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sally_maria: (Hornblower - Even Chance)
Final day of the meme.

And this is the bay at Broad Haven in Pembrokeshire - the day of Storm Doris. We didn't get any rain, but the wind was blowing hard all day - the tide never really went out.

Bay with sea coming in, Broad Haven Pembrokeshire
sally_maria: Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway logo (GWSR)
Station pines - well, apparently it's national train day, you weren't going to escape from them completely. :-)

The original GWR used to plant these trees to mark their railway stations. You can still see them in some places on the main line, and certainly at every station on the GWSR, including where Bishops Cleeve station used to be.

Pine trees in the rain
sally_maria: Pre-serum Steve Rogers (Steve Rogers - Before)
A flowering tree that hangs over the pavement from one of the gardens between home and town. I don't know what it is but I think it's pretty. :-) There's another lilac coloured one a bit further down the road.


A purple blossom in a tree
sally_maria: Blair Sandburg - Caption Taking Life One Coffee at a Time (Coffee)
A pheasant visiting our back garden a couple of years ago - I think the new houses being built disturbed some of their usual haunts.


sally_maria: (Christmas)
Day 3 of the nature and photography challenge meme - do post your own pictures of nature for seven consecutive days, if you feel like it.

A complete contrast with yesterday - we haven't had a lot of snow since we moved out here, but this was the view from the bus into work one winter morning.

A view across a field to the hills beyond, with a slight layer of snow.
sally_maria: (Life's Name)
Daisies. :-) They may technically be weeds but they always bring back childhood memories of summer days.

A clump of daisies
sally_maria: (Henry)
Some friends over on FB are doing a photography meme that involves posting a picture of nature every day for 7 days. As we now have photo hosting I thought I'd try and do it here as well.



A welsh robin, on the hillside behind St David's Cathedral.
sally_maria: Old-style drawn cover of Agent Peggy Carter (Agent Carter)
Day seven: whatever tickles your fancy...


And finally, some epic silliness. Last year several of the actors involved in Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD started a "dubsmash" war - lip-syncing to songs in as dramatic/humorous a way as they can. This is all of the clips, so you get to follow the story all the way through. :-)

sally_maria: Cartoon image saying "Cool Story Bilbo" with the Ring as one of the Os. (Cool Story Bilbo)
Day six: a song

So back in 2008, the Lord of the Rings musical was playing in London. I got to see it twice, and this was one of my favourite songs - the Frodo and Sam duet.



"Stories we tell,
will cast their spell,
now and for always."
sally_maria: X Wing fighter in a dive over water. (X Wing)
Day five: a youtube clip


I don't think anyone can describe this as spoilery (unless you don't know anything about who the actors who are appearing in the latest Star Wars film are) but it's such fun. :-)



Jimmy Fallon, The Roots & "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Cast Sing "Star Wars" Medley (A Cappella)
sally_maria: (Liz 10 - Bloody Queen)
Day four: a site


One of the my favourite blogs - Separated by a Common Language - which the author subtitles as "Observations on British and American English by an American linguist in the UK".

I find it a fascinating combination of linguistics and cultural observation - the differences go so much further than we call it a lift, they call it an elevator. :-)

Two example posts I found interesting - this one on noodles and this one about crosswords. Do read the comments as well - they usually add useful information to the topic, and trolls are rare.
sally_maria: 1950s British Railways logo (British Railways)
Day three: a book/story/fanfic...


My apologies for missing a day - I finally got to the cinema to see Star Wars after work, and got back too late for posting. This way at least, I get to coincide with a Reading Wednesday. :-)

So firstly a book, or in fact a series of books, by Edward Marston. Victorian detective stories, but with a twist guaranteed to appeal, to me at least. :-) Our hero, Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck - The Railway Detective - is a fan of the modern new method of transport and solves various thefts, murders and other mysteries relating to the railways.


Another story relating to the railways, in a way, is a fanfic written for this year's Yuletide, based on the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch.

Mind the Gap, by maple_clef - "DCI Thomas Nightingale and his erstwhile apprentice are caught up in (un)seasonal high-jinks on the London Underground. It's the most wonderful time of the year..."

It really captures the humorous yet magical tone of the series, and I really loved the connection with the TLF Travel Alerts twitter.
sally_maria: (Picking apples anna_luna)
Day two: a picture...




One of my favourite cartoonist/greeting card artists. :-) For many more, see their Harold's Planet blog.
sally_maria: (Merlin - Grubby)
Stolen from [personal profile] sallymn :-)

For one week, recommend/share one thing:
Day one: a quote...


Where to start - there are three I find very meaningful on my profile, for one thing.

On the other hand, there is also the profound silliness of English History - or at least the bits you can remember. :-)

"Queen Anne was considered rather a remarkable woman and hence was usually referred to as Great Anna or Annus Mirabilis. Besides being dead she was extremely kind-hearted and had a very soothing Act passed called the
Occasional Conformity Act
which said that people only had to conform to it occasionally: this pleasant trait in her character was called Queen Anne's Bounty. (The Occasional Conformity Act was the only Act of its kind in History, until the Speed limit was invented.)"




(1066 and All That, by WC Sellar and RJ Yeatman)
sally_maria: books top and bottom, with text "I do not understand the concept of too many books." (Books - Too many?)
Grab the nearest book. Find the 5th sentence on page 23. Append it to the paragraph below. Append your name to the list below of people who have contributed to the paragraph. Post the result to your DW/LJ, and wonder who could possibly have written this.

They also talk of our being guilty of injustice, and their being the victims of an unjustifiable war. Brandy, and Tom got increasingly close-mouthed and sour. Although a certain sense of tripartite society survived down to Christian times, the three classes described in the Eddic poem "Rigdthula" bear little resemblance to Dumezil's three. It is often argued, and still oftener thought, that none but bad men would desire to weaken these salutary beliefs; and there can be nothing wrong, it is thought, in restraining bad men, and prohibiting what only such men would wish to practice.

At its nearest point the wall was little more than one league from the City, and that was south-eastward. When he saw Jack Hare jump towards the fire, and the Practical Man brandishing the toasting-fork, Sir Isaac grabbed the strings of gravitational force that bound Jack to his destiny and PULLED--- That's a seventy-four gun privateer, besides. To honour a group of British nobles, treacherously slain at a conference by Hengist's guards, Aurelius decides to erect a great monument near Amesbury. That being so, he did not chortle when he went upstairs. Let stand. This ensures that when the garbage collector runs, it has complete access to the memory in the heap and can perform its tasks safely without the threat of being preempted by another thread. And then you may begin to laugh. The data are stored in Column 1 and renamed "Age."

Pull your hand back. I don't remember that any secrets were revealed to me, nor do I remember any avid curiosity on my part to learn something I wasn't supposed to--perhaps I was too young to know what to listen for. You don't remember how awful it is being normal. Highlight the desired state tax table and press Enter. Abraham had now reached a ripe old age, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. The third lieutenant started, then said a little weakly, "Huzzah for Captain Riley."

"Oh," said Pooh. In fact White had carelessly placed the team in Nip without realising it.

Henry, the eldest son from Thomas's second marriage (his first marriage was childless), became the 2nd Earl of Rutland. Its citizenship law, to put this another way, is the
ius soli
, 'law of the soil'; it is by being born in and inhabiting a certain territory that one receives the rights and incurs the obligation (e.g., to military service) of citizenship.

1) Ranger Rick - 2) Rialian - 3) Elenbarathi - 4) Starsandfishes - 5) Echthros - 6) Doltaghey - 7) Ebonhost - 8) Tibicina 9) Browngirl - 10) ceo - 11) roozle - 12) quietann - 13) Dale (achinhibitor) - 14) tigerbright - 15) autographedcat - 16) kitanzi - 17) annonynous - 18) thnidu - 19) singinglark - 20) curiouswombat - 21) wellinghall - 22) sally_maria
sally_maria: (Eowyn)
A meme (of sorts) from Orthmayr Flóra on Facebook:

As 60 years ago on this day The Return of the King was published for the first time, I thought that to mark the anniversary, we could share 60-words-long quotes from the Lord of the Rings (in any language) with the tag ‪#‎LOTR60words‬ anyywhere on social media on the 20th of October, 2015, so today.
I know it is a bit hard to cut out exactly 60 words and still keep the cool meaning, so I suppose we can cheat a bit, but let's give it a try: share the idea, if you like it


It seemed that Dernhelm laughed, and the clear voice was like the ring of steel. 'But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund's daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.'

#LOTR60words



For the the anniversary, Dimitra Fimi gave a brief interview on BBC Radio Wales this morning to mark the occasion. You can listen via this link (from 01:55:01):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06jlfv4
sally_maria: books top and bottom, with text "I do not understand the concept of too many books." (Books - Too many?)
It may be international book week! The rules: grab* the nearest book to you, turn to page 56, and post the fifth sentence. Don't post the title.

*Unless it is a delicate, old, or valuable book, in which case, pick it up carefully rather than grabbing it.

"A good many people protested against this treatment and thus it was proved that they were Protestants, but most of the people decanted and were all right."
sally_maria: (Peg2 Me)
Thank you for reminding me of this. :-)

In 2015, sally_maria resolves to...
Lose ten stargate atlantis by March.
Connect with my inner torchwood.
Get back in contact with some old fountain pens.
Cut down on my reading.
Give some michael shanks to charity.
Learn to play the highlander.






Get your own New Year's Resolutions:
sally_maria: Daniel Jackson looking sideways (Default)
Snagged from wellinghall:

Give me a question or topic-- I'm going to say anything goes, either fannish (TV, movies, books, comics, music, fandom, ships, fictional characters, actors, writing, art) or real life (if you touch something I don't want to talk about, I'll tell you and you can pick something else). Whatever comes to mind!

Day 3

Sep. 25th, 2014 10:00 pm
sally_maria: Lego minifig monster pushing a trolley of books (Book Monster)
My 3 good things for today:

1. Seeing this on Tumblr - originally here.



Lego, books and a green monster - exactly what I needed to cheer up my day. So I made an icon...

2. Sitting in a window in sunshine to eat my lunch - the best remedy for a working day spent completely in artificial light.

3. Finding a new extension for Firefox - I don't care about cookies - to remove those annoying warning messages about cookies that pop up on websites.
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