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I've been plunged back into the 1970s this week. And not by choice.

First, my beloved dvd-r ate a bad disk, cried for its mother and then it was goodnight sweet prince. Dammit. Nor do they make that model any more. The kicker though was when I finally got to the mall to purchase the next victim there was no eftpos, no working atms, no credit card facilities, no electronic commerce to be had in any shape or form. Fortunately I had the housekeeping on me (and fortunately I live in a household that won't kick me out on the street for spending the housekeeping on a machine to record Dr Who on Sunday).

But it's all left me more than a bit gun shy, tech wise. So I didn't resort to using my PC as backup dvd player. I didn't dare. When I feel confident enough to once more press the 'on' button on anything electronic without cowering, we'll see. But last night, I just read a book. Whoa, back to the 1770s?

What else? Well, I've been scritching away with pen and paper (having so much fun even though it's all wildly implausible but what the hey, it's based on Brit telly and there's always a bit of silly in the DNA, even Spooks which started out as Grimness R Us is now all OTT like a late model Bond film).

I did watch the pompous twat on the Buildings That Shaped Britain on the loungeroom telly. My gosh, but he talks rubbish, but the buildings are pretty. This week it was all squares and crescents in Bath, London and Edinburgh. Himself became incensed that the same goverment that sacked Macquarie for building a brick church for the great unwashed turned around and did the very same in London. Thus it ever was.

Other than that, just houseworky stuff and I bought another pair of jeans, because this has been a freezing winter and I've rarely been out of them. I've never had jeans before. It sort of went from parental ban to being too poor to being too fat, but I found a place that sells cheap jeans for bushpigs, so that's something sorted at least.

And now I'm giggling over the "but we both like Kim Wilde" line from Ashes. Don't worry, it's one of those margin notes you'll never get to see (but are sadly oft remarked upon as being far more entertaining that the fic they annotate).

I'm also still annoyed because, well, I'm cold and tired and my boss is heaping le merde upon me as usual (she really is nasty) and she's on a particular tear today. And I'm annoyed over the dvd recorder. It wasn't like I'd fed it one of Chinese Larry's Cheap Nasties but a proper disk. Grump. And it's not like I could afford such extravagance (but dvd is my crack). I guess it's noodles, pasta, soup and porridge for the forseeable future. Maybe I'll lose weight?

Maybe I've just got the shakes. It's been over 48 hours since I've watched anything fun. Remember those days, when months or even years could pass before there was anything worth watching?

At least I've got my Morse books, she says, fearing some sort of biblical plague of Morse book eating bugs. I certainly appear to have pissed off someone this week. Sigh.

Even the Hardware guy gently mocked, suggesting my pliers weren't the problem but rather the monkey at the end of them. He did however sell me some doodads to try and better secure the re-strung clothesline, as it is so not rated for wet towels at the moment (but is fine for socks and smalls).

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/aug/13/edinburghtvfestival.television
Doctor Who: Steven Moffat replaces Russell T Davies at Edinburgh festival

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1044652/A-2m-castle-fit-King--Hamster-Hammond.html
A £2m castle fit for a King... or for Hamster Hammond

http://pics.livejournal.com/th_esaurus/pic/003cfa2q
Hamster/Oliver

http://pics.livejournal.com/random_c/pic/00091fzr/g65
http://pics.livejournal.com/random_c/pic/00092hba/g65
Oliver's redo-- magazine scans

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/global/main.jhtml?xml=/global/2008/08/12/noindex/north.xml&CMP=EMC-expat2008
Northerners advised to move south away from 'failing' cities

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/global/main.jhtml?xml=/global/2008/08/12/noindex/fish.xml
Bride and groom get last minute fritters

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008109739_hikershot13m0.html
How old is "old enough" to hunt in Washington? (Yikes, I didn't realise my mates risked being shot at!)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/12/AR2008081203557.html?wpisrc=newsletter
Hollywood Jungle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noblesse_oblige
Noblesse oblige

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/gallery/2008/aug/11/timeout?picture=336441378
Time Out: 40 years of covers

http://boweryboogie.blogspot.com/search/label/Life%20on%20Mars
More Filming: Night Edition (LOM)

http://news.scotsman.com/latestnews/You-squawking---to.4383619.jp
You squawking to me? Bird terror turns tourists' stroll into emergency escape

http://headaches.about.com/cs/alternative/l/aa_aromatherapy.htm
Aromatherapy as a Complementary Therapy

http://dl.coastline.edu/classes/internet/art101/images/27-6.JPG
Raft of the Medusa

http://www.tate.org.uk/research/tateresearch/tatepapers/04spring/images/ill_gothic/fig1.jpg
Sir Brooke Boothby

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penelope_Boothby
Sir Brooke Boothby, 6th Baronet

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2001/apr/28/art
Sir Brooke Boothby, Joseph Wright of Derby (1781)

http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?workid=16483&roomid=4675
Sir Brooke Boothby 1781

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/i-love-you-lord-byron-how-the-poets-postbag-bulged-with-female-admirers-letters-894522.html
I love you, Lord Byron: How the poet's postbag bulged with female admirers' letters

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/article4438023.ece
High tea with a twist

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/08/14/nosplit/bvtv14last.xml
Last night on television: Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1)

http://www.parl.gc.ca/37/1/parlbus/commbus/senate/com-e/ille-e/library-e/kingdom-e.htm
NATIONAL DRUG POLICY: UNITED KINGDOM

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2008/08/heroes-on-set-a.html
Show Tracker: What you're watching

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24175909-953,00.html?referrer=email
Pop queen Christie Allen dead

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/film/2008/08/the_dark_knight_what_would_jos.html
The Dark Knight: what would Joss Whedon have done with Batman?

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/organgrinder/2008/08/would_top_gear_lose_its_drive.html
Would Top Gear lose its drive without Jeremy Clarkson?

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv-entertainment/tv/tv-land/2008/08/13/time-travel-by-the-book-for-new-tv-adaptation-of-pride-and-prejudice-115875-20695773/
Time travel by the book for new TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23532329-details/Salmonella+outbreak+linked+to+Bovril+and+sandwich+spread/article.do
Salmonella outbreak linked to Bovril and sandwich spread

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23532160-details/FBI+hunts+for+owners+of+1.1m+treasure+trove+of+stolen+artwork+discovered+in+Manhattan+flat/article.do
FBI hunts for owners of £1.1m treasure trove of stolen artwork discovered in Manhattan flat

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23532340-details/Recycling+household+waste+%27tests+the+brain+as+much+as+Sudoku%27/article.do
Recycling household waste 'tests the brain as much as Sudoku'

http://defamer.com/400241/im-still-big-its-the-water-bottles-that-got-small
I'm Still Big, It's The Water Bottles That Got Small (LOM)

http://defamer.com/5036630/justin-theroux-promises-iron-man-2-script-with-100-percent-less-batdrama
Justin Theroux Promises 'Iron Man 2' Script With 100 Percent Less Batdrama

http://www.sfuniverse.com/2008/07/27/supernatural-at-comic-con-my-favorite-photo/
Supernatural at Comic Con: My Favorite Photo

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7560833.stm
Head of Roman empress unearthed

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008112734_fremonttree14m.html
Heritage Tree is pruned, mourned

http://www.smh.com.au/news/arts-reviews/otter-madness/2008/08/14/1218307100187.html
Tinselworm

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/08/14/2335750.htm
Decision making 'myth debunked'

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/08/14/2335979.htm
Octopuses have more arms than legs: research

http://www.theage.com.au/world/stoneage-burial-ground-in-green-sahara-20080815-3vu1.html
Stone-age burial ground in 'green Sahara'

http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=2&ContentID=91475
Man gets stuck trying to have sex with bench

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