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Um... HI! Yes, I am still (by the grace of the Flying Spagetti Monster) still here.

I'll do the RL version before I do the Grand Wrap Up For 2012 as this will be a lot quicker than the Not RL stuff. I wrote four stories for various fandom holiday exchanges as well as looking at the films of the year....

And that's before getting to unveiling (at long bloody last!) the [livejournal.com profile] xmenbigbang story I've been working on. Productivity? Thy name is Beckymonster!

So...

Christmas was quiet - Shinzon is growing like the proverbial and is also * ambulatory*. So guess who spent quite a bit of his stay trundling after him, making sure that he didn't get into harm's way or owt. I may have brought him a knitted stegosaurs, called Steve for Christmas; which I've been told, he adores. He might prefer his grandad but I'm winning the cool auntie war so far;)

Then - there was the keyhole surgery...

Cut as this is likely to be icky )

Admittedly, it's taken nearly a week to get back to a semblance of good health but I'm feeling okay right now - bit cold but we do seem to be having the yearly cold snap right now.

Which, when you think about it, is just the right time for me to get 85% of my hair cut off. Going from shoulder lenght curls to a wavy pixie cut. 'Short' doesn't even *begin* to cover it. It's something that I've wanted to do for at least a decade and I'm glad I did. Even though I now have to use a hairbrush (rule one of life with curly hair? Do Not Use A Hairbrush on it. Not unless you want to go for the 'electric shock' look) and a hairdryer to style it!
One thing is certain - I draw the line at straighteners!

So - that is me - how are you guys?
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Lucas sells Lucasfilm to Disney, Star Wars VII due in 2015

I can't be the only one who read this story and double checked the date? Yes, it still is 30th October;) I'm taking the 'wait and see' approach with these. As much as I'm looking forward to introducing Shinzon!nephew to Star Wars when he's old enough (James Bond too but that's another matter altogether!) I wasn't quite expecting to do it *this* way.

Thoughts?
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Lucas sells Lucasfilm to Disney, Star Wars VII due in 2015

I can't be the only one who read this story and double checked the date? Yes, it still is 30th October;) I'm taking the 'wait and see' approach with these. As much as I'm looking forward to introducing Shinzon!nephew to Star Wars when he's old enough (James Bond too but that's another matter altogether!) I wasn't quite expecting to do it *this* way.

Thoughts?
beckymonster: Becky icon (DW_fandom two hearts)
I'm going to second Den Of Geek's warning here... Don't watch this in a public place, *especially* if you had an 'allergic' reaction to The Angels Take Manhattan. I didn't but I did to this.



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The less said about today's teaching sessions, the better. Six classes, seven flouncers, four v. supportive colleagues (and counting), two students defending me and one very sore voice.

Yeah, it's been a hell of a day. Bring on the weekend and the family DRAHMAZ (It's Shinzon's birthday today, there will be picspam) and his party is at ours on Sunday. Perhaps it will be okay...
beckymonster: Becky icon (Default)
I'm going to second Den Of Geek's warning here... Don't watch this in a public place, *especially* if you had an 'allergic' reaction to The Angels Take Manhattan. I didn't but I did to this.



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The less said about today's teaching sessions, the better. Six classes, seven flouncers, four v. supportive colleagues (and counting), two students defending me and one very sore voice.

Yeah, it's been a hell of a day. Bring on the weekend and the family DRAHMAZ (It's Shinzon's birthday today, there will be picspam) and his party is at ours on Sunday. Perhaps it will be okay...
beckymonster: Becky icon (tv_MST3000_random)
Yes, I've brought Shinzon's birthday present today and spotted said historical weapon (in minature, of course!) hence the question. My sister has also said that 'toys that make noise' are also acceptable for his birthday...

AHAHAHAHAHA! *evil cackle* She is *so* going to regret saying that;) If not me, then one of his 'other' aunties will either for his birthday or for... you know... christmas< / christmas>

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Today's word count - 500. I kiddeth you not! 1270 words in three days is damn good going;) No more NC-17 stuff today, but there has been slurs and violence. All 'good' stuff.

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So - how are you guys?
beckymonster: Becky icon (tv_MST3000_random)
Yes, I've brought Shinzon's birthday present today and spotted said historical weapon (in minature, of course!) hence the question. My sister has also said that 'toys that make noise' are also acceptable for his birthday...

AHAHAHAHAHA! *evil cackle* She is *so* going to regret saying that;) If not me, then one of his 'other' aunties will either for his birthday or for... you know... christmas< / christmas>

* * *

Today's word count - 500. I kiddeth you not! 1270 words in three days is damn good going;) No more NC-17 stuff today, but there has been slurs and violence. All 'good' stuff.

* * *

So - how are you guys?
beckymonster: Becky icon (B5_Delenn_rebirth)
If you can read this, it's because I have you as a friend. There is a *damn* good reason for this, which I hope will become abundantly clear.

So - yes, seven years ago today, I started this blog. Sometimes it seems like seven minutes, other times it seems like seventy years;) Even so, I just want to make a note of this achievement and look back (and look forwards) at the year gone by.

One of the big events of the year gone by was the arrival the Shinzon Monster AKA my nephew. He's six months old tomorrow and he's... well... have a look for yourself:

Photobucket

I don't know if you can see it but his onesie says 'Hungry Monster' - he's also a very *chatty* monster as well. It's all 'babble' at the moment (or rather my babel fish cannot translate 'baby') but I get the impression that he's inherited the Monster ability to talk. As well as the desire to stand up rather than sit up... Heavens only knows what he's going to be like when he gets to the year mark!

Since this is not Facebook - Baby In A Sink )
beckymonster: Becky icon (B5_Delenn_rebirth)
If you can read this, it's because I have you as a friend. There is a *damn* good reason for this, which I hope will become abundantly clear.

So - yes, seven years ago today, I started this blog. Sometimes it seems like seven minutes, other times it seems like seventy years;) Even so, I just want to make a note of this achievement and look back (and look forwards) at the year gone by.

One of the big events of the year gone by was the arrival the Shinzon Monster AKA my nephew. He's six months old tomorrow and he's... well... have a look for yourself:

Photobucket

I don't know if you can see it but his onesie says 'Hungry Monster' - he's also a very *chatty* monster as well. It's all 'babble' at the moment (or rather my babel fish cannot translate 'baby') but I get the impression that he's inherited the Monster ability to talk. As well as the desire to stand up rather than sit up... Heavens only knows what he's going to be like when he gets to the year mark!

Since this is not Facebook - Baby In A Sink )
beckymonster: Becky icon (art_universe_came)
O hai! Internets! How are you all?. Me? Went away for a few days for my birthday - to Paris (France) and had a lovely time eating food that involved chocolate and embarrassing myself with my godawful French. Thankfully the French speak superb English - which just makes matters worse. They also subtitle 'Hollywood' films - which is v.cool.

I spent the actual day of my birthday - last Monday at Disneyland Paris. Because. Also, nothing says 'birthday' like going on All The Rollercoasters and laughing hysterically*. Whether not wearing my glasses helped, (or more correctly - didn't) is a matter of debate. I also took more photos than strictly necessary - part of the course;)

*yes, I scared people. I may be small, female, English/Irish but I have a laugh like The Predator.

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I would have come back online a couple of days ago but... I fell ill. You don't need the details but from what I can tell it was (possibly) the Norovirus - think the 'flu with vomiting and diarrhoea and you're reasonably close. Felt like I'd been run over by a *bus*. All thanks to the much beloved nephew who had given it to his mum and then to the rest of his family over the weekend.

Family - you have to love them;)

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Obviously *everyone* knows that the new Doctor Who Companion has been announced - SPOILERS sweetie. The only thing I have to say on the matter is that I am on the fence.

At first blush, zie seems more of the same. As much as I had beef with RTD's tenure (mostly towards the end) - at least there was *some* variation with regards to companion. Hell, we even had guys as companions. Even so, I feel that I will not be alone on said fence...
beckymonster: Becky icon (art_universe_came)
O hai! Internets! How are you all?. Me? Went away for a few days for my birthday - to Paris (France) and had a lovely time eating food that involved chocolate and embarrassing myself with my godawful French. Thankfully the French speak superb English - which just makes matters worse. They also subtitle 'Hollywood' films - which is v.cool.

I spent the actual day of my birthday - last Monday at Disneyland Paris. Because. Also, nothing says 'birthday' like going on All The Rollercoasters and laughing hysterically*. Whether not wearing my glasses helped, (or more correctly - didn't) is a matter of debate. I also took more photos than strictly necessary - part of the course;)

*yes, I scared people. I may be small, female, English/Irish but I have a laugh like The Predator.

* * *

I would have come back online a couple of days ago but... I fell ill. You don't need the details but from what I can tell it was (possibly) the Norovirus - think the 'flu with vomiting and diarrhoea and you're reasonably close. Felt like I'd been run over by a *bus*. All thanks to the much beloved nephew who had given it to his mum and then to the rest of his family over the weekend.

Family - you have to love them;)

* * *

Obviously *everyone* knows that the new Doctor Who Companion has been announced - SPOILERS sweetie. The only thing I have to say on the matter is that I am on the fence.

At first blush, zie seems more of the same. As much as I had beef with RTD's tenure (mostly towards the end) - at least there was *some* variation with regards to companion. Hell, we even had guys as companions. Even so, I feel that I will not be alone on said fence...
beckymonster: Becky icon (art_dali_persistence_of_memory)
First things, first:


LCD Text Generator at TextSpace.net


So, yes, Christmas happened. Shinzon is growing like the proverbial - he also has hair. Or an approximation of it. Photos to follow. Even so, it was good - there was food, there was family and there were Doctor Who (and book tokens - lots of book tokens!)

The Chrimbo Limbo also happened. I picked up a pinch hit for [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant; tried that 'Life' thing everyone keeps talking about and watched not enough movies More on that when I do the December round up. So that's why I've been monster non-grata for a couple of days.

Something else that happened, as many will know, was [livejournal.com profile] yuletide. This year, to my astonishment, amazement and undying gratitude, I recieved not just one gift but THREE.

Yes, you read that right, THREE. I have no idea what I have done in the last year to be accorded such wealth but I would like to express my undying gratitude to those lovely folks who put pen to paper/fingers to keyboards for the following lovely stories:

Dreams, Many-colored (4183 words) by faviconboundbyspells
Fandom: Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jane Eyre/Edward Rochester
Characters: Jane Eyre, Edward Rochester, St. John Rivers

Threads (1061 words) by faviconfresne
Fandom: Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte, Destino - Salvador Dali/Walt Disney
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jane Eyre/Edward Rochester

These two are borne from the same prompt - Bronte writes about Jane meeting Rochester in her dreams when they are apart and I asked for fic that deal with that. And these two jewels are the results. The first one conjures up all sorts of wonderful AUs for this paring (the Pirate!Rochester would suit the 2011 version down to the ground;)) not to mention it gives St John Rivers a fair hearing as well.

The second one is of especial note as it marries up Jane Eyre with Destino a collaboration between Dali and Disney. Which if you have never seen it, I do recommend that you take five minutes out to watch it as it is a thing of beauty. I love Dali's work and this marriage of these two wildly divergent canons is a beauty to behold.

My main 'gift' was this Oops! No, it wasn't! but it was still lovely!:
A New Normal (1434 words) by faviconBeatrice_Otter
Fandom: Superman Returns (2006)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lois Lane/Richard White
Characters: Lois Lane, Richard White, Clark Kent, Jason White

A lovely, sweet story, set post film that shows Clark, Richard and Lois coming together for the benefit of Jason to try and ensure that he has the best of both worlds. It's a lovely gen story that I recommend to all and sundry.

If any of my gifters are reading this - you are all awesome and I wish you nothing but a superb 2012 filled with lots of good things and helpful muses. Thank you again, you are all wonderful.

I cannot speak to my [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant gift yet, as it hasn't been given yet but I am sure that when it arrives I will like it a lot. I haven't had much of a chance to read many of the other fics yet (see note above about trying to have a life. Not recommended!) but I am hoping that when everything calms down to a dull roar, I'll be able to finish going through both the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide archive and the [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant collection to read All The Fics!

Needless to say, that as it's a new year, I have various 'housekeeping' tasks to do - such as setting up the Films Watched in...' list (now in it's sixth year!) and to post my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story and make a few comments on it.

So in short - prepare to be spammed;) And I hope that everyone has a wonderful 2012!
beckymonster: Becky icon (art_dali_persistence_of_memory)
First things, first:


LCD Text Generator at TextSpace.net


So, yes, Christmas happened. Shinzon is growing like the proverbial - he also has hair. Or an approximation of it. Photos to follow. Even so, it was good - there was food, there was family and there were Doctor Who (and book tokens - lots of book tokens!)

The Chrimbo Limbo also happened. I picked up a pinch hit for [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant; tried that 'Life' thing everyone keeps talking about and watched not enough movies More on that when I do the December round up. So that's why I've been monster non-grata for a couple of days.

Something else that happened, as many will know, was [livejournal.com profile] yuletide. This year, to my astonishment, amazement and undying gratitude, I recieved not just one gift but THREE.

Yes, you read that right, THREE. I have no idea what I have done in the last year to be accorded such wealth but I would like to express my undying gratitude to those lovely folks who put pen to paper/fingers to keyboards for the following lovely stories:

Dreams, Many-colored (4183 words) by faviconboundbyspells
Fandom: Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jane Eyre/Edward Rochester
Characters: Jane Eyre, Edward Rochester, St. John Rivers

Threads (1061 words) by faviconfresne
Fandom: Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte, Destino - Salvador Dali/Walt Disney
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jane Eyre/Edward Rochester

These two are borne from the same prompt - Bronte writes about Jane meeting Rochester in her dreams when they are apart and I asked for fic that deal with that. And these two jewels are the results. The first one conjures up all sorts of wonderful AUs for this paring (the Pirate!Rochester would suit the 2011 version down to the ground;)) not to mention it gives St John Rivers a fair hearing as well.

The second one is of especial note as it marries up Jane Eyre with Destino a collaboration between Dali and Disney. Which if you have never seen it, I do recommend that you take five minutes out to watch it as it is a thing of beauty. I love Dali's work and this marriage of these two wildly divergent canons is a beauty to behold.

My main 'gift' was this Oops! No, it wasn't! but it was still lovely!:
A New Normal (1434 words) by faviconBeatrice_Otter
Fandom: Superman Returns (2006)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lois Lane/Richard White
Characters: Lois Lane, Richard White, Clark Kent, Jason White

A lovely, sweet story, set post film that shows Clark, Richard and Lois coming together for the benefit of Jason to try and ensure that he has the best of both worlds. It's a lovely gen story that I recommend to all and sundry.

If any of my gifters are reading this - you are all awesome and I wish you nothing but a superb 2012 filled with lots of good things and helpful muses. Thank you again, you are all wonderful.

I cannot speak to my [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant gift yet, as it hasn't been given yet but I am sure that when it arrives I will like it a lot. I haven't had much of a chance to read many of the other fics yet (see note above about trying to have a life. Not recommended!) but I am hoping that when everything calms down to a dull roar, I'll be able to finish going through both the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide archive and the [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant collection to read All The Fics!

Needless to say, that as it's a new year, I have various 'housekeeping' tasks to do - such as setting up the Films Watched in...' list (now in it's sixth year!) and to post my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story and make a few comments on it.

So in short - prepare to be spammed;) And I hope that everyone has a wonderful 2012!
beckymonster: Becky icon (movies_reel passions)
Which it is - yes, I came that close to binning over 2,000 words of my [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant story again. Also? the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide mantra of 'Optional Details Are Optional' should apply to all the damn ficathons!

In happier news - Written? Kitten! is hewn from 100% *awesome*

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If you have been having issues with LJ - they are aware of it

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New Promo images from John Carter (of Mars). This is being directed by Andrew Wall.E Stanton. Which, trust me, is more than reason enough to watch this film. Having read the (first) book, I am glad to see this guy made the cut. Zie is awesome.

*

When the 'official' announcements were made regarding Bond 23 aka Skyfall, the characters that some of the actors would be playing were not noted. Even so, it was teased that these would be known to people who had read the books. In that vein, Ben Whishaw will be 'Q'. If he says *that* line, made famous by the late, great Desmond Llewellyn, I will be a very happy monster indeed.

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20 of the Muppets greatest hits. Let's not discuss how much I envy everyone who has gotten to see this so far. February is too damn far away. < /sulk>

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I've only seen THREE movies this month. Which by my standards is appalling But I have finally met my nephew - warning: cute baby. So, there is balance (and also Wednesday).

Also, I have written over 100 words every day and blogged every day. The new 'high-speed' (i.e. the damn thing goes and I can watch trailers in almost real-time) t'internet may not approve but hey!;) Need to keep going until, yes, you've guessed it... WEDNESDAY!

In other RL news - I have nearly all my Christmas presents 'sorted' bar one. And by 'sorted', I mean, I either have purchased them/know what to buy them and will purchase as soon as funds/time become available. This is nearly unheard of.

Next thing you know, I will be posting my 'manoeuvres' for December/January and by manoeuvres I mean what I am going to see at the BFI and when. Consider that a warning;)

So, beloved flist - Any good news to share?
beckymonster: Becky icon (movies_reel passions)
Which it is - yes, I came that close to binning over 2,000 words of my [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant story again. Also? the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide mantra of 'Optional Details Are Optional' should apply to all the damn ficathons!

In happier news - Written? Kitten! is hewn from 100% *awesome*

*

If you have been having issues with LJ - they are aware of it

*

New Promo images from John Carter (of Mars). This is being directed by Andrew Wall.E Stanton. Which, trust me, is more than reason enough to watch this film. Having read the (first) book, I am glad to see this guy made the cut. Zie is awesome.

*

When the 'official' announcements were made regarding Bond 23 aka Skyfall, the characters that some of the actors would be playing were not noted. Even so, it was teased that these would be known to people who had read the books. In that vein, Ben Whishaw will be 'Q'. If he says *that* line, made famous by the late, great Desmond Llewellyn, I will be a very happy monster indeed.

*

20 of the Muppets greatest hits. Let's not discuss how much I envy everyone who has gotten to see this so far. February is too damn far away. < /sulk>

*

I've only seen THREE movies this month. Which by my standards is appalling But I have finally met my nephew - warning: cute baby. So, there is balance (and also Wednesday).

Also, I have written over 100 words every day and blogged every day. The new 'high-speed' (i.e. the damn thing goes and I can watch trailers in almost real-time) t'internet may not approve but hey!;) Need to keep going until, yes, you've guessed it... WEDNESDAY!

In other RL news - I have nearly all my Christmas presents 'sorted' bar one. And by 'sorted', I mean, I either have purchased them/know what to buy them and will purchase as soon as funds/time become available. This is nearly unheard of.

Next thing you know, I will be posting my 'manoeuvres' for December/January and by manoeuvres I mean what I am going to see at the BFI and when. Consider that a warning;)

So, beloved flist - Any good news to share?
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Dear Universe

Sorry I could not be celebrating Doctor Who with friends today - I went to meet my six week old nephew for the first time instead.

He has Kirk's name and Picard's hair. Presenting Shinzon Monster! (bloody large photo is bloody large! Also - CUTE BABY ALERT!!) )

Lots of love

Me

P.S. Next time? Can I please do this without coming home and p*ssing the Mother Unit off by mentioning something that Sister 2 said in passing? Kaithanxbai!

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Words written today - 181 for [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant story - this is (possibly) the hardest part of the story. I have a rough idea of the road, but getting the show onto it... yeah! And with the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide nominations closing today and my assignment for that due soon after - the easier I can make things for myself, the better.
beckymonster: Becky icon (general_photography pin up)
Dear Universe

Sorry I could not be celebrating Doctor Who with friends today - I went to meet my six week old nephew for the first time instead.

He has Kirk's name and Picard's hair. Presenting Shinzon Monster! (bloody large photo is bloody large! Also - CUTE BABY ALERT!!) )

Lots of love

Me

P.S. Next time? Can I please do this without coming home and p*ssing the Mother Unit off by mentioning something that Sister 2 said in passing? Kaithanxbai!

* * *

Words written today - 181 for [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant story - this is (possibly) the hardest part of the story. I have a rough idea of the road, but getting the show onto it... yeah! And with the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide nominations closing today and my assignment for that due soon after - the easier I can make things for myself, the better.
beckymonster: Becky icon (tv_star trek_spocksquee!)
In my last post, I noted that 'Wotsit' was on their way. Well, they have arrived. I've not said anything yet because - a) no photos and b) I was waiting for his parents to decide what to call them.

Allow me to introduce you to Mister James Thomas Seddon. My Nephew. Born 12th October 2011 at 4.49am, weighing in at 6lb 13oz. His mummy and daddy are immensely proud. His (maternal) Granny and Grandad are estatic (their first grandchild - also both of his names were shared by close family members - my uncle who passed last year was a James and my maternal grandfather and uncle - neither no longer with us - were both Thomases) and his aunties (or at very least this one!) are too.

Oh Captain, My Captain - WARNING- Cute baby behind this cut. )

I, alas, have not had the pleasure of meeting him yet as I came down with a head cold on Friday/Saturday. My immune system has zip all sense of timing! Needless to say, once I have shot of the cold - I'll be making his aquaintance.

After all, someONE has to introduce him to the delights of Star Wars, Doctor Who and with initals like that Star Trek: TOS/AOS as well;) Not to mention - all the robot and dinosaur toys he can handle... what?!

So - there you go. I CAN HAZ NEPHOO NAO!
beckymonster: Becky icon (tv_star trek_spocksquee!)
In my last post, I noted that 'Wotsit' was on their way. Well, they have arrived. I've not said anything yet because - a) no photos and b) I was waiting for his parents to decide what to call them.

Allow me to introduce you to Mister James Thomas Seddon. My Nephew. Born 12th October 2011 at 4.49am, weighing in at 6lb 13oz. His mummy and daddy are immensely proud. His (maternal) Granny and Grandad are estatic (their first grandchild - also both of his names were shared by close family members - my uncle who passed last year was a James and my maternal grandfather and uncle - neither no longer with us - were both Thomases) and his aunties (or at very least this one!) are too.

Oh Captain, My Captain - WARNING- Cute baby behind this cut. )

I, alas, have not had the pleasure of meeting him yet as I came down with a head cold on Friday/Saturday. My immune system has zip all sense of timing! Needless to say, once I have shot of the cold - I'll be making his aquaintance.

After all, someONE has to introduce him to the delights of Star Wars, Doctor Who and with initals like that Star Trek: TOS/AOS as well;) Not to mention - all the robot and dinosaur toys he can handle... what?!

So - there you go. I CAN HAZ NEPHOO NAO!
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