Isn't actually that bad to complete, and I've enjoyed reading the ones others have done, so here goes.
What I was doing X years ago )
To be decided, probably Exeter to see the sites, meet people and possibly look at the new Princesshay. We'll let you know if you've expressed an interest.
Cocktail me )

Got back from Rob's; the Soviet forces failed to make a breakthrough against the Wehrmacht, I blame the overall commander, who, um, forgot that he could command people.

Blitzkrieg Commander, top game, unless your heavy mortar company decides to withdraw...
Meme time. Well, not really.

All over my friends page, people are doing that "the problem with LJ is we don't know each other really" meme. For some reason, and I suspect it's completely irrational, they always piss me off. This specific one is more because, for the most part, everyone reading this knows me or a friend, with I think 2 exceptions. I've sat in a bar, played a game, thrown things at and in a few cases slept with you or someone you know. If you want to know something about me, well, asking shouldn't require a meme, right? It's not like I hide my email addresses (and hindsite says desiging a friends website and putting my email address as a contact instead of a link was a stoopid idea, especially when his domain host is Geocities...) or other contact details.

So, instead, open thread. What do you want to talk about? Anything at all. Even baboons or monkey sex. I'm f-locking the post just so you can say what you like.

OK, I'm ill, and I'm a cynical old bastard. But you all know that anyway.
Hmm. First, I said I'd never get one. Then, I made one with the intention of mostly using the account for commenting. Then, I got a bit carried away and started posting regularly, using it to arrange weekends away, meeting up with people and even, at times, following the news.

I discovered LF-feeds and filtered friends page views, I kept on adding people, and even started adding people I didn't know who interested me. Even more weirdly, people started adding me who I didn't know, they actually find me interesting! Weird.

I've got back in contact with old friends I haven't seen for years, I've crossed the country on the strength of something I've heard about on here, I've even had a brief fling with someone I mostly communicated with via LJ. And I've paid for my account, and regularly add more RSS feed accounts using the paid features.

Obsessed? Moi? I think not. Only, um, it's getting to the point where I'm talking my friends into setting up LJs so I can keep in touch with them, it's just so much easier. Obsessed? Um, maybe.

Essentially, LJ isn't cool because of what you post, or what people comment on your journal. It's cool because of the friends page. I can spend entire evenings just trawling LJ. I'll be honest, that sometimes scares me. Fun though.

So, my journal is over a year old. It's got me back involved in politics, it prompted me to set up a 'proper' weblog, and it's created a huge source of time sinking procrastination. It's even got me laid. I think the last part is the scariest bit...
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British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

Known to post items of interest on occasions. More likely to link to interesting stuff. Sometimes talks about stuff he's done. Occasionally posts recipes for good food. Planning to get married, at some point. Enjoying life in Yorkshire.

Likes comments. Especially likes links. Loves to know where people came from and what they were looking for. Mostly posts everything publicly. Sometimes doesn't. Hi.

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