I love everything about this story:
Archaeologists digging at an island religious retreat have unearthed the remains of a porpoise that, mystifyingly, appears to have been carefully buried in its own medieval grave.
MAYBE THE PORPOISE WAS A MONK, HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THAT.
... and now I eagerly await the medieval monk were-porpoise shifter romance.
For a different kind of wonderful:
The Fader: This Artist Is Filling London With Murals Of Extraordinary Black Women
The art is gorgeous, but what I really love is that he's portraying his female friends, people who aren't famous but are ordinary/extraordinary people - a youth worker, a psychotherapist, and so on. And I love the shots of the murals with the real women posed next to them.
So there are several sets of lib dems who avoid going to The Leader's Speech. Many just go get on the train before the big rush. I know of one group who have a rather sweet tradition of going to get ice cream while the Leader speaks. The Awkward Squad goes to the pub.
It started when Cleggy was Our Glorious Leader. You may recall that I had one or two policy differences with Cleggy**. One conf, and I can't remember which one, I attended the leader's speech, like a good lib dem, and walked out about half way through utterly furious with something or other he had said, thinking "sod this, I'm off to the pub". When I got there I discovered a dear friend was already there. He explained that as he knew Cleggy was bound to say something really annoying, what he did was go to the pub, download the text of the speech, and work out which point he would have walked out anyway. I thought this was an excellent idea, and have been doing it ever since***, and the group of likeminded curmudgeons doing the same has gradually grown over the years.
Fast forward to yesterday.
There's a bunch of us in the pub. One or two would have walked out at the "single market is ok" bits of the speech. I'd have made it past that, but only a couple of paragraphs, the bit about having achieved equal marriage would have been my breaking point****. Anyway, we were all happily chatting away and discussing things and it was all good.
... The problem was when Vince turned up. Yep, that's right, The Leader turned up to Not The Leader's Speech. Apparently it was some photo call to do with a motion we'd passed earlier in the conference.
I wouldn't have minded, but he didn't even get a round in. Bloody Yorkshirefolk, they're all the same*****.
So, I am now carefully researching pubs in Southport for Spring Conference to find one that's 1, good and 2, less likely to be crashed by the sodding leader. It doesn't half put a crimp in avoiding the leader when he turns up all smiles and handshakes.
ETA: Caron has posted about this on lib dem voice now. Countdown to po-faced condemnation in five... four... three...
*and even to stand and ovate. People who don;t stand and ovate in the "right" places often get glared at, or even tutted at.
**although as a human being I find him perfectly personable and likeable.
***Except for Tim Farron's first speech. Tim knows/knew all about Not The Leader's Speech, and made me promise him that I would go to his first one. I warned him that this would mean actually walking out if he said something walkout-worthy... Thankfully he didn't. But none-the-less I didn't go to any of his others. I'm just not a keynote speech type person.
****See here for the big rant about that one. There was a big chorus of groans about this in the pub - "Oh FFS we have to train ANOTHER leader and his staff not to do this..."
*****I am allowed to say this being Yorkshire myself
Here are the things that were written in 2017:
Unconventional Countess by meridian_rose (Black Sails: Max/John Silver, Billy Bones, other characters appear)
Fugitive Pilot by merryghoul (Doctor Who: Heather ("The Pilot")/Bill Potts, River Song)
The Scheme You Propose by mara (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Kujo Kiriya/Hojou Emu)
The Bad Bridesmaid
by out_there (Sherlock: Mycroft/Lestrade)
A Vague of Zombies by liadtbunny (Adam Adamant Lives!: Adam Adamant, Georgina Jones)
Clint Barton's Wedding Rules by out_there (MCU: Clint/Coulson)
Matters of Seduction by spikesgirl58 (Man from Uncle: Napoleon/Illya)
The Hunter's Moon Hustle by pameluke (Shadowhunters: Alec/Magnus)
Finding Blake by vilakins (Blake's 7: Roj Blake/Jenna Stannis
Night of the Undead Science Project by paranoidangel (Blake's 7: Tarrant/Dayna)
Right Dress, Wrong Girl by desertvixen (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys: Nancy/Frank)
Discipline of the Blue Book by still_lycoris (X-Men: Apocalypse: Charles/Hank)
Indecent Suggestion by aralias (Blake's 7: Blake/Avon)
The Monocled Rake by arnie1967 (You Rang, M'Lord?: Teddy/Rose)
Home to Family by luvbarryfefe (Days of Our Lives: Max/Chelsea)
The Oldest Living Bachelor in Oakdale by misslucyjane (MCU: Steve/Bucky)
Page Six Stunner by sidhe_faerie (Arrow: Oliver Queen/Felicity Smoak, past Oliver Queen/Laurel Lance, Sara Lance, Dinah Lance Quentin Lance, Moira Queen, Thea Queen, Tommy Merlyn)
... where some of our entries have gone, why we haven't been posting or replying much, and why we've been acting strangely in general. ^^;
I hope you're all doing okay out there! Insofar as is possible, anyway, omg.
Also Alias drew this new avi awhile back, but I hadn't updated my DW yet. Oops!
Ever wonder what could possibly go wrong with a simple inscription on a basic cake? Well, WONDER NO MORE.
Below I've listed the inscriptions some of my trusty Wreckporters ordered from professional bakeries, followed by the cakes they actually received:
"God Bless Neal"
I hear it's His middle name.
"Welcome Baby Arnold"
The spacing is what really sells it.
"Happy Birthday Mom"
Now that's a cake only a mother named Bob could love.
[Btw, I'm starting to wonder if a baker named Bob is doing these on purpose. And if so, I want to shake Bob's hand.]
"Congrats British Lit"
I hope this starts a trend; I want to see all the ways bakers butcher "Kyrgyzstanian."
"Happy Bandwidth Upgrade Day"
"Band With Upgrade" is the name of my retro Steam Powered Giraffe cover band.
(I realize only about 3 people will get that joke... and I'm ok with that.)
"Grats to Dad"
I like to think this is the baker's revenge on everyone who shortens "congratulations" to "grats." "CONGRATS" IS SHORT ENOUGH, PEOPLE.
"Old Dirty Thirty"
At some point you stop being surprised. Or so I'm told.
"When I'm 64"
That's actually how John says it when he's singing in his "drunk McCartney" voice, so maybe Kit sang her order over the phone. Drunk. While imitating Paul McCartney.
(Don't keep us in suspense, now, Kit: did you?)
Thanks to Colleen C., Suzanne R., Morgan & Eric, Katie D., Ethan D., Leslie C., Becky L., & Kit K. for really phoning it in today. ;)
The next thing is Not The Leaders' Speech. Which, the way things are going, will be in the sodding directory by Spring.
I'm uh, still reading about it, and even just as I was reading and trying to find out which version I have - without actually opening the program because holy crappola - Windows Defender displayed behind-the-scenes scan results saying it found an infection...in CCleaner. I'm not sure what to tell anyone as far as "what to do" because I don't know the answer to that.
It's a backdoor called Backdoor:Win32/Floxif that's been in the wild since CCleaner v.5.33 released in August of 2017.
Time to reinstall my OS, if the fucking backdoor hasn't already destroyed our ability to do so...
realsocialskills: Urgent: The GOP is close to destroying the ACA and Medicaid
The GOP is trying to repeal the ACA and cut Medicaid again. They almost have the votes to do it. We have the chance to stop them from getting the votes, if we act *right now*. We need to put overwhelming pressure on every senator to vote no.
Summary of the current situation, who to contact, and an excellent script for phone calls/e-mails from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.