toscas_kiss: Green Killing Curse: Avada Kedavra (Avada Kedavra)
Your strike has proven that yes, the Tube can operate with much fewer ticket office personnel.
toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Rodney's worst nightmare)
OK. Am reading yet another - actually quite excellent - Stargate 'Atlantis claims independence' fanfiction and am struck yet again by one of the most moronic tropes ever, that way too many writers use, i.e. they run out of coffee.

Why does it never seem to occur to them that coffee is not actually a product that is spontaneously produced, but is actually a plant that grows?

That any sensible colonist or expedition supply officer would take seeds with them?

Coffee is a bit fiddly to germinate, but I'm a certified black thumb and I managed it myself in a London climate by doing it indoors on a windowsill under a plastic Coke bottle. It even got to 2 foot high before I went away on holiday and forgot to get it watered and it died. Any half-decent biologist could grow it. Parrish or Katie could do it in their sleep.

Sure, you don't want to introduce new plants into an ecosystem, but the city would of necessity have greenhouses, and that is an enclosed ecosystem. Not a problem.

So - please, please, please - if you are about to write Atlantis fanfic that's set after the first year and reconnection with Earth - use your logic!

Coffea arabica.

Definitely one of the most important seeds (along with Camellia sinensis) to add to your expedition's survival packs.
toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Hope is the dregs in a cup of poisonwine)
I have zero sympathy for dole bludgers, but it seems to me that:

New Universal Benefit (supposedly guaranteeing you will always be better off in work than on the dole; and penalising those who can work but refuse what they're offered)
Drastic Cuts to the Police Force
UK Crimewave in the 2010's

Or is that is just me being cynical?
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Another unintentional funny from fanfictiondom:

"A smile on the face of the child fixing his wounds, her sweet continence plagued by bruises and cuts."
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Another unintentional LotR fandom funny. Obviously this writer has a thing for Chinese...

"...allowing Legolas' considerable elf-hood to spring forth in wonton eagerness."


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