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Been dormousing.

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This time I managed to get to the meeting point, in fact I was first. We had a good survey, found six or seven nest boxes occupied four of which had babies in. Between now and the onset of winter they need to weigh at least 15g to have a chance of surviving hibernation. I got to handle another three dormice and either I'm getting slower or they're getting wrigglier.

Amazingly, one of the group was called Cathy though she wasn't leading the survey.

My little legs and back are now aching from walking up and down a hillside through quite rough woodland.

Bike - Cathy's amnesia

Something which has been buzzing round my head for a little while is what happens to us if we suffer Alzheimer's, dementia or some major head injury - would we still retain our new gender or revert back? I don't know the answer and hope never to find out personally, but hence the recent theme in Bike.

Angharad.

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The merits of ferrets

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For those of you who can watch UK television repeats, this one on the Channel4 website may be interesting, as one of the ferret rescuers is a pre-op TS called Kelly. All three of the subjects seem as traumatised as the ferrets they rescue.

See what you think.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-merits-of-ferrets/4od...

Angharad.

Mammograms - the joys of womanhood

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It doesn't take long - that's the best bit - a breast X-ray, which is just as well because it isn't the most comfortable experience I've ever had. I think this is my third or fourth time for one of these close encounters with a plastic clamp and X-ray machine, where the woman radiographer asks you to relax while the corner of the unit is poking in your armpit and a large perspex plate is squishing your boob.

Busy Week

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Since last Tuesday the following has happened:

I've posted 8 parts of Bike
3 Short stories

which involved 19,062 words

8,785 hits*
823 Kudos*
94 comments*

I used to get "Could do better" regularly written on my school report, so I suppose, I'll have to try harder.

Angharad.

* at the time of counting.

Be prepared

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for oodles of useless descriptions of fieldwork - I'm dormousing tomorrow - simply for research purposes of course, then cycling on Sunday - more research, naturally.

I shall probably be exhausted after the weekend (if not before) but it's been a very busy week work wise, so doing something different should be good - and those little furry critters are so cute - no not cyclists, dormice - duh!

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Angharad.

Capitalisation advice.

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Some advice that was sent to me recently which explains itself succinctly.

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From a Teacher

In the world of hi-tech gadgetry and communication, I've noticed that more and more people who send text messages, and emails have long forgotten the art of capitalization. For those of you who fall into this category, please take note of the following statement...

"Capitalization, is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse, and helping your uncle jack off a horse." Is everybody clear on that?

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A Begging Poem - the Ode to ruin.

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I wanted to say in verse,
That things were getting worse;
Comments it would seem
Are few and far between
And readers are kudos averse.

The only way writers can plot
If stories are hitting the spot
Is if readers just jolly well say:
It's not as if they must pay
To read here don't cost a jot.

On behalf of the writers, this plea
If stories you come here to see;
Please give us a vote
Or a comment of note,
And you'll make us all very happy.

Angharad.

Comic-con San Diego - photos

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Some photos from the comc con as shown on the guardian website. Some of the con goers make great efforts with their costumes, Mark Hamill was brilliant - instead of reprising Luke Skywalker, he seems to be appearing as Jabba the Hutt.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/gallery/2011/jul/23/comic-...

Angharad :)

Jamie - drag queen.

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I watched the film about Jamie because I wanted to know more about where he was coming from, I didn't understand drag queens as a phenomenon, and I still don't. However, I had new respect for the lad's courage.

He had two ambitions: to become a drag queen, and to go to his school prom in a dress. He found a club in Newcastle which had a drag revue running and the person running it helped him create a routine.

25th Anniversary

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Tomorrow, 14th July - Bastille Day in France, is the twenty fifth anniversary of my transitioning - when I turned up for work the first time wearing a skirt. These days we have a uniform of tunic and trousers - all that fuss for nothing.

I'm getting together with my daughter and my ex on Sunday to have lunch together by way of celebration. It seems a long time ago now and of little significance in the greater run of things, but I thought I'd mention it. Twenty five years of living the dream - if you say so.

News of the World to close.

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After some very distasteful practices being exposed, including the alleged hacking into the voice mail of a murdered schoolgirl, Murdoch is closing the News of the World, with Sunday being its last edition. Mind you, in the days of fish and chips being wrapped in newsprint, the NotW was considered unsuitable for such applications, being too dirty.

As someone who was outted by the above named scandal rag many years ago, the premise offered by their journalist was that it was human interest, I was a departmental head in the local NHS at the time, I'm not shedding a single tear.

CSI Tuesday 5.7.11

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I don't watch much telly, but a visitor pointed out that the CSI episode on tuesday called,
Ch Ch Changes was about the murder of a transsexual.

So it was, and I suspect there were several trannies or very convincing actors in it as well as our murder victim. I won't spoil the plot in case it turns up again, but I will say that Grissom and his team handled the subject with some delicacy, correcting those who used the wrong pronouns and so on. Quite well done if a bit gruesome (or should that be Grissom?).

From the Observer - a review of Gardenia

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I'd never heard of this before or the work it's derived from, but might be of interest to some here who are more cultured than I (arguably a pot of yoghurt is). There is some strong language in character's names but hey, it's avant-garde (French for doesn't suit all tastes).

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2011/jul/03/gardenia-review-...

Angharad

Corrective Rape in S. Africa

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I really don't understand how some men think that raping a lesbian is going to 'cure' them. Surely, any effect it has is going to put them off being near men for life?

It still seems to be happening and on almost epidemic scale in South Africa, and the response of the police appears to have been less than helpful in many cases.

This from the BBC website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13908662

Please keep any comments resonable.

Angharad.

Type II Diabetes linked to fast food

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Okay, it's stating the obvious but the evidence hasn't been clear before. As this affects several people who use this site, thought I'd post this link. The interesting thing is that going on a crash diet for a week (600 calories or less per day) apparently cures it.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jun/25/diabetes-epide...

Angharad

The way I see it.

Is it just me, or do we live in a society which is driven by shallowness and selfishness, powered by a media which has a constant need for stories — whatever their merit. We are no longer citizens but consumers — and boy, can we consume.

We’re stripping the planet of its resources faster than a swarm of seven billion locusts in our selfish and conspicuous consumption and possibly storing up a payback which will endanger if not destroy our successors.

Cycling in a short skirt a road hazard?

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A Guardian bike blog reporting that a dutch model was pulled over by a NYPD officer for cycling in a short skirt. Given that cyclists are booked for not cycling in bike lanes even when there are obstructions tends to show some inconsistency in policing.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/bike-blog/2011/jun/15/...

Interesting people in Tudor England.

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People have always managed to kill or injure themselves in inventive ways, even if the invention was unintended. The link to the attached article on the BBC website gives a few examples from Tudor England - including someone who shot himself in the head with a longbow; someone who was indirectly killed by a maypole and someone who died after their testicles were crushed during 'Christenmas games,' bet that hurt.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-13762313

Angharad.

More from the Guardian Trans-blog

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Just to remind people that this is ongoing on the Guardian website with several episodes since it was last aired here including the McDonald's Baltimore special - 'Would you like your head kicked in with that, ma'am?'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/transgender

An experiment too far.

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I knew nothing about this until today, although I did know about the Afro-American experiments which were disgraceful--this is breathtakingly disgusting, and to think the nation running these experiments fought against Nazis like Dr Mengele.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/08/guatemala-victim...

Angharad.

The forgotten victims of Irish double standards.

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Thousands of women and girls were incarcerated in Magdalene laundries and the Irish government seems unwilling to apologise and compensate the remaining surviving victims. Given the recent scandals of the scale of child abuse there, this is yet another except it concerns only women and girls--which might explain why nothing is being done to compensate them.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/08/irealnd-...

Angharad.

I see I have 30,000 of them there kudos

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Not entirely sure what that means other than thirty thousand fingers hit the button on the end of my postings. Okay, so that's just a week's postings from me - I'm only joking, Erin, it's actually two weeks :)

Anyway, I presume one or two have enjoyed my contributions and said so: for which many thanks. Thanks also to Erin and her team for their continued indulgence of my verbal diarrhoea. Sometimes it is hard to give up and hour or two every night to post my ramblings and I do like to write other suff as well.

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