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Ben Hayward of the Imperial College School of Medicine Drama Society writes to say that he will be directing their production of Wyrd Sisters at the start of next month:

"ICSM Drama presents to you its fabulous production of Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett! Running from the 1st to the 4th March, it's sure to be a night of fantasy, comedy, romance, witchcraft, insanity and just plain wyrdness! So mark it down in your calendars! Save the date in your phones!"

When: 1st-4th March 2017
Venue: Union Concert Hall, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road , London SW7 2BB
Time: doors open 7:00pm; curtain up 7:30pm
Tickets: £6/£8 for student/Non-Student tickets (apart from Friday the 3rd of March which will be a special performance accompanied with drinks and canapes at higher price of £8/£10 (for student/non-Student tickets). "Take a look at our Facebook event for more details (_https://www.facebook.com/events/376900926013238/_) and email eri.aung15@imperial.ac.uk to reserve your tickets now!"


Ryukyu.

Feb. 22nd, 2017 12:54 am
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In his Фрегат “Паллада” [The Frigate Pallada], Goncharov uses Ликейские острова for what are now called острова Рюкю, the Ryukyu Islands. I found the old name curious, and when Goncharov goes on to say “Что это такое Ликейские острова, или, как писали у нас в старых географиях, Лиеу-Киеу, или, как иностранцы называют их, Лю-чу (Loo-Choo), а по выговору жителей ‘Ду-чу”‘?” [What are these Likei Islands, or as the old geographers wrote, Lieu-Kieu, or as foreigners call them, Loo-Choo, or in the local accent Du-chu?] I turned to Wikipedia, where I found this section on “Historical usage”:

Ryūkyū” is an exonym and is not a self-designation. The word first appeared in the Book of Sui (636). Its obscure description of Liuqiu (流求) is the source of a never-ending scholarly debate over what was referred to by the name, Taiwan, Okinawa or both. Nevertheless, the Book of Sui shaped perceptions of Ryūkyū for a long time. Ryūkyū was considered a land of cannibals and aroused a feeling of dread among surrounding people, from Buddhist monk Enchin who traveled to Tang China in 858 to an informant of the Hyōtō Ryūkyū-koku ki who traveled to Song China in 1243. Later, some Chinese sources used “Great Ryukyu” (Chinese: 大琉球; pinyin: Dà Liúqiú) for Okinawa and “Lesser Ryukyu” (Chinese: 小琉球; pinyin: Xiǎo Liúqiú) for Taiwan. Okinawan forms of “Ryūkyū” are Ruuchuu (ルーチュー?) or Duuchuu (ドゥーチュー?) in Okinawan and Ruuchuu (ルーチュー?) in the Kunigami language.[13][14] An Okinawan man was recorded as having referred to himself as a “Doo Choo man” during Commodore Matthew C. Perry’s visit to the Ryūkyū Kingdom in 1852.[15]

From about 1829 until the mid-20th century, the islands’ English name was spelled Luchu, Loochoo, or Lewchew. These spellings were based on the Chinese pronunciation of the characters “琉球”, which in Mandarin is Liúqiú, as well as the Okinawan language’s form Ruuchuu (ルーチュー?).

All of which is complicated enough, but none of it explains the Russian term Ликейские острова [Likei Islands] (and the Russian Wikipedia article doesn’t address the issue). Any thoughts?

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Writing to peers is a bit of a faff. Well, the writing bit less so, working who to write to is the faff.

http://www.stilleu.uk/lobby-lords-brexit-bill/ is the best source of suggestions for what to write. It also has information on how to choose who to write to.

Write to a specific lord (search by name) here: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/peers/
Or use https://www.writetothem.com/lords to search by other factors - e.g. words they have mentioned in debate, or connections to a location. The other benefit of this is that you can check whether a given peer is someone who turns up to debates or not.
These both limit you to 6 emails a day (the rationale being that above that, messages will be dismissed as spam). Many peers use the general House of Commons email address and this is a convenient way to email them. The form will put in the correct form of address for you.

However, using https://www.theyworkforyou.com/peers/ you can look up email addresses, and if you find peers listing a different address, not just the HoL one, you can email them separately at that address.
http://www.parliament.uk/business/lords/whos-in-the-house-of-lords/how-to-address-a-lord/ for how to get the form of address right (NB that's Dear Lady Mobarik, frex, not Dear Lady Baroness Mobarik, not completely clear from that article).

In addition, the following are members of the government so subject to whip, and so may be less useful to write to:
Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Treasury), Baroness Williams of Trafford (HO), Baroness Joanna Shields (HO), Baroness Anelay of St Johns (FCO), Lord Keen of Elie (MoJ), Lord Nash (Education), Lord Bridges of Headley (ExEU), Lord Prior of Brampton (BIS), Lord O'Shaughnessy (Health), Lord Henley (DWP), Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Transport), Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (DCLG), Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, Lord Dunlop (Scotland), Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Biosecurity), Lord Bates (int dev), Lord Ashton of Hyde (cult), Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Earl of Courtown, Baroness Mobarik, Viscount Younger of Leckie, Lord Young of Cookham, Baroness Goldie, Baroness Buscombe, Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Lord O'Shaughnessy (all whips)

Other useful links:
https://www.crowdjustice.org/case/parliament-take-control/ "Case updates" has ideas and material they've sent to all the Lords and previous stuff they sent to MPs
https://www.bindmans.com/uploads/files/documents/UK_Parliament_EU_Citizenship_rights_booklet.pdf
http://www.crossbenchpeers.org.uk/interests.html
http://lordsoftheblog.net/

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Feb. 21st, 2017 04:29 pm
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Just got a text message from my dad saying my grandma passed away about five minutes ago.

She had been in declining health for a long time, and was in her early 90s. Yesterday my dad sent a text saying hospice gave her about five days left to live.

How do you respond to a message like that?

I'm not sure where things will go from here for my grandpa.

chocolate box fics!

Feb. 21st, 2017 05:19 pm
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Brief health update: new antibiotic did not kill the infection, I'm still deaf in my right ear with occasional icepick pain, got referred to ENT who thinks it's a viral rather than bacterial infection causing nerve inflammation and put me on prednisone.

I was right, [personal profile] merit wrote both my gift fics! Of course that was a pretty easy conclusion considering that she's one of maybe three people who know both sources in the crossover.... Anyway, ♥ to you, thanks again, and one of these days imma write you something, I swear.

So, what I wrote. My assignment, for [archiveofourown.org profile] LillyRose:

Lucky Strike (1034 words) by Isis
Fandom: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Queenie Goldstein/Jacob Kowalski
Characters: Jacob Kowalski, Queenie Goldstein
Additional Tags: Meet-Cute, First Meetings, Post-Canon, Awkward Conversations
Summary: Jacob meets Queenie again for the first time.

I saw Fantastic Beasts on Christmas, and despite having been out of the Harry Potter fandom for some time, I was charmed. It was fun to have a perspective on the wizarding world in a different time and place from the original series, and I particularly liked the awkward but good-hearted characters at the heart of the movie, Newt, Tina, Jacob, and Queenie. And I was devastated at the end (skip spoiler) when Jacob accepts Obliviation!. So I jumped at the chance to write a coda and make everything all better!

Writing from Jacob's POV let me make use of one of my favorite tropes, that of the unreliable narrator who doesn't realize that things are not as he believes - but the reader knows the truth. So the reader is complicit, in a way, with the author, and that knowledge is what gives tension to the unfolding story. (Which also makes the story pointless and inane if you don't know the canon and therefore don't know that Queenie is a Legilimens and reads minds, and that Jacob and Queenie have met before.) I also want to give a shout-out to [personal profile] chamekke who despite being new at beta-reading did a super-awesome job and made this a much better story.

Then, it was treat time. As I've mentioned off and on here, I'm playing Witcher 3, and since a lot of my brain has been occupied with that game I looked to see if there were any requests I could treat. So I saw [archiveofourown.org profile] heeroluva's request, "Honestly I would love to see Geralt being fucked. It can be by monster(s)/creature(s) or original character(s)...and can be consensual or not....I just love the thought of him who's always in control, always coming out on top, finding himself suddenly powerless and no longer being on top. ;) I'd love to see him finding something he can't handle, and I'd love to see him getting off on it." Boom, immediate plotbunny based on a bit of the game I'd just finished, leading to:

A Fiend in Need (2408 words) by Isis
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia/Original Male Character(s)
Characters: Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia, Original Non-Human Character(s)
Additional Tags: Monsters, Bestiality, Discovering a taste for bottoming, Chocolate Box Treat, Not actually as dark as it might appear from the tags
Summary: "Well, I'll be fucked," Geralt muttered, with an ironic bark of laughter at the aptness of the phrase that had sprung to mind. "Guess your antlers aren't the only place you're horny."

There's a lot of humor in the game, and I tried to make that style of dryly amused perspective come through here. But it's basically a big monster overpowers Geralt and fucks him, and he sort of likes it. Also, my first smut in a year, and my first E-rated smut in two years. Surprisingly fun to write.

I also wrote a Witcher treat for [archiveofourown.org profile] wednesday's prompt for Geralt/Keira, "at some point Geralt realizes he has more choices than he thought and maybe he should choose a different sorceress," which was also fun to write but turned out to be much less fun to have written.

The bosom that makes the home (828 words) by Isis
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia/Keira Metz
Characters: Keira Metz, Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia
Additional Tags: Reunited and It Feels So Good, slight AU, Some Yennefer bashing, Chocolate Box Treat
Summary: When Geralt returns to Kaer Morhen, Keira is there waiting for him.

One minor problem was that I had not actually reached the point in the game where I set the fic (I'd reached the point where I could play that part, but I was putting it off so I could accomplish a few more things first) so it turned out to be a bit more AU than intended. Also, I have not played the first two games, and most importantly (as it turns out), I have not read the books the games are based on.

Why I wrote this story, and oops, didn't intend to enter a new fandom with wank. )

saying hi

Feb. 21st, 2017 06:29 pm
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In conversation with someone yesterday evening, I said that while I'm basically doing fine, I feel scattered. There are a lot of reasons for this -- getting back from a fairly long trip; having a freaking ton of work that I actually got through much faster than I expected, which left me feeling as though I'd been pushing a boulder that suddenly disappeared; not getting enough exercise -- and one of the ways I realized it was manifesting was that I wasn't interested in cooking.

chatting about food and beer )

I don't seem to be doing much fannish stuff lately, unless you count reading lots of fanfic. Geoff and I are watching The Expanse, which I found slow to grab me at first -- partly because I have trouble hearing what the characters are saying! I'm not sure if it's the sound design of the show, the quality of our TV, or my own hearing -- but which is definitely getting interesting as it continues, and it's also gorgeously produced. We were riveted by Westworld, but the second season won't drop until 2018, sigh. I'm still really enjoying Elementary. In the theater, I've recently seen Hidden Figures (wonderful) and Moonlight (stunningly wonderful). And Geoff, a friend, and I just snagged tickets to The Book of Mormon on stage in Montreal in April! I didn't think I'd ever get to see it, but now I will -- yay! (Now if only Avenue Q would come here...)

Escapade is in a couple of weeks, and I haven't even looked at the programming, but then I rarely do; I just see what looks interesting when I get there. I'll be volunteering for the art show, of course, and I expect I'll be auctioning, but I'm so glad not to be running it any more. Mostly I'm looking forward to seeing people!

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Feb. 21st, 2017 03:20 pm
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 to [personal profile] stonebender  and [personal profile] davidlevine !  Stay dry!  (Best wishes for a happy day.)

Apartment hunting

Feb. 21st, 2017 02:45 pm
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I am one of those people who absolutely hates making phone calls. For years I thought I had some kind of weird phobia, until I found out lots of people hate making phone calls.

I just called an apartment complex in what I shall call my Summer Town, and I called them specifically because I knew they have month-to-month rent (and before anyone comes to tell me the cons of month-to-month places, I will say I already know). So far, at this time, it doesn't sound like they'll have anything in the future that will fit my needs, but their lowest rent was a bit higher than I expected. I know what my maximum should be to stay reasonable in relation to my income. Their lowest rent was my maximum.

I told myself I would make at least one call today. Last night I was lying in bed thinking about how I haven't called anyone about apartments and I started freaking out. It took forever for that sleep-aid to kick in. Making the calls scares me the most.

A lot of my worries center on timing. I can't move into a place right now because I have no job and it doesn't start until May. But I can't wait too long because other seasonal workers will also be looking for places to live. There is always the bunkhouse. If I stayed there, I could save a ton of money again and probably make my goal of paying for a year of out-of-state tuition at one of the graduate schools I've been looking at.

I'm not sure who else would be living at the bunkhouse this season. There are four rooms, and my supervisor had planned to use those rooms for our crews, but now it looks like we won't need all those rooms. The other four people who are going to be hired will be based out of the Other Summer Town, and they will likely use the bunkhouse there. I just tried to contact my crew chief to see if she'll be living with one of our other girls who will be renting a house (and will need a roommate unless her mother plans on paying the other half of the $900/month rent). I'm seeing a lot of two bedroom apartments and trailers go up in the local classifieds, and knowing how our crew chief loves saving money, I bet she'd prefer living somewhere where the rent is cheapest. I don't know if she'll opt for the bunkhouse. If she and I lived together, the rent would be cheaper for her. And even when she leaves to go back to college in August, the rent wouldn't be too much of a burden for me (the other girl's mom will have to pick up the second half of the rent once Crew Chief is gone).

So I sent Crew Chief a message on Facebook to see what her plans are. I'm betting she'll be living with Stucky (I'm going to call the other girl this, because she ships Captain America and Bucky. I will call Crew Chief "CC"), because the two of them are fairly close since they've been working together now for about three seasons. But I'm just covering my options.

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Feb. 21st, 2017 03:06 pm
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I can tell I'm stressed beyond belief because I want to just go place orders for my next stack of research books and dude, no. You just paid off the last stack of research books and you've read like two of them. No. Stoppit.

(I am looking into payment plans on a new tablet but that's more because I'm sick of lugging my damn laptop all over creation and I miss my netbook even if it is slow as shit right now and won't hold a charge to save its life. I miss having a portable computer bigger than a phone and smaller than a laptop. Currently I've been recommended the Lenovo Yoga, am sighing and eyeballing the iPad just for ubiquitousness, and trying to figure out what finance plans are available from the various tech places I've ever bought shit from.)

I did at least finally get the second chunk of Nerd Girls re-read and notes taken, so that's a goodness. I got the last Nerd Girl wiki'd up and it's not everything, but none of them have a full wiki, it's a start. In a shocking flip of events, I got no original writing done during the day so I get to do it all in the evening. Though honestly that's the easiest part, that's why I start with it. Which I probably shouldn't. Oops.

And come to think of that I should probably also write up a protocol sheet of some kind for releasing a new novel. Blah blah finish edits copy into scrivener format in scrivener order proofs write ad copy etc. I have scribbled handwritten notes somewhere about what to do and how to do it in Kindle, but, um. Given that they're somewhere we see exactly how useful that is.

I'm not sure I have much in the way of interesting to share today. Things aren't going poorly, they aren't going well either but not in a specific to me sense. More in the whole world is a tire fire sense. But I'm getting more organized, more things done in a writing way. So that's not nothing.

this is breitbart news

Feb. 21st, 2017 02:44 pm
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Milo Y has resigned from Breitbart News. But note this key line from the Milo resignation announcement story:

Yiannopoulos blamed the media for the controversy and for not reporting on the comments sooner, calling it a "cynical media witch hunt." That sentiment was also expressed by [Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex] Marlow on Breitbart's radio show on Tuesday morning.
THIS IS WHAT BREITBART IS, AT ITS HEART.

Getting called on supporting pederasty and calling the idea of requiring consent for sex "oppressive" is a "cynical media witch hunt" to Breitbart's editor-in-chief Alex Marlow.

THIS IS WHAT BREITBART IS FOR.

And that doesn't even get into Milo dismissing literally all campus rape reports as "frauds and hoaxes."

THIS IS BREITBART.

Ooh featured

Feb. 21st, 2017 11:39 pm
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Earlier tonight LifeSigns (oh favourite charity of mine!) sent me a DM on Twitter asking if they could use my photo for SIAD on an upcoming blog post and that post is already up (speedy much.) Obviously I gave permission because it's partly down to the work that they do and their website that I no longer cut :) coming on for five years. Achievement.

So without further ado SIAD wristbands 2017 (so far) mine is, for those unfamiliar with my recent ink, the one with the clover and rose wrist tattoos. The link does go to my twitter which is set to public.
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Posted by Harry Hayfield

This week will see six by-elections but not all on the same day. There is a by-election tonight, three tomorrow night and on Thursday two Parliamentary by-elections that may break a duck that has lasted anything from 35 years to 57 years and create a vacancy at the head of the Opposition. But first, as they say in all the great stage plays, we have the opening curtain

Winklebury on Basingstoke and Deane (Con defence, resignation of sitting member)
Result of council at last election (2016): Conservatives 33, Labour 19, Liberal Democrats 6, Independents 2 (Conservative majority of 6)
Result of ward at last election (2015): Conservative 1,404 (46%), Labour 933 (30%), United Kingdom Independence Party 549 (18%), Liberal Democrat 179 (6%)
EU Referendum Result: REMAIN 48,257 (48%) LEAVE 52,071 (52%) on a turnout of 78%
Candidates duly nominated: Angie Freeman (Lab), Chris Hendon (Con), Zoe-Marie Rogers (Lib Dem)
Weather at close of polls: Cloudy, but dry, 10°C
Estimate: Conservative HOLD

Harry Hayfield

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Previously unread.

This is technically a novella. At least that's what the metadata says. It is eminently readable, no matter what category of "size of work" it happens to fall in. Not exactly sure what to say about it, but the term "slow bullet" is in many ways highly plot-relevant. And anything else would probably be spoilery.

Drabble: A Standing Invitation

Feb. 21st, 2017 03:58 pm
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Title: A Standing Invitation
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Neville Longbottom/Charlie Weasley.
Word Count: 100 x 9
Rating: PG-13
Challenge: Written for [insanejournal.com profile] neville100's prompt #350: Surprise. Dedicated to [livejournal.com profile] digthewriter just because. :)
Warning(s)/Genre: Outdoor shenanigans, flirty Charlie.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

A Standing Invitation )

Mid-week Antiprocrastination!

Feb. 21st, 2017 09:51 pm
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I'm going to post this now even though it's late here and I'm not sure if I'll be here to cheer you along tonight (given the getting late and I've already fallen asleep once the evening) or tomorrow as I'm not home until very late, but I'm absolutely sure that you'll all be willing to cheer and encourage for me (and if all else fails, just remember I'll be thinking of you and will check in as soon as I can).

So what is it that you've been procrastinating on? What's been hanging over you, weighing you down because you know it ought to be done, but it's just too much? Go on, you know you can beat it into submission (a little at a time!)

Good luck and lots of cheers and good wishes to you all.

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