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Apr. 9th, 2017

marysue

[sticky post] A Note About Friend-Locked Posts



I've decided to stay on LJ for the time being. However, I followed the example of one of my flisties and friend-locked any posts with more questionable content (e.g. fic belonging to a genre beginning with the letter "s"). Maybe I'm being overly paranoid about the possibility of censorship, or maybe these measures won't be enough if LJ does start censoring its content, but I figure it can't hurt.

If you're already on my flist (those of you still left on LJ), the friend-locking isn't going to make any difference. If you're just a casual visitor, you can find all of my stories (with the exception of Action Figure Theatre and some jackycomelately birthday fic) here on AO3. ALL of my fic is available on or through Dreamwidth. You're more than welcome to friend me on LJ, Dreamwidth or both -- if you haven't done so already.

I seriously need to revamp my Dreamwidth Fic Masterlist as it was imported from LJ and a lot of the links are to LJ. I've also done a lousy job of updating it. I'm going to try to revise it soon.

Jul. 21st, 2017

stalky&co

Happy Birthday, grondfic! :-D





Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/161851.html

Jul. 6th, 2017

canadarm

Canada 150: Some Toronto Sights



As this year was Canada’s 150th birthday, I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion other than popping Strange Brew into the DVD player (though I totally did that too, eh?). Cooo, loo, coo, coo, coo, coo, coo, coooo!Collapse )

Jul. 1st, 2017

cancon

It's Canada 150, Baby!






Happy Canada Day! Today marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation and Canada's 150th birthday!

This is one year when I know I can't stay home. As it's me, I'll be engaged in suitably nerdy activities. I'll be attending a lecture on Toronto history at 11:00 at St. Lawrence Hall and then I'll be going on Muddy York's two-hour Canada 150 history walk at 1:00. We'll end up at Nathan Phillips Square, so maybe I'll take in some of the festivities there, though I'm not really into crowds or partying. A huge shock, I know.

If I manage to snap any interesting pics, I'll post them here. In the mean time, here's an absurdly Canadian vid that celebrates Canada's 150:











Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/160497.html


Jun. 10th, 2017

canadarm

Doors Open 2017



This year, my brother was brave enough to accompany me during this year’s Doors Open weekend. As usual, it was a challenge to narrow down the choices when there were so many buildings to choose from. In the end, we decided to focus on the area around Yonge and King and visited St. James Cathedral, Tom Jones Steakhouse, and the Commerce Court North. I think we managed to sample a good variety of buildings, each of which serves very different purposes. Sorry it took two weeks to post this. I'm hoping it was worth the wait.Collapse )

Jun. 2nd, 2017

moncapitaine

Groundhog III: Revenge of the Groundhog






The groundhog has turned. The sweet, sociable Edwards Gardens' groundhog of old has become downright confrontational. I'll admit that I may have been partly to blame. I chose to bring a bagel with peanut butter for lunch. The smell of peanut butter alone might have been enough to entice the groundhog. I had been feeding some crackers to a black squirrel and hoped the groundhog would be satisfied with crackers too. It wasn't. My pitiful shrieks and frantic shooing motions wouldn't deter the groundhog either. It almost jumped up on the bench while I was sitting there. As I quickly packed away my lunch, it circled the bench and actually nudged my foot with its snout. It was at this point that I leapt up from the bench and beat a hasty retreat. The groundhog was trying to climb up the back of the bench as I fled to a new spot.

I think I was sitting on the same bench last year when I almost ended up with a squirrel in my lap, so I suppose it could be the location. However, I suspect that people like me are to blame. If you're going to feed animals, you shouldn't be surprised when those same animals begin to associate people with food and become increasingly aggressive and brazen, especially if peanut butter is involved. I know the groundhog was only interested in my bagel, but it still freaked me out. I enjoy seeing wildlife up close, but not that close. *g*

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/159714.html

May. 19th, 2017

unclestalky

Happy Belated Birthday, thegreenring!







And eating that little bird is the reason why I forgot [personal profile] thegreenring's birthday! *g*
I hope it was a good one, [personal profile] thegreenring! Very best wishes and many happy returns! :-D



Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/158902.html

Apr. 23rd, 2017

cancon

Vimy Ridge Anniversary Tribute



It’s only taken two weeks, but here are some pictures from the April 9th Fort York tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Many consider the Battle of Vimy Ridge to be a defining moment in Canadian history as it was one of Canada’s greatest (if not the greatest) military achievements. In fact, some historians view Vimy Ridge as the moment when Canada finally came of age as a nation and played a major role on the world’s stage. I should point out that Vimy Ridge was not just a Canadian victory. While it was the first time that all four Canadian divisions participated in a battle, the British 5th Infantry Division (and supplementary artillery, engineer and labour units) provided essential support. Whatever the Battle of Vimy Ridge might represent, the victory came at a huge cost: 3,598 men were killed and 7,004 men were wounded.

Naturally, the main commemoration ceremony took place at the Vimy Ridge Memorial itself, but there were several events throughout the country to mark the anniversary. It was my dad’s idea to attend the Fort York tribute. I’m glad we did because of all the historical displays and reenactments. The reenactors really worked hard to recreate aspects of the First World War experience. I was pleasantly surprised by how many items I saw from the period. My dad, brother and I were even able to partake in the mess hall experience by dining at the The Great War Heritage Café, which had rows of long tables. It was a great opportunity to actually talk to people as you were sharing a table with strangers. I ate something called Canadian Stew, which was basically baked beans mixed with maple syrup and bits of bacon. What really impressed me, though, were the homemade butter tarts. They were the best butter tarts I’d had in years.

Well, I think I’ve provided more than enough background. On to the photos! There really are more pictures and fewer words ahead.Collapse )

Apr. 15th, 2017

skateboarding

LJ 18th anniversary



I thought I'd give in and play along too.


#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday



Mar. 26th, 2017

hernebear

Trail of Robin of Sherwood is Closing Down



I really should have posted about this sooner, but I'm sad to say that Trail of Robin of Sherwood is closing down. If you haven't visited this website before, you really should check it out. Trail of Robin of Sherwood is probably best known for its excellent RoS locations guidebook and map that were no doubt born out of painstaking research. I'm ashamed to confess that I never bought a copy of either of these items, though I had always meant to. Unfortunately, the guidebook is sold out, but I'm going to grab a copy of the locations map while I can. The site shop has a wonderful collection of RoS merchandise, such as t-shirts, bags and keychains. There's even a Silver Arrow USB memory stick. All merchandise is on sale until July 1st, which is when the website closes down. If you're looking for con gear or some delightful RoS mementos, I would suggest you go sooner rather than later in case the item you want sells out.

Update: I bought the locations map, Albion keychain and the Silver Arrow USB memory stick. It could have been worse. I was looking at the t-shirts and seriously considering a Herne drawstring bag as well. *g* The price of my order wasn't too bad. Including shipping and handling, it came to about $13 Canadian.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/157837.html

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Mar. 5th, 2017

leafdriven

Fic: The Earl's Son



Title: The Earl’s Son (2/2)
Author: Rusty Armour
Fandom: Robin of Sherwood
Characters: Robert of Huntingdon, Nasir, Edward of Wickham, Alison of Wickham, Matthew of Wickham
Category: General, drama, post-eppy
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1,622
Summary: Robin has a revelation about his father and is forced to confront the emotions he’s been trying to suppress.
Spoilers: Definite spoilers for The Knights of the Apocalypse, “The Sheriff of Nottingham” and “The Time of the Wolf”. Otherwise, there are just spoilers for the series in general.
Notes: I wrote this for karen9’s birthday. I wasn’t entirely satisfied with Robin’s view of his relationship with his father in “The Knights of the Apocalypse,” so I decided to explore this subject. I thought I’d have a better picture of the Huntingdon father/son relationship by the end of this story, but I just came away with more questions. I don’t think there are any clear answers. This story is just one interpretation – an interpretation based on pure supposition.

This takes place shortly after The Knights of the Apocalypse.

Disclaimer: This story is based on Richard Carpenter's series Robin of Sherwood. The characters are the property of Richard Carpenter, Robin May, Anthony Horowitz and the RoS production team. This is also based on “The Knights of the Apocalypse” audio adventure, which was based on an original script by Richard Carpenter, directed by Robert Young and produced by Barnaby Eaton-Jones, not to mention the novel written by Jonathan Green.


The whole story can now be found here on AO3


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Feb. 26th, 2017

forestgod

Fic: The Earl's Son



Title: The Earl’s Son (1/2)
Author: Rusty Armour
Fandom: Robin of Sherwood
Characters: Robert of Huntingdon, Nasir, Edward of Wickham, Alison of Wickham, Matthew of Wickham
Category: General, drama, post-eppy
Rating: PG
Word Count: 853
Summary: Robin has a revelation about his father and is forced to confront the emotions he’s been trying to suppress.
Spoilers: Definite spoilers for The Knights of the Apocalypse, “The Sheriff of Nottingham” and “The Time of the Wolf”. Otherwise, there are just spoilers for the series in general.
Notes: I wrote this for karen9’s birthday. I had intended to post the whole story on this special occasion, but I just ran out of time. While most of the fic has been written, the remaining scenes are a bit rough and I’d like to have a bit more time to revise them. I’m aiming to post the conclusion by next weekend. I’m hoping it will be worth the wait.

This takes place shortly after The Knights of the Apocalypse.

Disclaimer: This story is based on Richard Carpenter's series Robin of Sherwood. The characters are the property of Richard Carpenter, Robin May, Anthony Horowitz and the RoS production team. This is also based on “The Knights of the Apocalypse” audio adventure, which was based on an original script by Richard Carpenter, directed by Robert Young and produced by Barnaby Eaton-Jones, not to mention the novel written by Jonathan Green.


The whole story can now be found here on AO3


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Feb. 23rd, 2017

marmieinky

Happy Birthday, avictoriangirl!



Wishing avictoriangirl an absolutely WONDERFUL birthday! :-D








Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/157072.html

Feb. 2nd, 2017

drinkdeduce

Two Hilarious Sherlock Vids



For someone who said she was done with Sherlock, I sure seem to be posting about it a lot lately. *g* [personal profile] teyla rec'd two seriously funny Sherlock vids on her blog that I just had to share as well:







If you're still trying to come to terms with the horrific travesty that was the fourth series, these vids might cheer you up. If nothing else, they should give you a laugh.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/156727.html

Jan. 15th, 2017

lousytshirt

I Hope "The Final Problem" Was the Final Episode



I already wasted 90 minutes of my life watching "The Final Problem," so I'd rather not waste any more time writing a review of this episode. I suspected it wouldn't be great, but I wasn't in any way prepared for the pile of melodramatic bullshit that was "The Final Problem". It looks like this was the final episode of Sherlock, and I really hope that's true because I'm done. I'm so seriously, seriously done with Sherlock.

Jan. 10th, 2017

boathouseinsp

Better Late Than Never...?



This post is lonnnng overdue, but I finally took some pictures of the interior of my new place. I know alysscarlet, in particular, was curious to see what it looks like, so I'm sorry for the delay. In my defence, I was still unpacking boxes in December. *g* My apartment is pretty much set up the way I want it now. Okay, there's still a lot of white space, but I will eventually get more items framed and hung on the walls. Anywaaaaaaaaay, less babbling, more pics! Welcome to my very humble abode!Collapse )

Jan. 8th, 2017

umbrella

Umm...



I'm still trying to figure out whether I actually liked "The Lying Detective". I'm finding myself starting to side with the viewers who feel that the plots from Sherlock have become too convoluted, over-dramatic and self-congratulatory. Well, that last adjective seems a bit harsh, but I think "convoluted" and "over-dramatic" are definitely accurate. I wanted to like "The Lying Detective". I really did. Of course, I really wanted to like "The Abominable Bride" too, and I think most of you know how that turned out. Maybe I should have seen it last week with "The Six Thatchers," but the creators of Sherlock seem to have forgotten the purpose of their own show or what Sherlock Holmes is supposed to be about. They think that if they throw in enough clever deductions, madly cackling villains and spectacular standoffs, it will still be Sherlock Holmes, but I think they're seriously close to jumping the shark. I'm sure there are several viewers who feel that Sherlock jumped the shark already. A long time ago. Saying all that, there are things that I like about the episode. Beware of spoilers.Collapse )

Jan. 1st, 2017

friendship

Well, *That* Certainly Made Up for "The Abominable Bride"!



In case it isn't obvious, I just finished watching "The Six Thatchers". I have to admit that I didn't go into it with high expectations, which might be why I was so blown away by the episode. I think I'd forgotten how good Sherlock can be without incredibly sexist, patronizing scenes involving KKK suffragettes. Yes, I know it's been a year, but I'm not good at letting things go. At all. Saying that, I think I might be one step closer to forgiving Moffat and Gatiss after tonight.

Massive spoilers for The Six Thatchers. Seriously. Don't read this if you don't want to be spoiled.Collapse )

Dec. 23rd, 2016

gizzyicon

Early Christmas Gifts! :-D



raven714 was generous enough to give me a truly fantastic Christmas present! She created gorgeous cover art for Silent Knight and Muninn. Check out the beautiful artwork below:










Thanks again, raven714! :-D



Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/155263.html

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Dec. 22nd, 2016

didrag

Happy Holidays!



I'll be heading to my parents' place tomorrow morning, so I thought I'd better wish everyone a Happy Holidays now.





And here's something else to provide some additional festive cheer:





Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/155008.html

Dec. 17th, 2016

forestgod

More RoS Audio Adventures Could Be On the Way...



News! News from Nottingham! ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Spiteful Puppet is hoping to release a new series of four 60-minute adventures that will include the original cast (even Michael Praed as Loxley). In order for this campaign to get off the ground, there needs to be 2000 initial orders. Here's the Spiteful Puppet media release if you'd like to learn more. The pre-order price is a tad bit pricey at £40.00, though it's not completely unreasonable when compared to some of the box sets at Big Finish. Unfortunately, I can't justify spending that kind of money right now, but I'm hoping Spiteful Puppet can make their pre-order target without me and that I'll be able to order a box set or downloads later on.

If you're interested in pre-ordering the box set, you can do so here. Apparently, there have been some glitches with the website, but Spiteful Puppet is working on the problem. There isn't a campaign page yet (as with the KOTA project), but I'll post the URL if one is created.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/154792.html

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Nov. 30th, 2016

leafdriven

Knights of the Apocalypse Novel Available Again for a Brief Time



Apparently, new orders can be made for The Knights of the Apocalypse novel until December 3rd. However, as the proceeds for the novel will benefit The Sherwood Forest Trust and The British Red Cross, a certain number of copies need to be sold to make the endeavour worthwhile. If you put in an order and the print run doesn't go through, your money will be refunded.

To learn more (and possibly place an order), click on this link.



Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/154113.html

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Nov. 12th, 2016

partners

Closing Channel D



I only learned about this a short time ago, so I'm still trying to process the news. Robert Vaughn passed away yesterday at the age of 83 of acute leukemia. I know we've lost a lot of wonderful people this year, but this one is hitting me particularly hard -- maybe because I've been a Man From U.N.C.L.E. fan for so many years. Of course, Vaughn is more than just The Man From U.N.C.L.E., but I'll always remember him most fondly as Napoleon Solo.

funkyinfishnet put it much more fully and eloquently in this beautiful tribute.






Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/154079.html

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Oct. 19th, 2016

canadarm

Trip to Uxbridge



On Saturday, my dad, siblings and I went to Uxbridge to take a train trip on the York-Durham Heritage Railway. This special railway travels along part of the same route (from Uxbridge to Stouffville) that once made up the Toronto and Nipissing (T&N) Railway. The Toronto and Nipissing Railway was built in the late 1860s so that its owner, William Gooderham, a well-known distiller from Toronto, could transport grain to his distillery, lumber for export, and cordwood for resale. Service between Toronto and Uxbridge began in 1871, though the railway never extended to its intended target of Lake Nipissing (North Bay).

We all had a particular interest in this railway because my dad's grandparents settled in Uxbridge after emigrating from Britain. In fact, my dad used to have numerous relatives in Uxbridge. I'll mention two of these relatives later on in this entry. Yes, it's another post with pictures, but this time there's trains!Collapse )

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Oct. 12th, 2016

wearit

Some Thanksgiving Pics



I finally managed to dig up my digital camera and got a bit carried away this past Thanksgiving weekend... Clickety-click for the pickety-pics!Collapse )
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