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I seem to have started every blog post in recent years – yes, years; that’s how bad it has been! – with an apology for not having written in so long. Despite all my good intentions, I have not been able to turn things around to start writing more regularly. Life and work are equally busy, and there was no sign that was going to change, until … (more…)

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Regular readers will be familiar with Cherbourg, my regular travelling companion. I bought him in Prestwick Airport en route to Paris a few years ago, and he now goes everywhere with me, often in my daily life as well as when I am on holiday. If you don’t know him, here he be:

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I should open this blog entry with a confession; other than seeing the Enchanted Dreams: the Pre-Raphaelite Art of E. R. Hughes exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, I had no high expectations of Birmingham as a place to visit. I stand most definitely corrected. (more…)

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iggppc_250 In March of this year, I finally signed up for a pen pal of suitably geeky proportions, with the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club. I had heard lots about it from friends, and increasingly often saw it mentioned on social media. In so many ways, the mothership was calling me home; writing and receiving letters in the post in addition to lots of geeky chat? How could I possibly refuse? Sitting at home with a broken arm finally gave me the time to sign up, and sign up I did! Cue the following rainbow in a confirmation email:
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Life is quiet – well, sort of – then suddenly everything comes along at once. On Sunday 5 July, I finally attended Glasgow’s first Comic Con of the year, after many years of never quite managing to do so; if you missed it, there is another Comic Con at the SECC in September, on 26 and 27 September to be precise. Unfortunately, I will miss that one, as I will be visiting friends in Toronto. My partner in crime for this month’s Comic Con was the Officer of the Glasgow chapter of Geek Girl Brunch International. There will be a separate blog post on our trip, but a good time was certainly had by all. (more…)

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I promised in yesterday’s post to take some photos of the snowdrops and crocuses in my garden. They are not quite the photos that I had in mind, but I did promise. (more…)

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Did the narwhal exist before the unicorn? Discuss. (Image via 1111comics.me)

Did the narwhal exist before the unicorn? Discuss. (Image via 1111comics.me)

Floral sculptures at This is Colossal.

60 epic cinematic sword fights put together in one video to the sounds of Santa Esmeralda’s Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood cover at IO9.

All Tim Burton films take place in the same universe. Discuss. At Tor.

Lego will be releasing Scooby-Doo sets – coming later this year. At the Onion’s A.V. Club.

Julia Quinn writes Regency era romance novels which are actually funny (intentionally funny, I’m convinced) and clever. They’re a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. Ms Quinn declared the week just past “Unicorn Week” on her Facebook page, and it’s been rather wonderful.

Speaking of unicorns, I am furious with myself for missing the deadline to buy this brilliant t-shirt from Ubertee.

And again thanks to Julia Quinn, I discovered the web cartoon 1111 Comics, from which today’s blog image comes.

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