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OK, laptop back and working! Yay. So of course first thing to do, watch Dollhouse!

So now excuse me while I squee for the next few weeks.

Tiny spoiler only characters name but tis spoiler from Stop-Loss all the same... )In fact whole ep = WIN

Evidently not going to get an actual semi-coherant review...
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My laptop has died :( It is currently at the laptop hospital while they try to save it but I'm not holding out much hope... Therefore still haven't watched 'The Attic' Humph... heres hoping it's worth the wait! (Also, just incase anyone doesn't get it, I HAVEN'T seen the attic, PLEASE PLEASE comment but no Attic spoilers! Repeat, HAVEN'T seen the attic, OK? Don't spoil my christmas :)

Dollhouse Stop-Loss review - No Attic Spoilers please :) )
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Resi this weekend. So much fun :). Spent the first day thinning out woods and making a dead hedge and learning how to make charcol. In the rain but never mind. And it was Amy's b-day, so we had party games and yummy yummy dinner and muchus fun :). Then cleare a track for tractor the next day, which took half a day, then learnt how to make brooms and went for a walk to see... something (possibly the south downs?). And drove a tractor (in more than a straight line, which is all i got to do beforehand!) and used an axe. And i was sunny the next day too!

Now lots of work to catch up on... but am still going out this evening to green action and candle club, to be socialble and not sit and watch David Attenbrough (although I will watch him, just not tonight!)

And have yet to see Dollhouse this week, although I do her it is on ITV4, which is very exciting! But then not of for AGES, but hey, neve mind...

Parents down this weekend too, which will be fun!
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RIP Stephen Gately.

He made up a large part of my childhood (I may have been slightly Boyzone obcessed, shhhh) it's wierd to think of them without him. And 33 is far too young... hmmmmmmm

I do wish everyone would stop second guessing why he died though... It doesn't nessecarily dictate how he lived, and the sun newspaper? Not known for being particularly reliable!!

Anyway, happier things:

Dollhouse Ep 3 Spoilers )
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Dollhouse renewed, YAY!

Other than that... ummmm?

Drowning in revision. Ended up writing revision time table so i actually do some work. I'm fine once I get going, but its that initial sit down for the first hour that I struggle with. But I'm not doing too badly, and although some of it I'm like 'wow, I had no idea' the majority i know already, which is always good!

Unfortunatly with it being exam time everything else is being put on hold. No more conservation till the resi after exams, no more organised socials, although I'd imagine we'll be out at least once or twice before exams finish! Riding is carrying on, thankfully! But I do think I may go mad before I'm finished. Just sitting here working does not make for the most fun in the world.

Not too long now till South Africa again, which is exciting! I can't wait to get back there.

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*points at icon* The only topher/claire icon I could find... but its pretty!

Dollhouse spoilers up to 'Needs' )
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With some quite considerable restraint I managed not to watch the 2nd ep of Dollhouse till this morning. That plus my intense boredom and lack of anymore attention span for reproductive revision means...

Spoilers for Dollhouse ep. two )

Spent a long time today doing revision, just to fill the time. Tis a good thing I guess, but i'm thinking this will be a very time filling week, complete with lots of re-watching of slightly neglected fandoms and lazy not get out of bed days... possibley what i need to let me finish theyear without combusting, possibly enough the make me lazy about getting back to work, we'll see...
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OK, firstly and most importantly:

Well done Bexy!! You rock and are amazing and all that jazz....

Secondly and almost as importantly, I watched the first ep of Dollhouse last night, which means...

Cut for major Dollhouse ep 1 spoilers! )

AND I made easter rice crispie nests!!
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*yawns* Sleepy kayla.

Just got back from Llamaing and Spain. Start with Spain first.

Generally a good 10 days. Started kinda disasterously as we got off the plane for the 2 1/2 journey to the village we were staying in to find no coaches there to pick us up... And the co-ordinator had no number for the coach company as all had been done via e-mail. So many harassed calls to UK and Spain and 2 hours later we actually got on our coaches. (Thankfully, there were 80 of us, somehow I doubt our ability to find that many beds on Malage on such short notice!!)

Spent the first 2 days on taxonomy, Angiosperm and Arthropod. Which actually turned out to be really interesting, even the plants bit, which i wasn't looking forward to. But its quite good fun trying to work out what they all are and that. Then had a trip to Ojen Valley, about half hour coach rideaway (Another mix up with coaches meant we did this a day early, as we walked out of the hotel to find the coaches waiting to take us...) We spent an hour and a half collecting as many different species of beetle as we could in groups of about 5. Then had to see if we could determine the diversity of beetle species within the valley and compare it to the diverstiy over the past years. On the first trip they collected 200+ species, in 1996. Last year it was about 80. This year we got 60. Doing the same course in the same place every year makes things more interesting, as the uni has built up quite alot of info on the area by now. 

Had a day of sampling the next day. Not the best day of the trip but still usefull. The morning wasnt to bad sampling the biodiversity. It did involve working in slightly larger groups, 15 rather than 5, which complicated things a little, but the acutal collecting of the data was fine. The afternoon however was stressful. Should have beeen fairly dimple, except we were now working in groups of around 40. We had to flip rocks, find the species living underneath them andrecord our data. Then back at the lab we had to correlate the data and present our findings. As a group of 40. That was never going to b easy. But then our co-ordinator decided that rather than guiding us as they were doing at the other hostel he was going to stand and shout at us to fragment us and see if we could still come up with the same results at the end. As it turns out we did, however we worked from 10am to 7pm without stopping, and were very stressed by it all, while the other hotel finished by 4 and had a nice relaxing day!

Had a day left to our own work then on mini taxonomy projects. We each took a family (Ours was Ordonta, Dragonfiles and damselflies) and produced a poster with all of the taxonomic infor on it. As we were only in grous of 3 this time it worked fairly well, I worked with 2 girls I'd been chatting to over the week and we got alot done.

Day off to Seville, with no work! Yay! Althouhg we did spend the entire 2 1/2 hours journey each way revising the Angiosperm and Arthropod taxonomy for our test the next day. I think all Biologists should be taught latin. Not conversationally, just the bit that are used. we had a whole range of random ways of remembering these latin nams that were entirely logical if you knew what it meant in Latin, but complete non-sence otherwise! Seville is a nice city, although we didn't see much of it, just the cathedral and a few back streets. Nice relaxing day anyhow!

Test next morning. Then started our project that afternoon. We ended up doing one on the plant species around ants nests. It was acutally quite interesting, althouhg doing 40 wally plots (marking out an area and counting the number of each differant species within the area.) was incredibly tedious. As was doing 7 hoursof  statistics the naext afternoon (120 standard deviaton equations and 60 z-tests plus another 120 Chi) But by some mircle we got it finished. As it turns out there is no correclaton between where ants build there nests and the species of plant around them, but it was still a good project!

OK, Llama farm...

Ummm, we went to the Lllama farm? There were llamas... and we stayed in a Yurt, which was fun. Basically just spent to days getting excited about Llamas and generally mucking about. It was good fun, rather random. Obivously the yurt had no power so we cooked over the fire and sat with candles literally everywhere. Didn't get a huge amount of sleep, what with 6 of us in there! Was a little bit odd as they had 2 double beds, which Amy and Dave and Heather and Geoff had obivously, but then mine and Johns single matteress were wedged inbwteen their beds. So i slept with Daves head hovering over mine and geoff over my feet, with John wedged in the other corner by the stove and kinda half under heather. This led to much nearly but not quite being stepped on in the night as people got up to the loo and much giggling.

Am now so so sleepy, having driven 3 hours today and yesturday. All on motorways, which i'd never actually done before but was really easy. And i did the whole way without getting lost! Which is pretty impressive on my own i feel! Am going to spend this evening veging, possibly watching the first dollhouse ep (which I'm trying my hardest not to get over excitedabouyt but failing misrably...) if the wireless net is working, if not probably Dr Who...

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