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There's no particular moment, but...getting home from work - that moment when I've parked the car outside the house, then open the car door and breathe in the what-passes-for-fresh-air-in-Hemel-Hempstead before getting my bag and letting myself into the house; chilling out eating dinner whilst watching something good on the telly (usually from a DVD); Sarah arriving and us having some form of cuddle ('cos cuddles are awesome, officially); some achievement or something - be it washing up, tidying up, getting some clothes washed, maybe doing a bit of writing or reading or importing some video or audio into the computer and getting it cleaned up and processed; and also if stuff's arrived from Amazon, that's always enjoyable; and hanging out on LJ and other online fora and chatting virtually with friends.

Yeah, all of the above.
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I tend to be happy with Livejournal. I've branched out into Twitter (which is sometimes useful for micro-blogging on the move) and Facebook (useful for keeping up with friends), and I cross-post to both, but I prefer LJ 'cos it's a blogging platform rather than a social networking site per se. I've not yet bothered with Google+, Pinterest, or Tumblr, but never say never.
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As far as fiction is concerned, there's a whole shelf unit and a bit dedicated to Doctor Who novelisations, New Adventures, Missing Adventures, Eighth Doctor Adventures, Past Doctor Adventures, and a few Ninth Doctor Adventures, plus several shelves of factual/analytical books related to Doctor Who. I don't think that counts as a genre per se, but that certainly gives a pretty good guide to where my interests lie. Apart from that, in terms of fiction at least, our library I think is predominantly science fiction and fantasy (I tend to favour sci-fi, but there's probably more fantasy on the shelves, particularly with Sarah's Wheel of Time collection and our mutual stock of Terry Pratchett), as well as a hefty load of Clive Cussler and James Bond novels (so, action adventure/thriller, I guess) and some comedy (chiefly Tom Sharpe). That, I think, is a pretty good description of my reading interests. At some point, I'd like to check out some of Sarah's history books, but I have enough in my reading list to be getting on with.
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Not really, at least not in the Marvel/DC sense - apart from having a massive book of Batman stuff that I've had since I was a wee nipper (but that owed more to the repeats of the '60s TV series that were shown on ITV when I was about 5 than to any interest in the comic books per se), and the recent interest I've taken thanks to Avengers Assemble. Even there, though, my interest is in the less superhero side of things - Natasha's back story, Tony Stark's snark, and Bruce Banner (as in, specifically Bruce rather than the Hulk).

Having said that, there's one series of graphic novels that I've loved since...well, again since I was about 5, and that love isn't going anywhere in a hurry: Tintin. No, I know he's not a superhero in any real sense, but he's a bit of a hero to me.

At some point I hope to check out Gaiman's Sandman, mind you.
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Oh, it'd have to be the Doctor. Not too fussy about which incarnation, but I'd just love to have a chat. Maybe 24 hours would be enough time to persuade him that I've got what it takes to be one of his companions. :-)
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Erm. Most of the actresses who I really really love (e.g. Holly Aird, Jane Horrocks, Jodie Foster, Sophie Aldred) are people whose careers I've followed quite regularly for a while and are accordingly about my age or older (or, of course, in one case, dead. :-( See userpic).

As far as younger actresses are concerned, I've had a think, and the one person who really springs to mind is Keeley Hawes. I've seen her in a few things, and she seems really good, and also (sorry if this sounds shallow, but) she has a really pretty smile.

Other contenders would be Karen Gillan, Freema Agyeman and Anjli Mohindra, all pretty much exclusively for their Doctor Who-related roles; Scarlett Johansson I quite like, but as the only things I've seen her in have been The Girl with the Pearl Earring and Lost in Translation quite a few years ago, and The Avengers more recently, and it's the latter which really made an impact, I'm not sure that's enough to form a decisive opinion on. Also, I'm quite interested to see Kirsten Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman, but as the only other thing I've seen her has been Panic Room (in which she was, admittedly, darned good), I don't think I'm well-placed to form an opinion. Also, Chloe Moretz made a really kick-ass Hit-Girl, if you'll pardon the pun. Again, though, that's all I've seen her in.
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I live in Hemel Hempstead. You've have to go a long way to beat this.

(NB: That's "unusual or unique". It's not necessarily aesthetically pleasing, and it's certainly a pain in the neck to drive round. Sarah's technique involves closing her eyes, praying, and going for it.)
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His name was Shoer. Pronounced SHOO-er. He was a little robin (as in the bird, not as in Batman's friend). I called him Shoer because I was incredibly young and I thought he was a fish and I couldn't say the word "fish" and all I could manage was "shoer".

He was made of a cardboard tube, with some brown and red furry material stuck on to it. I think he had pipecleaners for legs, and he must have had a beak and some sort of face but I can't remember what they looked like. The cardboard tube was just the right size for my finger, so he was basically a little finger puppet.

And no, sadly, he doesn't still exist. I suspect he either went missing or possibly the materials from which he was constructed didn't survive. If he'd survived I'd have kept him because he was rather a wonderful little thing and I loved him. :-)

(OTOH, I do still have my teddy bear. That's lasted about as long as my sister has, IIRC, so he's about 40.)
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Domino's Margarita, Italian base, extra cheese.

In the words of Chris Lowe, I don't like much, really - but what I *do* like, I love passionately.
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Cats. Easily cats. I've always found them fascinating creatures, and I always had a Kind of Plan where I'd have a sparse bachelor pad which I'd share with a couple of moggies. My obsessive hoarding capabilities put paid to the bit about the place being sparse, and getting married to someone who's allergic to animal fur killed off the rest of the dream. *g* (But I adore Sarah and wouldn't change her for the world.)

Why? There's just something I find really fascinating about cats - they have a sort of inquisitive quality, they seem pretty intelligent (except the two I shared student digs with for a year, who seemed pretty dumb and dribbled everywhere, although they purred very loudly which was pleasant). I also like their independence, although I also like it when they let me pick them up and hold them 'cos they're very cuddly.

Two pearls of wisdom: Firstly, if a dog sits in your lap, it's because he loves you unconditionally. If a cat sits in your lap, it's because your lap is the warmest lap in the room. (Or in the case of Sarah's experiences with her sister's Sphynx cats, it's because you'd really rather they left you alone. Y'see - they're wonderfully contrary little things.)

Secondly: several thousand years ago, humans treated cats like gods. Cats have never let us forget that this is the way they still like to be treated...

:-)
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You'd have to go a long way to beat a baggy wooly jumper. Sheer bliss on cold winter nights, great for shnuggling with Sarah, and it disguises my bulges and bumps and curves rather nicely.
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Tidying and cleaning round the house, reading, watching A Small Problem, and being happy for Sarah about the Welsh victory in the Six Nations.

(In other words, erm, I'm not really celebrating it at all.)
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Backstabbing senators.

Mind you, if they backstab me, they'd better be wary of Sarah... :-)
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With the caveat that these days I'm not really reading anywhere near as much as I'd like to, the last book - or technically books - that made me sit up and go "wow" was R. J. Anderson's trilogy of faery novels, Knife, Rebel, and Arrow. I keep meaning to write a proper review of these books, but for the time being, I'll just say, go out and buy these books. If you're at all interested in fantasy fiction, you won't regret reading them. Yes, technically they're for "young adults," buy I read them when I was 41 and I loved them.

I'll also give a shoutout for Kate Griffin's Urban Magic books about Matthew Swift. There was a definite improvement between the first two (A Madness of Angels was enjoyable but slightly flawed, probably a 7 out of 10 - for me the weakness was that although the writing style was fascinating, the plot seemed to be structured rather like a video game, with an "end of level boss" to be defeated every so often), whilst The Midnight Mayor was a huge improvement, probably a 9 out of 10. I don't want to give a rating for The Neon Court, as I'm in the middle of it at the moment, but I'd say on the basis of what I've read so far, it seems to qualify as a great book for me...
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In principle, I've only got the one.

Although I suspect that the way I come across on line and the way I come across "in real life" are somewhat different - "in real life," I'm rather timid and shy around people I don't know, but online the keyboard and the screen act as rather nice buffers. Also, most of the time I try to remain fairly calm and stree-free, but occasionally I've been known to lose it. Not very often, by any means, but it happens.

So there you go - there are three of me.

On the bright side, none of me are the blue electric angels, so that's alright...
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I don't have a pet, but if I did then - what with Sarah's allergies - it would in all likelihood be a goldfish.

A goldfish with thumbs would, I suspect, be of great interest to biologists everywhere who would regard it as some kind of missing link. I'd probably make a mint. So, there y'go - if my pet had thumbs, it'd make me lots of money. Yay me! And indeed yay goldfish!
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It's okay. Has been quite a bright, slightly cloudy, and a bit cold, day. The sun has now set, but I expect it's still much the same. But nowhere near as bright.

I expect Jon Holmes to pop up any moment now and tell me, "that's not a weather forecast!!!"

(Anyone who's listened to the first two episodes of the current series of The Now Show will get that. It'll probably be utterly lost on anyone else, though...)
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Dollar's version of Oh, L'Amour is a pile of pants compared to Erasure's original. Despite being instrumentally fairly similar...
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To be honest, I don't really take part in many communities these days. That's probably because, since adding ONTD to my watch list, I tend to read LJ with communities filtered out, as otherwise it's fairly ONTD heavy! I mean, I like ONTD, it's interesting (if occasionally a bit US-centric), but there are upwards of 20 or 30 posts a day there, so it does tend to dominate. I suppose I could create a filter that has "all communities except ONTD"...

My actual favourite communities are...probably ones I shouldn't mention in an un-flocked post, but outside of that I'm quite fond of [livejournal.com profile] doctoreleven and [livejournal.com profile] geek_girls_anon. Also [livejournal.com profile] customers_suck and [livejournal.com profile] dw_britglish. Also anything involving LOLcats. :-)

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