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We're now at 893 over 1000 sign-ups for April Foolery. I'm hoping that we'll hit 1000 by the end of the day, especially as I've had another idea...

A handful of people have posted on the wall for the event saying that they wish they could take part but they live in other countries. Some are Scots living abroad, some are not Scottish but still see that the changes to the licensing laws are insane. Which they are - six weeks' notice, visits from 10 different council departments and £849 (yes, you read that correctly, it was confirmed last night as £849) for a temporary license to do a one-off free gig for an audience of under 100 people in Edinburgh.

I've been thinking about whether there's any way for people further afield to get involved, and it occurs to me that there is. Skype gigs. Get a Scottish friend to take their laptop to a place with free wi-fi, connect via Skype and do your thing. Show pictures to the webcam, play an instrument, read a story or a poem, sing - anything at all, as short or as long as you like. You'll be reaching our target audience for April Foolery - which is everyone and anyone.

I'm also quite pleased that I've figured out a way to get people involved even if they have visa issues to consider. I have quite a few friends in this situation who are concerned that if they take part and get into trouble it might shorten their stay in this country, and while I don't care if I get arrested I have no desire to get anyone else into trouble.

So my plan to get round this is that anyone in that position can join me in making lots of beautiful little paper boxes and sculptures with notes inside thanking whoever picks them up for becoming part of the April Foolery Audience. We'll also paint a whole load of hardboiled eggs. Then in the dead of night, before daybreak on 1st April, we'll leave these artistic offerings all over the city centre. The eggs will be left in Princes Street Gardens for people to find and roll them down the hills, which was an Easter tradition when I was little. If it's not raining (this is Scotland after all) we'll take boxes of chalks and draw some pretty things on the pavements. It will be beautiful, anonymous and untraceable except to me, and I'm quite happy to take the flak for it.

The FB event is here, so if any of you are interested in a Skype gig please sign up and let me know: https://www.facebook.com/events/188302477946069/

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Voice posts are fun, right? You get to hear funny accents if your friends are from far, far away. All we really want is to hear your voice, we don't care what you're saying. So here's a list of typical meme questions that would otherwise be boring, but when communicated aloud - well, it's entertaining. Answer these questions in your post, and encourage others with voice-posting abilities to do the same.

1) What's your name?
2) How old are you?
3) Where are you from? Are you living there right now?
4) Is it cold where you are?
5) What's the time?
6) What are you wearing?
7) What was the last thing you listened to?
8) What was the last thing you ate?
9) What was the last thing you watched on tv?
10) What's your favorite tv show? Why?
11) Quick! Find a book, or something with text on it! Flip to a random page and read some of it! GO!
12) What was the last movie you saw? How was it?
13) Do YOU think you have an accent? Talk about that.

Jan. 25th, 2007

After five and a bit years of livejournalling, I've finally decided to go Friends Only.

I've thought hard about this. I've stayed public in the past because I've always liked using livejournal to meet interesting people, and this seemed like something which would be easier if they could read my journal. I've also stayed public out of sheer bloodymindedness - there have been occasions when people I'd rather have nothing to do with have been reading my journal (and thought I didn't know), but I'm damned if I'll ever change for them.

But people with locked journals still manage to acquire interesting friends, and bloodymindedness cannot be my sole reason for staying public. I've avoided journal-related RL drama thus far, but the feeling that it can't last is getting stronger and stronger. I know better than to ignore my instincts. (Believe me, the instinct that tells me to go back and lock 1700 individual entries is one that I would love to ignore!)

So, yes, time to lock up. Also time to pay for lunch and then go for reflexology. I got a voucher for free massage from one of the places I use, so I decided that if I'm getting the massage for free I can treat myself to reflexology. A pity that I'm going to get all chilled out and then come home to a fight, but it can't be helped. I got a parking ticket this morning for parking my car, with its parking permit clearly displayed, in a permit holders only space. Why I got a ticket for being legally parked is beyond me. I think I might start shooting ink pellets at the traffic wardens as they pass my flat.

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