Monthly Archives: December 2008

Happy New Year!

From The Family Deniz

Hope you all have a wonderful 2009!

(feeling a bit ill today and so the album of the year may be announced a little late)


Life… as it is…

(written at 16.00 29th December 2008)

Sitting here, in my new office, (after finding out I have no network cable and the wireless is password protected), I realise this is my first time on the computer since 23rd December, and even though it is only six days ago it feels like three weeks.

Christmas Eve was very relaxed, with me spending the morning preparing our Christmas dinner (celebrated 24th here) and later engaged in different activities with the boy. After dinner, we watched Kalle Anka (Donald Duck to most of us), a Swedish religious event (honestly don’t ring or go near anyone for that hour without a jolly good reason!).

Maddoc then opened some of his presents (we had none ourselves due to the events of last year) and he and I spent a few hours building his new train track and adding Percy, Toby and James to the track to meet Thomas (Thomas and Friends).

Etina and I watched a bit of telly after Maddoc went to bed and listened to the last stave of A Christmas Carol (yearly tradition), before going off to bed.

25th was a similar day and as relaxing before the weekend (26th, 27th and 28th) of non-stop visitors. By me saying I have been climbing into bed at five to be up again at nine is not an exaggeration, as well-wishers, friends, family and those curious about Audrey have made their way to our front door.

My top ten album selection has suffered a tad for that as I’ve not had the opportunity to listen as much as I would like. I’m pretty sure what I’m up to but it’s nice to be totally focused. I’m listening to a couple now, one I thought should be higher when I listened last week and one that should be higher now that I’ve given it a definitive (18th) listen.

Managed to have some huge chats with Etina over the holiday and the question of exercise and health came up again. There has been some real motivation within me mentally, of late, and 26th (my mum’s birthday) I managed a thirty minute run and today I braved the -8C weather and cycled for an hour and fifteen minutes. My new mountain bike enjoyed the run but my feet sure as hell didn’t with me giving them a warmish bath when I returned home to stave off chill blanes.

And that’s been me, what have you been up to?

(Edit: now it’s 29th at 20.16 and we’ve just said goodbye to another visitor – I can’t remember the last time I was this tired, oh and I ran for forty minutes today… )


Twittering on…

Is this the sum of my parts?

21:31 Yep, I’m ill, that’s where I’ve been… #

Can my life get any more gripping?

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Twittering on…

Is this the sum of my parts?

14:11 Only twenty left… tinyurl.com/5trl49 #

Can my life get any more gripping?

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Down to the last twenty…

My album senses are tingling…

Only twenty albums left for consideration


Confirming I’ve not read as much Science Fiction and Fantasy as I have Horror and Contemporary stuff

As seen on mylefteye and today:

50 years of Spec Fic Books …
According to the Science Fiction Book Club, these are the 50 most significant SF & Fantasy Books of 1953-2002. Bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you hated, italicize the ones you couldn’t get through, asterisks for the ones you loved.

1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
3. Dune by Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
*5. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin*
*6. Neuromancer by William Gibson*
7. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
*10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury*
11. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom by Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight by James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway by Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
28. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

29. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big by John Crowley
32. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
35. More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld by Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
*42. Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut* (one of my top five books of all time)
43. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

46. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
49. Timescape by Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer


Twittering on…

Is this the sum of my parts?

12:03 Just read the first of the year’s best ofs and saw that Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ is number one in both song and album… *shakes head* #

14:26 And Kings of Leon misses the top 20, who woulda thunk it? #

14:26 My head hurts by the mind numbing silliness of Heroes – maybe someone can convince me not to watch the next season… #

Can my life get any more gripping?

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Twittering on…

Is this the sum of my parts?

15:48 I got meself a trojan and have been sitting, watching the damn thing now for two hours now while Avast tries to do its bit! Gah! #

Can my life get any more gripping?

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Nearing the top five albums of 2008

Brain is cotton wool today and not much has been succesfully done…

Except for listening to great music of course:

Four of top five decided on


One year on

Where do I start?

From 2007-02-17 Berolin and Ninos’ Engagement
From 2007-02-17 Berolin and Ninos’ Engagement

Thoughts…