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Happy Birthday )
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Tried to fill up a hot water bottle about half an hour ago - as I filled it, it slipped so I grabbed it. A geyser of boiling water sprayed over my stomach. As I spasmed in response to that, I hunched over, squeezed the bottle again and got a spray of equally hot water up the left side of my face. Fortunately, I managed to close my eye in time. Ran into the bathroom and stood under the cool shower for about 10 minutes. So I am now sitting here with a cold pack on my face and on my stomach. I'll put up with the sore back (which is what I was running the hot water bottle for) for a little while longer!


Aug. 9th, 2015 10:17 pm
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The Deadpool trailer )
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..... and in a 'verse of his own making, thank goodness. It will be a comic called Twist.

Finally he can move on from the entire Marvelverse and do what he does best - create new original worlds and new original characters.

Origin 2015

Jul. 9th, 2015 12:35 am
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This is more like it!

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I went to Supanova today. It was a lot better organised this year and the crowding around the main entrance was vastly reduced which made for a much more pleasant experience.

I got autographs from Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin - both in my copy of Serenity: Those Left Behind HC, which already has signatures from Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Jewel Staite and Alan Tudyk. Nathan joked that it would be worth a lot of money after he died and when I told him about the other signatures (and the fact that that I intended to get the last three as well), he said it would be worth a really big lot of money. Considering that he had been signing for about 2 hours without a break by this time, it was impressive that he could still make any kind of joke. Adam Baldwin seemed impressed that I had come from 100km away on the train - quite routine for me but he seemed to think it was cool.

It was a long time in the queues - even though Nathan's moved quickly, there were a hell of a lot of people in front of me. Adam's moved more slowly because he was taking some time to talk to each person and personalise their autographs but it was a little shorter so it didn't take as long.

Cosmic Comics had a stand so I went over to have a look and got The Walking Dead Book 11 HC - I thought I usually got these in September each year (and usually from Cosmic Comics as it is my "local store" - it's about 35 kms away) but obviously this one came out way earlier.

Overall, a much more pleasant experience than last year - my only disappointment was that Morena Baccarain had to cancel. If she had come, that would have left only 2 signatures to get but as it is, I still have three to go. Here's to next year! 


Jun. 21st, 2015 10:31 pm
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Just had dim sim from the fish and chip shop (yes, I really should know better). I had reconciled myself to the fact that they would deep-fried but when they deep-fried and in batter too that was a step too far!


Apr. 3rd, 2015 04:40 pm
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Two weeks of no pants - do the happy dance!
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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett - you made a  difference.
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Happy belated birthday! )
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Finally got Season 2 of Utopia ( this one, not that one) from JB Hi-Fi. I ordered it in October when it orignally came out, then waited three weeks, only to find they had lost the original order. I ordered it again, along with sesaon one of the same series which they also didn't have despite it coming out in January this year! Sadly, season one still wasn't in.

It is most unlike JB's as they are usually really good with ordering.
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I bought some Red Velvet Tim Tam's today - not bad at all. The biscuits are definitely red velvet flavoured and the filling is a creamier filling than usual. Really quite a nice combination. 
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Just had some Whittaker's L&P white chocolate - it's certainly a different taste. I did eat it at room temperature so I am also going to eat it once it has been in the 'fridge for a while to see if that makes any difference.

It certainly tastes quite strongly of L&P (via shards of L&P flavoured popping candy)  and it also tastes of white choclate (obviously) but whether those two tastes should be together or not is the question.

ETA: 8 hours in the 'fridge and they do taste a bit better!
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I've made a huge mistake - I bought it! Just not funny.
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Ozzy at his finest. )
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Major spoilers for S1 follow.

Spoilers ahead. )
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As finals go, this was a damn good one. Too often these are tentative affairs where no-one is willing to take a risk so no-one does anything effective. Instead, both sides attacked for a good proportion of the time (Germany more than Argentina)  but both sides had strong and well organised defences that dealt with most attacks before they really got going - shots were 10/7 for Germany and 10/2 for Argentina.

It was concerning to see an obviously concussed Kramer sent back on, only to be taken off about 15 minutes later, visibly distressed and disoriented but then I suppose the stakes were high. It was good to see Messi regain some of his running form - ironically, he scored no goals in this game but I think this was probably the closest to peak performance that I have seen from him all tournament. I suspect that that, had Di Maria been playing, this would have been a very different game. Germany took advantage of every opportunity and when a slim one finally came, Goetze put home the only goal of the game in the 113th minute.

Suddenly it was done - Germany are World Champions and Argentina are runners-up. Probably a fitting result, considering the form of all the teams in the tournament with Germany scoring the most goals and Argentina conceding the fewest.
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Luckily for Brazil, Netherlands weren't as clinical as Germany in their finishing or this could well have ended up 7-1 again. Sadly, Brazil's defence was still all at sea, even with Thiago Silva back but the Netherlands attack just wasn't as lethal as Germany's - mind you, at 17 minutes down, Brazil were already 2 goals down and it was looking like it could go the same way again. I had said earlier that I hoped the Netherlands didn't win any games off a Robben dive but to all intents and purposes, they did in this game. Not that it was the final goal but rather it was the first goal and it was so early (just the second minute) that it quite simply deflated Brazil. They became so nervous that it was going to be the semifinal all over again that almost everyone lost confidence in their own abilities.

It was similar in some ways to that game - David Luiz messed up time and again, both in defence (where he handed the second goal to the Netherlands after a terrible defensive blunder) and also in attack where all of his much vaunted free kick prowess simply evaporated. Also like the semifinal, one of the few Brazilian players who finished this game with any credit to his name was Oscar who ran and junked and twisted and crossed and shot  but all to no avail as the rest of the attack (Willian, Jo, Ramirez and Hulk, once substituted on) just slumbered on.

Robben did get booked for diving (finally!) but then it became very much a game of "Kick The Robben" as the Brazilians knew that he couldn't dive again and risk getting sent off but any time they did foul him, they could simply claim a dive. He did get a few more free kicks but he must have finished that game very sore - isn't karma a bastard, Arjen?

The game finished 0-3 to Netherlands so they finish third and Brazil finished fourth - but I imagine that the blood-letting wont stop for years in that Brazilian team!
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If yesterday was the pleasure, today was the pain. This was a dour, dull struggle between two water-tight defences that didn't shift an inch. Between both teams for the entire 120 minutes (because yes, this went to extra time, not to mention penalties), there were just 8 shots on target, almost none of which were serious chances. With all the attacking brilliance of Robben and Messi and Sneijder and Higuain and van Persie and, well you get the picture, it was a monotonous trail of easily repelled attacks from both sides.

When the penalties finally sorted it (2-4 to Argentina) I was relieved more than anything because this probably one of the dullest matches of the competition to date.

So, the final is Germany vs Argentina and the 3/4 play-off is Brazil vs Netherlands.


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