So much has gone before...

Or should I say "Too much has gone before"? I never post to my journal anymore, it seems folly to try catch up now. Ah well, cue a beautiful poem...


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


Yes, I live still!

Back to the gym this week, finally getting back into the swing of things. Most people start all their go-getting new habits in January but I'm having a kind of sleep-in this year and starting in

I've decided to use Lent (ASh WEdnesday today) as an excuse for some discipline (stop laughing). Sorry Jesus, I'm high jacking your remembrance to try lose a few pounds! I figure if I can keep up some kind of routine for 40 days I should hopefully get back on track with my fitness/weight. Of course I would wouldn't need to get back on track if I hadn't fallen off the track but eh...split milk :P

Apart from that I'm boring as usual :D
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New dawn, new day

Ah! The beautiful symmetry of 01.01.11...It feels like the first day there ever was...if on the first day people ate gigantic turkey dinners and watched lots of Disney movies :D
...I'd like to think that they did.

Christmas and New year's were fantastically lazy just as anticipated. No resolutions on the the horizon, just a little more effort to be expended in general. I've never really believed in that whole "the diet starts on monday" mentality. If something is worth doing, its worth doing soon. Or now, even...after I eat this custard desert :D

Happy New year everybody! :)
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Catastrophic system failure at work! Yay!
That means I can justify browsing LJ and doing very little :D

Chugging along as ususal, kind of annoyed that I haven't had the motivation to contiue exercising since the weather got bad. In a silly, silly, advertisement-influenced decision I have bought Wi-fi plus to try motivate myself :D
I am now addicted to the hula hooping thing that makes you look

Also: HARRY POTTER ON FRIDAY! :D Can't wait though in all honesty I think it's bound to be slightly disappointing because they've cut the last book in two. Still, can't wait.
Also going to see Gogol Bordello on Sunday night, should be a blast!

Just to top off this fabulous day I had a chocolate teacake for breakfast. (I'm starting to see the flaws in my exercise plan...I ReGReT NoTHiNG!)
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Finally 50 books this year!

When I started this about 4 years ago I thought I'd never keep it up, it's quite addictive to keep count actually!

#45 “SG-1 A matter of honour” by Sally Malcolm
Good read for fans but found characters a bit inconsistent to how they actually are on the show. Still good though.
#46. “Watership Down” by Richard Adams
Most amazing book I've read this year. Everyone remembers being traumatised by the cartoon as a child and it was very faithful to the book. However, the book was so gripping and brilliantly written, I especially love the rabbits culture, language and storytelling. Highly recommended.

#47 “Dreamhunters” by Neil Gaiman (ills. Amano)
A re-read. Not only some of the most stunning art you're ever likely to see in a graphic novel, the story is beautiful and timeless. Love this.

#48. “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman
Fantastic little adventure, I had seen the movie first and it's pretty faithful :D

#49. “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman
Again I had seen and loved the movie adaptation but there are vital differences in each. Both brilliant but I think I prefer the original story. It reads just how a proper fairytale should. I felt like a kid again reading this :)

#50. “Fear and loathing on the campaign Trail '72” by Hunter S Thompson
As usual I just love Thompson's style of writing. It's a mix of poignant observation and emotion and some absurd scenes that sound just weirs enough to be true...A historical election campaign made even more memorable. Read this even if you have no interest in presidential elections.
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Ah! The beutiful symmetry of 10.10.10. The tenth day of the tenth month of 2010. I feel like I should have done something a bit more Epic than recover from a hangiver today! :D

Still, I've had a lovely day just moping around.
Catching up on shows, reading lots of comics, nerding it up in general!

That is all :D
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#28- 32

#28- 32

28. “Dietrich von Hildebrand: Soul of a Lion” by Alice Von Hildebrand
Biography about a Catholic Theologian and philosopher whose public protest about the Nazi regime got him onto their public enemies list. An interesting read as written by 2nd Hildebrand’s wife. I enjoyed this but it was leant to me by my father who has a great interest in Theology -I think he could probably appreciate it more because of that!

29. “Pyramids” by Terry Pratchett
I loved this like I love all Terry Pratchett books, one of the few I haven’t read yet.
Set in Discworld (of course :D) I enjoyed that the Assassins guild got more of a focus in this one! :D
Like most of the Discworld books they can be enjoyed either as a serial fan or a first time reader.

30. “Deathbird Stories” by Harlan Ellison
I have wanted to read this ever since reading “American god’s by Neil Gaiman :D I have always loved the notion of old gods adapting and new gods springing into existence for modern creations. Each story is about a God in some way, many different styles and feelings to each one. Really enjoyed it.

31. “Drop dead Gorgeous” by Wayne Simmons
This has a graphic novel feel to it I think :D
At first I was drawn to it because it’s a dystopic/diaster story set in Belfast, N. Ireland (where I live), these big storylines tend to take place in big cities like Tokyo or Manhattan so I thought it was a nice touch! Basically-an unknown affliction kills the vast majority of the population one Sunday morning. Although a many of the bodies of the fallen strangely do not decompose, in fact looking fresher than lifelike…
The narrative is written largely as ‘snapshots’, or short chapters focusing on a few of the main characters before any of them meet and try to make sense of the situation. Initially I liked this as you get to know each character, their reactions, the baggage they’re already carrying into the tragedy.etc. Though after a while this began to annoy me a little, the narrative got a bit busy for me by jumping from main characters to random survivors so frequently. It did eventually come together in the end and was pleased that it was pretty original. Overall it was pretty enjoyable.

32. “Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
A re-read. Love, love, love this book :D
It’s funny without being just a comedy or spoofy novel. Obviously it does spoof “The Omen” to begin with but it takes a journey all of its own after that.
After the child of Satan, Harbinger of the apocalypse is sent to earth friends/enemies/acquaintances Azriphale (an Angel) and Crowley (a Demon) take a vested interest in the boys progress, both have come to like earth and would rather it didn’t burn down. Needless to say things get complicated from the offset! Funny, brilliant and addictive. Highly recommended! :D
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Alas, I am alone in the house.
One of my house mates is in Canada and the other moved in with her boyfriend yesterday. I feel like the last resident in some bombed out wartime city alone in this big house by myself!lol

I move out next week so I may as well make the most of the empty house and play loud music, strut around scantily clad.etc. :D

Tried to donate blood yesterday but was told I couldn't because I had a sore throat the day before. I know they need to be careful but that's the 2nd time I've been turned away, you'd think I'd catch on by now!
Maybe I have blood cooties or to spend the rest of the day slobbing around in my PJ's...ahhhhh :D
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Been so long...

Well darn, it seems that nobody even reads this wasteland

I find the more time I spend on facebook the more I hate myself for it, Livejournal is still the original and best online passtime. It doesn't demand that you contribute ALL the time but is still the site I enjoy reading through the most.
Theres something a little depressing about posting on facebook and getting 6 responses instantly...somehow I get the impression that everone hears but no ones listening...

Between loosing regular internet access and just reading more than I post on here it's gotten a bit boring to have me and a friends list. Oh well, new beginnings and most importantly No complaining :D

Still working for the civil service and every bit the cliched pen-pusher Im afraid. Still, I feel incredibly lucky to have a job in our current financial climate. Since my last regular post I have also become a complete Gym-addict. Those two words shouldn't go together but they have:D

I hope my virtual hopes find anyone who reads this well :D
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