Ynys Môn

Aug. 25th, 2014 03:03 pm
dolorosa_12: (ship)
I've just got back from a pretty fabulous few days in North Wales (mainly Anglesey). My friends B and M were getting married there, and Matthias and I decided to go for a few extra days so that we could have a holiday and visit our other friends in that part of the world, K ([tumblr.com profile] gwehyddarbyd) and P, who had a one-year-old baby boy whom we hadn't met yet.

It essentially takes half a day to get to Bangor (the nearest train station) from Cambridge, so we arrived late on Wednesday afternoon. We were staying in the hotel that would be the wedding reception venue. This is something we've started doing recently, and it make a huge difference, as it means we're able to stumble on up to bed without worrying about taxis or leaving at a specific time with whoever is giving us a lift. The hotel itself was amazing, and a bit more expensive than we'd normally like, but since this was basically going to be our only holiday this year, we decided it would be okay.

On the night before the wedding, we met up with some other Cambridge friends, P and R, for drinks in a couple of the (excellent) pubs, and had what was honestly the best (British) Indian meal of my life at this restaurant. Seriously, if you are ever in Beaumaris, go there. It's amazing. I almost can't go back to any other Indian restaurant after this meal, such was its quality.

The wedding itself was on the Thursday afternoon, so Matthias and I spent the morning wandering around the town. It was fairly typical Welsh weather (i.e. it eventually began pouring with rain), but we managed to take a few photos. It's a very beautiful landscape.

Photos behind the cut )

The wedding was in a small chapel in Anglesey, and the service was performed by B's dad, who is a minister. The ceremony was bilingual (with the odd bit of English) - B is a native Welsh speaker, and M is Polish - in Welsh and Polish, with the vows being said in both languages. I speak neither language (though I can understand bits and pieces of Welsh), but the obvious happiness of everyone involved was enough to move me.

This was followed by the reception, which had some of the most fabulously cheesy music to which I have ever had the pleasure of dancing. We stayed up until about 1.30 or 2am, which wasn't super late, although I regretted it in the morning.

The next morning, K picked us up from the hotel and we moved in to stay with them for a couple of days. As she and P have a small baby, we mostly had to stay at home, but since I adore small children (and their son is particularly lovely), that was no hardship. We ate lots of delicious food, played a bunch of board games, watched a bit of TV, and mostly basked in the adorableness of the baby. We also went out to Conwy for an afternoon.

I'd been feeling a bit out of sorts, but a few days away, in such a beautiful landscape, and with such wonderful people, was enough to raise my spirits. It's hard to be unhappy when a small baby dressed in a panda suit is flailing around at you, smiling ecstatically.
dolorosa_12: (sokka)
I don't really have a huge amount to report today. I'm just bouncing around at home, trying to memorise a paper that I have to give for my German class tomorrow afternoon. We have to talk about an interesting aspect of our respective areas of study. My focus is that medieval literature is very different to modern literature, in that we rarely know who wrote the texts, or when or where they were written. So Es ist ein bisschen wie ein Krimi, mittelalterliche Literatur zu studieren ('Studying medieval literature is a bit like a detective novel'). I'm usually quite good at memorising things by rote, and I'm pretty close to being there, so yay!

I've got a couple of longer posts lined up, and when I get my blogging groove back, I'll write them. Expect at least a couple of things on my German blog, a post about The Legend of Korra, and an intro-post type thing (because [community profile] fandomsecrets has just had a friending meme and I've got a few new people reading my journal).

This weekend has been filled with amazing music. [personal profile] thelxiepia pointed me in the direction of the White Sea remix of 'Young Blood' by the Naked and Famous, which I played about thirty times in a row. Alex made a fantastic, three-part srafmix, and I've been listening my way through that. So many brilliant artists! St Vincent! Kitten! The Grates! Grimes! Purity Ring! Chairlift! Etc! And my sister Mim linked this Grimes song. My boyfriend was the first to suggest Grimes as a musician that I would like. It seems to be the Weekend of (Awesome) People Recommending Grimes to Ronni or something.

Photobucket

In other news, I am very proud of my sock-shoe combination today! How have your weekends been?
dolorosa_12: (travis)
So. Ireland was...interesting. I was there for two weeks, in the Donegal Gaeltacht, learning Modern Irish. I did the course for one week last year, and felt it wasn't long enough. This year I did it for two weeks, and felt it was too long. It didn't help that by Tuesday of the second week, I, along with most other people from the course, had caught horrific colds.

Photos and full details under the cut )

Looking back on it, I think two weeks was slightly too long. I began to get very tired and cranky with people, longed to have some time on my own (I was sharing a room, and although my two roommates were awesome, I like my own space), and started having difficulties taking in what was being taught. All in all, though, I'm really pleased I did it. There were some reasons why I was terrified of going back to Ireland, and I'm proud of myself for being brave enough to go back anyway. For now, however, it's slán anois to Ireland, but beidh mé ar ais, cinnte.
dolorosa_12: (travis)
So. Ireland was...interesting. I was there for two weeks, in the Donegal Gaeltacht, learning Modern Irish. I did the course for one week last year, and felt it wasn't long enough. This year I did it for two weeks, and felt it was too long. It didn't help that by Tuesday of the second week, I, along with most other people from the course, had caught horrific colds.

Photos and full details under the cut )

Looking back on it, I think two weeks was slightly too long. I began to get very tired and cranky with people, longed to have some time on my own (I was sharing a room, and although my two roommates were awesome, I like my own space), and started having difficulties taking in what was being taught. All in all, though, I'm really pleased I did it. There were some reasons why I was terrified of going back to Ireland, and I'm proud of myself for being brave enough to go back anyway. For now, however, it's slán anois to Ireland, but beidh mé ar ais, cinnte.
dolorosa_12: (una)
It's taken me ages to get photos up of my new room, and it's probably a little bit narcissistic to post them, anyway, but I'm so ridiculously happy to be living in this house that I couldn't resist.

photos behind the cut )

That's the room from three different angles. Sorry the last one's so dark, but it's the wrong time of day for sunlight. In the afternoon I get flooded with light.

It's a lot smaller than my last room, but it's in a house with people I like and choose to live with, and that counts for a lot more than floor space.
dolorosa_12: (una)
It's taken me ages to get photos up of my new room, and it's probably a little bit narcissistic to post them, anyway, but I'm so ridiculously happy to be living in this house that I couldn't resist.

photos behind the cut )

That's the room from three different angles. Sorry the last one's so dark, but it's the wrong time of day for sunlight. In the afternoon I get flooded with light.

It's a lot smaller than my last room, but it's in a house with people I like and choose to live with, and that counts for a lot more than floor space.
dolorosa_12: (travis)
So, I've just got back from a rather epic and amazing srafcon. It started with two days in London with Alex, and then we caught the train to Cardiff to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] thelxiepia. Cardiff was extremely fantastic. We went to a 90s nightclub and DANCED TO 'RHYTHM IS A DANCER' BY SNAP! It was a very brilliant three days. I took quite a few photos, which are behind the cut.

I should also warn that there are spoilers for Torchwood, of all things, in the photos.

I'm going blind in my eyes )

So yeah. It was lots of fun.
dolorosa_12: (travis)
So, I've just got back from a rather epic and amazing srafcon. It started with two days in London with Alex, and then we caught the train to Cardiff to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] thelxiepia. Cardiff was extremely fantastic. We went to a 90s nightclub and DANCED TO 'RHYTHM IS A DANCER' BY SNAP! It was a very brilliant three days. I took quite a few photos, which are behind the cut.

I should also warn that there are spoilers for Torchwood, of all things, in the photos.

I'm going blind in my eyes )

So yeah. It was lots of fun.
dolorosa_12: (travis)
I have had an absolutely epic (and fantastic) weekend. It began with a bang, with the ASNaC Society black tie dinner, which involved three courses of Scandinavian food, one mead-filled drinking horn, one drunken dance uploaded to Facebook and several bizarre d and m conversations with people with whom I wouldn't normally discuss my personal life. I followed this with a sprint through snow-filled streets to deliver some of [livejournal.com profile] losseniaiel's belongings which she'd left in my room, before beginning my first shift at the English faculty library (with complementary blinding hangover).

Then I got on a train and went to Southampton.

I met some sraffies )

It was a wonderful, excellent weekend!
dolorosa_12: (travis)
I have had an absolutely epic (and fantastic) weekend. It began with a bang, with the ASNaC Society black tie dinner, which involved three courses of Scandinavian food, one mead-filled drinking horn, one drunken dance uploaded to Facebook and several bizarre d and m conversations with people with whom I wouldn't normally discuss my personal life. I followed this with a sprint through snow-filled streets to deliver some of [livejournal.com profile] losseniaiel's belongings which she'd left in my room, before beginning my first shift at the English faculty library (with complementary blinding hangover).

Then I got on a train and went to Southampton.

I met some sraffies )

It was a wonderful, excellent weekend!
dolorosa_12: (drink heavily)
So, I've finally managed to upload my Ireland photos. I've posted a couple here behind the cut, and you can see the rest in the Photobucket album.

Prepare to be blinded by greenery )
dolorosa_12: (drink heavily)
So, I've finally managed to upload my Ireland photos. I've posted a couple here behind the cut, and you can see the rest in the Photobucket album.

Prepare to be blinded by greenery )

May Week!

Jun. 18th, 2009 09:59 pm
dolorosa_12: (drink heavily)
This past week has been May Week in Cambridge (no, don't ask me why May Week is in June, it just is). It's basically a week of insane (and I mean insane) hedonism between exams and exam results being posted. I only went to three events (St John's College May Ball, ASNaC garden party and Wine Soc garden party) but they were certainly the events to go to. I took a few photos, but since I am an atrocious photographer, especially when it gets dark, they're not really representative. But there are lots of photos floating around on Facebook if you feel that you haven't got enough of the May Week insanity.

May Ball was odd. I had a moment, when the fireworks (better than Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks, and set to music) were going off, when I felt an absolute disgust at the amount of money being poured into the whole event. Someone had told me it cost £10 million. That's right, £10 million. The closet socialist in me suddenly started getting very upset that £10 million was being spent on fireworks and merry-go-rounds and five entertainment stages filled with performers (including Calvin Harris and the Puppini Sisters) from 9pm to 5am and so much food and drink that it could feed a small country. So I danced until I was delirious and tried not to think about it too much.

The thing is, I love dancing, but I'm not a huge fan of clubbing. As I've said on many occasions, I'd rather dance in ugly pants in the comfort of a lounge room in suburbia. But I adore dancing at events like balls and formals and so I was in my element. Calvin Harris was amazing (as were the Puppini Sisters, whom I'd never heard of), but the dag in me liked the silent disco the most. One hour of dancing to the kind of playlist of the house parties of my undergrad years (Breathe by the Prodigy, Hey Ya by OutKast, Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet, etc) was absolutely amazing. Everyone was singing and it was just wonderful.

ASNaC garden party (in Newnham College) was great. I slurped down cup after cup of Pimm's and sat on the grass in a rather dazed state (it was the day after May Ball) chatting to my friends and trying not to feel as if it was the end of an era.

I'll be so sorry for this year to end.

You knew you couldn't escape without a bit of camwhoring )

May Week!

Jun. 18th, 2009 09:59 pm
dolorosa_12: (drink heavily)
This past week has been May Week in Cambridge (no, don't ask me why May Week is in June, it just is). It's basically a week of insane (and I mean insane) hedonism between exams and exam results being posted. I only went to three events (St John's College May Ball, ASNaC garden party and Wine Soc garden party) but they were certainly the events to go to. I took a few photos, but since I am an atrocious photographer, especially when it gets dark, they're not really representative. But there are lots of photos floating around on Facebook if you feel that you haven't got enough of the May Week insanity.

May Ball was odd. I had a moment, when the fireworks (better than Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks, and set to music) were going off, when I felt an absolute disgust at the amount of money being poured into the whole event. Someone had told me it cost £10 million. That's right, £10 million. The closet socialist in me suddenly started getting very upset that £10 million was being spent on fireworks and merry-go-rounds and five entertainment stages filled with performers (including Calvin Harris and the Puppini Sisters) from 9pm to 5am and so much food and drink that it could feed a small country. So I danced until I was delirious and tried not to think about it too much.

The thing is, I love dancing, but I'm not a huge fan of clubbing. As I've said on many occasions, I'd rather dance in ugly pants in the comfort of a lounge room in suburbia. But I adore dancing at events like balls and formals and so I was in my element. Calvin Harris was amazing (as were the Puppini Sisters, whom I'd never heard of), but the dag in me liked the silent disco the most. One hour of dancing to the kind of playlist of the house parties of my undergrad years (Breathe by the Prodigy, Hey Ya by OutKast, Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet, etc) was absolutely amazing. Everyone was singing and it was just wonderful.

ASNaC garden party (in Newnham College) was great. I slurped down cup after cup of Pimm's and sat on the grass in a rather dazed state (it was the day after May Ball) chatting to my friends and trying not to feel as if it was the end of an era.

I'll be so sorry for this year to end.

You knew you couldn't escape without a bit of camwhoring )
dolorosa_12: (Cirque)
One of my aunts went and stayed with Dad, Alice, Nell and Kitty. She took some pretty cute photos of my little sisters, so I thought I'd post them.

photos here )

In other news, I've just finished the first two books in the Book of the New Sun series, which I read at [livejournal.com profile] cereswunderkind's suggestion. I'm enjoying the series - although I came to the conclusion, last night, that I have never read a book that made me as terrified as The Claw of the Conciliator - but I get distracted by Dorcas' silly-sounding name. I know there's a very good reason for her to have this name but I've had to rename her in my head in order to be able to stop giggling at her name every time it appears on the page. Luckily, the main character is called Severian, which is a much cooler name.

Speaking of silly names in fantasy novels, I'm reading the second book of Sarah Ash's Tears of Artarmon books. Yes, that's right, Artarmon. It probably sounds all epic and portentous to Ash, but to me it remains the name of a rather conservative northern Sydney suburb. In fact, my mother went to school there at one point. Oh well, we can't expect these northern hemisphere types to know everything, can we?
dolorosa_12: (Cirque)
One of my aunts went and stayed with Dad, Alice, Nell and Kitty. She took some pretty cute photos of my little sisters, so I thought I'd post them.

photos here )

In other news, I've just finished the first two books in the Book of the New Sun series, which I read at [livejournal.com profile] cereswunderkind's suggestion. I'm enjoying the series - although I came to the conclusion, last night, that I have never read a book that made me as terrified as The Claw of the Conciliator - but I get distracted by Dorcas' silly-sounding name. I know there's a very good reason for her to have this name but I've had to rename her in my head in order to be able to stop giggling at her name every time it appears on the page. Luckily, the main character is called Severian, which is a much cooler name.

Speaking of silly names in fantasy novels, I'm reading the second book of Sarah Ash's Tears of Artarmon books. Yes, that's right, Artarmon. It probably sounds all epic and portentous to Ash, but to me it remains the name of a rather conservative northern Sydney suburb. In fact, my mother went to school there at one point. Oh well, we can't expect these northern hemisphere types to know everything, can we?

Srafcons

Apr. 18th, 2009 04:17 pm
dolorosa_12: (flight of the conchords)
I've just emerged (sadly) from the other side of a week-long srafcon. (For those of you who do not know what a srafcon is, I shall explain. Sraffies are people who hang out here. When two or more sraffies meet up, it is a srafcon.)

Anyway, the srafcon kicked off when Raphael, who is travelling around the UK for two weeks, met [livejournal.com profile] thelxiepia and me in Cardiff.

Many photos ensued )

[livejournal.com profile] beatonna's webcomic (which I discovered through Raphael) is excellent. I especially love her most recent comic, an Angevin and Poitevin family portrait.

[livejournal.com profile] elle_vee always posts links to marvellously deranged things. In her most recent posts, she's linked to a tie with a usb in it, a grass wheel and advice from the International Society of Supervillains.

Hal Duncan has written intelligently about the new TV series Kings. I've not seen Kings, but Duncan's post raises some interesting questions about common storytelling tropes, adaptation, and television, and is well worth a read.

As you probably know by now, the Pirate Bay guys were found guilty and sentenced to a year in jail. This has meant, of course, that Pirate Bay membership has surged and people are being asked to fly the pirate flag at half-mast in protest. One of these days, content producers are going to realise the majority of their consumers have a totally different attitude to copyright than they do, and that all they achieve in taking Pirate Bay to court is turning the Pirate Bay guys into martyrs for a cause.

John Scalzi (and his commenters) responded eloquently to the whole AmazonFail business.

Also, Fox News has discovered this new site called 4chan. Be very afraid.

Finally, I saw this video from College Humor on [livejournal.com profile] sf_drama. As it's called 'We Didn't Start the Flame War', you can imagine it contains suitably flamey language. Consider yourselves warned.





Edited to add: The poll about the Pirate Bay verdict on The Guardian's website got Boinged. And then apparently the gang at /b/ got hold of it. Nice.

Srafcons

Apr. 18th, 2009 04:17 pm
dolorosa_12: (flight of the conchords)
I've just emerged (sadly) from the other side of a week-long srafcon. (For those of you who do not know what a srafcon is, I shall explain. Sraffies are people who hang out here. When two or more sraffies meet up, it is a srafcon.)

Anyway, the srafcon kicked off when Raphael, who is travelling around the UK for two weeks, met [livejournal.com profile] thelxiepia and me in Cardiff.

Many photos ensued )

[livejournal.com profile] beatonna's webcomic (which I discovered through Raphael) is excellent. I especially love her most recent comic, an Angevin and Poitevin family portrait.

[livejournal.com profile] elle_vee always posts links to marvellously deranged things. In her most recent posts, she's linked to a tie with a usb in it, a grass wheel and advice from the International Society of Supervillains.

Hal Duncan has written intelligently about the new TV series Kings. I've not seen Kings, but Duncan's post raises some interesting questions about common storytelling tropes, adaptation, and television, and is well worth a read.

As you probably know by now, the Pirate Bay guys were found guilty and sentenced to a year in jail. This has meant, of course, that Pirate Bay membership has surged and people are being asked to fly the pirate flag at half-mast in protest. One of these days, content producers are going to realise the majority of their consumers have a totally different attitude to copyright than they do, and that all they achieve in taking Pirate Bay to court is turning the Pirate Bay guys into martyrs for a cause.

John Scalzi (and his commenters) responded eloquently to the whole AmazonFail business.

Also, Fox News has discovered this new site called 4chan. Be very afraid.

Finally, I saw this video from College Humor on [livejournal.com profile] sf_drama. As it's called 'We Didn't Start the Flame War', you can imagine it contains suitably flamey language. Consider yourselves warned.





Edited to add: The poll about the Pirate Bay verdict on The Guardian's website got Boinged. And then apparently the gang at /b/ got hold of it. Nice.
dolorosa_12: (pagan)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] steamboatsnorri for letting me steal his photos.

Conforming to ASNaC stereotypes? Do you even need to ask? )
dolorosa_12: (pagan)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] steamboatsnorri for letting me steal his photos.

Conforming to ASNaC stereotypes? Do you even need to ask? )

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