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In six weeks...

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...I will have been a member here for four years. One wonders if Erin had known then how much I would clog up her servers whether she'd have told me to go hike? I doubt it, because this is essentially a friendly place, which she works hard to maintain and which was brought home recently to me. As many of you will know, I've had a real snorter of a cold, which has left me quite a bit under par. The number of well wishers has been very gratifying and humbling.

Bush's Daughter Backs Gay Marriage.

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George Dubbya's daughter, Barbara, a leading republican, has done a video calling for legalisation of gay marriage. See link below and hopefully her video too.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/richard-adams-blog/2011/feb/...

Angharad.

Bike 1250

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Tomorrow, assuming I don't fall off my ego, bike or high heels, should see the posting of part 1250 and we can then have a whole pile of new statistics from PS, about how many million words and so on, which I find fascinating if a little daunting.

This documentary was shown on UK TV a few years ago

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It's about James who became Lauren and the dysfunctional family around her. In short they're all barking mad but some of you might find it interesting. Sadly, they also come from my home town.

http://video.uk.msn.com/watch/video/feature-episode/1ge3pd96...

Angharad.

The extraordinary life of a transgender lawyer.

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A super article in today's Observer Review.

No Bike tonight.

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Had a difficult day and feel shattered, so I won't be posting tonight. Hopefully, back to normal tomorrow.

Angharad.

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Happy Gnu Year.

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I hope you all have a wildebeest of a year, and loads of fun.

New Year Hugs,

Angharad.

Snafu 49

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Bonzi Greetings

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The Bonz sends his Yuletide greetings to all the cats out there who read his ramblings and Izzy is busy (Yes, I know Bizzy Izzy) sorting the menu for today.

It's a strange world - a couple of bits from the internet

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A hermaphrodite dog gets a sex change? How can something which is both sexes have a sex change? Obviously to catch the headlines.

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/850665-hermaphrodog-has-sex-cha...

This type pops up every so often, a woman who married another woman thinking she was a man - naive or what?

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/odd-news/minati-khatua-d...

F%*king Snow.

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It took me nearly two hours to get home tonight (8 miles) due to the snow. It looks like the ridgeway hill between Weymouth and Dorchester is blocked, so I had to do a detour on ungritted roads - not nice, nearly ran into a ditch at one point. I also seem to have done something to my ABS and have a warning light staying on, although the brakes still work, not that I use them much in snow if I can help it.

Than-kudes

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I hear various people saying that kudos or kudoses or kudi or whatever they are in the plural, are no signifier of a good writer or anything else, which might question why we have them.

1,646,375 thanks

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For those of you who unaware of my short story, Easy As Falling Off a Bike, according to my archivist (sounds posh dunnit) the figure above is the number of words my ramblings under one title have produced.

I think some thanks are in order (of seniority) to Erin, for allowing me to fill up her servers with my nonsense, and for providing this unique resource to the community.

To my archivists and summarisers; Holly, Ben and PS with thanks to Erin for her assistance in setting it up.

First day of winter.

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According to the radio, December the first is the first day of winter - and what a way to show it. We had arctic winds all day yesterday followed by a few inches of snow which made the roads treacherous under foot and wheel.

It's that time again - Bike referendum

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Somehow, my short story is approaching 1,200 episodes, so it's time I asked if readers want me to continue it for a bit longer - the last time was two hundred episodes ago. This is of course assuming our gracious landlady will permit accommodation for a bit longer - maybe we could all give a little more towards the rent, I know she struggles with it.

I'm still working on a Hatbox story, but it's very slow, plus I have a Gabysode in progress and I know someone would like another Bonkers for her Christmas present, plus I get asked about Snafu and Charlotte fairly regularly.

A Nonsense Rhyme.

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Christmas is Coming.

Christmas is coming
And Bonzi’s getting fat
He stole a piece of chicken;
He’s good at doing that.
He’s teaching to that Izzy
The tricks he’s learned to do.
And she is keeping busy
Learning things anew.
Keeping cats at Christmas
A right old pair of thieves,
They’ll steal the milk from porridge
Without a by your leaves.
I wouldn’t be without them,
The pesky rotten pair
Keep me warm in winter
Perhaps they really care.

Angharad 28.11.10

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan

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I'm grateful to Julie O for highlighting this report from the BBC in one of her stories. It's perhaps expected in a country where there are very poor and vulnerable people that some are exploited sexually, add it to a culture which is so constipated about treating women as equals to men, and a general backwardness and this happens.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11217772

Angharad.

Writing Bike - the Daily Dormouse

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I'm delighted when people write to me and say that reading Bike has inspired them to have a go at writing themselves. It's nice to think it's an inspiration, although as Bonzi pointed out, it might also mean that Bike is so badly written, they all think they can do better. He could be right.

Obituary: David/Sonia Burgess human rights lawyer.

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This was the person who was pushed under the tube train last week and quite honestly, they were very active as a migration and human rights lawyer, involved with transsexual rights as well as other cases. Anyone who can get the Home Secretary found guilty of contempt of court has to be pretty clever. Such a loss to minority communities everywhere. Do read it and see.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2010/nov/02/david-burgess-obit...

Angharad

More on the tube killing from the Daily Wail.

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A tabloid's dream, the accused of killing a transgender lawyer, is herself trangendered and wanting a sex change. Not the cleverest thing to do then, shoving someone under a train.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1325544/Woman-accuse...

And from the Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/01/tube-station-murder...

Transsexual Scrabble Champion

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Resplendent in pink wig and PVC dress, a tranny wins the UK contest. See link below:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11662754

Sadly the BBC were the only media who used female pronouns, even the Guardian and the Independent described her as him.

Angharad.

This is why I despise hunting.

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To me this shows the baser side of human nature, where we see things and want to possess them and of course it's so much better to have something stuck on your wall than have it roaming free to do what nature made it for. Or is that what humans are for, destroying the beauty of the world in their selfish pursuits? I'm sure I came to the wrong frigging planet, next time I want to go to one with intelligent life forms on it.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/oct/25/exmoor-emperor-gian...

Shock Horror - Jane Austen!

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Oh no - talk about shatter a girl's illusions. See the link.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11610489

Angharad.

Sorry - No 'Bike' tonight.

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Sorry to disappoint my regulars, but I left home at 8.00am to go dormousing - the last of the season, and thence to my ex's house, where she had some jobs for me to do, and to take her shopping to places she can't easily go - she has no car.

We were late back to her house and were scolded by our daughter for our lack of punctuality. We then went off to a carvery for dinner, which ran late so I didn't leave to come home until after 9.00pm facing a two hour or more drive in the dark.

Premiership Footballer's Romp with transvestite.

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It was The Sun what broke it - the story that is. It happened in Mexico apparently, or so the tranny 'model/prostitute' claims, it's being denied by the footballer of course. Decide for yourself, and picture of the alleged model - very feminine looking.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3158969/Transvesti...

http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/314950...

Been Dormousing

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Funeral Day

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Today we say goodbye to Hazel, my aunt and godmother. It's going to be tough on me, so I don't know what sort of state I shall be in later and therefore can't comment on whether or not I'll be able to do the next episode of Bike.

Apologies for last night, but I went to pay my personal respects and it took quite a lot out of me. Today, I am next of kin and presumably leading the mourning. I'm presenting a celebration of Hazel's life which I hope won't be too depressing, after all she had a wicked sense of humour and very dirty laugh. I shall try and remember both in the days ahead.

Real Life...

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...Is what happens in between making plans and realising them. Mine has been rather fraught since my aunt, who has lived with me since 1987, was taken ill during the Gabycon and gave extra stress - I ran on adrenalin for a few days.

She still isn't right and being elderly, this could become a chronic thing or worse, something life threatening. Meanwhile I'm trying to work full time, do the household chores and some writing when I have time.

It's all time consuming and stressful, so if Bike doesn't appear, it's because either something has worsened or I'm too cream crackered to write.

A New Gabysode/Gabycon Pix

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The headline just about says it all. The weather gods were mostly beneficent, except I got ice cream in my hair walking across Lulworth Cove thanks to the breeze. The pictures on Maddy's site show the area in which I'm privileged to live, so I hope you have a look at them.

Plus there's the continuation of the race Drew began in the previous episode - it's a corker!

For those too lazy to find the site, here's a link:

http://www.maddybell.com/page600.html

Angharad.

Gabycon/Bike

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Owing to simple logistics, I can't promise to be able to have time to write Bike while helping with the Gabycon, so I'm warning/apologising in advance.

I am half way through a new Gaby short story, for the event which I expect will be posted here eventually. As well as this, scribbling Bike and running about, working full time, having my house knocked about and being a paw-maiden to two cats - I have plenty of time.

Angharad.

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