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Oh for Pete's sake...

There was just an earthquake in England. WTF?

Do you *mind*, tectonic plates? You're not in New Zealand now, you know. We don't put up with this juvenile shifting and shaking. If you don't stop fidgeting and shaking, you'll get no pudding!

I was sitting in bed, listening to Mark Thomas's 2004 album (very funny, nuclear levels of swearing) and answering LJ comments when the house started swaying. I thought it was a particularly heavy and unusually long freight train going past, but apparently it was a proper 5.3 quake. And its epicentre was only about 30 miles from where my mum and dad live. I'll have to call them in the morning and check that my inheritance hasn't fallen off the walls or similar. (I'm certain they'll be all right, though the poor darling beagle will not be happy)

I know those of you in California and Washington are going "5.3? 5.3? I've had bigger tremors than that in my little toe! I've had more aftershocks going to the bog after a particularly beany burrito! I *laugh* in the face of 5.3 and challenge it to a scrap in the street, confident I could tan its arse for it! 5.3 is for WIMPS and for AMATEURS"

Well, yes, fair play to you, but it's still a weird thing here.

Anyway, back to the point of this entry: link soup

This is my currrent favourite blog: It's Nice That, a visual arts/graphic design blog in which they just pick out stuff they like and write about it. Every day there's at least one marvellous timewasting website to go to

Why That's Delightful is the blog of Graham Linehan, the co-writer of Father Ted. It is a symphony of strange and funny things. The current entry is about the poor quality of erotic costumes for men and made me giggle in a very unbecoming way. Particularly the last picture.

Emma Kennedy's blog hasn't been on top form lately because its author has been in the midst of a health scare, but in general it is a goldmine of gloriously funny entries and Olympic level swearing. I have on more than one occasion read the archives and laughed until I cried.

We Feel Fine harvests sentences from blogs which begin with the words "I feel" and displays them as boinging dots which explode into the sentence in question, or even a random image. You can sort for gender, for age, even for weather. No, trust me, it's *much* better than I made it sound. It's one of those pointless things you can play with for hours, when you are, to pluck an example totally at random, supposed to be filling out a bastard electronic application for your boss's job.

Group Hug is a bit like Post Secret, a bit appalling, a bit addictive.

And now, sleep! Bloody earthquakes permitting. I predict that unless there's some proper news tomorrow, we shall all go earthquake-bonkers.


( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 27th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
5.3 is pretty impressive, I think. But I'm from Ohio. ;)
Feb. 28th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh, there were broken chimney pots! And some roofs fell and people woke up and were *jolly cross*! It's actually been good fun, now we know that no one got killed, we all just got slightly shaken up
Feb. 27th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
We had a 2.4 earthquake here about 10 years ago and it was awful! I'm glad you're OK (and really quite brave - I was not a fan of the 2.4).

Take Care
Feb. 28th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
Luckily for me, at any rate, the epicentre was up north. I think there might have been a good deal more wailing if it had hit London. There's more stuff to fall off things here!
Feb. 27th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
5.3's nothing to sneeze at when you live in a place that's not normally quake-prone. At least you can FEEL a 5.3, see.

And thanks for the links!
Feb. 28th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
Oh it was all tremendously exciting
Feb. 27th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
Well, but many of the buildings are so much older over there! They're likely to fall down! 5.3 can be scary if you have several tons of non-seismic-stable brick over your head. *g*

(And I agree, earthquakes in England? What's next, tornadoes in Oregon? Oh, wait, we had one of those...)
Feb. 28th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
True, it's more the stuff that's ready to fall over than the quake itself!
Feb. 27th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Actually, 5.3 is NOT INSIGNIFICANT. It's also the biggest earthquake I've experience since I got here, so go you! ::high-fives you::

Feb. 28th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
I have to be honest and say that we were very far from the epicentre here (about 180 miles or so) but still, it was exciting. Everyone spent all day going "ooh, did you wake up? did you feel it?" [rinse and repeat]

Best kind of news story -- something people are talking about and unusual but noone got killed or seriously hurt and we can do all kinds of nerdy sidebars
Feb. 27th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
5.3's a pretty good quake, and this is coming from a California girl who's been in a few. But ya'll shouldn't be having those. Crazy.

Off to surf links!
Feb. 28th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
We had fun anyway *g*

I think you would really like "it's nice that". They have a lot of really interesting graphic design links on there
Feb. 27th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
5.3 is a shimmy here. I've had freight trains go by the house that were worse.

That being said, we do sit on the Ring of Fire. oh yeah--and occasionally we have mountains that blow up. It's all relative ;)
Feb. 27th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
You "sit on the ring of fire"? Why have you been eating curry?


I'm sorry, I've lowered the tone again
Feb. 27th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)
How's your house? Brickwork ok?

I've been through 2 earthquakes but never felt them.

They weren't as big as yours, though.
Feb. 28th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
THe brickwork's fucked but that has nothing to do with the earthquake. I think if I'd been asleep, I wouldn't have noticed anything. Mum and dad, who were 30 miles from the epicentre, heard an enormous bang and the house shook.
Feb. 28th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
Your parents are ok, though?
Feb. 27th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
That is so ... wrong.
Geez! I hope that was it for the evening rumblings!

Feb. 28th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Re: That is so ... wrong.
Oh, I reckon so. It was actually a lot of fun to have something with non-lethal consequences to go all news-spoddy over.
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