Staying on the same train, it later turned out that I was travelling on the Tyne and Wear Metro system after all; there was a part where the train went down into a little dip and splashed through the sea which was particularly fun to travel through. After the dip, it turned out that there was an oncoming train on the same track with a car in front of it, but we slowed down to a near-stop and bounced harmlessly off the car. (People pushed the car off the tracks sideways; there was cosmetic damage to it at worst.) We then reversed into the sea-filled dip and took another track out to continue our journey. The only other items of any incident were a particularly nice view of a sunset over the sea and fellow traveller (and famous mickey-taking comedian) Jonathan Ross ingratiating himself with the locals on the train with a quick routine.
Now this might have come conveniently close to a comment that "Oh, this is what I regularly dream about" and look like a by-the-numbers assembly of frequent dream-sequence inclusions, plus Jonathan Ross, but that was how my dream last night concluded. Pretty good as they go.
I don't frequently post test results or the like, but the_maenad posted a very entertaining game-doing-the-rounds with which I was very taken. The idea is that I post a comment to, or about, each member of my Friends list without telling you which comment refers to which Friend. Then you can have the fun of trying to work out which comment is yours. You can then get it wrong, respond to a completely different comment and let me have the fun of working out which comment you think I thought of for you, and so on and so on until we all end up in a great confused (and quite possibly offended) heap. Fun for all the family.
Naturally, some of the comments are quite similar and there are occasional bits of overlap where I write something for one person but parts or very large parts apply to other people as well, which only adds to the jollity. It's all very coy - a 21st-century version of passing anonymous notes in the classroom, if you will - but quite charming in practice. I am bound never to reveal which comment refers to which Friend, whether your guess as to which is yours is correct or not and so on. The comments are in alphabetical order, not the intended recipients; whoops - even I haven't kept a list of which one refers to which person and will probably have forgotten by tomorrow.
- Always full of interesting content, though it's rather unexpected to see you here. I wish more people read you!
- Can't work out how similar our senses of humour really are. All the same, I'm happy to have been able to help.
- Glad you're having lots of fun - which makes your LJ a joy to read - and happy to help when I can. After all, I first heard of you when you were helpful to me!
- Haven't heard from you for a while. I hope things are well and that you're settling in. Still thinking about you!
- I always enjoy what you have to say, but wonder if you're making yourself work harder than you need to for relatively little result. If it suits you, though...!
- I always feel I'm letting you down. I hope that in the end I can do my thing really well and that that's "enough".
- I don't know if you know how highly I think of you, not least just for turning up that time when so few others did. Lasting happiness to you!
- I don't know you well yet, but I've enjoyed reading what I have about you and disagree with your negative-seeming assessment of yourself.
- I feel I don't know you at all, but I like what little I've seen.
- I feel that I've got to know you a lot better through LiveJournal and that I'm very privileged to have been able to do so.
- I know you think very hard about what you say and I've enjoyed discussing things with you in the past.
- I like your attitude, your writing style, what I know about the way you think and act - oh, and your accent!
- I look forward to continuing to work with you and hope I prove to be a good colleague!
- I ought to write to you far more often than I do. You're talented, dedicated and generous with your time and thoughts.
- I wish you didn't feel you were necessary, but I'm glad you're there if - perish the thought - you turn out to be needed.
- I wish you felt about yourself the way I feel about you. You're great!
- I'm looking forward to hearing what I'm sure will turn out to have been some excellent news. You deserve it!
- If only I lived much closer to you, I'd bet that we'd enjoy each other's company just as much as theory dictates. You're fascinating and fun!
- If people ever attack you or your works, it's only because they're jealous of how hard you've worked and how much you've achieved. Keep up the great work!
- It would be wonderful to hear more about the exciting and daring things you're up to!
- It's a joy to know you. Sometimes I have naughty thoughts about you, which I hope might be realised some day.
- It's a thrill that things are turning out so well for you and I hope that you get some longer-term stability in your life.
- Meeting you was one of the highlights of the year; I hope to get to meet you again and again.
- My opinion of you has changed over time, noticeably for the better. You're a hard-working, honest, talented guy and deserve your success.
- Nice to get to meet you again after so long! Looks like you've really found contentment; I hope you find happiness too.
- Things are looking really good for you, especially the next six or seven months, which is super news. I hope the promise turns out to be true.
- Very many fascinating, well-written articles here, plus something brave and sexy which gave the world a wicked smile. Great stuff!
- We have little in common, but I enjoy reading what you have to say. The best of luck to you for your exciting near future.
- We may have more in common than you think - possibly more than we're both prepared to put our names to.
- What you've written so far is impressive, virtuous and sensible. I look forward to whatever more you want to share.
- While I only know you a little, I like your sense of humour and am impressed by your writing.
- Would that there were many others like you in the world. Fingers crossed that you find the fulfillment you richly deserve soon.
- You always seem prickly to me, which is a shame; I'd like to get to know you better. I hope you find people to trust.
- You do so much! I hope all the stresses on your life don't burn you out - and that it turns out to be the real thing.
- You have so much fun, which is great to read about, and I'm shocked by how many similar things we enjoy. I'd love to meet you!
- You impress me very much indeed and I'm glad that the recent upheaval seems to have turned out for the better. Long may things continue!
- You work tirelessly and selflessly and I wish you would (could?) allow a little more "me" time for yourself.
- You work very hard for your family, which is possibly the most difficult and most rewarding job of them all. I'm glad I got to know you!
- You're a lot of fun to be around and have a good heart. It'd be great to get to meet you again some day. (Slightly worried by the silence; are things well?)
- You're an endless store of joy and wonder. Some day I dream of being able to contribute myself.
- You're awesome - impressive in so many different ways. Long may your versatility continue!
- You're cool, but I sometimes wish you would use your coolness more constructively. (Or is that why you're cool?)
- You're funny, thoughtful, kind and hard-working. You deserve your happiness; may it last forever and only get bigger over time.
- You're going to be an excellent investment!
- You're kind - very kind - and your heart is definitely in the right place. I wish I could do more to inspire and help!
- You're on another level compared to almost all the people I know. I'm glad I know you and I enjoy hearing from you.
- You're so brave! I'd love to get to meet you some day. Are you going to be gone by the next time the action comes to town, though?
- You're so busy these days! I always enjoy reading what you have to say and look forward to meeting you again so I can find out what you've been too busy to say!
- You're working honestly and hard to cope in difficult circumstances and doing a good job at it. You know things will be difficult for a while, but I know you'll cope.
- You've settled into a very good routine because you're so good at what you do, but sometimes I wonder if you're really satisfied. I hope you are!
- Your sense of humour is wild and has been for years; your achievements are fantastic. I like you a lot and love hearing about what you do.
51 comments to go among 58 Friends, but it's probably reasonably obvious which Friends are automated or otherwise inhuman and so don't require a comment. Have fun mixing and matching.
Chris Dickson loses! Twice! Wah! #1 seeds Alinghi Challenge lead yachtsman-Chris-Dickson-skippered Oracle BMW Racing by 2-0 in the sort-of-semi-final of the Louis Vuitton Cup. However, Chris' second loss was by a much smaller margin than his first and so he must still fancy his chances in the rest of the best-of-seven series. Even if Alinghi should - unthinkably - win, the loser of this race challenges the winner of Prada Challenge - OneWorld Challenge for the right to face the winner of this semi-final in the final. So this might well be a warm-up for a real Alinghi-OracleBMWRacing final, the one which counts.
Luke McShane wins! Four times running! Wah! British chess grandmaster Luke McShane, nineteen next month, is taking part in the World Junior Chess Championship in Panaji, Goa, India. 88 boys (under 20, I think) and 51 girls compete over eleven (?) rounds of Swiss-format competition. Four rounds in, Luke McShane has gone 4/4 and the other 87... haven't. (In fact, McShane leads by a clear point with a sixteen-way tie for second.) I make Luke joint-sixth seed so the championship, while not out of the question, would be somewhat of a surprise. It also helps that the scariest prodigies (15-year-old Teimour Radjabov plus world-top-12 19-year-olds Alexander Grischuk and Ruslan Ponomariov) have outgrown the junior ranks despite still being technically eligible.
Tomorrow Luke plays white against top seed (world #98) Bu Xiangzhi of China who turned 17 on Wednesday. (Aside: the Icelandic-language gossip suggests that Luke will be headed for University College, Oxford from next October. Nice one!) Good luck, Luke - I'll be following your progress with interest!