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05 August 2008 @ 10:44 pm
My brilliant flist, and inner city adventures!  
My favourite thing about lj is my brilliant and talented f-list. Allow me to show you some of its cleverness.

The lovely leochi, whose work reminds me of nothing so much as the illustrations for the nice quality children's novels I would receive for birthdays (Quentin Blake illustrated the naughty ones), has drawn a prompt from me in her 50 Gazes series. I asked for a joyous gaze between Harry and McGonagall, because I love Minerva's fierce affection for all of her Gryffindors. This was the result. It's a perfect young Harry and his mentor after the first of the Goblet of Fire trials. Tartan and happiness – just delightful.

Not satisfied with working on one series at a time, she also produced a set of three tarot cards for hp_tarot. They are  brooding, dramatic and technically assured. She is as home with this more adult style of art as with the illustrative book form, wholly lovely stuff.

One of my flisters who particularly evokes the word brilliant is wemyss, a man who never fails to make me think even when I am coming at the issues under discussion from the opposite direction. He has posted an enormously funny take on my recent rantings about readers who wish to be spoon-fed. You can find it here and, while you may need to be English to fully appreciate it, it contains the most magnificent description of Slough that it has ever been my privilege and pleasure to read.

And, Bubba, aka eynhashofet, suggests that the answer to yesterday's question may well be Anais Nin. Let's assume it is, research will continue when time allows. Thanks, too, for the walks through musical memory lane!
Tonight we had another spot of the excitement that only comes from living in a thriving and vibrant part of the inner city (read gentrified former slum with expensive delicatessens 50 metres away, but housing estates just up the road).

We returned from our evening constitutional a short time ago to find papers scattered about the bottom of the lane. This is not an uncommon sight in these parts, and the reason our little cottage has an assault course in front of every access point (we make people WORK to burgle us, it's been an effective deterrent so far). We stopped and collected a pile of papers, then looked in nearby shrubs to find keys, laptop charger and headphones, and a jacket and a bigger pile of forms, which were all for a volleyball team.

After sending J back with the torch I sat down and did a spot of internet detecting and found the owner of the papers (head of the volleyball team) lived five minutes' walk away. I had popped everything into a bag and we were about to go for a walk to deliver them, when we opened the door to find a young man wandering about crankily. "You'd be Mr Stuff," I said. "We have some of your less valuable stuff."

He seemed happy to get the bundle we had found back, and has learned a valuable lesson about what can and cannot be left in a car in the inner city. He is also obviously not poor and had his laptop backed up onto his USB key, which was on the keychain, so not a terrible result.
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It's a Deensedeensey on August 5th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
Duuuuude. He did NOT leave that stuff in a car. Bad bad bad. Never in the inner city. Ever.

You, however, are good people.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 5th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
We are normal inner urbanites, who work to return things (like cameras, unlike SOME). Besides, you can imagine my glee at being able to solve a puzzle!
parallel parking prodigyempress_jae on August 5th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
never anywhere is more like it. suburban, rual, city...it's all open season. :)
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parallel parking prodigyempress_jae on August 5th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
i still say she shoulda done part two to get an even greater point across. :P
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 5th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Or she could have just bought him a copy of Breaking Dawn ...
parallel parking prodigyempress_jae on August 5th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
nah. cause then she'd have to face the accusations of having bad taste in literature. everyone in the office would paint a scarlett letter on her just for even knowing of stephanie meyer. I personally could not live with that embarassment. :P
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pingridpingrid on August 5th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
Hahah! Not letting that go, are you? :D I still say no; the surprise element and the pizazz of the urination would surely have been spoiled by a red straining-face. ;)
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The bad part of all this for me is that I know what she looked like and so can visualise.

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this mundane stuff called lifewinnett on August 5th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Some thieves I can forgive... (is that odd?--I really am a 'what are the circumstances' kinda person.) but usually it just pisses me off. Go get a frelling job and stop taking from others who are working for their stuff!

Pisses me off... *growls*

This is not an uncommon sight in these parts, and the reason our little cottage has an assault course in front of every access point

What is this assault course you speak of?

I don't usually even lock my door and my windows are open all day without me at home.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 5th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Bars on the windows, double doors front and back, and a judicious combination of spiky climbing roses and barbed wire across garden access points. I have scared people off from both neighbours' gardens, so we try to look poor and difficult ;-)

I agree, if you are starving and need my video, feel free. If you are a lazy junkie, get a job.

Where do you live? Actually, don't answer that, I will just envy you and not alert burglars to the land of the free.
this mundane stuff called lifewinnett on August 5th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Nice deterrents! I'm impressed. I especially like the vicious roses.

I live in the PNW, USA. Washington State. I probably shouldn't do that, because everyone else in town locks up, but I'm just a kicked back kinda girl. I wish I lived in a smaller place, even.
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Leochileochi on August 5th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
*muah* You get a big fat kiss for this post, even if you aren't the "huggie sort", and I'm not the cuddly one. But still, I really feel deeply touched. <333
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 9th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
From you, I'll take a big fat kiss ;-)

BTW, could you please email me on blamebrampton at gmail.com? We have a cunning plan you might be interested in!
violetagevioletage on August 6th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
Oh dear, a bit daft to leave stuff like that in the car. You are good peoples, but i knew that already. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 9th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Oops! Forgot to reply! Yes, it was pretty silly, especially since it was a sedan so he could have popped the bag in the boot. Oh well, he's learnt a valuable lesson!