Crystal Moss

crystalmoss-00How thrilled I was to hear that Richard Ayoade has landed the Crystal Maze gig, with a new series coming later this year. There are many qualities of Richard that I think give him great potential as Mazemaster – a fresh one, too, and not a pale imitation of Richard I (O’Brien). They’ve also recruited James Dillon, designer of the original Maze, to work his magic once more, which is equally exciting. My hopes are high!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Charlie – this was a challenge in itself. He is marvellous, though, I agree! (I’ve not actually seen much of The IT Crowd, though. I know… controversial, as always!)

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  1. Lee Hesketh said:

    That`s awesome Jay, yes I think he’ll be ace! Got to say as soon as I heard the news I thought of you and knew youd be chuffed! xD

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Lee! Yes, you thought correct. I wasn’t much moved by the pilot last year, but this news has given fresh hope for a good show.

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      • Lee Hesketh said:

        Fingers crossed ! Clutch your crystals !!

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      • Jacob said:

        Ha! I suggest you do the same!

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  2. Bill Fufkin said:

    Gosh, I saw Richard as something of “stained glass window” treatment there for a second…maybe he will deserve that when performing on a show that means much to you. Thank you Jacob-I’m brightened by you are delight, a nice start to dreary Monday. B

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    • Jacob said:

      Thank you, Bill! Aw, that’s very sweet of you – I’m glad to have kicked your day off well.

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    • Jacob said:

      Haha, several people have said this! Yes, I’m officially excited now – potential abound here, let’s hope it lives up to it!

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  3. Rebecca said:

    Oh yes, this will surely work! Love the portrait, just the right amount of quirk. 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks very much, Rebecca. Yes, the news has certainly brightened my expectations for the reboot; he should be fab!

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  4. He should be great on that. I’ve only ever seen him on Travel Man (think that was what it was called). Super pic.
    JP

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks as ever, JP (and I do hope Blue Monday is going well!!!). Yes, I know him predominantly from Travel Man too – great little show, that.

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  5. I don’t know what The Crystal Maze is, but anything with Richard Ayoade in it would have to be worth watching! Lovely piccy. He’s such a gem ^_^

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks very much! I’m super chuffed that you like it as I know how big a fan you are!

      Oh, The Crystal Maze is my favourite show ever. It’s an adventure game show, set in a fantasy world of four time zones. Contestants enter various rooms and tackle ‘simple’ problems (with almost exclusive failure, but that’s part of the fun!) trying to win time crystals for the final, where there’s the chance of a grand prize.

      Here it is, if you want an idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcKclNo2R38 Richard O’Brien is simply legendary, and the whole thing was quite the visual treat as a child – magical, even! Our friend Ayoade has much to live up to, but I can really see him doing well. It should be great fun!

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  6. Oh, I wuvs him. As soon as I saw that you’d drawn him I did a little internal ” Hooray!”.

    Ooh, that looks fun! What a unique concept. I want one of those little crystal thingies. Imagine participating in such a game…..what fun. I can definitely see how Mr. Ayoade hosting it would make for very entertaining viewing!

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    • Jacob said:

      Hooray for hoorays, most definitely!

      It was wonderful. Haha, oh, can you imagine? I would be completely and utterly hopeless – it’d be worse than a PE lesson. 😉 Or, what would be equally likely given my general command of luck, is that I’d make this really difficult game look a piece of cake, then trip over and kill myself on the way out, or something.

      I too want one of those sparkling beauts. Yames would be so jealous of this far superior crystal. 😉 What’s more, you can play cricket with it. Because that’s the obvious thing to do.

      Yes! Ayoade certainly strikes me as quirky enough. Here’s hoping it’s as good as I’m feeling it could (and should!) be.

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      • haha, oh, i’d be utterly shite at it too. Espesh the really physical stuff. I dunno though…i kinda wanted a go at that shark thing.
        Ah yes, Yames would probably try to use it to try to communicate with the Pleiadians, id say 😛 I just want to put it on me bookshelf! It’s so purrdy.
        Yeah, I think he could host anything, tbh. He’s so damn sharp. You’ll have to let me know how it goes when it starts aring!

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      • Jacob said:

        Oh yes, it’s always fun to shoot a water pistol! From that episode I most liked the word chain/Excalibur one, I thought that was very clever. And obviously the Crystal Dome itself – that just looks a riot.

        Haha! Good ol’ terrible Yames, God rest his soul. Honestly, I’m surprised O’Brien never chuntered on about similar things himself!

        Yip, will do! Let’s hope it finds its way online, so you can see it for yourself. 🙂

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      • Oh yes, the interesting and clever challenges i’d be up for more than the ones that require high fitness levels!
        The set looks pretty involved. Imagine having to build it O.o… I guess there’d be more than one preson doing that, but..y’know.
        Oh really? I don’t really know a while lot about him….he does have a bit of mystical look about him though. At least I can imagine him being a magician or something .
        Once, a lady actually gave me a book about telepathically contacting beings from other galaxies and star systems…….i WANT to believe…but…i dunno. I never read it, but still have it. Can’t bring myself to get rid of it. I actually do want to get around to reading it, just so i know what people are talking about. It’s a bit kooky, but still interesting.
        Cool cool. Do. You know i like any excuse to watch the lovely Richard Ayoade 🙂

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      • Jacob said:

        Definitely the same here! I’d certainly not be rushing in to flaunt my K-grade fitness before millions of viewers. 😉

        Oh yes, the set was what sold it to four year old me, I think. Very special, each zone so well made, so brimming with atmosphere. I find the feel of the show really changes as they work through each of them. Happilly, they’ve got the same designer on board for the new series, so theoretically it should be even better this time around!

        Richard O’Brien is a really interesting guy – very eccentric. He’s originally from New Zealand – hence the amazing voice; I could listen to him talk all day! – and is surely best known for writing The Rocky Horror Show (and playing Riff Raff!). I’m not sure his Crystal Maze demeanour is even that much of an act; I guess that’s what makes him so endearing.

        That sounds like a fascinating book – I get the feelings and inability to bin it. You should give it a whirl; it’s certainly intriguing – sometimes mind blowing – to read and consider outside theories on existential things like that, even if our perceptions are unchanged.

        Haha! He was on the late-night 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown fairly recently too, as it happens. Not quite as all-conquering at the game as Moss, mind. 😉 Will have to see if that’s still floating around for you!

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      • Ooh, a new fandangled shiny new verison of the set. Should be interesting!
        Oh my gosh, that didn’t even click to me- Rocky Horror Show….damn! Shows how much really does get past me O.o . In all fairness though, despite that being a famous classic, i only watched it once, and looong ago.
        Oh yes, you can’t help but be endeared to people who are a bit eccentric.
        Yeah, definitely. Even if i can’t *quite* believe what the book tells me, i still like the idea of getting an insight into other people’s perspectives and ideas. It’s gotta help the empathy levels, doesn’t it. It’s helpful to be able to understand where another person is coming from.
        Ah, i bet he was funny as ever though 🙂 . Hehe. Still love that countdown episode of the IT Crowd… “Hello, that’s a nice Tnetennba”.

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      • Jacob said:

        Ha, well, I only knew of the connection ’cause of Crystal Maze. I doubt many of the viewers knew! I’ve never actually seen Rocky – awful, I know. The stage show looks a riot, though, for the audience all go in costume and essentially become part of it. When I was a kid I had a friend who would sing The Time Warp incessantly. Hilarious, really. I was a little disappointed Richard never said/did that before changing zones in Crystal Maze, really…

        Exactamundo, it really does help the empathy levels, and moreover such perceptions are unique to that person, even if informed by others. Fascinating stuff.

        Yes, his Catsdown was quite fun! He’s his usual self on it, indeed, with whom I am finding myself becoming more and more enamoured. I think it’s the formidable combination of your fine self and The Crystal Maze that’s responsible! There’s also a (new to me) guy on there pretending to be Sean Bean, which sounds a bit stupid but was actually quite amusingly pulled off. I just found it, by the way! 😛 It’s a bit naughty of me, but here it is if you fancy!

        https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4adrUJSlRaKd01DV1B3M0NxQ2M/view

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      • Ha! That just triggered a fun little memory from primary school ( i went to many, unfortunately, but this particular one was a teeeny country school with literally 20 kids). In the mornings, we’d do what the teacher called ” health hustles” ( pretty much a daggy kind of aerobics) before class started. And one of the songs we’d “hustle” to, was The Time Warp. I’m not sure if it was the exact dance from the show, but our teacher ( can’t remember his name, but he was awesome) had some pretty funnt moves going on. Fun times, really.
        Haha, maybe singing it would’ve been too predictable or something? Wouldn’t make it any less entertaining, though- i dare say a lot of people would be hoping for it!
        yeah, well, there’s really no way you can watch Richard Ayoade for extended periods without becoming rather enamoured bu him. He’s just so bloody sharp witted…and so damn handsome!
        Oh my- i just began watching…..Ayoade crush strengthens by the minute….sigh.

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      • Jacob said:

        That sounds quite fun, and a good idea! We were sardined as one of hundreds if not a thousand in the schools I attended, so such a small cohort sounds a bit of an oasis. I don’t know how teachers are possibly supposed to cope with and support classes of thirty or thirty-five hooligans, like we often were.

        At the sports college – insert routine ugh! – I was made to do a lot of dance in my first two years. This was one of the better PE lessons, for I’d actually done some street dance previously and wasn’t actually that awful. My first ever ‘assessment’ dance was a self-choreographed routine to the Mission Impossible theme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAYhNHhxN0A (Well, to the flourish at 1:45, anyway) It was the worst routine ever put together, I’m positive of that – most of it was more mime than dance! – but absolutely hilarious all the same, and still makes me laugh after twelve years. I can’t listen to this without laughing uncontrollably. But, somehow, it got an okay grade! What’s more, the chap I was paired up with for that is now a pretty established actor and dancer in London; I like to think I gave him the bug in that class. I mean, how else? 😉

        It’s true. Ayoade just pulls you in, and there’s nothing you can do about it. I hope you enjoyed the show/him/both!

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      • Jeez, those schools sound scary.. the biggest school i went to had 300 people!
        Yeah, there’s just no way one teacher can possibly give enough attention to each of the students in those situations. And just imagine trying to keep them all engaged? Yikes. What a job.
        Oh i bet that was fun 😀 For some reason- possible dance moves aside, that music always does give me the giggles a bit. I’m not sure why? So cool that you actually got to do something you enjoyed at that sports college, though! And lovely that your dance partner went on to pursue performing! Of COURSE you influenced him! 😉
        Are you still interested in dance? Cos, y’know, as exercise goes, it’s probably much more fun than walking….maybe there are some classes or social meet-up dancey type things around or something? I know they probably all cost a bit though :/ But you never know!
        Yep, he sure does. His unintentional charm just sorta sneaks up on you… and yes, that was very funny; thanking you! The Sean Bean..hehe. For some reason, i’m not sure i like Jimmy Carr very much, though. I can’t quite pick why! But…Richard makes up for that tenfold 😉

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      • Jacob said:

        Yeah, there was a time when I wanted to be a teacher, but that was short-lived, long before I realised the realities of such a post. It’s small wonder that they’re struggling to recruit them, these days.

        Oh, I wouldn’t say so, really. Even when I was doing it, and even though I was (strictly!) okay, it felt like I shouldn’t really be there. I’d never seen myself doing that kind of stuff. That’s not to say it wasn’t fun, though, and never say never! Maybe if I can convince someone else to join, it could be a laugh. It’s definitely good exercise.

        Ah, glad you enjoyed it! I was a bit miffed no-one offered DUMBASS in the ‘dbums’ round, though. 😉 Actually I’m not much of a Jimmy Carr fan either; I wouldn’t recommend him especially. I can withstand him on here, though, ’cause it’s Countdown, and it’s really more about the panellists than him. It helps when they’re of Ayoade mould!

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      • Same here, actually. I thought i wanted to be an Art teacher….that’s what i’d begun studying. But it wasn’t for me. I do love the idea of teaching, but i’m more a one-on-one person. I think teaching a huge class would be exausting.
        yes, it’s always good to have a buddy to go with to that sort of thing, isn’t it. There’s a little theatre close to where i live, and i want to get involved ( even if just with costumes and props), but i HATE being “the new kid”. If there’s a handful of newbies, then at least you’re all on the same level. By yourself, it somehow feels as though you’re intruding; everybody there is already a close-knit group, and your the outsider that doesn’t really belong. That’s how it feels to me, anyway! So i understand your sentiments there. Back to dancing though ( sorry- i hijacked that subject, didn’t i..), it really is great exercise! I can only dance when i’m drunk ( and even then, the word “can” is a little over-optimistic). So if you you’ve done ok in that area- without the aid of grog..AND with people watching, then i’d say you’re going ok! 🙂
        Haha, good one :D. They should invite you on next time! 😉 ( it sure does look like a lot of fun, really).
        Yes, definitely. If anything, a slightly obnoxious host only highlights the loveliness of the guests 🙂

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      • Jacob said:

        Yeah, one-on-one would definitely be better. Maybe there’s a school nearby where you could go and assist, to help out in Art just for the afternoon or something? At least that way you wouldn’t have to focus on everybody all of the time. I did some similar stuff a few years ago, helping to set art exhibitions with some seven/eight-year olds, and later the same year group but with ICT. While it probably wasn’t the environment for me full-time, it was nice enough. They were so much better behaved than I was expecting! All they kept saying to me was, “Wow – you’re reaaally tall.”

        It’s definitely better to invade with a partner in crime. Not least, I find it helps my long-term committment to such a thing – I’d feel bad if I later bailed and left them by themselves. Similarly, I’m considering finding out if there’s a walking group nearby, to try and get back into that with some social interaction thrown in (scream). I really hope you can pluck up the courage with all this theatre stuff, alone or with friends, because I’m certain you’ll be absolutely awesome anywhere in that enviroment! 🙂

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      • Aww, nice. I did a spot of that kinda thing at my kid’s last school, too 🙂 it was fun, actually. Kids are a laugh. And yes, it can be surprising how co-operative and polite they can be!
        Oh definitely; it’s more motivating to have a buddy to go with. Exactly; you don’t want to leave one another in the lurch by not showing up!
        I hope you do find such a group! Walking is less intimidating than dancing, too. Yeah, i know…the social interaction….both tempting and terrifying innit. But it could be really good!
        Aww, cheers. I did do a few little plays/performances n things in my younger days…always seem to befriend performers, too. I love being surrounded with creative, expressive souls… I just need to get over this ‘feeling like an imposter trying to barge in’ thing. Even if it *is* just a lighthearted little local thing…. feeling like The New Kid REALLY puts me off …I know people who’d join with me if only they lived close enough! Sigh….anyway. Something cool: they do stage a local annual writing comp where you write and submit a 10 min play, and the “best” ones get performed at a li’l arts festival. There’s a $$$ prize too, which is always handy. Unfortunately found out about this only days before the deadline…but next year, DEFINITELY entering that 😀

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      • Jacob said:

        Ah. My mum did that at my school (which as it happens was also where I did this stuff) helping with reading. The headmaster just came over to her one day and asked, “fancy a job?”, and sixteen years later she’s still there!

        Hmm, I’ve found some groups, but they’re exclusively aimed at pensioners by the looks of things, and I wonder if I’d not be a bit out of place. Still, could be a laugh I suppose, especially the ‘Norfolk Gay Outdoors Club’ I’ve found, though I fear that may be another instance of making promises that can’t possibly be kept.

        I wish I could come with you, really! 😛 What a delight that would be. I did a fair bit at school – on stage and presenting on the school radio station – but, curse our rickety confidence, ultimately had a similar ‘imposter’ feeling (I guess it was the same with the dancing, really – all about confidence) so became stressed, stopped, and moved to more behind-the-scenes stuff, mostly promotional graphics and lighting. It was great, ’cause you got out of lessons to set up/strike the stage, and also you got to watch the rehearsals!

        Ah, well, all the best for your future writing competition! What a thought, having your own work performed before your eyes. Such reward! Maybe Yames will, before long, be a household name!

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      • Aww, that’s quite a lovely outcome for your mum! Helping kids with reading and such would be a rewarding job.
        Ah, go on ( cue Mrs Doyle) , go find out some more about the ‘Norfolk Gay Outdoors Club’. Ya never know.
        Cool- that’s awesome; would’ve been a welcome relief from all that sporty learn-how-to-be-a-jock stuff. Not so awesome is that “imposter” feeling. It’s awful, isn’t it? Just come to Aus once a week ( easy peasy!) and be my drama group buddy. Problem solved!
        You’re right though, it really is just a confidence thing, isn’t it. And it’s so frustrating. It can really drive a wedge between an individual and their potential. Not to mention their happiness :/ When will scientists invent a Confidence Pill?? Sigh. I’m well aware that the people who seem very comfortable within themselves still go through moments of self doubt….i knew a lady who was a cabaret singer and burlesque performer. She openly admitted to me one time that what everyone interpreted as confidence in her was really a plea of – as she phrased it ” Love me! Please?…please love me?”. That rather opened my eyes. I hadn’t thought of it in that way before. I guess it’s just like we were saying re: the way people misinterpret you as not possibly suffering from depression, because you *seem* so “happy”.
        That being said, i’m still stubbornly envious of the fact that, in spite of their fears, they are still brave enough to get up there and do it anyway. And even a little bit resentful that they CAN “fool people” into thinking they’re confident. It’s unreasonable…but sadly true.
        Aww, cheers. Well i have a whole year to write one, now 😉 Inorite? It’d be fun to see your characters come to life 🙂 I do have a secret longing to write plays/ screenplays over say, a novel. I’m not “literary” enough for traditional writesies! Anyway, who knows. Time will tell!

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      • Jacob said:

        It’s certainly better than her knocking about the house watching daytime telly, eh. 😉

        It does look interesting – it seems like they get up to quite a lot. Rather a hefty membership fee, though, as with almost all of these, so maybe not just yet.

        Oh yes, it was a bit of a refuge for us non-sporty folk, along with the hallowed art rooms. Indeed, it is so frustrating. I’m forever being told that confidence is a skill, something to be learnt.Ugh. I can’t help thinking I’m reading the wrong textbook. If anything, this barrier has grown bigger as I’ve got older. But it has to change for us someday, no? We can hope. Or, perhaps we better get our lab coats on and start concocting this pill ourselves… (there’s a comedy drama in itself!)

        It’s interesting what your friend says of it, though, but indeed you do hear stories of how troubled and nervy some of these amazing artists and performers were – there’s definitely a very close parallel to the depression scenario. And yet they somehow whirl these apprehensions into such magic; I’m definitely envious of that aspect! It’s very admirable.

        It will be such fun! And I’ll be trading on how I knew you before you were a lighthouse-dwelling writing superstar, penning parts for your biggest fan, Richard Ayoade. 😉

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      • Damn about the expensy membership fee :/ You’d wanna HOPE they do some really interesting stuff, then. Well, fingers crossed that you find something a little more affordable soon, OR that it becomes financially possible to join a thing that costs heaps to join.
        Yes, i find that too- it feels as though confidence is a skill that needs to be developed as a child, then built upon in the teens and early 20’s. I do think a certain amount of pushing oneself out of one’s comfort zone is necessary…but i think moderation is required there, too. If your self esteem is rather delicate, then doing something that could potentially make you look like an idiot could do more harm than good! My self esteem is rather delicate at the moment, so too much of a knock would probably make me shrink away forever, as it would “confirm” to me all my worst fears about being useless, stupid, talentless, etc etc. Ugh. But at the same time, the longer we leave things, the harder it becomes to do them. I’m actually planning to see a professional soon tbh, and this confidence issue is the first thing i’m going to ask for advice about! And i promise to pass any relevant wisdom on to you!
        Haha, yes, that’s a good little story idea, actually. I’m thinking of all the things that could go wrong with the magic pill…could be fun 🙂
        Inorite! I’m so envious of that ability…
        hehe, i WISH! But i definitely want to delve into the scripwriting thing a bit more. Probably more competitive than trying to write novels, so i’m possibly not doing myself any favours there 😛 But, y’know. Suits my writing style better, i think. Time will tell, i guess!

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      • Jacob said:

        I know, I wasn’t expecting that. One of them was in the region of £350 a year. Could join a gym for cheaper than that, I expect. I thought these were sort of ‘just turn up and join in’ kind of activities, although now I realise they probably have to raise funds somehow.

        Yes, that’s exactly the quandary I find myself in. There have been times when such leaps have worked out really well, but it’s the times when it didn’t that scar you, isn’t it. Fear of failure does play a big part.

        I’m probably going to have to go the professional route myself (again!) before long. Ha, I too shall spill any beans/confidence pills I should come across.

        Has that ever been done – a comedy with some mad, incompetent scientists? That could be good! It was always a bit of a farce in Science, trying to make those experiments work without causing total destruction.

        Now I’m just seeing Ayaode as a mad scientist for his Crystal Maze character. He’d pull it off.

        Are there any screenwriting courses nearby, or even online? I know there are plenty of general writing ones, so they might well cover that discipline too. Could be good practice!

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      • £350?? Youch! That;s about $700Aus. Jeez. Absolutely, you could join a gym for well under that. Maybe they go on outings which require buses or something? Or go to LOADS of places where the facilities are expensive, etc. Then i could understand the hefty fee. I mean, a small fee you could understand, but that’s a lot. Wowsers.
        Yep, absolutely. Failure feels awful- especially if you tend to give it a disproportionate importance ( which i seem to do, unfortunately :/), so fear of failure is a HUGE barrier.
        Well, going to see a professional can only be a good thing. Especially if there are certain things that you know you can’t discuss with say, family or friends. My fam is unfortunately a bit of an empathy free zone (one of the reasons i live about 1200 km’s away from them!), and i don’t really know anyone here well enough to get too personal with them, so seeing a psychologist will be a godsend. It’s nice knowing that they wont treat you like a freak or anything, too! I do hope you get to see a good one, and that they’ve got some helpful advice. And yes, thanyou; i’ll be all ears ( or ..eyes?) if you have any words of wisdom to share from the experience, also 🙂
        Oh yeah, i used to enjoy the science experiments at school! Well, not the dissecting of rats, though. I refused to do it. I remember sitting at the back of the class, looking at the wall, trying not to be sick, knowing that the awful smell was coming from the insides of about 30 dead rats. Ick! But the parts where chemical reactions happened and stuff overflowed everywhere were great!
        He so would. This is going to sound creepy fangirlish, but way before i became a huge fan of his, i actually had a dream that R.A. was a scientist. I was walking through a field, and came across a white circus tent, and inside, there he was, in a white lab coat. He was bringing dinosaurs back to life by placing old dinosaur bones in stainless steel sinks, covered in soime sort of solution that made the bones “breathe”. I tried to analyse it, but i’m still not sure what it’s supposed to mean. Probably just that i shouldn’t eat pickled onions as a late night snack?

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      • Jacob said:

        Steep indeed! Yes, there was mention of activities like climbing and abseiling, and others that I’ve forgotten, so that might explain some of it. Still, though!

        Yeah, it’s much the same here, sadly. I don’t think I’d even attempt to talk about it with my family anymore. Whenever I tried, as it was first getting hard in my teens, I was either ignored/told to get on with it, or they twisted my lack of sociability into some kind of personal attack on them… which obviously made me feel even worse. Though I forgive that, of course, it didn’t exactly encourage me to be open about such things. It’s here where, as you say, professionals or even friends (online especially, I find) come in and can do wonders.

        Poor rats 😦 that sounds awful. My brother says that one of his teachers cut up a pig, and I’ve never worked out if he’s telling the truth or not. The worst thing we ever did was dissect a cow’s heart (I think it was a cow, anyway). Well, I refused to partake, and got given a wordsearch to dissect instead. Far more fun.

        Hehe, I remember one experiment involving magnesium wherein a chap obviously caused the wrong reaction, as a huge, blinding flame rose into the air. If nothing else, it woke our teacher up. I’m surprised nothing like that ever happened with me, to be honest!

        That’s a fabulous dream. I am endlessly fascinated by our dreams, they’re such incredible things. If mine were like that, I’d note them down so I didn’t forget them. Sadly, they are quite boring and predictable, in that the most vivid ones are usually about being at school, on The Crystal Maze (really) or having sex (sorry). http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/ says: “[School] signifies feelings of inadequacy and childhood insecurities that have never been resolved. It may relate to anxieties about your performance and abilities.” Ha ha, I don’t know how these are decided or why we’re supposed to trust these ‘definitions’, but it does appear to know me too well…

        There are probably quite a few entries pertinent to your dream, but here’s ‘Tent’: To dream that you are in a tent indicates that you need a temporary change to your daily routine. You need to take time off and get away from the daily grind. Alternatively, the dream may mean instability and insecurity in your current situation. You do not want to settle down. Dreaming that you are in a tent may be a pun on your “in-tent” or intentions.

        Haha, that last line. Even your dreaming mind likes puns? 😉

        And just seen your follow-up screenwriting comment – that’s great! Go go! 🙂

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      • Ah, well that may explain some of the expenses…still though…lotsa dosh just for some exercise with some new friends!
        Aww, sorry to hear you’ve had such troubles with yoiur fam too 😦 I wonder if they realise how lonely they can make people feel with those sorts of attitudes? We don’t need them to be psychologists, we just need some basic human empathy and acknowledgement, really. Sigh. But yes, thank gawd for therapists and online discussion! What life savers.
        Ewww, the cow’s heart….i think we did that too. Again though, i didn’t participate. Made me wanna be sick! That was nice of your teacher to give you a wordsearch 🙂 I just sat there looking at the wall and trying to block out all the smells and sounds! Much nicer/more exciting ( if a tad dangerous and worrying) to see giant flames!
        Oh man, dreams are an endless source of fascination! I’ve had some weird precongnitive ones which make me question the nature of time….even thugh it sounds airy fairy, i really do feel as though there’s something more going on with dreams than just mental feedback generated by the day’s events.
        Haha, who would’ve thought you’d have crystal maze dreams? 😉 Lucky you getting sex dreams though! The closest thing i’ve had to one of those over the last few years is one where Jemaine Clement lent me a book in a cafe. But y’know, i’m not complaining. That’d be pretty cool.
        Have you ever kept a dream diary? A good way to analyse a dream is to write it out ( if you can remember it), and firstly, before you go looking for synbols, write down all the emotions you experienced during it. THEN write down the symbols ( ie. school, car, apple, etc) and write down what they personally symbolise to you.( I think archetypal symbols are valid, but only if the meanings resonate with you.) Then you can kinda compare the dream symbol meanings to the emotional reactions you had, and get a clearer idea of what’s coming up from your subconscious.
        Maybe? I sound like i’m trying to be Carl Jung 😛 But’tis a very interesting subject. I’m checking out that dream dictionary- cheers for the linkywoo.
        That school one tends to be common…interesting. It makes sense, as i’d say many-if not most- of us have those nagging little unresolved insecurites stemming from our childhood days. I really do think the subconscious “comes out to play” during dreams.
        Hey, i tend to have dreams about famous people all the time ( not just the ones i like, either), and according to this site, that means “an increase to your prosperity and honor”. Here’s hoping, haha. Although, i feel the “fame” meaning is more relevant, as it “denotes unrealized achievements or failed aspirations”. Sounds right! Sigh. Funny- you know how i said Jimmy Carr annoys me a bit, i actually dreamed last night that he was my landlord. He wore glasses in the dream, and knocked on the door, sneering, and bade me follow him. He gestured to the footpath, and held out a broom for me to sweep it. I was annoyed, because the path had lovely pink flowers strewn all over it, which i thought looked pretty. I had to do what he said though, or he’d evict me. What a knobend!

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      • Jacob said:

        I don’t think people really understand unless they’ve experienced it themselves. As we’ve chatted about previously, it’s so contained and so easy to mask (well, on the face of it, anyway). But yeah, empathy is key. I found that people who offered nothing were far more helpful – no pretences or platitudes, just an empathetic ear to whom you can vent – well, between normal conversation, ’cause it’s important to feel at least moderately human!

        Oh, I don’t think it’s that airy fairy! I love the notion that there’s more to dreams than there might seem. The whole diary and making sense of them is fascinating. I think some interesting art could come of it.

        School-y ones do seem common. Mine are so, so frequent. There was a time a few years back when I dreamt about metalwork class (which I used to absolutely dread). It was obviously quite vivid, because I woke up that morning alarmed, believing I actually had metalwork that day. I was about twenty, and those days were long gone! The relief a few seconds later when reality struck…

        The sexual dreams flared up when I was struck by a very strong (and horribly complicated/doomed) attraction, so the reasoning here was pretty clear. They don’t seem as prevalent now that contact with this person has long been cut off, but the theme does pop up, now and again. I suppose there are worse things one could dream about…

        …speaking of! 😉 Oh my, I laughed so much at Jimmy Carr making an appearance in your dreams. I’m so sorry – whatever have I inflicted upon thee?? Catsdown is actually on the telly as I write this (no Ayoade, sadly) – I’m chuckling most just waiting for the broom to come out!

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      • Apolly logies for the LAAAATE reply.
        Yep; true true. I actually just now mentioned on a different comment that very thing: we just need our experiences acknowledged. Too many people seem to think that we’re expecting them to magically fix everything. We’re not. We just need to feel cared for. Often, just a sympathetic ear or a hug will do!
        Ooh, the dreams are fascinating. And can be SO real; so vivid. Those ones we wake from STILL feeling how we felt in the dream are, i feel, the most significant ones.
        That’s interesting what you say about the sexual dreams, because i remember reading somewhere that our dream-reality can compensate for things lacking in our waking reality. Say, if you’re very shy, you might have dreams about being an extrovert, for example. It’s possibly why i dream of famous people so often ( even ones i don’t like!). I often feel so invisible in my actual daily life, so my brain concocts dreams of V.I.P.’s engaging with me to compensate. Perhaps? So it’d make sense that you’d have dreams of being with the person you wanted to be with, but couldn’t. The need that couldn’t be met IRL could at least be realised within the realms of dreams!
        Sorry to yak on about it, btw, but when i say i’m fascinated by dreams, that’s an understatement!
        haha, yeah, it was pretty weird. And he was being SUCH an arse!

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      • Jacob said:

        Exactly. As you say, all you need is love!

        Ha, too right they are. I had a friend who woke up believing for a second that she was pregnant. I thought my metalwork dream was bad enough – imagine that!

        It was definitely a case of wish being the father of the thought – or, in this instance, the dream. And, like you, my dream self is apparently enviably confident!

        Incidentally, last night I had a very vivid one. Don’t worry, it’s nothing sexual 😉 I was apparently in a wedding band or something, singing Yesterday Once More by The Carpenters – one of my favourite songs, actually – to a room of guests. The opening piano struck, and I remember time freezing for my apprehension. “What the hell am I doing here!? HELP!” But, realising it was probably too late to flee, I bit the bullet and ‘sang’.

        I couldn’t actually hear myself singing, though, nor could I tell whether the guests were shocked into silence or captivated by my actually being quite good; they were mostly obscured by darkness, but as I sung I could see twinkles, from presumably their eyes, like stars. I looked pretty cute, though, in my red lumberjack shirt and leather cowboy vest. There was also a man in shadow – all I could see were the sleeves of his tight t-shirt on some perfectly muscular arms – on the drums, and a fair-haired woman in a long skirt just beside me, playing what appeared to be a weirdly warped triangle. Apparently, no sign of a pianist, even though there was clearly piano being played. Cool band, though, huh? A surefire hit, no question. I don’t remember us finishing the song or any betrayal of reaction from the audience, sadly.

        The significance of this is that, a couple of days ago, I said to someone that, were I granted three wishes, one would be to have the voice of Karen Carpenter. Clearly, it is a sign. I must set up a tribute band, and bewitch crowds with my truly hideous voice. Or maybe it was all just telling me to pick up a cowboy vest. I’ve always wanted one of those, actually 😛

        Hilarious, really, reading it back. Sorry about the small novel, there – it was just so very vivid, and your reply on the subject came at the ‘right’ time! 😉

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      • Ooh, i’ve always loved musical dreams! That one sounds like it was quite fun- even if it started out with you feeling really nervous. Do you think there are some symbols (or cymbals, haha) in there? is there a “warped triangle” going on anywhere? 😉 And the invisible piano…i wonder what that could mean..?
        Yes, get a cowboy vest, perhaps! Maybe such clothing could bring added confidence?
        Karen Carpenter did have a lovely voice. Maybe you should sing more 🙂
        Isn’t it odd how confident we can be in dreams? Jung believed that we ALL have a masculine and feminine component, and a shadow self. They all drive different behaviours/fears/strengths/ qualities. If they’re out of balance, maybe they aim to restore the balance through dreams?

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      • Jacob said:

        Hahaha, ‘cymbals’ made me laugh more than it ought to have done. I’m sure there were some on the drumkit! 😉 Initially, I wondered if it was taking me back to the more arty, performance stuff I used to do, and how recently we were discussing how nerves were throttling our ability to try such things. Maybe it goes back to that? Perplexing as it was, it was a nice dream, really; if only I’d had some kind of confirmation of doing well, it’d have been a really nice dream!

        I completely forgot until now to run it through the dream dictionary site we explored way back, up-thread.

        Singing: To sing in your dream represents happiness, harmony and joy in some situation or relationship. You are uplifting others with your positive attitude and cheerful disposition. Singing is a way to celebrate, communicate, embrace and express your feelings.

        Happiness? Harmony? Uplifting others? What are these ridiculous concepts…? 😉 Not sure about that.

        Band: To see a band or play with a band in your dream represents a sense of community and belonging. The dream may also be a pun on banding together and need for cooperation/unity.

        Hmm, this is more like it, I suppose. Well, we’ve certainly talked about the need for unity before, so there’s a link there. Maybe it was telling me to get around some like-minded people? Presumably that is what we were, to have formed a band of some sort.

        There is actually one for vest too, hilariously. “To dream that you are wearing a vest represents your compassion for others. Alternatively, the dream may be a pun on being “vested” in something or someone.”

        How do they surmise that wearing a vest signifies such a thing? 😛 What wonders. A couple of these reference puns. Why am I not surprised?

        Hilariously I was asked if I was interested in joining the school choir at the age of about eight. I didn’t, because I couldn’t sing 😛 and certainly can’t now. It could simply be a push to try something new, or something that I’ve convinced myself until now that I can’t do. Just to find out what that is, now! 😛

        Such fascinating stuff, though. I’m really intrigued by the concept of dreams striving to restore a balance – that could certainly go some way to explaining some of them.

        Cool! Sorry for another essay, though 😛 Have an awesome dream tonight, won’t you, then we can get our deerstalkers and magnifiers out and pick it apart!

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      • Well that all seems positive, and the symbols do seem to make sense ( apart from the vest one, maybe 😉 I’d go with what it represents to you personally. You felt good in it, so maybe it indicates that this role of bringing joy through artistic self expression feels right).
        New things are always great! I just thought too though- maybe examine the lyrics of that Carpenters song you were singing to see of there are any clues?
        It is fascinating. I will always have my sherlock hat and magnifying glass at the ready for more investigating!

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      • Jacob said:

        It’s interesting, the effect it’s had on me. Perhaps it’s given me a bit of a kick up the jacksie. We’ll see. I’ll get that vest yet! 😉

        Well, the reason I love that song of theirs is because it’s all about nostalgia, endurance and rediscovery. Hmm! “Those were such happy times, and not so long ago / how I wondered where they’d gone / But they’re back again / just like a long lost friend / all the songs I loved so well”

        Sooo… any fun ones? I expect you’re dreaming as I write this. Last night, there was actually some more singing thrown in! What is this? I was sitting on a bed, in my college computer room beside an old friend of mine – who was, more conventially, on a chair using the computer – singing along to What’s Love Got To Do With It? by Tina Turner as it played on a radio. Jeez, it gets even better. 😛 Hope yours are thrilling… and Jimmy Carr-less!

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      • Hmmmm….maybe you’ll reunite with someone from the past? Or maybe it’s just a sign that good times are returning? I hope so! At any rate, it’s clearly positive- especially when you throw in the latest one! 🙂
        Oh, i’ve had some weird ones lately. Mostly i can only remember little details. Thankfully, i can report that there have been NO more frightening Jimmy Carr ones! The funniest dream was the night before last. I’m not sure if it’s just that i’ve been watching too much Horrible Histories and Yonderland with my kid, but i dreamed that i was hanging out in someone’s fancy kitchen with Laurence Rickard. He wanted to go and get pizza, but when i mentioned i was vegetarian, he got annoyed, and said ” what-so i’ll never get to enjoy half the food i like ever again?”. This puzzled me. I replied that i’d never said that HE couldn’t eat meat; he was free to do as he chose! So there you go. My latest famous person dream. I’m not sure why he thought me wanting a vegetarain pizza should mean the he was never allowed to eat meat again. But dreams are weird. I’m not sure why i should dream of him in particular. If anything, the one i’d most like to dream about from that lot is Ben Willbond (*swoon*). But Larry is cute. Nice eyes. I’d have pizza with him.

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      • Jacob said:

        I do hope so! It’d be nice for a dream to come true.

        (dons deerstalker) That’s quite funny – what a palaver! One of the ‘definitions’ given for a kitchen is a turning point; new things are about to occur. Excitement awaits for you! As in, maybe you’ll one day be hanging out in some celebrity’s kitchen…?

        Lawrence is charming indeed, and could frequent my dreams any time he liked (fingers crossed). Ditto Ben. Hmm… well, I suppose at least that’s one each! 😉

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      • Well i dearly hope your dreams come true, too!
        Hmm, well that sounds cool. I’ve heard also that houses in dreams represent the self, and rooms the different aspects. I genberally live in a huge mansion in my dreams, so i guess that means i’m complicated, haha ( never!). I have my own little meanings for rooms, and kitchens to me tend to symbolise nourishment of some sort- or what you feel brings nourishmnet to your life. In this case, not sure what this latest one means! That i secretly want to be with a meat-eating comedy actor? (One part of that isn’t so secret!) . But the turning point idea seems most relevant at the moment, i have to say!
        Yeah, they’re cuties alright. What is it about funny men?! I’m so very glad they exist. It’s a bit rude of them to always be so famous, coupled up, and otherwise inaccessible, but i suppose they can’t help it. I’ll forgive them 😉

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      • Jacob said:

        You know, the following things happened today:

        – I recently started up an Instagram; today, I searched for ‘norfolk broads’ and one of the most recent uploads was from a girl I went to school with. We didn’t really talk much, but nevertheless, what a coinky-dink!

        – A Karen Carpenter documentary is on TV right now, and that Tina Turner song was on the radio earlier.

        Coincidences, yes, but they did throw me a little!

        The kitchen is the heart of the home. I like the idea that you are ‘cooking up’ a new direction for yourself – that’s how I took it, plus it’s a pun, so double yay! 🙂

        Well, as I’ve doubtless said before, there’s nowt sexier than a sense of humour. You’ve got the right idea, clearly. What’s more, it’s a genuine, wholesome quality; one not liable to doctoring or photoshopping. There’s much to be said for that in this day and age!

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      • !!! I’m a big believer in coincidence- (or rather, as Jung would put it: synchronicity) having meaning. I think of them as little signs that you’re on the right track 🙂 Damn, i love the subconscious! My own little hypothesis ( or pure speculation really, but anyway) is that deep down, we- whether it be some ‘higher’ form of our selves, or our subconscious, or our intuition, or whatever- do know what we personally need to do in life. These synchronicities that occur are, i feel, picked up in moments when we’re really in tune with our intuition. It sounds new agey, and i feel a bit like rolling my eyes just reading it…but then again, i’ve had some truly unexplainable coinky-dinkies ( i love that term!), including dreams that have happenned (really weird ones, too), so i tend to see them as meaningful.
        Yay! Cooking up new adventures! Hmm, “heart” of the home. Maybe imma meet someone soon 😛 I almost can see that happening, because right now, i don’t really need the distraction. And that’s always when it happens. Who knows, though? Whatever it is, i’m keen for fresh new cookingses..es 🙂
        I’ll say! Yeah, EXACTLY! I can’t believe how obsessed the human race is with the superficial. I mean, yes, the guys we were just discussing are gorgeous, but not in a flawless Greek God type way. They’re imperfect, but that’s what gives them character. If they weren’t hilarious, intelligent, creative, and humble, you probably wouldn’t notice them if you passed them on the street. But once you realise how talented and cheeky they are, it’s a different story. It really IS their personalities that make them hot.
        Sorry to ramble on, but to bring both subjects together here, i once dreamed about this scary biker looking dude, with the feeling that i’d become romantically involved with him. I woke up creeped out, as i didn’t feel even a remote attraction. However, that week, i met a guy who i vaguely remembered meeting years ago in another city. He looked SO much like the guy in my dream, but i still wasn’t convinced. Long story short, i discovered he was an AMAZING artist and musician; VERY intellectual; funny as all hell, and we ended up being romantically involved. It didn’t last, but still. Personality outweighs looks every time. And the dream thing. ..freakay!

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      • Jacob said:

        Haha, new-agey. I’m all for exploring the idea there could be more to this stuff than there might seem; there could well be, in some areas at least. It’s certainly fascinating to think about!

        Oh, don’t they always come along at the worst time. See my attraction/dream fiasco: there was a lot more to it than that, but it was the absolute worst time. I too wouldn’t really care for a romance at the moment (nobody deserves this mess), just as I haven’t for two and a bit years now. Take note, Mr. Beau, wherever the hell you are – please hold, and know that I will deal with your request as soon as I can. I should tempt fate by having Yesterday Once More play while on hold.

        Yes, it’s quite affirming, really, how the appearances pale into insignificance, and a person jumps from nice guy to the guy just by making you smile, or being damn interesting. It did catch me out when it first happened, ’cause the people who have done it to me never really conformed to the ‘perfect’ image or profile I kept, at all. Just goes to show, really, doesn’t it – it was nice to find out I wasn’t so shallow as I thought! Hopefully those out there picking and choosing on looks will have their eyes opened in a similar fashion.

        Ooh! I don’t think anything like that has ever actually happened to me, but I have heard of similar instances. It’s crazy!

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      • Hehe. Probably more new-agey than i wanted to sound! But essentially, Intuition Is a “thing”, and i consider it a sense no more supernatural than hearing or sight. We’ve all had that”gut feeling” about something that’s turned out to be right. I guess it just has yet to be explained properly in scientific terms, so most are hesitant to pin too much significance to it.
        Totally! Timing is a BIG factor in whether a relationship works (or happens at all) innit. It seems like a cruel joke that excellent people seem to come along when we’re least ready for them :/
        Aww, it makes me sad to hear ( or read, rather) you say “nobody deserves this mess”. You seem like such a lovely human; kind; creative; smart. When Mr Beau does come along, i’m certain he’ll be very happy with you. I think we tend to forget sometimes ( and i’m guilty of it myself), that there’s no such thing as perfect, and that even those whom we look to and think “well THEY’VE got their shit together” are just as flawed and imperfect as we are. Self improvement is great, but at the same time, we can get so hung up on it that we can forget it’s an ongoing life project, and just because we haven’t got to where we want to be yet doesn’t mean we don’t qualify for love. (I’m saying this as a reminder to myself, too!) I’ve met plenty of people who i can’t see anything remotely likeable about who nevertheless have a partner who thinks the sun shines out of their arse. That puts things into perspective, too! But i do understand wanting to feel a certain level of comfort and confidence in oneself before considering a relationship. If there’s one thing that will draw out our deepest insecurities, it’s a relationship! Ugh. Why does it all have to be so complicated?
        Absolutely! It’s quite reassuring, innit. But yeah, i do always wonder how many out there think the same. There are plenty of shallow people out there, unfortunately. However, i think that’s a sign of people’s immaturity. There ARE clearly plenty of people out there who appreciate more substantial qualities. Otherwise a mad bitch like me would never get a look in ;P
        Weird, eh? I’ve had a bunch of strange occurrences like that! And that’s why i get so enthusiastic about the subjects of dreams and intuition. It’s such a mystery!

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      • Jacob said:

        Oh, I agree, there’s definitely a sense there. Science is the kid at school who thinks he knows everything, but has a lot to learn! It’s interesting to think what might yet be discovered about such things – dreams too.

        Oh, I uttered the ‘mess’ remark with a self-deprecating chuckle, don’t worry! It’s lovely of you to be so generous, though ❤ Honestly, it's true, though; mentally, I wouldn't be much of a devoted partner right now, and I'd just be feeling guilty for that were I tied to somebody. I wouldn't want to enter into something on a whim, or worse, happen across something with serious potential and end up ruining it for being uncomfortable or antisocial (which was pretty much the deal in my last relationship). One day, this will change 🙂 but it's not on the radar just yet. I've always been something of a lone wolf, so being by myself doesn't bother me that much.

        Mad bitches are the best, though! 😉 I agree on the immaturity score – I think finding your way out of that mind-set, be it at whatever age, is a huge part of growing up.

        What were the other instances, anything fun? That's so cool, and yet so spooky!

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      • Totally. I’m sure i read somewhere that dreams- even the ones that feel as though they go on for an hour or so- in reality only last for about 4 seconds!!! I wosh i could remember where i read that, but i remember it completely doing my head in! It got me thinking ( again down an airy fairy path) that what if we- in the dream state- transcend linear time somehow? It’d explain the precognitive dreams…..again though, i’m aware how stupid that sounds typed out ;P, but honestly, it’s mysterious, thought provoking stuff. If anything, would make for a good story idea! ( * feels science fictiony thing coming on*)
        Aww, you sound so much like me! You have to feel ready, definitely. And you’re still a youngun’, so plenty opf time, eh 😉 I’m a fellow lone wolf. Solitude is a comfortable state….but sometimes i feel as though i’ve spent SO much time on my own that it’s become my Comfort Zone, and i find myself wondering – even though i’d love to someday meet Mr Right- how i’d go actually sharing my space with someone again after years of not having to. I fear that it’s made me selfish, y’know? I’ve become so used to a certain amount of freedom. Then again, i AM a parent, so it’s not like i haven’t had to make sacrifices. I probably shouldn’t feel bad about wanting to enjoy some peace and space when i can. But still….sigh! it’s such an annoyingly complicated subject, innit!
        Haha, yes they are! Thankyou for saying so! People who don’t realise this are dumb. 😉
        Oh definitely. And it’s funny- if anything, the younger dudes i’ve met seem to have this down better than a lot of older guys! It’s surprising.( and very cool for people like you, who are not too oold to benefit from it! 😉
        Hmmm, not so much fun stuiff, but freaky stuff! Like one time, when i was a teenager, i dreamed about an older man going crazy at a small country school. His property shared a border with the school, and some kid had vandalised one of his fenceposts. This made him really mad, and he was running around- screaming- with an axe. In the dream, i was working at the school, and i was frantically trting to get the kids to safety. I woke up rather flustered! I told my mum about it over breakfast, and she agreed that it was a terrible dream, but a dream just the same. Anyway, that morning, on the school bus ( an hour long drive from my country home), a girl on the bus started telling us how at her little village, one of the residents “went psycho with an axe” the previous evening…right near the local primary school..! O.o That was one of the tamer ones! There have been some truly disturbing ones. All equally freaky! This is why i take this stuff so very seriously!

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      • Jacob said:

        I think I’ve heard similar somewhere, now that you mention it. It would chime with the idea that we actually have dozens of dreams every night, but only remember specks of one or two, if we’re lucky.

        Transcending time is certainly a mind-bending idea! I like it!

        Oh, I hear you the exact same regarding the whole solo routine; I wonder the exact same thing. So horribly complicated. Hopefully, though, the pull of Mr. Right’s scintillating and irresistible company shall be enough to ward off any invasion woe!

        Well, I’m pleased to hear the lads have the right idea! That’s reassuring.

        Oh blimey! That would have shaken me. I wonder if the frequency illusion theory is ever applicable to dreams? I did wonder this with the Carpenters/Tina Turner stuff turning up (especially the latter, as I’m really indifferent to that song/her music). I’m so glad I don’t ever seem to have dreams like that, though. I can only remember two nightmares, and they were both when I was very little. I once knew a girl who would have frequent visions of torture and murder in her dreams. Yikes. I don’t think I’d ever want to sleep were that me.

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      • Maybe dreams are time machines..of some sort..? hehe. Who knows? It’s certainly a puzzler. And a fun one 🙂
        Well, fingers crossed on that one. I do like to think that the ” interesting and awesome” factor of our future Mr. Rights will lessen the need for such huge amounts of solitude. That’s what i’m hoping, anyway!
        Yeah, it was pretty intense! Hmm, maybe? It was so very specific, though….one theory i had was that what if a story about it was on a radio somewhere in the house while i was sleeping, and it sort of seeped into my dream?? I’ll never know! There have been so many, though. Very strange. They still happen, but not of such a monumental nature. Recently, i fell asleep on the couch, and was suddenly woken by the voice of a lady i know saying “it’s me!”. Nobody was there, but a few seconds later, my phone rang, and it was her. * cue “lost in space” theme music*.
        But yes, that frequency illusion thingy happens in our day to day, so i see no reason why it couldn’t happen in dreams. Like you with the Carpenters/Tina Turner songs. Little snippets of info from the day which we didn’t pay any conscious attention to might get lodged in our subconscious mind, ready to play a part in our dreams.
        Well i’m glad to hear you’re not plagued with terrible nightmares! Oh gosh- poor girl :/ That’d have to be bad for the stress levels. Sleep is supposed to rest and rejuvenate us- it seems like a cruel joke that nightmares exist!

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      • Jacob said:

        Hmm. That’s an interesting idea about the seepage! (Haha. What a beautiful turn of phrase that is.) I’m pretty sure that, while napping on the sofa or something, I’ve recollection of music, TV or speech seep into my dreams, though I guess that could just be a change in sleep level/regaining consciousness, the beginnings of the dream dissolving into the ‘reality’. On a similar sort of note, I recall a similar account of someone making excuses to go to the loo in their dream – to the Queen, as yer do – only to wake up and find they were desperate for the toilet. Fascinating how the brain weaves ‘real’ stuff in. There could very well be something in that.

        That simple preemptive phone thing is spooky enough! Wow.

        Yes, it does strike as particularly cruel, doesn’t it. Maybe all the school-based dreams are trying to scare me and I’m harder than my brain thinks (flexes non-existent muscles) although, waking up and thinking I had metalwork was pretty unsettling! 😛

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      • hehe. It’s a lovely word, innit!
        Yeah, the stages of sleep most certainly play a part. There’s a name for those half-asleep, half-awake dreams, but for the life of me i can’t remember what it is!
        Haha, ” Excuse me, your majesty, but i really gotta pee!” 🙂 I love dreams. I’ve had loads of those- one recent one being that i’d just moved into a communal mansion, and i was trying to find the loo! Turns out thre was a whole wing of the place dedicated to toolets. Handy! Athough i’m sure ensuites would’ve ben a better idea. Anyway moving on….
        Yeah, the pre-emptive mini dream things are odd. They used to happen with some regularity!
        Oh, school dreams are awful, aren’t they. They seem one of the most universal of dreams. I haven’t had one for a while ( thank gawd), but all my school dreams seem to be about everyone in the class graduating except for me, because i haven’t completed the work. There are all these assignments i haven’t done, and my teacher is looking at me with disapproval. It’s really horrible!

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      • Jacob said:

        Is that a lucid dream? I know that’s a thing some people can do.

        Ha, I know, that’s great isn’t it. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind. Well, weren’t you lucky to have your pick of so many dunnies? It does seem toilets are recurring characters in dream world.

        Oof, those looks are devastating, aren’t they. Mine are similar, actually. I often seem to be thrown back in time, inasmuch that I’m my present self but, for some reason, back in school and thrown into an exam, expected to remember everything from years ago, and, of course, not having the faintest idea while everyone else tears their way through the test. I do get stressed out in those! History seems to be a recurring setting for those – I’m not entirely sure why, as I loved History. The idea of being clueless and sure to fail in such a subject would be a personal nightmare, so perhaps it’s just a bad dream on that vein.

        There was also one where my Art teacher was on the telly; she was showing my GCSE sketchbooks and paintings to some antiques expert, in the hope of some monstrous valuation, no doubt. I remember being completely stunned. “That’s my work!!!”And then the evaluation began. The expert chap was being such a nob about it all – really scathing in his criticism, and my teacher sat there nodding in agreement. What a pair of windhouses. Still, if it was meant to be a nightmare, it didn’t work – I found it hilarious!

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      • Lucid dreaming is a bit different; it’s when you’re *conscious* of the fact that it’s “just a dream” and can exercise some control over the events- which you wouldn’t be able to do in a normal ( if you can ever call them that!) dream. I’ve only had ONE such dream in my entire life, but some people claim to do it regularly. I’m jealous!
        Hmm- interesting that it was a subject you liked, because mine are generally about English, and i loved that, too. Maybe it indicates a fear of letting not only ourselves down, but those we admire, or whom we feel are counting on us in some way? Dunno. But those dreams suck, anyway!
        Ha! Windhouses indeed! I wonder if that’s symbolic of exhibiting/ publicly showcasing artwork. It’s something really important to us, which, once presented, is open to judgement and criticism. I’m glad you found it funny! I’d probably wake up really annoyed!

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      • Jacob said:

        Ahh, I see – yes, it does sound pretty enviable; I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced it. What fun that could be.

        It’s interesting you should mention people counting on us, because I always felt that my History teacher was really looking out for me, especially in the GCSE years; when I fluffed the mock and got a D, I did feel I’d let us both down. Perhaps that’s where it’s coming from.

        Haha – I think I was quite annoyed in the dream itself, or just completely gobsmacked! On waking, however, I just found the idea of my work featuring on an antiques show hysterical, regardless of the tone. I suppose it at least stands me in good stead should anybody let rip on my work!

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      • I reckon. It seems that the people who are able to do it with ease don’t have any trouble getting to sleep…..so that’d rule me out for starters!
        Aww, i relate- i had an excellent music teacher at school, and there was an assignment once that i slacked off on, and i felt SO guilty about it afterwards, as he seemed so disappointed- even hurt- that i didn’t make the effort 😦 It’s a much worse feeling than pissing off a teacher you can’t stand!
        Well that’s positive. Resilience is a handy quality for an artist!

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      • Jacob said:

        That’s me out too, then!

        Oh, I can see how that’d be hard to handle. It’s really nasty, especially when they’re so dedicated and encouraging. I very often felt that way, actually, if I forgot homework or whatever. It’s probably ’cause I was a bit of a goody two-shoes – well, not so much ‘teacher’s pet’ as much as just quiet and staying out of trouble – so wasn’t really used to that kind of reaction. I remember feeling so strange one day when I was sent out of registration (wrongly, might I add!) because I’d never been thrown out before! Naturally, I never lived it down.

        Oh, it’s definitely good. That Art teacher was a right old nitpicker – perhaps in the long run she helped!

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      • It’s awful innit….i feel bad even thinking about it all these years after the fact!
        *Gasp!* Tut, tut, Jacob! You badass, getting thrown out! That’s tainted my view of you, now. Just kidding ;P But seriously, that WOULD be a shock. I’m glad that never happened to me… actually suprisd it didn’t, given that i could be a right little truant sometimes. However, because i too was a bit of a goody-goody ( in music, art, drama, and english, anyway), i seemed to get away with some things. My amazing music teacher even used to sneak me the key to the music room on sports days so i could hang out in there instead. I’ve probably told you that already. But it was one of the cooler things about school!
        Yeah, she may have unwittingly toughened you up! My Art teacher was a bit that way, too. She could actually be quite blunt- to the point of rudeness. I was terrible at pottery back then ( it was kinda boring) , and i remember her going around looking at everyones work, and when she got to me she took one look at what i was doing and said ” Bon…that’s really bad” ! Lol. I’ll never forget it. But she was so eccentric and silly and delightful that you just had to laugh and take it on the chin.

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      • Jacob said:

        Best we try not to think about it!

        Haha, oh, don’t you start! That was all I got for ages and ages. And then, when I thought it’d finally blown over, someone would reminisce, “do you remember that day when Jacob got sent out?” To which I’d roll my eyes and bottle up Hulk-esque levels of rage. It was for laughing, by the way. Hardly criminal, is it? Well, my teacher thought I was laughing at someone else’s work. Which I wasn’t! But did she give me the chance to explain? No, she just threw me out when the headmaster was coming down the blinkin’ corridor. Thankfully, he turned a corner before reaching me. A dressing down from him would have been the icing on the cake – well, for everyone else, it seems! But I remember feeling so naughty – dirty, even. It was weird.

        That’s so cool, I’d have taken full advantage of that, methinks! I love your music teacher. Ours wouldn’t let us anywhere near the place… but then, he was probably wise not to trust most of the hooligans at our school.

        Haha, yeah, we learnt to laugh about it after a while. It became a running gag! I remember this same teacher wandering past and looking disapprovingly at my first lino prints. We all knew what was coming.”Don’t worry, Jacob. Mine were terrible when I first started.”…well gee, thanks luv! And then she held up my friend’s print, showing it to everyone and exlaiming “this is almost the perfect print!” To which everyone gasped. Had she just said something nice?

        “Almost…. but not quite!” She pointed to a few white gaps. Cue the tirade of boos and verbal abuse in her direction. Ah, the memories.

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      • Aww, ya poor fing! That would’ve felt awful. Especially not being given a chance to explain. That’s really unfair!
        Yeah, he was rad! That’s why i felt SO bad for letting him down with occasional slackness re homework and assignments.
        Oooh, ouch! Haha, jeez. (I kinda really want to write a character like that now 😛 ) And “almost..”. Haha! Sounds SO much like our art teacher. I suppose, on the upside, in the event that they actually sent a compliment our way, you knew they must be genuinely impressed !

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      • Jacob said:

        Tell me about it! The silly old bat. 😛

        Oh, you should totally have a go at that – a slightly scatty, crabby, deaf teacher. It’d be so funny, I’m sure! Mrs. Carter was a comedy genius – just completely unwittingly so.

        There was another time she was sitting at a computer on one side of the room, and we were on the table furthest away from her on the other. It was a regular lesson, so there was a reasonable amount of chatter about the room. All of a sudden she stopped typing, and turned slowly around on her big spinny chair/throne to face us.

        “Adam! Did you just call me a NOB? I’m sure you called me a nob!”

        Oh, it took us days to regain our composure. Never mind that she was absolutely deaf as a post – that abuse and vitriol I mentioned in the above comment? She probably didn’t hear most of it – so how she would have heard from that far away is a mystery, but nobody, never mind Adam, ever said anything close to ‘nob’ in the first place. He was silently flicking through some magazines, if I recall correctly – poor boy!

        Ooh! And then there was the time she was sat at her desk, perusing my friend’s sketchbook during a quiet drawing session. She turned the page and went, “Hmmmmmm!” in intrigue… which someone then mimicked. Incredibly she heard it, and jumped to an interesting conclusion:

        “Was it you, Victoria? It sounded like a man’s voice.”

        Absolute pro. Art was the pinnacle.

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      • Omg, i good a good laugh at that. What an accidentally hilarious lady! She’s a book character waiting to happen 😉 I’m picturing her on her swivel throne; a batty old Queen. I espcially laughed at: “Was it you, Victoria? It sounded like a man’s voice.” ! Lololol, as the kids say. My art teacher probably wasn’t as much of a crack-up as that, but she sure had her moments. There was one time a guy went to swat at some flies on his desk, and she ran over, frantic, and said “No! Don’t!…i think they’re making love!”. She was dead serious, but the whole class lost it.

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      • Jacob said:

        I actually sat in the swivel throne for a moment, as she retreated to the embrace of her crypt (the Art cupboard). I’m pretty sure it was cursed, ’cause I haven’t really been the same since. It was probably foolish of me to think there wouldn’t be grave repercussions.

        The ‘sounded like a man’ was so funny! Vicky (it was actually her who did the mimic) was so wounded by it, bless her – “I don’t actually sound like a man, do I? Do I?!?” But she laughed about it later. Fun memories!

        Hahaha! Well, that sounds worryingly Carter-esque to me. Oh my, what is it with Art teachers? Well, I suppose they’re bound to be the most colourful of the lot, aren’t they.

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      • The curse of the swivel throne! ( hey, that sounds like a good name for a song that Weirdly Warped Triangle Might write!)
        Aww, poor Vicky! It’s good that she could laugh about it. Ahhh, what a teacher!
        They certainly are a colourful lot! Maybe they spent too much time around oil paints at university and the excessive exposure to the fumes of the turps did something to their minds 😉 Then again, i can talk! But we wouldn’t want them any other way, would we? It’s great to remember their hilarious and bizarre ways 🙂

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      • Jacob said:

        Ooh, that’s the debut album title sorted – cheers! It’s all falling/swivelling into place. 😉 I thought it sounded like one of JK Rowling’s somewhat less mystical Potter stories.

        Definitely! Haha, I think that might be it. She also taught Maths for twenty years, as she quite impressively managed to wean into every single talk or conversation. That’d certainly have a lasting impact on me!

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      • Hahaha! It so does sound like that. One of the more uneventful days at Hogwarts! (Actually, that’d make a fun little silly story, too, i reckon 😉 )
        Ohhhh, jeez. Yep, 20 years of mathematics…that’d do it O.o I don’t think i’d last 20 minutes without losing it!

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      • Ugh- so many typos; sorry! Half of my ‘puter keyboard has its letters worn off, AND i’ve just had a glass of wine…so..perfect conditions for a typo tornado!

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      • Jacob said:

        No worries! ‘Typo tornado’ is just fantastic, though. Adorable alliteration 😉 I remember someone referring to a traffic jam as ‘motor marmalade’ years ago, and it tickled me so much I use it to this day. It makes me laugh in the face of such a frustration, which can only be good, right? 😛 Alliteration makes the world a better place. I’ll stop banging on all about alliteration now.

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      • No, no, alliteration is the best! I’m a fan of it. “Motor Marmalade” is an excellent term. I may have to start *spreading* it around…(like what i did there? No, i know, it was terrible..)

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      • Jacob said:

        Excellent. It didn’t make me laugh so much as it made me think “how the heck did I not come up with that?” 😛

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      • Oops- and yes, there are heaps of good tips online for screenwriting and stuff. Been downloading and printing things like a mofo 😀

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