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I am boreder than a very bored thing. There is no work. There hasn't been any work all week. (Mostly because of the snooker, I think - there's a lot of it, and it's done by Live rather than by us.) People are emailing all over saying "Has anyone got ANYTHING I can do?" I have two minutes of Ready Steady Cook to subtitle and I'm making it last as long as possible...

Things I have done today:
Had more break time than I should have, already.
Read a week's worth of audience logs.
Sat and refreshed LJ impatiently.
Deleted over 2,000 messages from my work inbox. (Er, ooops.)
Tried desperately to not be spoiled for Doctor Who even though someone is watching it and keeps talking about it loudly. And taking the piss out of me when I squeak at him.
Tried to find a black bag on eBay.

I'm having trouble with the black bag thing, cos I can't figure what search terms to use and going in through women's clothing/ accessories/ bags gives me lots of handbags. I'm looking for what I'd call a shoulder bag, that goes over my head, is at least medium-sized, and is black (possibly with a pattern or logo). Maybe a record bag, but ideally a bit less stiff and square than that. This is causing me problems. (Today I'm wearing purple trousers and a black t-shirt and hoodie, and my bag is brown. For some reason, this is annoying me and I want to be able to match!) I do not want a handbag, a briefcase, or anything with a designer name. I want the strap to be long, so that the bag sits on my hip when the strap's over my other shoulder, and the bag to be flexible and large enough for books, occasional spare clothing and vast quantities of random stuff. Help?!


Funky things: BBC Programme Catalogue. You can search for people and it tells you all the BBC programmes they've featured in, and stuff.

For people interested in the civil liberties/ ID cards stuff, an email exchange between Blair and a journalist, with follow-up comments here. There was a good article somewhere about how Blair's strength is in stating something nobody reasonable could disagree with (eg, "Drug overlords should be punished") and then giving the impression that the plans he's suggesting are the ONLY means to that end, and if you object to his plans in any way you must disagree with the principle, and are therefore EVIL, but I can't find it now. Dammit. I think it was somewhere on the Comment Is Free bit on the Guardian site.

Cool fonts at Letterhead Fonts, though they're (gasp!) not free.

A hysterical post (and comments thread) by rahirah regarding the depiction of penis size in fanfic, a scholarly paper comparing the depictions of penii in Harry Potter/ Draco slash, and also a well-thought-out muse on fanfiction (ie I agree with it) by Teresa Nielsen Hayden.

And Alistair Appleton's blog is syndicated as a_appleton. And he is very smart, funny, and also yum.

Comments

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caitirin
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
When you find that bag... I want one too!
pickwick
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
Heh, I'll let you know...I was thinking about the Tom Bihn bags dakegra likes, maybe.
caitirin
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
oooh I like those but they're SO expensive.
pickwick
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah - just found one I quite like but it would be $50 plus shipping :(
caitirin
Apr. 27th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's a bit too rich for my blood. Though I waaaant it anyway.
sloopjonb
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
I am boreder than a very bored thing. There is no work. There hasn't been any work all week

You are me and I claim my £5. Also, your html is b*ggered in this post.
pickwick
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
It's not 'alf. *glares at it*
sloopjonb
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
That's better. Oooh look, linkses!
bopeepsheep
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
What kind of price range are you looking at for the bag? land_girl has persuaded me to go into production with felted bags, and I could make you something to your own specs if you wanted.
pickwick
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
Oooh...I'm not sure, will think about it! I tend to like lots of pockets and zippy bits, which would be harder and more expensive, I expect?
bopeepsheep
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
Pockets aren't tricky or time-consuming. Zippy bits - well, I've never tried putting a zip in to be honest but I don't think they'd be hard. A large (15"x6"x12") four-pocket bag I made for land_girl takes A4 folders, a sweater, books, and a random selection of general handbag-type junk with ease, and cost about £30 (yarn and my time). No pressure, anyway, I just thought I'd throw it in as an option. :)
pickwick
Apr. 28th, 2006 09:07 am (UTC)
I'll definitely bear it in mind, thanks!
nallac
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
It sounds like what you are looking for is what I would call a "messenger" bag. Having done a quick search on ebay, there appear to be quite a few of this sort available.
pickwick
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
That looks about right - thank you!!
nallac
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
I've got the Ankh-Morpork Post Office bag from Paul Kidby, and it holds just about everything I need.
pickwick
Apr. 28th, 2006 09:08 am (UTC)
Ooh, shiny. I like the assassin's one too...
nextian_cutie
Apr. 27th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
That's what I was gonna say...messenger bag sounds about right and they come in several sizes.
pickwick
Apr. 28th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, messenger bag seems about right, but they're quite stiff - I like kind of floppy bags that stretch into different shapes.
miss_next
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
If you're ever in the vicinity of this fair city, I shall take you to a choice of places where you can buy just such a bag as you describe, this being not entirely unlike the sort of handbag that I favour, though you're obviously wanting something larger than a handbag. There are always plenty that I reject on the grounds that they're too big for me - if I have a big bag, I will fill it with stuff!
pickwick
Apr. 27th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
Excellent :o) I'm sure I could get one here, for that matter, but I don't have a day off during the week for a couple of weeks; I refuse to go shopping in town at the weekends; and I Want One Now. Patience is a virtue I haven't quite managed...
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