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  • For various reasons I had to get up at 5 am yesterday to drive to Birmingham. It was an odd experience. The first thing I noticed was how very busy the village my dad lives in - Lambourn - is at that time of the morning. You'd have thought it would be dead, but it was teeming with people; walking to walk, cycling, driving. The corner shop was open already and there was a steady little number of people popping in and out.

    I mentioned this to my stepmother and she nodded understandingly. "It's the stables," she said. "You'll find people about everywhere at 5 am when they all go to work and noon when they get out from work."

    Outside of Lambourn, the world was dead quiet. But inside, it was filled with life.


  • While driving, I went past a sign for the Webbs of Wychbold. I think, having googled them, they are a garden centre, but for a moment I could only think I'd stumbled into the Harry Potter world. Maybe I had. Maybe the gardening centre is just a cover, or perhaps it's a magical gardening centre, selling mandrake and rowan seeds. That would make a lot of sense.


  • Another sign I went past was for a crematorium and garden centre. On the same sign. Not the same place. I hope not the same place, although that would also make a weird kind of practical sense. Garden centres were a theme for me.


  • I went to bed at midnight last night and slept blissfully until 8 am. It was lovely. I did, however, think before I went to sleep about the world I was missing. But then, they are all missing the strange late nights when you sit up until 3 am or 4 am and see the world sleeping when you go outside. It's odd how the world changes around the clock.
annwfyn: (Mood - pottering hedgehog)


This is from [livejournal.com profile] molez and is actually the most wonderful thing in the whole wide world.
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This is from [livejournal.com profile] molez and is actually the most wonderful thing in the whole wide world.
annwfyn: (mood - dandelion thoughts)
As some of you may know, [profile] pierot is currently doing a theology degree, and as such there tend to be theology text books around the house, and I've been periodically reading them. And they are really interesting.

The main thing I'm realizing is how very little I actually know about religion. I am currently reading about Intelligent Design, and although I don't believe in it, I love some of the philosophy that has gone into it - Lucilius Balbus writing about 'the distinctness, variety, beauty, and order of the sun, moon, and all the stars' or Paley writing about his watch, and the vivid way they describe the amazing world we live in. And I'm thinking that intelligent, beautiful philosophical arguments deserve so much more than 'it's all crap, innit?'.

Thankfully, David Hume is there for me, with the most awesome (if terrifying) critique of design theory ever. Any man who can put together a coherent philosophical argument featuring giant spiders, the phrase 'copulating animals' and a suggestion of insane infant deities really deserves...I don't know...my attention at the very least, if not some sort of peculiar philosopher's shrine.
annwfyn: (mood - dandelion thoughts)
As some of you may know, [profile] pierot is currently doing a theology degree, and as such there tend to be theology text books around the house, and I've been periodically reading them. And they are really interesting.

The main thing I'm realizing is how very little I actually know about religion. I am currently reading about Intelligent Design, and although I don't believe in it, I love some of the philosophy that has gone into it - Lucilius Balbus writing about 'the distinctness, variety, beauty, and order of the sun, moon, and all the stars' or Paley writing about his watch, and the vivid way they describe the amazing world we live in. And I'm thinking that intelligent, beautiful philosophical arguments deserve so much more than 'it's all crap, innit?'.

Thankfully, David Hume is there for me, with the most awesome (if terrifying) critique of design theory ever. Any man who can put together a coherent philosophical argument featuring giant spiders, the phrase 'copulating animals' and a suggestion of insane infant deities really deserves...I don't know...my attention at the very least, if not some sort of peculiar philosopher's shrine.
annwfyn: (mood - cheshire cat grin)
[personal profile] faerierhona and I are going to see owls!

We have got a two hour handling session with them. There will be holding of owls and learning more about owls and maybe the theft of some high quality owls to take home and love and cherish forever (OK, maybe not that last bit) but owls!

I get to hold and owl!

Words actually can't express exactly how happy I am right now.
annwfyn: (mood - cheshire cat grin)
[personal profile] faerierhona and I are going to see owls!

We have got a two hour handling session with them. There will be holding of owls and learning more about owls and maybe the theft of some high quality owls to take home and love and cherish forever (OK, maybe not that last bit) but owls!

I get to hold and owl!

Words actually can't express exactly how happy I am right now.
annwfyn: (nonsense - priestess of pink)
So, I've been reading through fanfic today, I found some cute Fiddler on the Roof pieces of fanfic and thought I'd share.

Here, here and here.

Just little drabbles but very sweet. I think if you're a Fiddler on the Roof fan you should read them. For they are awesome.

I also (as usual) found David Eddings fanfic which is noticeably better than the original. It's the story of Taiba and Relg and offers up a far less icky dynamic than David Eddings, who seems to view women as a cross between predators and punchbags, with a push button sexuality, and has a painful lack of understanding as to what a lifetime of physical and sexual abuse might do to a person. The author's note does offer the explanation that the Belgariad is narrated by two exceedingly self involved teenagers, although she doesn't manage to explain how the Mallorean somehow gets worse.

Anyway, it's here.
annwfyn: (mood - ordinary princess)


Oh darling darling Sansa. You so overwhelmingly deserve a knight and it is a cruel cruel world that does not give you one.

~mournful sally face~

I am looking for Branson/Sibyl vids as well. Goodness, I don't know how I'd live without youtube.
annwfyn: (mood - ordinary princess)


Oh darling darling Sansa. You so overwhelmingly deserve a knight and it is a cruel cruel world that does not give you one.

~mournful sally face~

I am looking for Branson/Sibyl vids as well. Goodness, I don't know how I'd live without youtube.
annwfyn: (Mood - pondering fox)
Here we have an article by Jared Diamond on why agriculture was the greatest mistake humanity ever made. It's really interesting, especially the point he makes about not comparing the life of someone who lives in the first world (who is not representative of the global population) to the life of a hunter gatherer, but rather comparing the average subsistence level farmer to the the average hunter gatherer.

Here we have some colour pictures of London during the Blitz. It's amazing how much more immediate it seems in colour, how much more terrifyingly real.

As an apologetic note, I've been mostly away from the computer today and chunks of yesterday so I'm really behind on my e mail. Sorry if I owe anyone anything. Shall try and do a big catch up tomorrow. And now, for I am exhausted, to bed!
annwfyn: (Mood - pondering fox)
Here we have an article by Jared Diamond on why agriculture was the greatest mistake humanity ever made. It's really interesting, especially the point he makes about not comparing the life of someone who lives in the first world (who is not representative of the global population) to the life of a hunter gatherer, but rather comparing the average subsistence level farmer to the the average hunter gatherer.

Here we have some colour pictures of London during the Blitz. It's amazing how much more immediate it seems in colour, how much more terrifyingly real.

As an apologetic note, I've been mostly away from the computer today and chunks of yesterday so I'm really behind on my e mail. Sorry if I owe anyone anything. Shall try and do a big catch up tomorrow. And now, for I am exhausted, to bed!
annwfyn: (raven - with sun in mouth)
The American Taliban - This is a heartbreaking story and really really worth reading. The story of an American muslim who was captured in 2001 in Afghanistan and is now in prison.

Close up photographs of grains of sand - Taken from [profile] nothingtoyou's LJ and these are amazing. Very close up photographs of grains of sand, showing the bits of shell and crystal that make them up. These remind me of snowflakes I've seen photographed.

On why fiction and libraries are good. And why people who say 'reading romantic fiction means you get syphillis' are talking shite. - An awesome article which makes me want to hug the reader. In depressing news, my local village library is now only open 3 afternoons per week. I do not want to think about how much smaller and greyer my childhood would have been had that been the case when I was reading my whole way through it.
annwfyn: (mood - smiling ffox)


I now know how Predator should have been! The song is also disturbingly catchy.



Gambit. With a Rogue moment. ~wistful sighs~



A totally awesome Nightcrawler movie fan vid. I'm not a Nightcrawler fan, but looking at this, I totally could be!

You can tell I've been spending too much time on the internet, can't you?
annwfyn: (Cats - Sally&Myrddin)


Then my life would be complete.
annwfyn: (Cats - Sally&Myrddin)


Then my life would be complete.

Genetics

Jun. 10th, 2011 11:37 pm
annwfyn: (Sally - in Bolivia)
I find this sort of thing absolutely fascinating. It's amazing the extent to which what we are, what we could be, is shaped by our ancestors, by their experiences.

I, as a note, do not think I could be HIV resistant to any great level. I don't have much in the way of Viking heritage. I do, however, look to those of you from the Barbarian North. You may yet outlive us all!

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