crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
It's so foggy outside I feel like we're in the Misty Mountains. I just took Tilly out and when I turned around to come back inside I could barely see the house.

(BTW, this doesn't count as me defaulting to talking about the weather because it is really, seriously, foggy here at the moment. It's in the news and everything!)
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
The heatwave is over and I have not melted into the ground! Work still makes me hot and sweaty, especially in the abominable furnace that is the upper stock room, but at least I can feel comfortable when I get home now. As opposed to a couple of days ago when there was no escape from the relentless heat anywhere I went.

Also, I'm getting pretty pissed off with people online making fun of us and calling us wimps for saying that that was a heatwave. Yeah, fine, you live in a place where it regularly gets hotter than this and you have these kinds of temperatures all summer, but that's the point, we don't. We're not prepared for this, our bodies aren't used to it, our homes don't have air conditioning. (And why do people seem to feel the need to exaggerate in order to mock us? I saw a derisive comment laughing that "England is complaining about temperatures in the 70s to mid 80s" and I'm just like uh, no, it was 36 Celsius here you fucknut. That's 97 to you, so shut your fucking cake hole.)

Sorry, I think the heat is making me ratty. Although since it's cooled down now I can't really use that as an excuse any more.

But at least now that the heatwave is over, maybe now I can write about things other than the weather. Like Alias and its complete character derailment of Irina Derevko. I'm hoping that she's been cloned and replaced with a double (again), because that woman from the past couple of episodes is so not the same woman from the rest of the series.

BBQ Report

Jun. 26th, 2015 06:28 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
So, after my previous post in which I moaned about it being too hot, the British weather decided to respond by giving us a grey and rainy Saturday. Thanks, weather. It wasn't too bad though. We were able to get some barbecuing in in between the showers and there was Polish fighting beer to tide us over. Typical British BBQ.

There were quite a lot of people there and it was nice to see some folks I haven't seen in a while, but it was also rather overwhelming. Especially since a couple of the people, lovely though they are, are very loud and outgoing. Not that that's a bad thing, but it is rather exhausting to be around.

One moment that still sticks with me is when my friend said "Ahh, I love relaxing weekends like this" and I just kind of gaped at him because I had literally just been thinking about how tiring it all was! It was still fun, of course. I'm not saying that I had a bad time or that I didn't want to be there, but it was most definitely NOT relaxing!

My favourite part of the day had to be the evening, when half the people had gone and those of us who remained played Cards Against Humanity and Lord of Waterdeep. I love board games and I really wish I had more opportunities to play them. Especially the BSG board game, which is always fun. Trouble is you need at least three people to play at all, and really it's better with four or more, and I don't know that many people nearby who'd be interested.

In other news, I finally paid eBay the 30p that I've apparently owed them since 2008. Never let it be said that I don't clear my debts quickly.
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
Wow. Turns out that election wasn't nearly as close as everyone thought it was going to be. I'm so disappointed.

And not only did my constituency stay Conservative, which wasn't a surprise, but Jeremy Hunt won with a majority of 50%. He got more votes than every other candidate put together. That's depressing.


May. 7th, 2015 06:27 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
Well, I have done my civic duty and marked a cross next to a person's name on a piece of paper. Go me. Actually I marked four crosses - one for the general election, one for the borough council election and two for the parish council election. I was actually allowed two votes for borough council too but it was hard enough finding one person I wanted to vote for so I left it at that.

And now we wait. The results will be coming in over night but I'm not going to stay up for it, even though it could be interesting. While the Conservatives may have a pretty much guaranteed win here, that's certainly not the case for the rest of the country. Apparently this is the closest election in decades and I have absolutely no idea which way it will go.
crystalcazzie: (Merlin - Gwen Crown)
I have defeated Dark Sol! By which I mean I have completed Shining in the Darkness. Now what retro game am I going to spend my free time playing? There's always Sonic the Hedgehog, but that doesn't have the save feature that made Shining in the Darkness such a good game to play day after day.

Maybe I could use this time to work out who I'm going to vote for. The election is tomorrow and I'm still not certain. Not that it really matters, though, since I live in Jeremy Hunt's constituency and we're pretty much guaranteed to stay Tory.

Normally I'd vote Liberal Democrats, but our Lib Dem candidate has been kicked out of the party for falsifying documents so he's not an option. I'm really rather pissed off with him for it because the Lib Dems have always been the main opposition here. Historically they've come the closest to ousting the Conservatives (back in 2005 they came within 2% of winning) so by doing this he's pretty much ruined even the slight chance we had of not re-electing Hunt.

UKIP are trying to claim that they've got a chance of winning here, but there's no way in hell I'm voting for them. Labour know they've got no chance and don't even bother to campaign. The Greens don't seem to have much of a presence either. We also have a couple of little parties I've not really heard of before - National Health Action Party and Something New Party. I've been looking at their policies to see what they stand for to see if I want to vote for either of them but I'm still not sure.

Not that it really matters, as I said before, but I'm determined to use my right to vote and I don't want to vote for something I don't believe in even if they have no chance of actually getting in.

And all of this is just the general election. We have local elections too and I have even less of an idea about who I want to vote for there!
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
crystalcazzie: (My Mate Marmite)
I have just eaten cake in honour of the Jubilee. And later I plan to have Pimms and strawberries in honour of the Jubilee. And then tomorrow I might even open a bottle of fizz in honour of the Jubilee.

As you can see, I am a big fan of cake and booze the Jubilee.

Maybe if I get tipsy enough I'll actually get up the courage to post on the forums for the convention I'm going to and possibly send messages on Tumblr and try to make friends with some of the people I follow who are also going. I've been trying to get up the courage to do this for a few weeks now. It's not going great.
crystalcazzie: (Sara Smile)
Children in Need time! I have a Lego Pudsey to make up, so I'll be doing that soon. Not during the Doctor Who bit though cos I've heard that Matt Smith will be taking his clothes off in it and I feel that that requires my full attention. =D
crystalcazzie: (Autumn Leaves)
Happy Bonfire Night everyone. In a couple of hours Rob, Esme and I are going to walk down to the rugby club and celebrate the failure of a Catholic plot to blow up the king and parliament by watching pretty explosions and a man being burnt in effigy.

Then we're going to get fish & chips.

What a wonderful country this is.
crystalcazzie: (Merlin - Gwen Crown)
Wow, it's really pouring it down outside. The sky is grey and everything has a dark, autumnal feel. I love it.

I meant to make a Yay September post on Thursday but I had a crappy day at work and didn't feel in the mood. But now the rain is making me happy, so here we go.

September is awesome. It contains both my birthday and the first day of autumn, which is my absolute favourite season, and even though the majority of September is still technically summer it feels very autumnal. The evenings are drawing in, the leaves start turning, the temperature drops and the coats come out. Brilliant.

It's the time for board games and baking and staying inside while the rain beats down outside the window.

And, of course, the new television season starts, bringing so many wonderful things to watch on those dark, cosy evenings.

In conclusion, Yay for September!

crystalcazzie: (Picard Squee)
So I got up at 7:50 and spent the next eight hours watching coverage of the royal wedding. Excellent way to spend the day. Although I am now regretting that I didn't make the effort to go up to London. It looked like so much fun.

I'm a total romantic at heart and normally I expend my energies shipping fictional couples, so it was great to be able to be happy about real people for a change! As lovely as the ceremony was, I think my favourite moment was when they surreptitiously held hands in the carriage going through the Horse Guards in between waving at the crowds. ♥

Also, I love Camilla. I think her marriage to Prince Charles is one of the greatest wins for true love in the history of the royal family. And all the haters on Twitter can suck it.

And finally, I've been drinking champagne. Any excuse to drink champagne is fine by me!

Four Days

Apr. 25th, 2011 07:43 pm
crystalcazzie: (Merlin - Ruling Pendragons)
This holiday weekend I have been mostly:

- Sitting on the patio to make the most of the lovely weather. In fact that is where I am right now. Next to me I have a glass which used to contain ginger beer but which is now empty. Alas.

- Watching Bones. Well, two episodes. They were good, although I still don't really get this whole rogue sniper storyline that came out of nowhere.

- Watching Chuck. I love Chuck. I think what I love most about Chuck is that it's a happy programme. You can watch it safe in the knowledge that everything will be all right in the end, good will triumph over evil, the people you love will be happy and Chuck and Sarah will be together.

- Watching 'William and Kate: The Movie'. Now, I went into this knowing that it was going to be amazingly bad but I simply wasn't prepared for just how excruciatingly dire it was going to be. It had everything you could hope for in an American TV film about British royals. Terrible accents! American plug sockets in supposedly British houses! Prince William publicly singing karaoke to apologise for ignoring Kate at his birthday party! The University of St Andrews apparently being renamed St Andrews College and looking absolutely nothing like the university that I visited a few years ago! Constant references to university as 'school'! (It's that last one that got to me the most. If I'd had a drink for every time I shouted "We don't call university 'school', you idiots!" at the TV I'd have been completely wasted before the film was halfway through.)

- Sorted out my room. And by 'sorted out' I mean 'moved stuff from one big pile into other, slightly more organised piles.' That's really the only way I do any kind of tidying up.

- Sleeping weirdly. Apparently my body has decided that during the holidays I need to wake up around 4, stay away until around 8 and then, just when I'm thinking I could probably get up at this point, become so tired I can't keep my eyes open until around 10:30. It's rather annoying.

- Building puzzleballs. Two today.

- Watching Doctor Who. I should have mentioned it earlier but I forgot. Possibly because it was a bit of a blah episode that didn't exactly grab my attention. Hopefully it'll be better next week.

True Brit

Apr. 21st, 2011 07:51 pm
crystalcazzie: (Minerva Drunk)
Today is the Queen's 85th birthday. I have chosen to celebrate this day with a large glass of gin. That's just how much of a loyal royalist I am. *Hums God Save the Queen*

Also, Woo Hoo! Four day weekend! =D


Nov. 26th, 2010 11:13 pm
crystalcazzie: (Reason for the Season)
Rather chilly today, isn't it? Apparently it's -3 outside right now, although there's still no sign of snow here. Come on weather, if we're going to freeze at least give us something pretty to look at while we do so!
crystalcazzie: (Sara Smile)
Congratulations, William and Kate! I'm very happy for you and your engagement.

Now... do we get a bank holiday when you get married? =D

Poppy Power

Nov. 3rd, 2010 07:55 pm
crystalcazzie: (Autumn Leaves)
And now for something a bit random...

Brits on my flist, I have a question about poppies. It's nearing that time of year again and I see them appearing around the place. I've seen TV presenters wearing them, I've seen a poster about them and I've seen quite a few people in town wearing them. But I haven't seen anybody selling them, which I find a bit weird.

So I thought I would create a poll and see if it's just me or not:

[Poll #1640418]
crystalcazzie: (Abandon Hope)
They are not showing University Challenge this week because of the golf.

Watching University Challenge while cooking on a Monday evening is a tradition for me. It's something I look forward to every week. It is an important part of my life.

So it is for this reason that I am forced to announce that from this moment on, golf is my sworn enemy. Wherever it goes, whatever it does, I shall be hating it. And one day, when it least suspects it, I shall bring down the fiery vengeance of a thousand suns upon its head.

You're not just on the list, golf. You are the list.

That is all.

Still Blue

May. 7th, 2010 06:31 pm
crystalcazzie: (Roslin Airlock Time)
Constituency, I am disappoint.

Ok, it wasn't surprising that we stayed Conservative. I was expecting that, although there was a small optimistic part of me that was hopeful we might go Lib Dem. What I was not expecting was for our Conservative MP to triple his majority!

At least before I could say that although we were Conservative, the Lib Dems had a very real chance here. Now it's just another safe seat in Toryland and that makes me sad.

Also, a great big 'fuck you' to the 644 people who voted BNP. I want you to know that I hate you all and would very much like to slap each and every one of you round the face.
crystalcazzie: (Default)
Happy Voting Day to all my fellow Brits!

I have voted and am now settling in to watch Channel 4's Alternative Election Night. Fun times!

I also see that the results for my constituency are estimated to be due in at 3:30am. That's...doable. I don't really need to be awake at work tomorrow, right?


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