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|Tuesday, May 27th, 2008|
In case anyone wonders what I've been up to recently, here are some of my vids (Remington Steele)
Well, Did You Ever?( Read more...Collapse )
|Monday, August 27th, 2007|
I just realised I still have my old MSN messenger address here. The one I use now is email@example.com
|Sunday, July 22nd, 2007|
|Saturday, May 12th, 2007|
|Some Middle Earth Poems
Returning to Mirkwood.
I will return to my father's halls, to the vaulted halls of Thranduil.
I will lift from his heart the burden of long grief, a son's sorrow,
And tell him that his father was avenged, as the Ring fell into fire.
I will kiss my mother's cheek and banish her fears for me,
And say I came to no harm on the fields of conflict and battle,
But speak no word of the loss of Boromir, yet much of Gimli.
Him, I will call brother in my father's halls, so let them see him,
My brother of the battlefield, and dark places.
Oropher is avenged, old grudges ended,
Let not the woes of Thingol be blamed on the son of Glóin.
I will go home, though it seems home no longer,
For the sea has called me, and I am cursed with love,
Love of the white wave, the gull's wing, the wild sea.
The Landscapes of Middle Earth.
Faint were our lines when we first came to life
In the thoughts of a man of exceptional mind,
The hills and the mountains, the valleys the woods,
A landscape unknown to the rest of mankind.
So many such kingdoms my flourish then fade
In the hands of a ruler ashamed of his crown,
But ours was a writer, delighting in us,
And a world was created as he wrote it down.
His death did not end us, no other death can,
For his vision now thrives in the sight of a throng
And the beauty that sprang from a beautiful soul
Has inspired other voices to join in the song.
And all who have walked here are welcome here still.
In their walking amongst us they made us more real,
And the land that was born in the love of one heart
Now lives in the love and devotion they feel.
|Sunday, April 1st, 2007|
|If I only had a brain
I've been working on transcribing the second episode of "By the Sword Divided" and it makes me aware of how limited I am. In the first episode, now posted at the Arnescote community, I had to deal with Latin, in this one with French. I'm ashamed to say I don't speak either. I did study French, so it should be easy, but I found it very difficult. Even now, I'm not sure I have it correct. I'll finish the transcript and hope that anyone who spots an error will let me know, instead of just laughing at my inability to spell in French.
I have this new icon because I love old Minty from the series. She's a mad, foul-minded old hag and I seem to recall she suffers badly when the witch hunt begins, but under all the malice and the cackling, she's a sweet old duck.
|Sunday, March 25th, 2007|
If anyone is in Oxford on 7th May (the bank holiday), go to Dawson Street in Cowley. There will be a Mad Hatter's Tea Party going on. It's free for anyone who wants to turn up, and if you feel like bringing cakes to share, they'd be very welcome. The party, like all our community parties in Dawson Street is set up by local traders, including my genius employer, Erica Steinhauer, whose idea they were.
|Friday, March 23rd, 2007|
Something has been nagging at me since I found a picture of the Marquess of Montrose, James Graham. He reminded me of someone. After a while, I worked it out. He looks like Faramir, as played by David Wenham.
If anyone is interested in either the BBC TV series "By the Sword Divided" or the English Civil War, I have a community that covers both at http://community.livejournal.com/arnescote/
I know most people here will never have heard of the series, but I suspect quite a few may have a secret affection for 17th century England and the English Civil War. I promise I won't hate anyone who thinks Cromwell was in the right. ;) Current Mood: hopeful
|Thursday, March 15th, 2007|
|We Have a Confession! Yeah, right!
A chap being held in Guantanamo Bay has allegedly confessed to being the biggest baddy in the world and being behind the attacks on America and many more, coming soon to a paranoiafest near you! He made this momentous confession in a secret hearing, from which journalists and lawyers were excluded. In other words, it was just him and his captors at a hearing to decide whether his captors were right to keep him caged in inhuman conditions. Apparently, they were right and will continue to do so.
Now, I realise that Bush's regime is a bit wary of letting any justice sneak into the prison system, but I do hope they are not so incredibly stupid as to believe that the world is stupid enough to believe that a man imprisoned and tortured, when faced with his torturers and no other witnesses is going to say anything other than what they tell him to say.
If this man is indeed eager to confess, let him do it in front of unbiased observers, so we can all know that he didn't scream his confession as they beat him. Otherwise, his confession isn't worth the paper it was scripted on. Incidentally, if he's supposed to be an Arab, why use the very American expression, "From A to Z" in his confession. Did the author of his confession not understand that Arabic has its own, very beautiful alphabet?
Well, sorry chaps. I don't believe Elvis is grilling burgers. I don't believe NASA faked the moon landings. I don't believe Dr David Kelly ambushed himself in the woods and killed himself. I don't believe there were WMDs in Iraq and I don't believe that this confession is genuine. Current Mood: cynical
|Sunday, March 11th, 2007|
During my long, miserable time offline, I noticed some errors in my Sindarin lessons. I have now corrected them and reposted the first few lessons at: http://community.livejournal.com/beleriandvoices/
The rest of the lessons will follow soon. For anyone who is interested, the list of lessons I have written so far is as follows:
Lesson 1: The Basics.
Lesson 2: Soft Mutation.
Lesson 3: Imperatives.
Lesson 4: Present Tense.
Lesson 5: Plurals and Nasal Mutation.
Lesson 6: Possessives and Adjectives.
Lesson 7: Comparisons, Comparatives and Superlatives.
Lesson 8: Mixed Mutation.
Lesson 9: Past Tense.
Lesson 10: Stop Mutation
Lesson 11: Future Tense
Lesson 12: Ae, Aen, Egor and Dân.
Lesson 13: Without the Verb "to be"
Lesson 14: Yes and No.
Lesson 15: Herding Gerunds.
Lesson 16: Boe
Lesson 17: Prepositions
Lesson 18: Interrogatives and Relatives
Anyone who wants to learn the most beautiful language Tolkien devised is welcome to use the lessons.
|Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007|
Saddam Hussein is dead, shown no more mercy than any of his victims, his death proving as nothing in his life could that those who overthrew him were no better than he was. ( Read more...Collapse ) Current Mood: angry
|Tuesday, December 5th, 2006|
|Macbeth in Sindarin
As everyone knows, Shakespeare was merely the nom de plume of the Elven playwright Tholinnas Giredech. Here is Act 1, Scene 1 of "Cuilion" in the original Sindarin:
SCENE I. An open Place. Thunder and Lightning.
[Enter three Witches.]
Mar adeveditham min neled? Ned menelam, dramgalad egor ned ross?
Ir i chwiniad tôl nan meth.
Ir i nagor tôl na nírnaeth a tûr.
I thinnad aphadatha.
Mas i had?
Ennas gevediad Guilion.
Caborbadol nalla: si!
Bain thia 'ortheb, a gortheb thia vain:
Ribo trî i chith a gwelu 'waur.
[Witches vanish.] Current Mood: geeky
|Sunday, November 26th, 2006|
After a lot of attempts, I have found out the password I used to use on MSN, so I am back on that with Neneithel@yahoo.co.uk and my e-mail address is Neneithel@aol.com
Reapermum asked why our rabbit is called Boromir. My sister and I both love the Lord of the Rings and we both thought he had an expression very like Boromir as played by Sean Bean in the films. He's a grey-furred lion mane rabbit with gorgeous silky fur and velvety grey eyes.
I vanished because our phone was cut off. My brother and I still have no phone at home, but here at my sister's place, I can finally get online. After spending so long trapped in the real world, I don't recommend it to anyone. It's good to be back where I belong.
I'll be moving in with my sister in January. I've already moved most of my plants into the garden. The garden here is lovely and we are attracting a lot of birds to our feeders.
|Thursday, November 23rd, 2006|
I'm online again! My sister now lives near me and I will be moving into the place she is renting in January. Until then, I won't be online every day (and this is a slow connection) but I will be on sometimes. I am well behind with the fictional journals, but I will be catching up as soon as I can. My sister and I have a rabbit called Boromir now. He's beautiful.
I've missed you all. I hope you haven't all forgotten me!
|Friday, March 31st, 2006|
|A Fandom Thingy
List six of your favorite TV shows:
1. Blake's 7
2. Battlestar Galactica (proper one, before everyone went bimbo)
3. Day of the Triffids
4. Father Ted
5. Waiting for God
6. Red Dwarf
1. Who is your favourite character from #2?
Starbuck (male version, the phwoars are with him)
2. Who is your least favourite character from #4?
Father Jack. He's just horrible.
3. What would a crossover between #1 and #5 include?
I'm still writing it, Waiting for Servalan. It mostly involves Dayna terrorising Harvey Bains and Diana bullying Avon while Tom clamis to understand the workings of the ship.
4. Who is your favourite ship from #6?
Cat and his ego.
5. If you were to set one person from #3 and one person from #6 on a blind date, who would they be?
All possibilities are intensely disturbing. Possibly Jo and Rimmer, although I suspect there would be no second date.
6. If you could meet one person from #4 and spend the day with them, who would it be, and what would you do?
Dougal. I'd take him to the zoo.
7. If you could change one thing about #2's plot line, what would you change?
Boxey's name, poor little runt!
8. Explain a relationship between two people (not necessarily romantic) from show #5, and why you like the relationship between them.
I like Harvey and Diana, because their mutual loathing is beautiful and the terrible things Diana does to Harvey appeal to my evil nature.
9. If the lead title characters (first name in the credits) from #1 and #3 were both drowning, and you could only save one, who would it be?
Blake, of course. I was mainly on the side of the Triffids anyway.
10. If you could change the title characters' order in the credits for #4, what order would you choose?
I'm happy with it as it stands.
11. If you were able to add a new character, any kind of character you wanted, to the storyline for #6, what would the character be like and what would their role be?
I would bring in some kind of deranged bureaucrat, obsessed with paperwork. Rimmer would love that, for a while.
12. What happens in your favourite episode of show #2?
Starbuck is accused of murder. I love pilots and a pilot confined is especially interesting. Dirk Benedict was a wonderful Starbuck. It's heartbreaking to know that he's now changed into token totty and is played by an actress who should be advertising drain cleaner.
13. If you could kill off one of the characters of #1, who would it be and how would you do it?
Gulp ... Kill them? Frankly, I'd rather kill my brother.
14. If you got the chance to visit the set for either show #3 or show #5, which would you choose?
It is my life's ambition to have a triffid of my own. Seeing the model triffids would be nearly as good. I love triffids!
15. So, I saved the best question for last. If you could date anyone from any of these shows, which show and which person?
You can't ask that! How can anyone choose between Avon's ice, Starbuck's fire and the Cat's ... well, whatever it is that makes me go all gooey when he's on screen? Then there's my bizarre fondness for Rimmer and my not so bizarre fondness for Ace Rimmer and if Carnell fixed me with his beautiful eyes, I'd melt. In fact, if we're getting into supporting characters, Blake's 7 has quite a few attractive ones. Del Grant is rather adorable. Late at night, one feels a slight affection even for Travis. Tarrant has a smile that ... Right! Pulling myself together and answering strictly on the grounds that I'd never forgive myself if I wasted the opportunity, Kerr Avon, from Blake's 7.
|Thursday, March 30th, 2006|
Sorry for the long silence, or, if you were enjoying the peace, sorry that I'm back. :D
Our telephone was cut off, two days before we received the bill for non-payment of which they cut us off. It has taken until today for my brother to convince them that they should reconnect us. The journals are, to put it mildly, a bit behind. I will update them as fast as I can.
I've missed you all. Sorry for any worry I caused by vanishing like that. I hope it won't happen again.
|Saturday, March 4th, 2006|
|The Disadvantages of Growing Up an SF Fan in the 70s and 80s.
1. I had the two best Doctors of all time in the Doctor Who I watched (fourth and fifth) and yet lived to see the 6th (insane and stupid), 7th (refusing to take anything seriously), 8th (loose canon and americanised) and 9th (bigot and murderer with an unhelathy interest in a young girl).
2. I saw Space 1999 and bits of Buck Rogers. Still suffer occasional flashbacks.
3. I saw the only reasonable version of Battlestar Galactica and so could take no pleasure in Galactica 1980 or in the newest version, in which everyone seems to have turned into bimboids, including Starbuck.
4. Blake's 7 set the standard for SF in my mind and has never been equalled. When someone told me Babylon 5 was as good as Blake's 7 I was foolish enough to hope, but I watched it and it was utter drivel. Where is all the wit and humour in modern SF? Where is the depth? The special effects may have improved, but nothing else has.
5. I saw the first Star Wars trilogy and loved it for many years, until George Lucas, a man I thought I could trust, turned everything on its head by making a new trilogy that made no sense and destroyed the whole thing.
6. I saw and liked Star Trek before it turned into Eastenders in Space.
Well, you can't go back, except in fanfic, and with the DVDs. So actually, you can go back. If anyone wants me, I'll be in 1979. Current Mood: nostalgic
|Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006|
The golden mosque in Samarra has been badly damaged. The dome was destroyed. Combatants on all sides should respect a house of God. It is alleged to be the work of "insurgents" which usualy means the Iraqi resistance. It is certainly unlikely to be the Shia faction of the resistance. Muqtada al-Sadr has said he will take action if the government does not.
Of course, Britain and America are partly to blame. All that is happening in Iraq now was known to be inevitable if we began our war against the country. What we have done to Iraq is utterly evil and unjustified.
|Monday, February 13th, 2006|
Imagine a President who does the job properly, who has a genuine concern for the people and who is blessed with both charisma and intelligence. Naturally, I refer to the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. She is a lady (and yes, I use the word deliberately) who frequently brings honour to her country and who seems to manage to say what others would say if they stopped to think.
She has condemned both the cartoons insulting Islam and the violent responses. She has done it in a way that is civilised and even-handed. She has not jumped on the bandwagon to attack Islam. Here is what the lady said:
"We abhor the publication of those provocative cartoons, they were designed to provoke, they were designed to be rude, they were designed to inflame, they did all of those things. Muslims have every right to feel angry, But equally, I would say our Muslim community share with the Irish community generally an abhorrence of the use of violence in the expression of anger and hurt."
Now, is that not a perfect example of why Ireland is one of the most civilised nations on Earth?
Less happy news is that there has been more abuse of Iraqi civilians by British troops. It can't really be called shocking now, we know that breaches of the Geneva Convention are rife amongst both British and American troops. This time, it was filmed and it was abundantly clear that those involved were enjoying torturing their victims. The man filming it says at one point, "Oh yes! Oh Yes! You're gonna get it. Yes, naughty little boys. You little f******, you little f******. Die!"
Impossible though it seems to me, there are still people who believe the bloodbath in Iraq was right. Fortunately, numbers on that side are dwindling. A belief that the war was justified, legal or necessary depends on a lack of information and, as people discover what they have been supporting, many of them confess that they were wrong. If the American press were as open as the British press, America too would be virtually all against the war.
|Thursday, February 9th, 2006|
My job is over in six weeks, an amicable end to the job and I get to remain friends with Erica, so all is well. Prayers would be appreciated. I need to find a new job soon.