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Hello, everyone. I'm almost as surprised to see myself here as you are. Really.

I had a psychosis, yay! I can only say, if you're offered HRT, take it. I was manic for about eight years and then too embarrassed to get in touch with anyone I'd been vicious with until... now. Still ashamed, but life goes on and is too short to ruin with regret.

Anyway, my life is now brilliant. Lovely little bungalow in Clacton, enough money in the bank to pay the bills, a whole new view of life.

My doc told me I was at risk of T2 diabetes. I was 5'2", 17 stone, 190lb, 108kg, massive. I'm now 12 and a bit stone, 80 kg and acceptable. To me. Paul has also dropped several stone and is fighting fit. Whatever that means. I have a couple of stone to go.

As a result of the doc's warning, I checked out T2 diabetes. A diagnosis means you have high blood sugar which needs to be controlled. The go-to by most medicos is drugs, of course. Metformin is the first port of call but there are others and lack of control can lead to insulin.

Carbohydrates, ALL carbohydrates turn into sugar in the blood. Of course, that includes straight sugar and fructose in fruit plus underground veg like potatoes, sweet potatoes, as well as bread, rice, pasta, anything with grains. Including,sadly, porridge (oatmeal).
Don't be fooled into thinking that low GI is healthier. It's not, just takes longer to hit the bloodstream.

Makes sense that if you have a disease which entails too much sugar in the blood, keeping the sugar to a minimum would control that disease. It needn't be progressive. There's no cure but it can be reversed to the point that no meds are needed. Not in all cases, but worth trying a dietary resolution.

The big question is, why is the government advice in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, all the Western countries, to recommend carbs like bread, spuds and pasta to fill the plate. Protein and fats are far more satisfying. Atkins was right.

Ah, could it be that the body that advises the Government on dietary requirements is packed full of representatives of the Food and Pharmaceutical industries. I sound like a conspiracy theorist. *g*

By the way, the link between saturated fats and cardiovascular events is very weak, as is the link between satfats, cholesterol and CVE's. I shall continue eating plenty of satfats. *g*

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Merlin

Happy Christmas, Holidays, Hanukkah, Diwali, Ramadan or any pagan holiday you like! All the very best to everyone for a wonderful time and the best for 2013. *hugs*

So, how about that Merlin finale? Read no more if you don't want to be spoiled.

Wow. I have no quibbles. It turned out pretty much exactly as I'd expected from the start, as a fan of the mythology. Of course the mythology has huge gaps and many interpretations, but it was internally consistent.

Colin and Bradley, especially Colin, knocked it out of the ballpark and so did the writers. I look forward to the next work of all. Very, very well done.

The first part had an epic quality but the second was quietly intimate, despite the plot interruptions, as Merlin revealed his powers to Arthur who was initially repulsed but, very gradually, came to realise that he'd reached his position, and stayed alive, due to his idiot servant.

Of course it was a gift to slash M/A writers but also a joy for those of us who have followed the series from the start. It had to end some time, and this was the way to do it. :)

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Finally, an update

Hello, all. Hope you're all well and happy and thank you for the birthday wishes, everyone. Sorry for not being responsive for the last, OMG, year or so. It's been a very stressful time and my instinct is to retreat, bury into the sand. A rubbish excuse but the only one I have.

RIP, Michael Clarke Duncan. Gone too soon at the early age of 54.

Ramblings: I loved the Olympics and now the Paralympics. London has done a spectacular job of staging the 2012 events. I freely admit to being an Olymposceptic but everything has been first class.

Did anyone else see Seth MacFarlane at the Proms? I knew he could sing because, duh, I watch Family Guy but not that he could sing so well. And that he'd done the Proms in 2009 and a small tour of the UK with the John Wilson Orchestra. He appeared here on a very small Sunday morning talk show where he was taken to task for swearing. Lol! Family Guy is on BBC3 here, at a ridiculous hour of the night. Perhaps Seth likes the comparative anonymity that comes with visiting the UK. I saw him host the Charlie Sheen Roast and taking the jibes about his sexuality very gracefully. Is he gay? Don't care. He's a genius on the lines of Joss.

It's been a tricky year. Father-in-law died last November, Paul has had severe mobility problems which have become milder with time, and I've been diagnosed with asthma. Huh. I don't believe it. My problem is that I need to lose weight. I keep the inhaler close but only need it a couple of times a week, which can be explained by carrying around my chubbo bod. Oh, and I had a wart on my nose. That was attractive.

Dad dying was pretty bad. We're still trying to get on without him. My heart goes out to all of you dealing with potential, imminent, or recent bereavement. *hugs*

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Odds 'n' sods

Getting straight into it: Much loved father-in-law has been extremely ill for some time. He's fought the odds and,thanks to the NHS (with some reservations), is still alive and kicking, no sign of dementia despite the terrifying delusions brought on by an additional kidney disease, so I'm cautiously optimistic he'll make Xmas and maybe even his 88th birthday next November.

I know he'll go eventually but anyone in the same position will understand our reluctance to say bye. *hugs to you*

Other subject: I've just watched the brilliant Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musical, Swing Time and was pleased that the Beeb didn't cut the black-face 'Bojangles of Harlem' number.

It was a jolt to see something so retro, and possibly offensive, but it needs to be contexualised. It was a tribute to Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, the fine African-American tap dancer, and also to one of Freddy's dancing instructors, the superb African-American John W. Bubbles (Michael Jackson named his chimp after that alias, weirdly), real name John William Sublett. John Sublett is widely considered, by those who know, to be the finest tap dancer of his generation.

It's worth mentioning that he was also an admirer of his pupil, who he thought was the best all-round dancer of the time.

During the routine, Freddy was dressed as Sportin' Life, a character in the marvellous Porgy and Bess, written by George Gershwin, who chose John Sublett for the role. Bit of a giveaway, Freddy. *g*

Not been around much

There's a reason, or several. Really.

(1) During the last election, I felt in the minority, judged. I'm economically and socially right wing, but think anyone genuinely disabled should get every benefit going.

(2)I detest Wincest. No argument about it. It's revolting.

J2 Recs 2010 (1)

Yes, it's that time again. The spn_j2_bigbang is back, bigger and better than ever!

As usual, I'll give a pass to the Wincest, *gag*, but here's the best and brightest of the RPS. I'm aware of the irony. Some people find RPS as unpleasant as I do Wincest. Ce la vie. ;o)

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Exclusive Scoop: S6 Supernatural!

A quickie: This is everyone's worst nightmare.

Gakked from the lovely ionaonie who gakked from the equally lovely hils. You're both evil. ;)

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WriterConUK 2010!

I'm so excited! It's coming up fast and if last year is anything to go by, and the year before and the year before that, etc., it'll be brilliant! Lots of chat and laughter, good food, copious alchol for those so inclined (who, me?) and a bit of education chucked in. What could be better?

It's the weekend 6-8 August in Coventry, starts with a social gathering on Friday night, follows with talks by those members who are willing to impart their (considerable) knowledge about all aspects of fandom, from writing to art to betaing to reviewing, and ends with a raffle. All events should end with a raffle. Must tell Showmasters. *g*

If you fancy a wonderful weekend where you can talk about your favourite fandom(s), OTP(s), get into a deep conversation about why you prefer gen, het, slash, femslash, tentacle porn and not have to worry for a second that you've been too geeky, register here or express an interest! The more fandoms covered, the better. Makes for more interesting chat and your horizons may be broadened.

That sounded better in my head. :P

Ooh, nearly forgot. There's a Facebook page, thanks to hils. I owe ya, hon. Invite your FB friends! They probably won't hate you too much. *g*

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Hub4 - Report

Okay, first you need to go read suki_blue's report, which is much funnier and more informative, but I shall do my 'umble best. ;)

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It was really, really good. As if you hadn't guessed.

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Buffy and Academia...

Now here's an interesting thing: Buffy slays academics. Agree with some conclusions or not, Buffy is apparently still attracting serious analysis (as, in fact, it has for years, not least on LJ). A tribute to its continuing appeal, achieved through layered characters and storylines, I'd suggest.

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