Wednesday 30 March 2016


Colourful and sweet smelling hyacinths
 As Spring has now sprung, I thought I'd show you a little of what's going on in Castlette DeVice's sprawling compact garden as we prepare for the Infomaniac Garden Photos Event later in the year. New growth is beginning to become evident - some of which is more luxuriant than others (thanks, Norma).

 There are also a few photos from recent walks we've taken, too. And not all of these walks have been Weekend Walkies, either. No, you see, the Host has taken a few days off work over Easter to sort out the garden and the house (decorating, amongst other things).

Friday 25 March 2016

Gay sera, sera*

 I've done it! I've managed to read a non-fiction book this month. However, it's somewhat cancelled out by the four Star Trek books. Sorry. Three of the four are from the Deep Space Nine relaunch that I'm in the process of re-reading. The last one is an e-book I was curious about, mainly because Saavik features in it (she's one of my favourite Star Trek characters - the Robin Curtis version, not the Kirsty Alley one).
 Again, I've stuck with the publisher's synopsis/blurb rather than writing my own, but I have added a little something to book twelve's entry...

11. Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume One - Cardassia: The Lotus Flower, by Una McCormack, and Andor: Paradigm, by Heather Jarman

CARDASSIA: The last world ravaged by the Dominion War is also the last on which Miles O'Brien ever imagined building a life. As he joins in the reconstruction of Cardassia's infrastructure, his wife Keiko spearheads the planet's difficult agricultural renewal. But Cardassia's struggle to remake itself -- from the fledgling democracy backed by Elim Garak to the people's rediscovery of their own spiritual past -- is not without opposition, as the outside efforts to help rebuild its civilization come under attack by those who reject any alien influence.
ANDOR: On the eve of a great celebration of their ancient past, the unusual and mysterious Andorians, a species with four sexes, must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice in order to ensure their survival. Biological necessity clashes with personal ethics; cultural obligation vies with love -- and Ensign Thirishar ch'Thane returns home to the planet he forswore, to face not only the consequences of his choices, but a clandestine plan to alter the very nature of his kind.

Wednesday 23 March 2016

The House of Infomaniac 10th Anniversary Tour

 If you're reading this programme, you've obviously arrived. You are someone. You revel in the epitome of wealth, taste, and personal hygiene that affords you—yes, You!—this once in a lifetime, exclusive Infomaniac experience. You are one of the lucky few to be granted the rights and privileges that only this all-access excursion grants.
 Unless you've fished this out of the trash, in which case, prepare to be probed by the Infomaniac Police Force.
The Infomaniac Police Force on the prowl for fence-jumpers and fare dodgers

Tuesday 22 March 2016

I get a little bit Genghis Khan

This has been my earworm for the past couple of weeks. Plus, I love the video!

P.S. Isn't the Super Villain adorable?!

Sunday 20 March 2016

Weekend Walkies III (lazy)

 I wanted to post something else, but my innate laziness kicked in, so you're going to have to put up with this.

 After a whole morning yesterday - and half the afternoon - spent gazing into the depths of the Demonbox and eating fruit jellies and chocolate, I hauled my carcass out the door and into the woods behind Castlette DeVice for some fresh air. I didn't go far, only venturing on to Smallhopes Hill, and didn't even take any photos of note, but, as I have a conspicuous absence of anything else to post at the mo, I'm going to show you, anyway.

Sunday 13 March 2016

Weekend Walkies II (actual)

 Following yesterday's time-travel shenanigans, today I bring you an actual Weekend Walkies post.

 The sun came out, so I took a couple of hours to wander down into Northrepps and beyond. I walked through the village and into Frogshall to the Jubilee bridge, then into the Furyhill Plantation and up by the Shrieking Pits to Hungry Hill, and back down into Northrepps before trudging back up the hill to Cromer and home.

Saturday 12 March 2016

Weekend Walkies II (sort of)

 I really wanted to get down on the beach and take some photos for a Weekend Walkies post, but I seem to have attracted a cold and the weather isn't conducive to either photography or mild illnesses, so it's best that I stay indoors in the warm*.

A landing after a spot of time-travel isn't always happy.
 However, I haven't let a little thing like the weather stop me. Oh, no. By undertaking a little bit of judicious time-travel, I am able to present a batch of photos for a Weekend Walkies post that were actually taken on Thursday!

 You see, Thursday was bright and sunny with no wind, so it was ideal for wandering about, aimlessly or otherwise. And, as I'd gone to see Deadpool at the Regal Movieplex cinema in Cromer on Thursday afternoon, I could safely time-travel back to have a walk then without any awkward encounters with my past self.
 As the above photo shows, my landing wasn't exactly ideal. After I'd picked myself up, I set off on my walk... 

Wednesday 9 March 2016

w-w-w-WOW! Ms Scarlet Souvenir Edition

Contents page only - Click to embigulate!

 Happy birthday, Ms Scarlet!

Saturday 5 March 2016

Star Trek: Voyages That Never Were VI

 Remember these Star Trek: Voyages That Never Were posts?
 No, really. Do you remember them? 
 Well, I'm not surprised if you don't because it has been over two and a half years since the last one (as linked to up there). Although, I did publish a related post last year: Not The Emperor's New Clothes.
 Anyway, I was having a look through these old posts recently as I've found a few more bits and bobs that, in the absence of anything else to post about (and because of Herr Mago's questions about Star Trek & Star Wars in the comments of the previous post), I thought I'd share here. There's not much that's new, but it relates to the very first Voyages That Never Were post back in 2011. Specifically, the following picture and text:

Tuesday 1 March 2016

Not The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge

 This is Not The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge in the same way as this is Not The Hats of Barbara Cartland.
 In the presentation post for the challenge (as linked to above), The Very Mistress MJ declares that: "Reading enriches us, stimulates our imaginations, reduces stress, improves our vocabulary, and increases our intelligence". However, I'm not quite sure that reading the following examples of literature from over the Cusp will achieve those goals...

α : Marmalised Marmalades, by Delilah Smythe

 TV chef, football hooligan, and bane of housewives everywhere; Delilah Smythe shares her favourite short-cut recipes for breakfast preserves in this classic edition of her best selling cook book. 
 With no shortage of exploding oranges and TNTed tangerines, Delilah's no-nonsense recipes can be completed in seconds, leaving you with the rest of the afternoon free to wallow in front of the TV clutching a bottle of cooking sherry while a legion of tradesmen rebuild your kitchen.