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I plan to do this, to begin, I was reading
' Blood and Chrysanthamums' by Nancy Baker over the Old Year/New Year weekend. That's a tale of vampires, the conflicted kind really, and I enjoyed it far more than my sentence synopsis might suggest. It was exactly right to read when one is satiated with food and drink and desire nothing more demanding than a foot rub.

On the last day of my holiday I read 'The Dead of Winter' by Chris Priestley. I read it in one sitting as the rain lashed the window panes & wind howled down the chimney. This book sounds like an awful parody - orphans in desolate houses, insanity, locked in secret rooms, at least one is the opening line to give you a taste "I looked into that grave with as much a sense of dread and despair as if I had been staring into my own." Gracious! Isn't that wonderful? Doesn't it make you long for a wintery day alone to read it as I did, hoping the hairs will stand up on the back of your neck? I suspect it might be intended for younger readers. Otherwise I'd give in 5 stars out of 5 on a chart of High Gothic Camp!

I struggle to read for pleasure when I am working...but it is the weekend now and I will read 'House of Silk' by Anthony Horowitz. Tim says there is a twist, so I hope I don't guess it.
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hello there!

new friends

Nov. 6th, 2010 12:11 pm
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I have spent the past hour looking thru' other livejournals and am taking the liberty of adding complete strangers to my friend's lists...i hope you don't mind! And if you do, I sincerely apologise & will remove you immediately.

the reason I have decided to do so is because I have decided to make new friends and aquaintances this year & thought I would do this in the cyberworld as well as the more real world.

I also intend to post more and get out more...I think I've been too insular, too reclusive lately so this is the equivalent of my smiling at you in a cafe and complimenting you upon your outfit etc!
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it is supposed to be on an Australian school's answer machine

"To lie about why your child is absent, press 1.

To make excuses for why your child did not do his/her assignment, press 2.

To complain about what we do, press 3.

To swear at a faculty member, press 4.

To ask why you didnt get the information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers, press 5.

If you want us to raise your child press 6.

To complain about bus transportation, press 7.

To complain about school lunches, press 8.

To request another teacher for the third time this year, press 9.

If you realize that this is the real world, and your child must be held accountable for his own behavior, classwork, and that it's not the teacher's fault for your child's lack of effort, hang up and have a nice day."
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I'd certainly give it a answer doesn't depend upon other people it wouold depend upon how long I remain curiousity keeps me going now!

the current object of my affection is Lucien....I want a framed photograph of him for my new desk.

Things on my To Do List for the final week of my Summer Holiday include
# collect blackberries from graveyard for spooky cookery
# investigate fangs for Vampire Ball
# throw the I Ching
# new clothings for work..there is a new dress code now we are an Academy...I am going to use Lilith as my style model (lilith from 'Cheers' not Lilith from Mesopotamia)
# watch 'Nightwatch' and 'Daywatch' and drink vodka

Things that I have done this Summer

# ghost-dowsing
# visited ruined castles in thunderstorms
# fabulous day in York - the Evil Eye and Guy Fawkes especially wonderful - but day plagued by curious time shifts (stolen time?)
# my little sister's in kilts! hair extensions! geordies in her garden pond! haunted bedroom!
# cemetaries with Recovering Goths and those of us who are NOT Goth
# bellydancers!
# Ankaret,Bryony & Max
# Northumbrian beaches
# hot chocolate
# scared by owl screech
# Inception?????????????
# Belsay Hall and its utter amazingness
# baking cakes
# 'Boudoir' by Vivienne westwood
# Battoo

things I have NOT done however

# lost weight (hah!)
# detoxed & decluttered (hah! hah!)
# finished renovating/redecorating house....this is NOT MY FAULT!!! (plumber broke ankle, roofer gone surfing)
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01 ) Are you currently in a serious relationship?

sometimes are more serious than others

02 ) What was your dream growing up?

to ride a horse around the world

03 ) What talent do you wish you had?

to be a poet

04 ) If I bought you a drink what would it be?

are we in the pub? then you can buy me a vodka, lime and soda thanks x

05 ) Favorite vegetable?

aubergines...and potatoes

06 ) What was the last book you read?

Fevre Dream by george martin

07 ) What zodiac sign are you?


08 ) Any Tattoos and or Piercings? Explain where.
Tattoo of a 7-pointed atar on my hip, an ankh on my back, a cresecent moon on my right arm and a bat on my left arm.
the only piercings i have now are 2 in each ear (used to have nose & belly)

09 ) Worst Habit?


10 ) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?

only if i know you

11 ) What is your favorite sport?

riding horses

12 ) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?

A pessinist tells you things can't get any worse; an optimist says 'oh yes they can!'

13 ) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?

strike up a conversation

14 ) Worst thing to ever happen to you?

people i love dying before they should

15 ) Tell me one weird fact about you.

please define 'wierd'

16 ) Do you have any pets?

two cats

17 ) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?

I'd probably pretend to be out

18 ) What was your first impression of me?


19 ) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?

neither; just unfunny & embarrasing

20 ) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?

reshape my neck

21 ) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?

partner in crime!

22 ) What color eyes do you have?

the colour of a wood

23 ) Ever been arrested?


24 ) Bottle or can soda?

glass bottle

25 ) If you won $ 10,000 today, what would you do with it?


26 ) What's your favorite place to hang out at?

in the bath

27 ) Do you believe in ghosts?


28 ) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?


29 ) Do you swear a lot?

not as much

30 ) Biggest pet peeve?

narrow-mindedness & hypocrisy

31 ) In one word, how would you describe yourself?


32 ) Do you believe / appreciate romance?

only in art

33 ) Favourite and least favourite food?

favourite is chocolate; least favouorite is dead animal

34 ) Do you believe in God?

most of them

35) Favourite band (s) of ALL time:

in chronological order...Led Zeppelin, The Smiths,the Cocteau twins, Fields of the Nephilim and Eternal Fall....but there are so many more!
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One of my 'projects' is to take Tishbite to as many local graveyards as possible. Yesterday we went to Undercliffe, in Bradford. My friends (all of us Recovering Goths)were delighted by her!

Emma took some fabulous photographs x
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Took Tishbite to Utley cemetary after i finished work (yes work, sorting out archive materials)

and then met - via her curious saluki - a fascinating Bavarian anthropologist! I love meeting interesting people accidentally.

Tishbite is fluent in Enochian.
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I have had another tattoo

I have met the lovely fey Bryony and her adorable son x I have acquired a Pullip Zuora , named Ankharet, who will be my final doll...the shelf is full now!

I have been to an evening of Arabian fun;loved the dancing but the music was more like being on a cruise ship and was groped by a Middle Eastern gentleman...a bit concerned as he was from Lebanon and strongly resembled my cousin Havi...

I was given an iphone, but can't quite figure out how to use it

went ghost stalking with friends (and there was PHENOMENA!)

We also seem to be atracting a very young ginger tomcat..Bastien and Samiel don't seem bothered; I hope he'll stay.
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First Name: Corrina

Do you wish on stars? certainly

When did you last cry? I don't cry now.

What is your favourite meal? chocolate praline.

What is your birth date? don't ask.

If you were another person, would YOU be friends with you? no.

Have you ever told a secret you swore not to tell? twice.

Do looks matter? yes.

How do you release anger? chocolate praline.

Where is your second home? a libary.

Do you trust others easily? No.

Do you have a journal? Yes; several.

What are your nicknames? coriander singh.

Do you think that you are strong? no.

What is your least favorite thing about yourself? how long a list?

Who do you miss most? the past;the sea.

What are you listening to right now? diary of dreams

Last thing you ate? mushroom.

If you were a color, what color would you be? tarnished silver.

What is the weather like right now? mediocre.

The first thing you notice about the opposite sex? smile.

Favorite Drink? water.

Eye Color? greenish brownish.

Favorite Day Of The Year? Hallowe'en.

Summer Or Winter? Winter
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My doctor has forbidden me to speak a word for the time being as my vocal chords are so damaged.
Was it the throat/chest infection? Was it a clove cigarette too many? Was it singing Living on a Prayer at the End of Term do?

Whatever it was, it is difficult NOT to speak....and, curiously, i find other people either i) start wispering to me(?!?) ii) speak to me as if I had severe learning difficulties or iii) ask me questions, usually too complex to answer with a nod or shake of the head!

T. is out this evening seeing an ACDC tribute band 'Highway to Hull'. Obviously i am happy not to be accompanying him.

I have discovered I can now wear Chanel No 5, if I wanted to. It never worked well before, but seems to suit my middle-aged skin.

Current Preoccupations: 'What Katy Did';patchouli incense;the wonderful wild weather; Tishbite Evangeline Ghastly.

oh, and I no longer have an office...we, as a department, now have a whole room to ourselves for hanging out in; so I have a corner drapped with green sari fabric (house colour -green & silver - just like Slytherin! Hurrah!) and, for the educational benefit of the Twilight generation, some lovely photographs of Bela Lugosi, Max Shreck and Gary oldman's Brides.

On tuesday, i may or may not have to take a school trip to see.....ECLIPSE!!! I am however quite interested in seeing what Pete Murphy is up to and I will see if I can find myself a 'Team Jacob' t-shirt this weekend.

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I haven't been at work for practically a fortnight & would like to say that I feel all better & full of bounce, but i just don't.

The stupid thing is, I know what i need to get better; its fresh air, ideally by the sea, and lots of sleep & music in the background. What i do not need is to be here in Haworth, in this house that distresses me so, and the worry of visitors or delivery men or plumbers or the voices of neighbours.

i should quite like to be here

notice the emptiness of the beach.
I'd be in the dunes, on a tartan rug with a thermos of tea, a good book and a parasol.
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1 – What is your dream job?

ah, in my dream job I am employed to research things...I have an office of my own & see no one unless I choose to. I have an unlimited expense account. I am set a task, perhaps given an artefact. I have to find out everything I can & then present my findings. If we are being completely Dream Job, then obviously I'm only asked to research things I find interesting!

2 – The colour Pink – are you a fan, or should it not be allowed?

the pink of winter morning skies, sugar mice, fragranced rose petals, cream soda cocktails, the edge of daisies? why yes allow pink!

3 – If you could swap lives with someone (anyone) for a day, who would you choose?

having read too many Cautionary Tales as a child, I'd have to make all kinds of conditions when making my choice...can I choose myself age 17, with full access to horses, the sea & absolutely no responsibilities or fears at all? If that is cheating, I'll choose Rachel Brice.

4 – What is your favourite meal you like to make?

to make? I don't much care to cook but possibly toasting at an open fire will count. My favourite thing to eat are hazelnuts! And chocolate.

5 – What was your first pet?

As a child, a cat called Tiger and a couple of dogs, Gin and Cappy. Tiger used to put his dead - and sometimes not quite dead- prey in the bathtub so there was always that to deal with every day.
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bought cologne

and a perfumed fan

very tempted to lie in my neighbours paddling pool

except her child had probably wee-d in it

so i didn't.
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I'm unwell & at home; unable to talk as my voice is quite gone & my chest is in a vice. The silver lining is that I was at home to take possesion of

my very own Evangeline Ghastly doll, who I am naming Tishbite.

She'd been held in customs a while (I had to pay an exortionate ransom fee!) and I was thinking she'd be there indefinately, but as it happened I was at home, lying on my sofa in my kimono coughing up blood (not really) and watching back-to-back Sherlock Holmes.

I couldn't resist taking photographs of her, even though I'm supposed to be....I was too ill on Monday to partake in an Amazon order my Best Beloved was putting together...too ill to take a bath, too ill to walk to the corner shop for chocolate even!!
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I wish I was like her

I've always felt that she was my ideal self, my fantasy self

but I'm not brave enough.
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Between One Thing & Another
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found in liminal space, between one thing and another, is this woman landing from the sky or about to leap into it?
Divinatory Meanings: A catalyst will arrive that changes everything for. This is a card of kharmic-driven coincidences, a moment of chance arrives on the tide of chaos. It might not be entirely up to you if you seize upon it; it might be hidden.
Reversed: A wasted day, a lost hour, a restless night.
Element: Chaos

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