Bad News

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I have some bad news to share with everyone. As some of you know I have been having a lot of trouble recently with very painful feet, which has been so bad that I have not been able to walk and have had to take a lot of time off work.

I have had to have several visits to my doctor and the hospital, and yesterday I finally got to see a specialist doctor. After what feels like a long time, I have a diagnosis of Psoriatic Arthritis; which is a chronic autoimmune disease.

Luckily it is not fatal or anything really bad like that, but there is no cure so I will have it for the rest of my life. The doctor tells me that once I have started the correct treatment it could take a few months for me to return to health, but then I will have long periods of time (up to 10 years) where the condition will not affect me at all.

I have decided to take a positive attitude towards this, because I know that the condition is something that doesn’t have to change my life in the long-term if I take certain steps to minimise it. Medication and exercise will mean that I will be able to go long periods without the arthritis causing me any pain, therefore my life can continue as normal.

So to make it clear, I am very much going to be fine once the treatment has had time to take effect. I just have to be strong for a few months while the treatment starts to work. In the mean time I ask for your patience, as fatigue (extreme tiredness) is a symptom of the condition, so I have been spending a lot of time sleeping, and I also have a lot of hospital appointments. This means that there may be times where my posts will not always on time, or I might not be around to chat to as much as we would like. I hope you guys will forgive this.

Don’t feel to bad about it. I have family and friends who make me happy (including you guys), and this doesn’t have to mean my life has to change to drastically.

 

“Being sick is just your body’s way saying you’re way too awesome, and you need to slow down so everyone else can catch up.” Unknown.

ThestralSnidget84.

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Riddle Me This Thirty-Severn

So, the answers to last set of riddles are:

1) What is bigger than an elephant, but weighs nothing?

An elephants shadow.

2) What has 13 hearts, but no organs?

A deck of cards.

 

1 House Point if you answered one riddle correctly, and 5 if you answered both correctly.

 

Your next set of riddles are:

1) A house has four walls. All the walls face south, and a bear is circling the house. What colour is the bear?

2) Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?

 

Good luck!

ThestralSnidget84.

La Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman (10 years and over) SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PRECEADING BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

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Title: La Belle Sauvage.

Author: Phillip Pullman.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Scholastic (UK).

Website: http://www.phillip-pullman.com

Format: Available in hardback, an ebook, and as an audiobook (paperback will be available at some point).

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £9.99 (UK).

Age Range: 10 years and over, if you are younger than this I suggest asking your parents before reading.

This is the first book in The Book of Dust series, which is a companion to the His Darkest Materials series.

 

This first book is a sequel to the original books in His Darkest Materials, set ten years before Northern Lights. It is all about how Lyra grew up before her adventures in the original books, and how she was protected as a young child.

The book asks a lot of questions about spirituality and our place in the universe, which is what has made these stories so fascinating for me. Perhaps it is the Ravenclaw in me; because I have a very questioning and curious personality, and I think the only way humanity grows is by asking questions and searching for answers. It can be scary to do that of course, because the answers can be very profound and change everything, but if our ancestors never sort out truth our civilisation would be non-existent. So all-in-all, it is a series of books I think will be popular for making its readers think.

The next book in the series is called The Secret Commonwealth, though I am not sure when it will be released (I am guessing 2018 or 2019).

 

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” Euripides.

ThestralSnidget84.

Riddle Me This Thirty-Six

So, the answers to last set of riddles are:

1) An item is made from lead blanks in a lathe shop. Each blank suffices for 1 item. Lead shavings accumulated for making 6 items can be melted and made into a blank. How many items can be made from 36 blanks?

From 36 blanks there are 36 items made. The lead shavings are enough to make 6 blanks. Which make 6 more items. But don’t stop here. The new shavings are good for 1 more item. Total: 43

2) Not far off shore a ship stands with a rope ladder hanging over her side. The rope has 10 rungs. The distance between each rung is 12 inches. The lowest rung touches the water. The ocean is calm. Because of the incoming tide, the surface of the water rises 4 inches per hour. How soon will the water cover the third rung from the top rung of the rope ladder?

As the water rises, so does the ship the ladder is attached to; so the water will never cover the third rung from the top.

 

1 House Point if you answered one riddle correctly, and 5 if you answered both correctly.

 

Your next set of riddles are:

1) What is bigger than an elephant, but weighs nothing?

2) What has 13 hearts, but no organs?

 

Good luck!

ThestralSnidget84.

Hunters by Robert J. Crane (16 years and over) SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PRECEADING BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

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Title: Hunters.

Author: Robert J. Crane.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Revlen Press (UK).

Website: http://www.robertjcrane.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £12.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 16 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the 15th book in the Out of the Box series.

 

Living in exile in London, Sienna must keep her end of a bargain with the British government to secretly police Meta-Human crime in return for asylum. So when a series of murders take place in Scotland that could only have been done by a Meta-Human, Sienna jets off to catch the culprit.

But from the begining she knows that this case will be complicated, by the fact that the criminal is obviously a Sucubus like her; which means that she will be related to them somehow. Not to mention that Wolfe, the first and most vicsious voice in her head, is acting strange. He knows something, but isn’t spilling the beans, and Sienna is filled with doubt because she knows what will happen if this unknown Succubus is more powerful than she is.

When the two meet, Sienna learns just how scary it is for the rest of the world to come up againts someone like her.

On a personal note, I have loved reading a book set in Edinburgh as it is my most favourite city in the whole world.

The next book in the series is called Badder.

 

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou.

ThestralSnidget84.

Mega Post

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Today is going to be a huge MEGA post, to make up for the ones I have missed over the past couple of weeks. First however I want to explain what has been happening. As I posted briefly; I have fractured my ankle which is very painful. I have had to take time off from work as I can barely stand for more than a few minutes, let alone walk, without being in a lot of pain. Thus, I have been taking some very strong painkillers, which make me very sleepy and leave me with very little energy. This means I have been finding it hard to write my posts here, and for that I am sorry. I hope you guys can forgive me.

Now for the real post. Firstly it will be the riddles:

So, the answers to last set of riddles are:

1) Clara Clatter was born on December 27th, yet her birthday is always in the summer

She lives in the Southern Hemisphere.

2) He has married many women but has never married. Who is he?

A priest.

 

1 House Point if you answered one riddle correctly, and 5 if you answered both correctly.

 

Your next set of riddles are:

1) An item is made from lead blanks in a lathe shop. Each blank suffices for 1 item. Lead shavings accumulated for making 6 items can be melted and made into a blank. How many items can be made from 36 blanks.

2) Not far off shore a ship stands with a rope ladder hanging over her side. The rope has 10 rungs. The distance between each rung is 12 inches. The lowest rung touches the water. The ocean is calm. Because of the incoming tide, the surface of the water rises 4 inches per hour. How soon will the water cover the third rung from the top rung of the rope ladder?

 

Good luck!

 

Next, I want to tell you about a new/second chatroom for this site. Just to be clear; the chatovod chat will still be active. I promised that it will always be here, and I promise again that it always will be.

This second chatroom is simply for more choice, as it has some features that chatovod doesn’t, such as being able to play music and post pictures (as long as they are appropriate and not of you). The link for this second chatroom is https://discord.gg/3PCxBZ3 You do have to register to use it, and everyone has the choice about if they want to use it or not. You can also download an app for your desktop, tablet, or phone to use it ‘on the go’.

I want to say thanks to Lunar Kitty for suggesting and creating this second chatroom, and to both her and Ennard for helping me figure it out. Little by little we are going to make it as comfy as possible, as it is much easier to personalise.

 

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The third part of this MEGA post is to tell you about the MCM London Comic Con I recently went to. I volunteered for the first time this year, and I am so glad that I did. I had the best Comic Con ever!

I had signed up to do different things over the weekend, but after doing a good job on my first task in the ‘Photo Opportunity Area’ I was asked to do that for the whole weekend, as the job was very demanding and the organiser in charge wanted to keep certain people who he knew would do well. This meant that I got to meet a lot of the ‘Special Guests’ who appeared, and I made some really good friends I plan to meet up with at Comic Cons in the future.

I got to meet Professor Flitwick again, which made me very happy indeed. He is such as nice man, and offered to let several volunteers have photos with him. Mine is now framed and mounted on my bedroom wall. I also say Filch and Pius Thicknesse.

By far though, the two most popular ‘Special Guests’ over the weekend in my area were Andrew Scott (Jim Moriarty in Sherlock) with over 400 people wanting a photo, and Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Agent Carter) with over 200 people. I also really enjoyed meeting the cast of Red Dwarf, which is one of my favourite British comedies. I would recommend it to everyone. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take photos in this area without permisson, so I don’t have any to show you from this area.

However, I do have some others I wanted to share with you of my favourite Cosplayers:

As you can see I saw a Dementor, but don’t worry: I had my wand ready and thought happy memories of my Pottermore friends to chase it away with my patronus. Here are also a few photos from around Comic Con that I thought were pretty cool:

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Here is the t-shirt and lanyard that I got to work for the weekend, and also a butterbeer glass I got for myself. I also brought a Pokemon Card for as a gift for Izzy:

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and I’m sorry again for not posting the past couple of weeks.

 

“Friends don’t lie.” Stranger Things.

ThestralSnidget84.

Apologies

Hi Everyone,

I am here just to say that I am sorry for the lack of posts. For those of you who haven’t heard, I fractured my right ankle. Although I haven’t had to stay in hospital, I have had this past week off work because I can’t stand or walk for very long. I am also on some strong painkillers, which have made me very drozy and sleepy, thus I have had very little energy to do anything.

I will be uploading the posts that I have missed over the next few days, so please bear with me while I catch up.

 

ThestralSnidget84.