• Updates

    Goodbye 2021

    Just a few hours left to the year. Low key plans again of course, delivery sushi and then Alison Scott’s around-the-world NYE Zoom, which was good fun last year. We have some sake left, and sparkling wine from Valencia We got impatient waiting for Reyes so we opened the cat presents today, they really liked their new bed (made from sheepskin offcuts) and Alice seemed to enjoy her soft brush. Quentin is still uncertain about the wrasslin’ glove, but he takes longer to get comfortable with new things. I’m optimistic for 2022, generally as well as specifically for us with…

  • Family,  Updates

    Xmas at the Coxon’s

    Back from the Coxon family home, where we had a relatively small but still very nice Christmas. We played Sushi Go, got some quality time with Alfie the cat, who is getting cuddly in his old age, and we watched…

  • Conventions

    Well, Xmas really sneaks up on you doesn’t it? Especially if you forget to blog for, oh say four months, whoops. Stange times, etc. Summary; went to Corflu, went to Novacon, had opinions on both. Went ot Newcastle to look…

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    People, places, and things

    September is mere days away and I haven’t posted since June, whoops. Well, it wasn’t for lack of things to write about in August, my most social month in a very long time. A short summary; We saw humans and…

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    The tea cookies that men don’t see.

    For Punctuation 2 we are repeating our Show and Tell: SFnal Cookbook panel. If you recall, last time I picked what looked like an quick and easy cookie recipe from the Doctor Who cookbook and then spent three plus hours…

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    P2, V2, ILR

    Quite a bit of things in the past month. John got his first shot, by September we should both be all set. I received my Indefinite Leave to Remain, which is a big deal and a huge relief. We got…

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    Journaling

    I’ve started to keep a paper diary again, after quite a few years. The good news is I’ve been pretty good at keeping up at it, the bad news is that it’s made me even more sporadic at blogging or…

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    Milestones

    Yesterday was our sixth wedding anniversary, which we celebrated with a little too much beer at Unity Brewing. We started with a pint of their Grayson, which has sold out in cans already, and hadn’t had dinner yet. We’d gambled…

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    Team AstraZeneca

    Got my vaccination on Tuesday! Had to take the train to Southsea, so I took advantage and picked up a loaf of sourdough from Sourdough Bakehouse and some lovely sandwiches (a reuben and a cheesesteak) from Baffled Coffee. The shot…

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    Hugos

    The Hugo shortlist came out a few days ago, and John is on it again for his work on Journey Planet! There are some other great entries across the categories, a few not great ones imo, several I feel are…

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    Easter weekend

    Maundy Thursday coincided with the First Thursday London Fandom Zoom meetup, so it was bustling. What should have been excited anticipation for Eastercon was mostly annoyed grumbling, which is what what happens when pre-con communications are sparse/terrible. Still, having made…