Not, in fact, a fic prompt*, but a somewhat unnerving sign in the dining room of the hotel we are staying at. I just hope they're not surprising potatoes.

*though if anyone feels like it...
From nineveh_uk, via Lillburlero.

When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.

Like both nineveh and Lillburlero, choices are 'Not random, of course, but carefully chosen to intrigue and titillate.' (and to encourage me to work out exactly where the plot is going and get on and finish it, this being something of a weakness of mine).

"I may not think that going on an intimate date with a serial killer in one of the worst lit bars in London is the best idea in the world, but I know I've got no chance of trying to talk you out of it."

"No. It's definitely a lobster," said Arthur firmly. "Herrings are floppier."

Listen, there they go again... 'Fizz, buzz, have a banaa-na! Fizz, buzz, have a banaa-na!...' What does it all mean?" "Perhaps they are mad."

And a bonus one, just because:

According to a report picked up by the Independent, 'Midsomer murders' is obscuring important public health messages by its concentration on 'bizarre murder methods'

I invite the floor to suggest what public health messages *are* in fact effectively conveyed by Midsomer Murders? Or the rest of the detective canon, in fact?


Nope. Still not convinced it isn't April.

(I wonder what they'd make of a Batmoot?)


Apr. 8th, 2012 08:43 pm
Have just received following email from [personal profile] sillymouse:

"Have had him. All went exceptionally well. Nicholas John, 7lb 14oz."

Congratulations to all concerned!
Independent editor backs call to license journalists:

"The Jockey Club bars jockeys from riding horses – why can't we bar journalists from writing articles," Blackhurst said, adding that "newspapers had to take charge of their own industry".

Why can't we bar journalists* from writing articles? Perhaps I have a vested interested in this one (though no more than the editor of the independent), but it is called the Freedom of the Press. Ultimately, Blackhurst's suggestion means whoever is in charge of the banning would be able to stop journalists from writing things they disagreed with, as well as things that were inaccurate (after all, who decides what is accurate?).

Something is deeply wrong with the way much of the press in this country has conducted itself. That makes it more vital, not less, that people should be able to investigate, and write, as they see fit. Censorship is not the answer.

*Define journalist? NUJ accredited? Working for a major association? Freelance? Blogger? I really don't see how the logistics would work.
A [personal profile] legionseagle and [personal profile] caulkhead production.

Manchester, England, England/Across the Atlantic sea.... A mid-forties blogger from LA is looking for Love; Love is looking for an unbreakable alibi and a reliable getaway driver; various assorted thugs including HM Government are looking for a USB stick whose contents could start a war; Sherlock and John are looking for the outer limits of Mycroft's covert ops budget and Tobermory, last survivor of the Doolittle Project, is looking out for Number One, as usual.

Warnings: Pre-wash, do not tumble dry. Risk of mining subsidence. Low flying aircraft. Cave canem. May contain nuts. The organisers of this regatta accept no responsibility for rattlesnake bites and mountain lion attacks. The sealions are wild creatures and may bite. Don't try this at home. Or abroad. Draco dormiens numquam titillandus. Don't forget the Kehrwoche. No resemblance to living people or actual places is intended except where it is.

With thanks to Shezan for guest cat blogging and virtual Margaux.

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The book(s) I am reading: The Whaleboat House by Mark Mills (murder mystery; not particularly original, but well written and I am enjoying it), The Children's Book by A S Byatt, The Mariner's Role in Collecting Evidence (work, for review). Dipping in and out of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

The book I am writing: Does Sherlock fic count?

The book I love most: What, one? I can't even choose one author.

The last book I received as a gift: Just My Type by Simon Garfield,

The last book I gave as a gift: Ankaret Well's Requite novels, to sillymouse. Or they will be, when I get to the post office.

The nearest book on my desk: I'm on the sofa. Even tie between To Love and be Wise by Josephine Tey, a foot to my left, Don't Sweat the Aubergine by Nicholas Clee, to my right, and Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones on the coffee table (this gives a fairly accurate picture of my domestic arrangements, I fear). On my desk at work; probably the Guardian style guide.

An interesting question that wasn't on this meme: How many books do you have in your house that don't belong to you and/or your partner? Between borrowing from libraries, friends, and books that were - er - inadvertently long term borrowed (only one! honest!), I reckon between 30 and 40.

ETA I can't count. More like 20, I think - still surprised it's not more.