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It's the list of books from here: 60 Essential Science Fiction & Fantasy Reads

Bolded for read, italicized for read something by the same author but not listed book, strike-out for Did Not Finish.

Cut for length... )
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[personal profile] oursin gave me 35. Comment if you would like an age (the convention is, leave your current age, but if you want to risk futurology, feel free).

Then:

I lived in: my own house in a small North Wiltshire town.

I drove: A new white Astra, a company car.  I learned to drive in London, but it never made sense to own a car there; when I moved out to the sticks it was (and is) a different matter, especially as the company expected me to travel to far-flung parts of England and Wales regularly.

I was in a relationship with: a cat (of course). Plus I assume the lodger counts? He started staying with me during the week when I bought the house, and is still around on and off 22 years later...

I feared: I can't remember. Not much, I suspect...

I worked at: the IT department of a large recently privatised electricity generator. Lots of money being thrown at making (one of ) Maggie Thatcher's spectacularly bad ideas seem like a success. Lots of technical innovation. Melting pot of employees and consultants and contractors, all having the time of their life. It was great fun, even if we were working 7 days a week and 12 hours a day...

I wanted to be: What I was. Except there wasn't any time to write as well...

Now:

I live in: my own house in a small village on the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire border.

I drive: A 10 year old Audi.

I'm in a relationship: A cat. Plus the aforementioned lodger.

I fear: the consequences of the bad decisions being made by Thatcher's successors.

I work at: being retired, writing software, getting back to writing books.

I want to be: Right where I am, except with a cat who doesn't need daily medical attention, so I can get about a bit more.

arkessian: (sheep)
Not dead yet, and trying to get back into the habit of posting semi-irregularly...

Seen all over the place;
Tell me about a story I haven’t written, and I’ll give you one sentence from that story.

Census meme

Mar. 8th, 2011 09:23 pm
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2011: Living in my own house on the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire borders. One cat and the same intermittent lodger.

2001: Still living in my own house in Cricklade, with two cats and the intermittent lodger.

1991: Living in my own house in Cricklade, Wiltshire with one cat, and a lodger intermittently present.

1981: Living alone in one of five bedsits in in a large terraced house in Clapham South, London. No pets (except two cats living with my mother in Redditch).

1971: Living with my mother and four sisters, in the same house in south Birmingham. Considerably more than one cat; two dogs; and (no doubt) a variety of pet rodents and fish.

1961: Living in south Birmingham in the house in which I was born with my parents, four sisters, one cat, one dog and rather a lot of rabbits (bred for sale for the pot).

1951: Not born yet.
arkessian: (sheep)
Courtesy of [personal profile] oursin: in the form of

1. If you'd like to play along, reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. You then list (and upload or link to the video, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Then, as I'm doing here, you'll post the list to your journal with the instructions.


The letter she gave to me was R -- not a problem, except I was surprised how many of my favourite artists haven't done anything that begins with R. Also, how many of the songs/pieces of music that I chose were not available on YouTube.

I have (of course) not limited myself to 5, and have tried not to be predictable! I do however have a weakness for "story songs", and looking at the dates, I don't seem to listen to a lot of new-fangled modern music... Suggestions for what I should try gratefully received.

1. George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue [1924] always lifts my heart from the very first note.

2. Jackson Browne: Rock Me On The Water [1972]. I'm also very fond of For a Dancer [1974].

3. Al Stewart: Roads to Moscow [1973].

4. Horslips: Ride to Hell and The Rocks Remain, both from The Book of Invasions: A Celtic Symphony [1976]. If you like this, you should also seek out their album "The Tain" [1973].

5. Joan Armatrading: Rosie [1976]. My favourite song of hers is Love and Affection [1979].

The Pogues: A Rainy Night in Soho [1985]. It's a toss-up whether this or Fairy Tale of New York [1987] is my favourite of theirs. And while we're talking Kirsty McColl, -- taken from us far too early -- have They Don't Know [1979].

6. June Tabor: Rumours of War, which is a Billy Bragg song. I can't find her singing this on YouTube, so have her singing A Strange Affair [1989] or Verdi Cries [1988] instead. I could listen to her sing the telephone directory very happily.

7. Capercaillie: Rann na Mona [1991]. I love Karen Matheson's voice, and Coisich a Ruin [1991] is even better.

8. Oysterband:  The Road to Santiago [1993]. Another one that always makes me smile, as does The Shouting End of Life [1995] (Warning for language)

9. Iron & Wine with Calexico: Red Dust [2005]. Another one I can't find on YouTube, so have Woman King [2005] by Iron & Wine instead. So sorry for the ear-worm...

10. Jonathon Coulton: Re: Your Brains [2006] contributed to my sanity while I was still working. I'm also very fond (for some unfathomable reason) of Coulton's "Code Monkey" and "Chiron Beta Prime" [both also 2006].

And your bonus track? Elton John: Rocketman. The William Shatner version...





Memery

Jun. 13th, 2010 03:49 pm
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About a week ago, I asked [personal profile] oursin for five words she associated with me. Here now are the words and my responses to them:

Genealogy )

Country life )

Gardening )

Science fiction )

Writing )

Ask if you'd like 5 words...

Baaa sheep

Apr. 7th, 2010 01:14 pm
arkessian: (sheep)
via [livejournal.com profile] matociquala

SIX NAMES YOU GO BY:
1. Helen
2. Heggy
3. colevalleygirl
4. Maowwwww!
5. "The nice new lady in the shop"
6. arkessian

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. ring
2. antique watch
3. clothes

THREE THINGS YOU WANT VERY BADLY AT THE MOMENT
1. more time in the day
2. a magic gardener
3. a mouse that works properly

THREE PEOPLE WHOM YOU HOPE WILL DO THE MEME
Anyone who choses to

THREE THINGS YOU DID LAST NIGHT
1. Wrote two whole paragraphs
2. Some Access programming
3. Read

TWO PEOPLE YOU LAST TALKED TO ON THE PHONE:
1. my lodger
2. my youngest sister

THREE THINGS YOU ARE GOING TO DO TOMORROW:
1. Bake a cake
2. Go to a talk on Using archive sources in House History
3. Write

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE DRINKS:
1. coffee
2. red wine
3. lassi

THREE THINGS THAT MADE YOU SMILE TODAY:
1. A robin perched on the garden fence
2. Chino watching the robin
3. A neat bit of code I wrote that works