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Jun. 11th, 2014

David Berkeley is coming to London on Jun 25th, so I'll have to see about getting a flight tomorrow. He's also doing a gig in Amsterdam on Jun 19th, and I'll try my best to be there -- but my manager is flying in from the States next week and there may be a work's dinner in her honour that night. I'll worry about that later, though -- first, let's see if I can get a few days off first.

In other news, I bought a new bike this last weekend. I think this is actually the first time I've bought a bicycle; all my previous ones have been hand-me-downs, with the last one having lasted me for nigh on 30 years. The other day though, one of the cogs that keep the chain moving snapped right off -- metal fatigue, I shouldn't wonder. Anyway, as my primary use for it will be to get me to the station, which even if it's just 5 minutes from my home constitutes as part of my commute, HMRC will allow me a 42% tax benefit on the purchase of it. I thought I'd be mad to forego this opportunity, but alas! it comes with so much paperwork it's unreal. The way it works is that my employer will pay for the bike, and then I will pay my employer back in instalments out of my gross monthly salary, or by handing back some of my holidays. But I won't actually take possession of the bike until the moneys are in the bicycle shopkeeper's account, and this may take a couple of weeks.

Up until a week ago, whenever anyone wanted to discuss Game of Thrones with me, I hadn't a clue what they were on about. They kept telling me how good it was, but I was of the opinion that I didn't need another fandom. How wrong can a person be! I spent all of Pentecost watching Season 1, 2, and 3 back to back, and now I'm hooked. A colleague of mine is downloading Season 4 for me as we speak ;-)


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Jun. 11th, 2014 09:13 pm (UTC)
Dutch tax system, a joy forever. *shakes head*

To me, Game of Thrones isn't so much a fandom as it is an experience. Production values are awesome, acting is stellar. Whoa.

Jun. 12th, 2014 09:03 am (UTC)
To me, Game of Thrones isn't so much a fandom as it is an experience

I think you may be right there. Every time I watch a new episode, I'm blown away by the opening sequence alone ;-). Right now, I'm suffering from withdrawal symptoms, and can't wait to get my hands on Season 4 - it's proving to be harder and harder to stay spoiler-free with each day that passes. I wanna know what happens! (no not really)(but I do)

Edited at 2014-06-12 09:03 am (UTC)
Jun. 12th, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
Of course book readers have to deal with YEARS of cliffhanger where we don't know what happened. (Seriously he ended the last book on a bunch of cliffhangers. Grr.)
Jun. 12th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I'll ever get around to reading the books (or maybe I'll do what I did with the Harry Potter ones, wait till the last one's in the shops and then read them all over the course of a week) -- I already find it hard to keep up with the sheer number of characters in the TV-series, and can only imagine it must be worse in the books.
Jun. 12th, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
Honestly, reading or not reading is a personal question as...well... the books are incredibly long and prone to wandering far afield. Seriously, Martin can spend pages telling you what the characters are EATING or explaining the ancient history of the fall of Rome the Doom of Valyria.

Some things are left out of the show, which drives purists nuts. But to be truthful, the books could benefit from more removal of superflous material.
Jun. 12th, 2014 07:29 am (UTC)
Hurrah for the new bike! Although it sounds like a very complicated system of finance...
Jun. 12th, 2014 09:12 am (UTC)
It does, and it is...but a necessary evil, given the price of new bicycles today. I was shocked when I went into the store. The scheme only works up to a price of €749; anything over has to come out of your own pocket (i.e., no tax reduction). I thought I'd have ample choice for that kind of money, but more fool me.
Jun. 12th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)
E749 is not enough for a good bike?? *boggles*

(mind you, I'll be buying one soonish too... wanted to get one with electric assist for hilly bits, but they are $2500 for a good one! Erk, maybe I'll be huffin' my way up those hills as grabbity intended)
Jun. 12th, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
E749 is not enough for a good bike?? *boggles*

I know!

I was toying with the idea of an e-bike while on my way to the shop, but once there it quickly became apparent that they were way out of my league, finance-wise. Instead, I got myself a sporty little model, with 8 gears ;-)
Jun. 12th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the dark side that is Game of Thrones. Jim and I got hooked when we marathoned before the start of season 2. Now it is MUST see, must talk about and obsess over LOL.

*hugs* and love,
Jun. 14th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
I think the thing I enjoy most about it, is the politics -- all those warring families jockeying for position, ruthlessly sacrificing themselves and their family members...I love it!
Jun. 15th, 2014 05:59 am (UTC)
OH yes! I love how he has echoes of European history in his overall story and the eternal truths about power and corruption, ambition and ruthlessness. It's really stellar in the story and the acting, settings and everything about the HBO production just make it better. George R R Martin is hands-on so any changes from the actual books are all done with his approval and input (he even writes at least one full script himself per season).


Edited at 2014-06-15 05:59 am (UTC)
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