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And it's Manic Monday. In less than half an hour players will be taking to the court for what is probably the busiest day of the tournament and certainly the day TPTB do not want it to rain on as it really does play havoc with their scheduling.

Andy, Novak, Roger and Stan all play today and any or all of them could be tested. I fully expect all four to come through quite comfortably - I hope they do. The other four men's matches could all be interesting, a couple on paper could be tight whereas a couple should be won (on paper) easily by the seeds. However, as we know matches are not played on paper.

On the ladies side the Williams sister play one another (that's not a match I shall watch as their matches against one another tend to be boring); I think Serena will win. Two of my favourite players Aga Radwanska and Jelena Jankovic play one another in what could be the best ladies match today, so either way one player I like will go through *g* Fingers crossed Caroline Wozniacki also goes through and Maria Sharapova should not have any major problems.

There are some potentially good doubles matches as well. So all in all a really good day of tennis - on paper at least *g* But I'm sure it will be a good day.

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Well yesterday certainly provided us with some upsets/disappointments/shocks both for the tournament generally and for me personally.

On the positive front Andy and Roger both went safely through, even if they did both take four sets to do so.

However, Tsonga, Monfils and James Ward all went out. Ward was in a winning position, being two sets to one up and was playing well. However, in the end his opponent upped his game, James's game fell off a bit and he went out in five sets. Still it was a good performance and again I really hope he can build on this and the rest of his year is a good one.

Dustin Brown, the chap who ousted Rafa, proved just why he is a triple digit player as his game yesterday wasn't anywhere near as brilliant and on-song as it had been against Rafa. He made some excellent shots, but they were few and far between.

On the ladies side two of my favourite ladies went through - Aga and Caro. Well a third did as well Jelena, however, that was at the expense of my favourite Petra Kvitova. Jelena ousting the current Wimbledon champion and number two seed was the big shock of the day and the biggest shock of the tournament thus far. Sabine Lisicki, another player I was following, also went out.

So overall whilst I'm glad some people got through, yesterday personally wasn't the best day for me as far as my favourite players went.

There isn't any tennis today. One of Wimbledon's many 'traditions' is not to play on the 'middle' Sunday, unlike all the other grand slam. They give all players a day off and have 'manic Monday' tomorrow where all the fourth round single matches are played, thus it makes for a hectic day and if it rains a chaotic one as well! It is a tradition I confess I do not like.

Thus tomorrow will definitely be a day of trying to decide which match to watch and probably 'match hopping' if, as is the case, two people I want to watch are playing at the same time and both matches are being shown.

*Wanders off to find something to do for today*

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Many non-Brits wonder quite why we Brits spend so much time talking about the weather. Well that's simple, it's because we get so much of it in such a short space of time.

The last few days have been hot and at times muggy with blue skies, wall to wall sunshine and completely dry. It's been a case of windows open, back-door open, fans on (day and night), light clothing being too warm, and what can we have for supper that doesn't involve actually turning the oven on.

Today we have torrential rain and misty grey skies. The windows are all closed, as is the back-door, the fans are still and silent, socks, jumpers and warmer trousers have again been dug out, and supper will be something hot.

That's why we talk about the weather so much *g*

Oh, and I'm sure I don't need to say which I prefer, do I? Just in case I do, I shall: I prefer what we have today.

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It was an interesting and at times jolly exciting day of tennis yesterday.

Novak and Stan both went through easily and continue on their course to meet in the semis. There were a couple of surprises I'd call them rather than shocks when both Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov went out to lower ranked players. I say surprise because both matches had the potential for an upset. There were no upsets on the ladies side.

And now for the match of the day, well the match of the tournament thus far: Serena Williams vs. Heather Watson. It looked to begin with that it would be a straight sets, straight forward win for Serena. Heather clearly had other ideas and with the crowd (being led by a group of Aussie fans) firmly behind her she took the match into a third set and even served for the match. Sadly she couldn't hold and Serena went on to hold her serve and break Heather again to win the match. However, Heather played amazing, superb tennis and deserved to win - it really was a match that was won not lost. Serena won it; Heather did not lose it.

As you know I don't like Serena, I respect her abilities but have never liked her. However, in her post-match interview I actually had respect for her as a person not just a player. She said Heather should have won the match, how well she played (she even applauded Heather once during the match, something I've never seen her do) and how she shouldn't just aim for top 20 but for top 10 because she was that good, and how she didn't know how she won the match.

And it wasn't just words; it wasn't just something she felt she had to say because she was in Britain, having just played a Brit, being interviewed by a Brit. I've heard many of her interviews and she's never said anything like this and had anyone actually not known she had won they would have thought by her body language and demeanour that she had been the one to lose. She clearly had a huge shock and also I read this morning she had been surprised by the crowd; she'd never had a Wimbledon crowd so not on her side and who actually at one point booed her. So it's not something I say lightly, but kudos to Serena for what she said.

And even more kudos to Heather for playing so amazingly well and almost winning. I really do hope she can hold onto this and take all the positives from the match and realise what she really is capable of and go forward from here.

So today brings us Roger and Andy and another Brit - James Ward - as well as Tsonga and Monfils. I can't see either Andy or Roger being troubled and I like to think James has a chance. What's annoying *pokes Wimbledon scheduling team* is that Andy and James are likely to be on court at the same time, so I can only watch one of them *Pokes again*

Okay, so it does depend on how long the two matches before Andy & James take. Andy is on after a men's match and a ladies match. James is on after a ladies and a 'to finish' men's match. However, given the two players involved in the 'to finish' have been involved in the two longest ever Wimbledon matches, it's ten all in the final set and they are both big servers it could go on for hours *g* OTOH, it could be over in as few as two games. So maybe the tennis gods will be kind to me and I'll get to watch both James and Andy. However, I doubt they will be - they rarely are *g*

A few of my favourite ladies are also playing, so yes, yet another really good tennis day is on the cards.

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Well the 'no real upsets' stopped yesterday when Rafa was beaten by a player ranked in the 100s - Dustin Brown. Except in one way it wasn't a huge shock, a major upset, a huge disappointment for me, the fans and probably the tournament organisers - except it will make scheduling easier (see silver lining time *g*). However, given the last three Wimbledons and this year in general, it wasn't such a huge shock.

It's now the fourth year running that Rafa has gone out early to a triple digit rated player and I knew he was going out this year. After watching a mere three games I said to J 'Rafa's going out, so I'll toddle off to my bedroom and watch the match as I won't get to see him play again this year'. Thus, I wasn't constantly on edge and wincing and even wasn't that upset when he lost; I expected it.

It wasn't that he played badly, he didn't, not really. It was just that Brown played out of his skin, took Rafa's game away from him and totally outclassed him (am I a bad fan for being honest and not making excuses? I don't think so and that's what matters, isn't it?). I haven't seen Brown play a full match, just caught snippets of him, but wow, can he play - at least he could last night. In all honesty no one, not Stan, not Roger, not Andy, not even Novak, no one would have beaten the player who was on court last night; he really was unbeatable. Given his ranking and from what the commentators say his big issue is he really does run hot and cold; last night he ran hot. If he can run hot for the rest of the tournament then we could have the biggest upset since . . . Becker won????

So yes of course I'm disappointed and yes a bit upset, but not as much as I have been in the past or as I am when Rafa has lost a match he should have won. And I don't mean 'should have' because of his ranking, but should have because he was playing well enough overall to win, but failed to convert, capitalise, whatever. I shall still continue to enjoy Wimbledon.

On the up side, Andy and Roger both won as did Tsonga and Monfils, all good stuff.

And one of our other Brits, James Ward, did indeed win his match and played really, really well - well done, Wardy. Sadly Aljaz Bedene didn't get through, but he did have the tougher draw and I didn't expect him to get through.

On the women's side Petra, Aga, Caro and Jelena all came through - even if Jelena did it that hard way.

Today both Novak and Stan play, they could both be pushed by their respective opponents, but I'm not expecting an upset. Kyrgios and Dimitrov also play, so it should be another good day of tennis.

Heather Watson is up against Serena Williams on Centre Court; I just hope she can come out of the match knowing she played her best. I don't think the occasion or court will get to her as she's quite used to the big stage and British expectation. However, Serena will, I fear, be far too strong for her. Although, who knows, stranger things have happened *g* But I am not holding my breath.

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There were no major upsets on the men's side of the draw yesterday. Novak and Stan both came through comfortably. A couple of the top men were really pushed and at a couple of points it did look as though an upset might be on the cards. Sadly the fifth seed, Kei Nishikori had to pull out of the tournament even before he played his match with an injury; his withdrawal sets things up even more clearly for a Novak vs. Stan semi final.

There was another fairly major upset on the women's side when Ana Ivanovic crashed out - she was another of my favourites :-(

The Brits had a mixed day with Liam Broady going out to a seeded player. However, our top lady, Heather Watson, won her second round match quite easily and played some superb tennis. Her 'prize': a match tomorrow against Serena Williams.

Today again brings us Rafa, Andy, Roger; all three of them actually have tough opponents, so there is the potential for an upset in any or all three matches. Also playing, in their second round matches, are some of the other players I am particularly interested in in their second round matches - so hopefully another good day of tennis.

As well as Andy, Britain has two other men playing in the singles: James Ward and Aljaz Bedene. Both of them have a chance, James more than Alijaz, but we'll see. It would be lovely to end the day with more than just Andy (okay, yes, I am assuming) through to the third round.

Unlike a lot of the UK which experienced its hottest day of the year thus far, today we have it. Now in the grand scheme of things 24 (76) I know is nothing, but for me it is far too hot. So fans are going, windows are open, water is iced, clothing is light and loose and I plan to do nothing except watch tennis. Okay, so that's what I've been doing since Wimbledon started, but today will be even more so *g* Poor J *evil grin*

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There were no major upsets on the men's side of the draw yesterday. Rafa, Andy and Roger all came through pretty easily all in straight sets. Tsonga took his time and finally got through in a really tight match in five sets.

Rafa played pretty well, I thought, at times he was his old self 'oh, look a line, let me hit it' and really confident and hitting the most amazing shots. However, at times he was the Rafa of this year, lacking in confidence and missing shots he normally makes in his sleep. However, his break point conversion rate and consolidation rate were much better. I actually enjoyed his match and wasn't constantly on the edge of my seat; ditto for Andy.

Two pretty highly ranked ladies went out: Simon Halep and Eugenie Bouchard. The former was definitely a surprise, the latter given her form this year not such a surprise. Otherwise there were no major upsets.

Seven Brits played yesterday (one was a match held over from Monday) and we ended the day with four of the seven having won their way through to round two; which was pretty good, in fact very good.

Today is the first day of the second round and once again Novak, Stan and a couple of the younger chaps I'm following, plus a couple of Brits are playing - so hopefully it will be another good tennis day.

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Yes, sorry, that time has arrived. I shall bore you for the next fortnight with my comments about this year's Wimbledon *g*

As always I shall focus far more on the men's side of things than the women's because personally I find it more enjoyable and for the most part quieter.

Naturally I am hoping that Rafa will win his third Wimbledon title, but I'm not actually holding out that much hope. Does he have a chance? Yes, of course he does and oddly enough (or not) I think he has a better chance here than he had at lifting the French Open for the tenth time. He couldn't meet his nemesis (Djokovic) until the final for one thing. However, hand on heart I actually think there are only two men with a real chance of winning this year: Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray.

As far as the draw goes it couldn't have turned out better if TPTB had organised it, because Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal are all in the same half of the draw and whilst Rafa has dropped down the rankings considerably he's still a huge draw to watch. Thus, TPTB must be so pleased that there are three chances of a stellar final between Djokovic and either Federer, Rafa or Andy. Warwrinka is in the same half of the draw as Novak, but he really hasn't got the greatest record on grass and went out rather tamely at Queen's a fortnight ago. However, he could go all the way; I don't expect it though.

Having said it's a dream come true draw as far as possible finals go, it is also a nightmare as far as court scheduling goes as Andy, Roger & Rafa would all normally, apart from one obligatory match, expect to play on/be wanted by fans to play on Centre Court. You can't fit three men's matches on Centre Court in one day - well not easily and not given they have to put at least one ladies' match on as well. So I know Rafa's ranking would say he shouldn't play on Centre I can't see the organisers doing that. I really don't envy them that every other day (well for as long as all three stay in) challenge.

As far as Brit hopes go, well we have Andy *Nods* Seriously, some of the other Brits have good chances of at least winning a match or two - James Ward has a jolly good chance now of getting through to the second round after my third favourite player (David Ferrer) whom he was due to meet in the first round tomorrow had to pull out injured *sniffles* However, do I see any Brit other than Andy being in week two? Sadly not.

As with the French Open (which of course I was wrong about) I do expect Novak to lift the trophy. I still think he's the man to beat.

Other men, apart from Rafa, Andy, Roger, Novak & Stan, on whom I shall be keeping an eye on are: Nick Kyrgios, Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Lleyton Hewitt, James Ward and any other Brits.

As far as the women's draw goes, I'd love to see Petra Kvitova lift the trophy again as she is probably my favourite female player at the moment; she has a game suited for grass and lovers it, but like so many players we can have two Petras, so we'll see. There are several other female players I'd more than happily see lift the trophy: Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sabine Lisicki, Eugenie Bouchard and Jelena Jankovic, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka plus of course any of the British girls - Heather Watson, Laura Robson, Johanna Konta for example, but I am trying to be realistic *g*

However, when it comes down to it I can't really see anyone other than Serena Williams winning *sighs* I'm sorry but I am not and never have been a Serena fan. I respect her talent - anyone would and happily admit she has a great game, but I don't actually like her. Having said that if there is likely to be a big upset I think it is more likely to happen on the women's side rather than the men's and it has happened before - last year for example.

Today last year's men's champion Novak Djokovic opens play on Centre Court, although it does start earlier on outside courts and Serena Williams is also in action as are several Brits, Stan Warwrinka (sans magic pants *g*) and a few up and coming younger male players whom I will be following this fortnight.

Bring it on *g*

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ASHLEY


I hope you have a really lovely special birthday

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You Prefer British Names

It's probably no shocker to learn that you prefer British names. And your taste runs the gamut from traditional to modern.
Whether you're a British national or simply an Anglophile, the names you love all have a little UK flair going on!




Nope, no shocker at all *g*

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Are you more likely to avoid conflict (of whatever kind) or engage it head-on? Is there an instance where you avoided a problem that you now wish you could go back and take a different course of action -- what was the situation and why do you wish you'd handled it differently?
I will do whatever I can to avoid conflict. Not only do I dislike it, I see no real point to it. Life is too short.

No, I can't off-hand think of a time I avoided a problem and now wish I had handled it differently.

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I posted this a few weeks ago, however, as there are a couple of people who still haven't acknowledged their story at all (which is very unlike either of them) and given that I know LJ does hide posts, I thought I'd post it again. I would hate those who haven't acknowledged their story to think I had just abandoned the meme. So if you requested a story and haven't seen it yet, it has been posted you'll find the link you need below.

All stories for the Alphabet Meme 2015 have now been posted.

I set myself a mental deadline (even though I didn't mention it) for having all the stories posted by the beginning of the French Open and I did indeed achieve that, although due to a really nasty bug which stopped me writing for about ten days, I really did cut if finely.

I also said that every story would be at least 2,000 words. It turned out that all of the stories were at least 2,500 words long.

In total I wrote twenty-six stories (one for each letter of the alphabet)

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Thank you for requesting so many stories and for the great prompts. And thank you (again) to those who commented - I really do appreciate each and every comment very much.

It was great fun, once again, to write stories for people to their prompts. I'm sure I shall do this again next year.

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It's the final of the Queen's Club tournament, which I have been enjoying all week. There have been a few surprises, a few upsets and some excellent matches and moments. And it's all come down to two players who take to the court in just over an hour's time.

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Oh, and it's the longest day today; one of my two 'favourite' and 'least favourite' days of the year. Favourite because from now on the days will start to get shorter and the nights longer - yay! And the least favourite because it is the longest day; so much daylight.

*Toddles off to do a few things before the match*

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You Are Uncomplicated

You appreciate the simple things in life, and you know that a song just needs a couple hooks in order to draw you in.
You aren't necessarily nostalgic, but you wish people remembered the past more. Hearing an old favorite song will always put you in a good mood.




*Nods*

Yep, I'd say this was pretty fitting.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KENDER


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And I wanted to do this quiz *g*

   
You Are Deep

You are a natural thinker, and you need a lot of space to reflect in your life. You like your alone time.
Sometimes your thinking is quite structured, but your best thoughts come from daydreaming. You never know what insights might pop up.

You are creative and mentally adept. You are always pushing yourself to new levels, and you question your own status quo.
You are a fun and inspired thinker. You are big on the "what if's" and "how come's" of life.


 

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You Should Take a Tea Break

You are an easygoing person, and while you still need breaks in your relatively calm life, you don't need a bolt of energy.
If anything, you are always looking for a little more space to clear your head. A bit of ritual always does you good.

You tend to be a steady soul, and you prefer change that is gradual. You avoid the ups and downs of life.
You aren't big on treats or special occasions as much as you are on living a good life. You try to make each day as good as you can.




I thought I'd get tea - even though I don't drink a lot of it; two mugs a day. Mind you I don't drink a lot of coffee either, one mug a day. Most of the time I drink water. But we do stop whatever we are doing for tea and biccies or the equivalent each afternoon.

This if pretty darn fitting even if I do say so myself.

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What were your favorite books growing up? How did those influence your choice of a favorite genre when you got older?
I was a huge Enid Blyton fan to begin with and read a great number of her books and loved them.

I then moved on to pony books, which was somewhat odd as I wasn't actually a huge fan of horses and whilst I did go riding with Mother a couple of times, I didn't enjoy it.

After that I moved on the things like Sherlock Holmes, Raffles, the Star Trek episode adaptations by James Blish and crime/detective books in general.

Given my favourite genre today is crime/detective/mystery, I guess the books I read in my middle-later childhood did indeed influence me.

Plus, I tended when I got into fandoms such as Starsky & Hutch and The Professionals to read the episode adaptations. And I've just remembered I actually still have the James Blish books.

And I actually do still have a few Enid Blyton books which I read and still love.

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You Are M&Ms

You are a big fan of comfort in life, and there's little more comforting for you than a good movie.
You love a happy ending ... in fact, you practically demand it. You gravitate toward movies that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

You definitely have your own favorite movies, and it's likely that others don't always share your taste. You're fine with that.
You enjoy watching the movies you love over and over again. In fact, you can't think of anything better!




I am indeed a big fan of comfort.

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TITLE: Proud Of You
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
FANDOM: NCIS
PAIRING: Anthony DiNozzo/Jimmy Palmer
GENRE: Slash
SUB-GENRE: Established Relationship
SUMMARY: A companion piece to X-Ray Like. Jimmy tells Ducky about his relationship with Tony.
RATING: G
WORD COUNT: 2,820
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

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TITLE: X-Ray Like
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
FANDOM: NCIS
PAIRING: Anthony DiNozzo/Jimmy Palmer
GENRE: Slash
SUB-GENRE: Established Relationship
SUMMARY: A sequel to Tony Or Breena. Tony tells Gibbs about his relationship with Jimmy.
RATING: PG-13
WORD COUNT: 2,700
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Written for sexycazzy & sinkwriter who both asked for a sequel to Tony Or Breena. And yes, I am in the process of writing a companion story where Jimmy tells Ducky.
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

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