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03 September 2013 @ 02:52 pm
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A rec for anyone interested in writing about police in the UK: The Custody Sergeant. A thoughtful, clearly-written blog full of anecdotes and explanations about what happens in the cells at your local police station. The Locked Up series is particularly good, as are his day shift and night shift descriptions.


Having a baby is so good for the ego, almost scarily so. Today I was more hysterically funny than any stand-up act in the Fringe. In fact, I made Cub laugh so hard he fell over backwards, more than once. I achieved this by taking my glasses off and putting them on again repeatedly, accompanied by little whooshing noises. This was the most hilarious thing Cub had ever seen in his short life. If I had an audience of small babies, I would be a great comedian.


In a fit of enthusiasm I made a community here on Dreamwidth for fans of the Rivers of London series, and if people come along then it might even develop some content. You can find it here: [community profile] the_folly.

Crossposted at http://philomytha.dreamwidth.org/105228.html. There are comment count unavailable comments there.
avanti_90: pic#119256840avanti_90 on September 3rd, 2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
Someday I have to get around to reading this Rivers of London series. Maybe once I finish Thursday Next. Have you read that series? It seems very much your kind of thing.

Also, happy birthday. :-)
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on September 3rd, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
I haven't read it, but it's on my list of things to track down. It does sound like fun.

And my cunning plan is to keep blithering about Rivers of London till all my friends surrender... I think you would appreciate the humour of it :-)

shimotsuki: booksshimotsuki on September 7th, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
Hee! I now have a marvelous mental image of you solemnly doing the classes and Cub tipping over backward.

You keep mentioning Rivers of London -- I'm starting to get intrigued. If only the new term hadn't just started (and weren't shaping up to be a pretty wild ride).
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on September 7th, 2013 07:35 am (UTC)
The only problem with doing something that amuses a baby is that they don't get bored, so then you have to do it another twenty times at least before you can manage to do anything else :-)

Rivers of London is a series about Peter Grant, who was going to have a thrilling career doing the paperwork for other, less easily distracted policemen in the Met, when he takes a witness statement from a ghost and comes to the attention of one Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England, who runs a one-man semi-secret department dealing with magical crime in London and who now needs an apprentice. The characters are amazing - every time someone comes on the page, they come to life - and the worldbuilding is excellent and creative, and the narrative voice is frequently hilarious. It's told in the first person, and Peter is a complete geek and makes Dr Who references and persists in calling the school where Nightingale learned magic 'Hogwarts', and also goes off into random asides about London architecture. The plots can be a bit random and disconnected, but they're exciting too and there are some great set-piece scenes. Also, if you're into audiobooks at all, the audio versions of these are particularly fantastic. Peter, like all English people, is extremely aware of accents, and the narrator gets every single different voice perfectly. Anyway, if you get any time, I highly recommend the series.
shimotsuki: booksshimotsuki on September 7th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Uh-oh. Now you've got me really intrigued. :)