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 Strange how the numbers stored on a phone are almost a history of your life...

As part of the process of changing banks to get away from those pesky fossil fuel investments, I'm adding Nationwide telephone banking to my phone.  In the process, I started looking at old numbers and deleting those that were no longer relevant.

An assortment of charity shops that I no longer volunteer with, the bank before the last one, people I was on committees with over a decade ago, an optician I no longer use, etc.

But also those numbers that I still choose to keep. Some friends that I haven't spoken to in years, but don't want to cut the thread with entirely.

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Disinvesting

I've just changed my bank.

I've moved from First Direct, who have a lot of fossil fuel investments, to Nationwide, who have none at all.
So far, the changeover process has been very easy.

I don't want my money to enable new oil wells to be dug or new coal mines to start up.

I'll miss First Direct's excellent telephone banking, but Nationwide have two branches within walking distance, so I still have human beings within easy reach. And internet banking, of course. And their savings account pays a good rate of interest (for a bank savings account).

Many ways of reducing carbon emissions are difficult, but changing bank is within everyone's grasp.

Having the cutest four-year-old in the world as a granddaughter, I'm acutely aware of the future that our society is going to leave her. Winter floods and summer droughts. Temperatures that ruin crops and kill the elderly. Any small step (especially one that doesn't cost me a penny) is worth doing to help her world.

Once the changeover is complete, if it all goes smoothly, then I'll be waving the "refer a friend" option at people in the UK. It gives you and me both £100 if you change your account to Nationwide. I'll donate my £100 to charity if anyone takes up the offer.
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LJ Log ins, or lack thereof...

 And it gets even odder. On LJ, I cant reply to a response in my journal.

I appear to be logged in until I try to reply. Then it tells me I'm not logged in, then it tells me to prove I'm  a human being, but with no box to follow instructions in....

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Getting logged out

 Both DW and LJ seem to be logging me out a lot at present. Is it just me, or is this hitting other people as well.

When I tried to log back on to the LJ, it told me my IP address had been temporarily banned.

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Rituals by Roz Kaveny

 I read this one from a friend's recommendation, but wasn't greatly smitten.

I liked the characters, and it's a nice change to have lesbian leads, but parts of the plot didn't work for me.  For me, the reader should have enough clues to make an intelligent guess at what is going to happen.  If the answer lies in mythology, then that's okay as a clue, but when the answer lies in mythology, but also in a twist on the mythology that the reader isn't given a clue to, then I feel a bit let down.

In this case, changes to the normal changeling myths and normal vampire myths.  The reader is made aware of some factors about individuals in both groups, but not that they might in any way be key to the mythos in the novel. (and hence, I can't see how the protagonist is able to make the deductions that she does)

However, it's very readable and if anyone would like my copy, I'm happy to post it to you. 

selenak wrote a review (which may make you decide to try it)

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Anonymous Morris having fun

 Yeti is both dancer and musician - while we were at the pub on Thursday, he decided to do both at the same time!


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'sword' dances

 In the Basque country, the term 'sword dance' includes a wide range of things.

This one is done with brooms and is very different in style, but I would still regard it as part of the sword dance family.

 
Fingers crossed for the embed code to work...

If you can't see anything, go here dantzan.eus/bideoak/ezpalak-2006-sarian-zunzun-beasain

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Wimborne Minster folk Festival

 Here's some of the festival highlights for all you poor souls who weren't there.

First of all, this is me when I unexpectedly got dragged into the set by the Knights of King Ina.
(I'm not a Cotswold dancer, but I have attended a couple of their workshops and I guess some of the footwork must finally have got into muscle memory, as I didn't do too badly! Though Portsmouth is a very easy dance as jigs go)
It was fun, and an unexpected bonus.



Second, Fosbrooks.  The sleeper hit of the festival.  A group of school children from Stockport (near Manchester)  They were pretty much ignored on our web site pre-festival as no one knew them. But I'd invited them all that way for good reason.  Once they started performing, the audience absolutely loved them and Google Analytics showed a massive boost in hits on their page.
Here they are, dancing their local step dance tradition, as they have done for the last 40 years.



and another sleeper hit - Northgate Rapper.  
They were with us last year, but danced mainly in the pubs. Rapper is a natural pub dance, as it is a short dance and takes up very little space. And rapper dancers like pubs...
This year, they still did the pubs, but I also gave them a number of spots in our best venues.
If you think they are good here, trust me when I say that seeing them live from a distance of 2m is scary. Those sword swipes under the feet are terrifying and the first time I saw that final move....
(When they aren't on a stage, they get the audience to come in really close, just so you can get the full terror!)




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Wimborne Minster folk Festival

 Come and see what I've spent most of the year working on!

There's short a video of the procession and it gives a great synopsis. That's my husband getting shot at the start!

I'm still knackered, but all four of my children's groups performed wonderfully on the day.

The feedback has been amazing, probably the best Wimborne festival ever.



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Southern Star Longsword

 Another of my sanity breaks is my longsword dancing.

This is Southern Star Longsword in their first dance out of the year, performing our unique dance for three dancers (longsword normally needs six dancers). We're a very small team...

I present (missing the end and the rather pretty lock that you don't get to see), the dance called 'Three Legged Horse'.


In longsword, unlike most other traditional dances, a 'figure' is the bit between the start and a sword lock, so contains several types of move.

We invented many of the moves, though some are adapted from dances for six.

For those who don't know me, I'm the one with the purple sash.

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