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Happy Canada Day!

Here are some things I bought in Canada on my trips to Vancouver in 2008 and 2010:

Wooden moose coasters, a totem pole, a bottle of maple sirup, two moose, one in mountie uniform, the other in yellow rain gear and a bag for the passport. I also got a suitcase tag with the skyline of Vancouver but it broke and I am not sure where I put it at the moment. Wish I could get a new one.

To the Vancouver basecap belongs also a hoodie. And finally the beaver on skis ;) I had seen that the first time and my brother wanted it, so I hunted for it the second time.

In 2008 I also got a rain jacket at the Capilano Bridge Park, but it has a German label so it doesn't really count ;) I still wear it to this day.

I really should put up some Vancouver pictures!

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Happy Canada Day!

Here are some things I bought in Canada on my trips to Vancouver in 2008 and 2010:

Wooden moose coasters, a totem pole, a bottle of maple sirup, two moose, one in mountie uniform, the other in yellow rain gear and a bag for the passport. I also got a suitcase tag with the skyline of Vancouver but it broke and I am not sure where I put it at the moment. Wish I could get a new one.

To the Vancouver basecap belongs also a hoodie. And finally the beaver on skis ;) I had seen that the first time and my brother wanted it, so I hunted for it the second time.

In 2008 I also got a rain jacket at the Capilano Bridge Park, but it has a German label so it doesn't really count ;) I still wear it to this day.

I really should put up some Vancouver pictures!

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WATCH THIS! A wonderful film about breakdancers dancing in the most beautiful places in Saxony. They had never climbed a rock before but went up and danced up there. Then they went down a mine and danced there.
There's some famous places in Dresden of course and many, many others. Watch! It's nice to be reminded once in a while in what a beautiful place I live.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we7dsMHIx4Q

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WATCH THIS! A wonderful film about breakdancers dancing in the most beautiful places in Saxony. They had never climbed a rock before but went up and danced up there. Then they went down a mine and danced there.
There's some famous places in Dresden of course and many, many others. Watch! It's nice to be reminded once in a while in what a beautiful place I live.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we7dsMHIx4Q

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A hard day's work (especially at 30+ °C / 86+ F)
I'm quite proud of doing it all by myself, especially since the instructions showed two guys. Heh!

2,5 hours plus I had to unscrew and rescrew a couple of times as it was the wrong way around. Plus they didn't always give any holes or signs of where the screw was supposed to go, it was rather "make up your own".

This is standing in the kitchen, behind the door, as the kitchen table is where I do all my action figure pictures and also crafty work, so I figured it would be nice to have all the assessories nearby and not have to walk through the whole flat all the time just to get something. It should also help keeping the kitchen table clear for the purpose it's meant to be, as often I was too lazy to tidy it all away.

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A hard day's work (especially at 30+ °C / 86+ F)
I'm quite proud of doing it all by myself, especially since the instructions showed two guys. Heh!

2,5 hours plus I had to unscrew and rescrew a couple of times as it was the wrong way around. Plus they didn't always give any holes or signs of where the screw was supposed to go, it was rather "make up your own".

This is standing in the kitchen, behind the door, as the kitchen table is where I do all my action figure pictures and also crafty work, so I figured it would be nice to have all the assessories nearby and not have to walk through the whole flat all the time just to get something. It should also help keeping the kitchen table clear for the purpose it's meant to be, as often I was too lazy to tidy it all away.

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I lost count how many times I have been famous now ;) That time when I got interviewed for TV and newspaper when President Obama visited my home city and I walked around with a 12″ version of him… or that time Carole Barrowman reposted the pictures of my Torchwood figures reading her “Hollow Earth” book… Or that time a story I had written was published in my local newspaper… Or that time my Doctor Who figures doing the Hamlet play made it into the Shakespeare magazine…

But here is a new one. An article with an interview with a friend and me. We were both at the John Barrowman concert in Ipswich on Tuesday, and beforehand had answered some questions about why fans travel from all over the world to see him in concert.

You can read the article here: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/what-s-on/news/fans_from_around_the_world_follow_doctor_who_and_torchwood_star_john_barrowman_to_ipswich_1_4088688

And this is the review about the concert: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/what-s-on/news/review_john_barrowman_ipswich_regent_may_26_1_4088609

And finally the interview with John: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/what-s-on/news/ipswich_regent_bound_doctor_who_and_torchwood_star_john_barrowman_interviewed_1_4085549

So basically I have now been interviewed by the same newspaper like John Barrowman. Something to put into my résumé ;)

I need to find out how to get a paper version of that.
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As I learnt today, the castle in the new Disney movie "Cinderella" was inspired by our Zwinger here in Dresden! They did not really film there, but photographed all details and then created the castle in the computer, also added another floor to make it look more impressive. Still, you can see what inspired them. Here is a comparison picture:

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Another picture in the daylight:

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In recent years, a lot of Hollywood movies have been filmed in Saxony. We are rich on beautiful landscapes and historical cities. A few recent movies were "The Grand Budapest Hotel", "The Reader" and also "Cloud Atlas".

Also, back in 2002 when we had that bad flood, someone filmed it and it was used to generate the flood in "The Day after tomorrow".

And now we even have the Cinderella castle and I can walk through it every day if I like. Come and visit me and I am showing it to you!

Even the Doctor has been there:

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As I learnt today, the castle in the new Disney movie "Cinderella" was inspired by our Zwinger here in Dresden! They did not really film there, but photographed all details and then created the castle in the computer, also added another floor to make it look more impressive. Still, you can see what inspired them. Here is a comparison picture:

 photo Cinderella-Zwinger.jpg

Another picture in the daylight:

 photo 467832_400811419945266_256762299_o.jpg

In recent years, a lot of Hollywood movies have been filmed in Saxony. We are rich on beautiful landscapes and historical cities. A few recent movies were "The Grand Budapest Hotel", "The Reader" and also "Cloud Atlas".

Also, back in 2002 when we had that bad flood, someone filmed it and it was used to generate the flood in "The Day after tomorrow".

And now we even have the Cinderella castle and I can walk through it every day if I like. Come and visit me and I am showing it to you!

Even the Doctor has been there:

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2013 ended with me being in London for the theatre "Richard II" with David Tennant and 2014 began with me being in Glasgow in January for Dick McWhittington
Nice side effect: Being able to watch the third season of "Sherlock" live in British TV.

February had me sleeping in Birmingham for the Elementary convention with Benedict Cumberbatch (and others)

March had me sleeping in London for the John Barrowman Recording studio visit

April saw me in Birmingham again (I really love this city!) for Miracle Day convention (Torchwood)

In May I was in Düsseldorf for Fedcon with Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping and Michael Shanks (and LOTS others)

In July I was at vacation in Bad Windsheim.

The rest of the year was rather uneventful with me just sleeping at home. But the new year again will start with a trip to Glasgow - the last one for now, it seems.

Where have you slept this year?

Places I slept in 2013

Places I slept in 2012

Places I slept in 2011
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Creepy shit

Dec. 1st, 2014 08:52 pm
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How awful :( Here is a video: http://www.n24.de/n24/Nachrichten/Panorama/d/5798368/ein-toter-bei-explosion-in-chemiefabrik.html

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] fueschgast at Creepy shit
About 17:18 my attention was drawn away from my computer screen by a big orange light in or behind the neighboring town Pirna lighting up the sky for a few seconds. Then something smaller and brighter - a fireball, I suspect - came partly into view for a bit before all the light was gone. A few seconds later the shockwave rumbled past and made even my building make a noise (can't remember what it was, if the wall did it or if the window rattled or something).

Googling didn't turn up anything about it yet, but I did find out that this town has an explosives factory and at least 2 places near that town have fireworks factories.
[livejournal.com profile] dieastra, do you know anything?

ETA at 20:24: Google is turning up lots of news by now - it's all over the German news websites. A furnace in a chemical factory (which is 17km from my apartment) in Pirna blew up, one person died, 4 injured.
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20 years ago I took a trip through California which only lasted 7 days. Not much time to see the country but (it was a guided tour) we saw Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Yosemite Nationalpark, San Francisco and then down through Monterey, Carmel, Santa Barbara back to L.A.

All of this time I had this photoalbum and the photos lying around but only now I finally sat down and put it all together. Since the pictures are original real pictures from that time (and kinda bad) I also added in many nice magazine pictures I have collected over the years. So you can compare my photos and professional ones.

Please click the link to see it and listen to my comments in very bad English! I know it is "of" and not "from" but I keep forgetting, because in German those two words are the same. And I am sure some pronouncations are way off, that's what you get when you learn English only by reading fanfictions and make up own pronouncations in your mind.

If anyone wants to correct me on something, also on some facts that might be wrong (I didn't write down any notes before I did this video) feel free so in the comments! That goes especially for [personal profile] analineblue and anyone else living in the area. And now enjoy! In case the embedded link is not working, here is the URL: http://youtu.be/7G42TEhfbHo

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20 years ago I took a trip through California which only lasted 7 days. Not much time to see the country but (it was a guided tour) we saw Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Yosemite Nationalpark, San Francisco and then down through Monterey, Carmel, Santa Barbara back to L.A.

All of this time I had this photoalbum and the photos lying around but only now I finally sat down and put it all together. Since the pictures are original real pictures from that time (and kinda bad) I also added in many nice magazine pictures I have collected over the years. So you can compare my photos and professional ones.

Please click the link to see it and listen to my comments in very bad English! I know it is "of" and not "from" but I keep forgetting, because in German those two words are the same. And I am sure some pronouncations are way off, that's what you get when you learn English only by reading fanfictions and make up own pronouncations in your mind.

If anyone wants to correct me on something, also on some facts that might be wrong (I didn't write down any notes before I did this video) feel free so in the comments! That goes especially for [livejournal.com profile] analineblue and anyone else living in the area. And now enjoy! In case the embedded link is not working, here is the URL: http://youtu.be/7G42TEhfbHo

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I'm never sure what the right official term for "Schrankwand" is. Wall unit? Wall of cupboards? Do people outside of Eastern Germany even have those? LOL I mean, from visiting furniture shops/stores once in a while I know that nowadays you only have a couple of shelves and I always wonder where people store their stuff. Then again, not everyone HAS as much stuff as I do ;)

Anyway, the pictures show my old "Schrankwand" ("Schrank" means cupboard and "Wand" means wall, we always put two words together to create a new one). It was bought in 1982 when my family moved to a bigger flat/apartment and I finally got a room for myself at the age of 9. When I moved out of home 14 years ago I took it with me and it stood in the sleeping room since then. But in two weeks some people will come and take it away, and it will go into the G.D.R. museum! We have a museum where you can look at all the old things from the former Eastern German life, I love that they are collected there instead of just thrown away, I mean, it is my childhood after all and lots of memories. And I can visit my Schrankwand there if I want to see it again ;)

And a week after that a new one will be delivered which is even higher (to use that empty air till the ceiling) and so I will have much more well needed space for all my action figures and all the miniature things I buy for them.

At the left side was a wardrobe/clothes cupboard and underneat some drawers for socks and underwear etc.:

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And at the right side was an inbuilt desk with a lamp and this is where I did my school homeworks:

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And the whole thing together:

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I'm never sure what the right official term for "Schrankwand" is. Wall unit? Wall of cupboards? Do people outside of Eastern Germany even have those? LOL I mean, from visiting furniture shops/stores once in a while I know that nowadays you only have a couple of shelves and I always wonder where people store their stuff. Then again, not everyone HAS as much stuff as I do ;)

Anyway, the pictures show my old "Schrankwand" ("Schrank" means cupboard and "Wand" means wall, we always put two words together to create a new one). It was bought in 1982 when my family moved to a bigger flat/apartment and I finally got a room for myself at the age of 9. When I moved out of home 14 years ago I took it with me and it stood in the sleeping room since then. But in two weeks some people will come and take it away, and it will go into the G.D.R. museum! We have a museum where you can look at all the old things from the former Eastern German life, I love that they are collected there instead of just thrown away, I mean, it is my childhood after all and lots of memories. And I can visit my Schrankwand there if I want to see it again ;)

And a week after that a new one will be delivered which is even higher (to use that empty air till the ceiling) and so I will have much more well needed space for all my action figures and all the miniature things I buy for them.

At the left side was a wardrobe/clothes cupboard and underneat some drawers for socks and underwear etc.:

 photo PC010001450x600.jpg

And at the right side was an inbuilt desk with a lamp and this is where I did my school homeworks:

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And the whole thing together:

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I just posted this entry in the community [livejournal.com profile] linguaphiles but I thought I put it into here as well, as I know you all love a good discussion once in a while and maybe we all learn something new by it! If you want to check the replies in the comm, the entry is here: http://linguaphiles.livejournal.com/5988669.html

Hi, I'm from Germany and I am wondering about something that I repeatedly encounter recently in the British TV series "Call the midwife" (which is set in London in the 1950s if that is important).

I am pharaphrasing here, but there are often sentences spoken by the nurses and sisters which go like "I'll call doctor and he'll check whether baby is okay."

For me this sounds odd, as I would say "I call THE doctor so he can make sure YOUR baby is okay." Why are there no noun markers with those two specific words? Are there other words like that? You would not do this with "girl" or "boy" would you?

And on a side note, I also find it a bit odd that in the English language men for example apparently refer to their wife as just "the wife" and not proudly "my wife" as it is in Germany. It seems a bit impersonal. Do they also say "the boy" instead of "my boy"?

I am always trying to improve my English so I am musing about these things and why there is this difference. Many thanks for your help!
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As at every end of the year, let's see where I have slept:

Places I slept in 2012

Places I slept in 2011

Places I slept in 2013

The year started off with Glasgow, UK for the pantomime "Jack and the Beanstalk" with John Barrowman

In March I slept in Greenhithe and London, both UK, for the "Bone Quill" booksigning with John and Carole Barrowman and to give Carole the action figure I made of/for her

In May, I slept in Düsseldorf, Germany for Fedcon

In June I slept in Scharfenstein, Germany in a little bed-and-breakfast for my uncle's 60th birthday

In August I slept in a hotel for my grandmother's birthday.

In August, I also slept in Gronau, Germany while visiting my friend [livejournal.com profile] sarou_irai

In November I almost would have needed to sleep in Berlin, to see the 50th anniversary "Doctor Who" special, but as it was, we just went to Chemnitz and back in one day

And in December, I slept in London, UK again, this time to see David Tennant on stage in "Richard II"

The rest of the year, I slept in my own bed in Dresden, Germany.
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... were found in Dresden. On Thursday I was intending to go to the cinema, to see the National Theatre production "Frankenstein" with Benedict "Sherlock" Cumberbatch as creature. I just had boarded the TRAM when my friends called me, telling me that there has been found a bomb and that the TRAM would not go the route I expected it to. I was a little lost as I was in a part of the city I don't know my way around, but in the end managed to be in time and even the first to our meeting.

When we went home later in the evening, the bomb already had been defused. But on Friday, only 24 hours later, the same digger operator (is that the right word? The guy that moves the ground around and makes a hole before they can start building a building) found another one just a few meters away. Again several hundreds of people had to be evacuated and that all with that bad hurricane we had here the past days. It was the third bomb this year, and by now they all know the drill.

These bombs are still leftovers from the American and British bombing back on 13th February in 1945. I don't blame you my American and British friends, we all were born years later and have nothing to do with the hate that was going on back then. But on days like this, things that are decades in the past, suddenly seem very recent.

On a sidenote, just a few weeks ago in a wood nearby Dresden they hit the "jackpot" - eleven bombs had to be defused at once. They came from two planes which crashed together before they could send them off. They still are searching for the bombs of that other plane.

That poor guy who has to defuse them all the time. He is a hero. One of those eleven was his 300th. One day he might do a wrong move and pay with his life. Just imagine them lying around underground all the time while we walked and drove over it regularly. That is the most terrifying thought for me, that they still could do damage after all those years.
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... were found in Dresden. On Thursday I was intending to go to the cinema, to see the National Theatre production "Frankenstein" with Benedict "Sherlock" Cumberbatch as creature. I just had boarded the TRAM when my friends called me, telling me that there has been found a bomb and that the TRAM would not go the route I expected it to. I was a little lost as I was in a part of the city I don't know my way around, but in the end managed to be in time and even the first to our meeting.

When we went home later in the evening, the bomb already had been defused. But on Friday, only 24 hours later, the same digger operator (is that the right word? The guy that moves the ground around and makes a hole before they can start building a building) found another one just a few meters away. Again several hundreds of people had to be evacuated and that all with that bad hurricane we had here the past days. It was the third bomb this year, and by now they all know the drill.

These bombs are still leftovers from the American and British bombing back on 13th February in 1945. I don't blame you my American and British friends, we all were born years later and have nothing to do with the hate that was going on back then. But on days like this, things that are decades in the past, suddenly seem very recent.

On a sidenote, just a few weeks ago in a wood nearby Dresden they hit the "jackpot" - eleven bombs had to be defused at once. They came from two planes which crashed together before they could send them off. They still are searching for the bombs of that other plane.

That poor guy who has to defuse them all the time. He is a hero. One of those eleven was his 300th. One day he might do a wrong move and pay with his life. Just imagine them lying around underground all the time while we walked and drove over it regularly. That is the most terrifying thought for me, that they still could do damage after all those years.
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... just bought another Who-shirt.

This was my first: Stargate & TARDIS

And then this: Dalek: Procrastinate!

There were also some from Redbubble, this: Doctors Eleven

and this: DocTorchWhood

and one where the link doesn't work anymore, but it resembles this: Gallifrey


As you can see, I like graphic stuff with simple lines. So it was only logical that I bought this. It brings together my love for the Daleks and my love for a certain musical - plus it is just a funny sight:: Exterminating in the Rain

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This any many more Doctor Who shirts can be bought for another 5 days here: http://www.blueboxtees.com/?wm=10033
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