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January 20th, 2014

01:02 pm - Eumelkeks
Happy birthday, Eumelkeks

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January 13th, 2014

01:03 pm - In Love With Benedict Cumberbatch
I’m in love with Benedict Cumberbatch!
I’m a Cumberbitch, a fangirl and I squee
And, though others moan and fret
And would rather bring back Brett,
Benedict’s the ideal Holmes for me.

I’m in love with Benedict Cumberbatch!
He captures Sherlock Holmes like no-one can!
Beneath his brains and vanity
He’s found the guy’s humanity
And plays him as “one lonely naïve man.”

I’m in love with Benedict Cumberbatch!
I admire his great performances – you have to:
He’s an actor in his prime
And it really is a crime
That the bastards still won’t give the guy a BAFTA.

I’m in love with Benedict Cumberbatch!
He’s played Assange and Frankenstein and Tietjens
And it’s pretty widely known
That he’s made those roles his own
And the members of his fanclub number legions.

I’m in love with Benedict Cumberbatch!
My heart’s been grazed by Cupid’s poison arrow
And it’s sad, but – oh, my gosh! –
I do like my totty posh
And you can’t get much more posh than boys from Harrow.

I’m in love with Benedict Cumberbatch!
I’m blown away and lost in admiration.
He is Britain at its best,
He surpasses all the rest:
The greatest actor of his generation.

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August 16th, 2012

09:33 am - Me showing off again
Won another prize for comic verse. And, yes, I know I look fat and old in the photo.

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May 10th, 2012

12:06 pm - Mildly interesting news
I hate to sound like one of the "Chance" cards in a Monopoly set, but I've just got second prize in a comic poetry contest. 

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April 11th, 2012

03:13 pm - Handwriting Analysis - Sherlock Style!
OK, the Sherlockology are running a prize draw to win a copy of the original Study In Pink script, signed by Moffat, Gatiss, Cumberbatch and Freeman. Obviously, I would KILL to own it, but there's a picture of it shown, which was also very exciting for an amateur graphologist like me.

Benedict's signature stood out from the others as the most masculine. It suggests someone who is quite shy and dislikes drawing attention to himself. It also suggests problems with articulating himself, which I wouldn't say was true, from what I've seen of him in interviews. Honest, meticulous, methodical, predictable - always very open and straight with people, in for the marathon, not for the sprint, but possibly lacking in confidence and doesn't feel he's really grown up yet.

I know Freeman was brought up Roman Catholic, but if I didn't already know that, I'd have got it from the handwriting - the cross-shaped T and capital Rs where other people would use a lower case "r" are textbook.

Freeman's is the most loud and outgoing handwriting, but there's a bit of a suggestion there that he uses a flamboyant, "party" persona to deflect attention from his private self, which he likes to keep private. He's the only one of the four whose writing screams "ambition" at me

Both he and Moffat comes across in their handwriting as people with a habit of overcommitting themselves - signing up for tasks enthusiastically, but sometimes finding it a slog to deliver and to sustain initial levels of enthusiasm.

I'd say Moffat was an introvert, while Freeman and Gatiss are, on the surface, extroverts, and can easily handle social situations with aplomb, but actually prefer spending time on their own and have a rich inner life. Cumberbatch is almost the reverse - outwardly far more socially awkward, but actually needs other people around him more and has less complicated, more straightforward dealings with people. Having said that, I think he holds strangers at arm's length, but really needs his inner circle of friends and relations, while I think the others are far more self-reliant.

Gatiss comes across as playful, very articulate, and possibly musical.

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April 9th, 2012

07:44 pm - Female Characters In Sherlock

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April 3rd, 2012

11:47 pm - Myths about the Hogwarts Education System in Potter Fandom
I'm probably pissing in the wind here, but after years of being irritated by posts about Harry Potter by people who do not understand the British education system, I'd like to clear up the following myths about education in HP:

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February 6th, 2012

12:51 pm
Loo Brealey just recommended this blog post on Twitter. Whoever wrote this says everything I've always thought and felt about Molly in particular and the idea of the "strong female character" in general, but far more movingly and articulately than i ever could.

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December 1st, 2011

07:54 pm
I’m not clued up on finance
In fact, I’m quite unclued.
I thought that a “fiscal stimulus”
Meant something rather rude.
If you offered to “quantitatively ease” me,
I’d tell you to watch your lip
And I like to serve my crudités
With a lovely double dip.
So I don’t know much, but I have a hunch
That I didn’t cause the credit crunch.
If you told me you “played the footsie”,
I’d watch where you put your leg
And if you “speculate in futures”
I’d be thinking Mystic Meg.
So I could be wrong, but it’s my impression
That I didn’t spark the world recession.
No, that was a banker with a dodgy sale
And a risky punt that he couldn’t nail
And an ego that’s too big to fail,
Who cocked up on a massive scale.
A fact I merely thought I’d mention,
As he claims his bonus, while I lose my pension.

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November 27th, 2011

03:51 pm
                                    Fox In Socks (with apologies to Dr Seuss)Collapse )

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