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Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
9:11 pm
"It's now important that we stand together and we support each other and we do not let fear conquer us."
- King Harald V of Norway
Friday, March 4th, 2011
11:14 pm
will see you all again next Saturday, cos he's off on holiday
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
4:48 pm
Back from Dragon*Con, the only place in God's green Earth where you will see werewolves in Stormtrooper costumes doing sexy dancing on a stage. While still sober, anyway.
Monday, June 21st, 2010
3:32 pm
I've seen the most adorable thing on a message board, someone recounting that a mate's four-year-old daughter idolises Amy from Doctor Who "and wants to grow up to be just like her"... so he lied to her that the last episode was postponed due to the World Cup and there's two episodes this Saturday, so he screen it first to make sure Amy's going to be okay.

("He's in trouble if we don't get a happy ending isn't he?" "Oh he's fucked.")

Someone else at that board had photos of his six-year-old girl pretending to be a Weeping Angel.
Sunday, April 25th, 2010
1:25 pm
The Dalek Invasion of Sheffield http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/dw/news/bulletin_100424_01/New_Footage_and_First_Reactions

("THIS IS A LITTLE DAAAAALEK BABY!")

Also, little kids sing the theme song.
Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
10:13 pm
I am now employed
Unemployment has ceased to be! It is ex-unemployment!
Monday, April 19th, 2010
11:01 pm
In the museum of the Cabinet War Rooms, the heart of British resistance in WW2, there exists a document that is a testimony to the times - the file of Operation Desperate.

Operation Desperate, printed on official paper and marked Most Secret... is a tongue-in-check request by the secretaries for a force commander going to America to pick up "essential supplies" of stockings, chocolate, and make-up. They warn without it, the war effort will be crippled by "severe embarrassment".

The force commander even made a reply, concerned the supplies (especially "stockings (large)") would be too vast for the allocated plane, and he was going to have to smuggle them in on his person.

You can also see the Churchill's bedrooms and dining room. This is a bunker with military bunks. Every bedroom is spartan, but Mrs Churchill brought in flowery bedsheets for hers and they brought down fine furniture & silverware for their dining room.

Also, someone turned a light switch into a cigarette lighter.
Monday, April 12th, 2010
12:55 pm
I had a work placement interview on Friday. I also got an offer of an interview for a proper job, for today.

Today, I learnt I GOT the placement, starting tomorrow. I don't need to give any notice if I get a proper job. The proper job would start next Monday, and saying "I've got a placement" means extra cred in a job interview.

Figures crossed for MONEY.

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
8:13 pm
Much like Tennant did to Eccleston, Matt Smith's first episode has made me forget Tennant was ever the Doctor because this is THE Doctor.
Saturday, March 27th, 2010
6:03 pm
The rain has just turned into FUCKING HAIL.

IT'S SPRING YOU BASTARDS.
Monday, March 15th, 2010
11:28 pm
Five Ideas For Aquaman:
1) A mad necromancer is cutting a swathe through the outlying submarine states - controlling an enslaved horde of the undead and the spectral, the remains of all the surface-dwellers who died at sea, riding the rotted hulks of their ships right through cities.

2) Large corporations have been dumping toxic waste off the coast of minor African nations for years - and in the DCU, that means they're dumping it in Aquaman's territory. That's an act of war. That means Aquaman in both solo action and leading Atlantean forces against those corps and their super-mercs in a struggle that might cause a Third World War...

3) Deep beneath the surface lies the gibbering, inbred sub-aquatic colony of the Third Reich, which believes the surface has been lost and that they are all that remains. As they turn their eyes to the submarine states, Aquaman and German agents of Spezialisierte Einsatzkräfte Marine (Navy Special Warfare Group) must raid the lost colony and face the horrors within.

4) Aquaman is trapped on land by an alliance of his surface enemies, led by Black Manta. Within the hour, even if he survives the villains, he's going to die. He's becoming increasingly weaker. All that can save him now is his brain - and a whole lot of tactical violence...

5) A tear in reality has occured in the ocean deeps, and from this other reality comes Aquaman's greatest foe, a being that can fight him on every level: Global Tyrant Arthur Curry the First...


And as a bonus: Aquaman unleashes a shock-and-awe attack on his enemies. That shock and awe? Summoning and controlling an army of FUCKING PLIOSAURS.
Saturday, March 6th, 2010
3:28 pm
From the latest Private Eye:

"Back in 2007, as the inquest into the death of Princess Diana picked over her last moments once again, the Eye's joke pages carried this headline: "Exclusive to all papers: Diana Was Still Alive Hours Before She Died".

"Last week, it was posted on Facebook, and users were invited to become "fans" of it. Within six days, no fewer than 205,000 people had signed up.

"Unfortunately, they believed they were celebrating "The Most Retarded Newspaper Headline, EVER". To borrow the sentiments of many of those pledging their allegiance, "ahaha just LOL"."
Thursday, February 18th, 2010
12:19 am
My girlfriend told me she doesn't see me as the person to "fool around" with (nudge nudge wink wink), instead seeing me as "my boyfriend". Which is one of the stranger compliments I've had, but what the hey.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
10:14 pm
I am now two days into an IT Network Technician course. Just taking notes, being shown CV templates, and hearing how the course is structured so far, but at some point we're going to get to poke at things!

Half the students are foreign residents from Romania, Poland, Cameroon, Iraq, Iran, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, and Washington DC with a tutor from France - you have ALREADY LOST, British National Party! We've also got a guy two days out of the British Army (infantry) and a guy who worked in sales. And we aaaaaaaaall had to stand up for 90 seconds to give a presentation on ourselves in front of A ROOM OF EYES while comments were made about how we were doing it, arg.

Train home gives me a chance to do some reading - five months after Dragon*Con, I've now got around to starting one of the books I bought there.
Friday, January 15th, 2010
6:40 pm
Neil Marshall's Doomsday has a scene where cannibals punks chase after an Armoured Personell Carrier, throwing petrol bombs at it which sets it partially on fire; it then crashes and flips onto its back.

How did they do that scene?

They had people dressed as punks cashing after the Armoured Personell Carrier, throwing petrol bombs at it which set it partially on fire, and the stunt drivers crashed it in a way that'd make it flip.

(The stunt driver remarked "that was good".)
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
1:44 pm
I just passed an interview for a training course that'll fast track me onto... PAYING WORK! Fuck yeah chance at money! It's all about the Elizabeths, baby!
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
10:24 am
You think you know everything stupid a fandom has done, then you find out some Harry Potter fans were upset that Cho Chang in the films had a Scottish accent.

The actress is Scottish, damn your eyes.
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
2:53 pm
Stephen Grant's Permanent Damage column on McCain's proposed "Internet Freedom Bill":

"One of the big arguments against net neutrality is that "the free market" should decide what people want from their cable service, not "government edict," and what ISPs offer should be determined by "competition." But we already know what users want from their Internet access. They want unfettered access. There's no reason "the free market" needs to determine that we want what we already have."
Monday, October 26th, 2009
11:12 pm
I've volunteered to assist the South East Coast Ambulance Service and local NHS if there's a major swine flu breakout. (Which they think there will be)

So if I one day have an entry that proclaims "help i is dead BLEURGH", that's why.
Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
12:04 pm
How to make Dalek cakes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaDY_avosaU

(Sadly I didn't find the original 60s how-to, which also included Dalek sandwiches)
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