AKICODW/LJ - washing fabrics

Aug. 16th, 2017 12:00 am
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Has anyone ever handwashed Liberty Burwood wool/silk? I am very, very tempted by some for a top - I saw the print a few years ago in a Brora dress, but had never seen it for sale as fabric and now I've found it - but it would be pointless if it had to be dry cleaned. I'm willing to wash quite a lot of allegedly 'dry clean only' wool and silk, but there are limits.

I might just buy it anyway, wash the leftovers to see what happens, and put up with dry cleaning if it's the only option. But I'd like not to have to.

Children of the Gods

Aug. 15th, 2017 08:10 pm
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I had heard that Stargate SG-1 was back on Now TV, but hadn't had time recently to look for it.  Monday nights are currently taken up with GoT (OMG!!! GoT!!!), but tonight I decided to give the latest rewatch of Grey's Anatomy a miss and search for SG-1.  So now I'm happily ensconced in episode 2.  

Oh, I've missed this.  Even the theme music makes me all happy on the inside.  The initial meeting between Jack and Sam is squeeful in the extreme.  Hammond is just explaining to Daniel why he's not going to be on SG-1 and Daniel is having nothing of it.  

And they all look so *young*.

I know what I'm going to be doing with my free time for the next 10 seasons! 

Hey ho for Antony Crowley

Aug. 15th, 2017 07:52 am
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The Good Omens TV adaptation cast has been announced. It's not Youngest Sister and my fancast of David Thewlis and Paul Bettany, but we'll take it: Michael Sheen as Aziraphale and David Tennant as Crowley. Roll on 2018 (but not the Apocalypse).

Reading: Murder on the Ballarat Train

Aug. 14th, 2017 07:53 pm
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In the third of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher mysteries, Phryne and her companion, Dot, are taking the night train to Ballarat when Phryne is woken from a doze by the smell of chloroform, and discovers that their first-class carriage has been filled with cholorform and that one of the passengers, an elderly lady, is missing. When the missing passenger's body is discovered, her daughter hires Phryne to find her mother's murderer, and Phryne also takes on the task of trying to find the identity of a young girl with amnesia who was found on the same train.

The identity of the murderer was glaringly obvious, but the question of evidence and alibis takes up more time, while the subplot about the amnesiac girl takes a bit more unravelling. The feminist slant of the previous novels remains strongly in evidence here, with Phryne continuing to take down exploiters and abusers of women in the course of her cases, and there are a few knowing nods to other novels; the allusion to Murder on the Orient Express is obvious, but I also spotted a reference to the Megatherium Trust which sets the series firmly in the same world as Peter Wimsey. The series continues to be entertaining feminist fluff and definitely high on my list of comfort reads.
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Reading: Mansfield Park

Aug. 12th, 2017 12:59 pm
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After reading Kindred, which is about slavery in the USA a short time after Jane Austen was writing, I decided to re-read the one Jane Austen novel which explicitly mentions slavery, Mansfield Park.

I actually first read Mansfield Park recently enough that my thoughts are on LJ, and my opinion hasn't really changed; I know a lot of people dislike Fanny Price, but I still find her sympathetic and relatable, and her quiet determination in the face of pressure to accept Henry Crawford's proposal (and, indeed, the careful observation which allows her to understand Henry's character in a way that no-one else, except perhaps Mary Crawford, does) is all the more impressive for coming from a character whose life has shaped her into a person who always puts other people's wants and needs before her own. Yes, a shy, anxious, insecure heroine isn't as fun as a sparkling, witty Lizzy Bennet, but Fanny feels very real and I found it easy to care about her predicament. I do wonder if some of the dislike for Mansfield Park comes from people expecting a fluffy romance and not getting that, because while none of Jane Austen's novels are actually fluffy romances (honestly, I can't think of one that isn't really an anti-romance when you look at it closely) Mansfield Park is one of the hardest to see that way; although Fanny does end up with the man she is in love with, he isn't in love with her and they have a marriage of best friends rather than a grand romance.

I also really enjoy the glimpses of the wider world we get in this novel; Sir Thomas's business interests (and yes, the slavery that his wealth is founded on), the Navy in the Portsmouth scenes (which feel as though a Patrick O'Brien novel could be taking place only a few yards away). Like all Austen's novels, it also has interesting things to say about the position of women in English society in the early nineteenth century; the experiences of Maria and Julia Bertram, Mary Crawford's catalogue of the woes of her friends' marriages, and the pressure exerted on Fanny herself to marry Henry, despite her conviction that he is fickle and insincere (and while I think she is probably too hard on Henry, because she is so much in love with Edmund, his attachment to her clearly isn't all he would have her believe it to be), all show how constrained women's lives were, how the crucial question of marriage, answered on the basis of very little real information or knowledge, would make or break the rest of life.

I'm not sure I can have a favourite Jane Austen novel; there were moments during this re-read when I thought maybe Mansfield Park was my new favourite, but then I remembered Persuasion and Northanger Abbey; Pride and Prejudice is justly acclaimed a classic, and I really like Emma too, so I think all I can actually say for it is that it's definitely in my top five, though they are all so close, and the only one I think I actually like less than the others is Sense and Sensibility.


Aug. 11th, 2017 12:02 am
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Tonight I learned moves 20 - 35 of the form Jang*.  It has something like 78 moves in all, but only 1-35 are required for brown belt second tag grading.  So I have now covered the entire syllabus that I need to know for my next grading.  I just have to get them right and practise them a lot more.

The next grading date is the first weekend in October, but as I'm away for 2 weeks in September and don't think I'd be ready anyway, I'm waiting until the January grading.  That gives me plenty of time to get things sorted out in my brain and still leaves me on track for black next September.

There were only 6 of us in class tonight.  Four of the others are going for black next month. At least two of them are off to university next term and I'm not sure if the others will continue in this class or go to the Monday class for the next level.  There are currently two of us on first tag and one girl who has yet to take her first tag grading.  Another lass who injured her knee earlier in the year should be back next month, so that's four of us.  I'm assuming there will be some kids going for their brown belt in October who will then come up to the black belt class and mean I'm not on the back row any more.

*Jang is a river.  The movements of this form are meant to flow like a river.  The first form, Feng, is named after a wind and the moves are strong, like the wind!   
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My parents arrive at some point this afternoon, exactly when dependent on whether the weather in Harrogate this morning is nice enough for them to want to hang around for a few hours before heading south. I hope so, as in three days I have done a lot of things, but little of the things I needed (housework) or wanted (writing and sewing) to do before their arrival. It's very good that I've finally started clearing out the chest of drawers and that I've purchased a shower curtain, but perhaps they might have waited until next weekend. I see a morning of shoving paper haphazardly in drawers (undoing the work of the weekend) while listening to Radio 3 ahead.

ETA: And that other question for the ages, where on earth is my Oystercard? And why is the underground so eye-wateringly expensive without one?
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