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Oct. 19th, 2014

Star Wars, dreaming, sunset

It's the end...but the moment has been prepared for...

Yeah, it’s not working out is it?

Don’t worry it’s not you, it’s me, sorry. Just can’t go on like this, I can’t give you the time you need, it’s not fair on you. Going to have to let you go and get on with my life. It will be hard but I think we can both see by the way I’ve neglected you that it’s for the best. I can still visit occasionally, so it may not be final, you never know what’s around the corner.

My attempt to blog has failed. Not that life is too busy and exciting that I don’t have the time, it’s just I don’t have the inclination. Since I last posted in April what’s happened? I’ve become quite active in a Star Wars costuming group – I crew a shopping centre collections and the like. Even got myself an Imperial Officers costume to troop in myself. Might even get a Stormtrooper costume, or maybe do something out of my comfort zone and more challenging – Asajj Ventress anyone?

Become quite the eBay addict, selling stuff I’ve been meaning to clear out for ages. Buying other to replace it of course but I’m being quite mature and frugal elsewhere to make up for it.

Work continues to be unfulfilling. Seem trapped in a prison of job security. Have enough money saved to allow me to do something adventurous but I’m too old a cynical now to make a leap knowing I should be a proper responsible grown up. And given I’m the only one in my immediate family with a full time job and regular income is a strange burden to carry.

Something needs to change though, each year I say – this time next year I’ll be doing something else. Well now I’m swearing on the holy trinity of Lucas, Spielberg & Russell T Davies, that this time next year – I’ll out of Grim Northern Town and doing something awesome.

Until the next time… be seeing you.

Apr. 8th, 2014

Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated...

Oh dear, not sure what happened to blogging in March!

Feel the need for a ‘previously on’ lead in…

Crewed at Cardiff ComicCon at the beginning of the month – as always the highlight of any even of event is seeing the fans, particularly those who cosplay, and more specifically those who force/coerce/persuade their offspring. My two favourites were a family of Dr Who fans –Mum was dressed as Ace, kids as Daleks – youngest couldn’t have been more than four and when we all went ahh how sweet she raised her eyestalk and said ‘exterminate’ – of the scale cute. My other favourite was again a wee lad of 4/5 who was dressed as Emmet from The Lego Movie, little yellow hands and everything – I told him as he walked in that it was the best costume I’d seen all weekend! His Dad said something about it costing a small fortune in gaffer tape.

Oddest moment that weekend was not at the convention but when I went for a Chinese meal in the evening with friends in the Canton area of Cardiff. I was casually looking over at the table across the room from us and noticed a chap I recognised from being in Dr Who (well this is Cardiff after all) it was the bloke who played Donna’s dubious fiancé in The Runaway Bride. I looked to his left and recognised the bloke who played Jonah in an episode of Torchwood (again I though, this is Cardiff). Then I looked to his left and recognised - Kenneth Brannagh! Spookily I’d only been watching his version of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ the night before. I told my friends and there was some probably not so subtle rubbernecking, thankfully they weren’t that close to us. When I looked again I thought, hang on, I recognise that hair! Yes, it was Alex Kingston looking fabulous, sat next to chap I also thought I recognised (possibly played the head of the musketeers in the new series). I did think about trying to ‘accidentally’ be in the ladies loo with Alex but thought better.  I did dare a male friend to ‘follow’ Kenneth in to the gents, but he came back a little while later reporting that he’d gone in a cubicle and well, frankly, as a man there was only so many times he could wash his hands without it being suspicious! Regardless of failed stalking attempts we had a great evening out and I think Brannagh, Kingston & co were out to celebrate the Jonah actors birthday or something (I just happened to be seated facing their table, honest!).

That’s Cardiff for you – Hollywood of Wales!

In other news…came to end of my three month promotion/secondment. Got to play office girl for a while, did lots of admin type stuff, gained some new respect for a colleague who I think gets some undeserved short shrift for other people.

Had a night out a comedy club in Manchester, found the four male comedians far too reliant of crude language and insulting comments about women. My friends and I were seated near the front (not by choice!) and of course we got ‘involved’. I did apparently get the best laugh of the evening though, with my reply to a question I had thrown at me – I have witnesses! I won’t repeat it, you did have to be there, but it does kind of show how poor the standard of acts was.

Just got over a very nasty bout of food poisoning, or potentially a severe reaction to eating Quorn depending on how reliable the internet is! I spent two days being unable to leave the flat or eat due to really bad abdominal pains and the rest. Spent one day listening to to talking book version of Dr Who and the abominable snowmen! Apparently there is a recognised allergy/reaction to Quorn products which I think has had more media focus in the USA than here in the UK. On the plus side I lost 5 pounds which finally took me under 11stone, just! And now after being back in work and survived the day, I’ve managed to eat something more than a slice of toast and I’m practically buzzing with energy!

Got season three of Game of Thrones on DVD, I’m about six episodes in, I’m getting quite anxious… I’m relatively spoiler free and I have a very bad feeing that things are going get quite dark!

Feb. 22nd, 2014

McGann, hug!, Doctor Who

Supernatural season 8 marathon completed

Oh Dean, you’re completely f**ked up but I still love you.

The Winchester boys have suffered a lot over the years, and there’s more angst to come as I’ve just heard announced that there’s going to be a season 10!

Supernatural is fun, moving, tragic, silly and always entertaining. The two leads are ridiculously pretty but my favourite is Dean.

It’s obvious for even the most casual viewer that the most important things to Dean are family, friends, his car, and pie, in that order.

It’s only the last few seasons I’ve seen that I’ve released how deeply unhealthy the brothers co-dependency is. They’d be much better off if they split up – but of course there would be no show if they did!

Dean’s friendships with Cas and in season 8 the vampire Benny show that once he lets someone in his loyalty is unfailing, but if they betray him he holds a grudge until they redeem themselves in his eyes. Even Sam frequently disappoints him.

Dean's never had a stable family upbringing and on occasions you get a glimpse of the yearning he has for the simple life.
Two moments stick in my mind. One is when – and I can’t remember now the how or why – but his mother was alive and well living in a typical suburban house, and we see Dean cheerfully mowing her lawn in the front garden – such a regular thing for a son to do but its something Dean’s never, ever been able to do and its kind of heart breaking.

The other is from season 8 when the brothers find the secret HQ of the Men of Letters. It’s a safe place for once and the boys start to nest – Dean gets his own room – he admits he’s never had his own room, to decorate and feel ‘this is mine’, oh Dean  - I just want to give him a hug!

Feb. 2nd, 2014

McGann, hug!, Doctor Who

Light at the End

Finally caught up with listening to Big Finishes Doctor Who 50th anniversary special audio story ‘Light at the End’. I got the standard CD as a Xmas present – after failing to justify the expense of the limited edition version (a making of documentary, some photos and a pretty box did not warrant an extra £25 quid).

Given all the stuff that was produced for the 50th I thought it would be nice to hold something back to enjoy later. Listened to it all in one sitting last night and while I enjoyed it, it was a little disappointing.

Good bits -

Having all the Doctors up to and including the 8th together was fun. McGann & Tom Baker teaming up was great to hear. I haven’t listened to any of the new Tom stories but now I think I will.

5th Doctor and Nyssa are my favourite pairing so nice that they got a good chunk of the plot.

Bob Dovie plot was bitter sweet. Lovely to have actual children delivering children’s dialogue, meant their ‘death’ was all the more poignant. The pay off at the end of all the Doctor’s turning up on Bob’s doorstep at the middle of the night was well played.

Poor bits –

How stupid was the Master? Creating a situation where 8 Doctors get together and thinking nothing could possibly go wrong with his plan? Muppet.

The whole resolution was a bit of a cop out – going back in time to change thing happening in the first place?

Really felt the absence of Nicholas Courtney & Lis Sladen, kind of expect them to be always around they were such Who stalwarts.

In conclusion in was a pretty good attempt at doing an anniversary special but my heart still belongs to Zagreus. It’s utterly bonkers, the actors quite clearly have no idea what it’s all about but still give their all. Rassilon was a proper villain voiced magnificently by Don Warrington. I still listen to it quite often, and some times it even makes complete sense!

In real life – new job going surprisingly well, with the bonus of me using Tumblr for work!

Jan. 9th, 2014

work, Bruce Boxleitner

Year so far

It’s only the 9th but things have occurred!

I’ve sort of got a new job. Very long boring explanation behind it but in summary  - a colleague who has a fixed term position until the end of March is jumping ship before she’s pushed.  The museum still has Arts Council money to spend before the end of March so they want to fill the post. Enter me who did once apply for the post in question – fundraising & business development assistant.  Asked if I would be interested in doing it for 3 days a week, while still doing my current job 2 days – with the guarantee I can go back to my ‘proper’ job in April (because no matter how good I may turn out to be there is no more money to pay for the post)?

I’m bored to tears with my current job as front of house minion so I naturally said yes.

One slight drawback – the woman I’ll be assisting is… challenging. In that she’s not very good at her job, not all of it mind you, but some significant elements – and she kind of knows it, hence slight stress management issues.

My current manager is joking about be going to ‘the light side’, thinking that my current work lie in the dark side. Yeah – other way round mate. Definitely feel I’m going to be entering the scary world of ‘behind the scenes’. It’s been ages since I’ve worked in an office, though I doing suppose you ever forget how to ride a desk.

Dec. 28th, 2013

work, Bruce Boxleitner

Where did Christmas go?

Three days off, gone in the blink of an eye!

Was productive, intended to eat lots and i did indeed eat lots! Turkey ran out far too soon, my giant Christmas cake was still going strong when I left my parents this morning. Saw the Hobbit II, three hours was looonnng... but it was pretty in 3D. My mum was quite taken with the bees in 3D! Loved the barrell scene and the potential dwarf / elf romance, was rather sweet.

The Doctor Who xmas special was, erm, well we did get a regeneration at the end, eventually. At the end my only thoughts were; Moffat must be stopped, and Orla Brady was fab.

Back to work today, grr. Though I did get a late christmas present when a police officer turned up and showed us a photo and asked if we'd seen this lad - one of our regular scumbags. Yes, he's upstairs in the library. Shortly after scumbag was escorted out in handcuffs. Thank you Santa!

Dec. 23rd, 2013


2013 in review

While I wait for my third Christmas cake to bake in the oven I thought I’d complete one of the ‘my year in review’ type things. This one I borrowed from http://hathy-col.livejournal.com/. A blog I read but have never said hello, hello!

01. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
Went to a Star Wars convention, in Germany. Held my new godson. Was boss for the day at work.

02. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yes! Well two big ones were to loose some weight and get fitter.
Did hope to have a new job by now but hey, can’t complain too much as at least I still have one.

03. Did someone close to you give birth?
Yes. My best mate had baby number three, little Thomas. Another friend had her little boy who shall be referred to as ‘The Welsh Child’ as he has a lovely name that I keep forgetting how to pronounce! Ieuan, simple?

04. Did anyone close to you die?
No, but two have serious illnesses.

05. What countries did you visit?

Tunisia and Germany

06. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

07. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November had some great days – the unexpected Paul McGann Doctor Who mini-episode, the anniversary weekend.

A lovely day out in Wales with my godchildren, took the two oldest into the ‘smallest house in Wales’ in Conwy – I remember my grandparent taking me!

08. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?
Not killing anyone...

Completing my beginners Fencing class and progressing to intermediates.

Sold a picture! Entered a photograph in to an open art show and someone bought it.

09. What was your biggest failure(s)?
Not getting out of a situation that’s getting me down.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A pair of denim leggings which fit perfectly and looked fantastic. I’m not usually that vain but it was something I wouldn’t have worn this time last year.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My landlady is great in that she fixes stuff that needs fixing, and I trust her to go in my flat when I’m not there.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Most of the regular scumbags that frequent my museum/library. I despair sometimes, truly.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Holidays and geeky weekends.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. Happier or Sadder? Same.
ii. Thinner or fatter? Thinner.
iii. Richer or Poorer? Richer in that I’ve added to my savings a little.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Walking in the big outdoors. Seeing the sunset.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Work Christmas Eve until 2pm then going to my parents for food, warmth and TV.

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Doctor Who. Atlantis.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Not that I can think of.

26. What was the best book you read?

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Can I brag that the only Mercury nominated album I bought this year was the artist that won? James Blake. Also liked Hurts.

28. What did you want and get?
Some quality time with friends.

29. What did you want and not get?
New job.

30. Favourite film of this year?
Rather liked ‘Rush’

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 34 and I was at work.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
New job. That’s getting rather repetitive isn’t it?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
I can totally rock a waistcoat a la Sarah Jane Smith – she’s now my fashion icon.

34. What kept you sane?
Baking & cooking, the internet and fandoms.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Discovered a wee girlcrush on Jennifer Lawrence – I haven’t even seen the Hunger Games yet!

The lead actor in Atlantis is rather foxy. Gratuitous topless scenes abound and almost full nudity in one episode *fans face*

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Don’t discuss politics, the internet is my happy place (hides under blankets)

37. Who do you miss?
A friend who I drifted apart from but who had recently moved to where I live. Shame we can’t hang out like we did.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
New colleague who’s covering someone’s maternity leave. One of those people who you just click with and get on with.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013:
Keep doing what I want. Don’t let the b*stards get you down.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Haven’t a clue!

Dec. 12th, 2013

McGann, hug!, Doctor Who

Time flies!

Oops I missed posting anything since October, well I’ve been busy. November was obviously dominated by the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary.

Loved the special episode but frankly it could have been utter drivel and I wouldn’t have cared because Steven Moffat only a week a so before gave us Paul McGann back, and that made my year. I was sneaking on the web at work, in a quite corner of the museum with no-one about I was reading my facebook updates and a friend had posted a link to a video that he said would ‘blow me away’. Hmm, there are only so many different versions of trailers you can watch before you start to go ‘meh’. Anyway I couldn’t resist (and they put wi-fi in the galleries for a reason didn’t they?) so clicked play.

“I’m a Doctor. But probably not the one you were expecting.”

Bloody hell!

I had to stop the playback, and I’m not sure if I actually made an audible squee. Moffat you sneaky, sneaky b’stard. I’m torn between disappointment with the way he’s ran the show to utter adoration for giving the fans moments like this!

Oh, I could write reams about how much I loved that little tiny ‘Night of the Doctor’ mini-episode. Thanks to the red button service I’ve it watched so many times I can genuinely recite it verbatim. If having John Hurt in the ‘Day of the Doctor’ hadn’t been brilliant I’d be a little more aggrieved at not having more McGann. And there was an acknowledgement of the Big Finish audios – Charlie. C’rizz and co.!

Had a great time during the anniversary weekend. The Friday at the ‘celebration’ convention was great. After the trauma that was Destination Star Trek London at the ExCel it was interesting to be on the other side – being a paying punter rather than crew. Highlights including drooling over contents of the wardrobe bus, having Bernard Cribben’s sing to us, and my friend not giving birth (she was 8 ½ months!). Only negative being the epic queuing, and the fact that there were so many people there that we didn’t even get into the BBC shop! Didn’t stop me buying a Special Weapons Dalek from the Forbidden Planet stall tough.

After London I went to Cardiff. On the 23rd had a lovely stroll down the Bay, went in the shop of the Doctor Who Experience – boy that place was heaving! Bought more souvenirs – including a Tom Baker scarf! There was a TARDIS on top of Cardiff Castle and Weeping Angels at Mermaids Quay, fantastic! Love Cardiff, even with out the Who I think it’s a great city.

My mates and I watched the ‘Day of the Doctor’ at Newport Cineworld. Lots of fun, great atmosphere, I had my ridiculously long and cosy scarf which I wore proudly. At the end of the showing the cinema turned out the lights as we were all trying to leave and I had a legitimate reason to use my sonic screwdriver to light the way out!

Right December, Xmas shopping done. Had my first Christmas meal when I visited my friend and my godchildren at the weekend. Works do next Thursday – a Jacobs Join, I’m taking my awesome Christmas cake.

Oct. 26th, 2013


Another year older…hopefully wiser

Saw my birthday in with a full day at work on Monday. Quite a contrast from crewing at the Star Trek convention last year. Got cake and presents which was lovely. Went fencing in the evening and we got the electrics out and had some proper matches. I even won a fight against a grown up – who takes takes it all considerably more seriously than I do, and I had actually missed a few weeks recently so I was rather chuffed!

Got to be acting foreman at work for the first time recently. Yes we’re so lacking in staff that I’m being bumped up to occasional supervisor!  I was pleased that the Grade I listed museum was still standing at the end of the day. With doing a Train the Trainer course last month I’m improving my CV no end. Unfortunately there aren’t the jobs at the moment to apply for.

Less than a month now to the Doctor Who convention and anniversary next month! I may be older but I’m still a geek! Got rather frustrated with the announcement and release of tickets for the 3D screen at cinemas of the Day of the Doctor. Official website said Cardiff Odeon was showing it, so I dutifully tried to book – as I can’t get that website on my phone because its only on Google Chrome grr, had to wait to my lunch break and of course tickets had sold out. BUT had the revelation that Newport isn’t that far from Cardiff and hurrah, success – four tickets booked for the Cardiff posse! Then I discovered that the Cineworld in Cardiff was also showing the special but is also sold out…if I’d have known yesterday, gah!

But I’m now sorted for the 50th anniversary! Travel to London on the Thursday, YHA room booked. Convention Friday! Cardiff straight after then a short trip to Newport on Saturday for the special. Allons-y! 

Oct. 10th, 2013


Being productive

First day off in 9 days! Had several late night and early starts at work as well, who'd have thought working in a museum would be so all consuming.

Today I;

Got a much needed hair cut. It was almost halfway down my back. Decided to brave a fringe and a few inches off. I have naturaly wavy hair so I have given up on my dream of a lovely shoulder length bob as my hair would rebel constantly. Still not sure of the fringe, but as my hair grows ridiculously fast I wouldn't have to put up with it for long.

Went food shopping. Made leek & potato soup and chocolate fairy cakes - of which I've already eaten three.

Made an effort of finishing the 3rd part of my Clone Wars fic...still working on it...

Collected together my crafty bits and bobs that I'm going to use to make my own K-9 handbag for the Doctor Who convention in November. Got my template from my 1980's Doctor Who Technical Handbook, always knew that would come in handy one day.

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