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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=iPV2Ac7S6-A (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!)
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQmL6ki6yE8 from Glydebourne, in Italian, with subtitles)

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/2746466 Collection development: a book, a catalogue and an archive walk into a bar...
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2806982 TRACER BULLET IS A TERRIBLE NAME FOR A PI; Calvin and Hobbes grown up and in the detective business.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2804108 Doctor Who and the Pub of Almost Certain Doom; Doctor Who and the Case of Fatal Death futurefic.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2803313 El-ahrairah and the Litter of Kittens; a story told in a burrow in Efrafa.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2661146 Spirits; Black Books- is the bookshop haunted?
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2706083 Terminus; The Sharing Knife, set during the original Malice War
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2801198?view_adult=true 50 Shades of Gus; Drop the Dead Donkey, Gus, BDSM, as creepy-funny as it sounds.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2799092 Five Times Howl and Calcifer Came to an Agreement…; a fire demon, a magician, a contact renegotiation.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2777522/chapters/6229334 Communion of Saints; Chalion books, a look at a small saint of the Mother.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2701730 Sky-Bound and Sprinting; Raksura- teaching Bitter to fly again
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2824214 Share and Share Again; Raksura, Moon/Chime/Jade threesome.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2752517/chapters/6170471 The Emerald Band; 27,000 words, set in Neil Gaiman's Study in Emerald universe (Sherlock Holmes-Cthulu crossover)- chilling stuff.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2783831 Brains; the zombie apocalypse catches up with Bottom.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2560097 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.)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2843390 Qualifications; Ghostbusters- Janine goes for a job interview
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2823155 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 http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=327
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2809685 Good at Ordinary; Chrestomanci, some glimpses of Millie between Conrad's Fate and The Lives of Christopher Chant
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2824880 Enchanters' Inheritance; Cat thinks about Gwendolyn.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2791754/chapters/6266153 Unstable; Tale of Time City- Vivian's mother comes to the City.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2792891 The Piper; Pamela Dean's Tam Lin- Janet's younger brother and sister are at Blacklock College seven years later.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2817485 Minor Poetry; wedding night from Busman's Honeymoon.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2802470 Gentle Antidote; Lord Peter Wimsey books, soulbond mark AU; Harriet turns 21 and the name "Wimsey" appears on her arm…
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2801798/chapters/6289361 An Afternoon's Adventure; The Dowager Duchess of Denver has a letter from her old school friend Jane Marple.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2795429 The Good Morrow; Point of Hopes series, Philip and Nicholas' first night out.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2808695 Kisses Don't Last; Pratchett, post-Monstrous Regiment, Polly/Mal.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2809502 Carol Of the Bells; Abhorsen series, a vignette for each bell as Sabriel grows up
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2781296 Solitary as an Oyster; IT Crowd, Scrooge AU, Roy learns no lesson at all.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2737007 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)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2662277 Night of Yes and No; Steerswoman series, Bel/Rowan, travelling, astronomy and comparative literature.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2784218 Fair Winds and Homeward Sail; Austen's Persuasion from the point of view of Mrs Croft (Captain Wentworth's sister).

A little subcategory of RPF
http://archiveofourown.org/works/602765 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?
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2804801 I DID Lie To You… Would I Lie To You, Brooker/Mitchell, alien artefact made them do it.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2842499 The Malteser Falcon; Great British Bakeoff noir private eye AU, Mel/Sue.

I knew people would finally write some Victorian Farm fic! Yay!
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2626523 Physical Remains; a year on the farm (Alex/Peter)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/216955 Hiding in the Hayloft; Peter surprises Alex with a book of Edwardian erotica
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2790149 Sign of the Times; Peter has a crush on Ruth (utterly sweet)
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