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Friday, 14 March 2008

Catching up.. and Neil Gaiman

I've had quite a busy week, all told, with some installation work today (one of the project engineers had gone sick this week, and some urgent cabling needed to be installed so that our suppliers could configure some new database hardware) a long day in Worcestershire yesterday, helping a lecturer work on the syllabus for a consolidation course that's taking place in May, a general workday on Wednesday and some more using of left-over holiday on Tuesday (which seems a long time ago!) just sorting out bits at home.

Trev, Chris, Charlie and Frankie at WoodsideConsequently, the Daily Photo Of The Day has taking something of a hiatus(!) and I've not really got that much to report. My good friend and podcast partner Trev came down with his daughters on Saturday; we had some fun at Woodside (more photos here), and the children had a sort-of 'disco' with lights and bubbles in the evening. It was a fun, but exhausting weekend, and the house was terrifyingly quiet when the children had gone to school on Monday!

I've long been a fan of Neil Gaiman's writing - ever since I first encountered his work (a collaboration with Terry Pratchett, called Good Omens - one of my all-time favourite reads) I've enjoyed everything he's done, especially the London-based Neverwhere, which is one of the best fantasy TV dramas I've seen, too.

I was quite surprised, then, that I'd not heard of Stardust - a romantic comedy fantasy film based on a novel he wrote. Beth and I watched it on Tuesday night; it was quite, quite brilliant (save for an appearance by Ricky "I can only do one character, and he's annoying" Gervais) and I'll definitely watch it again.

Still on the subject of Neil Gaiman, I heard from a TWiT podcast that one of his short stories in a Sherlock Holmes style - A Study In Emerald - is available as a free audiobook download from harpercollinsebooks.com. I'm really looking forward to relaxing and listening to it. Who knows, there may be time this weekend.. although Beth's got a study morning tomorrow, we're meeting up with the wonderful Tamara for lunch, and hopefully we'll get the parsnips (which I realise now was wrongly labelled as carrots on the plan!) and lettuce sown if the weather behaves!

It's a busy, busy life (but I wouldn't - and probably couldn't - have it any other way!)

Posted by james at March 14, 2008 11:45 PM


 
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