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29 April 2010 @ 11:59 pm
Footie in Space! (Ok, not really :)  
Ok, first of all, is any Merlin type fan on my flist likely to be going to the United Relief Live: bank holiday weekend | Sport Relief 2010 this Saturday to see Bradley play? loreley_se has given the heads up, and I am free... But it'll be no fun on my own, and I have no idea which seats to buy, and it's a lot of driving, and my back is not exactly 100% at the mo.

It would be more sensible to not go. I hate sensible. But I also hate having a bad back...

And in other news, in researching for a fic, I was looking up what a G class planet was (you know, M class is earth-like etc etc) And I was somewhat boggled to realise it wasn't a standard set of astrophysical definitions. They're designations unique to the Star Trek universe. I don't think I've had such a thing happen before. You know, fiction so completely trumping reality without me even being aware of it!! Or maybe I'm just special :)
Yavanna: Bradley - soccer staryavannauk on April 29th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
If only it weren't so far away... But, sadly, I have visitors arriving on Saturday evening and so I can't go. *cries* I hope your back doesn't give you too much grief, though.
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on April 30th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Well, that's why I'm really thinking that I shan't go - it would be insane. Surely there must be at least one fangirl in Manchester?
Yavanna: Bradley - soccer staryavannauk on April 30th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
It seems that MUTV, which is available on Sky, will be showing the whole thing live. So, possibly someone will manage to record it?
prochytes: Clever Toshprochytes on April 29th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've had such a thing happen before.

When I was a kid, I used to think that Acme (the firm that built all the wacky devices in the cartoons) was real. Possibly explains why I still tend to fall in love with gadgeteer geniuses (Toshiko, Walter Bishop, etc.).
Valderys: Tosh - Too Smart for Own Goodvalderys on April 30th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Well, you as a kid was not so wrong - apparently it was so funny because loads of companies were called it, in order to get near the front of the newly alphabetised directories!
archaeologist_d: Merlin Emrysarchaeologist_d on April 29th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Somebody needs to go and make sure we get pictures of Bradley! I can't. I live across the pond. :(
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on April 30th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
But surely there must be at least one fangirl in Manchester? It's a big city!
Malk: Geekerymr_malk on April 30th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
While I wouldn't have been totally surprised to find otherwise, I always assumed that the "Class M planet" thing was Star Trek terminology. The thing is, we know of so few planets, most classifications beyond the split between gas-giant and "rocky" would be pretty much hypothetical. (You've also got Dwarf Planets/Plutons to consider I suppose, but that's more about the dividing line of where a chunk of stuff is considered a planet).

Stars on the other hand do have an alphabetical classification, including both M and G (Sol is a G2 I believe). M'brother's an astronomy buff and m'daughter's heading that way. You pick these things up...
Valderys: Tenth Doctor - geek pridevalderys on April 30th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Maybe that was why I thoguht it was real, because I defintely do know about star's classifications - personally though I think it just goes to show the hold Paramount have over my sub-conscious! :)
Malkmr_malk on May 1st, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
I think it's one of these things that one sees as plausible and is prepared to take for granted. I've been caught out a few times with that sort of thing. Apparently when Neil Gaiman did the Sandman story "A Parliament of Rooks", that was not a generally accepted collective noun for rooks (which came in councils, flocks and buildings - parliaments were for owls).* It sounded right though, so I never doubted it, and apparently neither did most people. I've even heard professional etymlogists use it. An alphabetical classification of planet types sounds entirely plausible, certainly next to all the technobabble in an average episode of Star Trek.

*Actually, just reminded myself of another similar tale, and a funnier one: Rowan Atkinson did a skit on Not the Nine O'clock News, and referred to a group of baboons completely spuriously as a "flange of baboons", just because it sounded funny. It was so plausible that apparently it got picked up by the zoological community, who just assumed that this was the correct collective noun.

This is some way away from planetary classifications, but it is at least postponing the point where I have to do the washing up!
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Valderys: Arthurvalderys on April 30th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
LOL! No, it's not worth flying over just for a football match! Maybe Expo? Nah... :)
lucky_jack on April 30th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
I'd love to but I'm working a night tonight and a dayshift on Sunday so it would just be too much. As a Man U supporter and a Merlin fan, I'm gutted!

BTW are you going to either of BG's London gigs in May?
Valderys: Colin/Bradley - destinyvalderys on April 30th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
I'm already booked to do another three or so hours driving, plus writing of a freeform game when I get there, on Sunday - it would be insane if I did go...

But if I did... what bit of the seating should I be in to get the best pics of Bradley? :)
Valderys: Blue Gillespie at the Goose - hazyvalderys on April 30th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
And I was planning on going to both of Gareth's gigs, although I haven't sorted out where I'm staying, yet :)