working my way through The Book of Swords, but to be honest, Ellen Kushner and Richard St Vier were the high points of that book for me.

Akata Witch, by
Nnedi Okorafor, whose Binti books I have loved to pieces. (Oh, and are you excited about Black Panther? Here's a great article from the Washington Post about Afrofuturism, to help you get ready!

What I Am Reading Next

Five of my library holds came in on Friday! So sitting in the stack are Territory, by Emma Bull, and Nod, by Adrian Barnes. Today's episode of Tremontaine just showed up on my desktop, and, and, the new Philip Pullman book is coming out tomorrow! I'm doing another Readathon session at Curious Iguana on Saturday, and so will pick it up to read then.

Question of the Day: What books are you looking forward to right now?

What I've Been Reading Wednesday

Oct. 18th, 2017 09:52 am
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What I've Finished Reading

I finished up The Castle of Otranto and it continued to be delightfully OTT and ridiculous right to the very last line. I laughed a lot. Especially at the last line. The charm of it is, I think (other than gloomy castles and giant suits of armour and what have you), that it's very hard to tell if the whole thing is some kind of joke, or just bits of it. This seems to have been the question for 250 years, and, indeed, the next book I read, The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve is quite openly The Castle of Otranto, the more rational (and therefore possibly not-truly-Gothic) remix.

As Clara Reeve says in the introduction, certain elements of Otranto, "destroy the work of imagination, and, instead of attention, excite laughter." (Walpole apparently responded that hers was, "So probable, that any trial for murder at the Old Bailey would make a more interesting story." Hmm, wait, a novel featuring a real life murder...? Shame he didn't try it, heh.)

It does indeed tail off into a long, plodding fixit of everything, though. It's rather like a tumblr-recommended fixit version of Otranto where everything is relentlessly put right and all the bad people are punished or grovel and apologise to the good people. I liked the beginning with the locked up haunted wing with the murdered body in it very much, though, mixed with a more recognisable setting. Also its hero Edmund has an amusing tendency to weep over people. (The best bit was at the end where he flung his arms round both his mentors legs at once and they had to stop him and then he still had to hug them and weep over them.)

But, given that it's still only about 130 odd pages and has a haunted East wing, it was readable and fascinating to compare to Otranto. I'm glad the collection had them both.

I also read another Daisy Dalrymple (Dead in the Water), which you could probably tell because fic happened. My friend is coming to see me again this week - I have hopes she might be able to lend me some more, because the only others I've found are quite a few books on from that. (Obviously, I'm looking forward to seeing her with or without books, but with books is always better.)


What I'm Reading Now
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, which, as promised by [personal profile] aralias, is very light and enjoyable and just my sort of thing. I seem to be okay with it, too. \o/ (The only downside is the inevitable comparison to Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which can do it no favours. It's a shame she didn't set it, say, 20 years later or earlier to mitigate that. Although, of course, I'm only 100 pages in; there are no doubt very good Plot Reasons.)

(I'm still note-taking from A Mad Bad and Dangerous People? and technically sort of reading Desolation Island, but have not progressed far with either since last time.)


What I'm Reading Next
Well, if my friend does bring me some more Daisy, there'll be that. And once I've finished Sorcerer to the Crown, I might try the next Gothic novel in the collection, which is Mistrust by Matthew Gregory Lewis (author of The Monk).

I did the scary thing - new MacBook

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:57 pm
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I did it. I bought a MacBook Pro. Eeeep!

I’m torn between excitement and terror at spending all that money, even though I’ve actually had the money saved up for a while so it’s not like this is an expense that’s going to kill my savings. I’ve specifically been saving for it, outside my regular savings. It’s just more than I usually spend on a computer, but hopefully the investment will pay off.

Thank you for all the buying advice. I’ve learned so many unexpected tips, too, about things to use it with and apps to get for it. It’s made me feel much more comfortable with this choice.

It arrives on Monday. I need to think of a good name for it :-)

Does anyone have a suggestion for a good password manager?

Random Fandom Meme

Oct. 17th, 2017 09:35 pm
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Randomly memed from [livejournal.com profile] dimity_blue:

Choose five series fandoms (no peeking before you choose them), list them, and then answer the questions behind the cut.

1. Once Upon a Time
2. Blake's 7
3. Doctor Who
4. Dracula (1968)*
5. Sapphire & Steel

Cut for questions and answers )


* Yes, I did fail to read the instructions when I made the list. *handwaves*

Ficlet: Fatal Error

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:40 pm
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Title: Fatal Error
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 693
Characters/Pairings: Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald
Notes/Warnings: None.
Summary: Letting the strangers go had clearly been a mistake…

For [personal profile] persiflage_1 in the 500 Prompts Meme: 12. Why didn't we detain them? - Twelve & Clara Oswald (DW)

Here @ AO3 | Also @ the Teaspoon
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Hello, sweet swappers! As promised, SWAPS ARE HERE. SWAPS ARE SWAPPENING.

If you are new to swaps, or to Yuletide, and curious about what the heck I'm talking about, our brand-new 2017 FAQ is here! If you are old to swaps, read on!

2017 SCHEDULE! REMINDERS! SIGN-UPS! )

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