debris4spike: (St Georges Day)
I noted I was the only one wearing a red rose today at Church, or among the few I met or our weekly wander round the cemetery. But, that won't stop me wearing it for the rest of the day ... and again, next year!

"This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England."

(Shakespeare's Richard II)

"Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George!"
(Shakespeare's Henry V, Act III)


The other good point about St. George's Day is that it means I have popped into LJ, and managed to catch up with a few of your posts, and have even snagged a film meme from [livejournal.com profile] petzipellepingo ... the only problem is that it does call them movies, not films!!

Here's the Film thingy! )

100 Books

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 08:38 pm
debris4spike: (Kindle Readers (7 & the doctor))
Many of my f-list do "Reading Wednesday", and then today a few have also posted this, so thought I would do this ...

The BBC estimates that most people will only read 6 books out of the 100 listed below. Reblog this and bold the titles you’ve read.

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Harry Potter series -
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Bible
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
Catcher in the Rye
The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffeneger
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Emma – Jane Austen
Persuasion – Jane Austen
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
Animal Farm – George Orwell

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Dune – Frank Herbert
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
Ulysses – James Joyce
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
Germinal – Emile Zola
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Possession – AS Byatt
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web – EB White
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Watership Down – Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

There are quite a few books on that list that I started and never finished.
debris4spike: (Clarinet.)
Had a pretty good day, so far.

Have decided that resting isn't really getting me anywhere, so decided to go back to the gym today and because I am on steroids at present, that went well.  I have also played my saxaphone for about 15 mins.  It is easier to play for my mouth than the clarinet, so have started easy, and will build up.

I still have all my sorting out to do, but I shall, hopefully, do a chunk of that tomorrow.

And, for a final piece of news, a final step for Mum & Dad, their bungelow no longer belongs to us ... it completed yesterday.  A long time, seeing as the neighbours put the offer in last Easter ... but as we got more than we expected we weren't too upset ovrt all.

And, before I post this meme that I snagged from [livejournal.com profile] zhelana


1. Will you be looking for a new job?
No

2. Will you be looking for a new relationship?
No

3. New house?
No.

4. What will you do different in 2017?
Learn to realise that I need to be poitive about myself, and enjoy myself, for myself.

5. New Year's Resolution?
No

And there's more )
debris4spike: (James - pointing finger)
[livejournal.com profile] kazzy_cee asked me - Can I have a photo of your favourite shoes?

I am not really a shoe person - to me a pair just need to be comfy ... my shoes I wear to Church may have a 4" heel, but they are still comfy!  However I do love these shoes ... I bought them last week to wear next Spring with jeans ... flowers ans sequins, what's not to like!!!

Can't wait for the spring to come )


[livejournal.com profile] thenewbuzwuzz asked me - How about the view from your window(s) or something you can see from there?
She also asked me about my fence paintwork ... so can cover both answers.

Looking front and back )

Photo Meme

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 09:12 am
debris4spike: (Hi)
A couple of weeks ago I asked for people to ask me to photograph something.  Sadly, I only had a couple of responses but they both included photos inside my house.  As I have posted since, I am hoping to get a load of work done, so some rooms are empty, other rooms are completely full.  So, I haven't forgotten the requests, just will delay until I can actually see furniture again!!

Also, if anyone else wants to ask for a photo of something, please feel free to add to comments.
debris4spike: (Essex Girl)
Yes, I've snagged a different meme from one that seems to be on my f-list. This one is a one-word only answer.


1. Where is your cell phone? Somewhere?
2. Your hair? Dyed.
3. Your dad? Missed.
4. Your other half? Dreamland.
5. Your favourite food? Lost .
6. Your dream last night? None?
7. Your favourite drink? Tea.
8. Your dream/goal? Peace.
9. What room are you in? Lounge.
10. Your hobby? Sightseeing.
11. Your fear? Blindness.
12. Your home away from home? None.
13. Where were you last night? Here.
14. Something that you aren't? Married.
15. Muffins? Yes.
16. Wish list item? Travel.
17. Where you grew up? Essex.
18. Last thing you did? Siesta!
19. What are you wearing now? Layers.
20. Your TV? DVDs.
21. Your pets? Jiffy.
22. Friends? Few.
23. Your life? Blessed.
25. Missing someone? Two!!
26. Car? Toyota.
27. Something you're not wearing? Hat.
28. Your favourite movie one word title? Oklahoma!
29. Your favourite colour? Green
30. When is the last time you laughed? Morning.
31. Last time you cried? Sometime.
32. Who will repost this? Anyone.
33. One place that I go to over and over? Church.
34. One person who messages me regularly? [livejournal.com profile] deborahw37
35. My favorite place to eat? Home!

Character Meme

Friday, October 14th, 2016 02:57 pm
debris4spike: (James - actoring theories)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] scripsi

Give me a character (from anything ever) (as many characters as you want) in my ask and I’ll rate:

Looks: somewhat attractive | eh | not really my type | pretty | handsome | beautiful | stud | gorgeous | DROOOOOOOOOOOL

Can you relate to this character on a personal level?: no | not really | somewhat | yes | they are me

Would you date/be friends with this character in real life if they were real?: total bros | friends | best friends | date | become their steady boyfriend/ girlfriend | neither | i don’t know

And here's a list of shows (past and present) just in case you need it :
   Doctor Who (New), Blakes 7, BtVS, M*A*S*H, Moonlight, Sharpe, Star Trek Voyager, Stargate SG1 (seasons 1 - 8), The Champions, Torchwood, V, Vampire Diaries
I think that's all, but if you know of my favourite films, or other shows I've mentioned then do add!
debris4spike: (Procrastinate - daleks.)
Here is a meme I snagged from [livejournal.com profile] orangerful[livejournal.com profile] orangerful

  • Ask me to take a picture of any aspect of my life that you're interested in - it can be anything from the house I live in to my favourite shoes. Leave your choice here as a comment, and I will reciprocate by taking the pictures and posting them as an LJ entry. Ask for as many as you want!


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And, as ever, I am playing catch-up .... Happy Birthday, yesterday to [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet and [livejournal.com profile] rebcake

I had a fairly good weekend, although still haven't started on all the letters I need to write to thank people for the lovely cards I had for Dad.  Every time I sit to write one Jiffy disturbs me, of the phone rings.  I really must get sorted out.

Still I did get up to date with washing and ironing ..... and made some peanut biscuits, so some important things got done.
debris4spike: (Chosen)
Something else to stop me watching dad breathe! Another meme - this time snagged from [livejournal.com profile] i_love_freddie

44 Odd Things You Don't Know About Me

1. Do you like blue cheese?   No

2. Have you ever smoked?   No

3. Do you own a gun?   No

4. What is your favorite flavor?   Mint, lemon

5. Do you get nervous before Doctor visits?   No

Read more... )

A Writing Meme

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 02:59 pm
debris4spike: (Groucho Marx)
To help take my mind off the limbo that my life has become, I did a meme that I had bookmarked some time ago.  Not something I can do while at home as I amm too focussed on listening for my phone, but here with Dad while he is asleep I can let myself focus elsewhere.

I snagged this from [livejournal.com profile] thenewbuzwuzz ... Here are the rules:

1. Pick 5 fandoms and list them in alphabetical order

2. Visit this site to find your first Random Poem Of Power. Write down the 5th line (yes, even if it's an E.E. Cummings poem and you wind up with an apostrophe). Repeat five times and - you guessed it - list 'em in alphabetical order! (No cheating, mind! This is a challenge and it's always been about creativity.)

3: I think you can see where this is going. Write a very quick 50-word half-drabble for each fandom (try to do it all in one sitting - make your brain explode!), using the line from the poem as a prompt. You don't have to include it in the half-drabble - it's just inspiration.

My 5 fandoms in alphabetical order are -
1 Blakes 7
2 BtVS
3 Hercules
4 MASH
5 Stargate SG1

So here are my attempts ....Read more... )

100 Truths

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 02:29 pm
debris4spike: (James - thinky thoughts)
Procrastination taking over again!!  I am meant to be doing some housework, but instead I have snagged a meme from [livejournal.com profile] marishna

Spent some time with Dad today who has had another mini stroke yesterday.  He is very tired, but fortunately can still eat and drink OK.  Nick was saying that he thinks Dad is beginning to feel he has had enough, as he has been more quieter recently.  But he srill knows us all, although forgets we have been within 5 minutes.  We know he is happy and well cared for, so ultimately that is the important thing.

Well I had better get on and do some sorting out.  Will post the Tor pictures this evening, and get round to answering comments from the last few posts.  Enjoy you day.


100 Truths )

Just An Easy Meme ....

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 08:31 pm
debris4spike: (Procrastinate - daleks.)
.... Am watching an episode of Hercules, and I should be writing a letter, but as ever I am procrastinating.  So having gone on Facebook to wish a work colleague a birthday greeting, I have snagged this meme

Procrastination rules! )

Oh well, that was quick, so I suppose I can't put things off any longer!!
debris4spike: (OK - James)
I have actually managed to work my 3 1/2 days this week - a first for a couple of years, so I took things easy every evening and just watched DVDs. I am only popping in now as I want to get my spare room sorted, so will try and catch up with you all tomorrow.

Anyway, while I am here, here is the MEME I snagged from [livejournal.com profile] teragramm

The rules - No using Google
Every answer must start with the last letter of your previous answer

Name - Debris4spike
Animal - Elepahant
Girls name - Trudy
Color - Yellow
Movie – While You Were Sleeping
Something you wear – Glasses
Drink – Sprite
Food - Eggs
Item in the bathroom – Shower gel
Place - London
Reason to be late – Not setting the alarm

Just A Mini-Meme

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 04:35 pm
debris4spike: (DJ - plaited!)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] kazzy_cee, who snagged from [livejournal.com profile] petzipellepingo

Place an X by those you have done
Fired a Gun -
Been Married -
Fell in love -
Been divorced -
Swam in the sea - X
Gone on a blind date -
Skipped lessons or lectures -
Watched someone give birth -
Been to North America - X
Been to Australia -
Been to Asia
Been to South or Central America -
Lived in more than one European country - X
Been to London - X
Been to Paris - X
Been to Venice - X
Been to Spain - X
Been to Russia -
Seen the Northern Lights -
Been on a cruise -
Served on a jury -
Been in a movie -
Been to a Scandinavian country -
Been to Iceland -
Played in a band - X
Sang karaoke -
Made prank phone calls -
Laughed so much you cried -X
Caught a snowflake on your tongue -X
Had children -
Had a pet(s) - X
Been sledding on big hill -
Been skiing -
Been water skiing or parascending -
Rode on a motorcycle -
Been to a music festival -
Spent at least one night on an island - X (Isle of Wight, and Guernsey)
Rode an elephant -
Been on TV - X
Been in newspaper - X
Stayed in a Hospital - X
Donated blood -
Got a piercing - X
Got a tattoo -
Driven an automatic vehicle -
Driven over 100 mph - X
Lived on your own - X
Rode in the back of police car -
Rode in the back of an ambulance - X
Got a speeding ticket -
Got a parking ticket - X
Rode a horse - X
Swam with a Dolphin or whale -
Been in a podcast -
Appeared in Dr. Who -
Have an Equity card or equivalent -
Used an Oyster card - X
Have been in a play -
Have played with a monkey -
Have trained animals - X .... I helped break in DJ (points to icon)

The Letter Meme

Thursday, March 17th, 2016 04:14 pm
debris4spike: (Umm ...)
[livejournal.com profile] kazzy_cee gave me the letter P, so here goes ...

  • Something I hate: Prejudice

  • Something I love: Potatoes (I love chips, roast or boiled potatoes, although not fond of mash)

  • Somewhere I've been: Paris.  I have spent 2 separate days in Paris in my late teens with the family, so would love to go again.

  • Somewhere I'd like to go: Portugal.  I have been to the Algarve, but would love to travel throughout the country.  We did that as a family in Spain when I was a teen, and it was great.  If I can't go to a country,then I would like to go to Portsmouth, to see HMS Victory.

  • Someone I know: Paul  ... he was my parent's younger next-door neighbour when I was a baby, however I am still in touch with him.  In fact I have been invited to his wedding next month (but can't go)

  • A film I like: (The) Pink Panther - may be a silly film, but I have seen it loads of times, and still love it.


If anyone else wants to play, let me know and I'll give you a letter.
debris4spike: (Orgy - Cap'n John (I can has Orgy))
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat

William Shakespeare

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow debris4spike
Like a Colossus!

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?



Get your own quotes:

debris4spike: (James answering at Q&A (plus his name))
Where do the days go?  I haven't managed to answer any comments recently, I really don't know if I can ever manage to find a few moments, but will try (soon).

Mum's memory is beginning to fail slightly as well now.  Dad's is not good, with a huge loss in his vocabulary, which makes it harder than ever to try to help him.  Jiffy is doing well, and we are still managing to get for longer walks.    However I am still as "ok" as ever ... and to prove it, here is a photo that Mum took (at her insistance) when I got back from Church yesterday morning.

 photo download_zpsqlwkvvxo.png

I have also snagged a simple Alphabet Meme from FB, as it means I shall be typing something other than depressing news!!

A- Age: 54
B- Biggest Fear: Not being able help those I love  .... I also hate heights, spiders, etc
C- Current Time: 21.00
D- Drink you last had: Blackcurrant & apple squash.
E- Easiest Person To Talk to: My best friend Toni, or my sister-in-law Brenda.
F- Favorite Song: London City (James), In My Room (Beach Boys), etc
G- Ghosts, are they real: Probably.
H- Hometown: Exeter, Devon
I- In love with: ... other than James ????
J- Jealous Of: Lots of people, for lots of reasons.
K- Killed Someone? A few spiders!
L- Last time you cried?:A few days ago.
M- Middle Name: Jacqueline.
N- Number of Siblings: 2
O- One Wish: To see James again.
P- Person who you last called: Andrew (my nephew's birthday)
Q- Question you're always asked: How are you?  How are your parents?
R- Reason to smile: My faith, Jiffy,
S- Song last sang: "Oh dear, what can the matter be" (!!!!!!)
T- Time you woke up: 7.45
U- Underwear Color: White
V- Vacation Destination: None, as I can't get away.
W- Worst Habit: Procrastination.
X- X-Rays you've had: Teeth, right ankle, low back, left hand, left knee
Y- Your favorite food: Sausage and chips.
Z- Zodiac Sign: Cancer.

Well, that at least gives me an entry that is not too depressing, even if it is still boring.

I Do Love Roses

Friday, August 21st, 2015 07:47 pm
debris4spike: (Rose)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat ... and others


Your Spirit Flower is the Rose

You always have a hug and a smile for your friends. You're happy to have them as a part of your life.
You believe that love is a doing word. You are always expressing your feelings through small acts of kindness.

You are serene and satisfied with your life. You're content but not complacent.
You draw comfort from many things and people in your life. You allow yourself to be happy.



debris4spike: (Spike - Made in England)
Wow, I am being busy this week on LJ ... I shall try and keep this going, even if not as much junk as these memes. Anyway, this one I snagged from [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat and [livejournal.com profile] kazzy_cee .... it is a British Meme .... lets see if I can now confuse the rest of you!



1. Marmite- love or hate?
Yum!

2. Marmalade- thick cut or thin cut?
Thin cut please.

3. Porridge- made with milk or water?
Milk.

4. Do you like salt, sugar or honey on your porridge?
Demarra sugar.

And therer are more English questions here )

Great to do a meme that I understood immediately!

31 Day Meme - Day 3

Monday, May 11th, 2015 06:45 pm
debris4spike: (Liberator!)
Your Favourite Television Programme

Yes, I love BtVS, but have still to see Angel! I love the series, for more reasons than I can list. A great story, good characters you can love and hate ... and James Marsters!

The first series I truly loved was Blakes 7 ... the first TV series I became involved in fandom with. Reading a bit of fan-fic, as well as joining the fan club.



Avon, is my favourite character ... and maybe you can see why -


Other series I love are -
Star Trek, Voyager
M*A*S*H
Stargate SG1
Andromeda
Vampire Diaries

As well as some mini series, such as Wish Me Luck, Danger UXB,

etc

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