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Renewed my season ticket for the month £212.80, Contract at work has been extended again!
Used up all the eVouchers I had accrued due to train Delay Repay to pay for my ticket to Marks Tey, for this year's Filkcon
Took half day off so that I could go to the Matinee of Private Lives at The Theatre Royal in Brighton
Next day off to Con2bil8 (The 28th UK Filk Convention), 5th – 7th February, 2016 at The Marks Tey Best Western Hotel
With UK Guest of Honour: Piers Cawley and Overseas Guests of Honour: Stone Dragons (Tom & Sue Jeffers)
Discovered the Bungalow Diner just a few minutes down the road. Ate most of my meals there, an English version of an American diner.
Went to Earth & Stars pup on second Monday for SF reading club where we discussed The Diamond Age.
Went to The Hawth to see The Last Tango with Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace, no dancing this week.
Learning new steps in Foxtrot, an revised this every week, Social dance was a week early as the school was using the space for a play.
Forgot my yoga gear one week so missed that class. The funding by NHS stopped this month so we decided to continue funding the class personally at around £6 per week.
One of the irritations of the yoga class was that when we moved the tables in the conference room many off the legs fell off! I finally found an Allen key which allowed me to tighten the appropriate screws and now none of the legs detach!
Listened to audible books almost every day usually for over an hour, due to having the St Mary's Chronicles by Jodi Taylor, to listen to.
Updated The Bujold Nexus - (Bibliography). Need to update more regularly as it is coming up to the 20th Anniversary!
Saw Deadpool at the Dome cinema in Worthing. One of the best moves I seen in the last year. Rather more adult in nature than the usual super hero fare but funnier too.
Used paper Delay Repay vouchers to get ticket to London for Picocon 33 on 20th. Guests of Honour: Paul Cornell, Carrie Hope Fletcher & Michelle Paver. Had to leave early as the social dance was this evening.
Booked bed at YHA in Manchester for this years Eastercon. I've also got membership of Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland.
Got two hardback books from amazon at enough discount that it was paper back price. Amazon locker in town is really handy.
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The Brighton SF Reading Group discussed Stamping Butterflies (which I didn't read) train home cancelled and had to wait half an hour for next train.
Dancing every Tuesday, and for this month only also danced on three Saturdays.
Light switch in bathroom broke, leaving it permanently on. D repaired it, but I had to find a new string.
Started listening to audible books again. Listened to Amanda Palmer's "The Art of Asking"
Upgraded firmware of my Toshiba TV but now it won't remember it's settings!
Got my filling replaced in top left tooth.
Started learning new steps in ballroom. Jive is still very limited!
Appeared to have malware installed on P, took forever to dislodge it.
Went to Picocon 32 at Imperial College in London (only on Saturday)
Then straight to 1st of the 3 Saturday dances, at new venue.
Got last years diary printed by doxdirect.
J made me pancakes for after dancing on Shrove Tuesday
D & I finally installed new shower blind, and was able to take first proper shower at home in months.
Renewed my season ticket, possible finally for last time?
Last dance of the month at a new venue in BH
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This was a very busy month for me. On the first Sunday in the month J collected me to go to Ralli Hall in Hove for a free Argentine Tango class, it was interesting and fun, but not really my style.
I have started listening to audible books for an hour a day, recording the times in a spreadsheet. It forcing me to actually listen to stuff I bought and haven't got around to "reading".
This month's SF Book Club meeting at the Earth & Stars was a bit different as Amanda Hemingway came to the meeting as a guest author of our chosen book "The Devil's Apprentice" by Jan Siegel and was very interesting, we didn't actually discuss the book as much as usual as a result.
Dancing every Tuesday (except for the last Tuesday in the month due to a school play) with J. Started learning new steps in Rumba, and revised most other dances.
Social Dance was very early in the month, as the last Saturday was 22nd! the numbers were down from usual suspects, which did mean that there was more room on the floor.
Applied for a number of train delay refunds, due to poor performance as a result of the rain! Including my ticket to Grantham for 2emi6reve filkcon. This weekend I was more sociable than previously. I was joined for almost every meal and chatted in the bar area (also begged use of apple charger as mine failed!)
I got confirmation from Baldwin's that I had passed my English Functional Skill (now I'm waiting for the paper certificate).
Went to London for Picocon 31 at Imperial College, I had to leave a bit earlier than I really wanted as I had to get to Crawley for the Social Dance. It turned out to be a good thing I did as South Kensington was closed due to a demonstration.
On my last weekend I went to visit my family (my dad turned 81 earlier this week). Used my season ticked to get there for the first time, sister collected me and collected pizza and cider, which was added to fish and chips for supper.
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So first weekend in February was Quarter Tone the 25th UK Filkcon held at the Ramada Grantham Hotel in Lincolnshire
This was it's usual friendly self and in fact the only convention in the ear where I stayed away from home.
As usual I signed bi-weekly at the Job Centre and danced with K every Wednesday
I also had to attend Job Club regularly at CDG in Crawley, this was mandated by the Job Centre but at least I got my travel costs reimbursed.
Also got my broadband upgraded to unlimited fibre, which was faster and unlimited (obviously) but not excessively fast. Also my website www.dendarii.co.uk was wiped and I didn't notice for a little while!
Also saw the ISS (International Space Station) travel over head for the first time.
Picocon 30 took place over the weekend of 16-17 and this was my last con of the year (away from home)
I even managed a short visit to the Science Museum to see the Turing Exhibit.
I continued to volunteer at Susses Oakleaf
I had to order a new TV, a reconditioned Toshiba (which has worked well all year), used it successfully with my Raspberry Pi
I had to return my kobo ereader for replacement as it had a fault on the screen. It was replaced at WHS (where I'd originally purchased it)
Last Saturday in the month the regular Social Dance in Crawley dancing with K.
Visited parent the following day, just for the day though.
On the last day of the month I retook my ECDL test and unfortunately the system crashed part way though so I didn't finished. Booked a date to retake the test again.
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Last post was about Filkcon, this will end with Picocon.

Patches of snow stayed around for about a week, an things have generally been frozen. I got my first book from Amazon in a while. I used to get 2-4 books a week, now it's that number per month!

When I imported my ebooks from Stanza to ShuBook I chose the wrong switch and all the books were imported with the title in the Author field and vice versa. I have just finished changing the last of these around! A long winded process but now all the books by a particular author are together.

I did a bit more training/mentoring at work and entered the first data into the live system. So far so good but it's taken over a week and it hasn't moved to the next step yet! Fingers cross this will happen soon as I'm the guinea pig of the session!

Last Saturday I was at Picocon 29 and next week is my Dad's birthday so I haven't been able to do any weekend shopping. I have had to stop over on my jurney home so get a few bits and bobs that had run out (and other stuff too).

Picocon 29 "Apocalypses" had all the bits a Picocon has had for low these last many years. Unfortunately I couldn't enjoy it as much as I might as I had a cold! Anyway the guests were Adrian Czajkowski/Tchaikovsky was enthusiastic and entertaining (I need to look for his work) Justina Robson was more introspective and Tricia Sullivan was also new to me, but hopefully a new read at some point.

During lunch I dashed off to Forbidden Planet for old times sake and bought 4 books, though when I'll read them I don't know. Since I started listening to podcasts as I walk around, and my train journey is ony 20 minutes I don't have long periods where I'm static and can't do anything but read!

I left Imperial just after 4:00pm and made my way home in the rain!

Con to Con

Feb. 22nd, 2011 09:14 am
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I had an appointment on Monday afternoon to help in my jobsearch, and despite delays did get there in time, and received some helpful comment.

Signed on the following morning, then got a lift from my Mum to my first job interview in 25 years! It seemed to go fairly well, but as I learned a week later i didn't get the job. Probably for the best as it was in the middle of nowhere and difficult to get to without personal transport.

On Wednesday I had a Time to Talk phone session, to help with mild depression (not unexpected in the circumstances) not sure if it will help but any port in a storm.

On St Valentine's Day I took a walk around Bedelands, very gluey mud in parts. Repeated this last Thursday, took camera but unable to take any photos as the battery hadn't charged!

Last Saturday was Picocon 28 at Imperial College London. I counted up and it was the 11th Picocon I'd been to in 22 years, though it was raining I had a good time. The Guests of Honour each gave different but fascinating talks. First thing Kari Sperring gave a lecture on how Tolkein delayed her writing career, as she believed a writer had to go the academic route as JRR did.

Paul McAuley followed this with an illustrated talk on how he wrote some of his books backwards. How he found some cool science then wondered how it could be added into a story. In particularly the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

After Lunch the final GoH Juliet McKenna, talked about the hard science in fantasy. Good fantasy should be rooted in reality and any made up stuff should work consistently.

There then followed the traditional panel, where the GoHs plus discussed Steam Punk, more an aesthetic then a genre.

The last item I stayed for was the Turkey reading, which raised money for charity by getting bid to either stop the current reading, or to continue. There was the obligatory section from a Gor book, and they included 2 video turkeys.

And feeling tired I went home.

Con to Con

Feb. 22nd, 2011 09:14 am
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I had an appointment on Monday afternoon to help in my jobsearch, and despite delays did get there in time, and received some helpful comment.

Signed on the following morning, then got a lift from my Mum to my first job interview in 25 years! It seemed to go fairly well, but as I learned a week later i didn't get the job. Probably for the best as it was in the middle of nowhere and difficult to get to without personal transport.

On Wednesday I had a Time to Talk phone session, to help with mild depression (not unexpected in the circumstances) not sure if it will help but any port in a storm.

On St Valentine's Day I took a walk around Bedelands, very gluey mud in parts. Repeated this last Thursday, took camera but unable to take any photos as the battery hadn't charged!

Last Saturday was Picocon 28 at Imperial College London. I counted up and it was the 11th Picocon I'd been to in 22 years, though it was raining I had a good time. The Guests of Honour each gave different but fascinating talks. First thing Kari Sperring gave a lecture on how Tolkein delayed her writing career, as she believed a writer had to go the academic route as JRR did.

Paul McAuley followed this with an illustrated talk on how he wrote some of his books backwards. How he found some cool science then wondered how it could be added into a story. In particularly the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

After Lunch the final GoH Juliet McKenna, talked about the hard science in fantasy. Good fantasy should be rooted in reality and any made up stuff should work consistently.

There then followed the traditional panel, where the GoHs plus discussed Steam Punk, more an aesthetic then a genre.

The last item I stayed for was the Turkey reading, which raised money for charity by getting bid to either stop the current reading, or to continue. There was the obligatory section from a Gor book, and they included 2 video turkeys.

And feeling tired I went home.
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So to round out my exciting weekends in February on Friday I went to the evening performance of Traces at the Peacock Theatre in Holborn I got a cheap seat at the very back of the stalls. The performance combine dance, music, and circus into a performance that transcended genre! I got the 9:47pm home and just missed getting off at my stop, (due to being to engrossed in my book) so after a helpful discussion with the guard I got off at Lewes, caught the train to Brighton and managed to get the last train from Brighton that stopped at my station! I did remember to get off this time and finally got home at midnight.

The following day I had to get a earlier than usual as I was planning on going to
Picocon 26, at Imperial College, which I did. Guests were Pat Cadigan, Robert Rankin and Michael Marshall Smith.

There was an hour of stuff from each guest then they combined forces on the subject of Ray-Guns and other stuff. I decided that enough was enough and left when the turkey readings started!

I've managed to snag copies of "The Middleman" recently and have been watching episodes as an when I've been able to download them. It unfortunate that after one season it's been canceled. It's a mad cross between the Men from UNCLE, the X-Files and Eureka!

All my photos from Somerset have now been uploaded! now I have to tag and title them ;-)
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So to round out my exciting weekends in February on Friday I went to the evening performance of Traces at the Peacock Theatre in Holborn I got a cheap seat at the very back of the stalls. The performance combine dance, music, and circus into a performance that transcended genre! I got the 9:47pm home and just missed getting off at my stop, (due to being to engrossed in my book) so after a helpful discussion with the guard I got off at Lewes, caught the train to Brighton and managed to get the last train from Brighton that stopped at my station! I did remember to get off this time and finally got home at midnight.

The following day I had to get a earlier than usual as I was planning on going to
Picocon 26, at Imperial College, which I did. Guests were Pat Cadigan, Robert Rankin and Michael Marshall Smith.

There was an hour of stuff from each guest then they combined forces on the subject of Ray-Guns and other stuff. I decided that enough was enough and left when the turkey readings started!

I've managed to snag copies of "The Middleman" recently and have been watching episodes as an when I've been able to download them. It unfortunate that after one season it's been canceled. It's a mad cross between the Men from UNCLE, the X-Files and Eureka!

All my photos from Somerset have now been uploaded! now I have to tag and title them ;-)
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It's been nearly 3 weeks since my last posting and stuff has happened!

On 23 Feb at Imperial College was Picocon 25 I usually go, if it doesn't clash with the UK filk con.

This time they split the site between the Union and a large lecture theatre, most of the talks were well attended.

The following week-end I visited my parents, especially for Mothering Sunday (we all went to church for an exuberant service)

And finally the Post Office did deliver the Advance Reader's Copy of Lois McMaster Bujold's latest:- The Sharing Knife: Passage!

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