mandragora: (Default)
2015-02-17 09:32 pm

Please vote for Rachel!

Please vote for my wonderful neighbour, Rachel, who's entered into an online competition to win a wing walk.

By way of background, Rachel had to take very early retirement due to ill-health. She has Crohn's Disease and has to use crutches to walk with due to badly hurting her knee. Despite this, when she's well she hasn't let her ill health from stopping her getting on with things - such as teaching herself plumbing and electrics and DIY, where she's so good that builders I've hired have offered her a job! She's one of these very capable people who could do anything...except when her condition flares up and then she has to rest until she's well enough to function again, which I know she finds very frustrating and upsetting.

She'll do anything for everyone to help out when she's well enough, is always on hand to help and would really love the chance to wing walk (even with a dodgy knee and crutches!).

If you can spare moment to vote for her, you'll not only make her very happy but if she wins but she'll also donate £100 to Comic Relief, so it's win win!

She's no 13 on the link below.

You have to vote for three participants so please be as random as possible with the other votes (as we want her to win!).

Also, if you could consider sending re-blogging this so that even more people see this and vote for Rachel that would be fabulous! Please help Rachel win - it would be lovely to make her so happy!
mandragora: (Default)
2010-08-09 07:24 pm

(no subject)

Happy Birthday Stealingpennies

Hope that you're having a lovely day!
mandragora: (Default)
2010-06-02 07:58 pm

Birthday greetings

Wishing [ profile] pinkdormouse a very Happy Birthday

Hope that you're having a good one!
mandragora: (Default)
2010-04-23 10:21 pm

Birthday greetings

Happy Birthday, Seiyaharris

Hope that you're having a great day.
mandragora: (Default)
2009-12-16 07:04 am

Birthday greetings

Happy Birthday, Temaris

Have a wonderful (if cold!) day :)
mandragora: (Default)
2009-12-11 10:02 pm

Double birthday greetings

Happy Birthday Beren and Thwax

May your day be lovely and long :)
mandragora: (Default)
2009-11-19 08:04 pm

Birthday greetings

Happy Birthday, [ profile] lost_house

Have you're having a fabulous day!
mandragora: (Default)
2009-11-07 06:18 pm

Supernatural Season 4 complete box set Region 2

Has anyone managed to receive a complete set as advertised on the packaging of this, complete with all the special features?

The version I recently received from Amazon UK doesn't have the special features and the discs inside are labelled wrongly. It appears that the manufacturer has inserted the discs from the Season 4 box sets Parts 1 and 2, which were sold separately earlier, and which don't have the special features. Amazon have now stopped selling the complete box set as a result of this problem and I'm trying to ascertain whether it's universal or whether Warner Home Video have managed to screw up some batches and not others.

I'm going to return my set to Amazon and after a certain amount of whining on my part they even gave me a £5 credit on my next purchase. At the time I thought it was their fault but now see that customers who bought from Play have had the same problem as well. So, I am feeling a tad guilty on Amazon's behalf...

However, I'm feeling even more annoyed at Warner Home Video's failure. I don't want to have to purchase the Region 1 version from or as I'll end up paying massive postal charges, plus may get stung by Customs for import duty as well. So, I'm trying to find out if anyone has got the correct Region 2 version.

Really not happy - talk about false advertising by Warner and it may end up hurting SPN Season 4 DVD sales as well as a result of Warner's screw-up.
mandragora: (Default)
2009-09-30 06:53 pm

(no subject)

Happy Birthday, [ profile] moonlettuce

Hope you're having a fabulous day!
mandragora: (Default)
2009-09-29 08:28 pm

Birthday greetings

Two celebrations today.

Have a very Happy Birthday [ profile] zellieh and [ profile] tikiberry
mandragora: (Default)
2009-06-22 08:40 pm

Birthday girls

Very Happy Birthday to the4ts & stageira

mandragora: (Default)
2009-06-14 09:17 pm

Birthday greetings

Happy Birthday Kittygoslingp

Hope you're having a wonderful day.
mandragora: (Default)
2009-06-02 09:23 pm

Birthday greetings

Happy Birthday Pinkdormouse

Hope you're having a great day.
mandragora: (Default)
2009-04-23 10:31 pm

Birthday greetings

Happy Birthday seiyaharris

Hope that you're having a lovely day - am just back from celebrating my sister's birthday - you're a lot younger than she is!
mandragora: (Default)
2009-03-26 10:42 pm

Birthday greetings

Happy Birthday, ngaio

Hope you're having a great day.
mandragora: (Default)
2009-02-27 06:52 am

And it's a...drumroll

Happy Birthday Alyse!

Have a fabulous day, you springchicken, you! :)
mandragora: (Default)
2009-02-26 09:44 pm

Birthday greetings

Happy Birthday Olympia_m!

Hope you've been having a fabulous day.
mandragora: (Default)
2009-02-23 09:58 pm

Oh, God, I mean, WHAT!

Have just turned over from Heroes and have watched a mere 5 (count 'em, 5) minutes of LAW & Order UK.

So far, the CPS have invited a couple of defendants and the solicitor into the CPS offices for a plea bargain, with a certainty of the sentence to be served if they plead guilty. Which is just... No!

And Freema's been running round the streets of London interviewing a witness, in the street! Words fail me.

5 minutes, that's all. And that 5 minutes is enough to establish that it bears no resemblance to the actual practice of law.

Oh, they've just got one of the defendants in with the same solicitor who represented both defendants earlier but not with the other defendant and are offering him (one of the defendants) a bargain if he'll testify against the other defendant. Oh, 'cos that's not a conflict of interest at all, is it on the part of the solicitor?

Crap. Complete crap. It's been...8 minutes now and that's enough to establish that it may rival Judge John Deed for badness. *cries*
mandragora: (Default)
2009-02-23 08:47 pm

Birthday girl

Happy Birthday Xandutch!

Hope that you're having a lovely day.
mandragora: (Default)
2009-02-21 12:04 pm

Oh God, no!

Just heard an interview with a couple of the actors (including Freema and Ben Daniels) on the forthcoming Law & Order UK on the Jonathan Ross Saturday morning show. I was thinking I might give this one a go until Freema said that the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) lawyers in the programme are going to go out and about interviewing witnesses. Because that's what they do in the US version.


*headdesks again. Violently*

It's a completely fucking separate legal system, where we do things oh so differently. To try and mirror it on the US series means that it will be about as accurate as Dick van Dyke's 'Cockney' accent in Mary Poppins.

And what makes it worse is that the head of the CPS seems to have had a brain fart as he suggested that this would be okay 'because in 5 years time CPS lawyers will interview witnesses'. No they fucking won't! Because that would mean that the CPS would have to recruit an enormous amount of extra lawyers (there's not enough time for the existing lawyers to do their job as it, without them having to go out to see witnesses all round the country) and there's no way that the CPS will get the extra budget in the largest economic downturn since WW2! I mean, as it is there was a time recently when the CPS (in London) literally ran out of paper because they'd run out of money to buy more. If they can't afford paper, they're not going to be able to afford to practically double in size.

Oh, and let's not even get into why it's so important for CPS lawyers to maintain a sense of detachment that the officers in the case - who see the victims and interview the witnesses - may lack. Prosecutor's code, anyone?

And then there's the health and safety implications. Police officers are taught self-defence and how to handle themselves in violent situations. Lawyers are not. Which means that half the time the CPS lawyer would have to take police officers along with them. What a waste of resources!

Yes, I suppose it's possible that there are at present high-level discussions going on at present between the CPS and Ministry of Justice about changing the way that the CPS works. But, the problem with the extra budget necessary to recruit more lawyers isn't going to go away any time soon.

Bugger! I had hopes that this would a good, watchable drama, as well, as it has a lot of actors I like.