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Just a quick note... - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
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Just a quick note...
I've received a few emails asking about my TS holiday stories (and SG1) because they were worried "...now that you're gone from 852 and 852 is at AO3" - so just this quick answer - all my TS stories are at AO3 under alyjude/sideburns and yes, they include all the holiday stories. Same with SG1. A few of them are also at my fiction journal, alysbasement, with cover art. Hope that helps. Oh, and yes, Silent Night is at both my fiction site and AO3.

Your regular programming is now resuming...hope you're watching something good! :)

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finlaure From: finlaure Date: December 16th, 2014 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
LOVE your stories!! So glad that they are still around to enjoy!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 17th, 2014 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)

oh, you can thank the wonderful

Merlin aka Magician113, who took over 852 and loaded all my stories back into the system, thus into AO3! She's an angel. :)
aerianya From: aerianya Date: December 16th, 2014 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
\o/

Edited at 2014-12-16 04:06 am (UTC)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 17th, 2014 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)

looks shamefaced

Okay, I'm stumped. :( What does "\0/" mean? Yes, me dumb! LOL!

And how the heck ARE YOU!? It's amazing when you haven't been out and about on the net, how many wonderful friends you've missed - like you. :)
starwatcher307 From: starwatcher307 Date: December 18th, 2014 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: looks shamefaced

.

Butting in; I think her time zone is wee small hours now, isn't it?

Anyway,\o/ is a person -- the o is the head -- throwing up both arms in joy. Sort of a pictorial "Yippee!" See it now?

I have occasionally seen it with pompoms in the hands --
*\o/*

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alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 18th, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: looks shamefaced

Oh, of course!! I see it now. Thank you and feel free to 'butt' in anytime you want, Linda!!! *G*
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 17th, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

ACK!

Is there something wrong with LJ? Or my computer? I'm still seeing just this: \0/ and I don't know what a back-backslash, a zero, and a forward backslash mean. I'm sorry, Aeri! I don't think I've seen that particular 'shortcut', so am still at a loss. :( Mea culpa.

Anyway, Happy Holidays, and I'm thinking of you and missing your icons! If you've been joining in on some of the still-existing icon challenges, let me know so I can check yours out! :)
aerianya From: aerianya Date: December 19th, 2014 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: ACK!

hehe, I wanted to say yea! Your here! but the grumpy guy was grumping about the running car,running late yadayada.
No icons lately,the soul wants to but rl is crowding. Really trying to at least post something every day, even just a youtube vid, failed there too. The gingersnap is sitting on my lap eating a fig newton, while I type with one hand. lol she dropped it and is after the keyboard. yuck and yikes
So mostly mainlining Christmas movies when not working.
great to see you back!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 20th, 2014 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: ACK!

i too am mainlining christmas movies! RL is becoming a real drag, ain't it? And don't you have a BD coming up???
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: December 16th, 2014 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Watching something good? At this time of year? It's all repeats of old Christmas shows that everyone known by heart!

Glad the stories are all at AO3... I have almost all of them saved, so all I have to do is go to my Alyjude folder, but I'm glad they're there for other people who don't save stories!
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 17th, 2014 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Don't tell anyone, but

I'm a Christmas whore. :) I watch those old (and old/new) holiday movies until I'm bleeding from the eyes! LOL! But ssh, it's a secret - as in guilty pleasure!
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: December 17th, 2014 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Don't tell anyone, but

And I could cheerfully ignore Christmas... Go back a hundred years, and not even schools in Scotland had Christmas day as a holiday, though they did by 1940 - I'm not sure when the midwinter holiday for schools changed to include Christmas, though I suspect it could have been during WW1. Oh, we got (and gave) Christmas presents, sent cards... but it wasn't a holiday. It only became a general holiday in Scotland somewhere around 1960, and I've never quite adapted to that.

New Year, now... That was our family get-together time.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 17th, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Don't tell anyone, but

Isn't it amazing how different all countries are, especially regarding things like Christmas. One tends to assume everyone celebrates in the same way, but in reality, even within the US, you find major differences not only between states over the years, but heck, just within cities! Although for the most part, Christmas has been pretty big here for a long time. I wonder why Scotland was/is so different? Any history there you can enlighten me with, Sheila? I've always thought of Christmas in the UK (okay, England, due to movies) as huge. :)
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: December 18th, 2014 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Don't tell anyone, but

It was primarily a matter of religion.

Scotland was very Puritan. Religion was serious. Celebrating and having *fun* at Christmas was something that, to the Puritan mind, smacked of popery - ie high church, Catholicism. So to reflect the rejection of Catholicism, life on Christmas Day was 'normal'. If it was a working day, you worked. The New Year, however, was a time for fresh starts, had nothing to do with the church, and provided a midwinter 'festival' that was totally secular (and with a lot of traditional aspects).

Ultimately it was the unions that gave Scotland a holiday at Christmas (and, a few years later, England a holiday at New Year) with the full approval of Management - having the two holidays so close together was difficult for businesses that had branches in both England and Scotland - while the unions complained "Why should we have to work when *they* have a holiday?" totally ignoring the fact that both had a holiday even though it was a week apart; (even certain long weekends which were different are being linked now) and TV (I suspect) was responsible for pushing Christmas in Scotland - during the 1950s TV was 'taking off' here, by the early 60s even the more remote areas were being provided with TV masts (though reception was often poor - my pal, who lived here in the early 60s, moved to England to work, partly because the TV reception was so poor, though she came back in the mid-70s, and even in 1997, when I moved here, I needed a booster to get a decent signal because of the hills. Even today when it's all satellite, a satellite signal can be slightly iffy because from here the satellite is pretty low in the sky - my dish is as far to the east as it can go, to catch a dip in the hills to the south, and my neighour to the west could never get a signal in summer because of the trees (until a couple were blown down) because the leaves interrupted the signal.

But New Year isn't what it used to be either; the Hogmanay TV programmes are becoming more and more Anglicised, TPTB want to get away from the 'heuchter-cheuchter' 'rustic' image, so instead of traditional Scots songs and music we're getting pop music for the 'Hogmanay' shows, and kilts are worn less and less. I used to record three different Hogmanay shows to watch later (and watched a fourth live); today I don't bother. None of them are worth seeing.
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