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Meandering along, work is okay, my free time is still sorely limited and it's still going to be end of this month or next month before I can replace some faulty things and maybe finally get those posters and bookshelves I've been waiting eighteen months for. It's all down to being ill last month, I thought I had enough to handle Christmas and stuff but in retrospect I should maybe have left the tablet another month, especially since this computer has become a barely usable, lumbering joke.

Anyways, I have started watching some of my traditional Christmas shows on days off and nights I'm home early, so here are a few favourites I heartily recommend to all.

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Seems I only remember to post her every ten days or so now. Just a combination of work, lack of free time and trying to get other things done. Sure it'll settle down eventually, especially now I get home earlier half the days.

The new Botchamania intro is the best thing I've seen in a long time, must have watched it twenty times or so.

We might finally be recording another podcast next week, as long as I'm on the shifts I think I'm on.

Luckily, despite being off work for a week, I've enough money to cover Christmas and keep a wee bit back to buy cheap games in sales, there's a couple I plan on picking up in the Black Friday sales and there'll be more over Christmas. I'll likely end up getting six or seven cool download games for the price of a single full-price retail game.

I just discovered Swedish synthpop artist Emmon this week, she's rather awesome.




There was a wee kid wearing an awesome Spider-Man bobblehat on the bus today, I kind of want one of those hats now.
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So, I got (mostly) better, been back at work for four days and doing okay. Today was the first day in the new building in Arbroath which despite being a bit further away, is a lot easier to get to even if you just use the bus. The buses lined up perfectly today so I was home by five.

There were some minor technical issues with the new systems and software but I got through the day relatively unscathed.

Running short of cash this month, phone bill was £10 more than usual due to amount of doctors and employers phones and I've had to use the heating a lot more than expected this month. Luckily last working day is 28th, so if I can keep going until then I'll be fine.

Of to spend four hours or so watching YouTube, telly and a movie.
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So no sign of kidney infection or infection of anything attached to it, which is great and all but leaves me here, unwell, with a pain in my side and no idea if I'm going to get better any soon. I've been intears several times this week, terrified that this is just showing me I just can't deal with full time employment, that I'm never going to feel healthy and that I should jut give up fighting.

I'm determined to get back to work tomorrow, bloody determined. I just feel like everything's falling apart and I can't cope.
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...still feeling pretty unwell. Am waiting for the doctor to phone as they picked up something in my tests but stuff was sent off to another unit so full results aren't back yet. It's still looking like a kidney infection or closely related thing right now, but will hopefully know sometime this afternoon.

Have caught up on some telly, really enjoying The Flash and Gotham and going to try and get some Sleepy Hollow watched today.
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A lovely podcast called SpektrModule, an ambient/haunted/sleepy music podcast assembled by writer Warren Ellis. It can be found at http://spkmdl.libsyn.com/ and on iTunes.

As the podcast description says -

"Please tell other people about this podcast for sleepy people if you like it."

I've had episode 30 onwards on rotation on my iPod for the last couple of months and other episodes at random times in the last couple of years but don't think I've ever actually mentioned it here.
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Sent home from work, wasn't feeling to great on the way there, bit shivery and nauseous, but thought I could cope with it and struggle through. Then I stiod up to go upstairs and keeled over. Luckily I had enugh control to fall back into the chair, but trying to work was not happening. Sat in the break room for an hour-and-a-half until the train came, managed to get a doctor's appointment and they've said to take tomorrow off, keep doing what I've been doing and that it's all just a combination of everything I've been suffering from and me just not quite having recovered yet.

They took a couple more things to test, my kidney's slightly sluggish but that might be normal for me, they're checking for a couple of other things but hopefully nothing else turns up.

Going to download the latest Super Best Friendscast and listen to it while playing some games that don;t require too much thinking or skill.
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Still a bit unwell, but it's just a cold now and I'm mostly coping using Lemsips and capsules. Place is a bit of a mess but in a "haven't had time to take anything other than the general and food waste bags to the bins" way rather than a bad way. They also gave us a new bin for that and we've to use the old big grey ones for recyclable stuff which is nice, I can get the large stack of cardboard put in those now.

I have two new occasional cat friends. After seeing the three legged one around quite a bit, they were sat on a wall last week and I casually eased up and scritched them behind the ears. There's also a wee grey cat who I'd seen a lot and was rather skittish, hding behind bind and corners before scooting out and away, but I've spoken to them twice now having found them on a lawns in front of the flats a couple of times.

I still try and speak to Oscar as much as possible when visiting the folks. I really miss having a cat but can't really have one of my own for a multitude of reasons, full time work being just the biggest/latest.

Doctor Who, the forest episode I was kind of loving until it took a couple of real missteps, much like the Moon episode. Loved this week's and I absolutely adored Missy and the plot points relevant to her.

I got a voucher for £12 off the electricity company, which was nice. I'll use it to bolster the extra I've been putting on to make sure a couple of rooms in the flat are nice and toasty.

I'll put this link here - http://johncarpenter.sacredbonesrecords.com/ - John carpenter's releasing a new album of music from movies that don't exist. Absolutely loving the preview track on the website and the album will be aday one purchase for me, probably in some form of physical release if they do a nifty edition.

Work's been fine, mostly coping with stuff and the late shifts last week were fun at the end due to the co-workers I was on with. Also got complimented by a customer of my use of the word finicky to describe our system's treatment of addresses.
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Saddened by a couple of deaths in music this month, who really couldn't be any more different.

Alvin Stardust was one of those singers around when I was a kid. I spent the first five or six years of my life listening to glam rock as that was the thing at the time. Always loved this performance, he later admitted the persona was all an act due to nervousness and "...not wanting to be found out." and in later years he wasn't afraid to poke fun at himself a bit, famously parodying a road safety ad he did in full leather get up in the 70s. Still performing too and about to release a new alnum.

The other was Mark Bell, who as half of and then all of LFO got me really into a whole other area of electronic music.

Even now I get chills up the spine at the opening sounds of that track. And I can't mention LFO without also mentioning the mix of weird Japanese horror and wonky techno that is Freak.

Both will be missed.
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Have been signed off for the rest of the week by my doctor, so I won't be spending every morning waking up wondering if I'll be up to going in. I'll have enough money to pay all my bills and buy essentials next month, so that's a weight off my mind.

Doctor Who was excellent again, it's a concept I've encountered before, in comics and games, but rarely has it been done as effectively. Also, this writer gets the balance just right on the Doctor's behaviour. The last two episodes have just been a perfect mix of the ridiculous and scary, having an excellent basic concept at the heart of it.
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Well, managed three days back at work (which were hell, not due to the job, but due to me feeling so ill all the time) before having to call in sick again due to a combination of exhaustion and what the doctors are politely calling an upper respiratory infection, which led to me calling NHS24 and getting an out of hours appointment for tests because my chest felt so tight and heavy, there was so much stuff in my throat that I felt like things may block up at any moment and I was out of breath after doing every single thing.

Thankfully they don't think there's anything else wrong after a bunch of tests, including having to shave a couple of squares off my chest to do an ECG test, a few things slightly off but nothing alarming. Have to get appointment with GP tomorrow for more antibiotics as despite taking them all week, things haven't gotten any better and also to get some bloods taken just to make sure there's nothing else at work here.

I really didn't need this sort of illness six weeks into a new job, constantly paranoid that if I don't recover quick enough they might decide I'm not worth keeping on. Money will be tight next month too as I'll have had five days off (at least) and my council tax shoots up by 450% next month.

GOing to go and watch Doctor Who now, first time I've not seen an episode on day of transmission since part one of The Awakening back in January 1984.
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Still unwell, visited doctor this morning and got some anti-biotics and a recommendation to take today off as well since I have the next two days off anyways so hopefully time to recover. Got form to fill in and hand in to work when I go back.

Loved Doctor Who this week, could easily have been an episode from Tom's early seasons. the Doctor/Clara relationship is nicely mellowing and I loved him explaining and even joking about how he is now. Loved Frank Skinner's appearance and couldn't help thinking in his last scene that maybe there was a little more to him than meets the eye, thinking about it, The Engineer's a pretty good name for a renegade Time Lord eh?

Spent yesterday at the folks and Simon'll be coming round here Wednesday as they're working on the electric lines out there and they'll have no electric most of the day.

Still loving my 3DSXL, to be honest, I have minimal interest in any of the current gen systems and will be happy enough to stick with handheld gaming for the forseeable future, especially with things like ANimal Crossing and Monster Hunter where yes, there are objectives to get oo but most of the fun is messing around and just immersing yourself in the world of the games. Managed to link up with Simon in AC yesterdday, so ordered some of the furniture he has in his house. Je jad a lucky cat statue, I *needed* to have one!
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Reluctantly had to call in sick today, have had a cold/fluey thing creeping up on me all week and I was hoping to soldier on to the end of the week and my days off before it got too bad, but nope.

Some television thoughts...

Really liking NCIS:New Orleans, already it doesn't matter what the actual plots are, I like the actors/characters enough that I won't notice. I came for Baula and Pounder but stayed for all of them.

I adored this week's NCIS (US airing) since it was a Ducky focused episode. One bit in particular made me hope I'm as damned awesome as David McCallum when I hit 81 years old.

Agents Of Shield remains rather enjoyable and Gotham is interesting enough to keep me watching, if only for the all to brief bits of Sean Pertwee. Hoperfully goinf to catch up with Sleepy Hollow today as I've just not had the time.

I need to watch QI too, was too tired Monday night and fell asleep ten minutes in.
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...this is my favourite comic page of the year so far.
From Ms. Marvel #8Collapse )
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...this.
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So, was flying solo at work today (but plenty of people around to ask for help when someone threw me a curveball) and despite some tricky moments, mainly when all our search systems threw a fit and decided to impersonate Schroedinger's Cat for a couple of hours, things went fine. Majority of callers friendly and polite, had one potty mouth but it was brief and he wasn't actually swearing at me, just at what I was telling him, so no problem. Actually a lot less stressful going non my own than being buddied up and having someone watching everything I do.

Still early days but I think this is going to work out. Looking forward to actually being able to afford things and actually go places again.
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And typically, instead of catching up on a couple of movies I really wanted to watch, I've spent much of the evening deciding which posters to get next month for when I finallt put some stuff on the walls of the flat. So far we've got two Doctor Who, one movie, one videogame, one comic and one other.
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Week two done, spent a couple of hours typing and a couple of hours answering calls and it all went pretty well, as always got good advice from people I was buddied up with.

Been doing some vague financial calculations (because I don't know how much tax and NI I'll be paying yet, but am hopeful I may make Redemption next year.

Going to just completely geek out with telly, movies and games tonight and tomorrow just failed utterly to keep up with anything other than DS stuff this week.

DOctor Who last week was very silly and very excellent and this week's look rather bloody good.
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'ello. Things are going well (I have a bank account, yay! I cannot tell you how much easier this is going to make my life) and I kind of aced the written assessment this morning. I've done data entry, done the talking on the phone and although I've had someone sat there as back up, basically taken ten or so calls on my own. So tonight I am majorly chilling out since everything is going well. I'm going to be online even less now and I'm still working on when we can fit the podcast into things but I'll work something out.

My PSP and DS are truly out of the mothballs and I plan on picking up a 3DS next month, especially since if I buy one and one of three games, I get a free download game, which would be Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate in my case. Offer runs for a few months too, so no rush to buy the stuff to qualify.
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I really like my shoot 'em ups, like nothing more than flying around in a lone spaceship fighting evil alien empires, robots, bacterial infections or other odd things. I especially love them if they've got a banging techno soundtrack and I just found one that unfortunately I can't play because I don't have a Wii-U, but the soundtrack is fantastic. *That* is how a shoot 'em up should sound.
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Last day in Oxfam today, was in charge but knew several days in advance and it wasn't the total mess it was last week so it all went fine. Really going to miss the Wednesday and Saturday teams in there.

Ended up getting £15 more on my last benefits payment than expected, so used the extra to get a couple of shirts, a pair of trousers and a second suit so I've got plenty to do me the first month until I get paid. Also found The Number One Ska Album in the CDs so had that on all afternoon.

Got some of the messages on the way homhe, although it turns out all the places I buy food and stuff from are open until at least 10pm weekdays, so getting my electric and stuff won't be a problem.

Going to make my tea then watch random YouTube things until it's time for Doctor Who.
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Doctor Who is back, so naturally we talk about the first episode of the new series for a bit, then go for a jolly old ramble through the world of black and white television and movies.


0:00 - 0:10 Stuff
0:11 - 051 Doctor Who - Deep Breath
0:52 - 2:24 Black & white movies and television.

Listen here.

Download MP3 here.(right-click and save as)

Podcast feed here.

Subscribe on iTunes here.

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Got forms for bank account sent off, hopefully this time round the evidence is enough, sent four pieces just to make sure but still worried they might not accept something.

Also got travel warrants sorted out for next two weeks, will organise the third week as soona s I know what days I'm doing, which is going to be a bit tricky since I'm working all weekdays for a fortnight so will have to get a family member to sign for them and pick them up.

Managed to get a couple of shirts out of Oxfam so I've a couple spare, hopefully pick up a couple of pairs of trousers tomorrow as my final benefit payment was £10 more than I'd been told

Typically the council decided they need to inspect the flat the week after I start working, so (as with the travel stuff) there's a lot of dancing about trying to organise a suitable date. Not worried, there's still a lot of boxes around the flat, but everything's tidy enough and I haven't made a huge hole in a wall or anything.

Podcast is exporting as I type, should be up in a couple of hours.
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Thanks for all the congratulations ans good wishes, much appreciated.

Been sorting out bits and pieces, end of next month's going to be a struggle until I get paid but I'm getting enough help with various things it should be okay and now I know when I'll get paid each month I can easily figure out budgets. Last week and a half of September will be tight, but I'll get there.

We're recording a podcast tomorrow, I honestly don't know what's going to happen regarding future episodes yet, it'll really depend on what shifts I'm working, if we can still easily get together and things. We'll at least get this one more recorded, we'll be talking about Deep Breath and black and white movies/telly.

Was a bit sad leaving Oxfam today, my last day with the Wednesday shift, I've really enjoyed working with them over the months and would have loved to have continued. I'll miss all our chatting and stuff.
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