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Why it won't stop raining

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According to the Daily Telegraph it's all to do with the jet stream and not global warming. I'm not sure I care any longer what is causing it only that it would stop and allow us some summer before the winter starts again.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/9388365/Why-wont-i...

The Weather is Crazy!

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I've been on holiday this week, though because of two furry things, I don't go away, except the odd day trip. I did two this week, one to Portsmouth and the other to Bath.

All in all the weather has been the worst I can remember for a summer. June was the wettest on record, and July seems intent on beating it. Parts of Devon, the next county over from me, had a month's rain in 24 hours, I think we must have been close behind because it tipped down all day. I did go out because I wanted my Guardian for the weekend and I got some more furry food, although they'd just as soon eat mine.

Can't get Skin Horse

One of the delights of this site is the inclusion of the Skin Horse cartoon at the end of the blogs. However, all I get now is an instruction to check validity, which doesn't do anything when I do check it.

Help restore my indulgence with my whacky daily read, please.

Angharad

The American Museum in Britain

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My ex and I went to see this today. It's based at Claverton Manor just on the outskirts of Bath and literally down the road from the University of Bath - and the RSPCA dog and cat's home.

It's a lovely old house which houses the museum collection, and the most outstanding aspect is the collection of quilting, some of which are awesome and must have taken years to make. I was disappointed that they didn't have more Audobon prints but I suppose they have to change things around every so often.

Sorry - too late to do Bike tonight.

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Apologies to all Bike fans, but I was late in from work (worked nearly 12hours) and then got caught with a long phone call from a friend who needed some reassurance. It's now nearly 11.30pm BST so too late to start scribbling, so I'm off to bed, normal service should resume tomorrow.

Angharad & >^^< x2

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Wiggo takes the Crit du Dauphine again

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For those with an interest in things cycling, Bradley Wiggins has just won the Criterium du Dauphine for the second year running, and on current form could be a good bet for the TdF, for at least a podium place or possibly (dare I say it) an overall win. If so he'd be the first Brit to do so. This win also places him third in the UCI rankings, with Team Sky, the top ranked teams. Yep, cycling's full of rankers!

Well done, Brad.

Angharad.

No Bike tonight

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Sorry folks, real life has intervened to prevent me having time to scribble tonight. Hope to do one tomorrow. Yesterday I drove up to see my daughter, today and tomorrow I have a visitor so have been busy. We did manage a nice twenty mile leg-stretch this afternoon on the bikes - rain forecast for tomorrow means we won't have that option again.

I'm really down on my mileage this year, only four hundred odd, a hundred of which I've done in the past fortnight.

Sorry about tonight, but I'm off to bed with two squabbling cats.

Bike 1700 - delay

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Sorry but I don't feel 100% tonight, my hands are very painful and I'm finding it difficult to concentrate, so I'm opting for an early night. I hope to finish it tomorrow. I think I might have to go and see my GP sometime as this arthritis is becoming a real nuisance - I can't even turn a door-knob with my left hand at present.

Angharad.

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Flood!

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I don't know if I'll have a chance to write any Bike tonight, I have flood from a radiator in my dining room which has got into all sorts of books and papers. I'm busy trying to clear up the mess.

I'll post another when i can,

Angharad

'Oughta be in a museum.'

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Oughta be in a museum — we were!

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In reading Erin’s trip down memory lane, it jogged my memory of a visit to the Welsh National History Museum at St Fagans, near Cardiff. I had my two children in tow who were probably about eight and six, my daughter being the elder.

Interesting number

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I just noticed my kudos count was 66666, dunno if it has any esoteric meaning or not, not that into numerology or Gematria. On a purely superficial level, I presume it means one or two folk like my offerings.

For everyone who's sent me a kudos, many thanks.

Angharad.

New BBC2 Series - Divine Women.

Historian Bettany Hughes relates the story of the contribution of women to the origins of religion and spirtual beliefs before they were written out of history by a male dominated society. Part one has the intriguing title, 'When God was a girl.' Starts tonight at 9.00pm BST.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01g8dd2

An article by Bettany Hughes was in today's Guardian. The wisdom of women written out of history.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/10/wisdom-w...

Angharad.

Princess for Hire - The British Kid pt 5

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For those of you who've asked me to do some more of this, I can reveal I'm about half way through the next episode of the 'Perils of Pauline.' I would suggest that at the current rate, it might be next weekend before I get much chance to finish it and do a check through.

So those of you who wish to renew your acquaintance with my fanfic of Melanie E's saga, can start re/reading now.

Angharad.

Five years and one day

Goodness, I just noticed that I've been a member here for five years. Originally, I just blogged a few times because I was posting elsewhere, although Erin was kind enough to give me author status based on my other efforts.

Silk purses from sow's ears?

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According to a link I was sent by a friend, plastic surgery in the US has reached new heights, okay it's from the Daily Wail, but the pictures are impressive. Only two things stop me, finding $30,000 and general cowardice - I'll bet it hurts.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2115408/Its-hard-l...

And more on the 'she's my dad' theme: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2115141/Should-I-D...

Gay rights - oppression in Russia

According to an article in the Guardian, St Petersburgh is following other right wing local legislatures in condemning 'Gay propaganda'. I wonder if we've seen the pendulum start to swing back to the right after the recent increase in liberal policies around the world.

Looking at the way the church in Europe and America is increasingly trying to undermine personal freedoms and various governments seem intent on the same agenda, are we starting to see a reversion to old hypocrasies, double standards and totalitarianism?

Charlotte

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I've finally managed to get time to do another episode of Charlotte's Tale. I've said before that I find this one hardest to write because she seems to get into dark places. That hasn't changed, Jane is still a nasty piece of work, who has the power to embarrass or hurt our heroine.

I've had loads of requests to do some more of this story, so for those who sent them, I've acceded to your pressure and Charlotte's Tale 18 is up. I hope you enjoy it.

Woman dressed as boy to trick teen girls into sex.

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A story of a 20 yr old girl who dressed as a boy to have relationships with younger women is jailed. Here's how the Daily Wail saw it:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2110430/Girl-19-tric...

The same story reported by the BBC.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-17256641

It's a funny old world.

Productive Weekend

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I had Friday off and apart from a little shopping, buying a new tyre for the car and doing some scribbling, it was a non-event. Okay, I wore a skirt and some makeup for a change - I should have gone for a bike ride but couldn't be bothered.

After nodding off in the chair I started a short story, and two hours later I'd done two thousand words - it sort of wrote itself once I got started - my stuff seems to.

The Daily Wail, shows its true colours re: GID kids

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Well, it had to happen, after a fairly sensitive article in the Sun, the self-righteous Daily Wail attacked, showing the forces of repression are in fine fettle. Makes the one in the Guardian look wonderful, hell it makes the one in the Sun look good.

For those with hypertension, maybe not a good idea to click on the link.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106215/Mixed-year-o...

Angharad

A comment on gender dysphoria - Guardian 24.2.12

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The link below is of a comment in today's Guardian by psychotherapist Philippa Perry, who just happens to be married to the eccentric ceramic artist and potter, Grayson Perry - yeah, the one who likes to dress as a little girl, when he isn't belting round in leathers on his motorbike.

The article is very balanced and concerns gender variant children of which there have been several articles recently. See what you think.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/23/gender-d...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grayson_Perry

Angharad

From today's Observer Magazine

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This is the true story of a family which was totally devastated by the outcome of bullying on a son who might have been gay. I read it and wept, it is so sad. It involves suicide so please if this pushes your buttons don't read it.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/feb/19/dominic-crouch...

Angharad.

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