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It has taken two days since i was able to get into LJ at all, never mind posting or reading my Friends Page.
i was about to do a big Happy New Year thing that is now woefully past it's 'sell-by' date but i do wish you all a fabulous New Year, filled with all good things.

i have no idea what really happened here following the sale & take-over by the Russian mob.  They're saying it was malicious spam, yada yada yada that fouled up the system but that, if it's true, only serves to show how dreadfully inadequate their systems were/are and how ill prepared the takeover was.  Apparently it has been a slow recovery and was the Curate's Egg made real.  Some people jumped in quickly to say rather smugly in that pull-up-the-ladder way they eren't having any problems; well, bully for them.  WE were and this piecemeal, and painfully slow, recovery hasn't improved relations with Livejournal, nor made them very popular.  i hung in there, pounding on the gates in fury as no apparent effort was made to come to our aid.  Having a Permanent Account meant nothing in the server cock-up.  Our servers were fine, Livejournal's just stopped working.   Even when it started again, many were unable to post or leave comments and in my case, in the brief window on New Year's Day when i made a reply on a friend's post, preparatory to doing my own, it took several tries to connect and make my comment before it crashed completely.
i've tried every day, several times to no avail and today is the first connection i've had.  i'll be copying this before i try to post it!

i've taken a New Year meme from KazzyCee which i'll post as soon as i've finished it - it's a bit of a chew but i don't mind that.  Some of the questions are little odd but i'll let you see for yourselves!

As we are relatively back to normalacy in the real world, albeit not at full strength until next week, i'e taken time to book myself some seats at our local Theatre.  Best on the phone when you're booking disabled seats here as you can't actually do that online oddly enough.  So, i've now got a seat to see Michael Portillo on 10th February [one night only], an interesting man and i've enjoyed his train journeys TV show.  Second one, Cambridge Footlights Revue on 17th February, which i've never seen in person.  It's amazing how many well known comedians have come from this Revue over the years.  Finally, a matinee performance of 'Noises Off' on 11th April, which i've never seen all the way through or live.  The Old Vic company is putting this on and they've had a well-received run in London recently.  No cast has been announced yet but i'm sure whomever it will be, will be excellent.  It's a very funny play from what i've seen and i shall look forward to that.

i'll post again soon, gods willing!


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Jan. 3rd, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
I like your New Year icon better than mine! LOL
And I'm really happy to see you posting... I've always enjoyed using livejournal so I get upset when it isn't working right, and even more upset when friends leave, never to return. :(
Jan. 3rd, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, i've been here a really long time and don't want to move. i do have a Dreamwidth account but don't want to go there unless this craps out totally. Time will tell if the Russians can handle it.
What could be improved on this new system are a couple of points spring to mind, can't choose moods or regulate the size of print for your post, and in the age of everything shrinking, that's not kind to my eyes!
There are a few sites on here that offer a huge range of icons and several of the girls do personalised ones too.
Sunlitdays & roxicons are good, with Dhamphir & Meathiel [both artists].
i do have people on here that i can't be in touch with elsewhere and find it a much better platform for posting pictures [on DW you have to use that intermediate platform rubbish and can't upload direct from your computer, like the old days here!]. There are people who don't post anywhere else either, one of the fashionistas Wendylady for one and i enjoy her synopses of the catwalks. And of course, your good self!
Jan. 3rd, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
Your TARDIS icon reminds me, I don't think I told you: a friend gave me a stuffed TARDIS for Christmas! I love it so much! When I squeeze it it makes TARDISy noises like it is taking off or landing (so fun). It has a featured spot on my books shelves now (above my Mac Nac Feegle doll).

I just have so many photos and past posts here at lj, I cannot conceive of trying to move everything (or abandoning it all!). I hope who ever is running lj doesn't destroy it.

I had actually enjoyed MySpace at one time but it went down hill so fast! *sigh*

I don't actually enjoy facebook at all, but I have an account to keep up with misc old friends and various family members. But it isn't the kind of place where you can actually blog, not like here.
Jan. 4th, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
Love the idea of your stuffed Tardis! It sounds a hoot :D
Jan. 5th, 2013 01:13 pm (UTC)
It IS adorable! Love your icon by the way
Jan. 5th, 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
I love that icon too (I actually like a chronology of past Doctors.... or Presidents! LOL) the one above (the Doctor Who one) was made by seekingwords, who seems to have shut down her lj...
which is kind of depressing.
This Presidential icon was made by Patrick Moberg who never was on lj....

Livejournal does seem to be dying/becoming obsolete, it makes me sad because I'm not done with it at all.
Jan. 8th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
I was hoping to see your RL long meme soon, I hope you aren't still having trouble posting at lj....
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