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Dreadful. Dire. Appalling. Those are just a few of the words that are inadequate to describe the standard of most of the entries in this semi.

I liked several of the songs in the first semi-final, in which the UK could not vote, and if voting had been allowed I would have voted for Hungary. In this semi, in which the UK can vote, there isn't anything really worthwhile. Lithuania (who've definitely been listening to Mumford and Sons) and Ireland are just about tolerable, and the song from Montenegro was quite good until the bloke opened his mouth and spoilt it all, and the Portuguese song wasn't too bad, but the rest... I especially hated the entries from San Marino and from Israel.

Edit: I am horrified to find that Israel made it through to the final and Portugal didn't. At least San Marino's drivel didn't get through but the Israeli one is even worse.

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This is my first ever Real-Person Fic (other than the brief appearance of three real-life astronauts in ‘Sunnydale Passions’) and I’m posting it here primarily because it can’t be posted at ‘Twisting the Hellmouth’ or the Pit of Voles because their rules forbid RPF. It’s a ‘Tabula Avatar’ universe story, a sequel to The King of Elfland’s Daughter, crossing over ‘Stargate: SG-1’, the ‘Forgotten Realms’, and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. Chapter 1 is 5,000 words, rating PG.

Summary: 2015, seven years after Cierre’s meeting with NCIS in ‘The King of Elfland’s Daughter’, and trade between Earth and Faerûn is growing. A Texan 'American Idol' winner is asked to play at a USAF base – and finds herself sent to another planet, performing to magic-using aliens, with a genuine Drow as her gun-toting bodyguard. With the local bards determined to remove the competition, by violence if necessary, she's going to need that bodyguard right from the start.

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Here is Part 9 of my ‘Tabula Avatar’ crossover universe story The King of Elfland’s Daughter, sequel to Debt of Blood. An NCIS/Stargate SG-1/Forgotten Realms crossover.

Summary: Gibbs and the NCIS Major Case Response Team investigate the brutal murder of a Marine and the trail leads them first to a Congolese immigrant named Cierre LuaLua, working for a secret Air Force project, and then to a deadly, seemingly invulnerable, assassin who might be a literal devil. Chapter 9 is 8,550 words, rating 15.

Sorry for the extremely long delay in posting this; I had intended to wrap everything up in an Epilogue but, when I started to write it, I found that it was going to be very much longer than any other chapter. I spent months fiddling with it, trying to cut it down in size, but every time I chopped it I found that I’d been forced to leave out something important, or funny, or interesting. Then – just last week – it occurred to me that TV series often have a double-length Season Finale. I decided to follow that model, scrapped my attempts to shorten it, and immediately found that I was making good progress. So here, at last, is the first half of the Epilogue and the second half should follow very soon.

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Can any of my American Friends help with this query?

How do you get served in a Starbucks in the USA if you're going to drink the coffee on the premises? I need to know for a scene in the Epilogue of 'The King of Elfland's Daughter' and I haven't been able to find out on the Starbucks site or by Googling. Do you order at the counter, then sit down, and is your order brought to you? Do you order at the counter, wait, and then take your order to a table? Do you sit down and a waitress comes to you (I'm pretty sure it's not this one, but not absolutely certain)? I've seen posts on Cheezburger.com implying that they write your name on your cup but I have no idea how that would work - especially as the menu on their website shows proper cups rather than paper ones. I've only ever been to a Starbucks once, and that was in York about five years ago, so I remember little about it and it probably wouldn't be relevant anyway.

If there are regional differences in the service this would be, specifically, in Washington DC.

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Happy birthday to hils and to sueworld2003 and Happy Anniversary to davidbrider and huntingospray

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On Tuesday night several momentous things happened. Manchester United were beaten 4-0 by Kate Bush in the Capital One Cup, MK Dons gave a triumphant and critically-acclaimed concert at the Hammersmith Apollo (I may be slightly wrong on the details, I was a little distracted), and I retired.

It was my last night at work ever. From now on I can concentrate on writing. And I can sleep at night and be awake in that mysterious, strangely bright, period known as ‘daytime’. What was that strange glowing object I saw in the sky?

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Here's the final chapter of my one-off ‘Stargate: SG1’ non-crossover fic ‘Andromeda Unchained’. Previous chapters are HERE

Episode rewrite of 3.01 ‘Into the Fire’ (with a later episode featuring in the final chapter). Summary: Why would Hathor devote so much effort into making SG-1 think they were in the future, right down to building a replica of the SGC, when she could just stick a symbiote into Jack? What if there was a logical reason for her actions? And what if there was a logical reason behind her habit of always speaking in the plural? Chapter title is taken from a track on the album ‘Andromeda Unchained’ by Anubis Gate. 6,450 words. Rating R.

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Here's the second chapter of my one-off ‘Stargate: SG1’ non-crossover fic ‘Andromeda Unchained’. Chapter One is HERE

Episode rewrite of 3.01 ‘Into the Fire’ (with a later episode featuring in the final chapter). Summary: Why would Hathor devote so much effort into making SG-1 think they were in the future, right down to building a replica of the SGC, when she could just stick a symbiote into Jack? What if there was a logical reason for her actions? And what if there was a logical reason behind her habit of always speaking in the plural? Chapter titles are taken from the song ‘Andromeda Unchained’ by Anubis Gate and from the track that follows it on the album of the same name. Chapter Two is 7,400 words. Rating R.

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Last month I wrote a one-off ‘Stargate: SG1’ non-crossover fic in three chapters. I completed it, posted the first two chapters at ‘Twisting the Hellmouth’ and at the Pit of Voles, and was on the point of posting the final chapter when I decided that it didn’t work. I held that chapter back for a rewrite and decided not to post it here until that rewrite was done. It’s finished now and I’ll post the whole thing here over the next 3 days.

‘Andromeda Unchained’ is an episode rewrite of 3.01 ‘Into the Fire’ (with a later episode featuring in the final chapter). Summary: Why would Hathor devote so much effort into making SG-1 think they were in the future, right down to building a replica of the SGC, when she could just stick a symbiote into Jack? What if there was a logical reason for her actions? And what if there was a logical reason behind her habit of always speaking in the plural? Chapter titles are taken from the song ‘Andromeda Unchained’ by Anubis Gate and from the track that follows it on the album of the same name. Chapter One is 7,180 words. Rating R.

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