gamiila: (fun & games)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] chicklet73, the 50 Questions-meme:

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gamiila: (book)
It seems like everyone on my flist is participating in the FIRST meme, making me want to meme, too; but unfortunately, the questions in that particular meme seem to refer to a strictly American setting. Proms, sleep-overs, first grade teachers, first alcoholic beverage as some sort of rite of passage...none of these hold any particular meaning to someone living this side of the Atlantic (OK: my primary school teacher was called Mrs. McGillivray and she was 100 if she was a day, or looked it; and I tasted my very first (watered-down) glass of red wine with my 6th birthday dinner - but I don't see how I can make a post out of that). So instead, I decided to look for a meme that I could find answers to, and found

15 Question Book Meme )

There, I've memed.

Meme

Mar. 31st, 2012 12:53 pm
gamiila: (fun & games)
1. Leave a comment to this post - specifically saying that you would like a letter.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.


[livejournal.com profile] enigmaticblues gave me "M":

1. Maid Marian, in Robin of Sherwood: Robin of Sherwood is, and always will be, my favourite reimagining of the Robin Hood-legend, and Michael Praed my favourite Robin Hood bar none. Also, this was probably the first time that I was introduced to a Maid Marian that could hold her own and fight as well as the rest of the gang, as opposed to the delicate flower Marians in the earlier Hollywood films.

2. Maid Marian, in Maid Marian and her Merry Men: one of my favourite CBBC-series ever, so funny and original in turning the Robin Hood-legend on its head. This Maid Marian is passionate and idealistic, and consequently often blind to the bungling incompetence of the Merry Men she leads in her fight against injustice. I do like her, even if she can be a bit full-on at times. (Of course, I like the Sheriff of Nottingham even more in this series, but his name doesn't begin with M).

3. Merlin: most specifically, as imagined and portrayed in Mary Stewart's Merlin-trilogy of the 1970s, but also as the powerful, slightly sinister wizard of the mediaeval romances, and his latest incarnation, as the jug-eared, cute Merlin in the current BBC-series.
I loved the Arthurian tales as a child, and the figure of Merlin intrigued me from the start.
When Mary Stewart combined all the disjointed legends into a flowing narrative, I fell in love with the character forever.

4. Maedhros: I love flawed heroes, in literature and in films. There are many such in Tolkien's The Silmarillion, but Maedhros is the one that springs most readily to mind. Capable of steadfast love and friendship, and fiercely loyal, he is not above treachery and deceit when the oath he and his brothers swore demands he act against his better nature. I cried when he ended his torment by killing himself.

5. Mark Darcy: Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy was already a much-loved romantic hero of mine when Colin Firth took on the role in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and put his indelible stamp on the character. Helen Fielding's reimagining of the character as Bridget Jones's love interest, and Colin Firth's portrayal of him in the films (as if Fitzwilliam Darcy had made it anachronistically into the 1990s) make Mark Darcy my favourite matinee idol.
gamiila: (fun & games)
6 1/2 out of 20 )

And the winner is: [livejournal.com profile] speakr2customrs, who correctly identified 3 of these, closely followed by [livejournal.com profile] bogwitch, with 2 1/2. [livejournal.com profile] dalmeny comes in third place, with 1 point.
gamiila: (peek-a-boo)
I interviewed for a position as Quality Coordinator a month ago. Two weeks ago, they let me know that I was the only candidate remaining, but that they wanted to readvertise for it. Then on Thursday evening, I got the call that they would like to see me again...yet now, I'm not sure that the job's for me. I knew they'd since rewritten the job description, and asked for a copy to be sent to me -- and the role and responsibilities have been much added to. I'd have to be WonderWoman in order to fulfill their expectations now!

Meanwhile, the job hunt is not going well on other fronts. There are loads of job postings around, but hardly any at my level; and my phone remains stubbornly silent. None of the recruitment agencies I'm registered with have got back to me yet, and I'm rapidly losing heart. And then, I went and added to my misery by breaking my laptop keyboard, when I took my frustrations out on it and the keycaps started flying around my ears.

So, I'm in need of cheering up, and maybe this meme that I've stolen from [livejournal.com profile] chickenfeet2003 will do just that. We last played this game on the 28th of September, 2008, so please will you indulge me?

Instructions

1. Open up your music player. Hit shuffle.
2. Record the first few words of the first 20 songs that come up that do not give away the name of the song. Skip instrumentals, but don't skip the embarrassing ones.
3. Make hapless LJ denizens guess the song names and artists. Google is cheating.
4. Least hapless LJ denizen wins admiration.


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Icon meme

Aug. 24th, 2011 09:52 pm
gamiila: (rain dance)
I may have mentioned earlier -in fact, I know I did- that it's been a very wet summer this year, but until this afternoon, I'd managed to avoid the worst showers. Not so today.

When I go out in search of lunch, I usually stop for a chat with the security woman downstairs (as I don't feel comfortable ignoring people whose desks you have to pass by on your way in/out, as most employees seem to do in this building that houses us on the 3rd (and soon, the 1st as well) and a bank on the 5th floor), and sometimes bring her back a little something, too. So, yesterday she told me that lunch would be on her, but because of the office outing, I couldn't take her up on it. Today, she repeated her offer.

There's a really good sandwich bar a couple of streets or a 10-minute stroll away, so I said I'd bring us back some of their tuna loona ciabattas, knowing she's partial to them, and ventured out into the drizzle. I hadn't even reached the corner when it started chucking it down, and within minutes, I was soaked right down to my underwear - my light summer jacket just couldn't cope with the amount of water.

Anyway, I got the sandwiches, walked back, sopping in my ballet flats, and about an hour later started to feel really chilly and uncomfortable in my wet things. Luckily, one of the guys in Retail had a couple of T-shirts left over from a special event, so I changed into those; but couldn't do anything about my wet jeans (or undies, or shoes). And then later, when it was time to go home, I had to put on my wet jacket again as it still hadn't stopped raining!

I took a long hot shower when I got home, but to be honest, I'm still feeling rather soggy.

Heigh-ho. A meme! )

Song meme

Apr. 16th, 2011 12:17 pm
gamiila: (fun & games)
I can't remember who I nicked this from; it's been sitting on my hard drive for a while -- judging from the last question, I'm guessing since just before Christmas. Nevertheless, I thought I'd fill it out now, and save myself the bother of thinking up a real post!

song meme )
gamiila: (guitars)
Music meme, by way of [livejournal.com profile] bogwitch: comment and I'll give you a letter; tell me five favourite songs that start with it.

I got R! )

baa

Mar. 6th, 2011 12:20 pm
gamiila: (a good read)
Book meme, via [livejournal.com profile] dalmeny:

Books I am currently reading: after finishing Valentine Honeyman's Stalking Richard & Judy, an uproariously funny story about a writer obsessed with getting his latest novel onto the R & J booklist, but hardly great literature, I'm now three chapters in to D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover (and yes, it struck me as odd that I hadn't read it before, too). Unless it's for research purposes, I tend to read books sequentially, not simultaneously.

Book I am currently writing: I'm a reader, not a writer.

Books I love most: these would include The Rainbow (D.H. Lawrence), Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh), The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien), Memoirs of Hadrian (Marguerite Yourcenar), Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M. Pirsig) and God Knows (Joseph Heller); but there are many, many more.

The last book I received as a gift: for some reason people rarely give me books; which is weird as everyone knows I like them. The last time I can recall receiving a book as a gift was for my 40th birthday, Donna Tartt's The Little Friend, in hardcover.

The last book I gave as a gift: not sure. I used to give nothing but books as gifts, but then my family complained, so I stopped doing that. In the last year of his life though, my father asked to bring him something to read and so, knowing the sort of books he'd previously liked, I'd buy him war novels and biographies of generals. We donated them to the home's little in-house library after he died.

The nearest book on my desk: my desk is situated in the study right next to my bookcases full of books on art, architecture, archaeology, history, philosophy, theology, palaeoanthropology and astronomy -- and also my cookery books, travelogues and museum catalogues; so that's hard to answer. There are no books on the desk itself.

Last book I bought for myself: the afore-mentioned Lady Chatterley's Lover, plus Aristocrats. Power, Grace & Decadence (non-fiction) by Lawrence James and Stonehenge (prehistorical fiction) by Bernard Cornwell were all bought yesterday afternoon.
gamiila: (grumpypants)
the rest of the days )

Let's be done with this meme, and answer the last two prompts in this one post. Something that I miss: I miss going to work, but if I'm any judge of my own character this will soon change to me missing not having to get up early and go to work. I also miss the relative simplicity of childhood, when I didn't have to worry about grown-up stuff like money matters and could spend the whole day playing outside. As to my goal for the next 30 days, it would be just to get through them as best I can.
gamiila: (fork)
The thing with problems is, that they have a way of either resolving themselves, or getting resolved. Either way, they cease being a problem, and then the particulars become hazy, and get forgotten. I don't believe the problems I've had in the past have been all that special or interesting, and I can't predict what problems I'll face in the future, so there's no point in writing about any of them for the sake of a meme.

the rest of the days )

I went to see The King's Speech today, and enjoyed it very much. Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter all did a brilliant job bringing their characters to life, and I was pleased to see Anthony Andrews, who I actually hadn't seen in anything since the early 80s and Brideshead Revisited, in the role of PM Baldwin. Much older now, and no longer a pretty boy, but still very recognisable.

Ended up having dinner at my favourite Greek restaurant, which had undergone a complete refurb since I last visited the place, and tucked into a hearty meal of garides saganaki for starters and lamb shank stifado, washed down with a nice retsina. Am consequently rather full at the moment.
gamiila: (Mycroft)
Someone who has a brain, self-confidence and a sense of humour. Someone who's energetic, with a predominantly sunny disposition and a zest for life. And if they happen to be tall, dark and handsome into the bargain, so much the better.

(I'm beginning to get rather bored with this meme, but luckily, there's only a few more days left in it).

the rest of the days )

Last night, a friend took me out to dinner in celebration of my imminent return to work; and tonight, I will be attending a charity dinner and auction to aid victims of recent floods in Indonesia, organised by another friend. But it's raining heavily and I don't feel much like going out, so I may give it a miss...even if it's been a while since I've had a proper rijsttafel.
gamiila: (2 men and a dog)
Alive or dead? Actually, in the present day, there may be people that I greatly respect (like the Dalai Lama, e.g.), but 'fascination' is not a word I would use to describe that mixture of admiration and goodwill. If I were fascinated by them, I would follow their every move, while in reality, I go through life with barely a thought for these people.

The same applies to historical figures, such as Leonardo da Vinci, who I've admired for his diverse talents from an early age (I think I was about 8 when I first came across some (facsimilies of) his drawings, and was captivated by their detail). In my youthful enthusiasm, I may have wanted to learn as much as I could about as many different subjects in pale imitation of his example, but I've had to acknowledge quite early on that I don't have it in me to be a genius in any one field, let alone sciences and the arts.

the rest of the days )
gamiila: (fun & games)
When you've lived as long as I have, it's difficult to pick one favourite film out of all the hundreds, maybe thousands, you've seen. You'll have forgotten about a lot of them, while others will have left an impression even if you've seen them only once. Of the films that are regularly shown on television, one that I will always quite happily settle down to watch again for the umpteenth time, is Witness, starring Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis and a young Lukas Haas. It's a thriller dealing with corruption and murder in the Philadelphia police force, in which an Amish family accidentally becomes embroiled when an 8-year old boy travelling with his mother witnesses a murder taking place in the train station's restroom. In order to protect his witness, Harrison Ford's character takes mother and son back to their community, and because he is wounded, has no choice but to stay there himself too -- which is just as well, as his corrupt colleagues, armed to the teeth, are on their way to peaceful, pacifist Amish country themselves.

The scene I like best in this movie is that of the barn-raising, when the whole community gathers to build a barn for a newlywed couple, and it's a beautiful summer's day and everyone sits down at long trestle tables laden with food -- it's just so idyllic (and probably a long way from an accurate portrayal of Amish life, but still...). I love the music, and the on-screen chemistry between the main protagonists; the sweeping views of the beautiful farmlands; and the late Alexander Godunov's debut as an actor in the supporting role of Daniel Hochleitner, who comes to woo Kelly McGillis's character of Rachel Lapp. In the late 70s/early 80s, I was very much interested in ballet, and Godunov and Baryshnikov were the outstanding dancers in those days. When Witness came to our cinemas, the inclusion of Godunov's name on the posters was a major pull for me.

the rest of the days )
gamiila: (technical issues)
My modem died just before the weekend. I've had to wait five days for its replacement to come through the post, and although they'd promised me a morning delivery, it only got dropped off half an hour ago. Yay! I'm back online, which is all I've cared about for the last few days - I've lost the knack for keeping myself entertained without access to the 'Net, I'm afraid.

The new central heating system is working perfectly and noiselessly, and is doing a wonderful job at maintaining a nice even temperature of 20 degrees Centigrade throughout my property -- but my enjoyment of it is marred by the fact that Willem and his crew absconded without fixing the hole they created in my kitchen ceiling. It's not a massive problem, and I'm sure I could take care of it myself, but I would have been happier if they'd done the repairs, seeing as it was them that have knocked the hole there in the first place.

Now it's time to catch up with the meme I started at the beginning of this month, and the prompt for Day 19 is to hold forth on the subject of disrespecting your parents. This is a subject I have little or no personal experience with. I'm not even sure what is meant by it. There have been times when my parents and I have not got along, but I've always respected them as people, and respected their opinions even if I didn't agree with them.

Day 20 asks how important you think education is, and my answer is: very. In this day and age, and in our society, you can't get by, and you certainly can't get ahead, without it.

Day 21 wants to know about one of your favourite shows. I've been watching the BBC1 soap EastEnders for over 20 years, and I still enjoy watching it and following the characters storylines, even if they are a bit silly sometimes.

The subject under discussion on Day 22, according to the meme, is 'how have you changed in the past 2 years?' And I don't think I have, not really. My circumstances have changed, but apart from having grown a little older and maybe a little sadder, I'm basically pretty much the same.

And so we come to Day 23: Give pictures of 5 guys who are famous and who you find attractive. This I'm not going to do, because I really don't know how, or who, to choose. A long time ago, when I was a young whippersnapper, I decided that David Bowie was not just a very talented musician, but also a very beautiful man. He was in his Thin White Duke-phase then; and time, I think, has been extremely kind to him - he may be in his 60s now, but I think he's still exquisite.

Gary Oldman is my favourite actor, because of his ability to merge with and become his character, and as such, I find him attractive. Professor Brian Cox is very good at explaining the wonders of the solar system and the workings of the Large Hadron Collider in such a way that for 5 minutes, I actually think I can almost understand what he's talking about, and that makes me think of him as attractive, too.

And there I'm stuck. I can't think of 5 attractive, famous guys - and yet there must be quite a few more that if I saw them on the silver screen, I'd be tempted to go 'phoarrr'...yet I can't think of their names.

the rest of the days )
gamiila: (star of Bethlehem)
Πιστεύω είς ενα Θεόν, Πατέρα, παντοκράτορα, ποιητήν ουρανού καί γής, ορατών τε πάντων καί αοράτων.

Καί είς ενα Κύριον, Ίησούν Χριστόν, τόν Υιόν του Θεού τόν μονογενή, τόν εκ του Πατρός γεννηθέντα πρό πάντων τών αιώνων. Φώς εκ φωτός, Θεόν αληθινόν εκ Θεού αληθινού γεννηθέντα, ού ποιηθέντα, ὁμοούσιον τώ Πατρί, δι’ ού τά πάντα εγένετο. Τόν δι’ ημάς τούς ανθρώπους καί διά τήν ημετέραν σωτηρίαν κατελθόντα εκ τών ουρανών καί σαρκωθέντα εκ Πνεύματος ‘Αγίου καί Μαρίας τής Παρθένου καί ενανθρωπήσαντα. Σταυρωθέντα τε υπέρ ημών επί Ποντίου Πιλάτου καί παθόντα καί ταφέντα.

Καί αναστάντα τή τρίτη ημέρα κατά τάς Γραφάς.

Καί ανελθόντα είς τούς ουρανούς καί καθεζόμενον εκ δεξιών τού Πατρός.

Καί πάλιν ερχόμενον μετά δόξης κρίναι ζώντας καί νεκρούς, ού τής βασιλείας ουκ εσται τέλος.

Καί είς τό Πνεύμα τό ¨Αγιον, τό Κύριον, τό ζωοποιόν, τό εκ τού Πατρός εκπορευόμενον, τό σύν Πατρί καί Υιώ συμπροσκυνούμενον καί συνδοξαζόμενον, τό λαλήσαν διά τών Προφητών.

Είς μίαν, αγίαν, καθολικήν καί αποστολικήν Έκκλησίαν. ‘Ομολογώ εν βάπτισμα είς άφεσιν αμαρτιών. Προσδοκώ ανάστασιν νεκρών. Καί ζωήν τού μέλλοντος αιώνος.

Άμήν.

the rest of the days )
gamiila: (good days & bad days)
I don't think it will come as a surprise to anyone when I state that finding myself suddenly unemployed has led me to the single most lowest point in the past year. Had I been able to find work again fairly soon after, it might not have been so bad; but it took me 9 months to find another job, and the longer time went on, the deeper I sank into depression and despair. Then, there was this long, cold winter and the heating broke, which didn't help matters, either.

My high must have been when I was offered two jobs in the same day; and I can only hope I made the right choice in choosing the one that is least secure. I should get a sense of this on March 8th, when I've arranged to come in for a day prior to my official starting date, to familiarise myself with my new surroundings, my new colleagues, and my new responsibilities in service channel management.

the rest of the days )

The sun is shining, and I would like to go out and make the most of it, but I have a job to do at home: they're coming to install the new central heating system tomorrow, and I'm going to have to clean all the visible pipes that run along the ceiling of the kitchen of all the accumulated dust and dirt of the last decade since I last paid attention to them. I was mortified when Willem came by to check what needed to be done and found that even though I had cleaned everything at eye level, I'd forgotten to cast a critical eye higher up.
gamiila: (volume)
I don't really have any views on mainstream music, which by its nature, is familiar, diverse and unthreatening. There are certain, more alternative genres that I prefer, but I don't subscribe to the idea that just because something is popular, it's no good.

the rest of the days )

My contract came in the post today! Together with Apple's Business Conduct Guidelines, Acceptance Sheet, Mail & Electronic Communications Systems document, Intellectual Property Agreement, Employee Privacy Notice, Safe Harbor Policy and Confidentiality Agreement. It looks like they don't do things by half, yet this is the first time I've ever received my employment contract by mail. What if it had got lost, or worse, someone had intercepted it and used my details to commit identity fraud? The envelope doesn't appear to have been tampered with, but still...

I'm pleased to report that my driving skills do still seem to be all present and correct. I was asked to do a three-point turn today, and I was surprised to see I could execute it flawlessly on my first try in 13 years.
gamiila: (hang on)
Hee. I actually covered this in an entry 10 months ago.

the rest of the days )

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