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Just found out that the next Harry Potter book is going to be called Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (who is neither Harry nor Voldy, apparantly). It’s on J.K. Rowling’s website, so it probably is true! No ETA, however. Also very excited because I got my letter of appointment to my new job today – as from tomorrow I’m going to be a Research Officer (I’m not allowed to call myself a Research Fellow, or “Doctor” come to that, until I’m formally awarded my PhD, on July 23rd) in the School of Computing. And on a completely different […]

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Well, finished Two Towers – got really into it by the end, and feel like I’ve been left hanging. Must visit video shop and get Return of the King. My half-hearted attempts at losing a bit of weight continue – I’m currently spot on 80kg (12 stone 8 in old money), which is fine for my height and age, but just before I got married I was nearer 70kg (11 stone), and just felt fit and well and sleek – a weight I enjoyed being. Actually it’s not so much about weight as having a bit of a tummy and […]

"The Eyre Affair (Thurdsay Next)"

The Eyre Affair, by Jasper FForde, is a very odd but brilliant book that takes you on something of a magical mystical tour to an alternate reality of modern England, where Dodos are not extinct, certain people have special talents (like being able to move through time, or enter into the text of a book), and in general the normal understanding of reality doesn’t hold much sway. Oh yes, and the arts rule the world – French Impressionist riots, anyone? Our heroine, Thursday Next, is a Literary Detective, spending her days chasing down fake and stolen manuscripts of books. Enter […]

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Updated my to-see list again – dropped off King Arthur and The Terminal after considering that I’ve got more than enough films that I really want to see without adding ones that I’m not sure about! I’ve also taken Two Towers off – not that we’ve watched it yet, but we have started (are about an hour in – circumstances insist that we watch it in various sittings). Should clock another hour tonight, which will put us around halfway through! Got the surround sound going for it too, which I just love, especially when a horse gallops past, or something […]

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Another one bites the dust – Final Fantasy this time, thanks to Channel 5. Don’t think I’ll bother doing a full review – would have been wowed 3 years ago when it came out, now – not so sure..

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Hoorrah – my “to see” list is finally shrinking! Went to see the newest Harry Potter flick last night with the missus (first evening out together post-Ben, thanks to a wonderful friend who babysat!), and another friend at work has leant me The Two Towers, which will probably take us all week to watch! Saw the trailer for King Arthur at the cinema, and I’m going off it. Kiera Knightley is a big draw, but it looks as if she’s just playing “posh English girl with spunk” again, which I think is a shame. She has showed her flexibility in […]

On one level a wonderful film – thrills, spills, laughs and tears, magic, betrayal, twists a-plenty, and as a cinematic experience I hugely enjoyed it. But as a Harry Potter film – well, I’m not sure it cuts it…. Warning – this review contains spoilers about the Harry Potter film and books. The lastest installment of the Harry Potter films is probably the least faithful to the book, and Potter-philes are in danger of finding themselves shouting at the screen things like “You can’t miss that out”, or “So how does Lupin know it’s a map then, Harry?”. Worst crime […]

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Thinking about language, I was pondering about the fact that I now use the term “guys” generically to refer to both men and women, but yet would still refer to something intrinsically male as being a “guy thing”. Similarly I suppose I might refer to something being “a girl thing”, but I can’t imagine ever addressing a group of females with something like “right girls” (unless they were children, in which case I might) – far more likely to say “right guys”.

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H’mm – addendum to last entry.. I can also recognise which Spice Girl is which just by their voices! 🙁

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Been listening those crazy kittens (the atomic ones), and I put up my hand to liking their music – a great combination of catchy tunes, harmonies, some fantastic instrumentation and arrangements, and often quite memorable lyrics. ANYWAY, the point was that several times they use the word “baby” to refer to their romantic interest – something I myself have done in the past (certainly “babe”) – but since the arrival of Ben it would seem very weird to use “baby” in that way!! I would probabably describe a someone as a “babe” still, but would I really say “hey baby” […]

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