karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Beer)
[livejournal.com profile] belak_krin kindly gave me a lift to Bar Hill where we met the rest of the party ([livejournal.com profile] robinbloke, [livejournal.com profile] devalmont, [livejournal.com profile] davywavy, [livejournal.com profile] twentypence and Alan) and set off in glorious sunshine in three cars to "Location X".
On the A14 we passed a Mitsubishi SUV of the "paranormal investigation team" WTFWT which caused some giggles.

Our destination was Thetford Forest, specifically the Go Ape! assault course. We signed in, signed our waivers and waited for someone to arrive (who didn't) and were then strapped into our harnesses and shown how the safety lines worked (you were always attached by at least one point every time, while you were crossing an obstacle by two). Having been apprehensive all week, I was surprisingly calm until I climbed up the first rope ladder. I (or rather, my knees) really didn't like the wobbling but I made it up to the first (training) platform from which you had to cross on a 1cm steel cable while clipped onto a wire overhead. There were ropes to hold onto and the wire was under high tension so didn't wobble and I was fine with it. That wasn't bad at all. On the other side of the target platform was the first zip line. These I thought would be the worse for me because I really don't like not seeing where I'm going to land, at least not with little control over my speed. However, this turned out not to be a problem and was a lot of fun and I actually felt really safe.
Then, the first proper obstacle, a platform quite high up, then a tarzan swing into a cargo net which you had to climb up (while still being connected to the tarzan rope) and traverse to the next platform. I realised how unfit (or at least lacking in body strength) I am when I realised how difficult that long rope ladder was. Climbing the cargo net was even worse as it was far too wobbly for my liking. It took me ages to get across (guided by [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke who told me how high I needed to go as I couldn't look around much because I was holding on for dear life) but I made it. The next two bits (crossing a wire, a rope bridge consisting of stepping planks just a step length apart and another bridge that was basically a net) were no problem for me. The zip line at the end of that bit gave me a real rush. :o)
All the others are a lot fitter for me and had little physical problems. [livejournal.com profile] davywavy was probably the bravest of us as he suffers from quite severe fear of heights but he did really well.
Looking at the next row of obstacles, I chickened out of completing the rest because there were too many wobbly bits for my liking so I followed the group on the ground and took lots of videos and photos. I wish there had been a lift up to the zip lines because they were a lot of fun but I couldn't get there. :/
The next bit consisted of a cargo net to traverse and various stepping and wire bridges, ending with another zip line.
After that was another tarzan swing with quite a drop, landing at speed in a cargo net and then across a series of swinging bits to another zip line.
The final bit was more swinging bits and the longest zip line back to the start.
Everybody had a good time, especially the groom so the first part of the day was a huge success. The beautiful weather obviously helped a lot, too.

We drove back to Bar Hill, stocked up on supplies at the super tesco's and convened at [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke's house to recover with drink, delivered curry and more booze. There were silly cartoons and YouTube videos, games (Zombie Dice) and then lots and lots of Karaoke on [livejournal.com profile] raggedyman's Lucky Voice machine. Various people dropped out or went home over the next few hours but [livejournal.com profile] devalmont, [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke, [livejournal.com profile] belak_krin and I held out until about 3am.

I slept reasonably well on the squishy couch and started shuffling about around 10, helping clear up a bit. [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke cooked us bacon and egg breakfast and we spent the rest of the time until just after midday chatting.

Go Ape! - net Go Ape! - suspension bridge
Go Ape! - We're supposed to go where? Go Ape! - swinging bits Happy stag
Karaoke time! Karaoke time!

Bigger and more photos plus a couple of videos )
Yet more photos and videos (finally all of them are up) on flickr.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (old photo)
Two days of MEAT and other BBQ'ed foods, chats, music and generally a fun time were had, all less than 5 minutes walk from my doorstep.
[livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man brought out loads and loads of various meats in various marinades over the two days while I provided sausages and burgers from the Art of Meat as well as my ubiquitious marinaded pork steaks (today because they needed marinading). It was a lot of fun.
Here are some photos, a few more on flickr.


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karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Bier)
last night was good fun.
Met some people I hadn't seen in a while and some new ones, too. There were some outrageous costumes and it was a lot of fun.

Here are some photos:


19 Jul 2009 12:41 am
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Babybier)
Party was good, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke for hosting and everybody else for making it an enjoyable evening.
My pork steaks found widespread approval, also from BBQmeister Monk.

Also, good to meet [livejournal.com profile] oh_kimberley (who is as mad as I thought she would be) and others. Yey.

Photos and possibly vids tomorrow.


3 Jan 2009 09:38 pm
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (RAWK)
Me at [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke's NYE party, on Singstar. Can't remember what we sang at that point. Pictures by Louise (LJ?)

karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Dancing cowboy)
[livejournal.com profile] robinbloke's Rocky Horror Science Party (with Furby Charity Execution) was excellent. Fun people with fun costumes, SCIENCE!, Flaming Death, and of course full participation RHPS. Photos are on flickr. Click on the thumbnail and then through the set:

Robin's Rocky Horror Science Party with Furby Execution

ETA: We raised £77.25 for the Bubble Foundation!
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (me casual)
Came home, felt too tired to cook so just had a big sandwich, and then actually fell asleep reading while I waited for [livejournal.com profile] feanelwa to arrive.
We found a reasonable shortcut to [livejournal.com profile] slick_mink's (you still need to walk down to Woodhead Drive and up again but at least not all the way around, so not even 10 mins) and found [livejournal.com profile] jholloway's "thesis submission party" in full swing. A mix of familiar faces, old friends (yay, [livejournal.com profile] faerierhona) and new faces, too. Probably the funniest party in quite a while. [livejournal.com profile] jholloway had just a little too much Jameson and he makes an awesome funny drunk. ;o)
Walked home, caught the rest of Later... and now I'm off to sleep. Good night. Lazy weekend ahead although I'm going down to London for the ASP gig on Sunday evening.

James: *fingers crossed for the Viva*
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Knackered)
I got in just before 10 and probably won't last long, considering how late/early it was last night/this morning and I've got to work tomorrow.
In short, the NYE party with some old friends and quite a few new ones in Nuremberg was great. A relaxing affair full of food (fondue), drink and handmade music. There were fireworks accompanied by medieval music on midnight and much clunking of plastic champagne glasses. Someone had the bright idea to start a "short scenario" of Descent at just past 2am. With a slightly alcohol-addled (wine, apple wine which was almost like cider, a redcurrant liqueur and some sloe gin) and sleep-deprived brain it wasn't that easy to get into but it's a fun and simple dungeon crawl. We were finally finished just past 6am (the players having won) and then collapsed into our sleeping bags.

I got up at 12:30, had breakfast, chatted with the leftovers and then got a lift to Nuremberg station where I met up with E, a friend from Uni. We spent the afternoon at the Brown Sugar (one of the oldest rock pubs in Nbg) where we were a bit disappointed that the smoking ban (in effect from today in Bavaria) was ignored by both patrons and staff but we didn't mine too much as there weren't that many people there and it was bearable. We chatted about old times, travelling, friends, stuff and more stuff. A really lovely afternoon with a good friend I don't see often enough.

I bought lots of music and a few DVDs incl. Black Sheep, which just came out on DVD in Germany. Anyone in Cambridge(ish) fancy an evening of baaahing Zombie sheep mayhem? We could watch some BloodRayne, too.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Beer)
That was a jolly nice party. Thank you [livejournal.com profile] feanelwa for the invite.
I met a large number of new people enabling me to put some faces to random LJ names that keep cropping up and had far too much food. There were all kinds of savoury snacks, cakes, a chocolate fountain that took a while to get going but then flowed nicely, a nice big trifle, the BEST Cheddar I've ever had (called the Little Black Bomber, round in black wax coating, crumbly and creamy at the same time, strong taste without being bity, absolutely gorgeous, everyone who tried it was just completely floored by it. There's a list of stockists on the manufacturer's website and for the Cambridgians, the Milton farm shop have it), roast pork, apple sauce, more cheese, brownies, tiffin and whatnot. I don't think I'll need anything to eat tomorrow. ;o)
karohemd: (Photo)
After not doing a lot all day, I did some tidying in the late afternoon and then headed to Melbourne. Mr BBQ was already firing on all cylinders, there were loads of people I didn't know but also a sizeable group of local friends, including [livejournal.com profile] belak_krin's long lost brother, Alex (or [livejournal.com profile] evil_minion but he hasn't updated in ages). I had a wonderful kebab with juicy lamb and veg, an equally lovely pork steak, two chicken wings, a sausage and a bowl of pudding (pannacotta, cheesecake and fruit salad). Yum!
After everybody had eaten, the Eastfields Guitar Quartet played a few tunes and then the really silly "singing/making music" in our corner started. Swearing  Dave played guitar, [livejournal.com profile] grokit didgeridoo and [livejournal.com profile] belak_krin bodhran (which was later taken up by [livejournal.com profile] gandalf_t_black. A very nice evening that stayed mostly dry, too.
I left a bit before 12, drove home and worked on the photos while chatting to [livejournal.com profile] jupiter_jones before she went to bed. So, photos, more on flickr. I really should have brought my fast lens because there wasn't much light and I didn't want to use the flash outside in the near dark.


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karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Me antarctica)
Friday: Sleeping in and preparing loads of stuffs for the party on Saturday
Saturday: Shopping, more prepping and then partay. Many people turned up and it was a fab evening which ended with disturbing those who were left with the first season of Venture Brothers. ;o) Photo post
Sunday: Had a reasonable night's sleep and only felt a bit tired; cooked a gigantic breakfast consisting of Art of Meat bangers, Northfield Farm collar bacon and eggs; watch LotR:FotR with [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke, [livejournal.com profile] the_mendicant and her boys. After that I packed my stuff and headed home where I continued to veg in front of TV and PC. Finally finished the Brown Bluff (Antarctica) photos and chatted the night away with the lovely [livejournal.com profile] jupiter_jones.
Monday: After more sleeping, I managed to wash a load of laundry and hang it outside, cook some apple sauce, watch some TV, process some photos, cook sweet dinner ("Semmelschmarrn", similar to bread pudding), start playing the new ep of Sam&Max and have a pleasant phone conversation with [livejournal.com profile] jupiter_jones which was continued in chat. I need a headset so I can install and use Skype... Managed to miss Heroes but there are enough repeats during the week.

Tonight is SLA (still at yours, [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man?), tomorrow Tai Chi and on Thursday I need to pack and get an early night ([livejournal.com profile] jupiter_jones, please send me to bed at 11 at the latest).


8 Apr 2007 03:43 pm
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Beer)
Back home after a wonderful party, a reasonable night's sleep, cooking breakfast (Northfield Farm collar bacon is the food of the gods but Art of Meat sausages aren't bad either) and chilling in front of LotR:FotR.

Thank you to everyone who turned up and last night, especially to [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man and [livejournal.com profile] the_mendicant for helping out in the kitchen and supplying the gorgeous lamb.
Apologies if you were late and didn't get any of the lamb (of which [livejournal.com profile] the_mendicant said, "I wonder who is going to eat all that meat" but which was gone faster than we could carve it) *impressed*. Even the veg chilli was completely gone by the end of the night, just the pesto nobody touched and there was still half a tub of Dippadoom™ left *boggle* and there was much cheese left, too (grrrr at whoever didn't cover it after they had the last bite).
After much eating (I was really happy with the Mousse this time, leaving out two egg yolks seems to make the mix a lot fluffier and adding chopped choc add that little bit of extra yum) and general chatting, I introduced those who were left and hadn't seen it on Bravo/Adult Swim to Season 1 of the Venture Brothers and succeeded in my goal to both amusing and weirding out my guests. :o)

I was so busy either working in the kitchen, feeding people or chatting that I didn't take any photos at the party, just a few of the roasts which will be online at one point. Right now, I just want to relax in front of a DVD or two and rehydrate even more.

Again, thank you to everyone for a wonderful evening.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (me casual)
Weekend was rather useless in terms of productivity, I hope this will change during the week as I need to get some urgent photo work done.

Saturday morning was non existent (i.e. spent sleeping), then I got up, had breakfast and did some shopping, made mousse, failed to do the washing up (except a few pieces I needed for dinner), dozed a bit, lazed about and cooked dinner (stuffed porkchops from the Art of Meat with pan fried potatoes and mixed baby leaf salad).
Then it was time to drive to Farcet for [livejournal.com profile] autumn_storm's party. Being an hour later than advertised, I was surprised to be the first guest. Took out my goodies (Dippadoom, Mousse) and chatted a bit before more guests arrived ([livejournal.com profile] nekofairy666, [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man and X whose name I can never remember). [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man's oven had failed to cook a chicken so he brought a new one and cooked it in the Humphreys' oven and it was a fantastic chicken indeed. Too bad I had already eaten but the bits off the carcass were nice. :o)
The rest of the evening was spent chatting, relaxing, playing with Pippin and generally just having a great time with good friends.
A few photos, mainly of Pippin )

Sunday was a null day. Got up at 2 after 12 hours of sleep and didn't do anything of value for the rest of the day, except wash one load of laundry. I had planned to do some photo work but I couldn't concentrate on anything. At least I'm on a good track to get my sleeping patterns in order so this should get better during the week.
I've decided against going to SC on Friday as I need a full weekend to catch up on things.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
Despite the alarm clock going off almost two hours earlier than during the week. *groan*

I was supposed to be at Shire Hall at 8 and figured it couldn't hurt to be a bit early. I got there at about 10 to and the carpark was empty so I phoned my contact who after a while turned up. There was some waiting for a keycard and then we could go in to keep warm. Meanwhile few others had arrived and kept arriving, including [livejournal.com profile] belak_krin.
Outside, we were then divided into groups (press and protesters) and given the general idea of what the two scenes we'd be involved in would be about and we did a dry run (without camera and actors) of the first scene to get an idea of where we're supposed to be and what we were supposed to be doing, which worked quite well.
After another wait (for the crew to finish shooting a scene inside), everything was set up outside. Then we did more rehearsals and finally filming began.
The scene was one of the characters arriving at the court being "greeted" by the press and angry protesters (against the reintroduced death penalty) and entering the building with the protesters and press being prevented from entering by two coppers.
IIRC, there were two slightly different setups filmed, with six or so takes each, not necessarily because things had gone wrong but basically to get the best shot possible.
The second scene was of the character and his lawyer leaving the building and being driven off, with the angry mob of protesters and the press behind him. This was filmed from opposite the entrance (in the first scene the camera was set up inside the entrance) so it took half an hour or so until everything had been moved and set up.
Again a few trial runs and quite a few takes filmed (about 10?).
The final bit filmed wasn't a different scene as such but the last bit of the last scene filmed from inside the car.

We actually wrapped just before 2 and got fed pasta and stuff (there had been bacon rolls and snacks and tea/coffee in the morning) and then send on our way with thanks.
It was a fun experience and an interesting glimpse behind the scene of a film production. While there was quite a bit of waiting (naturally) for us, the whole thing had a very professional atmosphere. All of the crew were very friendly and approachable, which was quite relaxing.

After lunch we set off for Farcet and after an uneventful and thankfully quite dry drive, we arrived at the Humphreys' for an afternoon of gaming fun.
[livejournal.com profile] belak_krin and I first played a match of BloodBowl, then the design copy of Robin D. Laws' Celebrity! card game I had won at the Dragonmeet auction in 05 (have Pelgrane actually released this by now or is this still in development?) and finally Before I kill you, Mr. Bond? (Cheapass Games). The others played Blood Bowl and then The Hobbit.
After Indian delivery dinner, we watched the quite hilarious Lake Placid, followed by Get Shorty, although I left halfway through the latter as I'd seen it and was feeling very tired.

Feeling tired didn't prevent me from switching on the computer at home, having a look at the photos (which turned out a lot better than I anticipated because I was mainly doing it for show rather than actually trying to get real photos). I then thought I'd play some more Sam&Max Episode 3 until I got stuck but finished it instead. Ooops. Either this was the easiest episode so far or I'm getting better at solving the puzzles. Never mind, much fun regardless.

Today I have been sleeping, eating breakfast, watching a bit of TV and generally vegging about. I need to do a pile of washing up and then find something for dinner before another long evening in front of the TV (Top Gear, 24, Lost) and hopefully bed before midnight.

To those of you who missed Primeval on ITV last night, it's being repeated now (4:30).


10 Sep 2006 04:02 pm
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Casual me)

As I again didn't go to bed on time Friday night (I really need to get better at this) I only got up a bit after 11, did some shopping but was too apathetic to anything constructive so just relaxed until it was time to go into town. I needed to pick up a Borders voucher as bday present for someone at work and then made my way to the Grafton Centre for Tai Chi Awareness Day.
Unfortunately, I don't have many photos as I was either taking part in the demonstration myself or busy talking to people but there are a few:


Bigger and a few more )
Considering what the same event usually looks like in Toronto (where the headquarters of the TTCS is), it was pathetic but it was literally just a few members (mostly instructors and a few long-timers) from the Cambridgeshire branch and, most importantly, we had a spot with a lot of public traffic and there were many people who were interested in what we were doing (except for a bunch of disruptive chav kids, good thing we're peaceful...) and some even made a genuine offer to join in. All in all I think it was a success, if we get 10% of the people who picked up a flier actually make it to a class, we'll be happy. ;o)

Back home, I cooked dinner (lamb chops, creamy cabbage and leeks and new potatoes) and then went off to the Holloway flat for a few hours of relaxed chatting and hanging out.
For those of you not yet aware of [livejournal.com profile] jholloway's Gonzo History Project, it's an irregular blog picking a random person or event from history and giving it the Gonzo treatment. It's a damn fine read and a good laugh to boot (if my history teachers had been like that, I might have been a little more interested) and I urge you all to have a look.
As it's on blogspot and most of you are on LJ, I created a feed for it: [livejournal.com profile] gonzohistory. Add it to your friends page now!

I also finished processing the Airsoft Photos! There will be a photobox account sometime later this week, too so you can order prints if you like.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Beer)

Just shows that I'm still suffering the after-effects from the cold/flu as I only got up an hour ago when I originally wanted to get up at 10 to get things done. *sigh* Oh well, personal well-being is more important  than an untidy place.

Anyway, this weekend is the annual "[livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man's parents have buggered off on holiday and left him in charge of the house - The Fools!" party so I went along, at least last night and it was a very good and relaxing party. Some highlights:
- surprised [livejournal.com profile] ditzy_pole with a rose I nicked off Solomon Burke last night
- various people commented on the fact I had lost weight *beams*
- [livejournal.com profile] belak_krin drunkenly singing various silly folk songs including one about the Tractor Factory Song
- [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man leading a rendition of the above mentioned song weirding out all those who hadn't heard it before and making those who had too many times cringe
- [livejournal.com profile] devalmont playing a few superb pieces on the guitar, incl. an acoustic version of Once In a Lifetime (*giggles*) and Hurt (Johnny Cash style)

Left just before midnight, drove home, watch Venture Brothers and went to bed.

I now need to sort various urgent things and then make my way into town to meet up with my models for the day. *waves*
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Dancing)

Managed to get up at a reasonable time, get ready and drop off my party contributions at [livejournal.com profile] professoryaffle's. [livejournal.com profile] nannyo had already left so I took the bus in, and after having been at the fair for about five minutes, I ran into [livejournal.com profile] nannyo. We walked around a bit, looked at carniverous plants, picked up a program and then acquired a [livejournal.com profile] minspi. More phonecalls were made and the next additions to our group were [livejournal.com profile] nurse_liz and [livejournal.com profile] puddingcat. Next on the list were [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man and [livejournal.com profile] dr_wez and then [livejournal.com profile] faerierhona, [livejournal.com profile] the_mendicant and [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke. We walked around the fair for a bit, some bought food, some bought tat, it was all very pleasant.

The weather was perfect, sunny but not too hot with a lovely breeze. My hat was a godsend as it protected my head, face and neck from the sun. Strangely, I must have lost some of my resistance, as I have some slight sunburn on one arm, usually I just tan. Then again, today was the first really sunny day I've been out in for a longer time.

After [livejournal.com profile] puddingcat and [livejournal.com profile] nannyo left, I spend some time alternating between the East Stage and the Bigwam Stage (too bad they are so far apart) and caught some really good music at the Bigwam, especially a punk band called Symbo and a more generic rock band called Respond with a mad showoff guitarist.

Randomly ran into the guys from Rome Burns and had a nice little chat with [livejournal.com profile] faerierhona.

Around 6, I was quite knackered from all the walking around so I called it a day and too the bus back to [livejournal.com profile] professoryaffle's where I met loads of new people *waves* and had some fantastic food. I had heard about [livejournal.com profile] professoryaffle's cooking before so I wasn't really surprised. The home-made sausages  and the (rum/lime/mint drink) were particularly good.
The party was nice, mellow and very friendly and although only knowing a handful of people there, I immediately got on well with everyone.

There will be three sets of photo previews tomorrow: One unlocked generic Strawberry Fair, one locked and one filtered post for the party.

Tomorrow's diet will consist of not a lot of calories, I think. *burp*
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
Not many. I hindsight, I should have used the flash to get better colours. Remember, people, fluorescent light isn't very nice for photos.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Beer)
Many thanks for the texts etc last night.

Yesterday was lazy with sleeping until noon as I watched Zatoichi so I could return it today. Fine film indeed, if slightly confusing as to the actual background.
Did some last minute shopping and then headed off to Farcet. Helped [livejournal.com profile] autumn_storm with food prep and made Mousse of Doom™.
Lounged around a bit watching Battlestar Galactica and then guests arrived. The party was very relaxed and chilled, just as intended. More DVDs were watched incl. The Call of Cthulhu, then there was chlinking glasses for midnight and then we watched Volcano High, an Aftermath present from [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man. Er, yes. Some interesting effects but very very strange indeed. Then everybody who hadn't already left or crashed did so.

Today I got up around 10, mooched around a bit, had ginger bread and other leftovers for breakfast and then more DVDs were watched, this time courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] belak_krin. First, a horrible dub version of Twin Warriors and then various episodes of The Tick which just rocked mightily.

After the last guests had left, I had a short but quite successful photo session with [livejournal.com profile] autumn_storm,  a preview of which will be posted later tonight.

All in all, a very nice start into the New Year.

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