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[personal profile] liv
The less geeky side of the FB crowd are discovering sharing memes just like we used to on LJ back in the early 2000s. It's very cute. But somehow, even doing a fun silly meme on FB feels unpleasant to me, a bit like trying to socialize in a skeevy noisy bar, where you can't hear conversations properly and you're always looking over your shoulder in case the aggression spills over.

So I'm pleased this list things beginning with a letter meme has shifted back to DW, where I feel like this kind of thing spiritually belongs, and anyway I feel lots more comfortable. [personal profile] pseudomonas gave me an A:

Something I hate: anti-semitism. I was going to say aniseed, but really I don't hate it, I just find the flavour unpleasant, and then I was casting around for stuff to actually hate. I hate the existence of a belief that I'm worthless because of who my ancestors are.

Something I love: apoptosis.

Somewhere I've been: Australia. My mother has a brother and a sister out there, and we visited them twice when I was a kid, aged 8 and 13 and had two awesomely memorable holidays. And then I went back at the end of 2005, hoping for a post-doc which fell through at the last minute. That felt like a big path-splitting moment; I suspect if I'd got that job I'd have ended up a much more career-successful scientist, probably at the expense of personal life, and I very likely wouldn't have met [personal profile] jack or stayed connected to my SE England social circle.

All three times I've visited Melbourne and Sydney, where the cousins are (and the job would've been in Melbourne had it happened). And I've travelled a little bit between the two cities, visited Canberra and some smaller places basically along the Great Ocean Road. I've never been to the north or west of the country, nor to the Outback at all. I was almost going to put Ayers Rock as the place beginning with A that I'd like to go, but it's been acknowledged as a religious site now and not open to random tourists.

So, somewhere I'd like to go: Athens. I feel like that's a place a European person should go once in their life, and I never have, cos I keep using up all my holiday time and money on seeing far-flung friends. I've never been to mainland Greece at all, my parents took me to Rhodes when I was three, but all I can really remember of that trip is the hotel where we had my birthday dinner.

Someone I know: Andreas, who is [livejournal.com profile] ghoti and [personal profile] cjwatson's youngest, and has invited me to his third birthday next week. Talking of, does anyone have any good suggestions of presents for three-year-olds? I am most likely going to get him a book, cos we both like books, but all the books I loved when I was his age are dated and maybe the suck fairy has got them, and also he probably owns them already.

A film I like: it's really obvious, but I've always been fond of Amélie.

Please comment if you'd like a letter. I don't promise to have a really robust randomizing method, but I don't suppose you care whether your letter is chosen at random or not.

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Date: 2015-02-05 11:37 am (UTC)
pseudomonas: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pseudomonas
This isn't so much a "a three year old would like this" as "I want this but don't fit", but I'm totally envious of the preponderance of really gorgeous dinosaur onesies in small person sizes. BHS has them iirc.

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Date: 2015-02-05 11:48 am (UTC)
vatine: Generated with some CL code and a hand-designed blackletter font (Default)
From: [personal profile] vatine
Ern, sure, letter me.

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Date: 2015-02-05 12:13 pm (UTC)
naath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naath
oooh, a meme. I'll take a letter.

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Date: 2015-02-05 12:13 pm (UTC)
randomling: The Eleventh Doctor (of Doctor Who) cast in purple light. (purple eleven)
From: [personal profile] randomling
Me, please!

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Date: 2015-02-05 12:16 pm (UTC)
highlyeccentric: Sign on Little Queen St - One Way both directions (Default)
From: [personal profile] highlyeccentric
Has he got That's Not My Monster/Dinosaur/Pirate/Etc?

A book I enjoyed with Brooke this christmas: Whizz Pop, Granny Stop. About an over-enthusiastic witchy grandma who casts havoc with 'helpful' spells. (All characters are girls, but I know the watsons are not a household who would be miffed about giiiirl books.)

When Brooke was two-and-a-bit I got her a tiny glockenspiel on wheels, from a proper percussion shop. She's five now and it's still in good nick and she's still playing it (it had to be confiscated for a while because she threw the sticks around, but she's... a bit tempestuous).

Colouring-in-books are always good: even if he has many, you can always have MORE.

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Date: 2015-02-05 12:20 pm (UTC)
highlyeccentric: Sign on Little Queen St - One Way both directions (Default)
From: [personal profile] highlyeccentric
Oh and I think I remember discussing possum books with Ghoti, and they have Possum Magic, but perhaps not Possum in the House: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1577252.Possum_in_the_House

That is an excellent book, Possum in the House.

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Date: 2015-02-05 12:47 pm (UTC)
ghoti: fish jumping out of bowl (Default)
From: [personal profile] ghoti
I am fond of _Press Here_ as a book for small humans. It's artsy and interactive and infinitely re-readable.

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Date: 2015-02-05 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] woodpijn.livejournal.com
Yay, that's a fun one. I bought it for my goddaughter.

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Date: 2015-02-05 03:05 pm (UTC)
ceb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ceb
_Press Here_ is so lovely! I almost bought a copy for my nephew last time I got caught by Heffers but went with _Peck, Peck, Peck_ instead.

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Date: 2015-02-05 01:39 pm (UTC)
merrythebard: (Default)
From: [personal profile] merrythebard
I would love a letter. :-)

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Date: 2015-02-05 01:52 pm (UTC)
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
From: [personal profile] oursin
Oooh, letter please?

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Date: 2015-02-05 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] woodpijn.livejournal.com
I'm also wondering what to get for Andreas (going to the party as parent of a guest, rather than in my own right...)

Julia Donaldson is very good for books for this age group (but I don't know which of her books they already have). You might have heard of The Gruffalo, her most famous one. Ones I'd particularly recommend include Zog, her subversion of dragon/princess/knight tropes; Tiddler, about the power of story; and Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, which is about books and is delightfully meta and loop-y. We have the first two of those if you want to pop in and read them quickly before deciding if you want to buy a copy.

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Date: 2015-02-05 04:50 pm (UTC)
owlfish: (Default)
From: [personal profile] owlfish
I'd like a letter, please.

Books for the younger crowd which I am currently particularly pleased with:
Mini Myths: Be Patient Pandora!
The Day Louis Got Eaten
Snow (Uri Shulevitz)

Also, if to your tastes, anything in the Cozy Classics series. http://www.mycozyclassics.com
(BabyLit is also pretty good, if better as primers than as stories to tell.)

Especially for children in this country, Sandra Boyton is a good choice - she's less well known here than in the US, so her books are more likely to be a pleasant surprise. Perhaps ones of the three-volume gift collections for variety.

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Date: 2015-02-05 05:25 pm (UTC)
damerell: (reading)
From: [personal profile] damerell
Don't give me X, but give me a tricky one.

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Date: 2015-02-05 05:41 pm (UTC)
rysmiel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rysmiel
I'll take a letter if you don't mind me doing it on lj.

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Date: 2015-02-05 09:14 pm (UTC)
lomedet: voluptuous winged fairy with curly dark hair (Default)
From: [personal profile] lomedet
Three, you say? In our house, we like 'Don't Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus' and it's sequels/companions. Mo Willems is an evil genius.

And, letter me! I need more excuses/things to post.

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Date: 2015-02-06 11:45 am (UTC)
khalinche: (Default)
From: [personal profile] khalinche
Hello, letter please!

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Date: 2015-02-06 02:48 pm (UTC)
nanila: (tachikoma: celebratory)
From: [personal profile] nanila
Yes please, I'll take a letter!

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