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From Four Hours On, Four Hours Off" by FJBryan:

"Who uses spit? That's only for desperate circumstances."

Go your attention? Good. This here's a poll - about spit, and sodomy, in slash Prosfic.

Please go behind the cut to find the poll itself. Adult concepts, probably NSFW )

ETA: notifications aren't getting through to my yahoo account. Sorry for any delays in replyng.
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Firstly - big sigh of relief. I sent my Big Bang fic off to the mods yesterday. A rough draft she is, but I have a compass outline. Although I've decided to come clean about my target word total:

There you go. I can do it, the scenes are mapped out already... but I'm still nervous. Plot hole number one to sort (from last night's rough rereading) "but where did he get the tape?" *g*

Also I am now using Word instead of wordpad, and no matter how many times I change the settings to Aus/UK English it keeps reverting to US - 'realize' - arrgh!

Linky: [ profile] batteredhaggis posted about The 1940 Chronicle a madly wonderful resource for the Battle of Britain. I do rather wish they hadn't used so much modern language reporting, but it's still a very useful site.

Work news: not counting on it, but the latest rumour about the Federal Government's implementation of Local Hospital Networks is that we will be going back to our pre-2005 boundaries. Which, if they decide to do it that way, would be a very good thing, as our old AHS was actually working quite well at the time. The emphasis on hospitals as the focus of care delivery worries me a lot though, and I'm not the only one.

It is cold, but the heating is now on, and B has volunteered to cook order pizza.

ETA: which reminds me - the TudorCook says he had a flurry of responses to his poll sometime after I posted about it - any of you lot involved with that?
kiwisue: (Blind Run look)
I've just rewatched Slush Fund, which is one of my favourite episodes. Doyle looks absolutely gorgeous throughout (although your mileage may vary on the pullover, I like it). Bodie's Scouse, van Niekerk's skin *g*.

On the question of van Neikerk, I decided to take a good look at the ending. Conventional fannish wisdom has it that Bodie kills him with a shot to the head, something which is often lamented because he's an excellent villain. I decided to find out for myself. Screencaps below the cut, but first a poll. Answer before peeking *g*.

[Poll #1522012]
Review the evidence )
kiwisue: (eeyore wrisomifu)
I'm procrastinating again *g*. Decided I simply had to know how much a pint was in 1977 - 1981. I found The National Archives site, which has a database of items on the retail prices index from 1914 to 2004.

Unfortunately *deep sigh*, alcohol prices were only included from 1987, but I thought it might be interesting anyway.

ooh, look, I can do tables naow )
kiwisue: (Reading (Acorn Syndrome))
I've been really bad about posting and answering comments lately, but I can at least report that I've been busy on Pros things in a behind-the-scenes way. A while ago [ profile] enednoviel asked me if I knew when Pros first aired in Australia. I only had vague memories (some of which turned out to be wrong). Anyway I thought that maybe the National Library would have copies of TV Week for the period, so I wrote to them. They referred me to the NSW State Library and I eventually got around to getting a readers card and reserving a bunch of volumes of issues from 1979 onwards. It took me a couple of goes, and I still don't have a definitive date for the first episode shown because there were some issues missing, but my best informed guess at this time is that it was probably 'Old Dog, New Tricks' on 25 August 1981. ETA: based on comments I need to go back to the earlier missing issues - might take a while.

The list so far is underneath the cut. I might go back in a little while and look for repeats - I only went as far as 1983 and The Hatstand Express (1984) mentions that the show was back on air then. Also I should recontact the ANL now I know what I'm looking for & see if they have the missing issues.

Air dates for The Professionals in NSW Australia )
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B's away for the weekend. I've done post officey things, bought food (lamb roast *g*) and now I'm procrastinating.

I have fic to write - but I can't decide which to start on first. You'll have to help: should it be A, B, C, D, E or F? Without saying which is which - I've been having thinky thoughts about all of them - help me out, please :)
[Poll #1456095]
Of course my procrastination involves pretty men and Pros-ish comparisons... )

OK, enough is enough... so, which fic should I be writing now?
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I suspect that I'm the one responsible for starting the whole Pago Pago thing (as opposed to Honolulu time, or "somewhere in the world it's still such-a-day" time). So I thought I should offer up some resources.

The World Clock is something I find very useful: for working out whether my boss is likely to be asleep or in meetings or dealing with emails, when he could be in Barcelona, Tehran or Boston on any given day, and for figuring out which of my friends might be on line *now*.

Here be links to the westernmost places on the American side of the International Date Line for you to bookmark - there's no actual difference between them, so you have a choice:

Pago Pago, American Samoa:

Alofi, capital of Niue:

Apia, capital of Samoa:
*Apia is actually closer to the Date Line than Pago Pago, so if you think Aunt Mabel should move there, feel free*

Unfortunately only Microsoft (on some systems) thinks the Marshal Islands are 12 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.

For those running Firefox, FoxClocks is a nifty gizmo that puts a small timezone clock on your status bar. You can set it to any timezones you want to keep track of - Lad's time, Pago Pago time, Cincinnati time (don't know why I included that, except I just love the sound of it).

The reason I'm interested in all of this? I'm *always* running out of time!


Dec. 24th, 2008 01:10 pm
kiwisue: (Sally by snarkyllama)
I've been feeling everyone's pain as they work on their dialj stories *g*. My own has been growing slowly, at about 300 per day, and I figure I need at least 8,000 to do the tale justice. But this morning I got up & wrote almost 600 words of the climactic scene, straight off the bat (the plotty climactic scene, dammit - so far this story isn't registering very high on the smut-o-meter), and it is good! Now I just have to go back and write another 5,000 or so to get to that point. And the slashy denoument, of course *g*. That's about 1,000 per day, to give time for betaing. Yep, I can do it!

As an intermission, I bring you something I wrote over on the Pros Forum, in response to a question Chiara wrote about lack of discussion about guns on the Forum.
Read more... )

Right, back to story-writing!
kiwisue: (Sally by snarkyllama)
I love Mixed Doubles. A surprisingly sympathetic pair of villains, whose preparation for the Parsali Op parallels the Lads' own, on the opposite side. Production-wise the episode shows plenty of attention to detail in the camera work and lighting, which makes it a great episode for pimping the show. The script has a nice mix of seriousness and dark humour. And the "makes me smile" bits with Bodie and Doyle - the touching, the almost cuddling, the side-by-side all the way through – are perfect.

But what's this Dum-Dum business? What really makes a dum-dum bullet different from/worse than other bullets?
Read more... )
kiwisue: (DanCarter)
Pros fandom needs this rant about as much as it needs another elf story, but what the hell, it made me feel better...

For some reason I've recently read several Pros stories that have included a reference to the fine old game of Rugby Union. Almost all of them got something pretty basic wrong, something that was enough to throw me out of the story at least temporarily. I know there's no chance of most of those errors being fixed, because they were in 'zine or circuit stories and the authors are no longer active in Pros. All I'm asking is that anyone writing about rugby in the future takes some time to familiarise themselves with the essentials.

While Wikipedia has several good articles (including rules, lists of tours, matches and results for the national sides) and the BBC website is another one worth looking through, I thought I'd do a brief summary that's more oriented towards people who are primarily interested in the game from the fan fiction angle. I'm therefore going to concentrate on the general historical setting of the 70's and the player types involved in the game.

Rugby basics for Pros fan fiction writers
1. Teams of the 70's )
2. Rugby Union playing positions and 70's British players )
43 Violence in the game of rugby union )
4. Would Bodie & Doyle be interested in/play Rugby? )
kiwisue: (Sunshine by ProBodie)
Backtrack. I really do love this episode. It didn't start off as a favourite, but it's grown on me over repeat viewings. I can see I'm not alone, either *g*, there have been some great posts about this one.

One on its own to start with: [ profile] byslantedlight posted some beaut caps of the stoppage scene, including one from just after Doyle says "thanks". This cap goes directly before hers - in fact there are only a couple of frames showing Bodie looking at Doyle from that angle, before they get up and get on with it. 'Blink and you'll miss it' territory, but isn't that a lovely smile Bodie's giving Ray?

On to the Marge-fest )
You can see Bodie in the mirror in the first two pics!

Dear Marge. I’m glad she turns up in a lot of stories. Maybe we should make a list… Nice Boys by Lizzie, Telling Marge by Kate MacLean… others?
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I may be more than a little mad. When I read [ profile] justacat's musings on [ profile] gwyn_r's new vid, "Broken English, as well as comments by other friends, I was both intrigued and mystified. I'd watched the vid through a few times, and couldn't really see what it was about, even though I liked the song and thought it was a good one for B&D. So, although JaC warned against doing it, I went ahead and built up a list of all the scene cuts in the vid, one by one.

Very scrappily put together, probably almost unreadable and containing multiple errors, but they're under this here cut if you're interested:
This Here Cut )
It's an incredibly complex vid. I found almost 100 cuts between scenes and there must have been many, many more to fit the selections to the music. It's impressionistic, rather than telling a straight tale, true, therefore harder to grasp. I also think it would be far, far better viewed on a large screen to get the full effect. On a computer monitor it's too easy to lose the big picture in the detail if you sit too close, or lose the impact of individual shots by sitting further away (especially if you have my dodgy eyes).

Looking at the scene list there are more match-ups than I thought at first. Not just "lonely Puritan", but lines like "Lose your father, your husband, your mother, your children". And I ended up really loving the ending because, after all the mayhem and the focus on the bad guys and fighting against them, we can see the connection between Bodie and Doyle and know that they are fighting for each other as well.
kiwisue: (Sunshine by ProBodie)
At first glance this seems to have all the right ingredients for a cracking good episode. It has a band of well organised and extremely vicious villains; some nice undercover work, particularly from a deliciously scruffy Doyle; and lots of scenes of the lads being together, whether tripping through Soho, drinking pints in a rural pub (from pewter tankards yet!) or having a picnic out of the back of Bodie's estate wagon.

Read more... )

Yes, I got carried away *g*
kiwisue: (Sunshine by ProBodie)
I've been compiling a list of "gay quotes" from The Professionals episodes. Some of these are just casual gay referencing - to the "Gay News", to the lesbian lovers in "Everest was also Conquered". Some others appear to be just the lads camping it up. And then there are the others, the ones I really love, where there's a hint of "something else going on" between them.

A lot of it is in the expressions and the body language, but it's interesting to see how many clues remain without the visuals!

Credit: Quotes from the transcripts at The Hatstand Episode Guides

To the quotes )
There was quite a bit of cutting and pasting between categories *g* so I'm interested in comments on how I've organised the quote selections. Also additional suggestions!

BODIE: All this drinking in the daytime, Doyle.
DOYLE: I know. I shan't be able to look a ginger beer in the face again. See you.
kiwisue: (Doyle Strip by TBoy)
I keep painting myself into corners:
Read more... )
So now get out of that! Say sorry again? Something really maudlin ('cos that's all I can think about this time of night)? Aaaaaaargh!
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Yes, I have been known to state that there are too many of these little beasties about, compared with more substantial fics. But the Face to Face Fan Fic Fun Fuh-Q Fest at Sinpozium (which I signed up for and then was too chicken to write anything) had a delayed effect. This came to me tonight & I wrote it in about 40 minutes:

(Warnings: Bodie/Doyle slash content. Characters not mine, I'm just playing. Sexual references, probably NC-17. Don't read if underage in your jurisdiction, etc)

Read more... )


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