This is just a note for anyone randomly finding their way to my journal from a community I posted on or something. Hello! I'm Nicola (hence alocin). The 42 references the answer to life the universe and everything rather than my age. I'm from the UK and live in the South West - Bristol to be more precise. I (allegedly) work for the civil service, I have a penguin tattooed on my ankle and am the evil one of a set of twins. There - if you know me in real life then with that it's a pretty safe bet you're thinking of only one person I could be. Hi! :D *waves*

I don't really post in my own journal [much] anymore but I keep it active for participating in communities, posting the odd fic and such. If you need my attention please email rennatalocin - at - hotmail - dot -com. Or send me a psychic nudge. Whatever works best for you.

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OU Fee Arrangements

Up to now a 60 credit undergraduate level course with the Open University cost around £700, so you could do a degree part time over six years for £4,200. From later this year for new students the same 60 credit courses will now cost £2,500. EACH. So a six year long part time degree will set you back 15 grand. Grr to changes in government funding!

Even doing a full degree course aside, £700 is for me a do-able some of money for a nine month long hobby that keeps me out of trouble and my brain ticking over. But £2,500? Holy crap no! I'll just get my learnin's from wikipedia and sod the referencing. Since the change in funding the OU have to go where the money is - younger students who want to do a full degree part time quick snap and over with a bit cheaper than a brick and mortar full time three years, not old crusty folk or weirdos like me who just want to do the odd course here and there. Apparently you're not allowed to learn for fun and personal development anymore, education is solely a financial investment...
Cabin Otter

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It's nearly spring - I swear I saw the beginning of blossom on some trees in the park today. That is A Good Thing.

After a week and a half of lurgy I'm still having violent coughing fits, but I'm starting to be able to taste things again. That is Another Good Thing.

And yet the world feels a little discombobulated... maybe I need less cough syrup and decongestants, and more cute pictures of otters? *runs to google*

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So despite not really understanding tumblr on a social basis I do like browsing various sites (like the ever wonderful fuckyeahmedicaldiagrams and other such interesting places) and I sometimes stop in on some Sherlock-fannish ones. They've just been circulating some promo pictures for both the last RDJ film and s.2 of the BBC series, and I know that the grey background is just generic photo studio backing but I like the idea that all Sherlocks hang out in the same back room somewhere waiting until they're required for filming...

Sherlock #1
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Sherlock #2... (Mycroft obviously doesn't like family photos)
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Though he looks happier when John appears. (Is Martin Freeman actually a hobbit?)
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Martin Freeman is definitely a hobbit - he's so tiny! And WTF kind of nonsense actually is this? I'm trying to imagine what instructions were given that resulted in this pose... ("stare down at Martin like you've just noticed he's got paint in his hair"?)
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There are also various bizarre pictures of people striding towards the camera which just makes me stare at the soles of their leading-foot shoe too much and is rather distracting, Moriarty looking like he's in the throes of a migraine and John picking at his fingernails. Photo director, what were you taking that day?

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Two in one morning!

http://WhatsMyInternetAge.com Results:

Internet Age: 131.4 Internet years (*)
Internet Birthday: 1 May 2003

(*) Note: As you probably know, Internet time moves faster than real time. Internet years are therefore shorter than calendar years, which also means that your Internet age in this quiz can exceed your real-life age.