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Drums in The Museum

Went to one of the National Museum of Scotland's "Lates", which are adults-only evenings where you get to wander around the museum drinking wine while being entertained by a variety of acts. And as my brother Mike and his wife Helen were visiting, and the Beltane Fire Society were part of the entertainment, I took them and Meredith along to see what it was like.

Here are the Processional Drummers playing outside, along with some fire performers:


And here are the Harbinger Drummers, playing in the Whites. I ended up in almost the perfect position, particularly as three minutes into this video I suddenly found myself surrounded by people in costume:


Idlewild also played, but frankly aren't really my kind of music, so you don't get video of them.

Instead you get a giraffe sticking its tonge out, while its giant tree sloth friend stands grumpily by:




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I have decided which side of Marvel's "Civil War" I am on

I know, I know, you've been waitimg for weeks to hear which side I was going to fall on.

But I didn't want to rush my thought process. I wanted to see the film in a relaxed manner, let it soak in for a few days, fully consider the philosophical arguments laid out by the two sides, and then lay out my judgement in a considered manner.

Which I do thusly:
A plague on both their houses. I'm with Team T'Challa.



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It's May. Can I stop coughing now?

Saturday was the after-after-Beltane picnic on The Meadows. Which was nice, even if I did feel anxious at only knowing about 5% of the people there. But they were a lovely 5%, and I still enjoyed it. I left after about three hours, because it was grey, chilly, and windy enough that I was feeling bone-cold. Still glad I went though.

I had a quiet evening in, chatting online to a few lovely people, and then got an early night. Except for the cough. Apparently I should not have exposed myself to that many hippies at once...

Today I had lunch with Lizzie & Ari & Dora, which was nice (although more for the company than the food), and then off to see Captain America: Civil War. Which was basically Avengers 2.5. It picked up at the end of Avengers, stopped before any kind of meaningful conclusion, and is clearly going to be continued in Black Panther and then Avengers: Infinity War. It was a total popcorn movie, albeit a really fun one. Lots of good lines, some really well done action sequences, and it juggled a large cast really well. Not perfect, but definitely worth a few hours of my time!

Then came home, and Erin gently prodded me into some tidying up, and one of the cupboards that had been bugging me for _years_ is now clear, and being used for storage. The cold is slowly going away too - the cough has reduced, and I haven't been going hot and cold at the same time since 5pm. I still feel a bit off-kilter, physically, but I'm sure that will pass soon too.



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Comic Recommendation: Strong Female Protagonist

Earlier this week,somewhere on Facebook, Simon Bisson recommended Strong Female Protagonist to a mutual friend.

And I vaguely remembered having read the first few pages, and having been grabbed, but not so much that I wanted to read all of it. But then I'm frequently put off reading backlogs of comics online, because at any kind of decent reading speed you spend longer moving the mouse pointer to the Next button and waiting for it to load than you do actually reading the tiny amount of content on each page.

So the _first_ thing I did was "Space Next" Firefox addon (which alllows you, strangely enough, to go to the next page by pressing space). And then started from the beginning.

And it's kept me up late on two occasions, and I finally got caught up to date this morning, having completely failed to get out of bed yet because I couldn't stop reading.

It's reminiscient of things like Wild Cards, in that the background has an Event which causes a sprinkling of random people to suddenly gain powers, and then takes in the effects it has on some of them, and the world around them. It's seen largely through the eyes of "Mega-Girl", who regrets her naming choices, and some of her life choices, and would rather like to be a student nowadays, rather than a superhero.

It takes a while to get going, and the art definitely improves as it goes along. But it doesn't take long before its raising interesting ideas, producing engaging characters, and drawing you into a plot which is still fascinating after several hundred pages.

Definitely worth taking a look at. Read it here.



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