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Used over £50 worth of Delay Repay Vouchers, to pay for 25% of my season ticket! Strikes and other delays and cancellations are still ongoing.
Most important thing to happen is that I have transferred to a new NHS Organisational Unit NEL Commissioning Support Unit as a Junior Service Desk Analyst (This is apparently a permanent role!)
The second most important thing was that I caught a could which converted into Laryngitis, which mean I was off work for 2 weeks! Saw 2 different GPs and got signed off work. I also saw a consultant re the aches and pains in my joints/back.
I have still been going to Yoga (strikes and illness permitting) and to ball room dancing too. Had an extra "Strictly Snowflake" Saturday Dance, which I went to even without voice! (I could still dance).
Other major news, in collaboration with my next door neighbour, our semi-detached garage has been re-roofed. This was instigated by the neighbour but given the state of the roof it was about time.
I was able to pay for this and the final instalment for the work on the main house room last month due to having to option to remove some money from my AVC pension top up plan.
D went to Holland for a weekend visit, relating to his status after brexit!, and I had to look after his kitten Maya, she was a sweetie.
After returning to work went to see "Fabulous Beasts & Where to Find Them" at the cinema, a slight story but with wonderful sets and special effects.
By the end of the month Winter came with a vengeance with temperatures of -3°C.
mbernardi: (WeeMee)

Very busy month, with Worldcon (see earlier posts).
Also got hair cut to shortest it has been in over forty years. Took part in MORI poll relating to radio listening (even though I don't actually listen to radio live much)
I've also been playing on pottermore.com in preparation for going to the Harry Potter Experience on 11th Sep
Updated the SD cards for my old eeePC and got triple booting linux usb hard drive working. Started LFS101x Introduction to Linux online course.
New fencing installed on one side of back garden, planted both a new apple tree and a grape vine
Brighton SF Reading Group discussed Lightbourn, which again I didn't finish (I really need to finish all these books I start).
Finished editing my 2013 Diary and sent it off to be printed (A5 size)
Used up all my eVouchers (from train delay) to buy ticket to London for Worldcon
Saw Guardians of the Galaxy at Connaught Cinema in Worthing (£3 Wed)
Checked my Oyster Card (London Travel Card) in preparation for Worldcon visit. Need to add £20 to it for journeys in London.
Picked a fair number of black berries at different times during the month (even in my garden)
Second weekend in the month was Crawley Juggling Festival - on the Saturday I did some balloon modelling, read, Kettle of Fish Cabaret in the evening was excellent as always.
On the Sunday I joined the Knife and Axe throwing workshop, actually turned out to be pretty good (should have taken a photo of my excellently matched axe throws).
Worldcon - Loncon3
Tuesday after Worldcon I was still in London and went to the British Library to see "Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK" last day, bought book of exhibit.
Saw the first episode of the new Dr Who at the cinema (with only 25 others - not well advertised)
My dancing partner C decided that she was unable to continue ballroom dancing (not a major issue as I normally dance with J), we'd been dancing a year and a quarter.
Bath started to leak, (dripping through the light fitting - blew the circuit breaker!) so had to get a replacement organised. (2 weeks so far without bath / shower). Washbasin has been replaced.
Managed to mung my Windows 7 PC at home (over wrote MBR with Grub2) though I also managed to recover from the problem ;-)
At work after nearly a year I got a new Windows 7 PC and found it a generally good experience.
With my Kobo Mini damaged and no longer available I have ordered a Nook ereader (so I can access my Fictionwise.com archive).
Renewed my monthly season ticket.
Dancing with J every Tue evening, but no dancing first two weeks as school closed. First Tuesday back after Worldcon. Social dance at the end of the month, we danced all the dances.





















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My last post was about Unicon, my next one will be the start of my Chicon / Worldcon adventure. So what has been happening in between?

I've been to the chiropractor only one. I was due to go again on Friday but there was an emergency and my appointment was cancelled.

I've booked a ticket at Can't Stop the Serenity in Chicago, for the Saturday after Worldcon.

Last weekend I spent hours watching stuff recorded on my Sky+ box, so there will be space for stuff over the next two weeks. Doctor Who starts next Saturday!

Last Monday I went to the local cinema to see Brave. It was a very Disney style Pixar animation, but enjoyable even so.

Yesterday I got an email saying my contract had been extended to mid October. This is good and bad news. Good because I've still got a job when I get back. Bad as the day before I booked to fly to Spain with my parents and sister for a week. If I'd know about the extension I could have booked their last week rather than their first one!

Also yesterday I went dancing with K in the evening, since we hadn't danced for over two weeks our stamina was less than usual so we didn't dance as often as in the past. We did manage at least one of each style (except those we don't know yet!)

Today I packed ready for my flight tomorrow.
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I can't believe it's been 3 weeks since my last post. Anyway the Sunday after Picocon I went to visit my parents, as it was dad's birthday the previous week. His eyes have not improved.... It was raining all day and on the drive there and back we went through some very large puddles.

On Tuesday 2nd I went to the Hawth to see The Moscow State Circus, it's "theme" was Rasputin. My seat was in the middle near the front. Because the performance was in a theatre some of the bigger acts didn't fit, and some had to be reduced in scope (according to the programme). There were some terrific jugglers though.

The following Sunday I walked around Beadlands, very bleak, nothing much in the way of plants or animals. Managed to finish off watching the second series of Chuck which I'd recorded a while back.

The following Monday I saw my Chiropractor then managed to get to the Odeon cinema in Brighton, to see "Alice in Wonderland in 3D". It was nicely re-imagineered so while familiar the story took unexpected twists and turns.

I finally got around to renewing my passport, and my old one was returned in the post this weekend, so I should get my new one in a week or two. Cost £85.50 including PO security.

Last weekend I pickled some onions, I'm not sure if I did it correctly, but a month or so will soon tell.

Last Tuesday I went to the European premier of the new IMAX film "Hubble 3D" at the Science Museum. This was followed on the Wednesday by two hours entitled "Striking Your Own Chord" at the Dana Centre. This included tacks and workshops. I was in the group that sang 3 part african chant, which was very cool.

Last week my watch strap broke, I managed to get a replacement this Saturday.
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I can't believe it's been 3 weeks since my last post. Anyway the Sunday after Picocon I went to visit my parents, as it was dad's birthday the previous week. His eyes have not improved.... It was raining all day and on the drive there and back we went through some very large puddles.

On Tuesday 2nd I went to the Hawth to see The Moscow State Circus, it's "theme" was Rasputin. My seat was in the middle near the front. Because the performance was in a theatre some of the bigger acts didn't fit, and some had to be reduced in scope (according to the programme). There were some terrific jugglers though.

The following Sunday I walked around Beadlands, very bleak, nothing much in the way of plants or animals. Managed to finish off watching the second series of Chuck which I'd recorded a while back.

The following Monday I saw my Chiropractor then managed to get to the Odeon cinema in Brighton, to see "Alice in Wonderland in 3D". It was nicely re-imagineered so while familiar the story took unexpected twists and turns.

I finally got around to renewing my passport, and my old one was returned in the post this weekend, so I should get my new one in a week or two. Cost £85.50 including PO security.

Last weekend I pickled some onions, I'm not sure if I did it correctly, but a month or so will soon tell.

Last Tuesday I went to the European premier of the new IMAX film "Hubble 3D" at the Science Museum. This was followed on the Wednesday by two hours entitled "Striking Your Own Chord" at the Dana Centre. This included tacks and workshops. I was in the group that sang 3 part african chant, which was very cool.

Last week my watch strap broke, I managed to get a replacement this Saturday.
mbernardi: (juggling clubs)
So including the time jugging on Tuesday (where I got a club in the face that bent my glasses, both glasses and face are fine). I didn't get home on time any day last week.

On Wednesday I went to the Prince Charles Cinema" Leicester Square. Which shows films after original release, usually stuff that doesn't get wide distribution, and a cheap prices. I actually had a fee pass from a while back that I hadn't use so got to see "FAQ about time travel" A HBO/BBC co-production, not action packed but when it's shown on BBC I'll watch again.

On Thursday I spent lunch and the evening looking for a Boots that sold digital cameras, so I could replace my lost one. It was end of life so wasn't generally available. Eventually found one in a store on Oxford Street. On my perambulations I also go sold a new phone, a Vodafone 533, but kept my old SIM card and number. It has Java and Internet access (though not WiFi). When I got home most of the kitchen cupboards had been removed and tiles had been removed from the floor.

On Friday the VDU/Audio cables arrived, and I made my regular trip to Forbidden Planet. when I got home the ceiling and wall had been painted and wall tiles had been removed. Further plaster had been applied, which needed to dry over the weekend before the next phase starts!

On Saturday morning I went to the library to collect a map of Bedelands Farm, with public footpaths marked. Then to the Chiropractor, apparently I'd got twisted and needed to come back soon for a checkup and review. Had to do some walked so walked from Brighton to Preston park where the Chinese State Circus had it's tent. Since I was early I tried to fly my pocket kite, but due to a lack of wind it wouldn't stay up for long.

I tried to note what acts were on, but I may have missed some, and writing in the dark can get a bit strange! Entered the tent at 2:45 and left at 5:00.

The start was a parade of the full cast giving a potted history of China, with emperor and Monkey King.
Then pole swinging (combining pole acrobatics and trapeze)
plate spinning (5 plate in each hand, while doing acrobatics and contortions!)
Hat juggling (self explanatory)
The Sholin Monks, followed by TNG Monk.
Chinese Lion Dance (traditional)

An Interval of 20min

Started with the Monkey King with a different costume, as we now entered the 21st century.
Bicyclists (8 young ladies manage trick riding on bicycles.)
Monkey returned
Diablo (sycronised, and passing)
Monks return
Ariel silks (two dance in air held up by thin silk)
Hoop diving (traditional)
And finally an Olympic Future.

Sunday rained nearly all day so I didn't get to walk in the woods / fields (though I've got some pain in my right heel, so that might be as well.
mbernardi: (juggling clubs)
So including the time jugging on Tuesday (where I got a club in the face that bent my glasses, both glasses and face are fine). I didn't get home on time any day last week.

On Wednesday I went to the Prince Charles Cinema" Leicester Square. Which shows films after original release, usually stuff that doesn't get wide distribution, and a cheap prices. I actually had a fee pass from a while back that I hadn't use so got to see "FAQ about time travel" A HBO/BBC co-production, not action packed but when it's shown on BBC I'll watch again.

On Thursday I spent lunch and the evening looking for a Boots that sold digital cameras, so I could replace my lost one. It was end of life so wasn't generally available. Eventually found one in a store on Oxford Street. On my perambulations I also go sold a new phone, a Vodafone 533, but kept my old SIM card and number. It has Java and Internet access (though not WiFi). When I got home most of the kitchen cupboards had been removed and tiles had been removed from the floor.

On Friday the VDU/Audio cables arrived, and I made my regular trip to Forbidden Planet. when I got home the ceiling and wall had been painted and wall tiles had been removed. Further plaster had been applied, which needed to dry over the weekend before the next phase starts!

On Saturday morning I went to the library to collect a map of Bedelands Farm, with public footpaths marked. Then to the Chiropractor, apparently I'd got twisted and needed to come back soon for a checkup and review. Had to do some walked so walked from Brighton to Preston park where the Chinese State Circus had it's tent. Since I was early I tried to fly my pocket kite, but due to a lack of wind it wouldn't stay up for long.

I tried to note what acts were on, but I may have missed some, and writing in the dark can get a bit strange! Entered the tent at 2:45 and left at 5:00.

The start was a parade of the full cast giving a potted history of China, with emperor and Monkey King.
Then pole swinging (combining pole acrobatics and trapeze)
plate spinning (5 plate in each hand, while doing acrobatics and contortions!)
Hat juggling (self explanatory)
The Sholin Monks, followed by TNG Monk.
Chinese Lion Dance (traditional)

An Interval of 20min

Started with the Monkey King with a different costume, as we now entered the 21st century.
Bicyclists (8 young ladies manage trick riding on bicycles.)
Monkey returned
Diablo (sycronised, and passing)
Monks return
Ariel silks (two dance in air held up by thin silk)
Hoop diving (traditional)
And finally an Olympic Future.

Sunday rained nearly all day so I didn't get to walk in the woods / fields (though I've got some pain in my right heel, so that might be as well.

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