rebness: (Petit Prince: Mouton)

I am so tired. It's been a long, exhausting week. My mum and brother came over to visit, which has been lovely but also kind of draining. Too, the annoying Bolivian flatmate has moved out today and Hannah's on holiday in China, leaving me a few days to be alone and reflect. I'm glad I went straight to work after seeing my family to the airport bus - I hate the wrench of them leaving and all those little deaths I inflict on them.

Ah, well. What's up, you guys? :p

I saw an excellent food meme making the rounds this week, which I have promptly nabbed from the salubrious [livejournal.com profile] saffronlie :

Om nom nom nom  )
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Because [livejournal.com profile] saffronlie and [livejournal.com profile] mothergoddamn were like Eve waving anger apples at my befuddled Adam, I am going to join in with the Friday Rants:

1. Could care less.
COULD CARE LESS, could you? So you actually do care about this thing? Why is it that the people who write this increasingly common, baffling mistake on the internets never take the time to think about how stupid the construction of this phrase is? I couldn't care less if me thinking you're stupid for continually making this mistake upsets you.



Runner-up: Your/you're

2. Catalan Trains
I hate you, Catalan trains. I hate your graffiti-covered windows. I hate your stupid refusal to help the disabled by having huge tilting trains stop at tiny little platforms that means I literally have to take as wide a step as possible to mount the first step. How do people in wheelchairs and the elderly cope? I hate your savagely rude passengers and the way they poke and shove and sweat all over me. I hate the way they won't let me off the train if it's packed. I hate the way you have to announce absolutely everything in Spanish and Catalan. I hate your poor design. Te odio! >:

3. Sultanas
How do you manage to find your sinister way into everything I like?

4. People Who Sit on the Fence for Every Single Issue
Now, most situations call for devil's advocates. You know things that don't? Human rights; cruelty for the sheer pleasure of it; Scientology. There are people for complete rights for the oppressed or for equality for women, gay marriage or child welfare programmes and then there are those who are completely opposed to these things. Fine. Let's sit down and debate this. But don't come at me all, "Ooh, er, I can't possibly have an opinion on this. Each to their own, eh?" No. These things are important. We do not just turn a blind eye because it's difficult to think about. It's not like choosing your favourite ice-cream flavour: it's important. For the record, I can't choose between mint choc chip and cookies and cream.

5. Lift Etiquette
I know that [livejournal.com profile] mothergoddamn has something to say about lifts, but this is my own personal gripe: if it's the morning, please do not hold the doors open for people alllllll the way across the hall. There are four lifts - stop making me late(r) whilst you let them make their own sweet time across the foyer. Yes, I am that girl who gives you the evils when you hold the lift to go up one whole floor. And yes, I totally saw you coming. I still pressed the 'close doors' button, anyway. Bye!
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I keep meaning to post about work, but that can come later. Memage!

ipod meme, stolen from that [livejournal.com profile] mothergoddamn

Best Band On I-Pod: The Beatles
-Fave Song By This Artist: Eleanor Rigby
Best Male Artist: Johnny Cash
-Fave Song By This Artist: The Highwayman
Best Female Artist: Dusty Springfield
-Fave Song By This Artist: I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself
Best Song: Innuendo - Queen
Best Album: Amelie soundtrack - Yann Tiersen
Top 25 Most Played Song: Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
Sexiest Song: Light My Fire - The Doors
Saddest Song: Bright Eyes - Art Garfunkel. The rabbits saddened me, but then I read that the lyricist wrote it for his dying father, whose medication made his eyes burn with fever. My eyes, they burn. :(
Cheesiest Song: If I Had Words - by some guy. And yes, I downloaded it because of Babe. Hah.
Happiest Song: Divine - Sebastien Tellier. I LOVE this song. It's so absurd, it always makes me happy.
NEVER SKIP: Enola Gay - OMD
The "Oh, no I hope I don't die in an accident and this is discovered on my I-pod" Song: Viva Forever - Spice Girls
Weirdest: Life is Life - Laibach
Worst Song: Asereje - Las Ketchup. I know.
Worst Album: Miss Kelly - Kelly Rowland. I like one song of hers, but I still hate seeing her name on my albums list.

Beatles, represent! I don't understand what's wrong with me. I feel very proud of Liverpool lately and its heritage and culture. Scallies, as ever, excepted.
rebness: (Office boredom)

Oh, guys. What a week. The drama llama truly has visited, but it's too annoying to go into.

Anyway! I was tagged by [personal profile] hystree for that birth month meme, so shall do that instead: 

- Pick your birth month.
- Strike out anything that doesn't apply to you.
- Bold the five-ten that best apply to you.
- Copy to your own journal, with all twelve months under a lj-cut.
- Tag 12 people from your friends list.

JANUARY:
Stubborn and hard-hearted. Ambitious and serious. Loves to teach and be taught. Always looking at people's flaws and weaknesses. Likes to criticise. Hardworking and productive. Smart, neat and organized. Sensitive and has deep thoughts. Knows how to make others happy. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Rather reserved. Highly attentive. Resistant to illnesses but prone to colds. Romantic but has difficulties expressing love. Loves children. Loyal. Has great social abilities yet easily jealous. Very stubborn and money cautious.


Tagging: whomever. I can't keep track of everyone who has already done it!

Finally, I am still reading For Whom the Bell Tolls. I was debating (arguing) with this French guy, Ben, about Hemingway. He said that Hemingway is a very good read for someone without English as a native language as he had a very clear, concise style whereas my argument ran to a very well-considered "Well, he's not good for native English speakers because he's patriarchal and obsessed with bullfighting and stupid nur." I don't think I convinced Ben, but I did note that the blurb on the back cover states that Hemingway was "the greatest writer" of the twentieth century and did more to advance the novel than any other author at all during that century. 

That's a pretty big claim. And also annoying and wrong. The end.

 
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This post is 1/3 because RL has swallowed up any imagination I have at the moment, 1/3 because I couldn't get any of [personal profile] tsaress' songs, 1/3 because I like any excuse to write out favourite lyrics and 1/3 because I can't count.

Guess the Lyrics and Win a Prize*

1. We'd like to go to town, but we can't risk it
2. Como se llama, senorita?
3. No-one cared until the night she went out walking all alone... and never came home
4. How I wish that I could feel the good beyond the poison in us like you do
5. Now I'm not frightened of this world, believe me
6. Yes, I admit that I'm a fool for you
7. I try to get to my taxi - man in a tracksuit attacks me
8. And someone is playing a game in the house that I grew up in
9. Welcome to the human race
10. If your new love ever turns you down, come back, I will be around
11. I flirt with every flighty thing that looks my way
12. Oh, what an exit! That's how to go!
13. So if I can shoot rabbits, then I can shoot fascists
14. And I know that it's true, I can tell by that look in your eyes
15. I was swimming in the Caribbean
16. It's such a lovely day, and I'm glad you feel the same
17. Well, if the birds can reach the sky to this land, I'll be with you
18. Papa's looking for mama, but mama is nowhere in sight
19. Stoned in a lonely town
20. Your lips a magic world, your sky all hung with jewels

*Possibly a lie

Angry!Meme

Jan. 16th, 2006 07:28 pm
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I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] wiebke, and I'm a short, angry person, so why not?

1. Write down 7 things that piss you off
2. Tag 5

1. Chuggers
Apparently, charity muggers don't want my precious gold these days. They want me to sign up for an indefinite direct debit payment plan and curl their lips in disgust when I don't think I want to give money to the Give Monkeys Sugar Treats charity or somesuch charidee for the rest of my life. I'm irresponsible and in my twenties-- I can't guarantee I'll have enough money in my bank account each month, and will they help me out if I get overdraft fees? Then, even after five minutes of explaining myself away, they want me to call out "gouranga" for some condescending reason. What's worse is that now I have to storm past them with "I'm too busy!" or "je ne parle anglais!" or some such rot, when I despise being rude in public. Curse them and their politeness-eroding ways!

2. People throwing litter from cars
Raaaaaaaage!

3. Stepping on plugs
For some reason that obviously some technical bore will be able to relay to me, British plugs come with three prongs. Now, I know that this means our plugs should hurt less when stepped on, given that there are more prongs with which to carry the weight of the foot, but it doesn't seem like it. That early morning wake-up call which results in an agonised girly scream is perfected by the plug; a nail would be less painful (given that our floorboards sometimes relinquish a nail, I can attest to this.) The first two prongs impale your foot on either side, crippling you in the second it takes you to realise your folly. The third prong, like some prongy cyclops, impales the tender flesh beneath your toes. There is nothing on earth worse than that feeling. Except stepping on a plug in cotton socks: impalement and chafing. It's like a badly-written slash story.

4. Inaccurate pub!trivia
No, she/he/that guy didn't/couldn't/most certainly did not say/didn't/write "Let them eat cake"/meet Eva Peron/Greensleeves, you nuts. Oh, you're going to make me Google it, are you? Your loss, my fiver.

5. Off of
Where on earth did this come from? Harry got off of the chair, or Holden said piss off of.* What is this, tautology for the insane? Why is it prevalent in about 90% of fanfiction, thus making me want to spork my eyes out approximately twice a day?

6. Coup de Lait
Now, a couple of entries ago, I waxed lyrical about making the perfect cup of tea. When I wake up of a morning, after washing and dressing, I usually have about six minutes to have a cup of tea and eat some Shreddies at the same time. Nothing, but nothing, throws me off more than brewing my tea, preparing my Shreddies, only to realise that the milk has thick, decaying clots in it. And stinks of old socks. Cheers for that.

7. People who get the window seat on a plane that flies over the Alps, or gleaming Canadian ice sheets, or... or... anything gorgeous...
And then promptly close the blind. And fall asleep.

*I may have made up that second example.
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Tagging: [livejournal.com profile] zhonghua2000, [livejournal.com profile] patchworkgirl_, [livejournal.com profile] wig_maker, [livejournal.com profile] avariecaita, [livejournal.com profile] ladydaydream.

rebness: (Holden Caulfield)


or, That Interview Meme. Interview conducted by the sexy [livejournal.com profile] jadedscorpion.

Meme Rules
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.


1. What do you like/hate about where you live?

The village where I live is around a thousand years old, much older than the cities nearby. That's always amazed me; that I can take a walk through the local forest and know I'm tracing the footsteps of thousands of forebears. We have a picturesque village green, a 13th-century church and my garden gives fruit to apples, gooseberries, rhubarb, strawberries and raspberries, like some English cliche. Marvellous.

What do I hate about it? That the city is growing nearer. That they are building an industrial estate not too far away, so traffic is growing heavier. But, first and foremost: CHAVS. They're everywhere.

2. Do you write anything else other than the fandom(s) we know of, or original fiction?

I write for the local paper (freelance) now, as well as a voluntary community paper. I've started two novels, one uber-ambitious and one more 'easy' in that it doesn't require so much research. They'll probably be finished in approximately fifty years' time.

3. If money was no object, what would you be doing right now?

Concentrating on my novel. Then I'd go Greek-island hopping for the summer, before travelling to Italy for autumn and then throughout Europe till winter, when I'd head for the Americas or Africa. If money was no object, I'd be forever travelling and learning, or writing.

4. What do you do for a living, and how/why did you get into that?

I work for the National Health Service in Britain, generally as an adminstrator but more recently in the specialist Mental Health Unit. It's taught me so much about people and also myself. I don't regard mental health issues as something squalid and scary anymore; everyone has a limit; everyone goes through bad points. I'm deeply interested in this now.

I got into the NHS due to nepotism. No, really. My aunt's a doctor and she offered me work experience in her surgery back when I was fifteen. I've had a few career changes, but I always seem to return to the NHS.

Ideally, though, I want to go into tutoring or journalism. It's nice to know I have something to fall back on, though.

5. Do you have any hobbies besides writing?

Oh, quite a few. I adore history and languages, and read up on both a lot. Nothing chills me out like painting, and I *gasp* am getting to like exercise. Travel is my passion, though. My family didn't really go abroad much when I was younger... it's sort of as if I'm compensating for that now. I want to see the world, and in the time of budget travel, I've found it possible to do Switzerland, France and Greece this year. I'm currently planning a trip to Venice in September. Nothing makes me as happy as travelling. A friend showed me a book she had bought the other day. The blurb on the back said that no matter where you travel, you bring your inherent beliefs and soul with you. It's true; the same Becky walking through Venice is the same Becky who walks through the forest in her native land, but dude-- her eyes will widen a bit more at the Doge's palace than the horses in the village back home.

Anyone who wants a grilling, hit that reply button!

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Our system has been down for most of the day, and so, couple with my own computer still being repaired, I’ve had to concentrate on, you know, work and stuff.

And now it’s back and my Process Mapping for the CMHTs gazes at me forlornly from my desk. Muhahahahaha.

Time-wasting meme o’ the week, ganked from all sorts, including [livejournal.com profile] kyuuketsukirui, Ten Things I May Have Done That You Haven’t:


1. Been robbed by an Albanian girl just out of nappies

2. Punctuated meeting my future best friend with a kick to his shins

3. Been on the Cutty Sark

4. Slept rough in Paris

5. Been thrown out of a club for lewd behaviour

6. Been headbutted by a horse

7. Been offered to be interviewed on television for a programme that would have been about 1/3 All About Me. (Turned down for personal reasons.)

8. Had my picture published in The Scum The Sun (The shame.)

9. Won a not insubstantial sum of money

10. Nearly drowned

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