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After their wonderful wedding day [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam and [livejournal.com profile] raggedyman invited many friends to an afternoon and evening of exploring Cambridge.
We started off at The Pickerel in Magdalene St. where drinks were drunk and tales from the day before recounted.

At the Pickerel

Our next stop was the Cambridge Folk Museum (where many of us had never been despite having lived in Cambridge for years) and it was quite interesting. It concentrates on everyday life in the region and displays everything from farming, household and artisan equipment to reconstructed kitchens and children's toys and (disturbing) dolls.

Cambridge Folk Museum

Outside, we put the happy couple in a modern version of the stocks:

Cambridge Folk Museum

After a snack at Subway (dinner was planned at 9), two guided punts took us along The Backs and back. The weather was still good (if a bit chilly) so this was a lovely way to spend a late afternoon. Our chaffeurs/guides punted us alongside in two punts and were really cool, friendly, chatty and funny and didn't talk as much bollocks as expected but actually talked to us rather than at us.

On a guided punt tour along the Backs

Then a hike across town where [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man checked with Loch Fyne they had received our order (this would become important later). We carried on to The Snug where we had to sit outside as there was no space inside. Cocktails and other drinks were had while chatting - and chattering as it was getting rather cold - so cold in fact we decided to go on walk back to the river, across Silver St. bridge and to the weir on the other side where Mike showed us what the rollers were for (getting punts from one level of the river to the other).

Back at Loch Fyne, we were seated in the back and then found out they had screwed up our order or rather, didn't know what to do with it. While at the Snug we had emailed an additional order of three (IIRC) so they had two orders, one for 18 and one for 3 people. Rather than assuming as they had been told that this was a combined order, they didn't know which one was the right one and didn't do any of it so we first had to order from scratch. (As we'd pre-ordered what should have happened was that we got there and were served pretty much immediately. One hour later, the starters finally arrived. Various people were happy with theirs (for example the squid) but my Norfolk crab soup was boring (there was no meat in the watery soup and the chilli on the bread that was served with it killed any crab flavour the soup might have had). My main was a whole grilled Lemon Sole and it was quite nice, although the fish was a touch over and the beans a touch under but the flavours were good. On the downside, at least two people's mains were actually cold. The general consenus was that nobody would go back (it was rather good about four years ago) but that probably won't make a difference to the place as it was crammed full, even when we got there at 9.

Many more photos on flickr.

After many good-byes I shared a taxi back with [livejournal.com profile] hardcore_genki and left them to get some well-deserved rest while I downloaded photos and watched Doctor Who.
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First up, a crop from the menu of the restaurant ) and two Afghani pirated DVDs ) [livejournal.com profile] colonel_maxim had brought from his stay there.
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or simply those enjoying them (from [livejournal.com profile] akcipitrokulo)

A very special diagram
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (PhotoPeng)
As we were walking back to the tube station, we spotted this ad display. Not just a backlit poster on each side as usual but the display had real water in the bottom on which real rubber ducks were swimming. ;o)


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karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Dancing cowboy)
Oh dear, I'm shattered, I'm getting old...

It was a good night out, I had a fantastic time. I'm absolutely happy for [livejournal.com profile] dj_slingshot, [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man and the rest of the team that it was such a big success. To get that many (I don't know the exact number but they had broken even by 10:30 which is awesome) people through the door on an opening night, just by advertising is amazing. For those who don't know it, the event was held at the Harris Suite of Cambridge football club, which is not only quite a stretch out from city centre but also completely hidden from the road so will never get random passers-by to come in. Basically, all the guests were people who knew about it or had been dragged along by friends.

There was quite a variety of people, and not just the familiar faces from the Cambridge goth and metal scenes. As varied as the people were the outfits, from 30's mobsters/flappers to modern goths and flamboyant cross-dressers.
The music selection was similarly varied and judging by the number of people on the dancefloor, it all worked.

The two Argentine tango dancers were impressive. Having seen the real thing in Buenos Aires two years ago, I can only approve.

The burlesque performers were good fun, too:
- the first one a very classic one with an Eve theme performed by a very cute redhead with an awesome figure and real curves,
- the second a mix of (strip)tease and walking on glass(!)
- and the third a bubbly blonde doing a fan dance and something a little more rude but funny, too
Sadly, these were my main issue with the night, or rather the venue: Ever since hearing about it I had wondered how they were going to do it (or how I would do it) and I couldn't figure it out. The Harris Suite is a long, narrow room, only about six metres wide, a set of tables/chairs on the walls left and right, the bar is on the right hand side built into the wall and then the dancefloor is at the end. For just a club, this works quite well as the volume of the music is concentrated at the end and it's quiet enough in the seating area that you can have a chat without having to shout. I'd only say that there should be a few more indirect light sources along the walls, or maybe one of those LED rope lights so the front bit isn't completely in the dark.
The "stage" the first two performers used was set along the side of the dancefloor and only about 15 cm high so the performers weren't really visible to anyone further back, especially during the second perfomance as the dancer was mostly sitting down and the really interesting bit of her performance being the floor.
This was even worse for the last act as people had to stand outside the dancefloor as she wasn't using the stage which meant it was basically six people standing abreast on the flat at the same level as the performer. The first two rows sat on the floor or crouched down which worked somewhat but I'm sure there were loads of people who couldn't see anything.

I guess the only way to improve this a bit is to have a better stage that's a lot higher, probably at the end in front of the DJ booth and guests will need to sit down during the performance. This would mean sacrificing more of the dancefloor but it'll probably work better. Another option would be a change of venue with a better setup but I can't think of anywhere that would be appropriate or viable. I didn't really talk to people about it but I think that if people pay to see performances they would want to actually be able to see them, too.

Another good idea was the room in the back with various stalls offering handmade jewellery/accessories, corsetry and a table of manga/graphis by Sweatdrop and [livejournal.com profile] pinkapplejam and a space to chill out a bit for those who needed a rest but didn't want to go outside into the cold.

Overall, I think it was as good as an opening night could have been or even better so well done and I'm proud to be able to be part of the next one on the 13th of December!

So again, well done to the BnG crew and thank you very much for a great night out.
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Fun with redubbing TNG )
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Amazon.com have the ultimate one.
The reviews are pure gold (unlike the cable which you'd expect considering that price tag).
Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kmrikky for the link. ;o)
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16 Sep 2007 07:36 pm
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Master Yoga)
Yesterday I got up even earlier than during the week to pick up [livejournal.com profile] mazzarc and drive to the European Centre of the TTCS in Colchester for a Tai Chi workshop. It was a very good one, not as big as the International one two years ago so we weren't too squashed in the practice hall. We went through a lot of basics and foundation exercises, concentrating on the first five moves of the set and on Parting Wild Horses' Mane on Sunday morning. Lovely and varied Chinese food was provided by the society's catering team from the purpose-built kitchen (full wok facilities with gigantic gas burners), there were at least three or four different bowls on each table (with at least one veggie option and steamed salmon at Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch), the special treat being freshly fried banana fritters with syrup as dessert for Sunday lunch.
Different this time was an introduction to Chanting, another Taoist Art taught and practised by the society. I'd only heard of it so wasn't quite sure what to expect. I'd imagined it being a rather ritualistic/meditative so wasn't quite sure about it but wanted to try. It turned out to be more like a singalong. I guess it's something you need to try when you aren't tired from a weekend of exercise.

We spend Saturday night at [livejournal.com profile] mazzarc's parents' in Maldon (which we found despite travelling rather small country roads, never quite sure where we were). I don't think I've been in bed so early for months (around 11) and slept like a log until 7:30 when I woke up and then snoozed another hour. Our hosts were lovely and fed us a huge breakfast in the morning (well, cereal and toast and jam). Thank you again for your hospitality!

The workshop finished around 4 and we made our way out of Colchester only to hit very heavy traffic on the A120. Thankfully, as soon as we were on the dual carriageway, it was plain sailing all the way to Cambridge. Dropped off Maz at home, came home and collapsed. Am going to have a light dinner of fruit yoghurt for dinner in a bit, I think.

Another busy week ahead. *groan* I'd rather have a couple of days to relax and sleeeeep...
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Take some Earl Grey tea, add some 151 rum, what do you get?
Wait for it )
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (me casual)
A more detailed post will follow but I made it back in one piece, getting up really early (3am local time) notwithstanding. The drive to Hanover was quiet and utterly beautiful with the sun rising over very low lying fog. Although small, Hanover aiport isn't easy to navigate if you don't know which terminal your check-in desk is and your gate is a different. I did make it in time, though. The flight was slightly delayed and then there was a longer wait until we could park in Standsted. I was a bit worried because after another wait for the long stay car park bus, I'd be in Cambridge just before 9 with the horror of the A14. Thankfully, the only thick bit of traffic was off the A14 onto Histon Road so all good.
For photo previews of Friday and Saturday, click the small pics.

karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (TV)
(stolen from [livejournal.com profile] lonewolfi)

F**k diplomacy.

Actions speak louder than words. Though shouting can also be effective.

If you shoot a man's wife in the knee and he still doesn't give you the information, he's bad.

Revenge is the cruelest trick. I've seen it taken out on others, I've been victim to it, I've even done it myself. But it doesn't change anything, and it doesn't bring comfort.

Trust is the key to survival. And by trust, I mean getting out of the way and letting me do what I need to do.

The only thing harder than racing to stop a madman from releasing a deadly virus that will kill thousands of people is doing it while simultaneously trying to kick heroin.

I've been beaten, kidnapped, gassed, and shot at, but the most terrifying thing I've ever been through was facing my daughter after I made her believe I was dead.

I eat a lot of bananas. They're a good source of vitamin B and potassium. They're also easy to take on the move.

Love is a privilege.

If you have to trust someone, make it a quirky computer genius.

If I say "dammit," either something bad just happened, something bad is about to happen, or I'm going to do something drastic.

Any man can make a mistake. It's what he does to remedy that mistake that shows his character.

You better know who you are before you go undercover. If you don't, you could easily lose yourself.

Always carry at least one spare fully charged cell-phone battery.

So many times when I thought there was no more time, there was.

When interrogating a suspect, I've often found it effective to ask the question loudly and repeat it several times.

Remember, terrorists use the phone as much as we do.

In the event of a highway landing, always fasten your seat belt and return your chair and tray table to their upright and locked positions.

It's all key cards and thumb drives these days.

If the president of the United States ever orders you to shoot your boss in the head at point-blank range in cold blood, take a deep breath, ask God to forgive you, and just do it.

Without conscience, a man becomes his worst enemy.

Sometimes it's necessary to create a believable diversion, even at the risk of others thinking you're an ***hole.

A cell phone can sometimes be used to activate a secondary detonator on a terrorist's explosive vest regardless of how many minutes are left on your plan.

Dead terrorists can often be effectively used as human shields. So can live ones.

Bureaucrats want results but never want to get their hands dirty.

The safety of the people I love is worth any sacrifice. Even their trust.

Some people don't deserve to die, but that's not my call.

Serbs have a different word for everything.

If you don't have a Taser gun, the wires from a lamp will deliver the current needed to shock your subject just enough to get him to give up the information you need without doing any permanent damage.

Sometimes you have to do the wrong thing for the right reasons.

You can't save everyone.

If you see me running down the street, it's probably a good idea to take cover.

Don't piss off the Chinese.
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Someone has clearly watched too much Labyrinth (as if there was such a thing):

The others are here.
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One for the Germans/German speakers:
Video by Walter Moers (Das kleine Arschloch) about Hitler in his bunker. This could have been so bad but it's absolutely brilliant. Make sure you watch it all the way through the credits.
Embedded behind the cut )
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Duftkaese)
Law of Mechanical Repair:
After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch or you'll have to pee.

Law of the Workshop:
Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

Law of Probability:
The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

Law of the Telephone:
If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal.

Law of the Alibi:
If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.
Continued )

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