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[personal profile] ankaret said Please talk to me about your favourite cocktails, or drinks in general.

Cocktails! )

...It was totally the first when I started writing this. *nods firmly*
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Right. I completely failed to get my arse in gear to do this for December, but I will do it for January. Limiting it to 15 days, because I know my limitations.

1st January: For [personal profile] ankaret Please talk to me about your favourite cocktails, or drinks in general.

3rd January:

5th January:

7th January:

9th January:

11th January:

13th January:

15th January:

17th January:

19th January:

21st January:

23rd January:

25th January:

27th January:

29th January:

Ask me questions! About my fictional universes, the books I read, what I'm studying, what I'm cooking, random queries you may have about the bizarre cast of characters who are my family, my thoughts on X subject, mental health, whatever you please!
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The Comfortable Wound (31075 words) by nimmieamee
Chapters: 18/18
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley, Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley
Characters: Harry Potter, Regulus Black, Ginny Weasley, George Weasley, Narcissa Malfoy, Andromeda Tonks, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Kreacher (Harry Potter)
Additional Tags: slashy subtext, Epistolary, Racism
Series: Part 1 of The Family Skeleton

Harry Potter has a lot to contend with: a failing relationship, a life debt to Narcissa Malfoy, unpleasant family secrets, a grieving George Weasley, babysitting duties imposed by Andromeda Tonks, and a supremely unheroic postwar world. He can be forgiven for passing the Resurrection Stone off to Kreacher without a second thought. He might not have done it if he'd known the stone was meant to work on Inferi.

I love this fic. The world is not divided into good people and Death Eaters, and nor are these characters. They are complicated, and families are complicated, and Regulus Black has more than a touch of Lord Peter Wimsey about him (had Lord Peter been a teenager who had joined magical terrorists, and then backed out).

If it hadn't had me at:

The Weasleys of Ottery St. Catchpole scattered the nest with bits of genuine Egyptian mummy, adverts for a new joke shop, head boy badges, ancient and tottery broomsticks, dragon scales, useless plugs and round-peg sockets, bits of knitting in every color and variety, and scrapbooks full of moving photographs. The photographs’ captions: Our Ginny’s First Bit of Magic, Our Ginny & Our Bill With Aunt Muriel, Our Ginny in Her Dress Robes, Our Ginny & Our Ron in Maroon Jumpers, Our Ginny’s Tonsils Removed, Our Ginny & the Twins Trying to Wake Scabbers, Our Ginny Gives Dad a Hug, Our Ginny Crying Because I Said Quidditch was Awfully Dangerous & Have Told Charlie a Dozen Times to Leave the Younger Ones Out of It, Our Percy Reads Our Ginny Hogwarts: A History, Our Ginny Falling Asleep Because Our Percy Insists on Reading Her Hogwarts: A History. Presumably the nest also contained a genuine Our Ginny, though following the last battle everything within was shrouded in grief and it became difficult to find Our Anyone, every Weasley having taken to flying in and out at odd times to avoid each other. Seeing each other required speaking of or thinking about That Was Our Fred. This individual was nowhere to be found in person, though he did manage to wave at them from the pages of the scrapbook bound in black.

It would have had me at:

Plans for a foolproof hideaway were discussed. Hermione’s research indicated that such a powerful artifact could cause madness and ought to be hidden away. Dumbledore’s tomb was suggested and vetoed because it already contained the Elder Wand, and Ron felt that two of the three Deathly Hallows in one place was a strategic error designed to make life easier for future Dark Lords and also that Harry needed to realize that Dumbledore’s tomb was not a rubbish bin.

Next suggestion: Snape’s tomb. Harry felt this was a fitting complement to giving Dumbledore the wand, and also neatly echoed the fact that Snape had faithfully loved his dead, pretty mother and resurrected her memory within him all his life, etc., etc., poetic whatnot that he felt but couldn’t verbalize well because he wasn’t really a poetic fellow and also because this was Snape and his Mum. Hermione thought that was beautiful, but really Harry, Snape’s tomb wasn’t even built yet. Also Ron thought tombs were still not rubbish bins, c’mon people, have some respect for the magically deceased, what would Mum say.

And then, there is the point where Ron discovers that, for years, the Wizarding World was terrorised by the crack team of Bibby and Blonty...
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I went to see [personal profile] ankaret this weekend. She greeted me with "I started watching a bonkers documentary on the Stuarts, and ten minutes in, I thought "I need to subject Aella to this."

So she did. Seven minutes in, we decided a liveblog was required.

Insanity below the cut. We're sorry. )
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The Lymond Chronicles one in which Francis, not Eloise, was killed when the convent blew up, and Eloise is the Lymond figure.

Mostly because I want Crossdressing!Eloise and Marthe. And genderbent Eloise/Will Scott.

(And also because I think that that could easily turn the inter-familial relationships on their heads, because Eloise is less likely to forgive Sybilla everything, and I can quite see Gavin being a better father to a daughter than to a son who is everything he despises.)
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Has anyone heard anything about Women in England 1760-1914: A Social History by Susie Steinbach? I saw it in Waterstones, and it looks quite good, but I'm not an expert.
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For my Age of Justinian course, I need Justinian and Theodora by Robert Browning, 1971, Weidenfeld and Nicholson edition. It is proving almost impossible to get hold of this edition, as opposed to the Thames and Hudson version, printed the same year (WTF? says my mother, former employee of W&N). Any ideas?
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Am making cassoulet next week. What should I have with it?
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There are times when your characters are predictable. And then there are times when they really really aren't!

(See [profile] socialgraces_aw's latest entry, or comment, for clarification.)
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Many thanks to [personal profile] owl, who sent me the code.

Comment if you want access.
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Despite failing to watch a single episode of the first series, I discovered Lark Rise to Candleford at Christmas, and have been watching every episode since, having fallen in love unreservedly. It is, in fact, the only program I have been watching regularly, (I did watch Hunter, but that was only two episodes, and I have only just started watching Victorian Farm).

At present, I am avidly shipping Dorcas Lane/James Dowland, and started bouncing during tonight's episode. (I also keep getting ideas for PG-13 James/Dorcas Wedding Night fic, but that less said about that the better.)
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I am developing a fondness for the French side of the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic Wars, and would like to read some books about it, which are not too British biased. Could any of you recommend some?


Apr. 11th, 2008 10:38 pm
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I have done it! Flowers and champagne to [ profile] ankaret, who provided instructions! (Why yes, I am easily pleased)
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For one day, Friday, March 21, make no posts. Make no comments. Let there be NO new content added to LJ.

SUP obviously does not realize that Basic users have given something of value to them, that it is content that drives the site.

So, for one 24-hour period, from midnight GMT to midnight GMT, let's see how many people we can get to pledge to contribute NO CONTENT.

This will create a permanent downward spike in the daily-posts statistics, a permanent reminder of the power of the userbase.

Full information at The Fox's Den.

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What is the correct terminology for a Private Mental Health Unit? Is it just 'Private Mental Health Unit'?
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The cat just killed (or at least maimed) my father's laptop.
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The New Year was spent in London, and I saw the fireworks from Temple and Arch. I'm assured they were fabulous, but rain, mist, and smoke obscured most of the later ones, which meant that the rousing chorus, led by my father, of 'Will the man at the front please put down his umberella' before they began was rather wasted.

Also, is it just me, or is it really stupid to have sparklers going in a crowd of 30,00 people.

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