January 15th, 2003



I know there are some people who do not have a LiveJournal account who are kind enough to take an interest in what I say here. I occasionally make Friends-only postings (sometimes through circumspection, mostly through cowardice) and people who don't have LiveJournal accounts can't get listed as Friends in order to be given access to them. I've just made one where I've positively solicited opinion and I do care as much about the opinions of those who follow but are without LJ as those who follow on their LJ.

Accordingly, I'd rather like these currently-off-LJ friends to establish LJs of their own so that I can list them as Friends and they can see what I have to say. So, er, if you know me, if you don't have a LJ and if you do want to know what I want to say to in my Friends-only postings, please do get in touch by e-mail and I shall give you a code so that you can see. (You would start your own LJ to do so, but this wouldn't commit you to making comments in it in any way. It'd also be completely free of charge.)

Crikey, this cowardice business can be absurdly, unnecessarily awkward at times, can't it? :-(

Force four, northeast, improving, good

Thanks for the responses to the Friends-only post. Please keep 'em coming. Despite odd dreams overnight, today has indeed been a better day than yesterday already.

It's been quite a cloudless day here in Middlesbrough, so I had a nice head-clearing walk into town and back, under my woolly hat, minded of the protagonist from π. Lots of thoughts, but no conclusions. En route, I saw and nodeed at one gentleman I knew from the Cleveland Speakers Club. Incidentally, I managed to completely forget about the first meeting of the year of said club due to Christmas celebrations; accordingly, I learnt through the post two days ago that I'll be speaking for 5-8 minutes at the second meeting on Monday coming about Colourful Gardens, a topic which is ever so me. Thanks, lads.

Anyway, while in town, Collapse )

As you've doubtless already heard - and I'm looking forward to see to what extent this is mentioned on the mainstream news - the fifth Harry Potter novel will be released on June 21st and it will be very long. 156 days and counting; far enough in the future that it's something to look forward to, near enough that it's tangible. I have no Friends born on the Summer Solstice and the fandom's pregnant ladies should have unloaded long by then. Quick checks: the date doesn't clash with anything like a games convention and the only important sporting event that day is the athletics European Cup. Collapse )
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