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23rd-Sep-2003 03:25 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
We access our Internet from computer cluster rooms, and today I was in one when we were all evicted, as a class was coming in. So I made my way across to road to the computer center in which I am sitting now. ^_^ Therefore I will post before any other disruptions take place. The tenses in the following LJ entry may vary. I was writing LJ entries even while Internet access was far from certain. ^_^ So here they are:

When I watched Chicago. *Whoa*. There was an usher selling ice cream during the interval, and after looking her way for quite some time, I went up to her and asked, “Can I ask you a completely insane question? Are you into Lord of the Rings?” And she looked at me and said, “Big time.”

And inside, I was all !!!!!!!

And I’d never seen her before that day. Anyway, her favourite character is Aragorn (YAY, not Legolas!), and she’s into the books *and* the movies. She asked me, “Do I have it written all over my face?” And I answered– “I don’t know – I just wondered if you were into LOTR.” *laughter* So if anyone in London sees a strange individual wandering around asking even stranger fandom questions, it’s probably me. ^_^

I don’t know if it’s LOTR-Fandom Radar or anything, but that one time, it worked spectacularly.

Musicals. WHOA. I’ve watched Les Miserables for the first time in my life. It has only reinforced my impression that Cosette is an utter wimp. I much prefer Eponine, save the fact that she was so into Marius. ALSO. Marius was played by, of all people, Jon S Club 7. Then again, Ricky Martin also played Marius at one point in time, so you can probably see the correlation between Marius and pop-idol stardom.

The girl playing Young Cosette was absolutely fabulous. She was perfect. She performed a completely haunting rendition of “Castle on A Cloud”. And you can see, in later acts, when Cosette sings, she occasionally sings to the melody of “Castle In A Cloud”. “Cosette’s Theme”, if you like.

Recently Escaped! Jean Valjean = Out of Azkaban! Sirius. Even down to the hair.

The Bishop who forgives Valjean for stealing his silver – he was priceless. He, Valjean, and Javert, had Those Voices. Those Alan Rickman-Jeremy Irons voices. *beams* When anyone speaks or sings with a voice like That, it doesn’t matter who they are. My Inner Fangirl does backflips of joy.

Also I am having Very Bad Thoughts about Jean Valjean and Javert. I mean, what with Javert being completely obsessed with capturing Valjean? Am having same Bad Thoughts, to a lesser extent, as regards Enjolras (who was dangerously good-looking) and Marius (who had a ponytail. A blond ponytail. I do not know what it is about the clean-cut, innocent look when coupled with a blond ponytail that does this to me).

And Eponine’s parents. Right at the end, there’s a scene where they gatecrash Marius and Cosette’s wedding (BOO Marius! You should’ve married Eponine!), and they, being the gutter rats they are, are dishing the dirt on the wedding guests. Eponine’s Dad sings (to the tune of Lovely Ladies), “That one’s a queer, but what can you do?” The accused stops dancing, marches over and decks his accuser – and promptly nances off. The audience was very amused. ^_^

Leicester Square poster shops have Princess Leia cut-outs. Rebel Leader! Leia and Captured by Jabba! Leia. And also Darth Vader cut-outs. Life-size. And a Gandalf the Sparkly White cutout.

Things I have Felt Very Silly About Discovering In London:

1 . Brandy Snaps have no brandy in them. None. They do have ginger. But ginger snaps are cookies. So I guess they couldn’t name them ginger snaps. Also, brandy snaps remind me of the taste of Nestle powdered milk. I feel six again. But they’re chewy. ^_^

*everyone either o_Os, @_@s, or ^_^;;;;;;;s*

2 . Pardon my intense stupidity, but London vehicle speeds are measured in miles. Forgive Fresh Out of Airport! Me for looking at signboards, and thinking, “30 kilometres an hour. . . That does seem slow. . . ”

I’m sure there will be more.

London is an utterly gorgeous city, and it has given me 99.9% SQUEE and only 0.01% Kick Offending Object and Complain Loudly Material, but the 0.01% was .

The British Banking System should be slapped several times with a trout, then made into a parking meter through which live hamsters are stuffed regularly at one-hour intervals, every hour on the hour. Also it should be force-fed strawberries. Also I demand that the British Banking System BRING ME A SHRUBBERY. And a nice one. Because:

British Banking System (Heretofore referred to as BBS, because I need to practice my legalese, and because. Just Because.): YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

Me: But I am a Lawful Knight of Camelot! I am on a quest for the Holy Grail! I have documents! *waves them*

BBS: YOU SHALL NOT PASS! BRING ME A SHRUBBERY!

Me: *presents shrubbery*

BBS: It was not procured when the seventh moon of Jupiter crossed paths with the ninth sun of Saturn! IT WILL NOT DO! BRING ME A SHRUBBERY! And a nice one, mind you.

Only this was done with three branches each of two different banks, and over two days, and only after going through a singularly circuitous route to Branch #2 that Employee of Branch #1 had misguidedly put us through. And after all this – I have my shrubbery, but the Knights Of Ni BBS is not available until next week. The Head Knight of Ni is on holiday.

I WANT A SOUVENIR SHRUBBERY.

That aside, the British Telephone System, when it comes to procuring a contract-based telephone line, is just the same. I would dearly like to know how I am supposed to produce several months’ worth of banking statements from a British bank after being subjected to Experience Detailed Above, which is not worth recounting. If that was the British Banking System Experience for Foreign Students, this is the British Telecom Experience for Foreign Students.

Assume you are a prospective pet owner, and British Telecom, herewith referred to as BT, has said pet.

BT: “Has your pet been in residence in this state of this country for a minimum of three months (Never mind the fact that said pet did not exist in this world for the last two), and have you proof in the form of a vet’s letter addressed to ME, and only to ME, for I know not of this Whom It May Concern, declaring your ownership of this pet for these past three months (Never mind the fact that you do not yet own this pet)? Also, this letter must include your pet’s past and present addresses, the dates when it received its shots, and the names of all said shots, and detailing your pet’s lineage for at least five years. Oh, and have a nice day.”

Yeah, that’s it. I was immensely upset. Then I realized thinking about stuffing hamsters into a parking meter was more fun than wanting to cry. So here this is. And at the moment, I've the bank account, but not the phone, and I am perfectly fine with it all. ^_^

So I shall make a great deal of noise for a little while, and I will go back to squee. ^_^

I like high fantasy. That’s Tolkien-esque fantasy, when writers create entire new worlds, new languages, new cultures - everything. I think my style of writing, however, is high XDXDXD. It was homura that came up with the XDXDXD aspect of it, though. ^_^

And there was this lovely elderly American gentleman who was on the same Lake District tour as my mom and I. At the end of the journey, this happened:

He asked, “Did you enjoy the trip?”

And I was:

^____________________YES___________________^

And then he said, “I think you’ll have fun wherever you go. I hope you’ll always have that enthusiasm.”

And I was - ^_______________________________^

The Lake District was completely gorgeous. I wished, so many times, that I had Ratal with me, and anyasy, and arwen_elvenfair, and everybody who has ever loved fantasy. It is Lord of the Rings country as is no other - except maybe New Zealand. Our tour vehicle - it was not a bus, nor a car - it was a Mountain Goat. Somewhere in between. ^_^ - stopped at the top of a dam, and it was breathtaking. There was mist over the water, there was the mountains surrounded us, and the mist rolling through the forests, and the most glorious silence I have ever heard. I wished so badly that you were all with me to share that. *hugs you all*
Comments 
23rd-Sep-2003 07:58 am (UTC)
Well, from the way you describe it, I can almost see/smell it...^_^

Well, I'm not against Marius x Cosette for the simple reason that to see Eponine angst is nice. If she doesn't angst about Marius loving Cosette, she wouldn't have such wonderful songs to be sung.
To think that Cosette would grow from an ill-treated child to such a refined, preened, nothing doing lady is interesting methinks. Her mother was woahhh. I think I remember liking Fontine best of the female characters.

Hahaha...Shrubbery...Evil evil bank! More annoying than the Black Knight! *pat pat and huggles* You'll conquer the evil Knights of Ni...er...Bank!

And keep up that enthusiasm! You'll make lots of new friends and bring them over to the slash..er...dark...er...more interesting side of the Force!!
23rd-Sep-2003 08:36 am (UTC)
SLASH! *WILD CHEERING*

*subsides, but doesn't stop smiling*

I found you, nescienx, and all of Ratal - I think I've used up all my Slasher's Luck in one fell swoop. If I find no one else in real life, I shall be content. All of you are enough. More than enough. *smiles and hugs you*

*hugs Ratal*

That's true. Eponine loving Marius is almost all that defines her. *wry smile* WAH COSETTE... Even my mother thinks she's a wimp. *evilness*
23rd-Sep-2003 08:48 am (UTC)
I never really watched the musical before, except on TV, and I first knew the story by listening to the cds :D And I loved the cds. Many many years ago, that was. *thinks*

Nah, I believe you'll find more. Just like I keep trying to find as well...but it's not that easy...BUT THERE ARE OTHER WAYS. Like brainwa...persuasion, I mean. *niko niko*
And you're really special. I don't think I shall find another one like you and your wonderful mind, though. So I'm not going to let you slip through my fingers. *wink* Prepare to accept the onslaught of my courtship for a companion. *enter dark times ahead*

Well, Marius isn't far off for liking the wimpy type, then. The part where Valjean was praying for his life was so *sniff* Always loved that song, and how giving Valjean is. Doesn't he just remind you of QuiGon(and vice-versa...and doesn't help that Liam Neeson does him in the movie)??
23rd-Sep-2003 08:12 pm (UTC)
*nods frantically* Jean/Javert!
And now your Sirius=Jean is making me think Javert=Snape.... and you know where this is leading.

*hugs* Don't let the BBS and BT get you down! They want shrubs, give them shrubs - poisonous ones.

Lake District sounds lovely ^^
*plots to pack self in your suitcase the next time you go back to London*


and Serry...
Quote: "And you're really special. I don't think I shall find another one like you and your wonderful mind, though. So I'm not going to let you slip through my fingers. *wink* Prepare to accept the onslaught of my courtship for a companion. *enter dark times ahead*"

For most, that leaves nothing to be said. *smirk*

Dae... you've got competition.
24th-Sep-2003 06:45 am (UTC)
BLACK/SNAPE?!?! NOOOOO!!! SNAPE BELONGS TO HARRY! AND HARRY BELONGS TO HIM! *WAILS AT MY PROFESSOR*

Wait, you'd say Snape belongs to you. ^_^

PACK YOURSELF IN MY SUITCASE! AND BRING EVERYONE ELSE ALONG! WE'RE GOING TO NEED CHARMS! ^_^

POISONOUS SHRUBS! *BRUSHES UP ON HERBOLOGY*

FAOL... What is this... Leave Serry alone... *glances at you*
24th-Sep-2003 07:58 am (UTC)
My mind formatted the phrase into 'Leave the Shrubbery alone'. My brain has turned into low-grade shrubbery.

And one of my previous journal entries might interest you - link~

Oh, and by the way, Javert is played by Geoffrey Rush, ala Captain Barbossa in PoTC...
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24th-Sep-2003 08:24 am (UTC)
Send Dae in a suitcase to Eleris! Both of them will cause enough chaos until the Knights of Ni...er...banks will topple and stop asking for shrubbery! Since Eleris might just set all the shrubbery on fire :D The rest of us just wait for them to be kicked back to Ratal *grin*

I sort of fancy like Lucius x Snape...

And regarind Les Miserables, I suddenly have a very wrong thought.

Story of Les Mis:

Javert and Valjean has a love affair, but it involved too much bondage, and Jean got fed up and ran away... Jav hunts him down...but in the end drowns himself in the river Thames when all the Students got to know about Jav's fetish for bondage when Jean spilled the beans to save Jav's life (maybe shock the students and tell them he likes bondage too and *leave to your own imagination*) And of course, not before confessing to the stars he loved Jean. XD

I have totally ruined Les Mis...will never watch it the same way again, I tell you O_O
24th-Sep-2003 08:21 am (UTC)
Nope, Snape belongs to the both of us, n nescienx *grin*

Yup, feather-light charms ahoy, ppl! And disillusion charms too.

Oh I'll leave Serry alone alright... with you with him. *smirk*
24th-Sep-2003 06:43 am (UTC)
*hugs you* I had to wait five years to find anyone like you or Ratal, and it was worth that wait. *doesn't let you go*

Dark times ahead, eh? *tilts head and smiles* I don't think so. *smiles at you*

You know, likening your courtship to an onslaught makes it sound as if it were a bad thing. I think not. ^_^

LIAM NEESON DID HIM?!?!?!?! SO HAVE TO SEE THAT MOVIE!!!! Maybe Ratal gathering. I wonder if anyone else would see the slash. ^_^
24th-Sep-2003 07:49 am (UTC)
Why five years? Since when? You got into slash THAT early? (Me? I waited all my life! *huggles you tight* Fufufufu~~)
Dark times ahead...because if you should want to be rid of me one day, you'll know what I mean by dark times. *grin* *will stick like a shadow*

Well, I'll have to find where to get that movie then...it's not a very interesting movie, since the focus of the story isn't brought out very well, but we can watch it just for Liam, non? I still strongly believe Liam looks so much better with a bit of facial hair... ^__^

Or we can watch the movie just for Slash. That movie, I vaguely remember, has Javert really doing nothing but hunting Valjean down.
24th-Sep-2003 08:13 am (UTC)
24th-Sep-2003 08:14 am (UTC)
I remember reading the book, with the movie poster as the cover ^^
23rd-Sep-2003 08:35 am (UTC) - @_@
What version of Les Miserables is this??
23rd-Sep-2003 08:38 am (UTC)
*pats* Panic not... It was the version of Les Miserables I saw in London's Palace Theatre. Does it deviate too far from the norm? All I know of the actual book is the beginning, until Fantine dies, and from Eponine-Marius-Cosette until the end. Although I disliked Marius and Cosette more in the book. >
23rd-Sep-2003 08:39 am (UTC)
You're hilarious!!!
24th-Sep-2003 06:45 am (UTC)
*impish grin* Thank you ^_^
23rd-Sep-2003 04:34 pm (UTC)
No phone? Ouch...

What a cool gentleman... heh. : )

Lake District sounds so nice... ;____;
24th-Sep-2003 06:46 am (UTC)
No handphone for the UK, that is. I have the one from Singapore, and it works fine. On my first day here I met a girl with three handphones. All operational simultaneously. Was rather interesting when one rang and she had to find it.

He was cool. *beams*

It was nice! And I wished you were there! *hugs*
24th-Sep-2003 04:07 pm (UTC)
Heheh... : ) Okay. Mich has 3 handphones too... o__O
23rd-Sep-2003 09:55 pm (UTC) - Ohh
Well, it doesn't really deviate much but who ARE the players in the musical?
24th-Sep-2003 06:48 am (UTC)
Players... We had the usual characters - do you mean the actors? (That, I'm afraid I can't answer *hides*) We had Jean, Javert, Cosette, Eponine (who had a much bigger role than she had in the book - except she didn't save Marius), Cosette, Marius, Enjolras (Marius' friend), Fantine... Just about everyone, I think(?) Am not sure if Enjolras was in the book.
24th-Sep-2003 04:25 am (UTC)
Les Miserables!!! Best musical EVER (okay, so I haven't seen that many and it was my first live one, but still). Eeeeeeee! *scares Chris with fangirlishness*

... And it made me cry. =_=;;; Eponine's On My Own, especially, and One Day More gave me shivers down the spine. Generally ignored Cosette as typical female, loved Eponine because she was just so saaaad, and...

OKAY, I'll stop being scarily enthusiastic, really. *sheepish grin*

The accused stops dancing, marches over and decks his accuser – and promptly nances off.
*sadly* Don't think this happened in the version I watched... Oh well. XD;

And Javert/Valjean... never thought of it (watched it when I was young and puuuuure - *is bricked*) But oh, it'd be so... angsty. And unrequited and odd at the same time. ... ... Which just makes it sound more er, interesting? XP (Did you ever read the original book? I read the abridged, tried the original and wandered off halfway through, never went back...)

Your LotR-fan radar sounds scarily accurate. XD How did you guess?

And London and UK sound lovely. I'm jealous. ^_^
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