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Oct. 20th, 2017 09:26 pm
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1. We spent a pleasant low-key weekend in Todmorden with my mother and stepfather for Charles's birthday / their wedding anniversary. The only niggle was the mild cough I had before going turned into a horrible cough and I got very little sleep on the Saturday night, so my patience etc on the journey home was ... limited. We got home with no-one murdered though.

2. I love my Yuletide assignment and have a plot bunny gently growing. It's going to be pretty niche and I don't care, so long as it works for the recipient.

3. Thanks to the aforementioned cough, I missed morris practice last week - so frustrating given my fears about falling out of it - but I managed it again this week, and it is still very happy making. (I am so, so unfit compared to all these older women, but they are all so pleasant and welcoming.)

4. Charles was away this week with the school residential outdoor activity week with PGL. It was a bit of a challenge for him being away from home and his usual routine, but he seems to have mostly enjoyed it, and enthused at me about climbing and rifleshooting and archery and a few other things too ... It is good to have him back; and now it is half-term.

5. I had my flu jab this week, and the children had their flu sprays last week (I am a bit envious of them, but the nurse at my GP surgery is really very good about doing jabs quickly and with minimal pain). Flusurvey has started up again and are keen for more participants if any of my UK subscribers aren't already doing it and would like to.

6. It seems like half my reading list already posted about the #PullTheFootball campaign to require a congressional declaration of war before the US President can launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike.  But in case you didn't see it, that link has actions, phone numbers and a script for US citizens (the rest of us can just help by sharing it with US citizens ...)

7. Clipping wrote the soundtrack for a new TV show, The Mayor, and tracks from it are being released weekly onto Spotify and iTunes.  I couldn't find an official Spotify playlist so I made my own and am adding the new tracks each week as they get released - TWO this week for a Halloween-themed episode.  The show's premise is that an up-and-coming rapper stands for mayoral election as a publicity stunt for his music career and accidentally wins. I love this idea, but can't find a way to legally watch the show from here; anyway I am really enjoying the musical output.

Short Film News

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:36 am
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The Treehouse film I made last summer is premiering at St Neots Film Festival on Wed 8 Nov!
http://stneotsfilmfestival.co.uk/
I'll be going along with my big Film Premiere coat :-)
It will be made public on vimeo the next day and I can post it here if anyone's interested.

Dish Life (short with children being stem cells in petri dish) has made New York Times' Ten Things To Do In NYC This Week list (For Children section) - the director and scientist are over there now and having a great time.

Fitbit goal check

Oct. 15th, 2017 10:39 pm

The iron bridge restoration project

Oct. 12th, 2017 01:36 pm
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 As I mentioned a couple of days ago the iron bridge at Ironbridge (the first and oldest cast iron bridge in the world) is at the very start of a fourteen month restoration project so we popped over to see what was going on.

We got a bus to the town of Madeley and hopped off at the top of the gorge to walk the mile or so down into Ironbridge.

It's always such a pretty walk but particularly nice with the Autumn colours getting started:

pics! )

Last Siena pics. Marciano.

Oct. 10th, 2017 04:47 pm
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Out in Ironbridge today.

There's a big restoration project starting on said iron bridge and I wanted to get some pics of the scaffolding going up, of which more later.



On our last full day in Siena we decided to take a walk out of the city to the village of Marciano about five miles out.

No relation to the boxer, Rocky, of that name. It's a common place name in Italy and he was from somewhere further south.

The back country to the south of Siena:



Here be pics! )

Contrada parade

Oct. 9th, 2017 12:15 pm
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 There was a contrada parade in the main square.

This was all about who won the award for the best turn out at the last Palio.

There was a dead heat between Oca (goose) and Draco (dragon) but Oca got the award on count back.

However, they gave awards to both so the unsual sight of two contradae turning up to collect awards was worth a few pics.

You'll have to forgive me 'cos I'm not all that good at people, but there you are!

Contrada banners on the Palazzo:








pics! )

Fitbit goal check

Oct. 8th, 2017 11:14 pm

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