Friendship - mars-mellow

Friending Policy

Hello, everyone!

I don't mind people friending me, but if you do friend me, leave a comment on this entry introducing yourself, who you are, and why you'd like to be my friend. It's disconcerting to have friend messages pop up and not know where you come from. And if I don't friend you back immediately, don't be offended. I like to take my time getting to know people. If you friend me without posting this entry, I won't friend you back. Too many of these leads to friends-only journals and while I understand the idea, I want to try and avoid that policy for the moment.
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Grief - holo_daxy

Referendum

I'm so sad. I feel sick and frustrated that old people have been allowed to vote us out of an organisation when they're not the ones who'll have to deal with the consequences. I don't want to go to work and have to deal with people gloating over leaving when it's the last thing we should be doing. Most of all, I want a recount. Seriously considering leaving this country.
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Fly Away - iconomicon

Return of the Wanderer

Just got back from a week in Cyprus with the family, which was lovely but had very limited internet access so will be catching up on entries and commenting today and tomorrow. Aside from a three hour delay on the outward flight(!) due to poor weather conditions and then debris on the runway (caused by an Airbus CRACKING THE TARMAC according to Twitter), we all had a good time. Madeleine behaved so well, honestly could not have asked for more from her, she was so sunny and happy despite the change in time zone and the heat. I don't think my sister will suggest going there in June again, haha.
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Spring - luna_ann

It's springtime

I have been sick on and off since my last entry so I'm sorry to have been absent. D&V, plus fever, plus hot and cold rushes. Joy! This has also interrupted my gym sessions because if I can barely manage going to work, I'm not going to the gym. Back on track now and hoping to stay there. Getting sick so often is frustrating because I couldn't plan for anything. Overtime? Nope. A meal out with friends? Nope. Cinema? Only if I take a whole box of tissues and prayed my throat didn't get too dry (which is how I saw Zootropolis aka Zootopia and The Jungle Book). I loved them both by the way.

I've also seen Civil War, I Saw The Light and Miles Ahead, feel free to ask my opinion.

Recently rediscovered the album Tiger Bay by Saint Etienne. Originally released in 1994 (*sob*), the version I have is the 1996 re-issue, which I bought in 2004. The re-issue includes the band's biggest commercial hit He's On The Phone. The song embedded below perfectly captures springtime for me.

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Long Day - bellasinfonia

Sick

I started shivering and aching yesterday which meant I had to miss work today. I'm annoyed mainly because I'd signed up for some good overtime which I now won't be able to cover. I'm also missing Deadpool, which is less irritating but still frustrating. If you need me, I'll be huddled under blankets with hot water bottles.
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Bookworm - smercy

Books of 2015

In Praise of Older Women – Stephen Vinzinczey
Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch
Marina – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
From a Distance – Raffaella Barker
Singled Out – Virginia Nicholson
Findings – Kathleen Jamie (nf)
Half Bad – Sally Green
The Silver Star – Jeannette Walls
A Song for Ella Gray – David Almond
Bone Jack – Sara Crowe
The Year of the Rat – Clare Furniss
We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
Foxglove Summer – Ben Aaronovitch
The Prince’s Boy – Paul Bailey
The Lost Books of the Odyssey – Zachary Mason
Dust’n’Bones – Chris Mould
The Mercy of Thin Air – Romlyn Domingue
The Old Ways – Robert Macfarlane (nf)
Meet the Austins – Madeleine L’Engle
The Moon At Night – Madeleine L’Engle
Twenty-Four Days of Christmas – Madeleine L’Engle
And Both Were Young – Madeleine L’Engle
A Ring of Endless Light – Madeleine L’Engle
The Green Road Into The Trees – Hugh Thompson (nf)
Girl Friday – Jane Green
Summer Falls and Other Stories – Amelia Williams
Five Children on the Western Front – Kate Saunders
The Wolf Princess – Cathryn Constable
H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
Twilight – William Gay
Instrumental – James Rhodes (nf)
The Arm of the Starfish – Madeleine L’Engle
Mr Mac and Me – Esther Freud
Lucky Us – Amy Bloom
Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman
Absolute Pandemonium – Brian Blessed (nf)

(bold = book from the library and nf = non-fiction) I read a lot more this year than last year, probably due to the fact it wasn't half as stressful (despite becoming an aunt for the first time).

Films
The Theory of Everything
The Imitation Game

All This Mayhem
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
No

My Old Lady
Big Eyes
Kon-Tiki

The Eichmann Show
Big Hero 6
Shaun the Sheep Movie

The Book of Life
Birdman
Foxcatcher
Penguins of Madagascar
Whiplash
Wild
Jupiter Ascending
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Maxine Peake as Hamlet

Paddington
Selma
Argo
Love Is Strange
Still Alice

Lost River
Interstellar

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Burlesque
Cinderella
The Legend of Princess Kaguya
Far From The Madding Crowd

Cobain: Montage of Heck
Prometheus
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Mad Max: Fury Road

Testament of Youth
Pitch Perfect
Jurassic World
Annie
Mr Holmes
Cake
Terminator Genisys
Amy
Inside Out
Tomorrowland
Song of the Sea
The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

Woman in Gold
Ant-Man
The Water Diviner
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
The Man from UNCLE
45 Years

John Wick
Mud
The Martian
Danny Collins
Marshlands

Macbeth
SPECTRE
Suffragette
Crimson Peak
The Lobster
Mockingjay Part II
The Lady in the Van
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

(bold = rented from TV or ITunes, italic = seen in cinema, no style means I saw it on the TV)
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Summer - eowyngiulia

Summer Update

Sorry for going quiet. Thank you all for your kind words about my niece. She is growing all the time and becoming interested in the world around her and the people in it. Unfortunately, it turns out she is a little bit like me and doesn't sleep very much. When I was a baby, someone told my mum that this meant I was going to be very smart. My mother, suffering from undiagnosed post-natal depression and sleep deprivation, was not amused and said she would rather I be a little stupid and sleep more!

I went to see Elton John with my dad in June and we had a great time. Elton clearly loves putting on a show, which means you enjoy it even more. He lost his temper with a steward for telling people to stop waving their hands and ranted about it, but then changed his mind and apologised after the next song, saying that she wasn't in charge and he shouldn't have insulted her. He invited her up on stage so he could apologise personally. She arrived on stage and he hugged her and apologised. It's always nice to see someone admit they're wrong, doesn't happen very often.

I have recently discovered a new cinema in Gloucester, the Sherborne (which only opened this year so I didn't feel like I'd been missing out). It is independent, decorated in Art Deco style, with its own small free car park. Afternoon showings are £3.50, late afternoon showings are £4.50, evening showings are £5.50. Tea and coffee are £1. To give you a comparison, going to see a film at the chain cinema here costs just under £10 unless it's the cheap day, and that's with an online discount. This place is so cheap that I am determined to patronise it as much as possible so that it doesn't close down by next year. I have also told all my friends about it, especially those with children.

I have just signed up for the new Gym at the Quays, which is open 24 hours and costs only £12.99 a month. A whole group of girls from my office go there so I think I will be motivated to go because they'll expect to see me there, haha! I used to attend a Legs, Bums & Tums class on Wednesday evenings but that was cancelled as the owner of the venue was messing our instructor around with times and would put up the price for hiring it without even telling her. Unfortunately, the only options left were Monday evening, with the time often too early for me to make it, and Thursday evening, which is in a totally different location. I might try going to the Thursday evening one, anyway.

My Windows laptop has been fixed and I am going to try writing on it.

Much love to all of you who read this. <33
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Bookworm - smercy

Books of 2014

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronvitch
Holloway – Robert MacFarlane
Between the Lines – Tammara Webber
Black Diamonds – Catherine Bailey
The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
Tinder – Sally Gardner
When To Walk – Rebecca Gower
Fortunately, The Milk… - Neil Gaiman
The Fault In Our Stars – John Green
The Arrivals – Melissa Marr
Otter Country – Miriam Darlington
Through The Woods – Emily Carroll
Red as Blood – Tanith Lee
Scarlet – Melissa Meyer
The Silent Stars Go By – Dan Abnett
First Aid – Janet Davey
Hollow City – Ransom Riggs
You Say Potato – Ben Crystal and David Crystal

(bold = book from the library)

Unfortunately I didn't read as many books as I did in 2013. I will try to read more books in 2015.

Films
The Heat
Troll Hunter
Deliver Us From Evil (documentary)
Saving Mr Banks
Blue Jasmine

White Elephant
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Frozen

Any Day Now
12 Years A Slave
August: Osage County

Frankenweenie
Philomena
Promised Land
The Client
The Butler
Captain Phillips

Blancanieves
The Selfish Giant
Inside Llewyn Davies

In A World…
The Lego Movie
Ginger and Rosa
Monuments Men
Looper
Le Week-End

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
How I Live Now
The Invisible War
Stories We Tell

American Hustle
The Invisible Woman

Enough Said
Bridesmaids
Blue is the Warmest Colour
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Sea
Hot Coffee
Lovelace

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
All Is Lost

Weekend
Godzilla
Muppets Most Wanted
The Lunchbox

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
The Angels’ Share
Dallas Buyers’ Club
Nebraska

Frank
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Two Faces of January

Beautiful Creatures
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Maleficent
Cuban Fury
Belle
Her
The Past
20 Feet From Stardom
The Wolf of Wall Street

Guardians of the Galaxy
The Fault In Our Stars
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Begin Again
Jersey Boys
Boyhood

Chico & Rita
Chaplin

The Hundred-Foot Journey
Cycling with Moliere
Thank You For Sharing

Before I Go To Sleep
Pride
What We Did On Our Holiday
The Night of the Demon

Shame
Mr Turner
Gone Girl
The Boxtrolls
Effie Gray
St Vincent
The Possibilities Are Endless
Mockingjay Part I
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies


(bold = rented from TV or ITunes, italic = seen in cinema, no style means I saw it on the TV)
Turning Point

New year, new me?

Sorry that I haven't updated the journal in a while. I have finally moved back to my old department (after being kept in the 'temporary' one for the first two weeks of January) and I'm able to take part in team activities, actually rely on my shifts, swap the times and book holiday knowing that there'll be space on the calendar for me.

My sister is going to have her baby on May 6th (well, that's the due date). We still don't know if it's a boy or a girl. Her husband's family haven't had a girl born into the family in a century, so if it is a girl, I will be suggesting Ginny for a middle name. ;)

I'll be posting the list of books I read and films I saw last year this week. I didn't read many books last year, which is a shame. I'll try and read more this year.
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