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A Very Long (and Overdue) Update

So, I have two day trips to blog about and a meme to do. I was insanely busy at work on Tuesday and Wednesday (as a knock-on effect of having to help out West/East teams the Wednesday before [i.e. the 20th], resulting in almost falling behind in our own team's work) and didn't find time to update, and then have been too tired / disinclined to actually update whilst at home.

I also have another embroidery scan to post when I get home, as I've finally finished the insane amount of mid-brown. I started the darkest shade of green yesterday then realised I'd completely misread the colour chart and done it all the wrong colour - thankfully there wasn't too much of it, but still, a good three hours' worth of work to redo...

Anyway. I'm just taking a little break before commencing the three-tape dictation of DOOM that is sitting on my desk. Super-long entry commences... NOW!

Day Trip to Glastonbury, Saturday 23rd May

So, on 23rd May I went to Glastonbury - and, because everyone I told about this beforehand kept asking me, no, it wasn't for the festival. :P

I was going there for the day to meet up (for the second time) with jackiesjottings, who was going to show me around. This involved getting a bus from Bristol, and subsequently getting up ridiculously early in order to get the coach at 7.00am from Birmingham - it's half the price of going by train.

So, Saturday morning I actually got up surprisingly easily, considering it was 5.00am, and headed out about an hour later. At that point in the morning Kings Heath was pretty much deserted (a nice change, to say the least) and it was also a bit chilly, so I'd gone out with a scarf and gloves. Heh, that turned out to be a stupid plan, as by the time I was waiting for the coach the sun had come out and the weather was glorious all day.

Anyway, the trip to Bristol went without a glitch - we did have a minor diversion down the A38 because of motorway congestion, but it didn't affect the journey time too much. Then I got on a bus at the bus station, which Jackie met me on at Temple Meads. Unfortunately it was absolutely packed until we reached Wells (which also looks like a lovely little place for a visit...) so we couldn't actually talk to each other until the bus emptied out at that point. Still, the journey was very picturesque.

We arrived in Glastonbury just after 11.30 (I think) and immediately sought out coffee from a little cafe named Heaphy's. Very nice. Then we wandered around the shops for a bit (it's like an entire village full of Oasis stuff!) and I was very restrained and bought nothing except a badge for Paul which reads something like: "Do not underestimate dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup". :D

We had lunch at Rainbow's End, a vegetarian restaurant, where I enjoyed veggie chilli with rice&beans and some guacamole. Very nice. Incredibly filling, also.

After lunch we wandered up the famour tor. On the way there we passed a chapel which is not normally open to the public, so went in for a visit (resulting in Jackie dragging me excitedly across the road and nearly getting us run over. :P) Then it was onwards to the tor. Considering at this point the sun was beating down quite happily, it was a long slog up the hill with numerous breaks on conveniently placed benches. The view was amazing from the top, and also from various points on the way up - subsequently the photographs on Flickr are a bit samey, and suffer from that usual syndrome of vistas never quite looking as spectacular in photograph form as in real life. Never mind.

We had a nice break at the top, where there was a pleasant breeze, before wandering slowly back down again to visit the White Spring. Quite odd in there, as I thought the floor was vibrating; it turned out it was my leg muscles buzzing after the vigorous exercise...

Then it was a slow amble around the Chalice Well and Gardens, where there were plenty of opportunities for arty macro photographs. There is also a spot where you can fill up water bottles from the natural spring, which - due its high iron content - turns everything it touches orange after a time, and tastes quite insanely metallic. Still, it was lovely and cool, and thus precisely what we needed. :)

After that we got a bus back to Bristol (it turned out the one which normally runs before the one we'd caught that morning had been in an accident...) earlier than originally intended, just in case of delays, and I spent some time at Bristol bus station awaiting my coach and reading my book. I'm very close to finishing Possession now and must finish it soon so I can buy Half-Blood Prince and read that before the new film comes out in July...

I got back home just after 11.00pm and sat up for a bit doing some writing, but thankfully fell asleep fairly quickly after that. A knackering but satisfying day.

After that was the bank holiday weekend, and as far as I can remember I don't think we did anything. Paul was working on the Monday anyway, so I doubt anything exciting happened. I was then at work for two days, before having flex and annual leave on Thursday and Friday.

(Half) Day Trip to Worcester, Thursday 28th May

This was a scouting mission to find out how far the cathedral was from the train station, in readiness for my concert on Saturday. Aside from a minor incident where the signpost had been moved around 45 degrees, hence pointing us in the wrong direction, we found it with no bother in the end, right at the end of the high street as anticipated.

Other than that we just wandered around the city centre, sat in a few pubs and then ended up at Pizza Express for a late lunch / early dinner, as the independent Italian place we'd already scouted out didn't appear to be open. We shared a starter and a main course in Pizza Express, with a dessert for me, and it still came to £25 - I imagine they think we're complete cheaprases, but at that price you can understand why. It later turned out the Italian place was open, despite their lights being off. Bugger.

Worcester is quite small, so there wasn't much to do other than wander around the shops. I did spot a couple of places I can go for lunch on Saturday, however, and at least Paul doesn't have to come up with me in the afternoon and hang around for three hours, now that he also knows where the cathedral is. We ended up spending £30 in HMV, having gone in there to look for two CDs and - as usual - coming out with about six. I managed to get the Killers' Hot Fuss for £4.00, and the latest KT Tunstall, Drastic Fantastic, as well as a proper copy of the Meat Loaf 'Best of' (gave my copy to Lisa) which was on 2-for-£20. We need to stop going into HMV, really. Thankfully it was one of the smaller branches which only sells music, otherwise I dread to think what might have happened.

Got the train back to Birmingham (the longer one to Moor Street, alas, which takes an hour as opposed to the 40 minutes from New Street) and went to another couple of pubs, then went home again. There were some photographs taken, but nothing particularly inspiring so I probably won't put them anywhere...

Aaaand finally, the meme stolen from commoncomitatus...

Comment to this entry and I'll pick three of your fandoms. You must then update your journal and answer the following questions:

1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?
2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
3. Favorite episodes/books/movies/etc.?
4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
5. Do you think that more people should get into this fandom?

I was given Farscape, Jonathan Creek and The X-Files by Eni... Here we go... I'm going to answer them in reverse order, because that way it will be less confusing in terms of fandom chronology. :P

What got you into this fandom in the first place?

The X-Files
Initially, I merely had a growing interest in all things paranormal. I can't quite remember where this interest came from, but I think that Ghostwatch programme (which aired when I was 11) may have had something to do with it. Although it's now widely known as a badly-acted and obvious fake, I was young enough at the time to believe it and be utterly terrified by it... At the point when X-Files first aired on terrestrial (and this was before we had Sky), I was 13 or 14 and my interest had expanded from just ghosts to other paranormal phenomena, including UFOs / aliens. So obviously, I decided to watch X-Files because of that interest.

It changed from a passing interest to an actual obsession over the course of about a year or so. I can vividly remember when that change occurred, and it was during season 2, episode 13 - "Irresistible". It was the first episode to end on a Mulder/Scully hug, and something in my brain just... clicked. From that point on I was clamouring, every episode, for these rare moments of interaction. I was a total hurt/comfort addict. I didn't know it at the time, but I was a Shipper. This formed the main basis of my obsession at the time, though it did take over 9 years of my life that would probably have been better spent studying for my GCSES / A-Levels rather than learning insanely pointless trivia about fictional characters. Ah well. :)

Jonathan Creek
Now, I missed the first few episodes of this the first time around. Initially it just didn't interest me that much. I can remember clearly it being billed as "The UK's answer to The X-Files" (as TV guides do like their comparisons) and probably figured it wouldn't be as good and hence didn't bother with it.

And then I saw the trailer for "House of Monkeys" and my niggling little shipper!brain gave me a poke and said "ooh". Then, perhaps rather unfairly, I caught "The Reconstituted Corpse" when it first aired. My immediate thought, on observing the J/M dynamic specifically in that episode, was that it was absolutely nothing like X-Files - I still maintaint to this day that the only remotely similar elements are the mysteries, and even then they are never exactly 'paranormal' in nature - but it looked rather exciting nonetheless.

Then I actually saw "House of Monkeys" and, well, you can imagine what happened. :P I caught series 2 the first time around and then the rest of series 1 on repeat showings on BBC1 some months later. The rest, as they say, is history.

This was something which initially passed me by. I was aware of its existence; I knew it had a blue alien in it, and a man with tentacles, but nothing much beyond that. I was also vaguely aware that there was a potentially interesting ship, so I must have caught some random snippets of episodes at some point. When I started at Uni, I didn't have Sky any more and had to fill the X-Files-shaped void with something. I caught - again, rather unfairly (and it's terrifying how many of my obsessions start like this) - the first part of the "Look at the Princess" trilogy. Obviously, it had not only shippiness, but a cliffhanger. By the time of "The Locket", I was completely hooked; well and truly sucked in by John and Aeryn. I am nothing if not an easy target. ;)

2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?

I think the re-watch is proof enough that I will never move on from this fandom. It was the first 'proper' fandom I really had - I mean, I geeked happily over Red Dwarf before that, but TXF was my first online fandom, my first properly ficced fandom, the fandom I dreamt about almost every night and was totally consumed by. I think that level of involvement can't ever truly die. By the last couple of seasons I'd already found a few other fandoms to replace it with (including 'Scape), but re-watching it recently has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that old fandoms never truly die. :)

Jonathan Creek
Definitely. It constantly begs re-watches because the episodes are so involved and intricately-made, and every time I do a re-watch, I produce more fic. I am infinitely fascinated by Jonathan and Maddy and their complicated emotions, and it's a series which bows out quietly and then slinks back in to pop its head up every now and again. As long as it keeps doing that, I will never move on...

I did lose my involvement in this one a bit after it finished, but only because (a) I had Buffy to replace it with and (b) I then went mad and had no fandoms at all for a good deal of time. It's another show, however, which warrants re-watches, and I'm sure that given the right opportunity and time constraints, I could happily become re-obsessed.

3. Favorite episodes/books/movies/etc.?

All time favourite episode is definitely, "The Post-Modern Prometheus", which wins hands-down every time I come back to it. There's a massively long post on the subject somewhere in my LJ; click a "fandom: x-files" tag. Close seconds would be "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas", "Triangle", "Humbug", etc., etc. Any episode which pushes boundaries or is particularly 'out there' (excuse the pun). I do love the various mythology episodes (they're usually the best level of writing / direction) but as standalones they're not that easy to differentiate...

Jonathan Creek
"House of Monkeys". :D For blatantly obvious reasons. For all the same reasons, I also like "The Reconstituted Corpse", "The Scented Room" and "The Three Gamblers", and also "Mother Redcap". And apparently the entire of series 3, because it's been insanely inspiring of late...

GAH. Like Eni, it's impossible to choose. Off the top of my head, "Dog With Two Bones", because it was just so angsty and amazing. Failing that, the season four finale (the title of which escapes me; bad fangirl, no cookie), for taking me from one extreme of emotion to the other in five seconds flat... Also "Revenging Angel", for being literally the World's Best Hangover Cure Second Only to Chocolate. :D

4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?

I haven't ever, really. My fic was never published in any public forum other than my own website and my friends on the bus, and even though I've written a couple of fics of late, they haven't been finished. Oh, I did make a TPMP icon, but that's about it. I think perhaps when I get the DVDs I might be forthcoming with icons and/or LJ layouts, but because it was my first proper fandom I didn't really appreciate the level of online interaction at the time...

Jonathan Creek
I write fic, and I occasionally post/comment in the LJ community, but it's such a small fandom that my actual participation is hampered by a lack of anywhere to do the participating. Which is a shame.

I used to be insanely prolific in terms of fic for this particular fandom, especially around the time of season 3, when my RL angst got vented into fanfic. I was also a regular participant on the BBC cult board (before they deleted them; frellniks) until I realised that message boards were bad for my health. I have a few WIP fics which I hope to finish, should inspiration ever re-strike.

5. Do you think that more people should get into this fandom?

I think it has enough fans already. I believe the aim was to gain new followers with the latest movie, but... yeah, I suspect that may have failed. It's a pretty vast show to be attempting to get into at this point, really...

Jonathan Creek
FOR THE LOVE OF ANYTHING, YES!!!! *ahem* Please. I need someone else's fic to read other than my own, especially since AOL decided to delete all their Hometown accounts and thus an entire archive of passable fic which I periodically re-read. *sobs* (I keep meaning to email the author on the only address I have for her, but it's a few years old...)

YES. More people need to understand about this amazing, character-rich show. It's a lot more than sci-fi with muppets (though admittedly not that much more than a soap opera in space... :P) - it's a brilliantly-written, angst-ridden emotional rollercoaster of character development and complete and utter insanity. The world needs more shows like that.

Phew. *wipes brow*

Oh, and finally finally (honest), talking about Jonathan Creek, I have a vague idea where my post-ep fics are going. The "Omega Man" tag is pretty much finished and awaiting typing up, and the finishing of it led into doing the post-"Black Canary" tag, which will now lead into a post-"Tiresias" fic which will lead into the OM-tag and then a "Three Gamblers" tag, which will THEN lead hopefully into my pre-"Grinning Man" idea. The "BC" tag is also pretty much written (needs tidying up) and I have some bloody amazing angstilicious ideas for the post-"Three Gamblers" fic which I really want to write now but can't because I'm a completist. :P

In any event, I shall hopefully post them in the correct order on jonathancreek and if the reception there is good, I'll probably post "A Lot to Answer For" (which takes place in a separate universe, as 'twere) when I have a bit more of it... The short fics will hopefully go some way to putting some meat onto the bones of my series 3 theory, and if nothing else, everyone loves random fluff, right? :D

Right, that's enough for one day. Normal service will be resumed shortly. *posts and runs*
Tags: fandom: farscape, fandom: general, fandom: jonathan creek, fandom: x-files, friends, memes, online meet-ups, write-ups, writing: fanfiction
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