Tuesday, August 31, 2004
See you in two weeks
Well, I'll see you in two weeks (can't believe I fly out tomorrow).
Monday, August 30, 2004
Saturday, August 28, 2004
I am now reading "Shadowmancer" by GP Taylor and I am not impressed by it at all. I knew that it would have some religion in it but it is to 'in your face'. There was an Adam and Eve mention in it and it almost made me put the book down. I think the religion almost takes over the story and destroys what was actually a brilliant idea with a lot of potential. A lot of friends in work were put off by the same things too. I find it hard to see why it is so popular when the Narnia books are heavily criticised for it's Christian content. I will persevere with it though as it is a quick read. I will probably still read "Wormwood" by the same author as I have heard that it is very good. I also treated myself to a new book called "Dragon Rider" by Cornelia Funke. I fell in love the book when I saw it. It has a beautiful cover and in the centre there is a pop up map.
I got the next part of the cross stitch round robin sent through. For this one the theme is angels and the stitching done so far is very beautiful. The person who owns this one has requested non-religious angels which means we can chose something a bit fun. I am looking forward to going through my cross stitch charts to see what I can come up with.
The Craft page I go to get some ideas has started up a blog. I thought that it was a great idea and will try to make a point of looking in on it. Seems to give lots of great tips.
Friday, August 27, 2004
"It's my party and I'll cry if I want to"
Anyway, yes it's my birthday and I am now 25. I have lived for a quarter of a century and have nothing much to show for it. All very depressing. I kept it quiet in work (but not quiet enough since someone called it my jubilee, lol). I did get lots of nice presents though. The creme de la creme though is the Carey Grant DVD box set from my best friend.
Have been thinking of all the things I though I would have done by now (as I have done for the last few birthdays). I have now got to the stage where I have pushed it to the back of my mind. I still enjoy my life and there is no point in getting depressed over the past (easier said than done).
Olympics Update 9
To be honest my mind is now completely on my holiday.
Thursday, August 26, 2004
I wanted to do lots of updates but I am now pretty tired and just want to go to my bed after a nice long hot bath (yes, I really do know how to live it up). So there won't be an Olympics update today and I'm afraid my next chapter might be postponed further. I promise that it will be before I go away though (6 days to go).
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
I read on the BBC that there is now a search for someone to write a sequel to Peter Pan. I think the favourite is JK Rowling. These sequels to classic books seem to be becoming more popular. I read "Mrs DeWinter" by Susan Hill which was a sequel to "Rebecca". It was years ago now and at the time I did enjoy it. However, I have since been reluctant to try them. I think there are a few sequels to "Pride and Prejudice" and there is also "Scarlet" which is a sequel to "Gone With the Wind". I was tempted to read that one but I heard that it turns Scarlet into a saint which put me off. The article I read put up an interesting point. Are these literary works in their own right or is it just another form of fanfiction?
Olympics Update 8
The US and China are still doing amazingly well. They both have 23 gold medals. The Us has a total of 66 and China has a total of 50. The boyfriend and I were talking about this. He thinks that it is the British attitude to holding back that prevents us from getting any more medals. He might be right about that but he also doesn't see the point of getting a silver or a bronze. I pointed out that the Olympics were originally never about which country can get the most medals. It was about beating your personal best. About improving yourself. I think like many people he still thinks that it is just about winning the gold. Don't get me wrong I'm as proud as everyone else when Britain takes a gold but winning a silver or a bronze is also an achievement.
Monday, August 23, 2004
Olympics Update 7
China had won another two gold medals and so has moved up to first position again.
Sunday, August 22, 2004
Anyway, I will attempt to have chapters three and four finished before I leave and then I will be back on track when I come back. I also have plans to write some more stories when I come back. I have some more Doctor Who ideas and a possible idea for a Blakes 7 story.
Olympics Update 6
What I can tell you is that Great Britain now has five gold medals and a total of 19 which puts us at 11th position. Bradley Wiggins won a gold for cycling. My boyfriend was able to watch it and he said it was unbelievable. Wiggins was almost unheard of and beat the Australian who was the favourite to win. The Gold for women's sailing is now being listed. We also won a gold for men's canoeing. This is Pinsent's fourth Olympic gold for this event. Lastly Ben Ainslie won us another gold for sailing.
As I said, I haven't paid as much attention to it these last few days. But I can tell you that both China and the US are tied with 20 gold medals each. However, the US has a total of 49 and China has a total of 43. 49 medals just seems like so much. I can't imagine how the US Olympic fans must be feeling over their team coming home with so many. The US does have a large team so I don't know if this is the norm but still!
Saturday, August 21, 2004
I am very excited about my holiday now. Just a week and a half to go. Next week I collect my currency and then I am going to do some clothes shopping. I have been constantly changing my mind about what book I am taking with me. I still haven't completely decided. I am stuck between "The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear" by Walter Moers or taking a few books but a lot smaller. This is more for on the plane and I may be more comfortable with a smaller book. I don't know, I have changed my mind about half a dozen times now and I will probably change my mind again up until I leave. I am tempted to wait until I get to the airport and buy something new but I have such a large pile of books to read I probably shouldn't.
I am still reading "Absolution Gap" by Alastair Reynolds. Very much enjoying it but this past week I haven't managed to read much of it because I have been so tired when I get home. I was reading "Arthur Rex" by Thomas Berger in work but to be honest I just found it to be a little crude. The writing is very simple and the style isn't to my taste at all. It is difficult to get to know the characters because not much time is spent on them. I have decided to give up on it at the moment (as much as I hate doing that). I will go back to it when I am more in the mood to read it.
Olympics Update 6
The US are now at the top of the board with 40 medals in total, 17 of which are gold. Michael Phelps won his fifth gold and is up for a possible sixth today. As I said before I think this guy is amazingly talented. Watching him swim is unbelievable. The US must be very proud of him. China has moved down to second position with a total of 36 medals of which 15 are gold. Japan are also doing well with 12 gold medals.
As I said before Britain won its first gold for women's sailing. It is still not listed but maybe they haven't had their awards ceremony yet which is why it isn't listed. I certainly haven't seen any photos of them receiving their medals although them winning gold has been mentioned a few times. Also as I mentioned Chris Hoy won gold for cycling in the 1 km time trial. He is from Edinburgh and began his training at the age of 18. This seems like such a late age compared to most other sports. So it just goes to show lots of teenagers out there that it is never too late. We also won a silver for mixed Badminton doubles, men's K1 Canoe Kayak Slalom and Women's coxless pair rowing. Britain now have a total of 11 medals. I think Britain can be proud of our Olympics team. They have done very well and there is still a lot to go.
Friday, August 20, 2004
Scot wins Gold
Other than the Olympics what have I been up to?
I have also been studying my French. I've been doing my that the suggested ten minutes a day. Hopefully I'll keep this up. I'm sure I will as I very much like this book. When I move on to my other books I think I will be on a roll so will want to keep on at it. I think also with the other books they do have more vocabulary so I will be kept interested. My only concern is the break when I'm on holiday. I don't fancy taking the book with me (I don't think the boyfriend will be too pleased). I just half to be will powered and get back on it as soon as I come back. I am enjoying it though.
I watched another two Doctor Who stories. "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" and "The Leisure Hive". The first one was one of the first videos of the show my parents bought. I remember it terrified me as a kid. It was just the idea of a Chinese God draining women of their energy force to live. There was also a giant rat involved which scared the wits out of me. Still it is one of the best and I think would be in my top ten. I always found it quite funny because of Leela's reaction to humans of this era. The second one is the last Tom Baker DVD I own and the only one with Romana as a companion. I always liked Romana since as a fellow Timelord she was one of the intelligent ones. Not a favourite storyline though. The megalomaniac in this one has been in quite a few British tv shows since. Every time I watch this I always have the theme tune to the comedy show "The Thin Blue Line" running through my head. I keep expecting the character to do something funny.
Gymnastics and swimming
I loved watching the gymnastics. The favourite to win was the Russian entry, Svetlana. This was to be her last Olympic competition and she had yet to win gold. Everyone was hoping that she would go away with it. Instead she got silver and the US entry, Carly Patterson, was given gold. I thought it was well deserved. Svetlana was good but Carly astounded me. I was routing for her to win after the competition passed the half way mark. The British competitors weren't up to much at all. I wasn't impressed by them (not that I'm an expert). Britain did win one gold (although it isn't listed on the medals list yet). We won it for sailing but I'll have more details of that later hopefully.
(Again the spell check isn't working).
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Olympics Update 5
China is still at the top of the table but only for the number of gold medals won. If it was to go by number of medals in total the US would be at the top. China won a silver and two bronze for swimming, Judo and shooting. The US won 4 gold medals. I saw the womens team win it for the 4 X 200m freestyle relay and they were amazing. I loved the way everyone moved through the water. I think if I had a fraction of the talent that was out there I would be in the water all the time. They also won gold for shooting, cycling and gymnastics. They won another three silver and three bronze for Athletics (mens put), cycling, K1 Kayak, mens 200m breaststroke, Equastrian and cycling road. Japan moved up to third place after winning two gold in Judo, a silver in Judo and a bronze for womens 200m butterfly. Although australia moved down a place they did win a silver for the womens 200m butterfly and a gold for mens 100m freestyle.
The following countries won their first gold medals, Georgia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Poland and the Netherlands (who actually won their first two). This meant that the Uk moved down to position 24 but that's okay. Britain are still doing well with 6 medals. Hopefully they will win a few today and I'm sure they will win a gold eventually.
I apologise for my spelling which is atrocious but the spell check isn't working.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
I got another review for my Rebuilding. From the same person as last time but this time for chapter 2. The points she made have been quite helpful and have actually given me some ideas. There is a phrase I used that might be known more locally than I thought and so I'm going to expand the scene to make it more easily understood.
Olympics update 4
There has been some movement at the top of the board too. China remains on top with 18 medals. Yesterday she won 2 silver medals and 1 bronze (for fencing and shooting). The US is now a definite second after winning 3 gold medals. They won it for fencing and swimming. They won 2 silver for gymnastics and swimming and a bronze for fencing. The US has a swimming star in Michael Phelps who has won them three medals so far (two gold and one bronze). Although Australia has moved down one place she did win one medal, a silver for swimming. Japan also won two medals, a gold for Judo and a silver for swimming.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Olympics Update 3
China has now won a total of 15 medals, 10 of which are gold. They have mostly won it for shooting, weightlifting and diving. They have also won two medals for women's Judo. Australia have won 13 medals in total, 6 of which are gold and they have mostly been for swimming and diving. The US are doing well too. They are joint second with Australia if you go by the number of medals they have won. They only have four gold though and most of their medals were won for swimming. Great Britain? Well, we haven't won anymore and we are now down at 19.
It shouldn't really surprise me that we aren't doing too well. Our team isn't that big and we do have a problem when it comes to encouraging kids to go out and do sports. I think most people see sports as something to watch. I know a lot of people who will go out and play football maybe once a week. I know very few people who take up other sports for the fun of it and I don't know anyone who will take up sports seriously (other than football). I can't talk. Although I have taken an interest in seeing how the Olympics are going I'm not a sports person. I have taken up a few sports in the past but have always given them up. Don't get me wrong I'm not talented when it comes to that and I would never make for an Olympic champion. But I can hardly criticise others for what I don't do myself.
I watched two more Doctor Who DVD's. The first one was "The Pyramids of Mars". As a child this storyline was more my sister's favourite than mine (this was when she actually admitted she liked Dr Who). I think she just like the mummies in it. Me, I found the idea of Egyptian God's coming back to destroy the Earth terrifying. I also found Sara to be a bit of a wimp in this one which always annoyed me. Not so much now though. The next one is my all time favourite. "The Robots of Death" will always be number one in my list. I just loved those Robots (even if it is copying Asimov in a way). My sister and I used to walk around with our arms outstretched saying "Kill the humans." for weeks after watching this one.
Monday, August 16, 2004
Olympics Update 2
Canoeing has been cancelled today because of winds due to tropical storms. We also have men's gymnastics to look forward to today.
Sunday, August 15, 2004
Calculating God by Robert Sawyer
I was a little weary about God being scientifically proven to exist. Although I was intrigued by the fact that Hollus and his people didn't worship God. They saw God as an intelligence. A being that created life for its own purpose. However, if it was me I would be like Tom and would still need what he calls a 'smoking gun'.
As I neared the end of the book I thought that it was basically about a dying man and his decision about whether or not to accept God into what life he had left. The God the aliens proposed existed was one that maybe he could accept but only if he had evidence of it.
There was more to it than that though. It was also about nature and how all creatures instinctively procreate to survive. I liked the humour in the book and I was impressed by the amount of research the author must have done. One thing that did disappoint me was that it didn't go back to Earth in the end but I guess that wasn't the point of the book. That would have been another story altogether. It was an interesting read and I would highly recommend it.
One last thing I would like to mention. Being a Star Trek fan one of the things I did like about the book was the references to various Star Trek episodes.
So far both China and Australia are in the lead with six medals each. China has four gold and Australia has two gold. Britain is lagging behind with only one medal. Peter Waterfield and Leon Taylor both one silver for men's synchronized 10m platform.
Saturday, August 14, 2004
Just want to thank Kame for my first comment on my blog. I have been working on a redraft of chapter two of my Doctor who story so hopefully it won't be too long before I upload it to the fanfic site. I think Monday as I mentioned before but Tuesday at the latest.
I was watching the Olympics opening last night. I missed the start of it but sat through the rest for the first time. When Canada came through I thought of my Canadian pen pal and wondered if she was watching this too. When Britain came through it was a bit of a let down. Our numbers seemed to be so small and the only people the commentator mentioned was the flag bearer and Tim Henman. Very disappointing! As a rule I don't pay attention to sports. I'm not a fan although there are a few things such as Tennis that I do enjoy watching but don't follow. I probably won't pay much attention to the Olympics after this so I am probably being a hypocrite for being disappointed.
Friday, August 13, 2004
Just a little update
I have been to the cinema a few time. I went to see Fahrenheit 9/11 which was interesting. A bit of an eye opener. A lot of what was said was in Moore's books but because there are images along with this it really brings it home. I also went to see 13 going on 30. Very much a teen chick flick but I enjoyed it. I went with my sister and we both found it very funny. Yes it is just a female version of Big but I don't see what is so wrong about taking a female spin on what was a great film.
Watched a few doctor Who DVD's too. I watched another third Doctor storyline called Carnival of Monsters. Not one of my favourites at all. Another one with Jo who was not a favourite companion of mine (as much as she has a huge fan base I just find her a little irritating). This one the Doctor and Jo get stuck inside a machine which holds creatures from lots of planets, used for entertainment purposes. I thought the storyline in this one was a little weak compared to others. The next Doctor Who is "The Green Death" as I watched it not that long ago I decided to skip it. So I next watched "The Ark in Space" which is another favourite. This one involves my favourite Doctor played by Tom Baker. His companions were Harry and Sara who end up on a space station which holds all that is left of the human race. They are all cryogenically frozen, to be awakened when the solar flares are over. Instead the oversleep and the Doctor has to save them from an alien invasion who are going to use their bodies to grow their young. This was also one of the scary ones when I was little.
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
It wasn't me
I have been crabby all day. Just felt like everything was going wrong and everyone was annoying me. I think I just didn't get enough sleep. I don't think I took it out on anyone though.
I did a little stitching this morning. I don't have a picture update for you but I am now moving away from the green. I was getting very bored with those green colours so I am glad I am just about finished with them. The colours I am using now are blues.
I also did some reading. I am going a little more slowly with Absolution Gap but it is very good. It is a little like the others in the series in that there is a new character which obviously has an important part to play but you just don't know what it is yet. This particular character is in the future and she is in some way linked to another one from the past. I am trying to puzzle out what the link is going to be but I know that it will not be anything I imagine it to be.
I just feel so annoyed. I think I will go away and make something. It might make me feel better.
Monday, August 09, 2004
I think I will just go to bed and read for a little while. Hopefully I will be able to download it tomorrow.
Other than that I have letters to catch up on and I'm away to do that just now.
Saturday, August 07, 2004
I don't know where my head has been this last week. I have been able to do some writing just before work but when I get home I am so tired I just kind of zonk out in front of the TV or the computer. When I finally move myself to pick up my book I fall asleep. I then wake up again, have trouble sleeping and the same things happen again the next day. I'm off tomorrow and my sister is working during the day. So I am going to have a nice relaxing day sitting at the table catching up with all the things I had wanted to do during the week. Hopefully I am going to the cinema tomorrow night. That sounds like a good plan.
Friday, August 06, 2004
Nothing much else to tell. I'm very tired as I haven't been sleeping. So I am going to go for a long hot bath, read some of my book and then go to my bed.
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Cross stitch, The Three Doctors and writing
I watched yet another Doctor Who yesterday, The Three Doctors. This one sees the debut of Omega, a celebrated timelord who gave the timelords the energy they needed to control timetravel. Believed to have been killed in the process he was left trapped in an anti-matter universe. He decides to capture the Doctor so that he can leave and have his revenge on the timelords for abandoning. The timelords unable to help the Doctor send him to of his previous selves to help (hence the Three Doctors). I like this one simply because of the reappearance of Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor. He plays the comedy role very well in this one.
And speaking of Doctor who, I wrote another chapter in my story. It is coming along quite well and I think, since I will get some peace this week with just my sister and I at home, I will get quite a bit done this week.
On the book side of things I am getting along very well with Absolution Gap. I am remembering more and more as I read along. I had to read my book reviews of the first two to remember some of the details. I can't believe my memory is so bad even though I loved those books. Anyway, I was bad and bought another one today. This one is a little different as it is a book of poems by Tim Burton called "The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy." It's such a funny book with lots of lovely illustrations. A must have for anyone's library.
Monday, August 02, 2004
DVD's and Alastair Reynolds
I was very bad last week and bought season one of UFO on DVD. It was on sale otherwise I wouldn't have bought it. My dad had said not to get season one as it isn't very good (I already have season 2). After the first episode I was about to agree with him. However, now that I have almost finished them I have very much enjoyed them. I love the whole 60's feel of the show and most of the storylines have been very good. Some have even surprised me. Only one thing though. I sometimes get the feeling that they aren't in the correct order. Just little things make me think that. It's hard to explain without explaining every detail but I really do hope I am just imagining it.
I have finished reading "Great Expectations" and as I said before it is now one of my favourite Dickens novels. Although it did seem as though I had read passages of it before after the halfway point it stopped feeling like that. I don't think that I started the book and then forgot all about it because I only bought my copy a few months ago and my parents don't have a copy of this one either. A friend mentioned that sometimes a lot of Dickens characters can be very similar across his books and I think that is probably what it is.
I am now reading "Absolution Gap" by Alastair Reynolds, the third book in the trilogy about the inhibitors. I bought this book before Christmas and it was months before that since I read the first two. I am ashamed to say that while I remember the main storyline I am going to have to go back and read my notes to try and remember most details. I am sure most will come back to me as I am reading but little things are niggling at me. So far I have only just finished the prologue so not much to tell.