long time no see There was a wren in the garden this morning! Went to see Opera North's Figaro last night, which was excellent- go if it comes to your city and you like opera at all, lovely set design/staging, funny (the "This is my mother? Oh God, really?" scene was excellent), good acting, good singing, a great time all round. Reminded of how much I love the trios and quartets. There was a televised Figaro in English in the nineties which was fun, with the Count as a nasty Tory MEP, which I was pleased to find on youtube when i came home and wanted to see the opera all over again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPV2Ac7 (I must admit I slightly want to get Mark off of Mark Does Stuff to watch it to see him getting agitated about what a privileged git the Count is!) S6-A ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQmL6k from Glydebourne, in Italian, with subtitles) i6yE8 I finally browsed through this year's Yuletide fics; here are the ones I liked enough to keep. Mostly 2-5000 words, though a couple are quite long. No sad endings, I think; mostly they're funny or fluffy. A couple are explicit, many are gen (check AO3 tags for work-safety). http://archiveofourown.org/works/274646 Collection development: a book, a catalogue and an archive walk into a bar... 6 http://archiveofourown.org/works/280698 TRACER BULLET IS A TERRIBLE NAME FOR A PI; Calvin and Hobbes grown up and in the detective business. 2 http://archiveofourown.org/works/280410 Doctor Who and the Pub of Almost Certain Doom; Doctor Who and the Case of Fatal Death futurefic. 8 http://archiveofourown.org/works/280331 El-ahrairah and the Litter of Kittens; a story told in a burrow in Efrafa. 3 http://archiveofourown.org/works/266114 Spirits; Black Books- is the bookshop haunted? 6 http://archiveofourown.org/works/270608 Terminus; The Sharing Knife, set during the original Malice War 3 http://archiveofourown.org/works/280119 50 Shades of Gus; Drop the Dead Donkey, Gus, BDSM, as creepy-funny as it sounds. 8?view_adult=true http://archiveofourown.org/works/279909 Five Times Howl and Calcifer Came to an Agreement…; a fire demon, a magician, a contact renegotiation. 2 http://archiveofourown.org/works/277752 Communion of Saints; Chalion books, a look at a small saint of the Mother. 2/chapters/6229334 http://archiveofourown.org/works/270173 Sky-Bound and Sprinting; Raksura- teaching Bitter to fly again 0 http://archiveofourown.org/works/282421 Share and Share Again; Raksura, Moon/Chime/Jade threesome. 4 http://archiveofourown.org/works/275251 The Emerald Band; 27,000 words, set in Neil Gaiman's Study in Emerald universe (Sherlock Holmes-Cthulu crossover)- chilling stuff. 7/chapters/6170471 http://archiveofourown.org/works/278383 Brains; the zombie apocalypse catches up with Bottom. 1 http://archiveofourown.org/works/256009 Mrs Harry Biscuit's Book of Household Decorum; Bleak Expectations fic! (OK, you should all read the fic because it's hilarious, so here's as much background as you really need: This is a radio Dickens parody, starring Phillip "Pip" Bin- a crotchety elderly man telling the story of his orphaned boyhood running from his evil guardian, Mr Gently Benevolent, with his sister Pippa and his best friend Harry Biscuit, and how they grew up to invent the bin and the biscuit and become rich.) 7 http://archiveofourown.org/works/284339 Qualifications; Ghostbusters- Janine goes for a job interview 0 http://archiveofourown.org/works/282315 Grapeshot Through The Heart; Pirate Captain/His Nemesis- amazing story, based on this amazing Hark A Vagrant comic about a naval captain and a pirate deeply in loathe with each other 5 http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?i d=327 http://archiveofourown.org/works/280968 Good at Ordinary; Chrestomanci, some glimpses of Millie between Conrad's Fate and The Lives of Christopher Chant 5 http://archiveofourown.org/works/282488 Enchanters' Inheritance; Cat thinks about Gwendolyn. 0 http://archiveofourown.org/works/279175 Unstable; Tale of Time City- Vivian's mother comes to the City. 4/chapters/6266153 http://archiveofourown.org/works/279289 The Piper; Pamela Dean's Tam Lin- Janet's younger brother and sister are at Blacklock College seven years later. 1 http://archiveofourown.org/works/281748 Minor Poetry; wedding night from Busman's Honeymoon. 5 http://archiveofourown.org/works/280247 Gentle Antidote; Lord Peter Wimsey books, soulbond mark AU; Harriet turns 21 and the name "Wimsey" appears on her arm… 0 http://archiveofourown.org/works/280179 An Afternoon's Adventure; The Dowager Duchess of Denver has a letter from her old school friend Jane Marple. 8/chapters/6289361 http://archiveofourown.org/works/279542 The Good Morrow; Point of Hopes series, Philip and Nicholas' first night out. 9 http://archiveofourown.org/works/280869 Kisses Don't Last; Pratchett, post-Monstrous Regiment, Polly/Mal. 5 http://archiveofourown.org/works/280950 Carol Of the Bells; Abhorsen series, a vignette for each bell as Sabriel grows up 2 http://archiveofourown.org/works/278129 Solitary as an Oyster; IT Crowd, Scrooge AU, Roy learns no lesson at all. 6 http://archiveofourown.org/works/273700 The Mystery of the Egyptian Curse; Lynes and Mathey series (a Victorians-with-magic series- urban fantasy rather than steampunk- a lawyer and a jobbing magician fight crime) 7 http://archiveofourown.org/works/266227 Night of Yes and No; Steerswoman series, Bel/Rowan, travelling, astronomy and comparative literature. 7 http://archiveofourown.org/works/278421 Fair Winds and Homeward Sail; Austen's Persuasion from the point of view of Mrs Croft (Captain Wentworth's sister). 8 A little subcategory of RPF http://archiveofourown.org/works/6 Actively Beneficial for Dental Health; QI, gen, futurefic; series X is dragging rather, who would have thought you could spend half an hour on xylitol? 02765 http://archiveofourown.org/works/280480 I DID Lie To You… Would I Lie To You, Brooker/Mitchell, alien artefact made them do it. 1 http://archiveofourown.org/works/284249 The Malteser Falcon; Great British Bakeoff noir private eye AU, Mel/Sue. 9 I knew people would finally write some Victorian Farm fic! Yay! http://archiveofourown.org/works/262652 Physical Remains; a year on the farm (Alex/Peter) 3 http://archiveofourown.org/works/2 Hiding in the Hayloft; Peter surprises Alex with a book of Edwardian erotica 16955 http://archiveofourown.org/works/279014 Sign of the Times; Peter has a crush on Ruth (utterly sweet) 9 This entry was originally posted at http://shark-hat.dreamwidth.org/196. Comment here or 124.html there.