March 29th, 2016

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Erin's side of the story

Erin posted this on Facebook, describing what happened on Sunday. And it was too good not to share:
Yesterday was a bit of an odd one. It started fairly normally, with me lying in bed, a hangover behind my eyes, a competing desire for sleep and water, until the smoke alarm started alarming. It's whacking my head with every beep, but I can hear rustling in the kitchen, so I assume it's Andy taking the new smoke alarm out of its packet and putting batteries in and I ignore it, silently cursing his name a little as it goes on and on and then just as I'm about to rouse myself to see what the problem is, I hear Andy yell my name. I go from 0 to 60 in a second. I've never heard that tone in anyone's voice, and now he's shouting for help and I can't find my glasses and I have them now and I come out to the hallway to find black smoke boiling out of the kitchen and somewhere in there is Andy, and he throws water on something and I see a fireball the size of a rugby ball whoosh past his head, which he jerks back just in time and all of that takes less than a second because now I'm in the living room, pulling my phone out of the charger and shouting back that I'm calling the fire brigade, just get out and he's saying it's almost out, it's almost out and I scream at him to leave as I shove my coat on, and sling my bag over my shoulder and I run out the door dialling and the call is done in five seconds but Andy is still not there, and I push the door back open and scream for him and he finally appears, coughing, saying he managed to put it out and we head for the door outside and take deep breaths and I'm hugging him and shouting at him at the same time to never, ever do that again, don't try and put it out, just leave and he's saying it's fine, he's fine, and then the firemen arrive and we tell them it's out, and they file in, wearing masks because of the smoke, its plastic and it clings and they throw the windows open from the inside, carrying out charred bits of kitchen metal. And we stand there in the rain, heartbeats slowing, the object of the street's gaze and I say: "I'm glad my room is tidy."




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Interesting Links for 29-03-2016

'How I stopped being intolerant of food intolerance'
(tags: food society conversation )
Oculus Rift review: Nice first generation attempt, but not quite ready for the mass market
(tags: VirtualReality review )
The Distress of the Privileged
(tags: privilege viaSwampers society )
Turns out you can pay people not to commit murder
(tags: crime GuaranteedIncome )
The difficulty of getting people to read about Lahore
(tags: news media society )
3 or more antibiotics before age 2 may spur obesity
(tags: obesity antibiotics microbiome )
A graphene patch that monitors and possibly treats diabetes
(tags: graphene diabetes )
The “Pacific Extreme Pattern” predicts heat waves up to 50 days in advance
(tags: weather predictions )
Poor white kids are less likely to go to prison than rich black kids
(tags: racism usa prison )
The Doctor doesn't understand love. (A sonnet)
(tags: poetry drwho love )
The difference between the aesthetics of the USA and France
(tags: usa france funny art )
Recipe Of The Day: Low Carb and Gluten Free Salad
(tags: food salad gluten )
Lynx may be reintroduced to UK after 1,000 years following success of Spain programme
(tags: cats uk wildlife )
'War on Drugs' has made no difference to number of users and actively harms public health, major study concludes
(tags: drugs law epicfail health society )
Why is "Friends" still so popular with twenty-somethings?
(tags: friendship tv )
Real-time 3D holographic chat
(tags: 3d video conversation Technology microsoft )
Meta 2 has pretty impressive augmented reality
(tags: augmentedreality Technology )
An Open Letter to Trump Voters from His Top Strategist-Turned-Defector
(tags: politics usa )
The Woman Who Had No Idea Her Husband Was a Rapist
(tags: rape relationships )
Why we think terrorism is scarier than it really is (and we probably always will)
(tags: terrorism fear )
X-Men spinoff Deadpool is now the most successful 'R-rated' movie ever
(tags: movies superheroes money )
Teachers sent packing in midst of recruitment crisis – because they earn too little
(tags: teachers money immigration Conservatives OhForFucksSake )
Living wage could put care services at breaking point
(tags: healthcare uk wages minimumwage )
Men must prove a woman said 'Yes' under tough new rape rules
(tags: rape law consent uk )

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Tuesday evenings funtime

I left work at 5pm, after a day that consisted almost entirely of meetings, and headed to Erin's old flat, to help move the last few pieces of her stuff over. I got a lift from her friend Lizzie, who was heading over in my direction to a Beltane meeting, and then also gave me a lift to Edinburgh Palette, from where I walked up to feed cats halfway up Arthur's Seat, where I took this photo:


I then headed back home, and finally got half an hour to sit on hold to my insurers. Who then informed me that due to it being a bit blowy in Englandshire my piffling problems didn't rate talking to an actual claims person, and that they would call me back tomorrow.

So I am now curled up on the sofa, watching more Dark Souls walkthrough and considering doing a bit of tidying before getting an early night.



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