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Everything posted by padawanbeck84

  1. 45, 591 - Adding another number before I go to bed.
  2. 45, 589 - No-one has counted in here for a while... although I'm sure we did have more posts than this. Maybe I'm misremembering
  3. I received some unexpected trading cards in today's post! I have 2 sketch cards en route, but these are not sketches - and they're not from either of the people I'm buying the sketches from. I think it may be related to the group admin saying that he would try and organise something to make up for my missing Secret Santa parcel. That's currently being investigated by my local Royal Mail depot as a possible theft, but the group member who organised that assured me he would try and sort out some kind of consolation. The cards are limited edition, numbered parallels of my favourite ch
  4. 45, 587 - Night-time counting and I've nearly finished the first draft of the short story I started a few days ago We have another lockdown here in the UK, so I've got plenty of time to work on them. I've also got French and Spanish wordsearch books to keep me occupied, although I'm rationing the puzzles so I don't do them all in a week
  5. 45, 585 - New Year counting. It was snowing earlier Although it's melted away fairly quickly now that it's sunny. I wrote nearly two pages of a short story last night. My goal for this year is to finish at least three writing projects - one probably only needs another chapter, one is a collection of short stories that I've been working on for 2-3 years now and the third one is a novel draft that I started back in 2014, but which I've been having new ideas about recently. At least if I can get the first drafts finished, then I can start polishing and revising them further. I've fou
  6. 45, 581 - Sad counting. My missing parcel is now being investigated by the manager of the local depot as a possible theft. They've checked their information and there is no record of anyone actually attempting to deliver it, either to my house or anyone else's It appears to have been taken straight out of the depot by someone who did at least register the "collection" on the system, along with their name. Hopefully that will mean they can be tracked down. But I have no idea if they'll be able to recover my missing present
  7. 45, 579 - Sunday morning counting. I've had a mixed Christmas - on one hand my best friend got me some amazing Star Wars art cards On the other hand, after messaging the organiser of the Star Wars group Secret Santa, it turns out my gift was delivered back in November - to someone else's house. And they haven't made any attempt to bring it round I've checked with our next-door neighbours and it's not with them. I tried checking the same number house in the next street last night, but got no answer. I will go and try again there shortly, but if they don't have it then I'll have to wait un
  8. One of my U2 friends posted on social media to let me know the present I sent has arrived safely on her side of the Atlantic. That's good to know with all the disruption that's going on.
  9. Seriously Grim Reaper, take a break... and stop upsetting us Star Wars nerds Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi has died. He also appeared in Doctor Who and was a regular on the convention circuit. Several of my friends over in the SW trading card group met him at conventions and by all accounts he was a lovely bloke. He will be missed. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55358301
  10. Also, this morning has been a sad one with two significant losses. Overnight, the best-selling author John le Carre died at the age of 89: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55297558 When I do my shift at the library tomorrow, I'll make sure his books are put on display. I know we have at least one of them in stock at the moment. His real name was David Cornwell, but he had to use a pen name as he was working for the British government when he published his first novel and they wouldn't let people publish under their real names for security reasons. He actually worked as
  11. I read on the BBC news website yesterday that some lowlife actually burgled Mr Rossi's house while his family were attending his funeral... I'm speechless. What kind of horrendous, ghoulish person stoops so low as to invade the house of the recently deceased and steal things? No doubt if they managed to steal anything collectible, they've probably put it up on an auction site already, hoping to profit from his passing. I hope they find the culprit(s) and jail them.
  12. Aww, thank you @Tabitha_Coverstone My room will be a nice bright green colour once it's done, although I have to empty my bookcases and take some posters down first. Also, in good things (from Friday), my Bill and Ted game arrived already! I wasn't expecting to collect it until this week, but it came early - and I really like it. Whoever wrote the rule book really "gets" the vibe (and dialogue) of the films, although I lost my first attempt at playing In fairness, I am still learning what each of the characters can do and the special abilities each one has. The expansion pack had more m
  13. I couldn't take part in this year's exchange, but I've done it in past years and it's always fun - and lovely to see everyone's cards from around the world. My good thing for today is that I'm finally going to redecorate my bedroom. It's been the same colour for 20 years now and I decided it was about time it was brighter and a bit more cheerful-looking. At the DIY shop, the paints on the shelf were mostly very pale, safe kind of colours; lots of very pale blue, pale yellow, very pale browns and how many different kinds of white/cream paint can you get? But they have one of those machin
  14. 45, 576 - Getting back to the counting. I borrowed all those library books and have only read 3 and a half Hopefully I can get through at least one more over the weekend.
  15. That was some sad news to wake up to Here's the full BBC article/obituary: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55117704 He also played a key role in educating us about road safety as the Green Cross Code man.
  16. Rest in peace Mr Maradona. That was certainly a shock to hear while I was having dinner. I know a lot of English football fans will label him a cheat over the whole "Hand of God" thing, but there's no denying he was one of the most talented players the game has ever seen. There's a very good documentary about him, directed by Asif Kapadia, which delves into his life: the poverty that he grew up with and the fact he struggled to cope with the fame and pressures that came with being a footballer. Back in the 80s, attitudes weren't as progressive as they are now about mental health etc, and
  17. This is from yesterday, but I wrapped and posted some early Christmas presents. That felt good, to be spreading a bit of cheerfulness at the end of a turbulent year. One is on the way to a U2 friend, the other is for a Star Wars trading card group friend as part of that group's Secret Santa. I'm relieved (and impressed) that I managed to get out and find suitable gifts before second lockdown started. Then, on the way back from the post office, I bought 5 packs of F1 trading cards and pulled the silver Limited Edition of my favourite driver That means I've nearly completed the set of the
  18. We've often referred to him over here as "the racist old fart" - especially during the protests when he visited. Although it has ruined baked beans for me. My neighbour's son, when he was little, used to call beans "beans what trump" because they made him fart. Come to think of it, baked beans are also a similar shade of orange
  19. 45, 573 - Counting while America keeps on counting. Maybe we should take over their counting for them and show them how to do it? I managed to buy the Secret Santa gift before the shops all shut, so that's something good. And my writing is going well. Although only one of our library customers was able to come in and pick up their reservation before we closed. One lady has been waiting for her books since February - at this rate, she's going to have caved in and bought a copy before she can collect it I have 18 library books to last me through this latest lockdown. I think that sho
  20. I had the radio interview today, sharing my story along with several other listeners and an expert analyst, who gave advice on how to spot fake news and how to also try and educate friends and family who might be sucked in to believing these things. Hopefully it's done some good for people listening. As for politics, we Brits won't get to try and fire our current lot until 2024 or so I voted to fire them last year, but sadly not many other people did.
  21. 45, 572 - I'm just hoping I can get my Secret Santa present (and presents in general) bought before the "non-essential" shops shut again. And get it posted out by the November deadline. And we've only *just* got our local library deliveries going again after the first lockdown We had a delivery on Thursday, so the books come out of quarantine this week and I'll be ringing round to tell people they can come and collect them. Hopefully at least some people can pick theirs up, but our opening hours are limited at the moment, so it's going to be a pickle. At least I've got NaNoWriMo t
  22. Aww, this one hurts a lot We've lost an iconic actor, Sir Sean Connery. He was 90. Possibly the best Bond there's ever been and so many other iconic roles. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54761824 It probably won't mean much to those of you outside the UK, but it was also announced yesterday that Nobby Stiles has died, aged 78. He helped England to win the World Cup in 1966 and was also very successful at club level with Manchester United. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/36963874
  23. I really enjoyed watching that. And it worked fine for me, apart from a couple of very brief stoppages early on. For "Streets", I took my headphones out and blasted it full-blast on the speakers. Apologies to my neighbours if they heard my bad singing
  24. @illumination70 *hugs* Condolences on your loss. 18 is a very good age for a cat. Clearly you gave her a lovely happy life. I've just had an email from a presenter on my local BBC radio station - he's organising a radio programme dedicated to the issue of fake news/debunking virus conspiracy theories, educating people on the dangers of them etc - and has asked me to take part. Hopefully, this will help stop people falling down the same rabbit-hole that my sister's got herself into. It also shows why I really appreciate the local BBC stations. I can't imagine the commercial st
  25. @CorkVegan That is a brilliant thing, to get to see a live band in the current climate. I also like their sign. "Turn off your phones and dance". More people should follow that advice
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