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I did it! - Race for Life 2011

Well I did it. I jogged 10k around Tatton Park this weekend. Actually, I was so nervous about doing it that I did the 5k event last weekend too as a run through. 

Last weekend we had terrible weather. I got up early around 6am saw the sun in the sky and thought ‘wow, what a lovely day’. The race was due to start at 11am. At 10 O’clock the heavens opened and didn’t stop. We got absolutely soaked and it was SOOO cold. I couldn’t feel my hands or feet by the end of it. Even so, I had a great time. 

There were around 3500 people taking part in last weekend’s race. This weekend there were around 2200. Apparently last week’s event raised around £180,000 and the organisers said that (together with this week’s event) the Tatton Park participants will have raised £320,000 for Cancer Research UK. I think that’s amazing. Every little bit helps and with all the events up and down the country, they must raise a fair amount.  

Today started out cold and although it had rained earlier in the morning we were lucky and the rain stayed away. Everywhere you looked there were women in pink. Pink T-shirts, pink jackets, pink tutus, pink socks, pink hair, pink everything. I want to state now that I absolutely hate pink. I don’t do pink. Having said that, I did find myself going home with a brand spanking new 2011 Race for Life navy blue/cerise! and white T-shirt. (Not pink *g*). 

The queues for the toilets were never ending and after a mad dash from a lovely little pink! plastic cubicle on one side of the field to the other side I made it to the jogger’s section with seconds to spare before the claxon sounded and we headed off. It seems strange but although today’s race was double the distance, I actually found last week’s race slightly harder going. I think because last week we ran through fields for the majority of the course and the terrain was incredibly up and down. I’m used to running off road but not necessarily through fields. This week’s course involved running through fields, along dirt tracks and a gravelly road so I think the variation helped a lot.  Also, the atmosphere was so relaxed and the supporters were so amazing that there was no way that I wasn't going to enjoy the whole experience. I wouldn’t have said that three years ago.

I also beat my first 5k split time by 5 minutes and the second 5k split by 1 minute and ended up finishing the race in a time I really wasn’t expecting at all. I was so pleased. However, I think I’m still quite slow compared to the other runners but I really don’t care. I remembered lost friends, raised a bit of money, and got a bit fitter in the process. A win all round I think. Race for Life is certainly infectious and I’ll definitely be back for more.

PS - Thank you to everyone who encouraged me to do it. You really don’t know how much your support has meant. *Hugs to everyone*

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BGT - cracking auditions

I laughed my head off at last night's 'Britain's got talent'.  Who'd have thought that snow patrol and nursery rhymes blend so well together.  Completely bonkers but so well executed. 

The impressionist Les Gibson was pretty good.  Look out for his Ross Kemp and Kevin Webster and check out Dec's reaction to one of the impressions. 

Also Razy Gogonea's matrix themed popping was incredible.

Other notable auditions for me were Pip and Buddy (very cute little puppy.  Couldn't make up my mind as to whether it didn't like the noise or whether it loved it and was just joining in with the 'pack'), Elaine Williams (whose stand up comedy fell over.  Never really stood up to be honest) and Mickey Gooch (one of those 'I can't watch this. He's going to break something' moments).  All in all, not bad.

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it.
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Dwarfers shipwrecked and comatose again

So, Red Dwarf is getting a new series. They’ll be recording six new episodes in November for broadcast in February 2012. Hhm. I’m not sure whether this is good news or bad news for me. I really enjoyed Red Dwarf towards the middle of its run. The writing was really clever and the way they wove one of the episodes around a genuine event was pure genius. I still laugh out loud at the despair squid episode. Red Dwarf also had that absolute classic line - ‘Of course - Lager!  The only thing that can kill a vindaloo!’  At least I think that was the line. Apologies if I’ve got it wrong.    

Unfortunately, the writing partnership dissolved and Doug Naylor carried on writing solo. (I’m not sure what happened to Rob Grant.  They didn’t dwell too heavily on that in the feature they did.) That was when the show started to go downhill a bit for me. I thought some of the humour got a bit predictable and silly and I only watched it half heartedly. Soon after, Red Dwarf disappeared from our screens and I thought that was the end of it. Then, several years later and completely out of the blue, they announced that three new special episodes had been commissioned by Dave.   

Now I was really looking forward to seeing Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn and Danny John Jules reunited as Lister, Rimmer, Kryten and the Cat.  I thought (mistakenly) that it would be the Red Dwarf that I loved: surreal, humorous, intelligent, slapstick sci-fi. What I actually got was more akin to self indulgent fan fiction. The end had me cringing – especially where they inserted the 'writer' into the script. I just hope that this new series goes back to basics and doesn’t fall into the gimmick trap. I want it to wow me with what made it great originally – strong characters and great writing. 

Okay Red Dwarf, you’ve got one last chance from me.

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Race for life 2011 - Cancer Research UK

I've signed up to take part in Race for Life 2011 to raise money for Cancer Research UK. 


Why am I doing this?


Many people have (or know of someone who has) been affected in some way by Cancer. It could be personal, a family member, friends or work colleagues. Over the past few years, I’ve known a number of people who have tragically lost their lives to Cancer and I want to do this to remember them. I also know several people who have had cancer, beaten it and are living life to the full today. I want to do this to support them too. So I am going to do my bit.


But it involves running, doesn’t it?


Erm... Yes. A fast ‘one foot in front of the other’ action is required. I’ve opted to do the Tatton Park 10k run in June. ‘SA? Doing a 10k run!’ I hear you cry. I know... a 10k run is something I wouldn’t have dreamed about doing several years ago. Anyone that knows me knows I’m not a natural runner. In fact I used to hate running. This deep seated hatred of running fuelled almost entirely from a sincere dislike of a sadistic PE teacher and the dreaded cross country runs at my old high school many years ago. However, the times – they have a-changed. 


Nowadays I quite like the occasional run. Well, I say run. I sort of do a cross between a walk, a jog and a run – jalkun maybe? or a wunog? And whilst I have no inclinations to enter any marathons any time soon I am definitely improving. I did a 10k walk last year and really enjoyed the whole event. This year, though, I want a bit more of a challenge and think I ought to attempt to run at least some sections of the course.


How can you help?


Well, if you want to find out more about Cancer Research UK’s Race for life 2011, wish to make a donation or perhaps enter the race yourself (living in the UK helps ;-)) then I’ve provided a link to the website where you can find more details



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Get to the point. Time's running out (10 drabbles)

Title: Get to the point.  Time's running out. (10 drabbles)
Author: SA3466996
Rating: Ranges from PG-13 to FRM
Category: Various including general, hurt/comfort, angst, friendship and humour
Genre: Multiple
Pairing(s): Het - DiNozzo/Jeanne
Character(s): Various including Gibbs, DiNozzo, McGee, Jeanne, Mike Franks and mentions Jackson Gibbs.
Summary:  See individual drabbles
Spoilers: Various including S2 - SWAK, S5 - Internal Affairs and Judgement Day, S6 - Last Man Standing and Agent Afloat, S7 - Inside Man, Outlaws and In-laws, Faith and general spoiler for upcoming ep Flesh and Blood/Bone
Disclaimer: NCIS characters belong to Bellisario, CBS and Paramount. No copyright infringement intended.

AN: I had a go at the drabble/ficlet challenge that lil_jei, kaylashay and taylorgibbs did.  You choose a fandom, pairing or character, switch your mp3/music player to shuffle and then write ten drabbles based on the next ten songs that come up. You can use the title, lyrics or just the mood of the music for inspiration and you are supposed to complete each drabble in the time it takes for the song to play. Needless to say, I failed on two and went over the time limit.  So I suppose I can't really count them.  But I tried.  I haven’t kept to the usual 300 words max rule either. Honestly though, I had great fun with these.

Fandom was NCIS and I ended up with several gen (all feature Tony in some way or another), het (DiNozzo/Jeanne) and slash (Gibbs/DiNozzo) drabbles.  The slash can be read on ffnet.

There are also references to various episodes including S2.22 SWAK, S5.14 Internal Affairs, S5.18-19 Judgement Day, S6.01 Last Man Standing, S6.02 Agent Afloat, S7.03 The inside Man, S7.06 Outlaws and In-laws, S7.10 Faith and one drabble which involves a general spoiler for the upcoming S7 ep Flesh and Blood/Flesh and Bone.

Ratings: Most are T/PG-13/FR15 although one is rated FRM for language.

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Just talkin' 'bout my Gibbs

Title:  Just talkin’ ‘bout my Gibbs
Author:  SA3466996
Rating:  PG
Category:  General
Genre:  Gen
Pairing:  None
Character(s):  DiNozzo (with a little Abby)
Summary:  Alternate scene for Model Behaviour
Spoilers:  Model Behaviour
Disclaimer:  NCIS characters belong to Bellisario, CBS and Paramount. No copyright infringement intended.
AN:  Written as a response to the prompt, “I’m not trying to cause a big sensation, I’m just talkin’ ‘bout my Gibbs” on kaylashay's comment fic meme.

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Warm and dead

Title: Warm and dead
Author: SA3466996
Rating: M, FRM (for language)
Category: General/ Angst
Genre: Gen
Pairing: None
Character(s): DiNozzo
Word Count: 300
Summary: They're not dead until they're warm and dead.
Spoilers: Truth and consequences
Disclaimer: NCIS characters belong to Bellisario, CBS and Paramount. No copyright infringement intended.
Beta(s): [info]csigeekfan and Will.

AN: Written in response to challenge #161 'New Beginnings' on ncis_drabble


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Thanks for noticing, Boss - Ch 7 - Notes and noticing

Title:  Thanks for noticing, Boss (Ch 7/7)
Author:  SA3466996
Rating:  PG-13
Category:  Angst/ Friendship
Genre:  Gen (Gibbs/DiNozzo friendship)
Pairing:  None
Character(s):  Gibbs, DiNozzo, Abby
Summary:  Gibbs reads the lists Tony wrote in Anthony's Weakness.  Anthony makes a decision that has a profound effect on his working relationship with Gibbs.  Set during Bounce.  Gibbs/DiNozzo/Abby friendship.
Spoilers:  Bounce.
Disclaimer:  NCIS characters belong to Bellisario, CBS and Paramount.  No copyright infringement intended.
Beta(s):  Thanks to [info]csigeekfan, Obsessed Pam and Will for putting up with me.  Huge thanks also to mirajo for sparing the time and having the patience to indulge my Tony/Anthony obsession. 

AN:  Sequel to Anthony's Weakness.  Part of the Resignation series.  I made an assumption that Tony knows about both the 'narcissistic' and 'attitude adjustment' comments that Gibbs made about him early on in S6. 


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